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On the Southside for Oct. 2, 2014

Looking for a few good plants? The LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Plantfest! on Saturday and Sunday will feature more than 5,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns and fruit trees for sale. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m Sunday at the arboretum, 11855 Highland Road, Visit Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Oct. 2, 2014

Belle, a 2-year-old shepherd mix. She's spayed, housetrained, 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 →

Southside Crime Blotter for Sept. 22-28, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28: Assault/Battery 9000 BLOCK, GSRI AVENUE, SEPT. 22, 11:49 p.m. 8600 BLOCK, COY AVENUE, SEPT. 23, 12:09 a.m. 9300 block, Old Hermitage… Continue reading →

Blessing ceremony held for new OLOL imaging center

Photo provided by Lauren Davidson --The Rev. Sam Maranto leads Our Lady of the Lake team members and executives in a blessing for the new Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center.

Our Lady of the Lake team members and executives attended a blessing ceremony Sept. 17 for the new Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center. The imaging center, on the first floor of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Our Lady of the Lake, includes radiology, PET/CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and other special procedures. In addition to… Continue reading →

Cats available for Oct. 2, 2014

Tazzi, a 4-year-old brown tabby, is relaxed and vocal. She doesn't get along with other cats or dogs.

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 held noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can contact adopt@projectpurrbr.org or call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.project purrbr.org… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Oct. 2-9, 2014

Healthy Steps Lebed Exercise Program: 3:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd. Healing through dance and movement is the premise of these classes for patients with cancer. Free. Classes are held at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Mid-City Campus and 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Bluebonnet… Continue reading →

St. Michael crowns homecoming court

Timmreck's doorIt was very hard for our judges to come to a decision but after careful consideration....Congratulations to Ms. Pendleton's homeroom class for winning the door decorating contest this year! Honorable mentions go to the homeroom classes of:Mrs. Donna Bass, Mrs. Shannon Messina, Mrs. Meredith Rhodes and Coach Tami McClure. Finally, the award for the door having no class goes to Mr. Timmreck. Great job showing your spirit Mr. Timmreck, even though you dont have a first hour class.Sean Beauvais Public Relations DirectorSt. Michael High School17521 Monitor Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70817(O) (225) 753-9782 / (C) (225) 772-0403

Lindsey Ellis and Claudio Franc were crowned St. Michael High School homecoming queen and king during festivities held last week. Homecoming started with the students voting for king and queen. Named to the court were Erin Ellison, Stella Burke, Camille DeBenedetto, Nicole Daspit, Ellis, Jaci Evans, Whitney Banker, Caroline Campagna, Megan Broussard, and Meredith Chiles.… Continue reading →

Getting corny at the maze

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Visitors enjoy a hayride through a satsuma orchard Sunday at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden's corn maze.

Children and families weaved through the 2014 edition of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden corn maze Sunday. The 3.8-acre maze is in the shape of a tiger. The maze, at 4560 Essen Lane, opens from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Entry fee is $5 except… Continue reading →

Women make well-heeled treats

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH  -- The edible stilletto cupcake is carefully positioned in a cardboard box with other cupcakes decorated in Whole Foods Market's cupcake decorating workshop, led by Kori Godchaux. The women learned  simple techniques in the Monday workshop as a part of Women! A Celebration, an annual project of the Women's Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Whole Foods Market’s Kori Godchaux circled the tables in the Corporate Drive store’s community meeting room Monday passing out cupcakes, rolled ice cream cones, and what looked like solid, flat figure eights made of chilled chocolate. These three items, with the addition of buttercream frosting in a variety of colors, were the foundations of the day’s cupcake… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 25, 2014

Parkview Baptist School student Kacie Philippe reigned as homecoming queen during Friday night’s football game. Matthew Tynes was crowned homecoming king and Annie Coco and Owen Valverde served as pages. Christian Life Academy is celebrating homecoming Friday with several activities. There’s a pregame homecoming parade and pep rally at 2 p.m.… Continue reading →

Program aims to bring students, teachers together

Photo provided by Sean Beauvais - St. Michael Catholic School teacher Anna Bourgeois talks to students as part of the school's new Advisory Program.

St. Michael the Archangel High School’s Student Advisory Program is strengthening connections between adults and students in the school community, school officials said. Advisory groups, school officials said in a news release, are designed to energize students into forging an active personal stake in their education by promoting open communication between the adult adviser and the… Continue reading →

Civic association hosts lunch, swim party

Photo provided by LOIS LEBLANC -- Inniswold Estates/Jefferson Terrace Civic Association Board member Fran Woodiel, left, and Secretary Meaghan Beadle take a break during a jambalaya lunch and swim party hosted by the Civic Association on Sept. 7 at the Jefferson Terrace pool.

The Inniswold Estates/Jefferson Terrace Civic Association hosted a jambalaya lunch and swim party Sept. 7 at the Jefferson Terrace pool. The group is led by officers Lois LeBlanc, president; Brett Smith, vice-president; June Emory, treasurer; and Meaghan Beadle, secretary. Board members are Danielle Bowen, Fran Woodiel, Caroline Wolf, Rodney Plauche, Penny Martin, Tim Mercer and Stan LeBlanc.… Continue reading →

BR woman elected to NAMI council

Photo provided by Daphne Grady -- Daphne Grady, center, of Baton Rouge, is elected the secretary of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans and Military Council at the meeting in Washington, D. C. She is shown with Kenny Allred, past chairman of  the NAMI Veterans and Military Council, left andDaniel Williams, chairman of the group from Alabama.

Daphne G. Grady, of Baton Rouge, was elected secretary of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans and Military Council during the council’s annual convention in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3. Her election came during the group’s business meeting. Grady is an active member of the NAMI Baton Rouge chapter, serving as a teacher of… Continue reading →

Parkview sixth-graders conduct science experiment

Photo provided by Jessica Poumaroux --  Parkview Baptist School student Christian Wales, center, takes part in a marble launch project at the school.

Amanda Zachary’s sixth-graders at Parkview Baptist School launched marbles from the end zone of the school’s football field during a recent science experiment. Before the launch, the students wrote their first lab report in scientific lab notebooks that will stay with them through their eighth-grade year, a news release from the school said. The students considered… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Sept. 25, 2014

Beignet, a basset hound-beagle mix. She's about a year old and recently weighed in at 35 pounds.Beignet is  brand new to foster care and eager to start her new life. Text her foster mom at (225) 205-9330.

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… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Sept. 18-23, 2014

CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd. $40 per couple. BATON ROUGE BALLET THEATRE COMPANY AUDITIONS: 10:30 a.m., Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. There is a $10 audition fee per dancer. Send photo and resume to Molly@batonrougeballet.org or: BRBT, P.O. Box 82288, Baton Rouge, LA 70884. (225) 766-8379.… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Sept. 15-21, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21: Assault / Battery 8700 BLOCK, OLD HERMITAGE PARKWAY, SEPT. 15, 9:42 a.m. 8200 BLOCK, STERN AVENUE, SEPT. 17, 8:12 p.m. 8000… Continue reading →

Annual Women! kicks off weeklong events

Starting with a kickoff luncheon Friday, the 13th annual Women! A Weeklong Celebration will give women of all ages a platform to talk about things that matter to them, said Teresa Taylor, who last week was putting the finishing touches on plans for the big event. “Events,” Taylor said to clarify. “We’ve got 150 separate activities happening… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 18, 2014

Registration is underway for Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Doc’s Dash 5K and 1-mile run set for Sept. 27. Doc’s Dash is a community event for all ages that includes a 5K and 1 mile fun run and interactive activities. Activities start at 6:30 a.m. with registration and the 5K race starts at 8 a.m. at Pennington.… Continue reading →

Celebrating 138 years in the community

Photo provided by Rhonda LeMora -- Members gathered Aug. 26 to celebrate the 138th anniversary of Greater Sixty-Aid Baptist Church.

Greater Sixty-Aid Baptist Church members celebrated the church’s long history Aug. 24 with a service and reception. The church originated when a group of 60 Christian men gathered to sing praises and worship under a stand of palmetto trees, church officials said. In 1876, the group organized as the Sixty-Aid with the leadership of the Rev.… Continue reading →

St. Michael students donate to campaign

At St. Michael High School’s recent Back to School Night, Caroline Campagna, president of the student council, presented Advancement Director Josh Galasso and Principal Ellen Lee with a $5,000 donation to the school’s Continuing the Warrior Legacy Capital Campaign. The student council raised the money for the school’s fundraising effort. For more information on the campaign,… Continue reading →

Runnels alumnus wins powerlifting contest

Runnels alumnus and powerlifter Christopher Alexander took first place in his weight class at the United States of America Powerlifting Raw National Championship meet held earlier this summer in Aurora, Colorado, school officials said. It was the largest raw powerlifting meet in the country, a news release from the school said. “Since this was a raw… Continue reading →

BR students among 16,000 named to national merit semifinalists lists

The approximately 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for about 7,600 national merit scholarships worth about $33 million were announced Thursday. About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 national merit scholarship program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/national merit scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than… Continue reading →

Guillot honored for coaching career

Photo provided by Jessica Poumaroux -- Parkview Baptist athletic director and former coach Kenny Guillot, left, accepts the school's Parkview Strong Award Friday from LSU coach Les Miles.

Parkview Baptist School presented coach Kenny Guillot with the Parkview Strong Award on Friday during halftime festivities of the Parkview Baptist versus Catholic High football game. School officials announced that an academic scholarship has been created in Guillot’s name. LSU head coach Les Miles, Guillot’s family and many former players were on hand for the… Continue reading →

Southside community calendar for Sept. 18-23, 2014

BATON ROUGE AREA PARKINSON’S DISEASE GROUP: 1 p.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Philippe Veeters, a physical therapist with Dutch Physical Therapy will talk. To register, call (225) 933-0542 or (225) 756-2645. SPORTS ENHANCEMENT: 5:15 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., Paula G. Manship YMCA. Call (225) 767-9622. Allison Collins… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Sept. 8-14, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Sep 8 and Sep 14: Assault / Battery 8100 BLOCK, BAYOU FOUNTAIN AVENUE, SEPT. 8, 2:18 a.m. 1600 BLOCK, GLASGOW AVENUE, SEPT. 11, 10:01 a.m. 1700… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Sept. 18, 2014

Photo provided -- Mackey is a yearling, female, wire hair terrier mix, She is  heartworm negative and weighs approximately 40 pounds. She is spayed, housetrained and up to date on shots. Mackey is good with children, good with dogs, and good with cats. Contact (225) 205-9330 or send an email to  pbschoen18@gmail.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… Continue reading →

Mayfair Park offers up the best seat in the house

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Yolanda Criss, rright, with Amerihealth Caritas Bayou Health Care Plans speaks to Jakalyn Lemon on Friday during BREC's Movies on the lawn at Mayfair Park.

BREC’s Mayfair Park played host to its first Movies in the Park event on Friday, said Sanora Cole, recreational manager with BREC, and despite the early threat of rain, nearly 100 people turned out for the event. BREC provided free popcorn and the movie screen, while area businesses donated food and drinks… Continue reading →

Classmates reconnect, start after-school sports program

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Packers center Randaul Williams Jr., 7, gets ready to hike the ball during a recent practice for the Gardere Young Alliance teams.

When Loreauville native Allison Fitchett spotted Darin Fontenette at the Hartley-Vey Sports Complex in 2008, 75 miles from their hometown and a few years post-graduation, he heard the former LHS Tigers cheerleader before he saw her. “L-H-S! Go Tigers! It was our school cheer,” Fitchett said. Loreauville was the kind of place where everyone knew everyone… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Sept. 11, 2014

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Women’s Week, Sept. 19-28. This event will focus on giving women tools to empower themselves and will present more than 150 activities, workshops and classes throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area, including:… Continue reading →

BR native, St. Michael alum will compete for Miss America crown

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance -- Lacey Sanchez competes Saturday in the Miss America contest.

St. Michael the Archangel High School alumna and Baton Rouge native Lacey Sanchez will compete Saturday for the Miss America crown. Sanchez entered the Miss Lafayette contest on a dare by her sorority sisters and won the competition to qualify for the Miss Louisiana pageant. “She had never done anything like this in her life,” said… Continue reading →

St. Michael presents homecoming court

Photo provided by Sean Beauvais -- The St. Michael the Archangel High School homecoming court includes, first row from left, Camille DeBenedetto, Nicole Daspit, Lindsey Ellis, Caroline Campagna and Whitney Banker; second row, Trent Varnado, Meredith Chiles, Megan Broussard, Stella Burke, Brett Ross, Erin Ellison, Alex Do, Jacie Evans, Matthew Butler and Chris Reid and third row, Jude Housewright, William Hartmann, Beau Morris, Jacob Loupe and Claudio Franc.

St. Michael the Archangel High School has announced its 2014 homecoming court. The court includes sophomore maids Meredith Chiles and Megan Broussard and sophomore escorts William Hartmann and Trent Varnado. Representing the junior class are maids Stella Burke, Camille DeBenedetto and Erin Ellison and escorts Alex Do, Beau Morris and Brett Ross. Senior maids are Whitney… Continue reading →

Festival seeks works for juried show

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- This fountain and the rest of Perkins Rowe were purchased by KeyBank National Association at an auction Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The sale ended any claims by developer J.T.

Perkins Rowe Arts Festival, slated for Oct. 18-19, is seeking entries from Baton Rouge-area artists for a juried art competition. For more information on the application process, contact Kathy Scherer with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 344-8558, ext. 228, or katherine@acgbr.com. In addition to artists, the festival plans to include stilt… Continue reading →

Runnels plans anniversary gala

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Members of the Runnels Parents Organization 50th Anniversary Committee members are, from left, Kristy Mayes, Nicole Latiolais, Chair Sarah Haase, Dana Schlotterer and Gina Golda.

Runnels, one of the oldest independent schools in Baton Rouge, is celebrating its 50th anniversary Oct. 4 with a gala and fundraiser at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU. Founded in 1965 by Dr. L.K. Runnels, the school began as a preschool. In 1970, Runnels expanded to include elementary grades, and in 1983, junior and… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Sept. 11, 2014

Izzy is a 3-month-old terrier mix puppy. She's spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids  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… Continue reading →

Southside calendar of events for Sept. 11-18, 2014

Healthy Steps Lebed Exercise Program: 3:30 p.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd., Baton Rouge. Healing through dance and movement is the premise of our Healthy Steps classes, a new exercise program Baton Rouge General is now offering free to all cancer patients, thanks to a grant provided by the Susan G.… Continue reading →

Woodlawn High hosts Red Stick Rumble Robotics Festival

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Members of Woodlawn High School's robotics team, from left counterclockwise, Nathaniel Thibodeaux, Steven Bridges, Hunter Evans, Mason Bayles and Kyle Jacaruso sit in their pit area during the second annual Red Stick Rumble Robotics Festival and Competition on Saturday at Woodlawn High School.  Twenty-three teams came from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.  This year's game challenge was 'aerial assist,' where robots must pass, kick and/or toss a large ball into a goal.

Twenty-three teams from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi competed Saturday in the Red Stick Rumble Robotics Festival and Competition at Woodlawn High School. This year’s game challenge was ‘aerial assist,’ where robots had to pass, kick or toss a large ball into a goal. Robots worked in alliances of… Continue reading →