Learn about Louisiana’s native plants during a free talk at 6 p.m. July 17 at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road.

“Margaret Stones’s Flora of Louisiana” will be the topic during the presentation by Gresdna Doty, Paul Murrill, Lowell Urbatsch and Wayne Womack .

The program will be facilitated by Randy Harelson, guest curator of the exhibition.

Call (225) 389-7207 or visit sites01.lsu.edu/wp/hilltop/.

Report suspicious activities

Reader Keith John Paul Horcasitas wants to remind readers that summertime can bring with it an increased incident of car break-ins.

Busy residents forget to lock their cars, leaving valuables in plain sight.

He encourages residents to use common sense in securing possessions and “be a neighborhood watcher” even if you don’t have a formal system in your neighborhood.

Under the heading better safe than sorry, Horcasitas suggests that residents report all suspicious activities to law enforcement and don’t leave items out that might tempt the bad guys.

CASA holding orientation

Capital Area CASA Association is holding volunteer orientation sessions for its court-appointed special advocates program.

CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected youths living in foster care, a news release from the agency said.

CASA volunteers do not provide legal representation, nor do they replace social workers. A CASA volunteer is an independent voice speaking solely for the best interests of the child, the release said.

No special background is required. The first step to becoming a CASA volunteer is to attend one of the following 45-minute orientation sessions at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave.:

  • Saturday, 10 a.m.
  • July 17, 6 p.m.
  • July 22, 12:30 p.m.
  • July 28, 12 p.m.
  • Aug. 2, 10 a.m.
  • Aug. 7, noon
  • Aug. 12, 1 p.m.
  • Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 6, 10 a.m.
  • Sept. 10, 5 p.m.
  • Sept. 19, noon
  • Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.

CASA is accepting people into its next volunteer training class, which begins Sept. 9.

To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, call (225) 379-8598, visit casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org.

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