MLK Fest

Make a lasting impact this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend by volunteering at the fifth annual MLK Festival of Service. Every year the Walls Project gathers volunteers from around the Baton Rouge Area to rejuvenate public and private buildings in blighted areas of the Capital Region. The event will consist of painting buildings, crafting murals, planting community gardens, and cleaning up trash and debris from the streets.  

This event is great for family fun, a friends’ day-out, or an office team-building activity. So, round up your crew and plan on a day of service. The four-day event will start on Friday, January 18 and come to an end on MLK Day, Monday, January 21, with a big block party celebration including live music and food. 

Flavor of the Week: Ma Mama’s Kitchen 

If you’re looking for some authentic, down-home Cajun and Creole cooking, then it’s time you take a trip down the Louisiana backroads straight to New Roads. You’ll find Ma Mama’s Kitchen nestled on Main Street. They’ve been running since 1997 and don’t have an end in sight. Once you’ve found a table in the cozy eatery, we suggest you start with the shrimp tini, follow it with a cup of turtle soup, splurge for the redfish Hayden, and top it all off with a giant (and we mean giant) piece of their made-from-scratch cakes. 

Is your mouth watering already? Tag your eats with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on our blog.

Workin’ It: Baton Rouge Area Tour Guide 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is seeking an hourly Tour Guide to join the organization’s Talent Development team. This role is responsible for helping welcome newcomers or people considering a move to the Baton Rouge Area. The Tour Guide will conduct tours of the city, showcasing the thousands of amenities it offers. Tours take place Monday – Friday in the hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The position will be paid by the hour for tours as needed and rental cars are provided. 

This position requires candidates to have a valid driver’s license and car insurance. Candidates must also love Baton Rouge and know their way around town. 

Resumes will be accepted only via email at talent@brac.org with the subject line Baton Rouge Area Tour Guide. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about BRAC’s talent development program or to advertise an open position, email talent@brac.org.

My Baton Rouge: An Under-the-Radar Music Capital 

Baton Rouge, Toronto, and Salvador – what do these places all have in common? They were each recently recognized by Men’s Journal as one of ‘8 Under-the-Radar Music Capitals You Need to Visit Now.’ 

Baton Rouge was highlighted (which is no surprise to us) for its swamp blues, which the article explains as “a Cajun-inspired take on the classic blues.” Featuring the Baton Rouge Blues Festival and venues that often play blues, such as Phil Brady’s and Mid City Ballroom, Baton Rouge is placed as a must-visit music city.  

A lively, musical Capital City, that is my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org.

Out on the Town

  • Cirque du Soleil Crystal, January 3-6, enjoy a thrilling show of dare devil acrobatics all set on a frozen playground at the Baton Rouge River Center 
  • Indoor Art Market, January 5, support local artisans this weekend at the Bogan Fire Museum 
  • Sing & Swing Celebrity Karaoke Competition, January 11, vote for your favorite local celebrity and sit back and enjoy the show at this philanthropic event at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge 
  • New Member Meet-up, January 13, join Forum 35 at Brew Ha Ha to learn more about the organization and network with fellow young professionals 

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.