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36 teams compete in Diocesan Quiz Bowl

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Students from St. Jude Catholic School's fifth- and sixth-grade quiz bowl team discuss their answer to a question in the final round of the Diocesan Quiz Bowl on Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School in Baton Rouge.

Students in a rainbow of Catholic school uniforms swarmed the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church gym on Saturday along with parents, coaches and supporters at the Diocesan Quiz Bowl. Thirty-six teams, a total of 216 students representing 18 different parochial schools in the Baton Rouge metro area, gathered to test their knowledge of math, science,… Continue reading →

THRIVE aids cancer survivor in battle

Photos provided by SCOTT MILLER -- Lucia Hamilton, director of pastoral care at Our Lady of the Lake, presents  Hero's Journey: Spiritual Transformation Through A Medical Crisis at Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Institute's lecture hall on Feb. 27. The seminar is part of an ongoing program of surviorship services available to anyone in the Baton Rouge metro area who has been diagnosed with cancer of any kind.

When Jennifer LeBlanc found a lump in her right breast on April 27, she was 37, and she worried. She’d just been to her annual gynecological check up two weeks before, and she worried that it was already there and had gone undetected. She worried that, even worse, it had just grown that fast. Neither one of… Continue reading →

On the Southside for March 5, 2015

The Bluebonnet Regional Library will host Up and Away with Dr. Seuss from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, two favorites, “Great Day for Up” and “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today,” will be featured. Children will make a hot air balloon from recycled… Continue reading →

OLOL College welcomes 4th president

Tina S. Holland

Our Lady of the Lake College held an inauguration ceremony Feb. 25 honoring Tina S. Holland, the college’s fourth president. Institutions of higher education use presidential inaugurations as an opportunity to formally welcome new leadership and to mark a new vision for the future of the institution, a news release from the… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for March 5, 2015

Rory, a young cat.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit Continue reading →

Southside Pets for March 5, 2015

Oliver, a 4-month-old puppy, weighs about 20 pounds. He's neutered, up-to-date with shots, and good with dogs and children.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Nature Center hosts rockin’ event

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will host its sixth annual Rockin’ at the Swamp event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. The event allows visitors to explore geology and includes activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils. Hobbyists will conduct hands-on exhibits, and vendors in… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for March 5-12, 2015

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave. Free. (225) 291-9421. www.lifesourcehospice.net. KINDERMUSIK PREVIEW CLASS: 9:15 p.m., Center for Musical Arts, 5545 Superior Drive. Free. Kindermusik movement and music classes are designed to enhance children’s development and instill a lifelong love of music, organizers said. Classes are for ages… Continue reading →

Calls for East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Feb. 23-March 1, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Feb. 23 and March 1: Assault/Battery 13200 BLOCK, BRIAR HOLLOW AVENUE, FEB. 23, 6:22 a.m. 1600 BLOCK, GLASGOW AVENUE, FEB. 24, 9:48 a.m. 13200 block, Briar Hollow Avenue, Feb. 24,… Continue reading →

Government Street project meeting to be rescheduled

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- George Bolinger, left, acts as flagman and Jaquevias Groves, right, uses the prism pole in November as part of the survey crew in the area of Government and Camelia Streets.

New restaurants, shops and a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere are all the hype for the future of Government Street, but the project still has a long way to go. The public has not yet had the chance to weigh in on the upgrades that represent what many city-parish residents and leaders have called for — added walkability and bikeability… Continue reading →

Dufrocq’s ‘microsociety’ teaches students about responsibility

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Jakaya Ross, 10, peeks over Eliot Passman's, 11, shoulder has he creates a 16-point ninja star in 'Buy U Crafts,' one of the many stores students can shop in at The Dufrocq School's Micro Society Project Feb. 19.

Kindergartners lined up on one side of a hallway at The Dufrocq School on Feb. 24, talking about the Smurfs and movies. On the other side, a fourth-grade student asked questions to spur the conversation, giving permission for the students to speak by pointing at their raised hands. “They’re conducting a business meeting,” Noi Mills, a magnet… Continue reading →

Children get their say in planning of playground

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Children work on art projects Saturday at the Gardere Initiative's headquarters.

Three-year-old Nathaniel Hollie spent Saturday morning telling Baton Rouge parks and recreation officials his favorite forms of play, along with many other children of all ages at the Gardere Initiative’s headquarters on Ned Avenue. BREC Assistant Director Diane Drake passed out radio-controlled voting remotes to groups of 10 children and parents at a time, while BREC’s Vice… Continue reading →

Tennis at the Y serves health, wellness

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Aaron LaRose plays tennis on the first day of league practice Feb. 19 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA.

Desiree Marshall played basketball and softball in high school, but in the years since graduation, she’d gotten out of the fitness habit. “I’d been looking for something to do to stay in shape, and running’s never been my thing,” Marshall said. When she saw signs for tennis lessons at the YMCA, she said, she decided to… Continue reading →

Students compete at Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Patrick Gordon uses his fingers Saturday while he takes the math test in the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad held at Kenilworth Charter School.

Hundreds of Louisiana elementary students competed for medals and prizes Saturday at the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge. Jonathan Ding, of Buchanan Elementary School in Baton Rouge, won first place in the contest, which was open to all fourth- and fifth-grade students in Louisiana. Niles Babin, of LSU… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Feb. 26, 2015

Registration for the Miracle League at Cypress Mounds, a baseball league for children with disabilities, ends Friday. League Executive Director Brandi Polito first conceived of the league in 2007 and has been working tirelessly since to make it the success it is today. Every child should have the opportunity to play baseball, no matter what the… Continue reading →

Exciting lineup for ‘Brush With Burden’ exhibit

Burden Horticulture Society has generated another exciting lineup of artists and photographers for the 2015 “Brush With Burden” art exhibition. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Steele Burden, a noted artist, landscape designer, horticulturist and philanthropist, a news release said. More than 700 people attended the 2014 show, with more than 20 percent… Continue reading →

Registration open for annual Wheels to Succeed fundraiser

Photo provided by Shana McCarty -- Jairo Álvarez-Botero, center, and cyclists participate in the third annual 'No Such Thing As Impossible' Bike Ride in St. Francisville in 2011. The seventh annual Wheels to Succeed fundraiser will be held March 7 at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park and will celebrate the life of Álvarez-Botero who died in 2013.

It’s time to register for Wheels to Succeed’s seventh annual No Such Thing as Impossible Bike Ride fundraiser set for March 8 at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park in St. Francisville. Proceeds will benefit the Wheels to Succeed program of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center in Baton Rouge. The program, begun in 2007, provides children… Continue reading →

Runnels students join National Honor Society

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Inducted Jan. 20 as members of the Runnels School chapter of the National Honor Society, front row from left,  are Julia Power, Elle Pickrell, Heather Edwards, Grace Carruth-Taylor, Anna Morgan, Kelsey Mayes, Grace LeBlanc and Kim Lam; second row, Nick Saunders, Trent Tucker, Lee Parker, Will Lurker, Clay Harned, Wesley Harris and Jesse Stephens. Not pictured are Anna Daigle and Drake Fromenthal.

Seventeen Runnels High School students were installed Jan. 20 as members of the National Honor Society at a formal ceremony in the school’s Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. Inductees were Grace Carruth-Taylor, Anna Daigle, Heather Edwards, Drake Fromenthal, Clay Harned, Wesley Harris, Kim Lam, Grace LeBlanc, Will Lurker, Kelsey Mayes, Anna Morgan, Lee Parker, Elle Pickrell, Julia… Continue reading →

Runnels drama students take on ancient Roman slapstick

Photo provided by Runnels School -- Appearing in the Runnels High School drama departments March production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,from left are  Micah Danos, John Wiese and McKenzie Mayeaux.

The Runnels High School drama department will present the award-winning Broadway musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” for three performances March 13-15 in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. The all-student production will bring audiences through ancient Rome, where comedy reigns and slapstick rules the day. The plot follows the… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office police calls from Feb. 16-Feb. 22, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Feb. 16 and Feb. 22: Assault / Battery 1700 BLOCK, STARBOARD DRIVE, FEB. 19, 1:23 p.m. 2500 BLOCK, GARDERE LANE, FEB. 20, 8:47 a.m.… Continue reading →

CASA volunteer honored for service

Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- Liz Judice, left, is honored Jan. 29 at the  Power of 9 Honors Luncheon at Boudreauxs for her volunteer work with CASA as her  CASA supervisor Sharon Norwood looks on.

Liz Judice, a volunteer with Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, was honored in January as one of the 2014 Power of 9 award winners. Once a month, WAFB-TV highlights volunteer work through its Power of 9 program and those winner were all honored Jan. 29 at a luncheon hosted by Capital Area Unites Way, WAFB… Continue reading →

Southside Calendar for Feb. 26 - March 4

3 LIVES BLOOD DRIVE: 9 a.m., Remington College Baton Rouge Campus, 10551 Coursey Blvd. RED STICK AREA KICKBALL TOURNAMENT: 8:30 a.m., Perkins Road Community Park, 7122 Perkins Road. Captain’s meeting at 8:30 a.m., followed by start at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $275 per team. Visit Continue reading →

Southside Pets for Feb. 26, 2015

Ginger, a tan, yellow and fawn-colored  retriever mix puppy. She's spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids, dogs and cats. For more information contact the foster home at carolineford74@yahoo.com.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Local treats available Sunday at Pop-Up Market

Satsuma jelly and crawfish-decorated cake balls are just two of the locally made seasonal treats in store when Alexander’s Highland Market hosts its first spring Pop-Up Market on Sunday. In addition, Pennington Biomedical Research Center nutritionists will be on hand to share health tips, talk about current health studies and sample a Lenten recipe from their test… Continue reading →

How to geaux smoke-free

Advocate photos by C.J. FUTCH -- Chrishelle Stipe, tobacco cessation coordinator with Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, demonstrates how the carbon monoxide monitor is used. Participants in the center's Geaux Free smoking cessation program breathe into the monitor at the beginning of each class so they can see the effects of smoking on their oxygen levels in real terms.

Chrishelle Stipe, tobacco cessation coordinator with Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, prepared class materials Feb. 11 for a session of Geaux Free, the center’s smoking cessation outreach effort in Baton Rouge. This night’s crowd is light — just two participants arrive by 5 p.m. to the meeting room in the Bienville Building downtown.… Continue reading →

Woman’s Hospital campuses work for healthy employees

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Dana Michell with Woman's Hospital demonstrates the carbon monoxide monitor as Rachel Podner looks on at the hospital. The monitor confirms the smoke-free status of employees who participate in a program to lower premium costs.

It would be an exaggeration to say that Well Ahead, a state initiative focused on Louisiana residents’ health, saved Dana Bourg’s life, but not by much. The 46-year-old signed up for a health risk assessment to save money on her employer’s insurance plan in November, and as a result of the numbers she got back, made… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Feb. 19, 2015

YMCAs across Baton Rouge are celebrating National Nutrition Month in March with programs teaching good eating habits and how to make informative food choices. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign supported annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Throughout the month, the YMCA will offer the free classes to provide information… Continue reading →

Bethany grad serves on USS George Washington

Photo provided by Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs -- Hospitalman Anthony Amoroso, a Baton Rouge native, is a corpsman aboard an aircraft carrier operating out of Yokosuka, Japan.

Anthony Amoroso, a 2011 Bethany Christian School graduate and Baton Rouge native, serves aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington, stationed at a U.S. Navy base located 35 miles south of Tokyo. Amoroso is a hospitalman and corpsman aboard the aircraft carrier operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. While out at sea, the ship visits… Continue reading →

CASA announces board of directors, new volunteers

Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- Newly trained Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers are, front row from left, Arien Major, Dolores Butler, Haven Pourciau, Renita Hoskins, M.E. Cormier, Claudia de la Rosa-Fuller, Gaynell Addison, Tonika Jackson-Smart and Hana Malkawi; and, second row, Caleb Huval, Jeffrey Cooke, Brady Babin, Mary Ann Harmon, Debra London, Lakin Brister, Corey Wilson and Lance Lyons.

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association has announced its 2015 board of directors and newly trained CASA volunteers. The volunteers work to advance the best interests of abused and neglected youth living in foster care in East Baton Rouge Parish, a news release from CASA said. CASA’s executive committee members include Chairwoman Deborah Lamb, Vice… Continue reading →

Official picked for leaders program

Katie Pritchett

Capital Area United Way’s Katie Pritchett, vice president of community impact, was nominated and selected to participate in the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leaders Program. The 10-month program is framed around building the capacity of United Way senior leaders by enhancing the leadership skills needed to lead United Way as future CEOs, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Capital One leads effort to build Bernard Terrace playground

Photo provided by Haley Olver -- Capital One Bank Baton Rouge Area President Ric Kearny and Hernetta Franklin spread mulch on the new playground for students at Bernard Terrace Elementary School.

Bernard Terrace Elementary School students joined a long list of partner organizations and local education leaders on Feb. 2 to celebrate the completion of a new playground structure on the school’s campus. Through a collaborative effort led by Capital One, more than $30,000 was raised to provide the new structure for Bernard Terrace Elementary students in… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Feb. 19, 2015

Creole, a tricolor collie and greyhound mix: neutered, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Runnels School Lady Raiders win district, finish season in regionals

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- The 2015 Runnels School girls varsity soccer team included, first row from left, Olivia Arcemont, Ellie Russo, Anna Claire Carville, Olivia Arboneaux, Madeline Britt and Caitlyn Page; and second row, assistant coach Callie Allbright, Shannon French, Rio Gauthier, Hannah Barback, Sadie Kraft, Molly Johnson, Kaylen Howe, Bailey Hyatt, Morgan Evans, Ali Garrity and head coach Angie Mitchell.

A big win for the Runnels School Lady Raiders soccer team on Jan. 30 secured the Division III, District 6 championship. The team edged out Episcopal 1-0 to claim the district title for the fourth year in a row. The winning goal came when senior Sadie Kraft scored in the 60th minute of the game off… Continue reading →

Runnels seniors named National Merit Finalists

Caleb Manning

Runnels School national merit semifinalists Caleb Manning and Connor Matthews have advanced to finalist standing in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program competition. As national merit finalists, these students remain in the running to compete for approximately 7,600 national merit scholarships valued at nearly $33 million to be awarded in the spring, a news release from the… Continue reading →

Raiders win District 7-2A basketball title

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- The  Runnels School’s 2015 boys varsity basketball team includes, first row from left, Humza Pirzadah, Michael Stevenson, Douglas Gulley, Trent Tucker, Ryan Carrier, Griffin Kennedy, Hampton Hudson, J.P. Guillot, Davood Boushehri and Stephen Worsham; and second row, head coach Ben Young, Cade Tate, Alex Benson, Paul Lukinovich, Karl Williams, Thomas Myers, Grant Welch, Andrew Hyde, Josh Sparks, Garrett Deshotels, Mohammad Pirzadah, Mason Warren, Connor Raines and assistant coach Justin MacKay.

The Runnels School boys varsity basketball team sewed up the district 7-2A championship Feb. 9 with an 84-74 win against St. Thomas Aquinas in front of a home crowd. “Once again,” said head coach Ben Young, “the Raiders came back from a second-half deficit. With 20 seconds left, senior Mohammad Pirzadah hit a game-tying three-pointer to send… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Feb. 9-15, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Feb. 9 and Feb. 15: Assault / Battery 1900 BLOCK, STARING LANE, FEB. 9, 9:28 a.m. 1200 BLOCK, SEABORD DRIVE, FEB. 9, 10:22 a.m. 8000 block,… Continue reading →

Southside Calendar for Feb. 19-26

MINISTRY SEMINAR: 6:30 p.m., Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, 17560 George O’Neal Road. A two-night ministry seminar with Christian personality John Michael Talbot, of The Church Channel show “All Things Are Possible.” Reservations required. Donations accepted to benefit the ministries of Talbot and the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. Call (225) 752-8480.… Continue reading →

Krewe of Runnels Royale presented

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- The 2015 Krewe of Runnels Royale is presented Feb. 13 at the school. The krewe includes, first row from left,  Petite King Rossi Harrison, Petite Queen Lily Hayden, Sofia Dodd, Mason Pizzalato, Matthew Campbell and Cameron Stevenson; and second row, Taylor Woods, Baron Stevenson, MacKenzie Blanchard, Jake Haase, Grande King Alex Vallaire and Grande Queen Savannah Fekete.

Runnels Elementary School on Feb. 13 presented its 2015 Krewe of Runnels Royale at the annual Mardi Gras Coronation held in the school’s Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. Two royal courts were named at the event, a Petite Court for first- through third grades and a Grande Court for fourth- through sixth grades. All court members were selected… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Feb. 19, 2015

Photo provided -- George is an orange and white cat.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit… Continue reading →

Gardening project benefits Episcopal

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Episcopal High School Senior Kendall Ravey, 18,  third from left, an advisor to younger students, from left, Joshua Gregoire, 11, Eden Guirard, 11, and Crawford Grigsby, 11, on their hydroponic garden project, listens as they discuss the rail system for their garden Friday at the Episcopal High Launch event.

Growing lettuce is harder than Eden Guirard realized, the Episcopal fifth-grader said Feb. 5, standing in front of lush, green heads of varying sizes growing in a hydroponic system she and classmates Joshua Gregoire and Crawford Grigsby constructed. Their teacher, Sonny James, guided them as part of a fifth-grade science class project. A lot of… Continue reading →

Master gardener talks home growing, offers tips

On its face, gardening is simple. All you need to make things grow are sun, seeds, soil and water. But there are other considerations at work when it comes to growing a backyard vegetable garden — especially productivity and convenience. The Louisiana Master Gardeners group is out in force volunteering its expertise to the Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Working to feed the hungry

Photo provided by Mark H. Hunter -- Members of It Works Foundation, from left,  Barbara Lessard, Shena Johnson, Erica Gibbs and Jennifer Vicnair, participate Saturday in the Feed My Hungry Children-Children's Cup food pack at Healing Place Church. Six sessions of volunteers filled enough baggies of food to fill a shipping container to South Africa.

More than 1,470 people volunteered with the international mission groups Children’s Cup and Feed My Starving Children to pack 272,160 meals to feed hungry African children during an ambitious “mobile pack” event Friday and Saturday at Healing Place Church. “We hit our goal,” reported Jim Brock, a volunteer coordinator for the Prairieville-based Children’s Cup, and a shipping… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Feb. 12, 2015

Upcoming events at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library include everything from learning to crochet to crafting special valentines. The events will be at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Bluebonnet branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. The library will be closed Tuesday for the Mardi Gras holiday. For information, call (225) 763-2240. Here’s a few offerings.… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Feb. 12, 2015

Chili, an adult beagle and French bulldog mix, who is neutered, up to date with shots and good with children and other dogs.

Friends of the Animals operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering a dog can call (225) 205-9330 or visit friendsofthe animalsbr.org. Available for adoption are:… Continue reading →

Over 550 Shenandoah students compete in academic events

Photo provided by KATHRIN MUNDINGER -- Students in Anne Creighton’s first-grade class at Shenandoah Elementary School, from left, Cameron Bush, Brayden Taylor, Dylan Rockett, Noah Jackson, Catherine Gugich, Khameron Nethery, Jayden Angeles and Alayna Smith take a break from jumping rope Feb. 6 during the annual Jump Rope for Heart and Academic Olympics at the Baton Rouge school.

Shenandoah Elementary School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart and Academic Olympics on Feb. 6. More than 550 students competed in academic events, a news release from the school said. The event was meant to foster a larger sense of community, and gave students a chance to meet other teachers and students, the release states.… Continue reading →