COMMUNITY EVENTS: January in Baton Rouge and Ponchatoula
East Baton Rouge School Board. Each third Thursday, 650 N. Foster. 5pm. ebrschools.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board, each first Tuesday, Central Office Board Room 59656 Puleston Road, Amite, 6pm
Ponchatoula City Council meets every second Monday, 6pm, Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St.
Ponchatoula Farmers’ Market. Every Sunday. Noon to 4 p.m., Country Market, 10 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula.
Restore Louisiana Outreach Events. Representatives will answer questions to complete Restore Louisiana applications for homeowners affected by the 2016 floods.restore.la.gov. Held at local lbraries 2pm-6pm in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ponchatoula, Lafayette, Abbeville, and Monroe.
St. Helena Parish Farmers’ Market. Every Wednesday. 8am – noon. Turner Chapel AME, Greensburg, Contact: Bianca Plant (225) 222-4136. EBT accepted.
West Baton Rouge NAACP, every 2nd Tuesday, Hall’s & Sons Funeral Home, 1160 Louisiana Avenue, Port Allen, 6pm.
Victims of Domestic Violence, meeting with the Iris Center hosts its Coordinated Community Response Team, last Tuesday of each month, West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 1pm. (225) 332-2509.
9 – Feb. 6. Black Minds Matter: Join the Conversation. Every Wednesday. 6:30. The Red Shoes. Government Street.
11: Heritage Lecture: An Architecture Apart. The Significance of Separate African American Spaces. Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. 6pm. Free for members of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. Others: $10.Speaker: Laura Blokker, Tulane School of Architecture. Refreshments provided.
12: Won’t Bow Down: The Graduates. 7pm. The Graduates ensemble emerged out of a drama club inside The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St Gabriel. They use personal experiences with the criminal justice system to create performances that reach out to young at-risk women, offer a window into incarceration’s effects on individual lives and encourage those who have the power to shift current policies to do so. Directed by Ausettua Amor Amenkum, artistic director of Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective; and Kathy Randels, artistic director of ArtSpot Productions and founder of The LCIW Drama Club.
12- 15: MLK Festival of Service. Scenic Highway, Scotlandville. Vegan Village opens at 10 am, Jan. 15. Town Hall . www.thewallsproject.org/events.
13: 2nd Annual NAACP Louisiana High School Senior Bowl Football Game. A.Mumford Stadium. Southern University. 1:30pm. NAACP All-Star Senior Band will perform. (225) 270-9729. firstname.lastname@example.org
14 I am Not Your Negro Documentary Screening. 6:30pm. Main Library. 7711 Goodwood Blvd. This Academy Award-nominated film explores the history of racism in the United States through James Baldwin’s reminiscence of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
15: Annual MLK March, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd, Sponsored by the NAACP State Conference.
15 – 16: Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical general auditions. 6pm nightly. New Venture Theatre. 427 Laurel st. 2nd floor.
15: Freedom Garden Project. MLK Jr Daay of Service and Grandparents Day. The River Road African American Museum. 406 Charles St. Donaldsonville. 10am – 3pm. Tour museum and plant seeds in the Freedom Garden. email@example.com. (225) 474-5553.
19-21: Baton Rouge Free Health Clinic. 10550 Veterans Boulevard. Free dental, vision, and medical services. 8am daily. batonrougefreeclinic.com or (225) 347- 0760.
25: Homebuyers Seminar: Building Credit To Buy a New Home. 6pm. Eden Park Library. 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. Wells Fargo presenter. Hosted by UREC. www.urecbr.org.