The heat wave that’s gripped Baton Rouge for the past couple of weeks has slowed life down but it hasn’t stopped us from partying. Isn’t that what cool beverages are for?

Casas for CASA

Frozen margaritas were the beverage du jour at the July 19 fiesta at the Renaissance Hotel kicking off this year’s Casas for CASA playhouse raffle. For the past 21 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates has raffled off an adorable playhouse to assist its efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. The evening featured Mexican cuisine donated by Caliente Mexican Craving, music by the Better Than Nobody Band and what seemed like a mile-long table of everything imaginable up for silent auction.

This year’s playhouse, designed by Lilliput Play Homes and assembled by title sponsor Faulk & Meek General Contractors, is valued at $22,000.

It is on display at the Mall of Louisiana starting July 25 through Aug. 16, when the winning ticket will be drawn during CASA Kids Day. This free event is from noon until the drawing at 5 p.m. and features safety and wellness exhibits along with activities and entertainment for children of all ages.

Raffle tickets are $5 and are available online at, the mall or at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave. Faulk & Meek will deliver the playhouse to the winner within 60 miles of the Mall of Louisiana.

Freeze reunion

Before the fiesta, I was partying at Club Coozan with former members and groupies of the show band Freeze. I got there about 45 minutes after the reunion kicked off and, I confess, I was stunned when I pulled into the packed parking lot. It was a pretty full house and the dance floor was already hopping to the sounds of Storywood, which features former Freeze band member Dale Craft on keyboards. This group played first because several of its members compose the Better Than Nobody Band, which was playing at the CASA fiesta.

Also taking the stage were Geared Up and Boss Tweed, along with members of Freeze. There was some good-natured talk that if you gave some of these guys a microphone and put them in the spotlight, it might be hard to take it away.

Camp Care

Cancer Services’ annual Camp Care wrapped up with a big celebration at Drusilla Place July 17. DJ Bob Blanchard had campers and counselors out on the dance floor doing the Macarena when I arrived. The smiles on everyone’s faces erased any doubt as to whether it was a fun week at camp. Under the direction of Jana Poché, the camp is for children battling cancer and their siblings.

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