This time of year the weather is absolutely gorgeous in Louisiana, and with no major collegiate sports events happening, community outreach organizations have jammed packed the calendar with family, faith, health and fitness events. My kind of weekend!

Here is a bit of what’s poppin’ this weekend.

Saturday, April 18th
New Hope Baptist Church Christian Education Institute
5856 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, LA
8 am – 5 pm

COPP Course offerings include:
Leadership in the Local Church
Developing Skills for Sharing Your Faith
Living Saved and Single – Church Ministry to Singles

Two seminars will also be held:
“The Recipe for a Godly Marriage” for married/engaged couples  and
“Chaste Living in a Sex-laden World!” for youth ages 13-17

More information and registration available at newhopebr.com

Saturday, April 18th
Baton Rouge Get Your Rear In Gear 5k Run/Walk
8:30 am
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

This event helps raise funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the Baton Rouge area. Monies raised will stay in our community, helping with prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for this disease. The event includes refreshments, tech shirts and marathon quality medals for age group winners.  Get Your Rear in Gear provides a special opportunity to honor survivors and those lost to colon cancer in our community. Click here for registration and more information.

Saturday, April 18th
2015 Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk
10:00 am
Tiger Park at LSU

Geaux Teal started with one daughter’s goal to share her mother’s story and now includes aunts, daughters, sisters and mothers who seek to tell their families story, all with the ultimate goal of spreading ovarian cancer awareness to women of all ages. This event supports these efforts.  Click here for more registration and more information.

Yes there is more on Saturday…

Saturday, April 18th
Baton Rouge Family Fit Day
City-Brooks Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge Family Fit Day is a free open streets event of the Mayor’s Healthy BR Initiative. Event will include runs, walks (for people and pets) and bike rides around the loop. BREC will showcase tennis activities, putting and chipping events, water sports and a visit from BREC’s mobile recreation unit, BREC on the Geaux, for the public to enjoy. Other organizations will also be providing fitness classes, healthy cooking demonstrations, bike safety classes and more.  Click here for more information.

I wish I could be in more than one place at a time.  

Sunday, April 19th
Louisiana Earth Day
Downtown Baton Rouge
North Street: State Capital to Old Govenor’s Mansion

Noon – 6 pm

Complete information including a map and list of activities is available here.

This weekend offers enjoyable family time, fresh air, exercise, education and food for important causes (and many of these activities are free).  Gtr BR – come out and take advantage.

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