About Town for May 5, 2013

RED STICK HIBISCUS

  • EVENT: Red Stick Hibiscus Association’s annual show and sale.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PLACE: 4-H Mini Farm Building, adjacent to the John Parker Coliseum, LSU campus.
  • DETAILS: This year’s theme is “Time for a Green Wave: A Tribute to Tulane University Alumni.” The show will exhibit flowers from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana that are hybridized and grown at Dupont Nursery in Plaquemine. Proceeds will go to many causes, including scholarships for state students planning a horticultural career. Admission is free. The Red Stick Hibiscus Association is a local nonprofit group of the American Hibiscus Society.

HILLTOP GARDEN TOURS

  • EVENT: 2013 Hilltop Spring Garden Tours’ Tour II, “A Pastiche of Garden Styles.”
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PLACE: Five gardens in Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.lsu.edu/hilltop, (225) 767-6916 or hilltop@tigers.lsu.edu for information or tickets.
  • DETAILS: The Hilltop Spring Garden Tours will continue with Tour II, “A Pastiche of Garden Styles.” The five gardens included in the tour will be Shirley and Danny Moraes’ garden, 16842 Highland Road; Cindy Moran’s garden, 935 Castle Kirk; Marianna and Aubrey “Buck” Barber’s garden, 6729 Pikes Lane; Debbie and Jerry Corbo’s garden, 243 Shady Lake Parkway; and Artie Fillastre’s garden, 1554 Arlington Ave. Single tour tickets are $20. Tickets are available at each garden the day of the tour. There will also be a bonus tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 in St. Francisville.

BR ROSE SOCIETY

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge Rose Society’s “Spring Fling.”
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: DeRouen Farm, 10030 Lockhart Road, Denham Springs.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.batonrougerosesociety.org/index.html.
  • DETAILS: The event will feature speakers, garden tours, rose cultivation information and several kinds of roses for sale.

BEACON HOUSE TEA

  • EVENT: Beacon House Adoption Service’s annual “Growing Families Spring Tea.”
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: Highland Porch, 145 Ben Hur Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 753-5551 or lauren@beaconhouseadoption.com.
  • DETAILS: The event will feature live music by a 14-year-old harpist, a presentation on starting a family garden by horticulturist Brook Webber, a silent auction and full tea menu items. Scott Rogers, of “The Around Town Show,” will deliver a keynote speech on his experience with growing a loving family. Rogers is an adoptive and foster parent. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will go to Beacon House Adoption Services.

SPCA OF LIVINGSTON

  • EVENT: SPCA of Livingston’s “PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend.”
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://pets.petsmart.com/adoptions or 1-877-473-8762.
  • DETAILS: The multigroup tent adoption event will have cats and dogs of all ages and of many different breeds. Adoption donations cover spay/neuter services and vaccinations. Adopters will also each get a free bag of food, coupons and a small gift while supplies last. Adoption applications are required.

EBR LIBRARY

  • EVENT: “Computers Without Fear.”
  • 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 computer basics without worrying about breaking anything.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Excel 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 how to create a basic spreadsheet. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word.”
  • 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 the basics of working in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to E-mailing.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 2 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 set up an email account.
  • EVENT: Wii U Game Day.
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 778-5960.
  • DETAILS: Teens are invited to play “Super Mario Bros. U” and “Sonic & All-Star Racing” on the Wii U. There will be light snacks.
  • EVENT: “Mural Mania Part II.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: Teens are invited to help design and create murals for the branch’s west gallery. There will be light snacks.
  • EVENT: Zachary Teen Council meeting.
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 658-1870.
  • DETAILS: The council will discuss future teen programming. Snacks will be provided.
  • EVENT: Second Line Jazz Funeral.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • 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: Patrons are invited to join a jazz funeral procession where they will twirl umbrellas and wave hand-decorated handkerchiefs. 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 texts into columns and more.
  • EVENT: Scented bath salts craft.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 231-3740.
  • DETAILS: Make scented bath salts in the library’s auditorium for a Mother’s Day gift or a treat for yourself.
  • EVENT: “Louisiana Fishing: Basics and Equipment.”
  • 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: Visitors from the Bass Pro Shop will advise novice and experienced fishermen on fishing in Louisiana’s salt and fresh waters. Registration is required.

LPB LEGENDS GALA

  • EVENT: Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s 23rd annual Louisiana Legends Gala.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m., cocktail reception; 8 p.m., awards ceremony followed by dessert reception.
  • PLACE: Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 767-4214 or http://www.lpb.org for tickets or information.
  • DETAILS: The gala will honor the best and brightest of Louisiana and will raise funds for Friends of LPB. The honorees for this year’s gala are Kitty Kimball, former chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; O. Delton Harrison Jr., philanthropist and arts advocate; C. Paul Hilliard, Lafayette oil and gas producer and arts advocate; Ellis Marsalis, renowned jazz musician and educator; and Glen Post, CEO and president of CenturyLink. Gov. Bobby Jindal and first lady Supriya Jindal are the honorary co-chairs. Tickets are $150 per person and $275 per couple and will be available at the door.

FHL

  • EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture series.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m., refreshments; 6:30 p.m., lecture.
  • PLACE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd., East Room.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-2464 or http://www.fhl.org.
  • DETAILS: The lecture will be by Gregory Grandy, an environmental manager, landscape architect and volunteer environmental educator. He will talk about the “Coastal Environment in Louisiana.” Grandy’s lifework is dedicated to preserving the state’s coastline. Admission is free for FHL members and $10 for guests. Calandro’s Fine Wines and Select Cellars will provide the refreshments.
  • EVENT: FHL’s “Mid-Century Modern & Cocktails.”
  • DATE: Tuesday, May 14.
  • TIME: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • PLACE: Mid-century modern buildings, downtown Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-2464 or http://www.fhl.org.
  • DETAILS: The FHL will celebrate Preservation Month with a tour of Baton Rouge’s mid-century modern buildings. The walking event, themed “Mad Men,” will include buildings on North Boulevard, Third Street, Laurel Street and more.

BOY SCOUTS NIGHT

  • EVENT: Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual “A Night of Character” fundraiser.
  • DATE: Thursday.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: LSU Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 926-2697 or myistrouma.com.
  • DETAILS: The annual fundraiser will include a raffle, silent and live auction, dinner, drinks and music from Tout Les Soir, a swamp pop and Cajun band. The live auction will start at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Istrouma Area Council’s Character Program for at-risk youth in the community, which is chartered by the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority and the Baton Rouge City Police Department. Tickets are $75 per person.

MID CITY MERCHANTS

  • EVENT: Baton Rouge Mid City Merchants’ “Hot Art, Cool Nights” spring art hop.
  • DATE: Friday.
  • TIME: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • PLACE: Mid City area.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://midcitymerchants.org.
  • DETAILS: The art hop will feature original artwork. Admission is free. A portion of proceeds will go toward purchasing public art for the Mid City area.

OPERATION COMEDY

  • EVENT: Operation Comedy.
  • DATE: Friday and Saturday.
  • TIME: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • PLACE: The Baton Rouge Funny Bone, 4715 Bennington Ave.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.operationcomedy.com.
  • DETAILS: The show, performed by comedian and Army vet Jon Stites, is free to the military, vets and their guests. To make reservations, call The Funny Bone at (225) 928-9996.

BR GREEK FESTIVAL

  • EVENT: 2nd annual Baton Rouge Greek Festival.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • PLACE: Town Square, 200 North Blvd., downtown.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.brgreekfest.com or (225) 767-7163.
  • DETAILS: All net proceeds from the festival’s food and beverage sales will benefit local charities and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund. It will have Greek food from members of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; Greek music from the band, Alpha Omega Sound, of Atlanta; and Greek dancing from the Holy Trinity Greek Dancers, of New Orleans. Vendors will have Mediterranean arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, religious icons, festival T-shirts and festival posters for sale as well. Activities include a 5K Toga Run, a children’s play area and Learn to Greek Dance! sessions. Admission is free.

LATAN RACE

  • EVENT: Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network’s 20-Year Celebration 5K Run/Walk/Roll Race.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 8:30 a.m., 5K race; 9 a.m., 1-mile fun run.
  • PLACE: Downtown Baton Rouge, 4th Street at North Boulevard.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.latan.org.
  • DETAILS: Jerry Stovall, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation, will present awards. There will be a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run. It is open to all runners, walkers, wheelchair racers and families. Runners will have a chance to win gift certificates from Varsity Sports and medals from Crown Trophy of Baton Rouge. Registered participants will also each get a T-shirt, and a food and drink item from the Baton Rouge Greek Festival, which will follow the race. Early bird registration is $20 and registration on the day of the race is $30.

‘STAMP OUT HUNGER’

  • EVENT: National Association of Letter Carriers’ 21st annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: Prior to the regular mail delivery time.
  • PLACE: Next to participants’ mailboxes.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.stampouthunger.info.
  • DETAILS: The event is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. To participate, leave nonperishable food items next to a mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery. Carriers will deliver the food items to the local food bank. All donations stay in the community. The drive is a joint effort of the Campbell Soup Co. and the National Association of Letter Carriers.

CCI HOST FAMILIES

  • EVENT: Center for Cultural Interchange family host need.
  • FOR MORE INFO: http://www.cci-exchange.org.
  • DETAILS: The Center for Cultural Interchange, a nonprofit organization that recruits people to host international students for one academic semester or year, is looking for families who can host. Each student is fully insured, brings spending money and wants to be active in family life. CCI promotes cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace.