• KIDD KEYNOTES: 1 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum, 305 S. River Road. Panel discussion on Asian Pacific American History Month by Greg Tokuyama, US Army and president of the Japan Club of New Orleans. (225) 342-1942.
  • AFRICAN AMERICANS IN AVIATION: 3:30 p.m., Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St. Ghost Riders Productions will give a pictoral history presented by Albert Rutherford. (225) 389-3750.
  • PEANUT BUTTER CUP MINI-GOLF TOURNAMENT: 4 p.m., Don Carter’s All Star Lanes, 9829 Airline Highway. Register your team of four or fewer by emailing your team name and names of all team members to Ticket prices include 18 holes of mini-golf, 20 tokens for games inside, two return passes for bowling, and a private 10/31 Consortium BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad and sodas. Dress is casual, costume or golf-tastic. $31, 10/31 Consortium members; $35, non-members; $15, children 12 and younger. (225) 328-1604.
  • LIVE AFTER FIVE: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Free outdoor concert with music by Bag of Donuts. (225) 389-5520.
  • ‘MEN ARE FROM MARS WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS’: 8 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road.


  • ‘STEP OFF’: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Hartley/Vey Studio, Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Presented by New Venture Theatre. $20. (225) 588-7576.
  • ‘YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU’: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. A screwball comedy that pits the eccentric Sycamore family against the buttoned-up bigwigs of Wall Street and the IRS. Parents Night Out on Saturday. Children ages 5-12 can take part in supervised theater games in the Studio Theatre while parents watch the show. Price for Parents’ Night Out is $15 for one child and $10 for additional siblings. Show tickets: $25, individual; $22, groups of 10 or more; $15 student advance. (225) 924-6496 or


  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Red Stick Farmers Market, 501 Main St. Local food, produce and more for sale.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SWAMP: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Live animal encounters, cake, make-and-take crafts. Free. (225) 757-8905.
  • OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 10 a.m., Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Discussion and book signing with Monique Moliere Piper. (225) 756-1150.
  • AUDITIONS FOR ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’ AT RUNNELS: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Runnels School, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. Auditions for adult actors. (225) 751-2192.
  • ‘WHO OWNS THE BONES?’: 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. A talk by Dennis Jones, the principal archaeologist directing the excavation of the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society. (225) 924-8921.
  • CAWWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road.
  • CAWWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Sponsored by the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992.
  • ENGINEER IT FAMILY WORKSHOP: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Hands-on engineering workshop for children ages 6-12 with adult participation.
  • OPENING RECEPTION FOR ‘FONVILLE RETURNS’: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. An exhibit of some of the outstanding works of the late photographer Fonville Winans, on view through July 12. Opening reception includes a book signing with Cyril E. Vetter, author of “Fonville Winan’s Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places” and entertainment by The Nick Abraham Xperience. Free. (225) 342-0500.


  • GONZALES GUN AND KNIFE SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Presented by Classic Arms Productions. $8, adults; $2, children ages 6-11; free, law enforcement offices in uniform. Ages 17 and younger admitted with parent only. (985) 624-8577.


  • PET ADOPTIONS: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Sponsored by the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992.
  • GARDEN TOUR: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., various locations. Tours of private gardens in the area. Sponsored by the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum. Hodge Podge Nursery will be open during the tour. $20. or (225) 767-6916.
  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Free outdoor concert featuring John Gray & Funkin’ with Friends with DJ Marquis. (225) 344-8558.
  • YOGA NIDRA, HEALING FROM THE HEART: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. With DeeDee Poullard. $20. (225) 338-1170.
  • OPENING RECEPTION: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Arts Council Firehouse Gallery, 427 Laurel St. Opening reception for “It’s My Time: A Collective Work of the Community School for the Arts My Time Painting Class.” Works will be on display through Friday, May 23. Free. (225) 344-8558.
  • LIVE IN THE SKY, AN EVENING ART EXPERIENCE: 4 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The event features the opening of exhibitions by local artists and a range of music performances featuring Louisiana individuals and groups. Special pop-up experiences focusing on food, signature drinks and interactive energy. Complimentary drinks and food. A dress code will be strictly enforced to create a classy yet professional vibe.
  • CITYWIDE MUSICAL: 6 p.m., Heartsease Family Life Church, 12112 Florida Blvd. Variety show with Jolisa Singletary, Reach Nation, United Faith Ministries Dancers, vendors and more. Refreshments will be served. Free. (225) 202-4552.


  • BAKER BREC PARK TEE BALL & COACH PITCH LEAGUE: 6 p.m., Baker BREC Park, Jefferson St., Baker. Coaches and volunteers needed. All kids ages 4-8 welcome. (225) 205-4652.


  • MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM: 5:30 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Book signing and presentation by artist Hunt Slonem at the museum store.
  • THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Piano music by Rebecca Gillan, meditation, healing oils. $15. (225) 338-1170.


  • WOMEN AND WINE ON WEDNESDAYS: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Ma Maison of Beaute, 8322 Jefferson Highway. Social networking for women. Free.


  • ELEPHANT & PIGGIE PARTY: 4 p.m., Watson Branch Library, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. Kids can vroom around the library, play dress up, make ice cream and watch a puppet show based on the popular book series by Mo Willems. Space is limited, so registration is required. Free. (225) 664-3963 or
  • ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10107 Park Rowe Circle. Free, family-friendly event with music by Simple Interest. Free. (225) 767-2000.


  • BEAUREGARD GALLERY AND BISTRO: 715 Europe St. LSU BFA graduates will showcase their latest work through May 31. Email
  • BREC SPLASH PADS: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City-Brooks, Forest and Greenwood Community Parks. Open through October.
  • ‘LINCOLN, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CIVIL WAR’: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. On display through June 1. (225) 336-2422.
  • LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection” on display through Aug. 3. “Nari Ward: Rooted Communities” through Aug. 10.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. The society also offers adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Petco Acadian Village. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.
  • CAT ADOPTIONS: noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Petco at Acadian and Perkins. Call (225) 636-2680.
  • YELP!BR DOG ADOPTIONS: noon-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Petco Acadian Village, 3535 Perkins Road. Adoptable dogs are also available at the Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive by appointment only. Email
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe, Bluebonnet at Perkins Road.

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn