Open house to show millwright, pipefitting classes

The Baker Workforce Development Center will host an open house for Baton Rouge Community College's Millwright and Pipefitting Training Courses that begins this month.

The center is seeking to train people in the area and show them job opportunities to meet the demand for local industrial jobs.

The open house is at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at 3262 Baker Blvd.

Medical support

Don't forget Lane Regional Medical Center offers support groups and classes for various illnesses and life events. Visit to see a calendar of upcoming programs. Programs this week will deal with grief, food addiction and pregnancy and baby care.

Inexpensive fun

Many families find the budget tight in January after the festive Christmas season.

Don't overlook the library to fill in some fun. In addition to the old standards books and magazines, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library offers movies and music on disc and in digital formats.

Classes are available for all ages also. Some classes on the calendar in the Baker-Zachary area this week are: 

  • Perler Bead Mania: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Baker Branch. Young adults/teens are invited to stop by during those hours to make a perler bead character. All supplies will be provided. Call (225) 778-5940.
  • Rockin' Reads Book Club: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch. This Young Adult book club allows teens a morning of books and related crafts and games. Call Laurie Calvitti at (225) 658-1551.
  • Baton Rouge Zoomobile: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at Baker Branch Meeting Room. Ages 4 and up are invited to see the ZooMobile's programs that includes live animals and biofacts. Registration is required. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Call (225) 778-5940.
  • Introduction to Excel: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Zachary Branch Meeting Room. This class is open to adults wanting to learn about this spreadsheet program. Call (225) 658-1840.

Watch those frogs

Volunteers are invited to join Baton Rouge Zoo’s FrogWatch Program for 2018.

FrogWatch volunteers provide data used to prevent future declines in the frog and toad populations while learning more about the animals, which play an important role as indicators of an ecosystem’s health.

Training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Education Building and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Baton Rouge Zoo’s Education Building. Optional “Jeopardy”-style trivia will be offered immediately after each training session.

Learn more or register at

Send news, events and photos for the Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary areas to by 10 a.m. Monday or call (225) 388-0215.