Baton Rouge area calendar for Oct. 4, 2013

Sunday in the Park with The Main Squeeze

The “high energy funk” band will perform 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard Town Square, Third Street and North Boulevard, downtown. The concert is free. Call (225) 344-8558.

Lamar-Dixon hosts fall festival on Sunday

A Fall Festival runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales. Among the events is a meet and greet with Glenn Guist from History’s “Swamp People.” All proceeds will benefit the Little Angels Foundation. To register for the 5K or cook-off, visit thelittleangelsfoundation.org.

Arts, crafts fair will benefit church

The St. Luke’s Episcopal Arts and Crafts fair will feature the works of artists and craftspeople from several states. Bakery items and food will also be sold 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. Admission is free.

Zombies will run downtown Friday

Of Moving Colors’ Zombie Bash 5K run/walk will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the 13th Gate Haunted House and follow River Road. All ages are welcome. After the race community members will join the OMC dancers in a mass street performance to “Thriller.” Four free “Thriller” classes will be offered so that anyone can learn the dance steps in an hour. Race day registration costs $20 for youths (ages 16 and younger) and $25 for adults. For more information, call (225) 338-0804.

LSU museum events, free admission Sunday

Preschoolers and their families or caregivers are invited to enjoy a story and activity in the LSU Museum of Art galleries at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Art exploration: Studio Series for Kids begins 1 p.m. Saturday. Children will explore drawing in a two-part class for a more in-depth learning experience. Call (225) 389-7200 for information and pre-registration. The museum offers free admission 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday with a docent tour at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Lesley Dill will speak at 5 p.m. as part of the LSU College of Art + Design Distinguished Lecture Series in the first floor lecture hall (room 103.) Admission is free.

LSU Museum of Art is located on the fifth floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.

LASM presents kid art, free first Sunday

Families with children age 6-12 can explore and discuss the different artworks on view and create a unique take-home project on Saturday. Sign in begins at 9:45 a.m. and the activity starts at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, the museum offers free admission to the galleries and reduced admission to planetarium shows. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is located at 100 River Road S.

Museum holds walking tour, history lecture

The Capitol Park Museum offers a Spanish Town History Walking Tour beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Patrons will learn about the neighborhood, its historical significance and its colorful architecture. Tours last 60-90 minutes and leave from the museum lobby.

John Hickey will present “The 1779 Battle of Baton Rouge” at noon Wednesday. Patrons are invited to bring their own lunches. Both events are free.

Jambalaya Jam benefits United Way

Guests are invited to enjoy cold drinks and live entertainment while sampling jambalaya from 48 competing teams 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. The Capital Area United Way Jambalaya Jam will be held in North Boulevard Town Square. To-go boxes, $7; jambalaya sampler, $10; Jam VIP, $75.

Denham Springs Fall Fest features art, music, food

The free Denham Springs Merchants Association Fall Festival will feature more than 150 booths with a large variety of vendors at Antique Village on Range Avenue in downtown Denham Springs beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Local artists will display their work and the Railroad Avenue stage features music all day long.

Corn maze continues through October

Wear your Halloween costume and trek the eerie corn maze 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 19 at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Admission is $5. On Saturday, Oct. 26, there’s a bonfire, live music and a costume parade. Hot dogs, smores, and sodas are included. Admission is $10. Burden Center is located at 4560 Essen Lane. Call (225) 763-3990 for more information.

Award-winning author visits library

Linda Sue Park, author of “A Single Shard,” will be the featured speaker at the 36th annual Author/Illustrator Program at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call (225) 231-3760.

Pet events planned in area this week

The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society and BREC will present the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Raising Cane’s Dog Park at BREC City Park on Dalrymple Drive.

The society will host cat adoptions 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway, and 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. The society also holds dog adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the CAAWS Shelter. For more information, go to caaws.org.

Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension will hold a jambalaya fundraiser at 11 a.m. Sunday at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 12484 Airline Highway, Gonzales. Jambalaya is $5 per plate. Funds raised will go toward heartworm treatment for nine dogs in CARA’s adoption program. CAA will also hold dog and cat adoptions at the Gonzales Petsmart across the street from noon-3 p.m.

The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge offers pet adoptions at its shelter located at 2680 Progress Road, and hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. For more information, call (225) 774-7701 or go to caabr.org.

The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, is open 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Markets will be held in alternate location

The Baton Rouge Arts Market will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday on Fifth Street between Main and Laurel streets downtown. The Red Stick Farmers Market will also take place from 8 a.m.-noon on Fifth Street downtown. For more information, call (225) 344-8558.

Compiled by Red staff