Baton Rouge area calendar for Dec. 13-19, 2013

Lighting the night in Kenilworth

The Lighting of the Luminaries will take place 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday in the Kenilworth Subdivision off Highland and Perkins roads.

Tri-Parish Ballet presents ‘Nutcracker’

The Tri-Parish Ballet’s holiday production, “The Nutcracker,” takes the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Suma Hall Conference Center, Satsuma.

Admission for Saturday’s mini-performance is one non-perishable food item for the Livingston Parish Food Pantry. Tickets for the full show Sunday are $15.

Call (225) 665-3414.

Missouri musicians will play at dance

Cathy Barton and Dave Para will play at 7 p.m. Saturday for a dance sponsored by the Louisiana Contras and Squares at St. Alban’s Chapel on the corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive. All dances will be walked through and cued throughout. Beginners are welcome. Admission is $8. For more details, call (225) 803-9194.

Downtown parades will roll Saturday

The 2013 Downtown Christmas Parade sponsored by the Cortana Kiwanis Club begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center, traveling on Conventions Street, left onto Fourth Street, right on Laurel, left on Sixth Street and left on North Street, passing the State Capitol as it ends.

The parade will be preceded at 5:15 p.m. by the Santa Fun Run.

For more information, call (225) 341-3421 or visit

The Denham Springs Christmas Parade will roll at 2 p.m. Saturday. From Denham Springs High School, the parade travels on Range Avenue to Florida Boulevard, and ends at Veterans Boulevard.

Sorority to hold benefit at Belle of BR Casino

The Psi Phi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. is sponsoring a Christmas benefit at 9 p.m. Friday at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino. Special guests include U4RIA Band and Rani Whitfield. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Admission is $50. For more information, call (225) 308-1758.

Tour of classic homes includes cocktails

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Classic Homes and Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 100 North Blvd. There will also be a tackiest Christmas sweater contest. Tickets are $35 for FHL members, $40 for guests and $45 at the door. For tickets and more information, call (225) 387-2464.

Four pianists to play in Christmas concert

Bernadette FitzPatrick, Paul Henderson, Francisco Silva and Donna Toney will perform traditional Christmas music and “a bit of Bach” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 9755 Goodwood Blvd. Admission is free. Call (225) 927-5454.

Christmas events include parties, plays

“Brew Unto Others” coffeehouse will hold a concert and Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church Activities Building, 9340 Florida Blvd. The event includes live music, games and refreshments. Admission is free, but participants are asked to bring canned goods for the Southeast Ministries and Food Bank. For details, call (225) 281-8857.

Woodlawn, McKinley and Baton Rouge Magnet High School music programs will perform jazz at Capitol Park Museum at 2 p.m. Saturday. Festivities will begin at noon with Christmas ornament making and a visit from Santa. For more information, call (225) 342-5428.

Theatre Baton Rouge presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 22. Children are invited to join the actors for a special Gingerbread Workshop after the Saturday performance with treats, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa. Cost for the workshop is $5 per child 14 and younger. Tickets for the show are $25; $22 for groups of 10 or more and $13 for students.

Theatre Baton Rouge Director Keith Dixon is also starring in the one-man show, “The Santaland Diaries” at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20 and 21. Seating for the show, located in TBR’s Social Room and set cabaret-style, will be limited. Tickets are $20.

For more information, call (225) 924-6496 or visit

Event at Port Hudson will honor veterans

A Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Port Hudson National Cemetery, 20978 Port Hickery Road, Zachary. The event honors veterans, living and deceased, for their service to the country.

LASM shows visitors ancient Egypt, comet

The presentation “Visualizing Ancient Egypt at Giza: The Merger of Science and Art in Digital Archaeology” offers a virtual walk through the ancient pyramids, using new applications of 3D graphic reconstruction at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free.

A live presentation on Comet ISON will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Planetarium Theater. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6.25 for children and seniors.

Kids’ Lab will take place at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. The program is included in the price of admission.

LASM is located at 100 River Road S.


Another Arts Market set for Saturday

The Baton Rouge Arts Market will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and Dec. 21 at Fifth St. between Main and Laurel streets downtown. Artists from Louisiana and Mississippi will sell works in a variety of media and there will be kids’ activities and pet adoptions. For details, call (225) 344-8558.

Pet events planned in area this week

The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society will host cat adoptions from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. The society also holds dog adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. For more information, go to

The Companion Animal Alliance offers pet adoptions at its shelter, 2680 Progress Road., Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. For Happy Mew Year’s 2014, all adults cats will be $20.14 though Sunday, Jan. 5. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. For more information, call (225) 774-7701 or go to

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. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe, Bluebonnet at Perkins Road. For more information, visit

SPCA of Livingston along with other animal rescue organizations will hold adoption events 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the PetSmart on Millerville. For more information, email or go to

Art shows continue in medical center, gallery

“A Mardi Gras Christmas,” art by Bonnie Smith Williams will be on display through Jan. 31 on the Ochsner Medical Center’s Tom Wallace Art Wall.

Beauregard Gallery and Bistro, 715 Europe St., presents a show and sale of art by Nanci Charpentier and Diana Haddad Cangemi until Dec. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

LSU museum presents journal art

Saturday Art for Families features journal-making at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the LSU Museum of Art. Cost is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.

The LSU Museum of Art is located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.


‘American Idiot’ comes to River Center Theatre

The musical “American Idiot” will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday at the River Center Theatre. The show contains adult content and strong language.


Compiled by Red staff