Iota Master has fish fry social

Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the end of the club year with a social and fish fry on May 26 at Ed and Cheryl Foster's home.

The theme was Memorial Day and members gave thanks for those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy freedom.

The chapter held its final meeting May 24 at Lynda Smith's home. Linda Garafola was a guest, and secret sisters were revealed. The chapter will resume meetings in August.

Fan Favorites chosen for En Plein Air event

More than 30 artists participated May 24-26 in the En Plein Air fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation, which helps maintain, design and promote the individual gardens in the 15-acre park.

More than 200 people voted on May 26 for their favorite painting at the reception for artists and guests. Andrea Phillips was named Fan Favorite 1 and Dana Mosby, of Prairieville, as Fan Favorite 2.

38 graduate from BRAC Leadership Program

On June 5, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber graduated 38 participants from the 32nd class of its Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program. They join an alumni base of more than 1,000.

The program focuses on key areas such as education; diversity; city and state government; health care and social issues; economic development; the arts and culture; and the criminal justice system to provide graduates with knowledge of issues facing the Capital region and the potential for volunteerism.

Participants are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations and individual nominators.

2018 graduates are:

Matthew Lane Adams, Louisiana Board of Regents; Pranjal Lalwani Banthia, Cox Media; Melissa Lindsey Bezet, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana; Franz N. Borghardt, Borghardt Law Firm; Eric S. Borne, ExxonMobil; Jeffrey W. Boykin, Boykin Brothers; Bridgette B. Coleman, Coleman Consulting Group; Eugene Lawrence Collins, HAART; Tokesha M. Collins-Wright, Kean Miller; Melissa Curits, Council for a Better Louisiana; Lynn Daigle, Latter & Blum; Karmen Rochelle Davis, LED FastStart; Kyle J. Finke, Louisiana Resource Center for Educators; Heather Allyson Folks-Givens, Guarantee Restoration Services; Ann Dang Fontenot, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana; Ryan Christopher Gisclair, Capital South Wealth Management; Nikki Godfrey, Louisiana Board of Regents; Melissa M. Grand, McGlinchey Stafford; Michelle Hardy, Turner Industries; Timothy Emile Johnson, Baton Rouge Community College; Theresa Broussard Jones, Theresa B. Jones Consulting; Brandon L. Kelly, Home Bank; Megan Howard Kelly, MHK Consulting; Sara Landreneau Kleinpeter, Louisiana's Community & Technical College System; Emily May Kline, Woman's Hospital; William D. Lampton, Jones Walker; Eric B. Landry, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson; Christen Losey-Gregg, Losey Insurance and Financial Services; Heather N. Maturin, Ochsner Medical Center — Baton Rouge; William S. Mulina, Brusly High School; Adrian Annette Owen, LSU Foundation; Marie Brewer Powell, BREW Agency; Erik Thomas Showalter, Baton Rouge General Foundation; Kimberly Ming-Gee Tang, Teach for America; Frederick Link Thomas, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office; Melissa M. Thompson, Baton Rouge Area Chamber; George Wilton Town, Red River Bank; and Dr. Dawn Rube Vick, Baton Rouge Clinic.

LSU's Ariaz honored for documentary photography

Jeremiah Ariaz, associate professor of photography at the LSU School of Art, has received the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for his project, Louisiana Trail Riders.

The Louisiana Trail Riders series is a five-year project documenting Creole trail-riding clubs in southeast Louisiana. The photographs depict African-American trail riders, asserting a counternarrative to historic representations of the cowboy and prevailing contemporary images of difference and despair in black America.

Ariaz’ Louisiana Trail Riders project portrays Creoles in south Louisiana on horseback, a pastime with historical and cultural significance. Archival evidence reveals the prominence of enslaved cattlemen in the Louisiana colony back to the 1700s, suggesting that the tradition of trail riders of African descent is centuries-old.

Tara High Class of '78 sets reunion

The Tara High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40-year reunion from 7 p.m. to 10 pm Saturday, June 23, at Stage 1, 13456 S. Harrell's Ferry Road in Baton Rouge. Cost is $80 per person. Visit the class website,, for information.

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