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Harvest Time Food Bank

The Harvest Time local Food Bank will distribute food on Tuesday, January 23 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La. 70725.

Grambling High School Day

The Grambling University Experience will be held Thursday, January 25 in the Upstage Theatre, at Cortana Mall Entrance #1 (by Dillard's) in Baton Rouge. The event is hosted by the Charles P. Adams Alumni Chapter of Greater Baton Rouge. The Grambling University recruitment team will be present. The Grambling Exerience High School Day will take place from 6-8 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Meetings

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area sponsors caring, non-judgmental meetings where families and friends share their experiences and learn essential information for coping with the disease. Caregiver Support Groups meet regularly and are free. Caregivers come together to share stories, get tips, ask questions, and support one another through the journey of Alzheimer’s. Upcoming meetings: St. James Place Health & Wellness Building, Classroom 1, 333 Lee Dr. 4th Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., 3rd Saturday, January 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; Garden View Assisted Living, 3130 Jones Creek Rd., 3rd Thursday, January 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Call 225-334-7494 or visit www.alzbr.org for more information.

Twenty-fourth Annual Boat Parade

The Krewe of Diversion's 24th annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade will be held Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m. The cost is $35 per boat (checks payable to LFACC). All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Food and St. Jude items will be sold at Manny’s starting at noon the day of the parade. The Live Auction starts AT 5:30 p.m. or after all participating parade boats are back at Manny’s. All donations are appreciated. For more details call David or Vivian Stevens 225-939-2135 or 225-324-5695. This year's Grand Marshal is WBRZ's Ashley Fruge.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Training

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of Child Advocacy Services needs volunteers to be the voice for abused and neglected children in their community. Training will begin February 15. For more information on how to become a CASA Volunteer, contact Krisy Rice at 800-798-1575 or email at Krice@childadv.net. To learn more about Child Advocacy Services (CAS), visit www.childadv.net.

LSU Vet School Open House

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) will host its 36th annual Open House on Saturday, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LSU SVM on Skip Bertman Dr. This event is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. The LSU SVM encourages the public to download the LSU SVM app that will include a detailed schedule of events, maps, announcements, games and more that will help guests find information and navigate the self-guided tour easily. For more information about the LSU SVM Open House, visit www.lsu.edu/vetmed/events/open_house/index.php.

LSU Order of the Engineer

Twenty students were recently inducted into the LSU College of Engineering’s Order of the Engineer, an honorific awarded to selected students to “foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.” Local students inducted were: Bianca Goodlow of Gonzales; Sarah Christine Ellis, Matthew LeBlanc, and Brian William McIlwain of Prairieville.

Pet Adoption Event

The SPCA of Livingston will be holding a pet adoption event on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the PetSmart on Millerville Road in Baton Rouge right off of I-12. Bring your family out and meet all of the sweet, furry friends looking for their forever homes. There will be a variety of puppies and adult dogs.

7th District VFD Donations

The 7th District Volunteer Fire Department (Gonzales) is once again, having their annual appreciation banquet and needs your help. In 2017, the 7th District VFD responded to 847 Fire and EMS calls as volunteers, rivaling many paid fire departments. If you would consider donating a door prize for our annual banquet, please call by Tuesday, January 23. Contact Board Member Gretchen Soniat 225-938-3872 or Board Member Addie Stapler 225-445-4640 for details. We are always looking for volunteers to join our department. If you or someone you know would like to get more information on how to join, we invite you to our public business meeting, held on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., located at 13337 LA Hwy 44, Gonzales. We would like to, again, thank our 2017 supporters!