Lakeshore Lions hold first tennis tournament

The inaugural Lakeshore Lions Club Tennis Tournament was held Aug. 23 at the Pennington YMCA Lamar Tennis Center with 60 participants.

Used eyeglasses were collected for the Lions Eye Foundation to be dispensed to those in need. Funds collected at the event were designated to the Louisiana Lions Camp. The Lakeshore Lions also conduct an annual Christmas poinsettia sale to benefit local charities or needs submitted to the club.

The primary spring fundraiser event is the annual Clay Shoot scheduled for April 2015 at Hunter’s Run.

Master Gardeners hear gardening specialist

LSU AgCenter gardening specialist Kiki Fontenot spoke to the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners on Sept. 2 at the Burden Center.

Fontenot suggested Louisiana cool weather crops like cauliflower, greens, lettuce, cabbage and garlic that can be planted in September and as late as October, and artichoke, spinach, broccoli and carrots to plant in October. She said eggplants that have produced can be cut back and another crop harvested.

President-elect Mary Tauzin said 498 southern gardeners have registered for a 13-state conference Oct. 21-24 in Baton Rouge. Profits from the event will be used locally in community and school gardens, plant health clinics and gardening education. To register, visit

Master Gardeners have regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at Burden Conference Center. For information about earning Master Gardener certification, contact a parish extension agent.

LSU botanist addresses Floral Friends club

LSU botanist Ken Wilson showed slides of Louisiana wildflowers when the Floral Friends Garden Club met Sept. 3 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. Wilson is author of “Louisiana Wildflowers Guide.”

President Dottie Gianelloni reviewed plans for the Fall Fun Fest Oct. 31 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center.

LSU president speaks to faculty, staff retirees

LSU President F. King Alexander spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Sept. 8.

He said LSU students are workforce-ready upon graduation and are more adept at career changes later. LSU is affordable, which means graduates don’t face years of paying off debts like 75 percent of students nationwide. LSU also has a high retention rate and a record number of women and minority graduates.

In the business meeting, Membership Committee Chair Doreen Maxcy introduced guest Belinda Doyle, manager of LSU retirement benefits, who will alert future retirees about the club. Officers are President Ken Paxton, Vice President Freddie Martin, Secretary Donna Day and Treasurer Don Franke. Retirees meet on the second Monday of the month during the academic year. LSU retirees and their spouses are invited join. Contact

WBR Senior Spirit marks sixth anniversary

Faye Phillips, retired LSU dean of libraries, spoke on “Celebrating West Baton Rouge Parish” at a Sept. 8 luncheon marking the sixth anniversary of WBR Senior Spirit, a program for seniors 50 and older sponsored by the WBR Parish Parks and Recreation Department.

Phillips is the author of “The History of West Baton Rouge Parish: People, Places, Progress.” The program was held at the West Baton Rouge Senior Center in Brusly.

WBR Senior Spirit activity leaders were recognized: Jane Brou and Callie Smith, hand and foot canasta; Carolyn Blanchard, aerobics; Catherine Blanchard, event registration; Evelyn Clouatre, Pokeno; Joan Sharon, quilting; and Sue Gauthreaux, Mexican train dominoes.

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