Capital Area Human Services is promoting a safe, alcohol- and drug-free prom and graduation season for area high school students.

The program was created by the Ascension Parish School System and has been expanded and used in direct messaging to students and parents.

“Prom and graduation season is a time for celebration and making lasting memories,” said CAHS Executive Director Jan Kasofsky.

The agency distributed to 14 area junior high and high schools, and through the East Baton Rouge Parish I Care program, the following printed message: “Don’t let the use of alcohol and other drugs lead to bad decisions with serious, life-changing consequences.”

Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities and Capital Area Human Services are asking students and their parents to know there are choices that will promote their safety and the safety of others and prevent legal consequences.

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CASA volunteers sought

Capital Area CASA Association is holding 45-minute orientation session for residents interested in volunteering with the agency.

Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers speak up for abused children to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

Capital Area CASA Association needs volunteers to continue assisting children. CASA is accepting people into its next volunteer training class, which begins June 9.

Sessions will be held at 5 p.m. May 7, noon May 13, 10 a.m. May 23 and noon May 26.

For future orientation dates and more information, call (225) 379-8598, visit or email

Wind down on Wednesday

Sample six wines from Sonoma Valley’s B.R. Cohn Winery and taste local delicacies at Alexander’s Highland Market’s bimonthly wine dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Alexander’s cafe, 18111 Highland Market Drive.

An h’ors d’oeurvres reception starts at 6:40 p.m.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at customer service or by calling (225) 615-7800.

B.R. Cohn Winery is one of the few remaining family-owned and operated estate wineries in Sonoma Valley, a news release said.

For more information, call (225) 615-7800.

Fire marshal gets grant

A $15,000 grant from State Farm will help the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office enhance its arson prevention efforts.

The grant will fund camera equipment to provide surveillance in high arson crime areas.

May 3-9 is National Arson Awareness Week. The U.S. Fire Administration and State Farm have teamed up this year for Arson Awareness Week with the theme of “Accelerant Detection Canines: Sniffing Out Arson.”

The Fire Marshal’s Office received the money during a Monday ceremony.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.