Around Baton Rouge for Aug. 2, 2014


A WALK WITH THE BIRDS: 7 a.m., Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Lakeside Oaks Ave. Hike with a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society who will help identify birds and share tips and techniques for bird watching. The cost is $3. (225) 757-8905 or

BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m., Main Street Market, 501 Main St. Every first Saturday of the month, local artists will sell their works at an open-air market downtown.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA: 9 a.m., Gardere Lane Park, corner of GSRI Avenue and Gardere Lane. The program will include free school supplies and refreshments, exhibits and more. Parents and their children must visit a minimum of five exhibits. Volunteers and exhibitors should arrive early.

SCIENCE ACADEMY: 10 a.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Participants, ages 8-12, will learn the science behind clouds. Admission is $5 for in-parish students and $6 for others. (225) 768-9948 or

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY: 10 a.m., Glen Oaks High School, 6650 Cedar Grove Drive. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the giveaway and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be the guest speaker. There will also be vendors and refreshments. Schoolchildren must be present to get supplies.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL RALLY: 10 a.m., North Baton Rouge Community Center. Sisters of Sophistication, Inc. will present the rally, which will include lunch, door prizes, entertainment, school supplies, face painting, ID cards for children and more. (225) 328-2470 or (225) 603-7610.

BATTLE OF BATON ROUGE COMMEMORATION: 10 a.m., Historical Magnolia Cemetery, 422 N. 19th St. Foundation for Historical Louisiana will hold a commemoration ceremony for the 1862 Battle of Baton Rouge to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who died that day. There will be a color guard, canon firings and Civil War enthusiasts in period dress. Robert Seal, a Civil War historian from Bogalusa, will give a short lecture titled “The Ill-Fated History of the C.S.S. Arkansas.” Admission is free.

CASA VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 10 a.m., Capital Area CASA, 848 Louisiana Ave. Learn how to be a voice for an abused or neglected child while he or she awaits a safe and permanent home. (225) 379-8598 or

VIEWING AND DOING ART: 10:30 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South. Families can participate in a new activity every month. August’s activity will be Gyotaku Printmaking.

KIDS CULINARY CLASS: 2 p.m., Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. Children will learn how to make shortcake and milkshakes at the cooking class that will raise funds for the charity Give Kids the World. The cost is $50 for newcomers and $25 for children who have attended a previous class.

HELPING HEAL LITTLE HEARTS: 7 p.m., Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road. NewsRadio 1150 WJBO will present a fundraiser for the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation with Michael Berry, the station’s nationally syndicated radio talk show host, as the emcee. It will feature live music from the Captain Legendary Band and a live auction. Tickets are $25.

“COLD IN JULY:” 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The action film stars Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Tickets are $8.50. (225) 344-0334 or

“THE SHAPE OF THINGS:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. The popular drama by Neil LaBute explores the nature of love and art. Neil Hebert will direct the play, which is rated R. Tickets are $22. (225) 924-6496 or

CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOC. DANCE: 8 p.m., UCT Hall, 11175 Florida Blvd. The Coobie Joe Cajun Band will perform at the dance. Preceding the dance will be free Cajun dance lessons at 7 p.m. Admission to the dance is $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Children, ages 12 and younger, get in free.

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