The place to be March 4 was the opening of the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge and Tsunami's second location. With a rooftop spot overlooking the Mississippi River, those Acadiana girls Michele Ezell and Leah Simon aren't doing too bad. And they sure did look cute, both wearing ruffled skirts. Michele says a highlight of opening night was serving the restaurant's "edible art" to guests like Mayor Kip Holden, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, LSU Chancellor William Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Michael Berg ' not to mention taking in the breathtaking sunset on the terrace. Now Michele and Leah get to enjoy that view every night!
Speaking of beautiful views, the Avec Souci annual spring garden tour is coming up May 1. The group of ladies held a kickoff luncheon and fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day at the home of Ann Knight. The color green was especially appropriate for the club, and gorgeous flower arrangements filled with greens helped get everyone in the spirit. Party Girl had a wonderful time visiting with this year's homeowners on the tour, in addition to sipping some white wine and snacking on delicious pasta salad and cucumber sandwiches. And I have to tell y'all, Ann Knight has a beautiful home, and her gardens can rival any on the tour. Recipients of the tour's proceeds for 2005 were also announced: Buddy Palmer was there representing the Acadiana Arts Council, Valerie Keller representing Acadiana Outreach, Michelle Izzo for Faith House, Jeanette Alcon for Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic, Sally Burdette and Mimi Prevost for Sunshine Foundation, and representatives of Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization and the University of Louisiana Foundation also attended. Homeowners in attendance included Jenny Cole, Rosary Russo, Lue Svendson and Claire Ward. Kathy Entes' home is also on the tour, but she couldn't make it to the luncheon. You sure missed out Kathy! I hope all of my friends' spring and summer activities are starting to bloom out there, and don't forget to keep Party Girl posted.
Party On! ' PG
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NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
NOV 26 Finally, mad people on the interwebz is a good thing! World wide webby outrage has caused the village of Moreauville to reverse its plan to confiscate pit bulls and Rottweillers and euthanize them simply because of their breed, WAFB reports here. The plan? They're going to enforce the leash law. Well, that would have been a good place to start.
NOV 26 Jim Brown, like many of us Louisiana voters, seems fed up with out of town know-it-alls trying to tell us what to do. Bill Cassidy can't make it through the day without flying someone in to "tell us political retards" how to vote, he says.
NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
NOV 26 Unless you're in Virigina, you shouldn't count on seeing our Governor on Election Day. Mark Ballard writes in the Advocate's political blog that Bobby will be appearing at a GOP love fest of some kind there, instead of spending the day here.
NOV 26 This post on The Lens takes a look at the ongoing dispute in New Orleans over the banners about the upcoming tax election for the school system. The banners are hanging on schools, and some feel they are promotional, which is not allowed, instead of educational - which is allowed.
NOV 26 Not all college students are focused on football games and parties at this time of year. This post on DIG Baton Rouge recounts an LSU student group that tries to make sure that those who are hungry and homeless are not forgotten by those of us who aren't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
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