Baton Rouge Area for Nov. 30, 2012

The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Nov. 30-Dec.6, 2012. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

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FRIDAY, NOV. 30

CREATIVE LOUISIANA: 8:30 a.m., coffee and mingling; 9 a.m., talk, Camelot Club, 21st floor, Chase Tower, 451 Florida St. Featured speaker: Casey Phillips. (225) 241-0659.

FUN AT THE FLEA MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5905 Florida Blvd. Kajun Corner, NFL sports and gifts, plant shop, Nita's Pralines, Deep South furniture, and café.

MUSEUM STORE HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. http://www.lsumoa.com.

DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. Lighting ceremony, movies, music, ice skating, kid's activities, theatrical performances and more. (225) 389-5520.

OLD STATE CAPITOL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS EVENTS: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Louisiana's Old State Capitol, River Road at North Boulevard. Build a Christmas tree of canned goods for the hungry, visit with "Santa in the Senate" and have your photo taken, Mrs. Claus helping kids make holiday cards.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 4 p.m., FHL member sneak peek; 5 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive, general public welcome, Old Governor's Mansion, 503 North Blvd. Christmas movies, face painting, Christmas treats. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, $12. Bring a donation of non-perishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. (225) 387-2464 or http://www.fhl.org.

LIVE NATIVITY: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Convention Street. Free.

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor by Dillard's). http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

A YULETIDE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT: 6:30 p.m., F.G. Clark Activity Center, Southern University. Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. with the Southern University Band and other groups. Proceeds benefit the SU Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. $10; groups of 20 or more, $5 per person; free, SU students with ID. (225) 771-4500.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

RED STICK FARMERS MARKET AND ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets, downtown. Fresh seasonal vegetables and other homegrown and homemade food for sale. Arts market features work from more than 70 artists in Louisiana and surrounding states. Children's activities from 9 a.m.-noon in the Arts Market's Kids Booth. http://www.artsbr.org or (225) 344-8558 (arts market) or (225) 267-5060 (farmers market).

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 8 a.m.-noon, Arts Market, Fifth and Main streets, downtown. Noon-6 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor by Dillards). Noon-4 p.m., Petsmart, Millerville Road. http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

'THE LARGEST KIDS EVENT EVER!': 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Featuring Hollywood Hal and Rhinestone Al, Santa Claus, The Grinch, musical performance by James Linden Hogg, rides, face painting, clowns and more. Free tickets available at any Brian Harris dealership. http://www.halandal.com.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., The Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, 190 Lee Drive. $18; children under 2, $5. Reservation and deposit required; limited seating. (225) 669-0005.

FUN AT THE FLEA MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5905 Florida Blvd. Kajun Corner, NFL sports and gifts, plant shop, Nita's Pralines, Deep South furniture, and café.

CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. http://www.caaws.org.

CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

MISS TRUDY'S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Adalié Brent Auditorium, Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Entertaining, interactive program for young children and families. Free for LASM members and is included in the general price of admission for nonmembers. http://www.lasm.org.

WALKER CHRISTMAS PARADE: 1 p.m., downtown Walker.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Friday and Saturday nights come inside to enjoy special music, vendors, crafters and visit Santa and his elves. Mule drawn wagon rides through the lights for a small fee. Drive through light display, $1 per person.

WALKER WONDERLAND: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, Walker. More than 1 million lights, along with inflatables and animated displays. Walking tours, movies. Free.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

A RURAL LIFE CHRISTMAS: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., LSU Rural Life Museum, Essen Lane. A 19th century-style Christmas celebration with costumed re-enactors, artisans, games for children, jambalaya and gumbo dinners, bonfire, Papa Noel. $7, per person; free, children 10 and younger.

FUN AT THE FLEA MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5905 Florida Blvd. Kajun Corner, NFL sports and gifts, plant shop, Nita's Pralines, Deep South furniture, and café.

GARDEN DISTRICT ARTS WALK: noon-4 p.m., begins at 1622 Bloun Street. (504) 400-5196.

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor by Dillards). 1-4 p.m., Petsmart, Millerville Road. http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Free admission to the LASM galleries and reduced admission to planetarium shows. Children are invited to the holiday ornament workshop from 1-3 p.m. in the Discovery Depot. http://www.lasm.org.

FREE FIRST SUNDAY: LSU Musuem of Art, fifth floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Free admission into the museum. http://www.lsumoa.com

WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. Celebrate a Cajun Night Before Christmas with Papa Noel riding in a pirogue pulled by alligators and watch open hearth cooking demonstrations. Aillet House will have a traditional 19th century holiday tableaux. Pony rides. Free. (225) 336-2422.

PET PORTRAITS WITH SANTA: 2-5 p.m., Naylor's Hardware and Garden Center, 14441 Old Hammond Highway. Portraits are by donation to Spay Baton Rouge and will be taken by Images by Sharon Turner. Crafts for kids.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. Performance by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. $20, adults; $10, children. (225) 383-0500, ext. 100 or http://www.brso.org.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Mule drawn wagon rides through the lights for a small fee. Snow patch, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22, $3 per child. Drive through light display, $1 per person.

WALKER WONDERLAND: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, Walker. More than 1 million lights, along with inflatables and animated displays. Walking tours, movies. Free.

MONDAY, DEC. 3

REFLECTIONS IN THE GARDEN: noon-1 p.m., Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. "Building a Garden Home for Your Birds" presented by Emily Winners. Bring a lunch; drinks provided. $10; free, BHS members. (225) 763-3990 or http://www.burdenhorticulturalsociety.com.

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor by Dillards). http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

WALKER WONDERLAND: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, Walker. More than 1 million lights, along with inflatables and animated displays. Walking tours, movies. Free.

AARON NEVILLE HOLIDAY SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. $100. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor by Dillards). http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

WALKER WONDERLAND: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, Walker. More than 1 million lights, along with inflatables and animated displays. Walking tours, movies. Free.

AARON NEVILLE HOLIDAY SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. $100. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

COFFEE AND LAGNIAPPE: 9:30 a.m., coffee; 10 a.m., program, First Christian Church, Old Hammond Highway. Featuring bell choir performance. Sponsored by the Lagniappe chapter of OLLI at LSU. Free.

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor by Dillards). http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Mule drawn wagon rides through the lights for a small fee. Snow patch, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22, $3 per child. Drive through light display, $1 per person.

WALKER WONDERLAND: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, Walker. More than 1 million lights, along with inflatables and animated displays. Walking tours, movies. Free.

ST. JOSEPH'S ACADEMY FALL DANCE CONCERT: 6:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Works in classical ballet, modern jazz, and contemporary by family member Kris Cangelosi. $8. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

LISTENING ROOM: 7:30 p.m., Hartley/Vey Studio, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Performance by John Hébert and his trio. Reservations recommended. $10. (225) 344-8558 ext. 222 or mrobinson@acgbr.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana (second floor near Dillards). http://www.projectpurrbr.org.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., grounds of the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Mule drawn wagon rides through the lights for a small fee. Snow patch, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22, $3 per child. Drive through light display, $1 per person.

WALKER WONDERLAND: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park, Walker. More than 1 million lights, along with inflatables and animated displays. Walking tours, movies. Free.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Pay-what-you can night. Suggested donation, $5. (225) 924-6496 or http://www.brlt.org.

OUTDOORS

BRAMBA (BATON ROUGE AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION): http://www.bramba.org.

BATON ROUGE TRIKKE CLUB: http://www.brtrikke.com, email brtrikke@cox.net.

BATON ROUGE AUDUBON SOCIETY: Robert McLaughlin, (225) 926-2223 (call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

BAYOU HAYSTACKERS PADDLING CLUB: (225) 387-3717 or http://www.bayouhaystackers.com.

BATON ROUGE BIKE CLUB: (225) 963-8616 or http://www.batonrougebikeclub.com. Call for details or go to the website for weekend ride information.

BATON ROUGE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: (225) 603-8467. Call for details of special events.

BURDEN CENTER: (225) 763-3990, 5460 Essen Lane. Urban hiking. Two miles of hiking, walking trails.

ONGOING

ART GUMBO CENTER: 1835 N. Magnolia St., Gonzales, (225) 644-6131. Open noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Gumbo Center is a program of the River Region Art Association.

BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive, (225) 383-1470. Jenny Authement/April Hammock/Michael w. Howes/Steve Schmidt exhibition, through December, with first Wednesday opening reception 7-9 p.m. Dec. 5.

BATON ROUGE LITTLE THEATER: 7155 Florida Blvd. Displaying artwork by Donna Bateman Kilbourne during performances of A Christmas Carol, Dec. 7-16. For more information, visit http://www.brlt.org or http://www.kilbourneart.com.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Angels and Cherubs exhibit, through the holidays. Adults, $4.50; seniors, $3.50; children, $2; children under 2, free. http://www.enchantedmansion.org.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM:  e_SHrS http://www.lasm.org. Train Memorabilia from the LASM Collection, through Jan. 20, 2013. LASM: 50 Years of Collecting , through Jan. 6, 2013. Planetarium shows: 2012: Mayan Prophesis and Season of Light, Dec. 1-30; Life of Trees, Dec. 1-June 30; Kaluaka'hina, the Enchanted Reef, through Sunday, Dec. 30; Visual music shows: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon and Pink Floyd: The Wall . For times, visit http://www.lasm.org.

LOUISIANA VETERANS HALL OF HONOR: permanent exhibit, USS Kidd, River Road downtown. Dedicated to service men and women who have had outstanding military careers. Each person is a Louisiana native. (225) 342-1942.

LSU MUSEUM OF ART: 5TH FLOOR, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Once Upon a Time, LA Machinery Gallery, through Feb. 13, 2013. Louisiana's Artist: Clementine Hunter, through March 31, 2013. Mysteries: Works by Michael Crespo, through Dec. 14. Cascade of Color: Gabriel Dawe, through April 7, 2013. Trains, Planes and Automobiles: Vintage Toys, Prints and Photographs, on view through the holiday season. $5; free, students and children 12 and younger. Free admission, fifth floor, on first Sunday of month.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY: 111 Foster Hall, LSU. Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition. Featuring recent works by LSU fine arts undergraduates in ceramics, graphic design, digital art, painting and drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Free. (225) 578-5402.

LOUIS DEANGELO GALLERY: 16645 Highland Road, Suite F., (225) 250-7750. Featuring work by local abstract artist Lou Deangelo and showcasing work by more than a dozen regional artists in various media. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

TAYLOR CLARK GALLERY: 2623 Government St. Exhibit of sculptor Angela Gregory's work, through December. Free. (225) 383-4929 or http://www.taylorclark.com.

WALKER MUSEUM & COMMUNITY ART GALLERY: 29350 Walker South Road, Walker. (225) 665-4356. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Becoming Louisiana: Path to Statehood, through the end of December. Free.

­WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225) 336-2422 or http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. Our Lives, Our Stories, America's Greatest Generation, through Jan. 7, 2013. Mardi Gras Shipwreck: Recovered Cache c. 1812, through Dec. 2. Adults, $4; students and seniors, $2; West Baton Rouge Parish residents and West Baton Rouge Historical Association members, free.

SINGLES EVENTS

BATON ROUGE SINGLES: Visit http://www.meetup.com/Singles-Group-of-Baton-Rouge/ for a full list of events.

BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, lunch at Frank's on Airline near Cortana Mall; 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, steak night and music, VFW Hall, 13214 S. Choctaw.

TANGI CHRISTIAN RE-SINGLES: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Wesley Foundation, 307 W. Dakota St., Hammond. (225) 567-9567.