EVENT: “A Million Thanks from the Library.”

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.

DETAILS: The library will continue to collect letters for the “A Million Thanks” program, a program where community members write letters of thanks to those serving abroad in the military. Children too young to write can draw a picture to show gratitude. Participants can use their own paper or use the library’s “Support Your Troops” letterhead. Envelopes are not necessary.

EVENT: International Family Fun Night.

DATE: Monday.

TIME: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-7440.

DETAILS: Families are invited to play an assortment of games from around the globe and enjoy a game-themed story time and craft. The night also will have refreshments.

EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word.”

DATE: Tuesday.

TIME: 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3250.

DETAILS: Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Registration is required.

EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007.”

DATE: Tuesday.

TIME: 4 p.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-4967.

DETAILS: Learn how to create basic spreadsheets. Registration is required.

EVENT: “Create a Newsletter in Microsoft Publisher 2007.”

DATE: Thursday.

TIME: 10 a.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-2250.

DETAILS: Learn how to create newsletters using Microsoft Publisher 2007.

EVENT: “Start the Season With Music at the Library.”

DATE: Saturday.

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.

DETAILS: The event will start with children making simple decorations for the Christmas tree beginning at 10:30 a.m. and be followed at 11 a.m. by a performance by Zachary High School’s Bronco Beat Choir, an a capella choir directed by Jason Bowers.

EVENT: “Soul Collage.”

DATE: Saturday.

TIME: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-2250.

DETAILS: Debbie Jacobs, Soul Collage facilitator, and Rebecca Olivera, art therapist, will guide participants in creating a collection of cards with deep personal meanings. Each participant must bring three 5-inch-by-8-inch mat boards and a large glue stick. Images and scissors will be provided. Registration is required.

EVENT: The Greenwell Springs Library Christmas Gala.

DATE: Sunday, Dec. 2.

TIME: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4440.

DETAILS: The gala will feature gospel recording artist Jermyn “Big” Poole and Co., along with the youth and children of Reed and Reed performing vocal and piano selections. There also will be refreshments.


EVENT: Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America’s monthly luncheon.

DATE: Tuesday.

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 766-4900.

DETAILS: Guest speaker will be Lt. Cmdr. Juan C. Rivera, executive officer and associate professor of Naval Science at Southern University. All members, spouses, widows, widowers, auxiliary members and guests are invited.


EVENT: LSU’s annual Candlelight Celebration.

DATE: Tuesday.

TIME: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

PLACE: Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU campus.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 578-4675.

DETAILS: The event will honor the holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. There will be musical performances and Santa Claus reading “A Cajun Night Before Christmas.” The lighting of LSU’s Christmas tree will follow in front of the Memorial Tower.


EVENT: Creative Louisiana meetup.

DATE: Friday.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. coffee and mingling; 9 a.m. creative talk.

PLACE: Camelot Club, 21st floor of the Chase Tower, 451 Florida St.

DETAILS: Creative Louisiana, a monthly morning meetup for creative types supported by LSU Continuing Education, will hold a meeting featuring Casey Phillips, co-curator of the BR Walls Project and founder of The Force Agency that specializes in strategic branding for arts and entertainment companies and real estate developers. Phillips will speak on his method of “Entrepreneurial Activism” that enables nonprofits.


EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Christmas Open House.

DATE: Friday.

TIME: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PLACE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-2464 or http://www.fhl.org.

DETAILS: The open house is part of the “Festival of Lights” festivities and will feature a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Children can tell Mr. and Mrs. Claus their wishes and get their picture taken with the couple for $12. There will also be face painting, Christmas and Hanukkah card making, a holiday movie, hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn and seasonal music. The West Wing Gift Shop will sell heritage gifts for Christmas shoppers with proceeds going to the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s culture, history and architecture. The gifts include jewelry, collectables and books on Louisiana history. Members and those joining FHL will get a 10 percent discount. FHL members will also get to come early for a sneak preview at 4 p.m.

EVENT: “Classic Homes and Cocktails” benefit soiree.

DATE: Friday, Dec. 7.

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PLACE: Starting on the terrace of the Kress Building, off Third Street, downtown Baton Rouge.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-2464 or http://www.fhl.org.

DETAILS: The event will raise funds for FHL while showcasing downtown residences with a spotlight on recent preservation efforts. It will start with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace of the Kress Building followed by a tour of four homes and two condominiums in the Spanish Town Historic District. Each home will be paired with a classic cocktail and refreshment. Participants will also get a chance to win a free night at the Hotel Indigo by wearing their tackiest Christmas sweaters. Tickets are $30 for FHL members, $35 for nonmembers and $40 on the night of the event. FHL also has a $500 sponsorship, which comes with 10 tickets, and a $250 sponsorship, which comes with four tickets. Tickets are available on the FHL website.


EVENT: Pointe Coupee Parish Historical Society’s “Last Friday Louisiana Film Series.”

DATE: Friday.

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 West Main St., New Roads.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.pointecoupeehistoricalsociety.org.

DETAILS: Pointe Coupee Parish Historical Society will host its “Last Friday Louisiana Film Series,” which features movies made in Louisiana and about life in Louisiana on the last Friday of each month. This month’s movie is “A Christmas Memory,” a 1967 movie by Truman Capote starring Geraldine Page and Donny Melvin. Movies are free to attend. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available.


EVENT: The Enchanted Mansion’s Breakfast with Santa 2012.

DATE: Saturdays through Dec. 15.

TIME: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., first session; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., second session.

PLACE: The Enchanted Mansion, 190 Lee Drive.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 769-0005.

DETAILS: Participants are invited to the doll museum to have breakfast with Santa and see the Angel and Cherub Exhibit. Parents can take pictures of their children with Santa in his antique sleigh. Each child will also get a free gift from Santa. The event will have two sessions with both having limited seating. Cost is $18 per person and $5 for children under age 2. Reservations and deposits are required.


EVENT: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Open House.

DATE: Thursday, Dec. 6.

TIME: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

PLACE: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Museum Gift Shop, 100 North Blvd.

DETAILS: The open house will feature refreshments and a 20 percent off discount for all regularly priced merchandise.


EVENT: Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Citiplace and Capital Area United Way’s Season’s Readings Program.

DATE: Now until Jan. 1

PLACE: Barnes & Noble Citiplace, 2590 Citiplace Court.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.CAUW.org.

DETAILS: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Citiplace has partnered with Capital Area United Way to collect new books for children in the community. Customers can purchase age-appropriate books that are under $10 each when they check out at the register. CAUW will pick up the books and distribute them to local organizations for children. The books are geared toward children in pre-K through second grade.