La. Watercolor Society show awards presented

Awards for Louisiana Watercolor Society artists whose works are on display at the State Archives were presented June 6: Cheri Fry, first place; Monica Bishara, second place; Noel Poche, third place; Shirley Doiron and Georgie Dussuoy, honorable mentions; Cal Balencie and Kathy Miller Stone, merits.

State Archivist Florent Hardy presented the awards. The watercolors are on display through June 30. The Louisiana Watercolor Society, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit organization advancing watercolor as a serious medium.

In addition to its member shows held twice a year, the society sponsors education programs. Membership information is available at LouisianaWatercolorSociety.org.

Friendship Force of BR holds board meeting

Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its monthly board meeting June 8 at the Jones Creek Branch Library.

President Keith Corkern said 19 people visited the Stennis Space Center. Exchange Director Lynn Robbins reported on the upcoming trip to Canada. Chairman Frances Bennett discussed the “Christmas in July” party for the Louisiana War Veterans Home. Corkern spoke about World Friendship Day, which will be included in the Greenwell Springs Branch Library Multi-Cultural Festival.

For information on Friendship Force of Baton Rouge, email ffbrla@gmail.com.

Women Veterans hold flag-folding ceremony

Louisiana Women Veterans held a flag-folding ceremony and demonstrated the proper way to fold an American flag June 6 at the Jones Creek Branch Library. Cathy Boutte read what each fold stood for as Ramona Hudson and Anna Sanders folded the flag.

The organization has a photo display of women who have served in all military branches from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom that will remain at the library throughout June.

White graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Alexia R. White graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. White is the daughter of Lillie M. White, of Natchez, Miss., and Teineka S. White, of Baton Rouge, and graduated in 2014 from Tara High School.

Food Incubator topic for Inter-Civic meeting

LSU Vice Chancellor John Russin spoke about the AgCenter’s Food Incubator Program to the Inter-Civic Council June 9 at Hunan’s Restaurant.

This program helps entrepreneurs with limited capital develop businesses by supporting the creation and development of food products and providing marketing assistance.

Since its inception nearly two years ago, the Food Incubator has helped launch more than 20 local companies, placed nearly 40 products in stores and works to connect emerging entrepreneurs and their products with markets. The program offers commercial manufacturing and packaging facilities, food processing and development laboratories, business resource assistance, and marketing and vendor resources.

Tranchina completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Tess M. Tranchina graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Tranchina is the daughter of Brett Tranchina Sr., of Denham Springs, and sister of Brett Tranchina Jr., of Greenwell Springs. She is also the granddaughter of Aj and Pud Tranchina, of Livingston, and John and Rose Mangano, of Greenwell Springs.She graduated in 2011 from Central High School.

Baton Rouge High ’85 class to hold reunion

The Baton Rouge High School Class of 1985 will hold its 30-year reunion June 26-27. Contact Melanie Anderson, (225) 315-9991, or Wendy Richardson, (225) 975-1516.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. Events should be submitted in a timely fashion.