The Week Ahead

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Community events

  • HAPPY MEW YEAR’S CAT ADOPTIONS: Companion Animal Alliance animal shelter, 2680 Progress Road; PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road; and the Mall of Louisiana, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. Kittens will be offered for $20 and cats for $13. Prices include all vaccinations, microchipping, spaying/neutering and FIV testing. http://www.caabr.org, http://www.projectpurrbr.org or (225) 774-7701.
  • FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum offers visitors free admission to galleries and reduced admission to planetarium shows every first Sunday of the month. http://www.lasm.org.

MONDAY

Community events

  • BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB: Noon, De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, will discuss the Creative Capital Agenda, the 2011-2015 strategic plan for national and global competitiveness. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

TUESDAY

Government meetings

  • DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION: 8 a.m., Kress Gallery, 447 Third St. To discuss projects like the “Crest” Stage Canopy, Downtown Greenway, Riverfront Property Acquisition and more. (225) 389-5520 or http://www.brgov.com/dept/ddd.
  • METRO 1 DISTRICT: 6:30 p.m., Zachary City Court, 4510 Main St. District 1 Metro Councilman Trae Welch will host the meeting, which is open to all residents of District 1 who wish to voice their opinions or share ideas.

Community events

  • TUTORING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church’s Naylor Building, 9340 Florida Blvd. Qualified tutors will provide free one-on-one tutoring for middle and high school students. Student and accompanying adult should arrive 10 minutes early to register. (225) 924-4271.

WEDNESDAY

Community events

  • BLOOD DRIVE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St. Blood drive with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center providing the Mobile Blood Collection Unit. Participants will get $5 waived from their library fines when they donate. They will also get their blood pressure checked along with temperature, iron level and pulse count. (225) 389-7450.

THURSDAY

Community events

  • TUTORING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church’s Naylor Building, 9340 Florida Blvd. Qualified tutors will provide free one-on-one tutoring for middle and high school students. Student and accompanying adult should arrive 10 minutes early to register. (225) 924-4271.
  • FOUNDATION FOR HISTORICAL LOUISIANA LECTURE: 6 p.m. for refreshments and 6:30 p.m. for lecture, East Room of the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Baton Rouge historian, Hilda S. Krousel, will present a lecture and sign copies of her new book, “Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge.” Free for FHL members and $10 for guests.
  • GARDENING SERIES: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners’ Basic Gardening Series features “Landscape Planning Made Easy” and “Ferns: Get Out of the Searing Sun.” (225) 937-2263 or gschaffee@gmail.com.
  • FEDERATION OF GREATER BATON ROUGE CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS MEETING: 7 p.m., BREC Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd., Room 111. Topic will be “How to Conduct a Meeting by the Professional Parliamentarian Association.”
  • PHIL HOOSE TALK: 7 p.m., Louisiana State Archive, 3851 Essen Lane. Phil Hoose, a conservancy staffer and author, will discuss his new book, “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.” B95 is the oldest red knot on record. A red knot is a bird that travels thousands of miles during migration flying from the bottom of the world to the top. The Washington Post recently named Hoose’s book one of the best books of 2012 and the Young Adult Library Services Association selected the book as one of the finalists for its 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
  • LOUISIANA’S WATER FUTURE: 7 p.m., Backpacker, 7656 Jefferson Highway. The Baton Rouge group of the Sierra Club will host a meeting on “Louisiana’s Water Future” where Dennis Demcheck, U.S. Geological Survey representative, will discuss how the agency is helping to monitor and model the state’s surface and goundwater systems. Free. (225) 938-9353.

FRIDAY

Community event

  • RECYCLE YOUR ELECTRONICS DAY: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., Conn’s Appliances & Electronics, 6835 Siegen Lane. Sponsored by WBRZ-TV Channel 2, the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) and Conn’s Appliances & Electronics. Participants can donate any electronics except televisions of any type, appliances, furniture and copiers. http://www.WBRZ.com.
  • LAUREL STREET PALOOZA: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge office, 427 Laurel St., and in the Chase Bank Building. The 13th annual “Laurel Street Palooza” is a street party benefit for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. The benefit will feature live bands, a silent auction, food, spirits and Mayor-President Kip Holden as the emcee. Cary Saurage and Ann Connelly will be named the 2013 King and Queen Palooza for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the arts. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. (225) 344-8558 or http://www.artsbr.org.
  • C.G. JUNG SOCIETY LECTURE: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. C.G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge will hold a lecture on “Reading the Images in Jung’s Red Book,” a filmed presentation by Barbara Friedman and Mary Dougherty.

SATURDAY

Community event

  • KIDS’ LAB WORKSHOP: 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South. Children, ages 6-12, are invited to a hands-on Kids’ Lab workshop sponsored by BASF. The workshops focus on chemistry with a new activity each month. http://www.lasm.org.