Live Capitalized: Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking…

Daylight Savings Time has blessed us with more sunlit evenings and blooming trees. Plants are making our eyes itch and the spicy smell of crawfish is wafting from every backyard. This can only mean one thing…winter has officially left the building and SPRING. HAS. ARRIVED! From pastel palettes to airy events, here are some ways to live your best spring life: 

  • Springtime Succulents – Want some flowery, last-minute fun? Grab a friend (or four and get 10 percent off your registration!) and join Alice’s Table and Baton Rouge Succulent Co. tonight (March 29) at 6:30 p.m. as they teach you to make a beautiful springtime floral arrangement. 
  • Spring Break Art Camp – Drop the kids off at Painting & Pinot for a couple hours on April 2 to unleash their inner Picassos! They’ll make two paintings – “Sneakers” and “Southern Sunset” – while snacking and sipping lemonade. 
  • Annual Kite Fest Louisiane – Let’s…go…fly a kite…in Port Allen! Head to the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex from April 6-8 for fun, games, music and special kite-flying performances. 
  • Gourmet in the Garden – Stroll through the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens as you savor the best flavors of Baton Rouge! This April 19 event features award-winning chefs and mixologists, tastings and a student chef cook-off. De-lish. 

Flavor of the Week: Crawfish Season (NOT “crayfish” or “crawdads”) 

Perfect weather = the perfect excuse for a crawfish boil! Invite family and friends over for a backyard boil. If you’ve never done it before, ask a local to show you how to peel our favorite crustacean (or knock their socks off by watching this tutorial ahead of time…you’re welcome). Keep the paper towels coming, and don’t forget the corn and potatoes! 

Don’t feel like playing host? No problem. Feast on a pound or two at Sammy’s Grill or LA Boilers, order a Crawfish Étouffée at The Chimes or Parrain’s, or try a crawfish pie from Elsie’s Plate and Pie – and then snap a pic and share it with us. It just might end up on our blog! 

Workin’ It: Recruiting Manager

An area organization is seeking a Recruiting Manager to implement its strategic employment brand. Job responsibilities include advising hiring departments on effective recruiting strategies, creating job advertisements, conducting background checks, serving on selection committees and training recruiters. 

The ideal candidate has at least three years of related Human Resources experience where employee recruitment was a major responsibility. Management experience is preferred. 

Does this sound like a job for you? For more information, email 

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 the job, employer or organization, email 

My Baton Rouge: Hurricane Hawkins

102-year-old (you read that right!) runner and longtime Baton Rouge resident Julia Hawkins, better known as “Hurricane Hawkins,” has no plans of slowing down. Last year, at 101, she broke a world record for the 100-meter dash in a division of female competitors aged 100 years and older, and, this year, she released her autobiography, “It’s Been Wondrous! The Memoirs of Julia Welles Hawkins.” 

This month, Hawkins competed in the USTAF national indoor meet in Washington, D.C., where she broke even more 100-plus age group records, clocking 24.79 seconds in the 60-meter dash and throwing the shot put 2.77 meters. 

Racing to the finish line, no matter the obstacles? 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 

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