DETAILS: A free open house to showcase the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway built by Alvarez Construction with an estimated value of $400,000. Visitors can register to win the Open House Prize, a $5,000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of The UPS Store. Tickets for the home raffle and other prizes are $100. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s sponsors include The Advocate, WBRZ, Alvarez Construction, WYNK, Carriagewood Estates, Dream Day Foundation, Citizens Bank & Trust, The UPS Store, Brizo, Shaw Floors and Trane.
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WHAT: A stop on a cross-country motorcycle ride to raise awareness for veterans, Cigars for Warriors and Veterans Outreach
DETAILS: Event includes food, raffles, door prizes, music and more. All active duty military, veterans and supporters welcome. Special parking for bikes provided. The ride began in San Antonio at the close of the second annual Cigars for Warriors Festival.
WHAT: Family Enrichment Evenings.
WHEN: 6-8:30 p.m. on five Mondays from June 9 to July 7
WHERE: David Paul Learning Center, 928 Rodin Drive
INFORMATION: (225) 291-2400 or (225) 505-6309
DETAILS: Sessions are for young people in grades 9-12, accompanied by one parent or guardian, says center director Lloyd Benson II. Sessions will include dinner, guest speakers and moderators. Upon completion of the sessions, up to $100 will be applied to a debt of the families represented. Retired Army Col. James Bowie, who heads the ROTC at McKinley High School, will launch the motivational and inspirational talks. Values, success in life, God, duty and country will be the focus. Don Griffin, a local businessman and a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, is also among the speakers. Sponsors are Broadmoor Baptist Church, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church and the Interfaith Federation.
WHAT: Pointe Coupee preservationist Randy Harelson will speak about “On the Trail of Naturalist William Bartram” at The Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Reception begins at 6 p.m.
DETAILS: Presented in conjunction with Hilltop Arboretum, which is working to create historical markers in this region along Bartram’s Trail. Bartram traveled through the American South in the 1770s, and wrote one of the most popular travel books of the 18th century, “Travels.” Markers have been placed in most of the states he explored, except Louisiana, Harelson says. This lecture is an overview of the Bartram’s history as a naturalist, his path through the region and upcoming plans for placing several markers in key places in Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee.