Let’s ring in the new year the only way we know how… with a PARTY! Whether you are looking for fireworks galore, a family-friendly celebration or an extravagant evening affair, we’ve got all your Capital Region New Year’s Eve festivities right here. 

  • Who needs New York when Baton Rouge has its very own count down?! At Red Stick Revelry, downtown Baton Rouge will be abuzz as the clock ticks closer to midnight and everyone impatiently waits for the “Red Stick” to drop. And here’s the best part: a festive firework show over the Mississippi River concludes the night of fun! 
  • For those with little ones, enjoy hands-on activities with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge as they lift the Red Stick to 60 feet above Town Square in the early afternoon.  
  • Want to kick off your new year with a little bit more extravagance? The Tsunami New Year’s Eve Rooftop Extravaganza is right up your alley. Think rooftop bar, all-you-can-eat buffet, and the iconic champagne toast at midnight with fireworks lighting up the downtown sky.  
  • For a party like no other in the Capital Region, head to the Manship Theatre for a burlesque style show hosted by Red Cake Events. This adults-only event comes complete with bottomless bubbles, delicious food and a silent disco.  

Flavor of the Week: New Year, New You

Starting off your new year with some healthy resolutions? There are plenty of places in the Baton Rouge Area that can support your wellness goal. 

  • Just because you’re going for healthier options doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite foods. No one proves this more than Vegan Friendly Foods, the latest of many new vegan restaurants popping up in Baton Rouge.  
  • Want to grab a meal and get a good workout in? Head to Yoga Bliss on Highland for a yoga session and a light lunch at their own Sukha Café. They have healthy smoothies, a vegan BLT, and delicious raw desserts. 
  • Don’t have time to make your own meals? You can get healthy foods delivered right to your door courtesy of Lundin Nutrition. With perfectly packaged portions, meal prep is easy and carefree. And if you are sticking to diet-specific meals, you are in luck, because Lundin offers keto and Whole 30 options. 
  • If you want to add a little splash of health to your day pick up some Big Easy Bucha at your local supermarket. The Louisiana drink comes in a variety of refreshing teas that add tons of probiotics to your day and help give you a healthy digestive system.  

What is your favorite healthy dish? Tag your eats with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on our blog.

Workin’ It: LSU CxC Communications Coordinator

Louisiana State University’s Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) program is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join its team. The Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating communication plans to engage both students and faculty with the CxC services and strategic initiatives. Other responsibilities include planning and executing various events including workshops, roundtables, and other student-engagement activities. The Communications Coordinator will also lead program activities and manage reports related to the LSU Communicator Certification and Distinguished Communicator program.  

Qualifications include an undergraduate degree and one year of related experience in marketing, public relations, or related communications. Exceptional communication skills, in all forms, are preferred. Those with a passion for helping LSU students and faculty succeed are encouraged to apply. 

To apply visit the LSU careers website. 

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: The Baton Rouge Scientist

When you think of the world’s problem solvers, do you think Baton Rouge? Whether it’s collaborating on coastal restoration, curing chronic disease, or discovering gravitational waves, scientists are researching the world’s most pressing problems right here in Baton Rouge. Amanda Staiano found her niche in game-changing research in the Capital Region. 

Amanda is an assistant professor and director of the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, one of the world’s leading research facilities in healthcare and obesity. Amanda, a graduate of Louisiana State University, wants to change the way people think about pediatric healthcare by implementing new technology to help families change their health behaviors. Learn more about how Amanda is transforming the Capital Region on the BRAC blog. 

Revolutionizing how we think about health, 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 talent@brac.org.

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