About Town for Dec. 30, 2012

LSU LEISURE CLASSES

EVENT: Registration open for Spring 2013 LSU Student Union Leisure Classes.

DATE: Now until the class is full or has started, whichever comes first.

PLACE: Room 107 of the LSU Student Union, off Raphael Semmes Road, LSU campus.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.lsu.edu/leisureclasses or (225) 578-5119.

DETAILS: The Spring 2013 LSU Student Union Leisure Class brochure and registration form are now available. The schedule will have 130 noncredit, personal enrichment classes with 46 new and seasonal classes. Some of the categories for the classes are book arts, communication, dance, fitness and sports, food and drink, gardening and more. Classes are small and fill up quickly. Discounts are available for LSU students, their parents and Leisure Classes members. Participants can register at the LSU Student Union, online at http://www.lsu.edu/leisureclasses or by phone at (225) 578-5119. The union is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

‘SAFE RIDE HOME’

EVENT: Mockler Beverage/Budweiser “Safe Ride Home.”

DATE: Through New Year’s Day.

TIME: 24 hours a day.

DETAILS: Mockler Beverage/Budweiser will offer party-goers either a free tow home from Guy’s Towing at (225) 275-6411 or a free ride home from Yellow Cab at (225) 926-6400. Call for information about the area served. The service is only for those going home, and vehicles being towed must be in working condition.

‘SKATING ON THE RIVER’

EVENT: Baton Rouge River Center’s “Skating on the River.”

DATE: Now until Jan. 2.

PLACE: Baton Rouge River Center, 275 South River Road.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-4940.

DETAILS: The center will have multiple skating sessions that are each 90 minutes long between now and Wednesday, except on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $12 each and include one session, skate rental, small candy and small Coke. Check http://www.brrivercenter.com for available session times.

‘ZOOLIGHTS’

EVENT: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s “ZooLights 2012.”

DATE: Sunday.

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; zoo grounds close at 9 p.m.

PLACE: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker.

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

DETAILS: “ZooLights” is a mile-long trail through the zoo featuring more than 50 illuminated display sculptures of animals and traditional holiday displays. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $4 for seniors and $3 for ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members.

CAA

EVENT: “Happy Mew Year’s!” cat adoptions.

DATE: New Year’s Eve through Sunday, Jan. 6.

PLACE: Companion Animal Alliance animal shelter, 2680 Progress Road; PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road; and the Mall of Louisiana, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.caabr.org, http://www.projectpurrbr.org or (225) 774-7701.

DETAILS: Companion Animal Alliance and Project Purr are offering kittens for $20 and cats for $13 during the “Happy Mew Year’s!” cat adoption event. The prices include all vaccinations, microchipping, spaying/neutering and FIV testing. Schedules for the event are posted on CAA’s website and Project Purr’s website.

EVENT: “Three Dog Nights!” dog adoptions.

DATE: Friday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 27.

TIME: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with hours extending to 7 p.m. on Thursday (CAA animal shelter); and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Orvis).

PLACE: CAA animal shelter, 2680 Progress Road; and Orvis in Perkins Rowe, 7601 Bluebonnet Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 774-7701.

DETAILS: Companion Animal Alliance and Friends of the Animals BR are offering a winter special for large, warm dogs who weigh more than 40 lbs. Adoptees will pay half price, which is $40, for the large dogs. The price includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping.

EBR LIBRARY

EVENT: “Introduction to Computers.”

DATE: Wednesday and Saturday and Jan. 30.

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: “A Grimm Birthday.”

DATE: Friday.

TIME: 10 a.m.

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

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-4959.

DETAILS: The library will celebrate the birthday of Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, by reading timeless favorites like “Red Riding Hood,” “Rapunzel” and “Rumpelstiltskin.” After reading, children can make a castle tower and Rapunzel using cardboard, yarn, paper, markers, scissors and glue.

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: “Introduction to Computers.”

DATE: Saturday.

TIME: 11 a.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1550.

DETAILS: Learn how to use a mouse, open files, close files and more. Registration is required.

EVENT: “Origami with Mr. Sze.”

DATE: Saturday.

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

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

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1160.

DETAILS: Kao Sze will teach some basic origami folds to make animals and everyday objects from paper. Registration is required.

‘GARDEN TOUR FRIDAYS

EVENT: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site’s “Garden Tour Fridays” series.

DATE: Friday.

TIME: 10 a.m.

PLACE: Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, La. 10, St. Francisville (30 minutes north of Baton Rouge).

FOR MORE INFO: (888) 376-1867, (225) 635-3110 or http://www.LaStateParks.com.

DETAILS: The “Garden Tour Fridays” series provides garden enthusiasts with a look at early 19th-century gardens. Patricia Aleshire, manager/horticulturist, will guide visitors through Rosedown’s gardens pointing out heirloom varieties of plants and discussing cultivation methods. Admission is $5 for garden only tours. Admission for tours of the main house are $10 for adults (age 18-61), $8 for seniors (62 and over) and $4 for students (age 6-17). Admission is free for children younger than 5.

AM. SEWING GUILD

EVENT: American Sewing Guild Baton Rouge Chapter meeting.

DATE: Saturday.

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

FOR MORE INFO: mehrhardt5@yahoo.com.

DETAILS: The American Sewing Guild Baton Rouge Chapter will meet on the first Saturday of the month. Call for time.

CALEDONIAN SOCIETY

EVENT: Deadline to register for Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge’s six-week introductory course on Highland Broadsword fighting.

DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15.

PLACE: Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 278-1577, jeb_mungall@yahoo.com or http://www.csbr.org.

DETAILS: The Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization that promotes and preserves Scottish culture, will offer a six-week introductory course on Highland Broadsword fighting from Tuesday, Jan. 29, to Tuesday, March 12. Each class will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Classes will cover the basic use of the Scottish basket-hilt sword and the styles used by the Highland Regiments of the British army in the 18th and 19th centuries. The course is $85 and includes a rattan single-stick training weapon for the student to keep. Preregistration is required by Jan. 15, because of the need to purchase equipment.