CAPP proposal topic for Cortana Kiwanis

BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight and BREC Director of Communications Cheryl Michelet spoke about the Capitol Area Pathways Project to develop hiking, walking and bike trails to the Cortana Kiwanis Club on Jan. 8. Michelet gave information about volunteering and other programs.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744.

Photographic Society has January workshop

David Howell, Bart Bennett and Sheldon Anderson covered how to take eye-catching photos, make the most of editing software and shoot with a smartphone at the Louisiana Photographic Society’s workshop Jan. 10 at the Livingston Parish Arts Council in Denham Springs.

Professional show-cat portrait photographer Larry Johnson explained how to capture the personality of a cat and its breed within 15 minutes at the club’s Jan. 15 meeting. First-place winners in the monthly competition were David Howell in Level A, Janet Gelpi in Level B and Rick LeCompte in monotone.

LPS meets on the third Thursday of the month. All photo enthusiasts are invited to attend. Visit

Friendship Force holds January board meeting

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting Jan. 12 at the Jones Creek Library.

Trudy Ivy discussed the upcoming trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. Thornton Cofield said the Southwest Regional Conference will be March 27-29 in Houston. Barbara Wittkopf handed out a proposed itinerary for the April visit from New Zealand. Lynn Robbins discussed the trip to Canada in September. Frances Bennett and Wittkopf will be Inter-Civic Council delegates.

For information, contact Bennett, (225) 926-4710.

Inter-Civic Council installs 2015 officers

The Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge installed 2015 officers Jan. 13 at Hunan’s Restaurant: President Kathy Blackman, President-Elect Lowell Tilley, Vice President L.N. Cox, Secretary Barbara Bourgeois, Treasurer Richard Flicker, Co-Treasurer Helen Lemoine, Past President Barbara Bourgeois and board members Lester Lemoine and Ed Bourgeois. Dave Peek installed the officers.

Reports were given on the Golden Deeds banquet and the holiday party.

Plaquemine club looks at Downton-era lifestyle

The Plaquemine Garden Club held a luncheon program on “Downton Abbey, South Louisiana Style” Jan. 13 in the Nottoway Plantation Cypress Ballroom.

Members Marian Medine, Sheryl Ramirez and Kathryn Campesi described the lavish lifestyle of the early 20th century English upper class, focusing on formal table settings, exquisite linens, fine crystal, china and silverware. They described proper table manners according to etiquette prior to World War I.

The monthly floral design was by Betty Blanchard. Hostesses were Jaynel Nadler and Penny Acosta.

OLLI at LSU chapter reviews strategic plan

The Lagniappe Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU Advisory Council reviewed its strategic plan on Jan. 15.

The Advisory Council reviewed a chapter strategic plan developed through the last year along with goals and strategies for implementing improvements during the coming year.

The Curriculum Committee gave updated plans for offerings of over 50 spring semester courses, most to be taught at Broadmoor United Methodist Church and St. James Place. Instructors will describe courses at the “Semester-at-a-Glance” coffee to be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at First Christian Church. Seniors are invited.

For more information, visit

Retired Teachers hold District IV meeting

District IV officers of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association met Jan. 15 at the LRTA office in Baton Rouge.

Dorothy Wilson of East Baton Rouge Educators of Yesteryear detailed the District IV meeting to be held March 9 at the Butler Community Center in Baton Rouge. LRTA Assistant Director Renee Siccone gave updates on issues concerning retired teachers and told members to look for the LRTA official ballot. Wilson is a candidate for the nominating committee.

The fall District IV meeting will be Oct. 5 in Jackson hosted by the East Feliciana Retired Teachers Association.

Also attending the meeting were Brenda Johnson, Ascension RTA and District IV historian; Olga Gaines, Educators of Yesteryear RTA, Baton Rouge Area RTA and District IV parliamentarian; Peggy Aime, Ascension RTA and District IV second vice president; LeRoy Washington, West Baton Rouge RTA; Ken Paxton, LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees; Ann Biggers, Baton Rouge Area RTA; Wayne Berry, Baton Rouge Area RTA and District IV treasurer; Sonja Terrell, East Feliciana RTA; Janis Hernandez, Ascension RTA and District IV president; Jevella Williamson, Ascension Parish REA and District IV secretary; and Beth Dawson, East Feliciana RTA and District IV photographer.

Livingston Historical Society elects officers

The Edward Livingston Historical Society elected officers Jan. 15 at the Livingston Branch Library: President Clark Forrest, Vice President Anna Farris, Secretary Iris Stilley, Treasurer David Wall and Parliamentarian Brenda Felder.

Board members are Mary Broussard and Florence Crowder. Carol Lamm, Jeff Boyd and Felder are editors.

Programs for the year include Laura Blokker discussing the historic survey of parish builds in February, Sam Hyde speaking about his new book in March and Christopher Achee speaking on Spanish Gov. Gran Pre.

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