New York gardens topic for B.R. Orchid Society

Member Frank Zachariah gave a slide show about his recent visit to the two botanical gardens in New York City at the Baton Rouge Orchid Society’s Feb. 17 meeting.

He said the garden in Brooklyn was very nice but did not have much in bloom. The New York Botanic Garden in the Bronx, however, had an outstanding display for its annual Orchid Show.

Local grower John Nelson will speak on greenhouses to the society at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. In addition to meeting on the third Wednesday of each month, the society holds a “Green Growers” meeting for new orchid hobbyists at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday at 425 Nelson Drive. The society also sponsors “Orchids for Seniors” with BREC, a monthly orchid study group that meets at 10 a.m. on fourth Mondays at Independence Park.

The Orchid Society is open to the public. Learn more by visiting the society’s web page,, and subscribing to the free monthly newsletter, or by calling (225) 308-1404.

Mobile professor speaks to Round Table

Lonnie Burnette, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and history professor at the University of Mobile, spoke on his 2008 book, “Henry Hotze, Confederate Propagandist,” Feb. 18 to the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table.

Burnette has also written “The Pen Makes a Good Sword: John Forsythe of the Mobile Register” (2006) and contributed a chapter in “The Yellow Hammer War: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama” (2014).

BRHS Class of 1966 plans reunion in spring

The Baton Rouge High School Class of 1966 is planning a 50-year reunion this spring. Graduates who have not received reunion information by mail or e-mail may send contact information to

St. Francis of Assisi sets 125-year reunion

St. Francis of Assisi School will hold a reunion celebration of the 125th year of St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Saturday, April 16, in the St. Francis of Assisi Church, 631 State St., New Orleans. The reunion will follow the 4 p.m. Mass. Students from every class in school history, as well as all former clergy, staff and parents, are invited.

The early registration fee is $25 per person ($30 after April 9). Mail early registration to St. Francis of Assisi, 631 State New Orleans, LA 70118, Attn: C.C. Merritt.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.