What’s Happening Around Capital City

BATON ROUGE — Events coming up in and around the Capital City:

Friday, November 16 • Blood Drive • 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive at Lane Regional Medical Center.  The drive is open to the public and registration is not required.  However, donors are encouraged to sign up online at www.bloodhero.com – sponsor code: LaneRegional.

November 16 and 17 • Mayor’s Food Bank Challenge

The Mayor’s Food Bank Challenge, Mayor Mac Watts of Central vs. Mayor David Amrhein of Zachary, will be held Friday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free dinner with five non-perishable items 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 12 noon (free hot dog with five non-perishable items 11 a.m. to 12 noon) at Starkey Academy, 10510 Joor Road.  All food collected in Central goes to the Central Community Food Bank.

Friday, November 16 • White Light Night Mid-City Merchants • 6 to 10 p.m.

The Mid City Merchants will again host its premier art event, as expectations for the 15th annual 2012 White Light Night Art Hop continue to rise. This year’s event is targeted to once again bring thousands to the heart of Baton Rouge for an evening of viewing local art trends, meeting the artists, and jumpstarting the holiday season with the fire that only local culture can bring.  Please contact Liz Walker at (225) 924-6437 for additional information or visit www.midcitymerchants.org

Tuesday, November 20 • Safe Sitter Training • 8:30 a.m.

Lane Regional Medical Center will hold a Safe Sitter® babysitter training class.  The program is offered to girls and bos ages 11 to 13.  Participants learn the fundamentals of quality child care, how to handle crises, how to nurture and guide a young child, and how to keep children safe and sound while their parents are away.  Class is limited and registration is required.  Cost is $20.  For information or to pre-register, call 654-5263.


Tuesday, November 20 • A Hero Among Us • 3 p.m.

Tweens, teens, and young adults are invited to a presentation and fitness demonstration at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch by Olympic athlete Kevin Marshall.  He participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the Haitian cycling team and is a current LSU student and ROTC cadet.  For information, call 389-7450.

Tuesday, November 20 • CCA Meeting • 7 p.m.

Central Community Alliance meeting will be held at the DEMCO, 16262 Wax Road.  Guest speaker will be Sheriff Sid Gautreaux with the EBR Sheriff’s Department.  He will give an update on issues in Central as well as how to prepare yourself for safety around the holiday season.

Saturday, November 24 • Kicking Up Your Heels • 7 to 10 p.m.

The PrimeTimers of St. Alphonsus are sponsoring a dance at Kristenwood Reception Hall, 14025 Greenwell Springs Road.  Dancing with the LA 1 Band.  Tickets at the church office for $10 per person. BYOB, optional set-ups available, cash bar.  Everyone 21 years of age or older.

Tuesday, November 27 • Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish

Annual Meeting • 11:30 a.m.

The newly-formed Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish will hold its first Annual Meeting at Café Américain on Jefferson Highway.  The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon, including the Annual Meeting at 12 noon.  Membership is open to locally-owned businesses which meet certain criteria.  Attendance is open to any local business owner.  For more information, call Bob Breaux, executive director, at 225-279-6008.  The Chamber is affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, November 27 • Newborn Care Class • 6:30 p.m.

Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a free newborn baby care class in the staff development classroom.  “Baby Care Basics” covers all you need to know to care for your newborn in the first weeks of life.  Partners are encouraged to attend.  Registration is required.  For information or to register, call 654-5263.

Thursday, November 29 • Lunch & Learn Session • 12 noon to 1 p.m.

There’s something to the old saying “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.”  But did you know the doctor it keeps away could be a surgeon?  Dr. Thomas Kang of Lane Surgery Group will discuss how a healthy diet can help prevent the necessity of surgery during the “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn in the staff development classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center.  Advance reservations are required by calling 654-5263.  The session is free and includes a light lunch.

Thursday, November 29 • An Evening of Scenes • 6:30 p.m.

Central High School’s Talented Theatre will present “An Evening of Scenes” in the Central Middle School Cafeteria.  Come out and see live performances by the theatre students while enjoying a fabulous dinner provided by Louis DeAngelo’s.  Tickets are $15 each, two for $14 each, three for $13 each, or 4 or more $12 each.  Dinner will include Chicken Reggiano, Sensation salad, bread, and butter braid pastry.  Tickets can be purchased at the Central High office.

Friday, December 2 • Christmas Concert • 7 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs 21st Annual Christmas Concert at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson.  The program will feature three choirs and they will perform traditional Christmas favorites as well as works by master composers.  Tickets are $5.  For information, visit LPCCsing.org.

Tuesday, December 4 • Victory Harvest Church MOPS • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Victory Harvest Church MOPS will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Victory Harvest Church, 3953 N. Flannery Road.  Limited childcare is available.  Moms should email Barbara Womack at vhcmops@cox.net or call 275-5255 to check availability.  Mothers who are pregnant with their first child or have a preschooler K-5 or younger are invited to join the group.

Saturday, December 8 • Merry CHRISTmas VBS • 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Grace Presbyterian Church, 9556 Joor Road, is excited about Vacation Bible School at Christmas!  Merry CHRISTmas VBS is a one-afternoon event in the activities building.  Chidren ages 4 through 4th grade are invited to spend the afternoon finding Jesus in Christmas while parents are busy with shopping, baking, wrapping, or just resting.  The afternoon will be filled with Bible lessons, crafts, games, snacks, and music.  Registration is available by visiting www.gracepresbyterianbr.net or registration forms are available at the church.  Registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 3.

Sunday, December 9 • Tribute to Elvis • 4:30 p.m.

Kraig Parker’s World Premier Tribute to Elvis–Christmas Edition will be at the LSU Union Theater.  Don’t miss this amazing tribute to the King, staring internationally acclaimed performer Kraig Parker and his Las Vegas Show Band. Tickets are $36 to $44.  For information, call 578-5128 or visit www.uniontheater.lsu.edu.

Sunday, December 9 • Remembering Our Children • 7 p.m.

The death of a child at any age is devastating.  The darkness that sets in when a child has died is all too well known to families who have lost a child.  St. Alphonsus Church will once again provide the opportunity for grieving families and their families to come together to celebrate the life, love, and light of those children gone much too soon.  This candle light service will symbolize that the light of hese precious children will forever be held in our hearts.

Saturday, April 27 • Central Class of ’83 Reunion • 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Central High Class of ’83 will have a reunion at De la Ronde Hall, 320 Third Street, Ste. 201, Baton Rouge.  Cost is $55 per person before Dec. 31; $65 per person before Jan. 3, 2013; and $75 at the door.  Entertainment will be the Chris Leblanc Band.  There will be a buffet and a cash bar.  For information, contact Tami Helmke Misuraca at 937-4083 or email chs1983@cox.net


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