Around Southside: Animal activist honored for work _lowres

Photo provided by Holly Reynolds -- Baton Rouge animal welfare supporter Holly Reynolds, left, accepts an honor March 30 from Wayne Pacelle at the Human Society of the United States' Aminal Care Expo in New Orleans.

Longtime animal rights supporter Holly Reynolds recently was honored by the Humane Society of the United States during the group’s Animal Care Expo in New Orleans.

Reynolds, 96, said she was surprised when Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle called her with the invitation.

“He offered to send a car to get me,” she said.

But, not wanting to have the group spend money on her, she hitched a ride to the event with friends.

At a banquet on March 30, before a crowd of more than 2,000 people, Pacelle called Reynolds’ name and presented her with a plaque for her decades of service for animals.

Reynolds founded Capital Area Animal Welfare Society in 1979 and later started the Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates.

She’s spent most of her adult life “doing anything I could do for animals,” she said.

She fought against puppy mills and backyard breeders and led efforts to increase funding for the local animal control center. She’s also worked for the protection of chimpanzees, whales and the environment.

Remodeling seminar

The Remodelers Council of Greater Baton Rouge will host a seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday at its office, 10518 Kentshire Court, for consumers who are considering an addition or remodeling project.

Residents can learn where and how to start their remodeling project, what licenses and/or permits are required by their contractor, and what to look out for when getting bids, a news release said.

At noon, certified specialists will also discuss aging in place and how to design and make changes so seniors citizens can remain in their home as they get older. The seminars are free.

For information, visit www.remodelbr.com or call (225) 761-2800.

Ikebana exhibit

Baton Rouge Chapter 42 of Ikebana International will host its annual exhibit, The Art of Ikebana, from noon to 4 p.m. April 25 and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library.

Ikebana means Japanese flower arranging. The exhibit will include Japanese textiles, ceramics and handicrafts. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

Ribbon-cutting

Residents are invited to view the St. George Fire Protection District’s new administration and training facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, 12100 Airline Highway.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email southside@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.