‘Swing into Spring’

Step out onto the floor and raise some funds.

WHAT: St. Joseph Hospice Foundation’s second annual Care to Dance fundraiser.

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.

TICKETS: $30 each and $50 per couple (in advance or at the door).

INFORMATION: (225) 978-2756.

DETAILS: The event will include an art auction, dance, music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Representatives of Ric Seeling Dance Co. will be on hand. Table sponsorships are available.

Heritage Lecture

Hear author Mary Ann Sternberg’s insights on the River Road.

WHAT: The Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture.

WHEN: 6 p.m., refreshments; 6:30 p.m., lecture; Thursday.

WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion’s East Room, 502 North Blvd.

ADMISSION: Free for FHL members and $10 for guests.

INFORMATION: (225) 387-2464 or visit http://www.fhl.org.

DETAILS: Sternberg will talk and sign two of her books, “River Road Rambler” and the third edition of “Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana’s Historic Byway.” Calandro’s Fine Wines and Select Cellars will host refreshments.

Dancing for Big Buddy

Watch your favorite Star Dancers kick up their heels.

WHAT: Big Buddy Program’s seventh annual Dancing for Big Buddy.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU campus.

TICKETS: $10, general admission; $250, floor seats.

INFORMATION: (225) 388-9737.

DETAILS: Shelly Beall, Nikki Caldwell, Rosa Flores, Scott Kaiser, Heather Kleinpeter Savoy, Nanette McCann, Dr. Douglas and Kelli Mendoza, Michelle Pricer, W. Ob Soonthornsima, Ralph Stephens, Wayne Talbot, John Tyler, Jim Urdiales and Dr. Ann C. Zedlitz will compete for bragging rights among the Star Dancers. Proceeds benefit Big Buddy. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Denim & Diamonds

Help raise money for diabetes research.

WHAT: The Louisiana Chapter of JDRF’s Denim & Diamonds, “Derby After Dark” Gala.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Property of Dan and Carolyn Heard, 18850 Perkins Road East.

TICKETS: $150 each or $1,250 for a table of 10.

INFORMATION: (225) 932-9511 or visit http://www.jdrf.org.

DETAILS: There will be live and silent auctions, raffles, food from some of the city’s best restaurants and entertainment by Something Blue Band. Proceeds will benefit Type 1 diabetes research and the Louisiana Chapter of JDRF.

Girls on the Run 5K

Run for a good cause.

WHAT: Girls on the Run 5K.

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

WHERE: Grounds of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

REGISTRATION: $25 before May 2; $30 race day; free children 7 and under with adult entry.

INFORMATION: http://www.girlsontherungbr.org.

DETAILS: The 5K will start at 9 a.m. with music, games and food beginning at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Girls on the Run of South Louisiana Scholarship Fund, allowing more than 600 girls in need of financial assistance the chance to participate in the group’s 10-week after-school program.