Most area schools start back in a little over a month. Wait…what?! We thought summer just started. This fact has our heads spinning and makes us a tiny bit sad for all the things still left to do on our summer bucket list. Time to kick it into high gear!
One of the activities we vowed to do more of this summer is movie nights. Lucky for those of us in the Baton Rouge Area, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor options. Pop some popcorn and join us!
- July 7, Finding Dory at BREC’s Independence Park Theatre (free)
- July 11, Jaws, Movie Tavern Retro Cinema night in Denham Springs ($8-10)
- July 15, Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania at Liberty Lagoon ($8)
- July 20, Moana at BREC’s Flanacher Road Park in Zachary (free)
- July 29, The Freshman at Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn ($7)
Flavor of the Week: Farmers’ Markets
When the temps start to rise, we get the hankering for fresh produce from all across this great state. You know what we’re talking about…Washington Parish watermelons, Ponchatoula strawberries and Ruston peaches. As the farm-to-table concept continues to grow in popularity, it is no surprise that our local farmers’ markets are stepping up their game as well. Most cities and towns in our area host weekly summer markets on Saturday mornings, but some even extend their schedule. Great Saturday markets include Zachary, Denham Springs, and St. Francisville. The Red Stick Farmers Market takes place each Saturday in Downtown Baton Rouge. Pro tip: the first Saturday of every month is also an arts market, so pick up your tomatoes and a new piece of art at the same time! The Baton Rouge market also travels to different locations around the city, including the Main Library on Tuesdays, Star Hill Church on Wednesdays and ExxonMobil YMCA on Thursdays.
Find something delicious at a local farmers’ market? Share your pics and stories with us.
Workin’ It: Communications & Events Coordinator
An area organization is hiring a communications and events coordinator to lead a diverse portfolio of strategic stakeholder experience and engagement efforts. The coordinator is responsible for writing and developing print, web and social media communications; interfacing with stakeholders, building relationships and managing contacts; and planning and managing experiential events. The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree in a communications field and at least one year of experience in marketing, public relations or related communications field. Other qualifications include exceptional written, oral, visual, technological and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated capacity to manage social media marketing; desire and ability to work in a fast-paced environment; and a passion for helping others.
Interested in learning more about this position? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter, we feature exciting job opportunities 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 or employer, email email@example.com.
My Baton Rouge: Chuck McMillan
Whether you are a born-and-raised Baton Rouge native, a newcomer to the Capital Region, or a boomerang who left and made the choice to come home, we all have a Baton Rouge story.
As transplants from Birmingham, Alabama (and huge Alabama Crimson Tide fans), Chuck McMillan and his family never thought they’d fall in love with Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the home of the LSU Tigers. The dream job Community Coffee offered was a no-brainer for Chuck, but he was concerned if his family would love the community as well. The top of their ‘must-have’ list included a safe neighborhood, great schools and a church home. They found those three things and many more as they made the capital city their new home.
After a year in Baton Rouge, Chuck says of his new home, “Everything comes back to the people, for me…The people down here are fiercely loyal to their families, community and to their state…there’s so much of a sense of loyalty to everything down here. And that’s what sets it apart from anywhere else I’ve been. If someone were coming here to visit, I’d tell them they’d better plan to stay. It’s a great place.” That is my Baton Rouge.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out on the Town
- The Talk: Race in America, July 8, movie screening and dialogue event
- Swamp Pop Music Festival, July 14, music festival at the Texas Club benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Tab Benoit, July 14, iconic Louisiana blues musician live at The Varsity
- Cajun Classics Cooking Class, July 18, cooking demonstration of Cajun classics at Red Stick Spice Company
For more local events, visit the Life in BR community events page.