About Town for June 1, 2014 _lowres



  • WHAT: YMCA’s annual swimsuit drive.
  • WHEN: June 2-16.
  • WHERE: All YMCA locations in the capital area.
  • DETAILS: Donate new or gently used swimsuits.


  • WHAT: Open house for St. Jude Dream Home
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through June 14; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through June 15
  • WHERE: 18130 Vis-A-Vis Ave., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: 1 (800) 726-6409 or dreamhome.org
  • 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.


  • WHAT: A stop on a cross-country motorcycle ride to raise awareness for veterans, Cigars for Warriors and Veterans Outreach
  • WHEN: 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 4
  • WHERE: Cadillac Café, 5454 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • INFORMATION: Contact Alaine DiBenedetto at (225) 235-2380, Anthony Gallo at (225) 296-0288 or visit bikernet.com/pages/FIRST_ANNUAL_IRON_AND_ASH_RIDE.aspx
  • 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.
  • WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.
  • REGISTRATION: fhl.org or (225) 387-2464
  • 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.