About Town for July 21, 2013

BBQ FUNDRAISER

  • EVENT: Kiwanis of Pointe Coupee barbecue chicken fundraiser.
  • DATE: Sunday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: St. Mary Kiwanis Park, Main Street, New Roads.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 718-1319.
  • DETAILS: The “Winner, Winner, Bar-B-Q Chicken Dinner” fundraiser will include barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and a roll. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any Kiwanis member.

EBR LIBRARY

  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Library’s Online Catalog & Databases.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • 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 library’s online databases. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Gmail.”
  • 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 set up an email account with Google mail.
  • EVENT: “The Backyard Astronomer’s First Telescope.”
  • 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: Merrill Hess, vice president of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, will speak about the equipment needed to observe celestial objects.
  • EVENT: “Scrabble Night @ the Library.”
  • DATE: Tuesday.
  • 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 can compete to see who is the best at the word game, Scrabble. Winners will get prizes. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to the Internet.”
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 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 Internet for fun and research. Registration is required.
  • 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: Learn how to create a résumé in Microsoft Word 2007.
  • EVENT: “The Mid-Year Outlook: A Financial Seminar.”
  • 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: Bennett Blackledge, financial adviser with Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, will present an educational seminar on the state of the economy and how it affects personal finances. Registration is required.
  • EVENT: The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 756-1150.
  • DETAILS: The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society will play 19th-century American, Irish, Cajun and other old-time melodies. The audience will also hear the history of the dulcimer and the background of the songs.
  • EVENT: “Fall Gardening in Louisiana.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 2:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 354-7580.
  • DETAILS: Slow Food of Baton Rouge will give a presentation on what and when to plant for the fall and winter seasons. Patrons will also get to take home a plant after the presentation.
  • EVENT: “Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: East Baton Rouge Parish River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 389-4967.
  • DETAILS: Learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2007.

GIRL SCOUT LUNCHEON

  • EVENT: Girl Scouts Louisiana East Luncheon.
  • DATE: Wednesday.
  • TIME: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • PLACE: Girl Scouts Louisiana East headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson.
  • FOR MORE INFO: www.gsle.org.
  • DETAILS: The luncheon will feature Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, speaking on the opportunities and challenges girls face as part of her campaign To Get Her There, which aims to break down societal barriers that hinder girls from leading and succeeding. Special guests will include the 2012-2013 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and the council’s Women of Distinction. The Lakelawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries will sponsor the luncheon, which is free to attend. Space is limited.

CREATIVE LOUISIANA

  • EVENT: Creative Louisiana July meeting.
  • DATE: Friday.
  • TIME: 8:30 a.m., coffee and mingling; 9 a.m., lecture and discussion.
  • PLACE: Magpie Cafe, 3205 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: www.creativelouisiana.com.
  • DETAILS: Creative Louisiana, a monthly morning meetup for creative types, will listen to Alex V. Cook, an author, journalist, critic and teacher, talk about living the creative life. Cook is the author of “Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana’s Juke Joints, Honky Tonks and Dance Halls.” His next book will be about hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Admission is free.

LA. FILM SERIES

  • EVENT: Pointe Coupee Historical Society’s “Last Friday Louisiana Film Series.”
  • DATE: Friday.
  • TIME: 7 p.m.
  • PLACE: Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 West Main St., New Roads.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 240-3421 or www.pointecoupeehistoricalsociety.org.
  • DETAILS: The series features movies made in Louisiana. This month’s movie is a classic, “The Long, Hot Summer,” starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lee Remick and Orson Welles. Admission is free. Drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase.

PIPING COMPETITION

  • EVENT: Red Stick Regional Scottish Piping Competition.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PLACE: First Presbyterian Church, 763 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: www.csbr.org.
  • DETAILS: The competition is free and open to the public.

BLACK & ORANGE BASH

  • EVENT: 10/31 Consortium’s “Black & Orange Bash.”
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 7:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: The Woman’s Club, 259 East Blvd., Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: www.1031consortium.com.
  • DETAILS: The event is 10/31 Consortium’s kick-off for Halloween. It will include a Royal Coronation, a grand marshal announcement, the 2013 Parade theme announcement, special awards, the 2014 Board of Directors election, Ghostly Gala details, a silent auction, Jimmy John’s, cupcakes, cash bar, music, door prizes and best dressed awards. Participants should bring nonperishable food donations or costume donations. Admission is $10 for 10/31 members and $31 for others.

LAHOUSE OPEN HOUSE

  • EVENT: LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center open house.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • PLACE: LaHouse Resource Center, 2858 Gourrier Ave., off Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 578-7913 or www.LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse.
  • DETAILS: The event will provide information about hurricane and flood-hardy features for new and existing homes. It will focus on home improvements that minimize potential damage from high winds, flooding and other natural hazards. Visitors will get to tour the demonstration home, explore the library and speak with AgCenter specialists. A donation of $5 per adult is requested to help support the home’s educational programs and exhibits.

SPCA OF LIVINGSTON

  • EVENT: SPCA of Livingston’s adoption event.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • PLACE: Continental Kennel Club, corner of Cane Market and La. 447, Walker/Watson area.
  • FOR MORE INFO: www.livingstonspca.com.
  • DETAILS: The SPCA of Livingston raises awareness of the plight of animals in southeastern Louisiana, teaches good pet parenting and promotes spay and neuter programs.

POKER RUN

  • EVENT: Southern Independent Riders’ 7th annual Poker Run.
  • DATE: Saturday.
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: SugarPatch Lounge, 1822 Plantation Ave., Port Allen (starting point); Chuck’s Lounge, First Street, Addis; Holiday Park/TLC, La. 77, Grosse Tete; Big Head’s Bar-B-Q, 17445 Sidney Road, Grosse Tete; and Sandy’s Daiquiris, U.S. 190, Erwinville. SugarPatch Lounge, ending point.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (228) 234-1914 or (228) 223-1910.
  • DETAILS: Poker run proceeds will go to the Dream Day Foundation, which benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It will feature live music by Raccoon, door prizes, raffles and jambalaya. The fundraiser will end with a party at SugarPatch Lounge. There will be first-, second- and third-place winners. Registration is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger. Registration includes a meal ticket.

CARD PARTY FUNDRAISER

  • EVENT: West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s “Christmas in July” Card Party.
  • DATE: Monday, July 29.
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • PLACE: West Baton Rouge Community Center, 749 North Jefferson, Port Allen.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 336-2422, ext. 10.
  • DETAILS: The fundraiser for the West Baton Rouge Historical Association will feature bridge, hand and foot canasta, Shanghai rummy, Sequence, Pokeno and more. Lunch will be included. Donations are $25 per person. Deadline to register is Monday.

FHL AWARDS

  • EVENT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s 37th annual Preservation Awards Program.
  • DATE: Wednesday, July 31.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m., cocktail hour; 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., dinner and program.
  • PLACE: Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (225) 387-2464.
  • DETAILS: The program will honor outstanding preservationists: Darryl Gissel, owner and broker of Oak Real Estate LLC; Samuel Hyde, professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University; Rita Lynn Erwin Jackson, certified genealogist and former LSU genealogy professor and librarian; Baton Rouge High School Foundation; Lance Bennett and Ben Babin, Spanish Town neighborhood preservationists; and Charlie Calandro, FHL Volunteer of the Year and owner of Calandro’s Select Cellars and Fine Wines. Deadline for reservations is Thursday. Tickets are $75 per FHL member and $85 per guest. Preservation Patron Couple tickets are $250 and tickets for a table of 10 are $750.

NARFE DINNER

  • EVENT: National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1482 dinner meeting.
  • DATE: Wednesday, July 31.
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • PLACE: Benedict’s Restaurant, 1144 North Causeway Blvd., Mandeville.
  • FOR MORE INFO: (985) 237-5301 or (985) 624-8170.
  • DETAILS: The chapter invites nonmember active and retired federal employees and spouses to a complimentary dinner to discuss federal benefit issues and hear a presentation by David Grouchy, of the St. Tammany SALT Council. Reservation deadline is Wednesday.