Looking for ways to pass the time while at home? Look no further than these creative ideas from Baton Rouge Area community members and organizations:
- For those looking to spice up their dinner preparations, Red Stick Spice Company is hosting free daily online cooking classes on Facebook Live.
- The Petite Princess Company introduced “Sunday Storytime” where each week a different princess reads a bedtime story via Facebook Live. The company also launched “Princess on Call,” where parents can arrange for a princess to call their child for a quick chat, to read them a book, or even to sing “Happy Birthday” to them.
- Get outside and let your creative juices flow by participating in Chalk Your Walk Baton Rouge. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a beautiful masterpiece or write an uplifting message on your sidewalk, fence or driveway. And don’t forget to snap a picture and share it on social media with the hashtag #ChalkYourWalkBR.
- BREC launched Play & Grow Pros Refresh, a page full of activities to do while you’re at home. From astronomy videos to animal videos to coloring book pages, the activities are perfect for letting your creativity shine while also learning about nature.
- For a quick activity, take part in the Arts Council’s #HeartsFromHomeBR initiative. The Arts Council is asking community members and businesses to place blue paper hearts in their windows to show support for our local healthcare workers.
Flavor of the Week: Eatin’ Fresh
Quarantine won’t stop these local produce markets from selling their goods! Red Stick Farmer’s Market has converted to a drive thru style market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Pre-orders are encouraged to help the process go along as smoothly and safely as possible. Another local favorite, Southside Produce Market, is now offering next-day produce delivery on a selection of packages as an added service to their storefront.
Workin’ It: BR Works at brac.org/recovery
BR Works, an initiative of BRAC, was created to help connect people to local job opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The site lists job opportunities with local companies and compiles various resources for job seekers. Any company in the nine-parish region can have their open positions added to the site. All they’ve got to do is complete the Workforce Impact Form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Baton Rouge: Sticking Together and Giving Back
Many Baton Rouge businesses have been relentlessly creative in trying to figure out ways to give back to the community.
- StickTogetherBR is a campaign created by Red Six Media to help raise funds for those fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. The company created T-shirts with the slogan “Red Stick Together,” with all profits going toward the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund.
- Mimosa Handcrafted has released a new piece called the Hug Ring. All profits go to #ScrubGrub, a campaign by the Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition to provide meals from local restaurants to working healthcare professionals.
- Forum 225 is selling t-shirts, mugs, totes and stickers with the slogan “We Are BR!“ on them to support the Baton Rouge Food Bank.
- Tip It Forward is a campaign geared toward helping service industry workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers can fill out a profile that links to their Paypal or Venmo so that residents can tip them virtually.
Baton Rouge organizations using their creativity to give back to the community, that’s 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 email@example.com.