“Spotlight” column for Nov. 19, 2012

‘Coats for Kids’

You know what they say: Children grow; coats don’t.

WHAT: WBRZ will host ‘Pack the Pod,’ a major collection day for ‘Pat’s Coats for Kids’ drive.

WHEN: Tuesday with updates throughout the day during the WBRZ broadcasts.

WHERE: The Wal-Mart on College Drive in Baton Rouge.

INFORMATION: (225) 387-2222 or visit http://www.wbrz.com.

DETAILS: The drive — for needy children in Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes — continues through Saturday. New or clean used child- and adult-size coats may be dropped off at any location of the YMCA of the Capital Area, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, EMR or Coldwell Banker One. Make monetary donations at the website, or mail a check made out to Pat’s Coats for Kids to WBRZ, 1650 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Celebrating Seniors

Both older pets and older humans are expected to benefit from this campaign.

WHAT: Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge is offering special adoption rates to encourage the adoption of older pets and adoption by older residents.

WHEN: The program runs through Nov. 30. Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road in Baton Rouge.

INFORMATION: (225) 774-7701. DETAILS: During the Celebrating Seniors campaign, adoption fees will be $25 when adopting a senior animal (ages 5 and older) or when the adopting person is a senior (age 55 or older). Adoptions will be free when both a senior adopter adopts a senior pet. Animals are spayed or neutered, micro chipped and updated on vaccinations. The alliance also has a new policy of not charging someone older than 65 who adopts a senior animal.

Cruisin’ New Orleans

Enjoying fine cars in the Big Easy.

WHAT: Cruisin’ New Orleans Car Show, a celebration of antique, classic and hot rod vehicles.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: ‘Under the lights’ at the Historic French Market’s Flea Market, 1235 N. Peters St. in New Orleans.

INFORMATION: Email vincent@sylvainsolutions.com or call (504) 232-3499.

DETAILS: Presented by Cutting Edge Music Business Institute, Sylvain Solutions and Verges Vintage Vehicles LLC. This is a rain date for the show, which was to have happened in September. Vehicles that have already registered do not need to preregister.

‘Waging Peace’

Help write lyrics about making peace in Baton Rouge.

WHAT: Composer Robert Kyr, of Oregon, will take words submitted by people in Baton Rouge and write an original composition to premier in the spring.

WHEN: The deadline for submitting words to Kyr is Thanksgiving Day.

INFORMATION: Submit insights, phrases and reflections to

peace@ifedgbr.com. Discussion guides are available online at http://www.ifedgbr.com.

DETAILS: The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge encourages churches, families and others to gather for dialogues on grief and violence and the pursuit of peace and healing in the community.