Bonsai Society learns about plans for Burden

Jeff Kuehny, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens director, spoke about the Burden Gardens master plan on Aug. 19 to the Louisiana Bonsai Society.

The plan includes a permanent bonsai exhibit garden. He gave a history of Burden and mentioned Baton Rouge organizations working to develop the walking trails, camellia collection, herb garden, rose garden and bonsai exhibit garden. Kuehny answer questions about trees and bonsai.

Howard Merrill, Zach Smith and Lowell Tilley reviewed the development of bonsai specimens. Billie Miles showed bonsai pots she made using Portland cement and perlite.

The next club meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge. Guests are welcome. Call Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or email

Anniversary event topic for Mental Health group

Fund Development Specialist Jenny Ridge discussed plans for the 60th anniversary celebration at the monthly Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge board meeting on Aug. 21.

The celebration will be held Nov. 4 at the Pennington Research Center. Darrell Hammond, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, will be guest speaker.

New board member Erica Sweeny was welcomed. Ridge said the “Painting a Brighter Future” art show will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Trianon plans annual fundraiser

President Ann Suire reported on plans for the annual fundraiser when Trianon, auxiliary to the Arc of Baton Rouge, met Aug. 28.

The fundraiser will be held Nov. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. She said the organization will participate in the Arc Plane Pull on Oct. 18 at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. New members Rose Ann Martin, Lynn Thune and Cheryl Dutten were welcomed. Suire and Tammy Duos were hostesses.

Parliamentarians welcome new members

The Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians met Aug. 26 at Café Americain in Baton Rouge.

President Sarah Holliday-James welcomed new members Jaia Edwards Artis and Desiree Alexander. Barry Brooks spoke about using technology in parliamentary procedure.

The next meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Café Americain.

Red Stick Ex-POW view videos of WWII veterans

The Red Stick chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War watched three videos about Louisiana World War II veterans Sept. 2 at Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge.

The videos, produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, featured Charles Breaux, of Krotz Springs, who was a sharpshooter; Joseph Cassin, a Bataan Death March survivor; and Bill Babington, who was a POW and B-17 pilot.

The next meeting is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Hollywood Casino.

Laureate Alpha Gamma holds Beginning Day

Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held Beginning Day Aug. 16 at President Dixie Gregory’s home. Also attending were Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Verlyn LeBlanc, Jean Leyda and Page Meyer.

Leyda passed out yearbooks, and chapter chairwomen reviewed their sections. Members discussed the sorority’s Mississippi convention to be held in September in McComb.

Walker student named High School Scholar

Austin Broussard, of Walker, has been selected to the national Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes students for leadership, scholarship and community involvement.

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