About Town for March 24, 2013

CAJUN TOURNAMENT

EVENT: 24th annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

DATE: Sunday.

TIME: 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.

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.

BRIDAL EXPO

EVENT: Baton Rouge’s Premier Bridal Show.

DATE: Sunday.

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.

CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT

EVENT: 150th Anniversary Civil War Siege of Port Hudson.

DATE: Sunday.

TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 1:30 p.m., battle.

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.

ANTIQUES SHOW

EVENT: The Jackson Assembly 48th annual Antiques Show and Sale.

DATE: Sunday.

TIME: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

EBR LIBRARY

EVENT: “Murder Mystery Monday.”

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: Patrons are invited to play a “whodunit” murder mystery game where they must question suspects and determine the murderer’s identity. Registration is required.

EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2007.”

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 create flyers, pamphlets, newsletters and more.

EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Excel.”

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 a basic spreadsheet. 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 Library’s Online Databases.”

DATE: Wednesday.

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. Registration is required.

EVENT: “Introduction to G-mail.”

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 set up a g-mail account.

EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word.”

DATE: Wednesday.

TIME: 6 p.m.

PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1850.

DETAILS: Learn the basics of working in Microsoft Word.

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 the worry of breaking anything. Registration is required.

MILITARY GROUP

EVENT: Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America’s monthly luncheon.

DATE: Tuesday.

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 766-4900.

DETAILS: Guest speaker for the event will be Adrienne C. Slack, regional executive with the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans. All members, spouses, widows, widowers, auxiliary members and guests are invited.

LUNCHTIME LAGNIAPPE

EVENT: Lunchtime Lagniappe lecture on “The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round.”

DATE: Wednesday.

TIME: Noon.

PLACE: Capital Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.crt.state.la.us/museum.

DETAILS: Helana Brigman, a cook, blogger and food columnist for The Advocate, will share techniques and recipes for Louisiana cooking year round. The program is free to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Refreshments are available for a small donation.

FELICIANA CHAPTER OF OLLI

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 Feliciana Chapter of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), a group for learners age 50 and older, will hold a four-week class that will explore the state’s Creole heritage, discuss the differences between Creole and Cajun and more. Instructor will be Angelique Bergeron, executive director of the Pointe Coupee Historical Society. Cost is $20 for all four classes.

CAT SHOW

EVENT: Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club’s 40th annual Cat Show.

DATE: Saturday.

TIME: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PLACE: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 291-7733 or Johnsonphoto951@hotmail.com.

DETAILS: The show will have 225 cats of many different breeds from all over the country competing in seven different rings throughout the day. Household cats will also get to compete in a special category where being purebred is unnecessary. There will be a final award for each category and an overall Best of the Best award. Participants will also have the opportunity to adopt kittens and cats from several rescue groups and purchase items for their pets from vendors selling scratching posts, jewelry, toys and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children and free for young children, ages 12 and younger.

VIOLET SHOW

EVENT: Sundowners, Baton Rouge chapter of the African Violet Society of America’s 33rd annual show.

DATE: Saturday and Sunday. March 31.

TIME: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

PLACE: Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.sundownersafricanviolets@live.com.

DETAILS: Designs using violets in the theme “Violets Visit the Enchanted Forest” will be on exhibit. A workshop on growing African violets will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Good starter plants will be on sale both days. Admission is free.

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.

PET ADOPTIONS

EVENT: Companion Animal Alliance “March Madness” promo.

DATE: Through March 31.

PLACE: CAA, 2680 Progress Road.

FOR MORE INFO: (225) 774-7701.

DETAILS: CAA is offering dogs over 40 pounds for half price ($40). Purebreds are not included. The price includes vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter.

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL

EVENT: Volunteer training for Festival International.

DATE: Throughout April.

FOR MORE INFO: info@aocinc.org or (337) 232-4434.

DETAILS: AOC Community Media, Lafayette’s premier media center, is looking for volunteers to help record performances from Festival International’s main stage on April 25-28. Volunteer practices will take place throughout April before the festival begins. AOC depends on volunteers to bring the festival to those watching on AOC’s two television channels. Volunteers can serve as camera operators, cable pullers, directors and production assistants. They can be beginners to experts or anywhere in between, but must be current AOC members. To become a member, visit http://www.aocinc.org. Annual memberships range from $25 to $35.

WHEELS FOR MEALS

EVENT: East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s 40th Anniversary Wheels for Meals Car Raffle ticket sales.

DATE: Now until May 15.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.ebrcoaraffle.com or (225) 923-8000 for information or tickets.

DETAILS: The grand prize is a 2013 Chevy Camaro 2-door Coupe. The second prize is a cruise for two. The third is a $500 cash prize. The winners will be announced May 15. Raffle tickets are $20 each. Proceeds will benefit all programs, services, activities and operations for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging.