The Louisiana Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the State Fire Marshal office building, 8181 Independence Blvd.

The ceremony is an annual event to honor Louisiana firefighters who died in the line of duty, said Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Louisiana Walk of Honor Foundation President V.J. Bella. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service that will include representatives from numerous fire departments, fire service organizations and families of deceased firefighters.

In addition, this year’s event will mark the unveiling of a new monument honoring industrial firefighters who respond to and battle fires in the state’s chemical plants. Of the 106 names that adorn the walls of the memorial, two are those of firefighters who died in chemical plant fires in 1982 and 2011.

“Whether it’s municipal, wildland or industrial firefighters, these men and women selflessly give of themselves every day to protect the citizens of this great state. We owe a great deal to them. Let us never forget,” Browning stated.

For information on the Louisiana Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial, visit and click on “Fallen Firefighter Memorial.”

Arts Market takes April off

The Arts Council’s downtown Arts Market is taking a break in April.

The Arts Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 2 at Fifth and Main streets.

At the Baton Rouge Arts Market, more than 50 artists will present original works of art in a variety of mediums including pottery, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings, sculpture and hand-made soaps.

The event includes special art activities for kids, pet adoptions and other activities.

The Arts Market is free and held alongside the Red Stick Farmers Market.

Artists or craftsmen interested in taking part in future events can call Sandy Parfait at the Arts Council, (225) 344-8558, ext. 233, to learn about the application and jurying process.

Educator nominees sought

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is accepting applications from Baton Rouge area educators for its BRAC Excellent STEM Educator Award program.

The organization will recognize five teachers who demonstrate science, technology, engineering and math excellence through teaching, creating connections to the workplace and student engagement, a news release said.

BRAC will confer five awards to winning teachers at a May 12 ceremony in conjunction with its Signature Speaker event.

“Through the Excellent STEM Educator Award, BRAC seeks to recognize public school teachers who are demonstrating exemplary performance in teaching the STEM disciplines that are requisites for success in today’s knowledge-based economy,” said Tom Yura, chairman of BRAC’s Education and Workforce Council and senior vice president and general manager of BASF.

Public middle and high school teachers from the nine-parish capital region, including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana, are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. May 1.

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Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email, ddenstorff@theadvocate. Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday.