About Town for Dec. 2, 2012

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY

  • EVENT: Friends of the Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: Noon to 5 p.m.
  • PLACE: Six homes on four private properties in northern West Feliciana Parish.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 635-3364.
  • DETAILS: The Friends of the Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes will benefit the West Feliciana Parish Library. The tour will feature six homes decorated for the holidays and refreshments from Heirloom Cuisine. Tickets are $20 each. The West Feliciana Historical Society, 11757 Ferdinand St., and the homes included in the tour will sell tickets on the day of the tour.

PET PORTRAITS

  • EVENT: “Pet Portraits with Santa” to benefit Spay Baton Rouge.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PLACE: Naylor’s Hardware and Garden Center, 14441 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge.
  • DETAILS: Spay Baton Rouge will benefit from the pet portraits event, which coincides with the center’s Christmas Open House. The event will also have a craft for the kids. Portraits are by donation and will be done by Images by Sharon Turner.

EBR LIBRARY

  • EVENT: Food for Fines.
  • DATE: Now until Dec. 30.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library and branches.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3745.
  • DETAILS: Bring in nonperishable food items to the library and each item will get $1 waived from the patron’s fine. All items will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
  • EVENT: The Greenwell Springs Library Christmas Gala.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • 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 Jermyn “Big” Poole and Co., a gospel recording artist, and the children of Reed and Reed who will perform vocal and piano selections as well as seasonal orations. Refreshments will be served.
  • EVENT: “Computers without Fear.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-2250.
  • DETAILS: Learn computer basics without worrying about breaking anything.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Publisher.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3250.
  • DETAILS: Learn how to create flyers, pamphlets, newsletters and more. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Computers.”
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: Learn how to use a mouse, open files, close files and more. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: Learn how to navigate the Internet for fun and research. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word 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 the basics of working in Microsoft Word 2007.
  • EVENT: Festive Yarn Star Ornaments project.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: The library will provide all supplies for teens to make festive wrapped yarn ornaments. Call to register.
  • EVENT: “A Christmas Celebration.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1540.
  • DETAILS: The Northeast High School Show Choir will present a holiday musical program.
  • EVENT: “Preventing Identity Theft.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: Maria Edwards, a certified risk consultant, will talk about how to avoid identity theft and what to do when your identity is stolen. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Wonder Wheels: An Exciting and Innovative Way of Learning.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4440.
  • DETAILS: Myles and Carolyn Reed, retired educators from Reed Consultants, will teach children and adults how to use the left and right side of their brains to improve study skills and manage learning disabilities, memory loss, dementia, ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease. The program is broken into two sessions with the next session taking place Dec. 22.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Library’s Online Databases.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: Learn how to navigate the library’s online databases.
  • EVENT: “Computers without Fear.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3250.
  • DETAILS: Learn computer basics without worrying about breaking anything. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Duct Tape Hair Bows and Bow Ties.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 11 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4460.
  • DETAILS: Children can learn to make holiday hair-bows or bow-ties from duct tape.
  • EVENT: GED Prep Class for Adults.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: Noon.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4440.
  • DETAILS: Doris Grimes, a certified adult educator, will help adults prepare for the GED and give a practice GED. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: Chess and Checkers.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: Tweens, teens and children can play chess or checkers at the library.
  • EVENT: Mini Crochet Stocking Workshop.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: Edith O’Neal and Susan Michelli will present the workshop on crocheting mini stockings. The workshop is open to those who know how to make the basic crochet stitches. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: Heavenly Holiday Sounds from Runnels Harp Choir.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: An ensemble of harp students from the Runnels School’s award-winning harp choir will play holiday songs. Rebecca Todaro will direct the choir.

BURDEN CENTER

  • EVENT: “Reflections in the Garden,” First Mondays at Burden Lecture Series.
  • DATE: Monday.
  • TIME: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-3990 or http://www.BurdenHorticultureSociety.com.
  • DETAILS: Topic for this month’s lecture will be “Building a Garden Home for Your Birds.” Emily Winners will be the presenter. Admission is free for Burden Horticulture Society members and $10 for others. Participants should bring their lunch and BHS will provide the drinks.

FEEDING THE NEEDY

  • EVENT: Covington Rotary’s “Feeding the Needy Fundraiser” luncheon.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Clarion Inn, 501 N. U.S. 190, Covington.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (985) 807-8303 or http://www.covrotary.org.
  • DETAILS: The fundraising luncheon will support Feeding the Needy, a Covington Rotary project to help the Covington Food Bank feed area families. The luncheon’s featured speaker will be Jim Henderson, the radio voice of the Saints, who has won the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Sportscaster of the Year Award 13 times. Tickets are $50 per person, $500 per table of eight and $600 per table of 10, and can be bought online or by phone.

AMAZING PLACE

  • EVENT: “This Amazing Place Fundraiser.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: Healing Place Church Arena, 19202 Highland Road, Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.thisamazingplace.org.
  • DETAILS: The fundraiser is dedicated to addressing the transitional living needs of the state’s aging-out foster children and homeless young adults, ages 16-21. It will include dining, music and motivational guest speakers. All guests will also have a chance to win door prizes including four $500 cash prizes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the website.

LA.’S OSC

  • EVENT: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Open House.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol Museum Gift Shop, 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.
  • DETAILS: The open house will feature refreshments and a 20 percent off discount for all regularly priced merchandise.

FHL

  • EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s “Classic Homes and Cocktails” benefit soiree.
  • DATE: Friday.
  • 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 benefit soiree will raise funds for the Foundation for Historical Louisiana 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, presenting sponsor, by wearing their tackiest Christmas sweaters. Tickets are $30 for FHL members, $35 for nonmembers and $40 at the door. 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.

ENCHANTED MANSION

  • EVENT: Enchanted Mansion’s Breakfast with Santa 2012.
  • DATE: Saturday and 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, Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 769-0005.
  • DETAILS: 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 has limited seating. Cost is $18 per person and $5 for children under age 2. Reservations and deposits are required.

IKEBANA EXHIBIT

  • EVENT: Ikebana International, Baton Rouge Chapter No. 42 exhibit on the Japanese art of flower arranging.
  • DATE: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9.
  • TIME: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.
  • DETAILS: At least 25 flower arrangements plus a feature table with arrangements created with Japanese sake ware will be on display.

GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K

  • EVENT: Run Louisiana — Girls on the Run 5K.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m.
  • PLACE: Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.girlsontherungbr.org.
  • DETAILS: The 5K race is open to people of all ages and will raise funds for the Girls on the Run of Greater Baton Rouge scholarship fund, which gives more than 500 girls in need a chance to participate in the Girls on the Run of Greater Baton Rouge’s 10-week after-school program. The program includes fun running games and activities to help third- through eighth-grade girls create healthy habits and serve as leaders in the community. The program concludes with this noncompetitive 5K race that gives the girls a chance to feel a sense of accomplishment. Girls on the Run of Greater Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization that serves girls in public and private schools. After the race, participants can enjoy a pancake breakfast while listening to music and participating in fun activities. Online registration will be open until Thursday and is $25. Registration on the day of the race is $30.

HOME TOUR

  • EVENT: Preservation Resource Center’s “2012 Holiday Home Tour.”
  • DATE: Friday, Patrons Party; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9, tours.
  • PLACE: Homes in the Garden District of New Orleans.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (504) 581-7032 or http://www.prcno.org.
  • DETAILS: The Preservation Resource Center will host its annual “Holiday Home Tour,” which will kick off with a Patron Party at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., Friday featuring an expansive holiday boutique and a catered cafĂ©. Tours will take place Saturday and Sunday and will feature informational tours of seven homes in the historic Garden District along with live performances by New Orleans musicians. The tour headquarters will be at the church where tickets can be purchased in the church’s Bishop Polk Hall. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling.

WCGBR

  • EVENT: Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Council Holiday Luncheon — LA Bicentennial Finale.”
  • DATE: Thursday, Dec. 13.
  • TIME: 11:30 a.m., networking; noon, program.
  • PLACE: Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: info@wcgbr.com or (225) 302-8018, ext. 1.
  • DETAILS: The luncheon will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and will feature the Louisiana Vintage Dancers who will reconstruct the music and dance of an earlier period. Tickets are $30 per person in advance. Checks should be made payable to Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge, WCGBR, and mailed to Ellie Torres, 8155 Jefferson Highway, No. 901, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. To R.S.V.P., email wcgbr09@yahoo.com by Friday.

GREEN SANTA PROJECT

  • EVENT: Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council’s “Green Santa Project.”
  • DATE: Now until Dec. 28.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 379-3577 or http://www.cacrc.com.
  • DETAILS: The “Green Santa Project” is an annual program to distribute free computers to qualified, low-income families and help people go green. One $100 donation will provide one computer system for a family. Donations of $25 and $50 will also help support the project. Donations can be made online by clicking the Green Santa donation tab or by making a check payable to CACRC, printing “Green Santa Project” on the memo line and mailing to: CACRC, 1400 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Donations will also be accepted on site. CACRC is a nonprofit organization committed to e-waste reduction by educating people and by providing recycled computers and equipment to schools, nonprofits and low-income families.