The Week Ahead

MONDAY

Government meetings

LEGISLATIVE COMMUNITY MEETING: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road. State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome will hold a series of community meetings in Senate District 15 before the 2013 regular legislative session begins in April.

SCHOOL SAFETY/SECURITY COMMUNITY FORUM: 6 p.m., Baton Rouge Magnet High School, 2825 Government St. Superintendent Bernard Taylor will host a series of community forums to get public input on school safety and security in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. Participants will also discuss the proposed 2013-14 school year calendar and next year’s calendar.

Community events

BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB: Noon, De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, will speak on his new campaign to defend gun ownership rights. The campaign is called “Defend Louisiana.” Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

EDUCATION FORUM: 5:30 p.m., McKinley Alumni Center, 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. The Louisiana Association of Educators will host the speak out to discuss issues related to changes in public school policy. (225) 343-9243.

TUESDAY

Government meetings

SCHOOL SAFETY/SECURITY COMMUNITY FORUM: 6 p.m., Woodlawn Elementary School, 8160 Antioch Road. Superintendent Bernard Taylor Jr. will host a series of community forums to get public input on school safety and security in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. Participants will also discuss the proposed 2013-14 school year calendar and next year’s calendar.

ONE COMMUNITY, ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. A public meeting sponsored by members of the One Community, One School District to discuss the negative impact of proposed breakaway districts, its efforts to fight them and the ways in which concerned parents can get involved. This event is free and open to the public. One Community, One School District was formed by parents and other concerned residents who believe that the children of the East Baton Rouge Parish school system are best served by a unified system.

Community events

CARVER’S A/V CLUB PRESENTS: 4 p.m., Carver branch library, 720 Terrace St. The library’s A/V Club will continue showing an acclaimed miniseries to celebrate Black History Month. The second two hours of the miniseries will show this week. (225) 389-7450.

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

ESTATE PLANNING FINANCIAL SEMINAR: 6 p.m., Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Two financial advisers will lead an estate planning financial seminar. Covered will be how to organize assets and liabilities, designate beneficiaries and more. (225) 274-4440.

WEDNESDAY

Government meeting

SCHOOL SAFETY/SECURITY COMMUNITY FORUM: 6 p.m., Scotlandville Magnet High School, 9870 Scotland Ave. Superintendent Bernard Taylorwill host a series of community forums to get public input on school safety and security in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. Participants also will discuss the proposed 2013-14 school year calendar and next year’s calendar.

Community events

INAUGURAL FILM SERIES: 2 p.m., Hill Memorial Library, LSU campus. LSU Libraries will hold its inaugural film series throughout the spring semester. The series will feature four films with a guest scholar providing an introduction to each film. In recognition of Black History Month, the next film will be “Glory” starring Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick. It depicts Robert Gould Shaw as he leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black regiment. Admission is free. (225) 578-8538 or kblessi@lsu.edu.

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St. The Academic Distinction Fund will start its Distinguished Speaker Series, a series of research-based presentations on early childhood development, with “Louisiana’s Risky Business: Young Children in a Time of Budget Cuts?” The presenters are Geoff Nagle and Kirby Goidel, authors of the report “Early Childhood Risk and Reach in Louisiana.” The presentation is free. Pre-registration is recommended. Check-in will start at 4 p.m. info@adfbr.org or (225) 922-4560.

WOMEN & WINE ON WEDNESDAYS MONTHLY SOCIAL: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, 6171 Bluebonnet Blvd. The free, open format networking event connects women by building new relationships and re-connecting old ones. http://www.womenwinewednesday.com.

BURGER BASH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Catholic High School, 855 Hearthstone St. The scholarship fundraiser will award deserving Little Buddies of the Big Buddy Program with financial support as they pursue post-high school education. Donations are $10 each and come with a burger, chips, ice cream and soft drink. To-go orders are welcome and will be ready for pick-up at 5:30 p.m. The Big Buddy Program is a nonprofit youth services agency that helps disadvantaged youth weekly. http://www.bigbuddyprogram.org or (225) 388-9737.

THURSDAY

Community events

VEGETABLE WORKSHOP: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane. Parents and teachers wanting to establish and maintain vegetable gardens are invited to a series of vegetable workshops. This workshop’s topic is “How to Construct Raised Vegetable Garden Beds.” Admission is free, but registration is required. (225) 763-3990.

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

HERITAGE LECTURE SERIES: 6:30 p.m., Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Tom Whitehead and Art Shiver, the authors of “Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art,” will present a lecture on and sign copies of the book as part of FHL’s Heritage Lecture Series. Clementine Hunter is a famous self-taught artist whose works are at many national museums, including the Smithsonian. Refreshments will start at 6 p.m. and will come from Calandro’s Fine Cellars. Admission is free for FHL members and $10 for guests.

FEDERATION OF GREATER BATON ROUGE CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS: 7 p.m., BREC Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd., Room 111. East Baton Rouge Parish Library Director Spencer Watts will present his vision for the library program. The meeting will also have a presentation by Mary Stein and Patricia Husband on programs, resources, construction status and more.

C.G. JUNG SOCIETY PRESENTATION: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. The C.G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge will hold a film presentation on “Peter Birkhauser: A Modern Artist Who Breaks the Mold.” Dean Frantz, a Jungian analyst, will present and Deldon Anne McNeely, also a Jungian analyst, will lead the discussion.

BATON ROUGE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE MEETING: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Drusilla Seafood Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane. Ed Bearss, National Park Service chief historian emeritus, author and tour guide, will speak on “Momentous Month: July 1863.” Admission is $25 and includes dinner. Reservations must be made by Tuesday. (225) 769-3175.

FRIDAY

Community events

GUMBO 2013: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church’s Bishop Hall, corner of Florida Boulevard and North Fourth Street. St. James Episcopal Church Women will sell gumbo lunches for $10 each. They include shrimp or chicken and sausage gumbo, sensation salad, bread and a dessert. Customers can dine in or pick up. (225) 387-5141

BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Noon, Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy, 15333 Jefferson Highway. Dr. Don Hoppe will discuss “The Birds and the Bees and Special Needs: Talking to Your Child about Sexuality.” The monthly seminar is free and open to the public. http://www.HopeAcademyBR.org.

SATURDAY

Community events

SQUEEZE OUT CANCER FUN RUN/WALK: 9 a.m., Woodlawn High School, 15755 Jefferson Highway. The fun run/walk will raise funds for Relay for Life. Registration will start at 8 a.m. and comes with T-shirts. Circle Bowl, Firstaid Lemonaid and Gulf Coast Printing are the corporate sponsors. To pre-register, visit http://www.imathlete.com/events/squeezingoutcancerfunrunwalk.

BAYOU BEBES OF BATON ROUGE DOLL SHOW & SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., BREC’s Milton J. Womack Facility, 6201 Florida Blvd. The show and sale will feature dolls by vendors and collectors from across the United States. Admission is $4 and free for children 12 and under. http://www.angelfire.com/la2/bayoubebes.

CASA VOLUNTEER SESSION: 10 a.m., Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, 848 Louisiana Ave. Capital Area CASA will hold an informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer. Volunteers will help abused and neglected children in foster care find safe and permanent homes. (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

ARBOR DAY: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The event, postponed from Jan. 19, will include several activities, such as tree planting. Admission is $5 per person. (225) 763-3990.

FINE ART OF DINING SHOW: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Baton Rouge Garden Center, Independence Park, 7950 Independence Blvd. The Baton Rouge Garden Club and the Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild will present a show with the theme “The Fine Art of Dining.” Proceeds will go to scholarships for students in landscape architecture, urban forestry or horticulture. Tickets are $5 (cash or checks) at the door, which includes refreshments. (225) 806-5377.