Woman’s Club holds winter meeting at LASM

The Woman’s Club held its winter meeting Feb. 5 at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. Communications Coordinator Douglas Kennedy and Erin Kruppier spoke about the museum and its exhibits.

The club will hold its “Vintage Afternoon” fundraiser from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Woman’s Club. The Victory Belles, an Andrews Sisters tribute group, will sing.

Water Campus topic for LSU Retirees Club

Tina Rance spoke about the Water Campus being built in Baton Rouge to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club Feb. 9.

Rance is director of marketing and special projects for Commercial Properties Realty Trust. The Water Campus is being developed in partnership with state and East Baton Rouge Parish governments, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, state universities and nonprofits.

Members received a private tour of Tiger Stadium and its facilities on Feb. 23 by Ronnie Haliburton, LSU senior associate athletic director. Haliburton shared facts about the facilities, grounds and suites. The club holds monthly meetings and tours. For details, email lsu.faculty.staff.ret.club@gmail.com.

Astrophotography topic for Feb. 19 LPS event

Astronomy photographer Chris Desselles spoke to the Louisiana Photographic Society Feb. 19 about astrophotography.

Desselles detailed six camera methods for shooting comets, constellations, sun flares, galaxies and the moon. Desselles has been involved with astronomy for 40-plus years.

In the monthly club competition, first-place winners were Kathy Reeves in Level A, Chris Garcia in Level B and Theresa Low in monotone. In national competition, Photographic Society of America winners were Butch Spielman and Reeves for the honors award and Linda Medine and Renée Pierce for honorable mentions.

Field trips included the re-enactment of the Battle of Baton Rouge on Feb. 23 and a vintage car show in Denham Springs Feb. 28. LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month. All photo enthusiasts are invited to attend. Visit laphotosociety.com.

Louisiana CAR holds annual state conference

The Louisiana Society Children of the American Revolution’s held its 64th annual State Conference Feb. 21 at the Capitol Park Welcome Center.

Guests included Henry Grace and Chris Achee, Louisiana Sons of the American Revolution; Sarah Grace Brooks, Daughters of the American Revolution Baton Rouge Chapter; Pam Yoder and Pat Reed, Heirome Gaines DAR Chapter; Geraldine Ryder, John James Audubon DAR Chapter; and Mary Haupt and Jane Haupt, National Federation of the Blind.

President William Martin reported on his state project, “Touch and See.” He donated a bronze braille American flag to all five Louisiana war veterans homes.

State officers were elected: Zachary Mellinger, president; Robert Lombardino, first vice president; Jonah Faulk, second vice president; Leah Swanstrom, chaplain; Cagle Kaough, recording secretary; Jonathan Faulk, organizing secretary; Nolan Byles, corresponding secretary; Alyssa Donnelly, treasurer; Isabelle Byrnes-Bartell, registrar; Caroline Kaough, historian; and Layton Byles, librarian-curator. Martin was elected honorary state president for life. Desha Martin is senior state president.

Members toured the “Revolution” exhibit at the Capitol Park Museum, then had a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. They went to the LSU Rural Life Museum and watched a re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge.

The CAR is the nation’s oldest and largest patriotic youth organization and offers membership to anyone under the age of 22, lineally descended from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. Contact Desha Martin, blanchemartin@me.com.

St. Louis Altar Society has quarterly luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Altar Society held its quarterly luncheon Feb. 23 at the Parish Activity Center.

Sarah Melancon was recognized for making a rainbow for the luncheon theme, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Calvin Bajon cooked stew, and President Teenie Bajon welcomed the 50 who attended, which included Vice President Martha Desselles, Treasurer Linda Musso, Secretary Joanette Dunn, Social Chairwoman Barbara Schmitt, Corresponding Chairwoman Betty Baughman and Membership Chairwoman Rita Valentine. Bajon introduced new member April Dunn.

La. National Cemetery topic for MOAA meeting

Maurice A. Roan Sr. with the National Cemetery Administration spoke about the Louisiana National Cemetery to the Greater Baton Rouge Military Officers Association on Feb. 24 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant.

Louisiana National Cemetery, built in Zachary, was dedicated in 2012 and covers 103.8 acres. It was built to serve the estimated 293,000 veterans and eligible family members in the parish and surrounding area.

The LNC staff also manages national cemeteries at Port Hudson, Baton Rouge, Alexandria and two in Natchez, Mississippi.

Romance Writers hear forensic anthropologist

LSU forensic anthropologist Mary Manheim spoke to Heart of Louisiana, the Baton Rouge chapter of Romance Writers of America, Feb. 28 at the Bluebonnet Branch Library.

Manheim detailed several forensic cases in which she was involved, including the effort to raise the sunken Civil War ironclad Monitor, and her work with the LSU FACES Lab. She discussed her nonfiction books and her first fiction book, a mystery novel set in New Orleans.

Officers for 2015 are President Samantha Summers, Vice President Juliette Brandt, Secretary Shirley McCoy and Treasurer Wendy Russo.

HeartLa is a professional organization of local authors, published and unpublished. Guests may attend two meetings before becoming members. Writers of all romance genres are welcome to join. For more information, visit heartla.com.

Urban Game Changers planning youth summit

Urban Game Changers met on March 3 at the Scotlandville Library to plan the “Know Your Rights” youth summit on the nuts and bolts of criminal law.

The event will include interaction with police officers to build positive relationships between the community and police. Topics include respecting oneself, others and authority. Attorneys will explain one’s rights, and judges and police will explain what is expected when you are stopped by the police and why police are our friends.

The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Scotlandville Library. The public is invited to serve on the planning committee. Contact hollico1@aol.com or (225) 284-5786.

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 people@theadvocate.com. 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.