Susanne Duplantis, local chef and creator of the food waste blog, Makeover My Leftover, is bringing the “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” documentary to Baton Rouge at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Red Shoes: A Center for Personal and Spiritual Growth, 2303 Government St.

In the film, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer document their six-month survival story on food waste and their shocking discoveries, a news release said.

“As soon as I decided to share the screening, I knew I wanted it to be at The Red Shoes, which offers so many programs in support of families. I began my blog to help families deal with the issue of food waste. A family of four can lose up to $2,200 in food waste a year. That is the start of a college fund or a family vacation,” Duplantis said.

A panel of local food activists will be on hand following the screening to guide a discussion on matters like “sell-by dates,” “best-by dates,” and the reason many foods are discarded needlessly.

There will be a brief cooking demonstration showcasing the power of small amounts of food saved and creatively reused. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is free with nonperishable food items welcomed for HOPE Ministries food pantry.

Limited seats available. To reserve a seat, email or visit Eventbrite at

For more information, visit Makeover My Leftover’s site, event page or call Duplantis at (225) 773-1887 or email

Splash away

The weather is warming up and it is time to cool off in East Baton Rouge Parish. BREC opened park splash pads at City-Brooks, Forest, Greenwood, Highland, Jackson and Zachary community parks on April 1 for the 2016 season.

Each location operates splash pads daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April to October.

The splash pads are activated using push buttons located on poles next to the spray areas. At each park, the button will engage the system’s spray features that run for about 2-3 minutes and turn off.

For more information on BREC splash pads, contact Kristin Domangue at (225) 923-3202 or

Free valet bicycle parking

Bike Baton Rouge will provide free valet bicycle parking services in downtown Baton Rouge throughout April at the Baton Rouge Blues Fest and the Earth Day Festival.

Bike Baton Rouge volunteers will park and monitor bicycles in a secured area provided by festival organizers.

“When it comes to getting to a festival in downtown Baton Rouge, there’s no better way than by bicycle,” said Mika Torkkola, of Bike Baton Rouge. “You don’t have to deal with traffic, you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to park your car, and best of all, you just hop off your bike and you’re already at your destination.”

Each festival will take place at or near North Boulevard in the Town Square area of downtown Baton Rouge.

Bicycle safety course, too

Bike Baton Rouge has provided free bike parking services in downtown Baton Rouge since 2006. Bike valet services will be available at each festival from opening time to 30 minutes after closing. Earth Day also will feature a children’s bicycle safety course, with bicycles and helmets provided.

For information, visit or email

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.