Around the Southside: Story time comes to Burden gardens _lowres

Kerry Wilkerson

The LSU Agricultural Center and the Junior League of Baton Rouge are hosting story time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Botanic Gardens at Burden.

Storybook reading and imagination-themed activities will be available for children, ages 3 to 8, every 30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.

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Tax measure meetings

The St. George Fire Protection District is holding public meetings to discuss two tax measures on the May 2 ballot.

One is a revenue replacement proposition to replace revenue generated by a 1.25-mill capital improvements tax that expires this year, organizers said. The second is a new 2-mill tax proposal. Both are dedicated to capital improvements and general operations.

The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Jones Creek Regional Library and Sunday, April 15 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library.

An open house and ribbon-cutting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 18 at the district’s new administration and training complex at 14100 Airline Highway.

BRAC seeks applicants

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 Capital Region, including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes, are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. on May 1.

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Wilkerson to head YMCA

Kerry Wilkerson has been named branch executive director for the Southside YMCA. Wilkerson was the athletic director for Christian Life Academy.

Fallen Firefighter’s memorial

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 following the service that will include representatives from numerous fire departments, fire service organizations and families of deceased firefighters.

At this year’s event, a new monument honoring industrial firefighters who respond to chemical plant fires will be unveiled. Of the 106 names currently on the memorial walls, two are those of firefighters killed in chemical plant fires in 1982 and 2011, respectively.

“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 said.

For more information on the memorial, visit and click on “Fallen Firefighter Memorial.”

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email Deadline: noon Monday.