Baton Rouge area calendar for Dec. 27, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2014

Photo by Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. --  Each of the seven days in Kwanzaa, celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, recognizes one of seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Kwanaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African-American heritage and achievements, revere the Creator and creation, commemorate the past and recommit to cultural ideals and celebrate good.  It is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called 'the first fruits' celebrations, which were times of harvest. Show caption
Photo by Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. -- Each of the seven days in Kwanzaa, celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1, recognizes one of seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Kwanaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African-American heritage and achievements, revere the Creator and creation, commemorate the past and recommit to cultural ideals and celebrate good. It is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called 'the first fruits' celebrations, which were times of harvest.

Kwanzaa event on Southern campus

The Africentric Focus/Maat Study Group of Baton Rouge will hold its 25th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in the Southern University Cotillion Ballroom.

Baba Mwalimu Baruti will be the featured speaker. The group is a non-profit organization committed to continuing efforts that promote the upliftment of the community.

The event is free.

Ladies’ group to gather Saturday

“You Don’t Know My Story” is the theme of Leola’s Ladies Citywide After-Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Nagoya Cafe, 15130 Market St.

Singing, dancing, praying and fellowship are planned and the event is open to women “who need to be refreshed and/or have been hurt by life.”

Gifts will be given away. Dinner and a $15 gift to exchange, and a book to exchange are optional. A $1 offering will be taken “to bring joy to hurting women.”

For more information, call (225) 202-4352.

Pet events scheduled in area this week

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 caabr.org.

Compiled by Red staff