LSU Health MidCity Clinic plans opening

LSU Health Baton Rouge will open its second urgent care clinic on Dec. 15 at the LSU Health MidCity Clinic at 1401 N. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge.

LSU Health Baton Rouge is a division of Our Lady of the Lake.

Urgent care centers are staffed and equipped to cost-efficiently treat minor conditions and injuries, including eye or ear infections, sprains or strains, possible broken bones, flu or fever, or minor burns.

The center will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Patients do not need an appointment. The LSU Patient Help Line is available 24 hours a day at (877) 578-8255.

LSU Health Baton Rouge operates five community clinics, including a pharmacy, urgent care clinic and surgery center. All locations accept insurance and offer financial support based on individual need. The LSU Health Baton Rouge clinics and urgent care are serving more than 600 patients a day.

Plant materials conference set

A plant materials conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.

The event is being held by the LSU Agricultural Center and Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.

The program will include a review of new plants for 2015; information on Louisiana Super Plants for 2015; and a report on the California spring trials.

Louisiana licensed landscape architects will receive four CEUs for attending the entire program.

Registration is $30 per person, and space is limited.

More information and registration forms are available from Allen Owings at (985) 543-4125, (225) 603-8096 or

STEMup initiative gets funding for mentoring

The East Baton Rouge School System Foundation and Capital Area United Way have received $100,000 to launch STEMup Baton Rouge, an initiative designed to help more than 800 East Baton Rouge Parish public school students.

The grant is one of five Capital One Bank “Investing for Good” awards presented for 2014.

STEMup Baton Rouge will provide mentors from local corporations and educational institutions to focus on STEM-related careers, those in science, technology, engineering and math. Mentors will follow a national curriculum called “Engineering Everywhere” to provide students with project-based, hands-on learning.

Marucci Sports adds softball product line

Marucci Sports announced a new softball product line that features the new PURE bat, fielding gloves, batting gloves and bags.

The Baton Rouge company also named Hall of Fame LSU softball coach Yvette Girouard as its softball ambassador.

“The new softball line is a natural progression for us,” said Marucci co-founder and CEO Kurt Ainsworth. “We wanted to continue putting our expertise into products that players want and need to be successful, and the input and direction from Coach Girouard helps us do that.”

Marucci will work to expand its set of softball offerings in the coming seasons.

Loews New Orleans renovation complete

The 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel has completed a $4 million guest room and restaurant renovation.

Designed by local firm Lisambiance Interior Design, the new look layers historic New Orleans culture with modern lines in blue and gray tones reminiscent of the region’s waterways. New carpeting patterns emulate the historic wrought iron seen throughout the city, while sofas, chairs and fabrics inspired by men’s suiting provide a tailored appearance. New art depicts popular New Orleans scenes including riverboats, musical instruments and architecture.

Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Resorts owns and/or operates 22 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada.

Computer educators conference scheduled

The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators will hold its 30th annual conference Dec. 2-4 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

More than 2,000 participants are expected.

The keynote speaker is Jamie Casap, the global education evangelist at Google Inc. who works with educational organizations around the world to help them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by using technology.

Also featured at the conference is Leslie Fisher, founder of Fisher Technologies Inc., a nationwide corporation providing Web design, consulting, training and presentation services to school districts and companies.

Awards will be presented Wednesday to educators for exemplary performance in integrating the use of computers into the educational process and for the development of original lesson plans to accomplish that goal.

Register online at or on-site at the Hilton Riverside.