(See The National Christmas Tree Lighting tonight on LPB!)

LPB will set the mood for your Christmas Eve! At 7PM, Rod Stewart performs holiday favorites and performs duets with Michael Bublé, Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and even Ella Fitzgerald. At 8, celebrate the lighting of the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

Merry Christmas! Tuesday night at 8, relax to Christmas with Nathan Pacheco. Then at 9, Frontline explores the life of Jesus and depicts the origins of Christianity.

Wednesday night at 7, LPB will have an encore showing of a very important episode of Louisiana Public Square entitled Bullying in Louisiana. How can students, parents and educators stand up to this aggressive behavior? See what our audience and our panel of experts has to say.

Thursday, pour yourself a spot of tea and curl up in front of the telly for LPB's UK night. It starts at 7 with Antiques Roadshow UK, followed by part one of Garden of Death on Midsomer Murders. At 9, see Lark Rise to Candleford, and then part one of The German Woman on Foyle's War.

LPB's weekly newsmagazine, Louisiana: The State We're In, leads off Friday night's news and informational lineup. At 9, hear the story of the first quintessentially American dance company, the Joffrey Ballet.

Saturday night, LPB gives you two full hours of British comedy starting at 7PM. At 9, see the story of two brothers and two women at the heart of an infamous episode in British history in Edward & George: Two Brothers, One Throne.

Sunday at 8PM, we will wrap up Season 2 of Downton Abbey on Downton Abbey to get you ready for the January 6th start of Season 3! At 10, LPB will air the Call the Midwife Holiday Special.


LPB Whenever you shop online through Louisiana Gives, a portion of the purchase price can be donated to Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. It won't cost you anything extra and it will only take a few extra seconds.

Louisiana Gives has more than 200 stores covering every shopping category, but our most popular store is You can do your shopping at now and up to 7% of the purchase price will be donated to Friends of LPB.

Donations to nonprofit organizations are now at an all-time low. You can help by doing your online shopping through Louisiana Gives.

Thank you for thinking of Friends of LPB when you shop online!


LPB We hear too much about young people who get in trouble -- the students who do exceptionally well in the classroom or make a huge difference in their community do not receive the recognition they deserve. That’s why LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge created the Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Now in its 18th year, the awards honor students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, have served their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives. In other words, these young people are an inspiration to those around them.

Nominations are now being taken for the 2013 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school or home-schooled and cannot be older than 19 years of age.

Some of our previous Young Heroes have overcome physical handicaps or personal tragedies, helped others after hurricanes, cared for family members, started charitable foundations, and even saved lives. You can read profiles and see videos of previous years' Young Heroes on our website.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the LPB website or submitted through the online form. Letters of recognition and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. Students who have been nominated in past years may be re-nominated for this year’s awards. Previous winners are not eligible. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 8, 2013. Winners will be announced on LPB on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 17, 2013. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day full of activities including lunch on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion. The day will culminate in a banquet that night in Baton Rouge.

The awards are co-presented by the Baton Rouge Rotary Club and underwritten by ExxonMobil and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.


LPB Join LPB on Sunday, February 17th from noon until 5PM at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge as we spotlight the Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train Underwater Adventures. In addition to special showings of Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea and Dinosaur Train’s Submarine Adventure, BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will have live animals at the event along with their animal exhibits and educational presentations about Louisiana wildlife at the Swamp’s pavilion. A swamp tour will also be available where families can see numerous species of birds which live in Louisiana during the winter along with the other natural flora and fauna. LPB will have goody bags with Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train items for kids to take home.

For directions and admission prices, go to BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s website or LPB's website. For more info, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (225) 767-4276.


LPB When Elmo gets Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!

Elmo Can't Stop Singing will be at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 and at the Baton Rouge River Center Arena on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Performances at both locations are at 10:30AM with meet and greets with the cast at 9:30AM. A $35 contribution to Friends of LPB gets you one gold circle seat ticket and a VIP meet & greet pass! For a $25 contribution, you will receive one gold circle seat ticket.

In Baton Rouge, come and play BEFORE the show! VEE Corporation introduces Play Zone at Sesame Street Live - a fun new way for children to experience their favorite street! Imagine your child sitting in Big Bird's nest, popping up in Oscar's trash can, or visiting Elmo's World. You never know who'll make an appearance! Play Zone opens one hour before the show - best of all, Play Zone is FREE with your Sesame Street Live ticket!


We hope you will join us on LPB's Step It Up Facebook page. The page is designed to offer tips and advice to help young people lost weight and get in shape - but anyone at any age can get some help. And with all the sweets around this time of year, most of us probably need a little help and guidance!


LPB has more than 250 informational, educational, inspirational and entertaining DVD's available on ShopLPB. ShopLPB also has wonderful books, such as A Summer of Birds, Atchafalaya Houseboat: My Years in a Louisiana Swamp, and Chef John Folse's Hot Beignets & Warm Boudoirs: A Collection of Recipes from Louisiana's Bed & Breakfasts.

If you are a member of Friends you can get a 15% discount on all ShopLPB purchases. Check Visions for the code for savings.

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December 24-31, 2012

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Jungle Gardens - Hwy. 329, Avery Island
Two-for-one admission in December. For more information, call (337) 369-8243 or go to the Jungle Gardens website.

Old Governor's Mansion (Foundation for Historical Louisiana) - 502 North Blvd., Baton Rouge
Two-for-one admission in December. Touring hours are 10AM to 4PM Monday through Friday; excludes special events. Go to their website or call (225) 387-2464 for more information.
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