Altrusa of BR holds Christmas party

The Altrusa Club of Baton Rouge held its Christmas party on Dec. 10 at Dawn and Mark Meng’s home.

President Marti Didier welcomed members and guests. Members brought canned goods for the Hope Ministries Food Pantry. Amy Drago coordinated the food collection.

Diane Phillips coordinated the party, assisted by Alice Carroll, Mary Eleanor Cole, Drago and Dawn Meng. Guests included Mark Meng, Jimmy Alford, Jim Cole, Gerald Didier and Jerry Drago.

Laura Rhorer, Jan Holmes and Jackie Robbins reported on the club’s donation of more than 600 books to Merrydale Elementary School for Altrusa’s “Book of My Own” service project. Each student is given a book to take home. On Dec. 21, Robbins, Lynn Nettles, Rhorer and Jo Ann Morgan delivered the books.

Holmes said more than 150 Bags of Hope were given in December to the East Baton Rouge Parish school system’s program for disadvantaged and homeless children. The bags were decorated and painted by Altrusa Club members and filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes and combs, soap, wash cloths, crayons, books, pens and pencils, deodorant and small toys.

Didier gave a brief report on the club’s other 2012 service projects.

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

Women in the Arts taught by Armstrong

Artist Jodi Armstrong gave a demonstration on using acrylic paint in a loose manner, focusing on value instead of color, as a way to loosen up at the Associated Women in the Arts meeting on Jan. 8 at the Louisiana Art and Artist Art in the Park. Armstrong completed a basic painting demo while she explained how to concentrate on lights and darks to create more interest and drama.

AWA advances women artists by creating opportunities to produce, exhibit and discuss their work. More information is available at

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