Altrusa members get lesson on scarves

Doze Y. Butler, associate dean at Southern University’s College of Sciences and Agriculture demonstrated ways to wear fashion scarves at Altrusa International of Baton Rouge’s April 12 meeting. Dianne Miller, sister of Altrusa member Nadine Mann, served as Butler’s model.

Membership Committee Chairwoman Judy Stracener presented prospective members Butler, Miller, Margaret Gaudin and Yvette McCabe, guests of President Jackie Robbins; Carol Madere, guest of Donna Embree; and Melissa Parrino, guest of Stracener. Stracener coordinated the program assisted by Carol Davis, Cherryl Alford, Lynn Nettles, Robbins, Gerry Malone, Amy Drago and Marti Didier.

Cathy Craddock presented ongoing service projects. Guests received packets containing the purpose of the organization at the local, district and international levels and lace handkerchiefs donated by Didier.

For information on Altrusa, contact Nettles, (225) 752-9246, or Didier, (225) 939-0460.

Music Club scholarship winners perform recital

Recipients of 2014-15 Music Club scholarships performed a recital April 14 at the Woman’s Club: Juliana Compton, cello, Mrs. W. Carruth Jones Scholarship; Connor Dugas, flute, Music Club Instrumental Scholarship; Johnny Ballance, tenor, Marshall Peery Scholarship; and Crystal Morris, soprano, Earl W. Redding Scholarship in Musical Theater.

Jessie Mulkey and Jo Zganjar co-chaired the Hospitality Committee, which consisted of Nola Labat, Judy LaBauve, Eunice Landolt, Lois Michelli, Katherine Nadler and Merlyn Stratman.

Local theater topic for historical organization

Jack Lampert, education director of Theatre Baton Rouge, and Travis Williams, the theater’s archivist, spoke to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society on April 18.

The organization began in 1946 as the Baton Rouge Civic Theater, located then at Harding Field. Williams, who has been active in the theater since his teens, recounted the move to the theater’s current location at what was then Bon Marche Mall. At that time, the name was changed to Baton Rouge Little Theater. He shared stories about productions over the years. In 2013, the name was changed to Theatre Baton Rouge.

Lampert, who has been with the theater for six years, discussed 2015-16 plays, the theatre’s 70th season.

Clifford Grout, a Baton Rouge architect and a volunteer at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Bluebonnet Regional Library. Grout is the grandson of a World War II purchasing agent for Higgins Industries in New Orleans, which produced huge numbers of naval vessels. His talk will focus on restoration of a 78-foot wooden patrol-torpedo boat. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call Mary McKeough, (225) 924-8921.

Baton Rouge DAR learns about Albrizio murals

State Recording Secretary Pat Reed spoke about the works of Louisiana artist and muralist Conrad Albrizio to the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution April 20 at the State Archives building.

The state regent’s project is to have an Albrizio mural restored and installed at the Louisiana State Capitol Park Museum. The Louisiana DAR received the 2015 State Passion for Culture Award for efforts to save this piece of history.

Members were told of the awards the chapter received and the items that were provided for Louisiana veterans at the 2015 State Conference. Details for the 2016 State Conference, which will be held in Baton Rouge in March 2016, were provided. Sara Lemon and Susan Smith provided refreshments.

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

Chronologically Gifted hear Lane’s testimony

Eric Lane shared his Christian faith to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church on April 22.

Lane said he accepted Christ as a young man at baseball camp. The president of Gerry Lane Enterprises and a former pro baseball player, Lane was reared in the church but felt an emptiness, and one evening he got on his knees and asked Christ to enter his heart. “It’s as easy as that,” he said.

After this, he became aware of his surroundings. “I could not believe the words of some songs I had been singing,” he said.

Von Middleton catered the luncheon. Ellen Snyder was in charge of arrangements and was assisted by her granddaughters, Tristen and Lillian Clark. Guests were Carolyn Doling, Marlene Wilcox, James Calhoun, Joyce Tippy and the Rev. Ted and Judy Roeling. Roger Wirth gave the invocation.

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