About Town for March 17, 2013

GIRL SCOUTS

  • EVENT: Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s cookie sale.
  • DATE: Through Sunday.
  • PLACE: Individual Girl Scouts and various booth locations throughout the 23 parishes Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.gsle.org.
  • DETAILS: Girl Scouts are selling cookies from various booths through Sunday. The sale will include eight varieties of cookies and are $4 per box. Cookie proceeds will fund troop activities and help Girl Scouts Louisiana East maintain properties, train and recruit volunteers and support its initiatives.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table Spring Tour.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Port Hudson State Historic Site Auditorium, 236 Highway 61, Jackson.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 769-3175.
  • DETAILS: Lawrence Hewitt will give a presentation titled “Port Hudson: The Most Photographed Battlefield During the Civil War.” Admission is the standard $4 for park entrance.

MAD HATTER’S LUNCHEON

  • EVENT: Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show, “English Garden Affair.”
  • DATE: Monday.
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 383-0500, ext. 105.
  • DETAILS: The event will feature live and silent auctions, music, food, the annual hat show and more. Tickets are $65.

EBR LIBRARY

  • EVENT: Bicycle Check-Up and Basic Repair.
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 4:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-7450.
  • DETAILS: A seasoned bicyclist will discuss the tools and techniques necessary to maintain a safe and comfortable ride.
  • 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: “Introduction to the Library’s Online Databases.”
  • DATE: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. and 3 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 library’s online databases.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • 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 navigate the Internet for fun and research.
  • EVENT: Teen Game Day.
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 778-5950.
  • DETAILS: Teen patrons can play video games.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.”
  • DATE: Wednesday and Saturday, March 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 prepare slides for a computer presentation.
  • EVENT: Zohar and the Free Spirit Stilt Walkers.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3250.
  • DETAILS: The presentation will feature Afro-Caribbean culture, including dancers, drummers and stilt walkers.
  • EVENT: Fairwood Branch Grand Opening.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3700.
  • DETAILS: A reception will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • EVENT: “Understanding and Rebuilding Credit.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: The workshop will provide a systematic method for improving and maintaining a higher credit score.
  • 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 create and use “Learning Express” for test taking and eBook access.
  • EVENT: “Create a Résumé in 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: Intermediate level students will use “Microsoft Word 2007” to create an attractive, up-to-date résumé.
  • EVENT: “Fun with Foil Embossing.”
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: Tweens and teens will make a unique work of art by embossing and painting tin foil.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • 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 prepare slides for a computer presentation.
  • EVENT: “POE”ke Around Your Family Tree.
  • 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 how to research a family tree.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • 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 Internet for fun and research.

WOMEN & WINE

  • EVENT: Women & Wine monthly social.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Kona Grill at Perkins Rowe, 10111 Perkins Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.womenwinewednesday.com.
  • DETAILS: The social is a free, open format monthly networking event for women striving to balance their needs with family, career and community.

CAJUN TOURNAMENT

  • EVENT: 23rd annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.
  • DATE: Wednesday through Sunday, March 24.
  • TIME: 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. each day
  • PLACE: Paula G. Manship YMCA, Lamar Tennis Center, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 939-4086 or http://cajunclassictennis.com.
  • DETAILS: Tournament will include professional and amateur players from around the world, including nine players from Baton Rouge. The tournament is produced by the Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis Association, a nonprofit, volunteer board that raises funds to pay for the required ITF-badged referee and umpire fees, meals, drinks, transportation, hotel accommodations, the player party, programs and the wheelchair repair station. Admission is free.

LUNCHTIME LAGNIAPPE

  • EVENT: Lunchtime Lagniappe lecture on “Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge.”
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: Noon.
  • PLACE: Capital Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum.
  • DETAILS: Hilda Krousel, an author and former editor at LSU Press, tours Baton Rouge landmarks and monuments. The program is free to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Refreshments are available for a small donation.

LECTURE SERIES

  • EVENT: IND Monthly’s Lecture Series.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: Noon.
  • PLACE: The Lafayette Hilton, Lafayette.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (337) 769-8603.
  • DETAILS: Journalist John Maginnis will preview the upcoming Legislative session, Louisiana’s fall U.S. Senate race and Gov. Bobby Jindal’s national ambitions. Tickets are $40 per person or $350 for a reserved table of eight.

FELICIANA CHAPTER OF OLLI

  • EVENT: Feliciana Chapter of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Coffee, “Louisiana Lockdown” discussion.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: First Baptist Church, corner of U.S. 61 and La. 10 East, St. Francisville.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 634-1059.
  • DETAILS: Cathy Fontenot, assistant warden at Angola State Penitentiary, will speak on life and prison activities at Angola. The group is for learners age 50 and above.
  • EVENT: OLLI’s four-week class on Creole Language and History.
  • DATE: Wednesdays beginning March 27.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to noon.
  • PLACE: Pointe Coupee Parish Library, New Roads.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 578-6763.
  • DETAILS: The class will explore the state’s Creole heritage and discuss the differences between Creole and Cajun and more. Instructor will be Angelique Bergeron.

STATE RETIREES

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge Chapter of the Retired State Employees Association meeting.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Lod Cook Alumni Center, LSU campus, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive.
  • FOR MORE INFO: 1-866-938-0961.
  • DETAILS: Lorry Trotter, chapter president, will introduce state officers and board members. Experts from Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System, the Office of Group Benefits and a representative from Great-West Retirement Services will be available to answer questions.

OLD STATE CAPITOL

  • EVENT: Old State Capital Associates Speaker Series.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: 1882 House Chamber, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 342-0500.
  • DETAILS: Lt. General Russel L. Honoré will discuss his book, “Leadership-Preparedness In The New Normal.” Admission is free.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

  • EVENT: Louisiana Photographic Society meeting.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.laphotosociety.com.
  • DETAILS: Pam Martin, owner of Martin’s Frame Shop and Art Galley, will be speak. All photo enthusiasts are invited.

FORDOCHE FAIR

  • EVENT: 12th annual Fordoche Fair.
  • DATE: Thursday through Saturday.
  • PLACE: Ryan Shoupe Park, Hwy. 77, Fordoche.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 637-3112.
  • DETAILS: The fair will feature a karaoke contest, live bands, a jambalaya cook-off, bingo, food and refreshments. Ride bracelets are $15 in advance, $18 on site.

ST. JAMES GUMBO

  • EVENT: St. James Episcopal Church Women’s “Gumbo 2013.”
  • DATE: Friday.
  • 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.

ANTIQUES SHOW

  • EVENT: The Jackson Assembly 48th annual Antiques Show and Sale.
  • DATE: Friday through Sunday, March 24.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • PLACE: Downtown Jackson.
  • DETAILS: The event includes antiques and collectibles, a candy counter, a self-guided tour of the Historic District and more. Admission is $10 for all three days.

GIVING QUILT

  • EVENT: Deadline for The Giving Quilt Show.
  • DATE: Friday.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.thegivingquiltinc.org.
  • DETAILS: The Giving Quilt Inc. Biennial Show will be held April 6 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The deadline for quilt submissions is Friday. All quilts will be donated to a charitable cause of the quiltmaker’s choice following the event.

CAMERA WORKSHOP

  • EVENT: Camera Basics Workshop.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 769-4654 or educationcoordinator@laphotosociety.com.
  • DETAILS: Jay Patel of the Louisiana Photographic Society will cover camera basics, including camera settings, lenses, flashes, tripods and filters. The event is free, but registration is require due to limited space.

TAT RUN/WALK

  • EVENT: Tigers Against Trafficking 5th annual 5K Run/Walk.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: LSU Parade Grounds.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.tigersagainsttrafficking.com/5k.
  • DETAILS: The event is open to the public and raises awareness of human trafficking.

BR PARENTS

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge Parents Camp Fair and Summer Vacation Expo.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 292-0032.
  • DETAILS: Families can meet representatives from day camps and overnight camps. Entertainment and outdoor activities will also be provided.

HILLTOP HODGE PODGE

  • EVENT: Friends of Hilltop’s Hodge Podge, 7th annual Spring Plant Fling.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 767-6916 or http://lsu.edu/hilltop.
  • DETAILS: The horticultural sale will feature trees, shrubs, perennials, fruits, vines, gingers and more.

CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT

  • EVENT: 150th Anniversary Civil War Siege of Port Hudson
  • DATE: Saturday and Sunday, March 24.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; battle at 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: Port Hudson State Historic Site, U.S. 61, Zachary.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 654-3775.
  • DETAILS: Visitors can talk to the re-enactors in Union and Confederate camps. Three branches of service will be portrayed, as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers. Admission is $4 per person. Children 12 and under/seniors 62 and older enter for free. Visitors can bring their own lunches or purchase refreshments.

BRIDAL EXPO

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge’s Premier Bridal Show.
  • DATE: Sunday, March 24.
  • TIME: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: Oak Lodge Reception and Conference Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd, E-1.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 291-6257 or Kayla@oaklodgeonline.com.
  • DETAILS: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

BR EPICUREAN SOCIETY

  • EVENT: BR Epicurean Society’s “The Epicurean’s Fête Rouge Classic.”
  • DATE: Monday, March 25.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. shotgun start.
  • PLACE: University Club Golf Course, 15310 Memorial Tower Drive.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 773-4889 or http://www.feterougeclassic.com.
  • DETAILS: The classic will raise funds for childhood nutrition programs in the greater Baton Rouge area, JDRF, Girls on the Run, Boys & Girls Club of Baton Rouge, 4-H The Power of Youth and ProStart. The event will be a standard scramble with a raffle and prizes for first, second and third places, the longest drive and the closest to the hole. Cost is $200 per player and $800 per team of four. Tickets include a round of golf, golf cart and a $75 Nike gift certificate with Nike Store onsite. Deadline to register is Monday. Participants can register online.

PROM DONATION

  • EVENT: Prom Extravaganza Donation Drive for the 4th annual Fairy Godmother Prom Extravaganza.
  • DATE: Through April 12.
  • PLACE: City Hall, third floor, Room 351, 222 St. Louis St.; and Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Community Center, Council Office, second floor, 4000 Gus Young Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-3182.
  • DETAILS: Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is seeking donations of prom dresses and formal gowns of all sizes, as well as men’s suit separates and tuxedos. Drop off new or gently used formal wear at City Hall or at the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Community Center.