“About Town” column for Sept. 8, 2013

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

WHAT: Academic Distinction Fund’s Distinguished Speaker Series with child development educator Ellen Galinsky.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.

INFO/REGISTRATION: info@adfbr.org or (225) 922-4560 .

DETAILS: GALINSKY, PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE FAMILIES AND WORK INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK, WILL SPEAK ON HOW PARENTS AND TEACHERS CAN HELP A CHILD SUCCEED. CHECK-IN BEGINS AT 4 P.M. FREE.

HERITAGE LECTURE

WHAT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture with LSU Rural Life Museum archeologist Dennis Jones.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

INFO: (225) 387-2464.

DETAILS: JONES’ LECTURE,

“Chatsworth Plantation: Discoveries From Our Past,” will discuss the cultural resource management project at the Chatsworth site in East Baton Rouge Parish and the development of the archaeology lab at the LSU Rural Life Museum. A reception at 6 p.m. will be hosted by Calandros Select Cellars and Fine Wines. The event is free for FHL members; $10 for guests.

MUSEUM EVENT

WHAT: West Baton Rouge Museum Scavenger Hunt.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: WBR Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen.

INFO: (225) 336-2422.

DETAILS: THE SEEK-AND-FIND ACTIVITY WILL FEATURE A SCAVENGER HUNT FOR TREASURE THROUGH THE MUSEUM, FOLLOWED AT 7 P.M. BY THE SHOWING OF “NATIONAL TREASURE,” A MOVIE ABOUT AMERICA’S TREASURED HISTORIC DOCUMENTS STARRING NICHOLAS CAGE. FREE.

PLANTFEST

WHAT: Master Gardeners PlantFest.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Horse Farm, 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette.

INFO: www.plantfest.org.

DETAILS: The event will include the sale of unique and interesting plants. Representatives of the LSU AgCenter will be on hand to answer questions about weeds, pests, disease and other topics. The group is also looking for volunteers for setup on Friday and at the event. To assist, email plantfestvolunteer@gmail.com.