EBR Master Gardeners select 2015 officers

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners Association 2015 Board of Directors took office at the Jan. 20 meeting at the LSU AgCenter Burden Museum and Gardens Orangerie. Officers are President Mary Tauzin, Past President Mary Tharp, President-elect Vanessa Green, Treasurer Richard Babin and Secretary Renée Major.

Margaret Hawkins is publicity and public relations coordinator, Angie Wall is committee coordinator and Maggie Jolly and Kerry Hawkins are members at large. County extension agent Bob Souvestre is advisor.

East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners began in 1994 as one of the state’s first master gardener groups and is associated with the LSU AgCenter. It provides community educational projects and activities at Burden Museum and Gardens for youth and adults, and plant propagation by the Plantmakers.

The major funding-raising project is the annual plant sale, which will be held this year from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on the Burden grounds. Cathy Mayer, Marie Varnes, Jolly and Tauzin direct the sale.

Presbyterians hear Advocate’s Heitman

Advocate columnist Danny Heitman spoke to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church on Jan. 21.

Heitman is author of “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House,” writes “At Random” on Sundays and is its editorial page editor. He noted his love for his native Louisiana and that no one had written a book about Audubon’s stay. He told some stories about Audubon he researched, including his relationship with the Pirrie family at Oakley Plantation in St. Francisville.

Emily Jane McCune chaired the luncheon catered by Von Middleton, and was assisted by Blanche Hamilton, Pat Robertson and Meg Genusa.

Bonsai Society holds Mid-Winter Workshop

Joe Day, of Mobile, Alabama, led the Louisiana Bonsai Society’s annual Mid-winter Bonsai Workshop Jan. 17.

May helped found the Azalea City Bonsai Society in 1981. He teaches classes on broadleaf bonsai sponsored by the Gulf Coast Bonsai Foundation. The next class will be Feb. 28 in Baton Rouge.

LBS meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. On Feb. 17, the program will be re-potting and trimming bonsai, with discussions on ways to improve bonsai. Contact Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or Ltilley@cox.net.

Writing event receives $4,918 Entergy grant

The nonprofit Celebration of Literature and Art has received $4,918 from Entergy’s River Bend Station for the Writers and Readers Symposium and Writers Workshop in St. Francisville.

CLA Chair Olivia Pass thanked Entergy’s Mary Broussard for assisting with the application.

The eighth annual symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Hemingbough. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Butler Greenwood Plantation.

To register, visit brownpapertickets.com or contact OLLI at LSU. The CLA website is literatureandart.com.

Bryant graduates from Army basic training

Army Spc. Dexter C. Bryant has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Bryant is the son of Monique C. Bryant and son-in-law of Ginnaria V. Bryant, of Baton Rouge. He is a 2009 graduate of Istrouma High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2014 from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Tau Kappa Omega plans service programs

Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has planned new community service programs for Ascension, Assumption, Iberville and St. James parishes.

Tau Kappa Omega launched its New Dimensions of Service programs on Jan. 10. The five Target areas are educational enrichment, with Francesa Mellieon-Williams as program captain and Shalonda Skidmore as co-captain; health promotion, with Leuna Johnson as program captain and Katrice Lipscomb as co-captain; family strengthening, with Andretta Atkins as chairman and Chant é Luckett as co-captain; environmental ownership, with Cormanda Green as chairman and Carolyn Wilson as co-captain; and global impact, with Quanda Charles as chairman and Tia Mills as co-captain.

Program Chairman and chapter Vice President Carmen Harrison led the launch along with five newly appointed program captains and chapter President, Charmaine J. Williams.

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.