Mu Sigma holds prenatal education fair

Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority hosted its annual Project CRADLE Care Prenatal Education Fair Jan. 16 at the sorority house. The theme was “H3: It’s all About Me — Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, and Healthy Generations.”

The program seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by providing prenatal education and prenatal care and to increase understanding of proper infant care and child development. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority alumnae chapters simultaneously host the annual prenatal education fair in January in conjunction with National Birth Defects Awareness Month.

Panelists were Susie Johnson, Capital Area Division director, March of Dimes; Charles Thomas, executive director, Family Values Resource Institute; Natasha James, owner, Allstar Community Care; Dr. Dawn R. Marcelle, pediatrician; Dr. Joseph Diggs, internal medicine, OBGYN; Dr. Sandra Grant, neonatologist; Dr. Kimberly Stewart, neonatologist; Dee Poullard, holistic health coach; and Karen Ahmad, Our Lady of the Lake and Alliance Safety Council.

Other participants included Louisiana State Police Sgt. Johnnie Brown, Anitra Foster of Grace Touch Center, the Women, Infants and Children program, Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, Women’s Help Center, Cynthia Miller of Cindy’s Little Angels, and the Southern University Ag Center. The program included lunch, door prizes and participation certificates.

Covington sculptor speaks to Art League

Bronze sculptor Bill Binnings, of Covington, spoke about how art enriches life Jan. 20 to the Baton Rouge Art League.

Binnings, whose sculpture career has spanned more than 40 years, showed some of his smaller figurative bronzes and compared his work to a three-dimensional sonata that celebrates the “beauty, resilience and dignity of the human condition.”

“Artist Paul Klee said as the world becomes more in chaos, art becomes more abstract,” Binnings noted. “The language of art is always abstraction. … You’re never going to be a photographer. When you put your art out for someone to see, you’re creating a dialogue. The responsibility of the artist is to speak clearly.”

Sheryl Campbell headed the meeting’s refreshment committee, which included Melisse Campbell, Marilyn Ehr, Joanna MacPherson, Zora Olsson, Laura Simpson and Lindsay Rougon.

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