AARP Mid-Town holds Christmas social event

AARP Mid-Town Chapter 5433 held its Christmas social Dec. 4 at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid-City Senior Wellness Center.

President Eileen Kennedy presented appreciation certificates and plaques to Myra Collins and George Bell of the BRGMC for services to the chapter in 2014. The hospital staff recognized chapter members who volunteer at the Mid-City and Bluebonnet campuses.

Chapter members brought toys for the children at the St. Vincent de Paul Center. Members ate a dinner prepared by the hospital. Member Harry Johnson, saxophonist, provided Christmas music.

BR DAR has Silver Tea, hosts ‘Wreaths’ event

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its Silver Tea Dec. 6 at Adele Smith’s home in honor of past regents and new members. Donations were made for a Vietnam War veterans’ memorial to be erected at Port Hudson National Cemetery.

The chapter hosted the ninth annual Wreaths Across America program Dec. 13 at Port Hudson National Cemetery. The program is held nationally on the same day and time as the wreaths program at Arlington National Cemetery. Retired Army Col. Thomas Moore explained the history of the POW-MIA flag. Civil Air Patrol Cadets and Naval Sea Cadets assisted more than 60 families in placing wreaths on the graves of loved ones. Vietnam War veterans placed a memorial wreath for all military branches, including the POWs and MIAs. The Caledonian Pipes and Drums of Baton Rouge played.

The Baton Rouge and Alexander Stirling chapters presented 50th Anniversary Commemoration and veteran buttons to 50 Vietnam War Veterans to acknowledge their service to their country. Buttons and bumper stickers were also given to family members of Vietnam War veterans who were not able to attend. Blue Star Mothers and Women Veterans of Louisiana participated in the program. Members helped place wreaths on graves the day before to prepare the program.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information, email

Music Club performs Christmas concert

The Music Club of Baton Rouge presented “Sounds of the Season” Dec. 9 at First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge.

Organist Richard Webb played “Prelude on Adeste Fideles” and “Prelude on Silent Night.” The Bells Jubilate handbell choir, directed by Kay Hawthorne, performed “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Manger Lullaby,” “Silent Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Gail Kinney, flute soloist, performed with Bells Jubilate members Helen Bankston, Melanie Boyce, Jo Lynn Caffery, Rita Chiasson, Bonnie Ellis, Cam Eversberg, Bob Hawthorne, Kay Keigley, Warren Miller, Juhyeon Lee, Vivian Lehman, Carolyn Moore, Julie Moorhead and Renee Rodi.

Baritone Stephen Rushing and Webb performed “Esa Einai,” “S’u Sh’arim” and “Sh’ma Kolenu.” A set five-piece set titled “Songs of the Spirit” was performed by soprano Kristina Temple and pianist Louis Wendt.

Program chairwoman was Rose Mary Williams. The Hospitality Committee members were Co-Chairwomen Lorice Say and Alice Luno, Beryl Browning, Alice Ducote, Thelma Herthum, Jane Honeycutt, Jackie Lewis, Page Meyer, Goldie O’Bannon, Ann Platt and Christine Robinson.

Highland Park Tennis honored by GBRCTA

The Highland Park Tennis Association has been named a Community Tennis Hero by the Greater Baton Rouge Community Tennis Association.

The honor, presented only once before to Eugene St. Martin, also a long-time HPTA member, is bestowed on individuals or organizations with a history of dedication to and support of Baton Rouge area tennis.

HPTA was founded in 1976 by longtime tennis teacher Eleanor Owens, and the organization has hosted a weekly, Saturday round robin for 38 years at BREC’s Highland Park. HPTA also has produced the Highland Open charity tennis tournament for 31 years, raising almost $107,000 since 2010 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

GBRCTA Vice President Stephen Magnon, a former HPTA president, presented the award Dec. 11 to HPTA’s first president, Bettye Burford, and to charter member Jo LeBlanc at the GBRCTA Captain’s Appreciation Party at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center and attended by about 200 avid tennis players.

HPTA was cited for accomplishments that include 2006 Member Organization of the Year by the USTA Southern Section, 2009 and 2012 Certification of Appreciation from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2011 Certificate of Appreciation from BREC for 35 years of support of BREC’s Highland Road Park and 2012 proclamation by Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden recognizing the Highland Open’s 30th anniversary.

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.