• WHAT: Lunchtime talk on “Ash Wednesday in Louisiana”
  • WHEN: Noon Wednesday, Feb. 10
  • WHERE: Louisiana State Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: (225) 342-5428
  • DETAILS: Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar, as it opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. This holy day takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians also observe it. Join Brian Moscona, principal at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, as he explores the history of Ash Wednesday and the symbolism of the practice of wearing ashes on the forehead. Bring your lunch; leave when you want.


  • WHAT: Session on “Black Identity: What Does it Mean for Black Leaders?”
  • WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
  • WHERE: Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar
  • INFORMATION: (225) 673-8699
  • DETAILS: Jas Sullivan, an associate professor of political science and African and American Studies at LSU, will speak on the topic.


  • WHAT: White Oak Plantation Bridal Show
  • WHEN: 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
  • WHERE: Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation, 17660 George O’Neal Road, Baton Rouge
  • ADMISSION: $10;
  • DETAILS: Local photographers, floral designers, boutiques and a host of wedding and bridal service providers will be on hand. There will be Champagne and samplings of Folse’s specialty wedding menus. Ashley Renee Bridal will showcase the latest bridal fashion trends at 3:30 p.m., including wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses. Brides can register for door prizes and one grand prize winner will receive a three-day/three-night Jamaican honeymoon package.


  • WHAT: Free income tax returns will be prepared and filed by IRS-approved tax preparers
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through April 2
  • WHERE: Southern University Law Center, 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive, Baton Rouge, (on the Southern University campus)
  • DETALS: Walk-ins are welcome. The site will be closed Feb. 6 and March 26. The returns are electronically filed and eligible participants can receive a refund in 7-10 days if they choose direct deposit. All of the services are free, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.