‘Give the Light of Hope to a Child’
Abused Children in EBR Parish Need Adults
To Speak Up for Them
Capital Area CASA Association urgently needs caring adults from all different backgrounds – especially more men – to advocate for abused and neglected children who are living in foster care. The special attention a CASA volunteer devotes ensures that the case keeps moving toward a safe and permanent home for the child.
Find out how you can be a voice for an abused or neglected child while he or she awaits a safe and permanent home during one of the following 45-minute informational sessions. All sessions are held at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave. To learn more, contact Training Coordinator Garcelia Burchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 9 @ 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14 @ 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 @ 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 21 @ 12 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 @ 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 @ 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 19 @ 12 p.m.
Thursday, June 27 @ 12 p.m.
For more information, call (225) 379-8598 or visit www.casabr.org
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Capital Area CASA Association’s mission is to advocate for timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes.
Mental Health Association for
Greater Baton Rouge
Join the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge at the third annual “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Silent Auction beginning at 7:00 o’clock p.m. at the Capitol Park Welcome Center at 702 N. River Road in Baton Rouge on Saturday, May 11th. The event will feature casino gaming, food (Catered by Heirloom Cuisine), drinks and prizes for the top three winners. All proceeds will support programs and services for individuals with mental illness and substance abuse in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Tickets are $75.00 per person and are available by calling 225-929-7674.
2013 FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013
Town Square, 222 North Boulevard
(subject to change, updates at www.brgreekfest.com
Music: Live Greek Band “Alpha Omega Sound” from Atlanta, GA providing continuous Greek music from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dancing: Live stage performances by the Hellenic Greek Dancers from New Orleans and the Baton Rouge Belly Dancers Association with live audience participation: “Learn to Greek Dance”
Food: Greek Cuisine for sale in outdoor food tents: Sliced Gyros (lamb and beef) & Chicken Pita sandwiches Grilled, marinated Pork Souvlaki on skewers with pita bread Grilled Leg of Lamb and Lamb Chops prepared by George Economides, “The Lamb King” of Baton Rouge! Dolmades: rolled stuffed grape leaves with spices, rice and lemon Greek Salad with Feta Cheese, peppers and olives (small & large) Pastries: Greek Baklava and assorted Greek cookies, coffee for sale Beverages: Water, soft drinks, beer, Greek wines and Ouzo by the glass.
Market: Imported specialty Greek food items (olives, olive oil, candies)
Crafts: Arts, crafts, jewelry, apparel and icon vendors
Posters: Official 2013 festival posters for sale, signed by artist Alla Baltas; original painting to be auctioned for charity
Hair Braiding & Massages: Grecian-style hair braiding and chair massages by employees of Garrett Neal Studio for donations to charity.
5K “Toga” Run/Walk/Roll: Contact LATAN 225-925-9500 for registration details or register online at www.latan.org; Early Bird registration by April 15, 2013 includes T-shirt, festival drink and food vouchers.
Produced by Baton Rouge Greek Festival, Inc.
For more information call 225-767-7163
Friends of LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum
2013 Spring Garden Tours ~ All Tours 1-5pm
(Tour I: April 7, Tour II: May 5, Bonus Tour: May 19)
The LSU Hilltop Arboretum 2013 Spring Garden Tours include an eclectic collection of Baton Rouge’s intimate spaces and grand gardens culminating with an unforgettable bonus tour in beautiful St. Francisville. Three Sunday afternoon tours from 1-5pm kick-off on April 7th with a “A Walk in Walden.” The tour features 7 gardens set against a backdrop of magnificent lakes and wildlife in Walden Subdivision.
“A Pastiche of Garden Styles” on May 5th offers 5 gardens that embody our Southern garden traditions from formality, to natural forms and eclectic plant collections.
On May 19th the season culminates with “An Afternoon in St. Francisville.” You won’t to miss the period gardens at Sunnyside Plantation, a picnic under the trees at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (pre payment required), and a walk in a mature beech-magnolia woodland setting at the Mary Ann Brown Preserve.
Hilltop Spring Garden Tours Ticket Prices: The two-tour and bonus series packet is $35. Tickets available at each garden the day of the tour. Single tour tickets $20. Tickets available online at www.lsu.edu/ hilltop at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum or call 225-767-6916 or email
Pre-Memorial Day Celebration and
What is a palooza? Well, it’s by definition, “an extraordinary event” and “an all out crazy party”, “partying at one place (The Texas Club) with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow”. Now, you add Patriotic to that palooza, and you have the perfect pre-Memorial Day celebration, especially when the “extraordinary event” benefits one of our local Veteran’s shelters.
The event will be at The Texas Club in Baton Rouge, LA located at 456 Donmoor Avenue on Friday, May 17th from 9pm-1am. Doors will open at 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.thetexasclub.com or at Zeagler Music, 7003 Florida Blvd. for $12. Tickets at the door $15 / Free admittance with military ID. Event is ages 18+
Ivory Keys Entertainment and Rock the South Records have joined forces to bring you this “extraordinary event” which will include LIVE music all night by 4 Bands including CJ Solar Band (in from Nashville), and local favorites Chris LeBlanc Band, Rusty Yates Band, and Eddie Smith Band bringing you a variety of music from country, southern rock, blues, soul, and classic rock. There will be something for everyone, and if you haven’t heard Chris LeBlanc’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” you will be in for a real treat! Local artist, Jacob Zumo, will be painting LIVE, and that painting will be part of our silent auction. Other auction items will include an art piece signed by Governor Mike Huckabee of the Huckabee Show on Fox, and other patriotic items to get you ready for Memorial Day, and help to benefit our local Veteran’s shelter at the same time. Working with Sgt. Mike McNaughton, an injured Veteran himself and currently working with Louisiana Vetaran’s Affairs, we have chosen a local Veteran’s shelter as the beneficiary of the event. Raven’s Outreach Center is located on 1913 North St. in Baton Rouge. It is a non-profit organization created to provide housing for homeless Veterans who are placed with the center by Department of Veteran Affairs Healthcare for Homeless Veterans case managers. The shelter opened it’s doors in December 2004 to provide housing and support for homeless male veterans living on the streets in the State of Louisiana, and as with so many program cutbacks, they are in need of funding for certain items at the shelter, which we hope to provide with proceeds from this event; and we love keeping our support LOCAL! In addition to the music, live painting, and silent auction, Sgt. McNaughton will be a special guest. There will, also, be prize drawings throughout the night for the pre-Memorial Day celebration.
For more information on the event: www.thetexasclub.com
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
East Baton Rouge Library
EBRP Library Programs – May 2013
“Murder on False River”
Author Martha Gabour Manuel will present excerpts from her crime thriller novel “Murder on False River” at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, on Saturday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m.
Readers from the surrounding areas will quickly recognize places and sometimes even people that they know in the novel, which is set in the small city of New Roads.
Manuel is the former executive director of the Louisiana Office of Elderly Affairs.
Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (225) 274-4440.
You are cordially invited to tea at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m.
Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (225) 658-1540.
Pillowcase Sundress How-To
Summer is coming and every little girl needs a cute sundress! Let’s make it quick and simple – using a pillowcase! Come to the River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St., on Wednesday, May 29, at noon, for a quick how-to demonstration.
For more information, call (225) 389-4967.
“Philmont: Journey of a Boy Scout Troop” Book Signing
Come to the Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway, on Saturday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. as Joseph G. Dorsey III presents his memoir of cross-country travel and scouting adventures amid racial tensions in 1966 at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, the Boy Scout of America’s largest national high-adventure base.
For more information, call (225) 354-7540.
Introduction to Scrapbooking Techniques
Interested in a creative outlet and a great way to showcase your family pictures? Scrapbooking is the perfect way to display your photos. Stop by the River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St., on Wednesday, May 1, at noon to learn more about this fun hobby.
Samples will be on hand for inspiration and you can also check out some of the great scrapbooking resources the library has to offer.
For more information, call (225) 389-4967.
Scented Bath Salts
Need a gift for Mother’s Day or a special treat for yourself? Homemade scented bath salts are easy gifts to make. Come to the auditorium at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., for this easy craft on Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m.
For more information, call (225) 231-3740.
Mother-Daughter Fiber Art Workshop
Mothers and daughters of all ages are invited to create a fiber art wall hanging for their home at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1150.
The 14th Annual Baton Rouge Area
Tour of Ponds and Gardens
Saturday, May 18 (10AM-5PM) &
Sunday, May 19 (12noon-5PM)
Harb’s Oasis and Deep South Koi and Pond Society will host the 14th annual Baton Rouge Area Tour of Ponds and Gardens, Saturday, May 18 thru Sunday, May 19. Tickets are available at Harb’s Oasis, 225.756.2720. The Tour of Ponds and Gardens’ tour book includes all the pond descriptions, locations and directions.
Since the Tour’s inception, over $110,000 has been raised and given back to the community to such charities as Susan G. Komen Foundation, Woman’s Hospital, Hilltop Arboretum and Brave Heart. The 2013 Tour of Ponds will benefit Brave Heart-Children in Need and Yelp!BR. Brave Heart is a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for children who are experiencing the emotional trauma of being removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect. Their goal is to offer comfort and give these children the tools to grow into productive citizens who in turn will contribute in positive ways to our society. Yelp!BR is a non-profit, no kill adoption organization founded in 2009 that finds homes for shelter dogs in Baton Rouge. They have found permanent homes for over 200 dogs that would otherwise have been euthanized.
Deep South Koi and Pond Society is a nonprofit club whose purpose is to promote interest in koi and water gardening in the South Louisiana area. Monthly meetings at club members homes offer the chance to see a variety of ponds, ask questions and get tips from pond owners and guest speakers. The club also sponsors activities throughout the year including the Tour of Ponds and Gardens, fish sales, and various educational and social activities. Visit www.deepsouthkoi.org for additional information.
Harb’s Oasis Landscaping and Garden Center has been in business since 1980, owned by Charbel & Ruth Harb. They are the originators of this tour which began in 1999 to raise awareness of water gardening and the beauty of adding water movement to the garden along with giving back to the community. Harb’s Oasis has landscaped or built a majority of the water gardens on the tour, and is pleased to join Deep South Koi and Pond Society in presenting this exciting event. Visit www.harbsoasis.com for additional information.
Every year pond tour participants open their yards to showcase their beautiful and unique ponds. It is easy to get the inspiration and the information needed to make informed decisions about ponds, water gardens, fountains and landscaping, when you see the wide array of incredible designs that have been implemented in our area. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to interact with homeowners and professionals about water features, fish, flowers, plants and outdoor entertainment areas, as you discover the drama that water in motion brings to the home and garden.