Especially in times of crisis, it’s important to give yourself time to wind down. If you need a break this weekend, even if just for a few hours, lots of local organizations are stepping up to provide entertainment and a chance to rest your mind for a little while, while also donating to those who were affected by the flood. Here are a few:
- Tonight at 7 PM, the Manship Theatre will have a free showing of Mel Brooks’s Spaceballs. The Manship will be showing free family-friendly movies, with free concessions, throughout the weekend, at showtimes of 10 AM and 1 PM. Donations of canned food will go towards flood relief.
- Sistars of Empowerment is offering a Parent Support Session where children will be cared for from 10 AM-2 PM at the Main Library. Snacks and activities will be provided for the children. Registration is available through their website. (If you or your child need additional help dealing with stress in this difficult time, please call Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana’s Kidline at 1-800-244-5373. Lines are open from 8 AM-8 PM.)
- At 10:45 AM, join Tread BR at The Overpass Merchant for a donation-based 45-minute workout. All proceeds will benefit the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund. Bring your own mat (or towel) and water, and then pack it up to go to:
- the Fundraiser Under the Overpass. More than thirty local restaurants, breweries, and other local sponsors have come together to provide all you can eat food and drinks for a $25 minimum donation, which will also benefit the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund. They will also be accepting donations of basic supplies like bedding, toiletries, and clothes.
- Sunday at 9 AM, yoga studios from all over Baton Rouge (including previous Business Person of the Month, Phi Nguyen, of Agame Yoga) will have a flood-relief class for a suggested minimum donation of $20.
If you want to volunteer, but aren’t sure how, a great way to start is by contacting your local church or civic organization. WAFB’s running list of assistance and flood relief information is a great way to identify area coordinators, such as Edge Church, Family Worship Center, and the Jewel J. Newman Community Center.
And as always, if you need something to read, something to watch, or someone to help you answer a question or find information, the library is always there. We’re on a temporarily adjusted schedule of 10 AM-6 PM today and tomorrow and will be open from 2-6 PM on Sunday, and the Digital Library is always open.