About Town for Feb. 17, 2013

CAA

  • EVENT: Companion Animal Alliance’s “Have a Heart, Save a Life” adoption promotion.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • PLACE: Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road, near the Baton Rouge Airport; Project Purr Mall of Louisiana Kiosk, second floor by Dillard’s; and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.caabr.org.
  • DETAILS: The promotion, “Have a Heart, Save a Life,” will offer all cats and kittens for half-price — $50 for kittens and $40 for cats. The price includes spaying/neutering, vaccinating, microchipping and FIV testing. Visit the website for hours.

BRIDAL EXPO

  • EVENT: Livingston Parish Bridal Expo.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 202-2175.
  • DETAILS: The wedding event will include vendors, prizes and more.

BLACK BRIDAL AFFAIR

  • EVENT: “The Black Bridal Affair.”
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PLACE: Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (504) 453-2186.
  • DETAILS: “The Black Bridal Affair” is a multi-cultural bridal expo and fashion extravaganza with more than 50 wedding vendors, fashion previews, live entertainment, hair and makeup demonstrations, Big Dig for Diamonds Contest and door prizes. For discounted tickets, visit http://www.blackbridalaffair.com.

EBR LIBRARY

  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Library’s Online Databases.”
  • 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 library’s online databases. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • 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 how to navigate the Internet for fun and research.
  • EVENT: Teen Game Day.
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 3:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 778-5960.
  • DETAILS: Teens are invited to enjoy Xbox games and light refreshments.
  • EVENT: Carver’s A/V Club Presents ...
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-7450.
  • DETAILS: The library’s A/V Club will present an acclaimed miniseries to celebrate Black History Month. The second two hours of the miniseries will show this week and the third two hours will show Feb. 26. Call the library for the title of the miniseries.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word 2003.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 274-4450.
  • DETAILS: Learn the basics of working in Microsoft Word 2003. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Estate Planning: The Family Love Letter.”
  • 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: Two financial advisers will lead an estate planning financial seminar. Covered will be how to organize assets and liabilities, designate beneficiaries and more.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.”
  • 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 prepare slides for a computer presentation. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Intermediate 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 how to separate text into columns and more.
  • EVENT: Learning Express.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • 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 how to use Learning Express for test taking and eBook accessing. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “What Is Estate Planning: The Family Love Letter.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1180.
  • DETAILS: Bennett Blackledge, of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co., will explain the importance of estate planning. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: Free SAT Practice Testing for Teens.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3770 or 1-800-273-8439.
  • DETAILS: Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to take a free SAT practice test. The library will give the test results during the Scores Back session March 7. Bring pencils, calculator and snacks. Registration is also required by visiting http://www.princetonreview.com.
  • EVENT: “Write Like Poe.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride Port Hudson Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1540.
  • DETAILS: The library will hold a workshop on calligraphy in honor of the One Book One Community selection of Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Poe wrote several articles on the handwriting of famous people. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: Brown Bag Lunch Movie Saturday.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: Noon.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 354-7560.
  • DETAILS: Children are invited to watch a movie while eating their paper bag lunches. Lunches must be finger foods.
  • EVENT: Weekend Movie Matinees with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • DATE: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24.
  • TIME: 2:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-2250.
  • DETAILS: The library will show a film based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and serve popcorn.

LSU DEPT. OF ACCOUNTING

  • EVENT: LSU Department of Accounting’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
  • DATE: Tuesdays through Thursdays through April 15; Saturdays, March 2 and April 13, and Monday, April 15.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.business.lsu.edu/accounting, (225) 578-6202 or accounting@lsu.edu
  • DETAILS: The LSU Department of Accounting and the Internal Revenue Service will sponsor a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site to help those who qualify this tax season. The tax service is open to anyone and will have two locations, the LSU Facility Services Cafeteria and the Caddo Room of the LSU Student Union. For hours and to make an appointment, call (225) 578-6202.

BIG BUDDY

  • EVENT: Big Buddy Program’s 23rd annual Burger Bash scholarship fundraiser.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • PLACE: Catholic High School, 855 Hearthstone St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.bigbuddyprogram.org or (225) 388-9737.
  • DETAILS: The scholarship fundraiser will award deserving Little Buddies of the program with financial support as they pursue post-high school education. All proceeds will go to scholarship recipients. Each attendee who donates $10 will get a burger, chips, ice cream and soft drink. Burgers are grilled by the Catholic High Men’s Club and served by the Catholic High Key Club. To-go orders are welcome and will be ready for pick-up at 5:30 p.m. To-go orders can be made online, by phone or by stopping by the Big Buddy office, 1415 Main St. Those who order 15 or more burgers can get free delivery. The Big Buddy Program is a nonprofit youth services agency that helps disadvantaged youth weekly.

WOMEN & WINE

  • EVENT: Women & Wine on Wednesdays monthly social.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, 6171 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.WomenWineWednesday.com.
  • DETAILS: The free, open format networking event connects women by building new relationships and re-connecting old ones.

FHL LECTURE

  • EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture Series.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m., refreshments; and 6:30 p.m., lecture.
  • PLACE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.
  • DETAILS: Tom Whitehead and Art Shiver, the authors of “Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art,” will present a lecture on and sign copies of the book as part of FHL’s Heritage Lecture Series. Clementine Hunter is a famous self-taught artist whose works are at many national museums, including the Smithsonian. Her paintings show the unique plantation culture of Natchitoches and other Louisiana towns. Admission is free for FHL members and $10 for guests. Calandro’s Fine Cellars will provide refreshments.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table meeting.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • PLACE: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 769-3175.
  • DETAILS: Ed Bearss, National Park Service chief historian emeritus, author and tour guide, will speak on “Momentous Month: July 1863.” Admission is $25 and includes dinner. Reservations must be made by Tuesday.

LSU AGCENTER

  • EVENT: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens’ vegetable workshops.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-3990.
  • DETAILS: Parents and teachers wanting to establish and maintain vegetable gardens are invited to a series of vegetable workshops starting in February. The workshops will cover a variety of gardening topics and include hands-on activities. This workshop’s topic is “How to Construct Raised Vegetable Garden Beds.” Other sessions on various topics will be April 11, June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14. Admission is free, but registration is required.

FGBRCA

  • EVENT: Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations meeting.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: BREC Independence Park, Room 111.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 751-6318.
  • DETAILS: Spencer Watts, East Baton Rouge Parish Library director, will speak on his visions for the library program, and Mary Stein and Patricia Husband will give a presentation on programs, resources, construction status and more.

ST. JAMES GUMBO

  • EVENT: St. James Episcopal Church Women’s “Gumbo 2013.”
  • DATE: Fridays through March 22.
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: St. James Episcopal Church’s Bishop Hall, corner of Florida Boulevard and N. Fourth Street.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-5141 or to place an order.
  • DETAILS: Gumbo lunches are available for dine in or pick up and are $10 each. They include shrimp or chicken and sausage gumbo, Sensation Salad, bread and a dessert. Dine-in customers will also get water, tea or coffee. Pick-up orders must be made between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Friday mornings. Boxed lunches can also be ordered as well as pints and quarts of gumbo, rice, coleslaw, dessert servings and bread by the loaf.

DOLL SHOW & SALE

  • EVENT: Bayou Bebes of Baton Rouge Doll Show & Sale.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: BREC’s Milton J. Womack Facility, 6201 Florida Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.angelfire.com/la2/bayoubebes.
  • DETAILS: The show and sale will feature dolls by vendors and collectors from all over the United States. Admission is $4 and free for children 12 and under.

ARBOR DAY

  • EVENT: Annual Arbor Day celebration at Burden.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: Burden, 4560 Essen Lane.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 763-3990.
  • DETAILS: The event, postponed from Jan. 19, will include several activities including tree planting. Admission is $5 per person.

‘FINE ART OF DINING’

  • EVENT: “The Fine Art of Dining” show.
  • DATE: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24.
  • TIME: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
  • PLACE: Baton Rouge Garden Center, Independence Park, 7950 Independence Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 806-5377.
  • DETAILS: The Baton Rouge Garden Club and the Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild will present a show with the theme “The Fine Art of Dining.” Proceeds will go to scholarships for students in landscape architecture, urban forestry or horticulture. Featured will be floral designs and place settings created by members of the garden club and paintings created by members of the guild. Visitors will see 23 paintings, each with one or more interpretations of functional or abstract table design, and vote for their favorite design and painting. Tickets are $5 (cash or checks) at the door, which includes refreshments.

BRIDAL SHOW

  • EVENT: White Oak Plantation’s annual Bridal Show.
  • DATE: Sunday, Feb. 24.
  • TIME: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: White Oak Plantation, 17660 George O’Neal Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 751-1882 or jordanh@jfolse.com.
  • DETAILS: The bridal show will feature local photographers, florists, boutiques, limousine services and more wedding service providers. Ashley Renee Bridal Boutique and After Five Tuxedos will put on a fashion show at 3 p.m. with Ram Jam Productions providing the music. Participants will get a chance to win door prizes from more than 25 vendors. The grand prize is a Jamaican honeymoon from Round Hill Hotel & Villas and Vacations by Crown of Baton Rouge. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, champagne and a buffet-style lunch. Admission is $10 per person.

BRIDAL SHOW

  • EVENT: IND Media’s 16th annual Bridal Show.
  • DATE: Sunday, Feb. 24.
  • TIME: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: Cajundome Convention Center, Lafayette.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (337) 769-8603 or robinh@theind.com.
  • DETAILS: The show will have more than 50 vendors. Admission is $12 with a portion going to the Louisiana Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.