Capital Area Human Services is sponsoring a Lunch ‘N Learn on trauma and recovery at noon Thursday, May 28, at the Capital Area Human Services, 4615 Government St., Building 2, Room 200.

Stephen Aguillard, CAHS’s clinical services director, will facilitate a discussion about types of trauma, recognizing signs, helpful resources and ways to support people who experience trauma, a news release said.

No registration is required for the free program and attendees are asked to bring a lunch.

The seminar is offered as a public service supporting education during May as Mental Health Month across the country.

Canary Islanders meeting

On June 6, Chad LeBlanc will present a report on the Genealogy Research Tools available online during the regular meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the East Baton Rouge Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

All society meetings are open to the public.

Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found at or by emailing the society’s president at

Beyond Bricks meetings

Beyond Bricks EBR is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss public education in the Baton Rouge area.

The group’s Community Results Assemblies are set for May 30, June 3, June 7 and June 11 at locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

Beyond Bricks EBR public listening sessions and the volunteer process to recharge East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools began in late February, a news release said. The coalition recently released results of the meetings to more than 600 people in the community, which is available at

“We want the community to help to set priorities and to identify organizations and groups within the community that might be able to implement strategies for improvement,” said Anna Fogle, a lead volunteer.

According to the report summarizing the initial listening groups, there is “an immense passion and support for strong public schools. The community wants a strong public school system that is easy to navigate with a clear path from pre-kindergarten through graduation.”

The report also acknowledged that citizens stated a desire that “all schools should be excellent and work to develop the full child in partnership with the community for those needs outside of the educational mission of the school district.”

The new sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Main Branch, 711 Goodwood Blvd.; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 4 at Bluebonnet Branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.; 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at Jones Creek Branch, 6220 Jones Creek Road; and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 11, at Delmont Gardens Branch, 3351 Lorraine St.

Register at BeyondBricks

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