Jason Jeffirs

This summer, go on a wildlife adventure in Baton Rouge’s very own backyard! Whether you are looking to get up close and personal with crawling creatures or searching for an outdoor excursion, we’ve got you covered. Check out these places and events in the Capital Region that might just lead you to your next outdoor adventure: 

  • We went on down to the Baton Rouge Zoo and they all asked for you! Swing by BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo this summer for a cool ride through the wilderness on their Twilight Tours happening every Tuesday and Thursday this month. Looking for a fresh treat? Join the zoo for a Frozen Safari and learn all about animal wellness while cooling off with free frozen treats from the Cool Critter Café.  
  • Wild animals not enough? How about tackling a beast? Head out to St. Francisville to travel the Beast Trail, an eight-mile-long challenging trail known for breath-taking ravines, steep bluffs, wooden bridges and more. 
  • If the rough terrain isn’t your style, consider water sports for an afternoon activity. Join BREC for a Sunset Paddle at Milford Wampold Memorial Park and relax as the temperature cools down. No paddle? No problem! You can reserve one in advance.  

Flavor of the Week: Swamp Dragon

The summer is hot, hot, hot, and so is Baton Rouge’s newest sauce! Swamp Dragon hot sauce has taken the city by storm with its recipe that eliminates the bitter taste of vinegar and amps up the heat. Creator Matt Beeson spiced up the sauce by using bourbon, tequila, rum, and vodka, giving a new twist to the traditional hot sauce.  

With help from the LSU Ag Center Food Incubator, Swamp Dragon has produced four different sauces and is continuing to grow. To help hot sauce fanatics find the perfect spice and food pairings, Swamp Dragon provides recipe suggestions on its website, including one for a key lime pie paired with the Tequila Dragon. 

Add some heat to your meal and be sure to tag your pictures with #thinkBR for a chance to be featured on our blog. 

Workin’ It: Talent Management

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Louisiana is currently seeking a talent management instructional designer to help create engaging content that increases retention and transfer of knowledge throughout the company. Responsibilities of the job include leading design, development, and implementation of curriculums for the organization. This position partners with the Talent Management department extensively to design performance-based learning products to enhance leadership development.  

The ideal candidate has three to five years of experience in curriculum design and development as well as a bachelor’s degree in industrial design or instructional technology. Those who can demonstrate experience in designing and implementing eLearning solutions are encouraged to apply. Someone with in-depth experience in leadership development is preferred. 

Does this sound like a job for you? For more information, email talent@brac.org 

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 talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: Local author nominated for International Book Award

Chris Russo Blackwood, a longtime journalist, first-time author and Louisiana native, is a finalist in the true-crime category of the 2018 International Book Awards for her work My Brother’s Keeper, A Thirty-Year Quest to Bring Two Killers to JusticeBlackwood’s book delves into the once cold case of the death of Gary Kergan in 1984. With a forward by Gary’s brother Ted, the book chronicles Ted’s journey in uncovering his brother’s killers and bringing them to justice 30 years later.  

The International Book Awards honor authors in a variety of genres and take submissions all year round for consideration.  

Award-winning talent, 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

  • Mid City Makers Market, July 14, gather with Baton Rouge creatives at this month’s Mid City Makers Market where you’ll find fun shops and great food 
  • Parish County Line, July 14, rock out with local band Parish County Line at the Texas Club 
  • Dancing for a Cause, July 14, watch local Ascension celebrities dance the night away at The Arc of East Ascension’s premier annual fundraising event 
  • Art Melt Opening, July 20, experience the largest multi-media juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana at Forum 35’s annual Art Melt at the Capitol Park Museum 

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