About Town for Feb. 23, 2014

MILITARY GROUP

WHAT: Monthly meeting of the Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.

WHERE: Drusilla Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane.

INFORMATION: (225) 766-4900.

DETAILS: 2014 officers and directors will be installed. Guest speaker will be Matthew Hayes of Volunteers of America’s Veterans’ Services.

GRANDPARENTS GROUP

WHAT: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meeting.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

WHERE: Family Roads of Greater Baton Rouge, 323 E. Airport Drive.

INFORMATION: (225) 355-5442 or (225) 201-8888.

WOMEN’S HELP CENTER

WHAT: Fundraiser breakfast for the Women’s Help Center.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1.

WHERE: Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave.

TICKETS: $40. Visit womenshelpcenterfriends.org.

DETAILS: Dr. John Diggs will speak on sex and marriage at the 16th annual Leaving a Legacy of Life fundraiser.

SHAMROCKS & CHAMPAGNE

WHAT: The Baton Rouge Irish Club’s annual Shamrocks and Champagne Brunch.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

WHERE: Woman’s Club of Baton Rouge, 249 East Blvd.

TICKETS: $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. At Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway, (225) 924-6437 or Denise Aymond at (225) 978-0105.

DETAILS: Brian Breen will entertain with Irish songs and music. The McTeggart Irish Dancers will also perform traditional dances. The highlight of the party will be the presentation of the Crystal Harp and Emerald Shamrock Awards honoring members and others who have an interest in the Irish heritage of Baton Rouge. There will also be a silent auction and cash bar.

FLORIDA PARISHES HISTORY

WHAT: Historian Samuel Hyde will speak on the Florida Parishes’ political history at the Foundational for Historical Louisiana’s monthly Heritage Lecture.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Reception begins at 6 p.m.

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

TICKETS: $10; free for FHL members. Register at fhl.org or by calling (225) 387-2464.

DETAILS: Hyde, an author and history professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, will speak on “Feuding is our Means of Societal Equilibrium: Elusive Stability in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1810-1899.” His presentation is based on his LSU Press book, “Pistols and Politics,” which focuses on the political and social turmoil of the Florida Parishes in the 19th century. He will discuss the struggle between social class and the fierce feuds that caused great violence.