UCT Ladies Club has patriotic fall party

The United Commercial Travelers Ladies Club held its fall party with a red, white and blue theme on Feb. 17.

President Teenie Bajon welcomed those attending and thanked her committee: Calvin Bajon, Carolyn and Steve Desselles, Martha Desselles, Janell Gautreaux, Linda Musso, Violet and Gladden Norris, Mae and Jess Shaffett, and Arthur Sterling.

Red roses were given as door prizes.

Life stories focus of Altrusa program

Mike and Eloise Futrell led a program on people’s life stories for the Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge on Feb. 18 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

President Marti Didier introduced guests Natalie Cole, visiting from Royal Oak, Mich.; Gwen Dorsey and Mary Anderman.

Amy Drago was elected delegate to the 2013 District Four Conference to be held in April in Shreveport. Jan Holmes and Jackie Robbins were elected alternates.

The club voted to bring nonperishable food items to the March meeting to donate to the St. Isidore Catholic Church Food Pantry. Beginning in June, the club voted to include quarterly contributions of nonperishable foods to the Hope Ministries Pantry.

The Community Service Committee recommended that the club donate a gift card to the Capital Region Builders Association’s “Homes for Our Troops” project. The club designated this gift to furnishings for the home being built in Prairieville for veteran Cpl. Jeffrey Argrave, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan on May 30, 2010. A ceremony presenting the keys to the home and recognition of contributors will be held on March 23.

For information on Altrusa, call Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Tilley, Scarton speak to La. Bonsai Society

Lowell Tilley spoke on re-potting, and Jim Scarton discussed bonsai soil when the Louisiana Bonsai Society met on Feb. 19.

Tilley reviewed the re-potting of a water oak bonsai done in the January 2012 meeting. He removed it from the pot and showed roots cut last year that have re-grown and are more efficient when cut back correctly. He explained how to cut the roots back to give them room to grow.

Scarton led a discussion on what materials are best for bonsai soil and where to purchase them locally. Some materials need to be purchased online, but he showed that materials purchased from local nurseries are just as good and are more economical.

Members brought their bonsai to show and get advice on improving and maintaining them. Howard Merrill explained techniques he is trying on bald cypress bonsai.

The next club meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The Louisiana Bonsai Society is a not-for-profit organization open to all who are interested in the hobby of bonsai. For information, call Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or email Ltilley@cox.net.

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