“Spotlight” column for Nov. 5, 2012

Recycled Art

Jewelry, wall decor and folk artwork are just a small selection of the creative works that will be available.

WHAT: Repurposing with a Purpose: Annual Auction of Artful Creations from Recycled Items.

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday (silent auction reception).

WHERE: Arts Council Community Gallery, 427 Laurel St.

ADMISSION & INFO: Free. http://www.habitatbr.org.

DETAILS: Pieces created by local artists out of recycled materials will be displayed Monday through Thursday. They will be auctioned off at the event, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. Refreshments will be served.

Food drive

Help feed those less fortunate.

WHAT: WBRZ’s 28th annual Food Drive.

WHEN: “Feed-A-Family Friday” from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Matherne’s Grocery Store, 7580 Bluebonnet Blvd.

INFO: (225) 387-2222.

DETAILS: Area residents and corporate donors are urged to bring perishable items such as turkeys, hams, fruits or vegetables for donation to less fortunate members of the community in time for Thanksgiving. The drive to collect nonperishable food items such as canned goods, dried milk, flour, rice, baby food, etc., in “Feed-A-Family” barrels at area grocery stores will continue through Saturday. Donations will then be delivered to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

LSU Salutes

The university celebrates its proud military heritage.

WHAT: LSU Salutes, sponsored by the university and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, an annual celebration of the contributions of U.S. veterans, in particular those who attended LSU and served in the ROTC.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday.

WHERE: LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground.

ADMISSION & INFO: Free. http://www.olewarskule.lsu.edu.

DETAILS: Twelve distinguished alumni will be inducted into the military Hall of Honor. In addition to the ceremony at the LSU War Memorial, this year’s inductees will be recognized during pregame activities for LSU’s Homecoming football game Saturday against Mississippi State at Tiger Stadium. The Golden Band from Tigerland will perform a patriotic halftime show to conclude the LSU Salutes activities.

ADF forum

Learn about public/private partnerships in early childhood education.

WHAT: Academic Distinction Fund’s Distinguished Speaker Series free presentation.

WHEN: 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. check-in; 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. presentation Tuesday, Nov. 13

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave.

ADMISSION & INFO: Free. Preregistration is recommended by calling (225) 922-4560.

DETAILS: Karen W. Ponder, the ADF speaker, will discuss “Creating Sustainable Public Private Partnerships to Improve Outcomes for Young Children — a National Perspective,” focusing on the goals and values of public-private partnerships in the creation of early childhood programming.