WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ 2une In 2une In en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:12:26 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Lighting Santa's way with bonfires, gumbo http://www.wbrz.com/news/lighting-santa-s-way-with-bonfires-gumbo/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lighting-santa-s-way-with-bonfires-gumbo/ 2une In Mon, 22 Dec 2014 5:38:49 AM Hunter Robinson Lighting Santa's way with bonfires, gumbo

BATON ROUGE - A Christmas tradition continues this weekend in St. James Parish. Dozens of bonfire structures have already popped up near Gramercy and Lutcher.

They're used to light the way for Santa on Christmas Eve. Family and friends spend weeks constructing the elaborate structures. Some are as tall as 20 ft! The bonfires will light up the levee Wednesday night.

If Santa's hungry this week, he should stop and get a taste of Larry Roussel's gumbo. He joined us on 2une In this morning, along with Gramercy Mayor Terry Borne and St. James Parish Sheriff Willie Martin.

They talked about the bonfires while Cousin Larry whipped up some seafood, chicken and sausage and red bean gumbo, potato salad and Bloody Mary Salad.

Gayle's Bloody Mary Salad by JP's Cousin Larry Roussel

NOTE: This is a recipe where you can interchange ingredients to your liking as long as you build on the foundation, 2 cups of Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix. You can also add to the ingredients listed below if desired. Plus, you can use fresh ingredients such as bell peppers, celery and onions.

INGREDIENTS


Two 28 ounce cans of whole tomatoes (discard or reserve juice for another dish.)
One 16 ounce jar of Mezzetta sweet cherry peppers (drain juice)
One 16 ounce jar Tabasco spicy green beans (drain juice)
One 16 ounce jar of pickled okra (drain juice)
One 16 ounce jar of Occhipinti cocktail onions (drain juice)
One 6 ounce dr. wt. can of Mario pitted black olives (drain juice)
One 7 ounce dr. wt. jar of pimento stuffed green olives (drain juice)
1 cup of Boscoli Italian Salad mix

DIRECTIONS

1. Quarter the tomatoes, then pour all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
2. Best if chilled over night, but okay to serve immediately.

Makes about 1 gallon using the ingredients listed above.

Click on the video to see how it's done!

 


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St. Vincent de Paul assisting women, children http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-vincent-de-paul-assisting-women-children/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-vincent-de-paul-assisting-women-children/ 2une In Mon, 22 Dec 2014 5:29:24 AM Hunter Robinson St. Vincent de Paul assisting women, children

BATON ROUGE - The Woman and Children Center at St. Vincent de Paul is a full house this holiday season. The shelter often doesn't have the space necessary to help everyone in need.

News 2's Rebecca Buchanan visited the the center this morning on 2une In to learn more about the impact it has on local women and children.

Click on the video link for more information.

 


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How effective is Uber? http://www.wbrz.com/news/how-effective-is-ber-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/how-effective-is-ber-/ 2une In Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:13:06 AM Whitney Vann & Hunter Robinson How effective is Uber?

BATON ROUGE - The ride-sharing company Über has been operating in Baton Rouge for nearly six months, and is becoming more popular during the holiday season. News 2's Whitney Vann put it to the test to see if it really delivers. Click on the video like to see how long it takes for a ride to pick her up. For more, tune into Weekends with Whitney Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on WBRZ News 2.


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Holly's Holiday Countdown: Enjoying shrimp and salad for the holidays http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-enjoying-shrimp-and-salad-for-the-holidays/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-enjoying-shrimp-and-salad-for-the-holidays/ 2une In Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:02 AM Hunter Robinson Holly's Holiday Countdown: Enjoying shrimp and salad for the holidays

BATON ROUGE - 2une In's John Pastorek joined cooking-guru Holly Clegg in her kitchen this morning of another edition of Holly's Holiday Countdown.

On the menu this morning: Shrimp and Corn Soup with a side of Cranberry Avocado Mixed Green Salad.

Shrimp and Corn Soup:

Makes 12 (1-cup) servings

2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans cream-style corn
2 cups frozen corn
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 pounds medium peeled shrimp
1 bunch green onions, chopped

1. In large nonstick pot, combine cream-style corn, corn, tomatoes and green chilies, tomato sauce, until heated. 2. Add shrimp, bring to boil. Lower heat, cook until shrimp is done, 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions, serve.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 162, Calories from fat (%) 8, Fat (g) 1, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 112, Sodium (mg) 825, Carbohydrate (g) 24, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Sugars (g) 6, Protein (g) 15, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 very lean meat

Cranberry Avocado Mixed Green Salad:

Makes 6-8 servings

1 (9-ounce) bag baby spinach
1 (9-ounce) bag mixed greens
2 medium avocados, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pecans, toasted
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground mustard
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/2 cup seasoned rice or white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil

1. In large bowl, mix together spinach, mixed greens, avocados, cranberries, and pecans.
2. In another small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients for vinaigrette. Toss together when ready to serve.

Nutritional info per serving:
Calories 262, Calories from Fat 69%, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 228mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Total Sugars 11g, Protein 4g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 other carbohydrate, 4 fat

Watch the video for more information about today's recipes, and visit Holly Clegg's website for more information.

 


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Getting healthy in 2015 starts in the workplace http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-healthy-in-2015-starts-in-the-workplace/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-healthy-in-2015-starts-in-the-workplace/ 2une In Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:39:44 AM Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson Getting healthy in 2015 starts in the workplace

BATON ROUGE - A new year is just around the corner, which means people are beginning to work on their resolutions to get healthy. While they are likely highly motivated at the beginning of the year, that fire can be quickly fade.

One way to stay fired up is to get the people you're around most on the same track.

News Two's Rebecca Buchanan visited Blue Cross Blue Shield to take a look at their Corporate Wellness Program. The employees we spoke to sayhaving that support system around you can change your life.

SB Wellness has been building corporate wellness plans for companies like Blue Cross for nearly two decades. Owner Shelly Beall says wellness starts with each individual and finding what works best for them and their health needs.

"Companies are spending so much more on health care and sick days, so why not spend more on things that will make employees happier, healthier, more productive and change their health status," she opines.

They always begin with health screenings, followed by workout and nutritional goals to find the healthiest past for that individual. They found that method is most beneficial to both employee and employer.

"Our management wants us to do that because they know if they have healthier employees, they'll be more productive in their work environment," explains Vivian Wilkenson of BCBS. "I just that everybody is happier being able to workout."

Wilkinson went on to say that without the programs in place, she and her co-workers wouldn't be aware of the health risks they face, or what they need to do to avoid becoming a statistic.

Wellness programs cost between $50 and $150 per year. You can get started by taking 15 minutes to walk or establishing goals with co-workers to keep you on the right track in 2015.

 


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Enjoy Carols and Candlelight in North Blvd. Town Square http://www.wbrz.com/news/enjoy-carols-and-candlelight-in-north-blvd-town-square/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/enjoy-carols-and-candlelight-in-north-blvd-town-square/ 2une In Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:39:58 AM Hunter Robinson Enjoy Carols and Candlelight in North Blvd. Town Square

BATON ROUGE - Right before the holiday hustle and bustle begins, you have a chance to slow down to enjoy some music and fellowship.

First United Methodist Church is inviting you to their Carols and Candlelight event this weekend.

It begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard Town Square. They'll be performing contemporary Christmas worship songs, provide you with candles. All you need to bring is a folding chair of blanket to join the fun. There will also be a collection of non-perishable donations for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Visited the First United Methodist Church website or watch our interview with Rev. Katie McKay Simpson and Jennifer Rossnagel for more information.

 


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Roux Louisiana's Herded Lamb Chops http://www.wbrz.com/news/roux-louisiana-s-herded-lamb-chops/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/roux-louisiana-s-herded-lamb-chops/ 2une In Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:25:57 AM Hunter Robinson Roux Louisiana's Herded Lamb Chops

BATON ROUGE - December Chef of the Month Roux Louisiana was back in the 2une In Kitchen Wednesday with another delicious recipe. On the menu today: Herded Lamb Chops with Shitake Mushrooms and Black Cherry Demi-Glaze.

Ingredients:
1 rack of lamb (frenched)
2 cup of chicken broth
1 cup of shitake mushrooms
2 cups of sweet potatoes
1 cup of black cherries
1/2 cup of black cherry preserve
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Two tablespoons of thyme
1 tablespoon of rosemary

Directions:
Turn oven to preheat on broil.
Pit the mushrooms and place in a black iron skillet with 1 cup of chicken broth.
Remove stems from mushrooms and add with the cherries to the broth.
Stir often uncovered on high heat.
In another skillet, add peeled and diced sweet potatoes and add one cup of chicken broth and allow to simmer, stirring often.
Add olive oil to lamb and coat; salt and pepper to taste and cover in herb mixture.
Place over sweet potatoes and bake in oven on broil 11-14 minutes.
Remove from oven and place sweet potatoes on plate; apply lamb to top.
Gently top with the black cherry demi-glaze; serve it once.

Watch the video for more, and 2une In next week for another delicious recipe from Roux Louisiana at Phil Brady's.

 


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Cool Schools: St. Michael's Forensic Science http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-michael-s-forensic-science/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-michael-s-forensic-science/ 2une In Tue, 16 Dec 2014 6:02:42 AM Kylie Dixon & Hunter Robinson Cool Schools: St. Michael's Forensic Science

BATON ROUGE - Some students at St. Michael's in Baton Rouge used to think police and medical examiners could solve a crime in about an hour, thanks to television shows.

Now they're learning it doesn't really work that way in a class taught by a real death investigator!

"We learn different things like how people died, the cause of death and how long they've been dead," senior Victoria Passmen told News 2's Kylie Dixon. "Within the process we've done a lot of hands on activities, like growing maggots outside with rotting meat, the blood splatter and even went to an autopsy.

The forensic science class is for upperclassmen who have the foundation to take the class. Principal Ellen Lee says they had such a good response to the class, they decided to add more.

"The class was instituted a couple years ago to integrated the different aspects of what students were doing in school," she explains. "they use their math, their biology, their chemistry, their physics in that class, so they don't ever have to ask 'where am I ever going to use this".

The class is taught by Alana Lyons. She's in her first year of teaching at St. Michael's and is also currently a death investigators for the West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. Many students say it's their favorite and most difficult class.

"Ms. Lyons like to challenge us to make it a better class overall," says senior Christopher Melancon. "We could just do notes or read out of the book, but being hands on helps us learn a lot better."

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark believes classes like these are important.

"there are a lot of different avenues ranging from wanting to be a physician, pathologist and medical examiner, or a coroner like myself," he opined. "

We got an inside look at St. Michael's forensic science class this morning on 2une In.

If you think you've got a Cool School, contact Kylie Dixon at kdixon@wbrz.com or (225) 336-2392.

 

 

 


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Make holiday shipping less stressful http://www.wbrz.com/news/make-holiday-shipping-less-stressful/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/make-holiday-shipping-less-stressful/ 2une In Tue, 16 Dec 2014 5:37:22 AM Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson Make holiday shipping less stressful

BATON ROUGE - Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means it's crunch time at the office. Monday was the busiest shipping day of the year so far, but some say the worst is yet to come.

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, the U.S. Postal Service is expecting 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages. That's nearly 3 million more than last year! Much of that increase can be attributed to online shopping.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind if you plan to ship any gifts this holiday season:
-December 15th: Last day to send letters, flats and small packages via air transportation
-December 18th: Last day to send Priority Mail Express

Wednesday is the busiest day for cards and letters, while Thursday is typically the busiest day for packages. People News 2 spoke to say they're trying to avoid the Post Office during the holidays.

"I try not to put anything in the mail because sometimes things don't get where they're supposed to go," says Erwin Bankston of Ponchatoula.

"The last thing I ordered was last week, and I'm still waiting on it to come in," explains Baton Rouge native Larry Collins. "I'm not worried because I'm sure everything will be delivered this week."

2une In's Rebecca Buchanan was LIVE at the Post Office this morning with more tips to make shipping holiday gifts less stressful.


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Capital Area CASA searching for more volunteers http://www.wbrz.com/news/capital-area-casa-searching-for-more-volunteers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/capital-area-casa-searching-for-more-volunteers/ 2une In Tue, 16 Dec 2014 5:18:46 AM Hunter Robinson Capital Area CASA searching for more volunteers

BATON ROUGE - There are nearly 75,000 volunteers for CASA nationwide, including dozens in the Baton Rouge area.

The organization strives to help children find a place where they feel safe. Capital Area CASA needs your help to give that gift to more local kids.

If you'd like to volunteer, the next training class begins Tuesday, January 6th. For more information on how you can participate, visit the Capital Area CASA website, give them a call at (225) 379-8598 or watch our interview on 2une In this morning with Jennifer Mayer.

 


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Two years later, Jade keeps helping animals http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-years-later-jade-keeps-helping-animals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-years-later-jade-keeps-helping-animals/ 2une In Mon, 15 Dec 2014 6:00:25 AM Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson Two years later, Jade keeps helping animals

DENHAM SPRINGS - Jade Mitchell raised more than $10,000 for area shelters over the past two years, and even adopted a pet of her home. This morning on 2une In, we went back to the shelter where Jade began her dedicated to taking care of animals.

Workers at Denham Springs Animal Shelter say they're able to better take care of animals while they wait for homes, and adoption and awareness are up- all because of Jade. She started visiting animal shelters in Livingston Parish when she was just nine-years-old.

"The first time I ever want to an animal shelter, I remember feeling so bad because the dogs were really skinny," she told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan.

Jade decided to do something about it. She started small, bringing bags of treats every couple of weeks. Then the 4th grader took things to the next level, fundraising to help her friends at the animal shelter.

New bowls, blankets, fans and heaters have all been purchased as she raised more than 10 grand for shelters in Livingston Parish. Now Jade is keeping true to her philanthropic lifestyle, sharing the joy of pet adoption through calendars.

She's selling her 2015 "Saved by Love" calendars for 2/$20. You can order them on her website. Watch the video for more information.

 


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Pennington tackles family health, childhood obesity http://www.wbrz.com/news/pennington-tackles-family-health-childhood-obesity/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pennington-tackles-family-health-childhood-obesity/ 2une In Mon, 15 Dec 2014 5:36:41 AM Hunter Robinson Pennington tackles family health, childhood obesity

BATON ROUGE - Pennington Biomedical Research Center is helping make the community healthier, one family at a time.

They're working on a new study aimed at making the whole family healthier. Mandy Crowley joined us on 2une In this morning to tell you how you can get involved.

"We're trying to make it as easy as possible to give families real-life feedback in their home environment," she told News 2's Kylie Dixon.

"Drive" focuses on kids ages 2-6 and their parents. Pennington will send a representative to your home once a week for about five months to give you advice on nutrition and physical activity.

"Early intervention can help kids develop a health lifestyle and the problems we see with obesity and diabetes later in life," Crowley explains. "We know a family approach is more successful at doing that. It's easier to adhere to healthy habits when other people in the family are practicing them as well."

Visit the Pennington Biomedical Research Center website, Email Mandy Crowley (mandy.crowley@pbrc.edu) or watch the video for more information.

 


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Louisiana's own version of 'The Nutcracker' http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-own-version-of-the-nutcracker-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-own-version-of-the-nutcracker-/ 2une In Mon, 15 Dec 2014 4:27:31 AM Hunter Robinson Louisiana's own version of 'The Nutcracker'

BATON ROUGE - 'The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou' is Louisiana's own version of the treasured holiday classic. It hits the stage again this weekend, just before Christmas.

The ballet is Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.

Christy Benoit joined John Pastorek on 2une In this morning with all the details. Visit the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre website for more information.

Plus, watch the video to see the dancers rehearsing for this weekend's performances.

 


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Jones Creek Christmas Parade returns after year off http://www.wbrz.com/news/jones-creek-christmas-parade-returns-after-year-off/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jones-creek-christmas-parade-returns-after-year-off/ 2une In Fri, 12 Dec 2014 5:18:56 AM Hunter Robinson Jones Creek Christmas Parade returns after year off

BATON ROUGE - A holiday tradition returns to Baton Rouge this weekend with the rolling of the Jones Creek Christmas Parade.

The parade has been a mainstay in the Capital City since it was founded 15 years ago, but it was canceled in 2013 because of bad weather. They're excited to have the opportunity to bring Christmas cheer to people in the area once again.

"It's geared for all the families in the area," Chris Rosendahl explains. "We are the 2nd-largest Christmas parade in Baton Rouge with between fifty and sixty entries this year."

The Jones Creek Christmas Parade rolls Sunday, December 14th at 2 p.m. It will be followed by the annual Christmas Fest at Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Watch the video or visit the Jones Creek Business Association website for more information.

 


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Livy deputies preparing to play Santa http://www.wbrz.com/news/livy-deputies-preparing-to-play-santa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/livy-deputies-preparing-to-play-santa/ 2une In Fri, 12 Dec 2014 5:14:39 AM Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson Livy deputies preparing to play Santa

DENHAM SPRINGS - Santa hats and sirens don't usually go together, but they do in Livingston Parish. Sheriff's deputies are doing their part to be Santa's helpers on the streets for their annual Christmas Crusade for the Children.

So far 1,200 kids have had their Christmas wishes granted, but they're expecting another 400. Volunteers throughout the community are helping crusader fulfill kids' wishes, but today is the last day for families to sign up.

You can sign a family up if you know they need a little help making Christmas wishes come true. They'll bring smiles to hundreds of kids with some star power. John Schneider from 'Dukes of Hazard' will be hand delivering gifts with the deputies on December 19th.

If you want to help the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office with their Crusade, they'll be collecting toys today and tomorrow at Wal-Mart and Bass Pro Shops from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. each day.

2une In on Friday, December 19th for more on Livingston Parish's Christmas Crusade for the Children.


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Holly's Holiday Countdown: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-crabmeat-brie-spinach-dip/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-crabmeat-brie-spinach-dip/ 2une In Thu, 11 Dec 2014 7:45:04 AM Hunter Robinson Holly's Holiday Countdown: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip

BATON ROUGE - John Pastorek joined Holly Clegg in the kitchen this morning on 2une In as we continued Holly's Holiday Countdown. On the menu this morning: Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip and Italian Pull Apart Bread. Here's the recipes:

Crabmeat Brie Spinach Dip:
Splurge with this divine, creamy, and rich tasting crab dip, taking minutes to make. Best with fresh crabmeat but canned may be used.

Makes 24 (1/4 cup) servings

1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups baby spinach, packed
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
6 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cut into cubes
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked for shells
1/2 cup chopped green onions

1. In nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté garlic, onion, and spinach about 5 minutes until tender. Add remaining ingredients except crabmeat and green onions.
2. Cook over low heat, stirring, until cheese is melted and mixture creamy. Carefully stir in crabmeat and green onions.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 86, Calories from Fat 53%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 191mg, Carbohydrates 1g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 1g, Protein 8g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Italian Pull Apart Bread:
Simple and most amazing buttery tasting bread with Italian flair.

Makes 12-16 servings

3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
2 teaspoons Italian blend seasoning

1. Preheat oven 375°F.
2. Pour butter into bottom of nonstick Bundt pan. Unroll crescent rolls into four rectangles (two triangular shapes) and roll up (like cigar). Layer on top the butter, sprinkle seasoning between layers. Layers will overlap and don't have to be exact.
3. Bake 19-23 minutes or until top is golden brown. Immediately invert onto serving plate.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 156, Calories from Fat 49%, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 353mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 3g, Protein 3g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 fat

 


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Hear the sounds of the holidays with the Southern band, choir http://www.wbrz.com/news/hear-the-sounds-of-the-holidays-with-the-southern-band-choir/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hear-the-sounds-of-the-holidays-with-the-southern-band-choir/ 2une In Thu, 11 Dec 2014 7:28:43 AM Hunter Robinson Hear the sounds of the holidays with the Southern band, choir

BATON ROUGE - You can get in the Christmas spirit this weekend with the Southern University Concert Band and Choir.

They're preparing for the 4th annual Yuletide Gift of the Spirit Concert. It will also feature a minister's choir composed of preachers from around the state. The concert is the final event for Southern's Centennial Year Celebration. Band members have been rehearsing hard to end things with a bang.

The band is known for going around the nation and wowing the crowds, but we want to take care of our family here on campus as well," Director of Bands Nathan B. Haymer explains. "It's a sacrifice, but we don't mind it because we're excited to share it with our fans and with our community".

Southern's Yuletide Gift of the Spirit Concert is Saturday, December 13th at 4 p.m. at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 


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Big Buddy preparing for reunion http://www.wbrz.com/news/big-buddy-preparing-for-reunion/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/big-buddy-preparing-for-reunion/ 2une In Thu, 11 Dec 2014 7:01:15 AM Hunter Robinson Big Buddy preparing for reunion

BATON ROUGE - The Big Buddy Program is looking back at the impact it's had in the 35 years since its founding in 1979.

People in the community say the program allowed them to live a life they had only dreamed of before joining. The group started as one, small neighborhood group but now serves more than 1,000 kids every week. News Two's Rebecca Buchanan caught up with a couple people from that first group this morning on 2une In.

Charles Hill still remembers the day the Big Buddy group came knocking on his door. He saw it as a way to play ball and have fun after school, but it turned out to be much more. He says it's what made him a success.

"it lets me know that if you use your gifts and talents, you can play a positive role in other individual's lives," he explains. "if somebody helps us, we should be able to give back and to help somebody else."

Watch the video for more information.

 


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Nubian Kruzers preparing to deliver holiday cheer http://www.wbrz.com/news/nubian-kruzers-preparing-to-deliver-holiday-cheer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nubian-kruzers-preparing-to-deliver-holiday-cheer/ 2une In Thu, 11 Dec 2014 6:36:26 AM Hunter Robinson Nubian Kruzers preparing to deliver holiday cheer

BATON ROUGE - The Nubian Kruzer United Motorcycle Club and Capital City Rotary are getting ready to spread Christmas cheer with the 9th annual Christmas Toy Drive and Kruzer Delivery.

They need your help this year to reach their goal of collecting over 6,000 toys, but you are running out of time.

You have until tomorrow, Friday, December 12th to drop off new, unwrapped toys and gifts at barrel locations. Here is where you can find them:
· Baton Rouge Harley-Davidson; 5853 Siegen Lane
· Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, 7330 Highland Rd.
· Gulf Coast Bank; All Baton Rouge Locations
· Gerry Lane Enterprises; All Baton Rouge Dealership Locations
· NKU Club House 3405 Seneca St. Baton Rouge, LA
· Twin Peak of Baton Rouge

Once the toys are collected and wrapped, the Nubian Kruzers will deliver the toys on Sunday, December 21st at 10 a.m. They will also do a delivery to kids at Our Lady of the Lake on December 23rd.

Nubian Kruzers Vice President Eric Jefferson and Staff Sergeant Marco Marcia joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning with all the details.

Click on the video link for more information.

 


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A holiday tradition: Twin Living Christmas Trees http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-holiday-tradition-twin-living-christmas-trees/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-holiday-tradition-twin-living-christmas-trees/ 2une In Thu, 11 Dec 2014 5:59:14 AM Hunter Robinson A holiday tradition: Twin Living Christmas Trees

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge tradition of sight, sound and spirit will be unwrapped this weekend when Jefferson Baptist Church lights up the Twin Living Christmas Trees.

You can catch performance Saturday, December 13th (7 p.m.), Sunday, December 14th (3 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Monday, December 15th (3 p.m.)

This morning on 2une In, John Pastorek had an inside look at the Christmas Tradition and spoke to one of the masterminds behind the performance.

Click on the video link for more information.

 


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