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CAA

  • EVENT: Companion Animal Alliance and Project Purr’s “Happy Mew Year’s!” cat adoptions.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • 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: The last day for the “Happy Mew Year’s!” cat adoption event is Sunday. Kittens will be offered for $20 and cats for $13. The prices include all vaccinations, microchipping, spaying/neutering and FIV testing.
  • 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. 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. The price includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping.

EBR LIBRARY

  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • DATE: Monday.
  • 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: Learn how to navigate the Internet for fun and research. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007.”
  • DATE: Tuesday and 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 the basics of Microsoft Word 2007. Registration is required.
  • 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: “Computers Without Fear.”
  • 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 computer basics without worrying about breaking anything.
  • EVENT: “Financial Check-Up: Start the New Year Right!”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4440.
  • DETAILS: The library will sponsor a series of financial seminars by Gulf Coast Bank and Trust. The seminars will be monthly and are for people who want to learn where their money goes and how to put more money back into their pockets.
  • EVENT: “I Got an E-Reader for the Holidays! Now What?”
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-7450.
  • DETAILS: Learn how to connect to Overdrive e-books using smartphones, iPads, Android devices, Kindles, Nooks and other devices. The class will focus on e-books, but will also touch on Freegal, which provides free music, and Zinio, which provides digital magazines.
  • 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 will talk about how to avoid identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4450.
  • DETAILS: Learn how to navigate the Internet for fun and research. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Chess and Checkers @ the Library!”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: Patrons, ages 6 or older, are invited to learn how to play chess and checkers from experienced volunteers.
  • EVENT: “Perky Penguin.”
  • 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: Children, ages 3 or older, are invited to learn about emperor penguins as the staff reads Martin Jenkins’ “The Emperor’s Egg.” After the reading, children will make penguin pictures using paper and feathers. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “I Have a Dream.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 778-5960.
  • DETAILS: Children, ages 5-11, will read “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport. After reading, they will write their dreams on clouds and make refrigerator magnet rainbows for themselves and for the bulletin board honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: Zachary Teen Council meeting.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: Zachary Teen Council, a monthly group for teens who want to help the library branch as well as participate in open mic nights, competitive quiz bowls and other library activities, will meet.
  • EVENT: Oral History Week.
  • DATE: Sunday, Jan. 13, to Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • TIME: All day.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1540.
  • DETAILS: The library will interview people who have lived in Pride, Chaneyville and the surrounding areas for a long time to collect their community memories for the Community History Collection at the library. Senior citizens are especially needed. Interviews will continue all week throughout the day. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Library’s Online Databases.”
  • DATE: Monday, Jan. 14.
  • 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: Learn how to navigate the library’s online databases.

MASTER GARDENERS

  • EVENT: East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners’ Basic Gardening Series.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 937-2263 or gschaffee@gmail.com.
  • DETAILS: The East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners will offer a Basic Gardening Series at the library. The series will take place Thursday evenings with each session covering two topics. Topics for Thursday are “Landscape Planning Made Easy” and “Ferns: Get Out of the Searing Sun.”

FHL LECTURE

  • EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s lecture and book signing.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m. refreshments and 6:30 p.m. lecture.
  • PLACE: East Room of the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.
  • DETAILS: Baton Rouge historian Hilda S. Krousel will present a lecture and book signing of her new book, “Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge.” The event is free to members and $10 for guests.

RECYCLING EVENT

  • EVENT: Recycle Your Electronics Day.
  • DATE: Friday.
  • TIME: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: In front of Conn’s Appliances & Electronics, 6835 Siegen Lane.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.WBRZ.com.
  • DETAILS: WBRZ-TV Channel 2 will team up with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) and Conn’s Appliances & Electronics to sponsor Recycle Your Electronics Day, an event where participants can donate electronics to help CACRC create environmental savings. CACRC will refurbish the donations, sell them at a discounted price for low-income families or donate them to schools and community centers. Donations that cannot be reused will get stripped and their parts will get recycled. Participants can donate any electronics except televisions of any type, appliances, furniture and copiers. Dave Nussbaum, meteorologist for WBRZ, will broadcast live at Conn’s from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m. Businesses with large donations should call CACRC at (225) 379-3577.

LAUREL STREET PALOOZA

  • EVENT: Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Laurel Street Palooza.
  • DATE: Friday.
  • TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge office, 427 Laurel St., and in the Chase Bank Building.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 344-8558 or http://www.artsbr.org for information or tickets.
  • DETAILS: The 13th annual Laurel Street Palooza is a street party benefit for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, an organization that provides arts education in schools and supports artists and arts organizations in the 11 parishes it serves. The party will have live bands, a silent auction, food, spirits and Mayor Kip Holden as the emcee. Music will be by The Michael Foster Project, Artemis, Kirk Holder, Righteous Buddha and Ben Bell and the Stardust Boys. The benefit will also recognize two community leaders as the 2013 King and Queen Palooza for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the arts. The queen will be Ann Connelly, owner of the gallery Ann Connelly Fine Art and member of the Arts Council’s Derek E. Gordon Arts Fund Advisory Committee. The king will be Cary Saurage, member of the boards of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation and the Baton Rouge Gallery. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

CINDERELLA PROJECT

  • EVENT: The Cinderella Project and YMCA of the Capital Area’s Winter Dress Drop-off event.
  • DATE: Saturday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 27.
  • TIME: During regular business hours.
  • PLACE: All eight Baton Rouge area branches of the YMCA.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.cinderellaprojectla.org.
  • DETAILS: The Cinderella Project, an organization working to provide young women statewide with resources that may not exist for them otherwise, will team up with the YMCA of the Capital Area to collect prom and wedding gown donations for women who cannot afford them. Donations can be dropped off at any YMCA branch in the Baton Rouge area until Jan. 27, but should be dry cleaned and on hangers. On Saturday, March 9, The Cinderella Project will host the “2013 Dress Giveaway” at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters.

MARDI GRAS BALL

  • EVENT: Inaugural Krewe de Bayou Mardi Gras Ball.
  • DATE: Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • PLACE: Downtown Ballroom & Bistro, 417 Jefferson St., downtown Lafayette.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.999KTDY.com, http://www.973TheDawg.com, http://www.1079isHot.com, http://www.Planet1051.com, http://www.KPEL965.com, http://www.ESPN1420.com, http://www.TalkRadio960.com or http://www.facebook.com/KrewedeBayouMardiGrasBall.
  • DETAILS: The radio stations, 99.9 KTDY, 97.3 The Dawg, Hot 107.9, Planet Radio 105.1, NewsTalk KPEL 96.5, SportsRadio ESPN 1420 and TalkRadio 960 AM, will sponsor the Inaugural Krewe de Bayou Mardi Gras Ball, a ball that has no krewe fees and is open to the public. The ball’s theme will be the “Roaring 20s.” It will feature entertainment from Nik-L-Beer and Vegabond Swing, a king and queen, dukes and maids and the traditional bead throws. Participants must be 21 years old or older to attend. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at Schlotzsky’s on Johnston or Pinhook and at http://www.TicketFly.com. VIP Tables for six are $250 and can be purchased by calling (337) 233-6000. Limited tickets are available.

‘2013 MLK DAY OF SERVICE’

  • EVENT: Volunteers needed for the “2013 MLK Day of Service.”
  • DATE: Sign up until Monday, Jan. 21.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 335-1521 or (225) 250-3830.
  • DETAILS: Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is looking for volunteers for the “2013 MLK Day of Service,” a project with a goal of building and strengthening partnerships with residents, community organizations and community leaders of the 70805 zip code. The project will be from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The project’s headquarters is Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Ave. Volunteers can be students and their families, members of organizations, community leaders, businesses, church congregations, veterans and their families, and area residents. Volunteers will landscape, paint, remove debris and provide other minor renovations for the host sites. To volunteer, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4192736588/eac2#.

LAGNIAPPE TOURS

  • EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s annual Lagniappe Tours excursion.
  • DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12.
  • TIME: 6:45 a.m. (departure time) to 7 p.m. (return time).
  • PLACE: Mall of Louisiana, Macy’s parking lot, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. (departure and return location).
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-2464, ext. 11, or http://www.fhl.org for information or reservations.
  • DETAILS: The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will have its annual Lagniappe Tours excursion to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Participants will take a trip to New Orleans to view the krewes of Rex and Zulu as well as the marching bands, clubs and truck parades with reserved seats. Participants will also get to visit Le Pavilion Hotel where they will experience a Creole buffet. Access to the hotel will continue throughout the day. Tickets are $150 for FHL members and $175 for nonmembers. Tickets include the bus trip, guide, grandstand tickets and the buffet. Space is limited.

KREWE OF ACADIANA

  • EVENT: Krewe of Acadiana sign up.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.kreweofacadiana.com.
  • DETAILS: Individuals and businesses can still sign up to join the Krewe of Acadiana to receive the benefits that the 22 parishes of Acadiana have to offer.

LSU’S OLLI

  • EVENT: Feliciana Chapter of LSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Winter/Spring Classes.
  • DATE: First class starting Monday, Feb. 11.
  • PLACE: First Baptist Church or Jackson Hall, St. Francisville; and Pointe Coupee Library or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, New Roads.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/olli.
  • DETAILS: The Feliciana Chapter of LSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will start its winter/spring classes in February with the first class (“Great Science Writing” with Darlene Reeves) starting Monday, Feb. 11. Classes will be held in two locations in both St. Francisville and New Roads. Other classes will include “Short Stories and Essays of Ernest Gaines” with Olivia Pass as instructor; “Recent Trends and Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court” with Dr. James Hardy as instructor; and more. To sign up, call (225) 578-6763.