- MARCH OF DIMES WALK: Registration 7:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color30 a.m., walk 8:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color30 a.m., Sidney Hutchinson Memorial Park, Walker. (225) 249-5081 or marchforbabies.org
- CRAWFISH BOILING CONTEST: set-up 7:30 a.m., judging 11 a.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. To benefit Dreams Come True Foundation. Competing boilers should bring everything needed to boil two sacks of crawfish, also table and tent. Crawfish will be judged on taste, texture and peel ability. Contest entry fee of $80 covers crawfish and registration. All crawfish will be sold below market price. Event also includes an eating contest, live bands, car show, children’s activities and more. (225) 622-1114 or (225) 328-6735
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 5th and Main streets, downtown.
- SPANISH TOWN WALKING TOUR: 9 a.m., Spanish Town neighborhood. Tours begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. Patrons are advised to dress comfortably. During inclement weather, walks will be moved to the multi-purpose room for an informative talk including modern and historic images. Tours generally last 60 to 90 minutes. Free.
- STORYTIME AT BURDEN: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Storybook readings and imagination-themed activities for children ages 3-8, occurring in 30 minute increments. Free. DiscoverBurden.com
- GRAVE RUBBING DEMONSTRATION: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Historic Magnolia Cemetery, 422 N. 19th St. Patrons will see the graves of Battle of Baton Rouge soldiers, prominent city founders and leaders of the past. Supplies will be provided; beverages and seating will not. Parking: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 2250 Main St. Pre-registration required. (225) 272-9200 or BREC.org
- SATURDAY ART FOR FAMILIES: 10:30 a.m.-noon, LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Families will use unconventional artistic tools to create their own masterpieces in the museum gallery. Drawing inspiration from the art of Margaret Evangeline, James McNeill Whistler and Sandra Russell Clark, families will explore the diversity of artistic methods before getting to work on an unusual artistic practice using chalk pastels and milk-soaked fabric. Free.
- KAMIKAZE ATTACK 70TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: 1:55 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 S. River Road. Former crew members of the USS KIDD will gather aboard their old ship to pay respects to the 38 fallen soldiers who died in 1945 when the ship was attacked by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft. USSKIDD.com
- THEATER AUDITIONS: Vocal auditions 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Pasqua Theatre, 823 N. Felicity Ave., Gonzales. Auditions for “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical,” presented by Ascension Community Theatre. There will be no dance auditions. The production will run June 18-21 and 25-28. Call Michael Mason for an appointment. (225) 964-6998
- SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Featuring music by Swamp Thing (blues). acgbr.com
- MUSIC IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Jambalaya Park, Gonzales. Hosted by the City of Gonzales and the Mayor’s Council for the Arts. The Boogie Men will perform. Free.
- LOUISIANA LEGACY CABARET COMMUNITY CONCERT: 3 p.m., Boudreaux’s of Baton Rouge, 2647 Government St. An evening of jazz and blues with local professional recording artists. A program of The Debose Foundation, Inc. Silent auction, 2 p.m. $50. thedebosefoundationinc.com
- REGIONAL POLICE K9 TRIALS: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., BREC Community Park, 7122 Perkins Road. Displays of K9 obedience, agility, suspect and evidence search. Continues Thursday at Olympia Stadium with criminal apprehension displays. A program of the Baton Rouge Police Dept. K9 Division.
LSU WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT: 7:30 P.M., LSU UNION THEATER. $10-$20.
- THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Firehouse Gallery, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. $7.
- OLLI PRESENTATION: 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 8484 Old Hammond Highway. The OLLI at LSU Lagniappe Chapter will host a presentation by Tanya Whitney, a representative of the Women Veterans in Louisiana. She will discuss the origin of the organization and the need for such a group in Louisiana. (225) 578-2500
- KIDS’ NIGHT: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., La Davina Italian Cafe, 3535 Perkins Road. Weekly event to feature local children’s authors. “There’s a Dragon in the Library” author Marita Gentry will present. No purchase required.
- WOMEN & WINE ON WEDNESDAY: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Court. A business and social networking event for women. There are no dues or fees to participate.
- PENNINGTON: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorRed Stick Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon, behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center (enter from Kenilworth Boulevard). Seasonal produce and baked goods.
- EXHIBIT RECEPTION: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Senate Chamber, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. Opening reception for “Associated Women in the Arts,” an art show and sale. Exhibit runs through May 3. (225) 342-0500
- YING STRING QUARTET CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive. $5-$10.
- FAIRIES IN THE GARDEN: 11 a.m.-noon public viewing, Friday, April 17, Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. A Standard Flower Show presented by the Baton Rouge Garden Club. Free.
ISLAMIC CENTER OF BATON ROUGE AND MSA @ LSU BLOOD DRIVE: 2 P.M.-8 P.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 820 W. CHIMES ST. ALSO, FREE HEALTH SCREENING, FREE BARBECUE, AND T-SHIRT FOR DONORS. (225) 955-8970
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - ALL CITY TEEN POETRY FESTIVAL: APRIL 30-MAY 2 AND MAY 8-9, MAGNOLIA BUILDING, BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 201 COMMUNITY COLLEGE DRIVE. THE FIVE-DAY FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE WRITING AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS, COMMUNITY-BUILDING ACTIVITIES AND BOUTS (COMPETITION) FOR PREVIOUSLY SELECTED TEAMS OF YOUTH POETS, AGES 13-19. VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE PRE-FESTIVAL POSTER DESIGN, PACKET COMPILATION, T-SHIRT SORTING AND MORE. DURING THE FESTIVAL, VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HOST MERCHANDISE AND INFORMATION BOOTHS AND JUDGE BOUTS. CONTACT RAVEN JADE TO VOLUNTEER, RAVENJADEFA@GMAIL.COM. FORWARDARTS.ORG
- ARTS COUNCIL OF BATON ROUGE’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 427 Laurel St. “Succeeding Surface: Works by Liz Coffey & M. Robin Wall,” through Friday.
- BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. “The Real-life Experience Juried High School Exhibition,” through April 30. Free. (225) 383-1470 or batonrougegallery.org
- BREC’S BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER: 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, adults; $2, children ages 3-17; and $2.50, seniors 65 and older. (225) 757-8905
- CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. CAAWS.org
- CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. CAAWS.org
- CAT ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Acadian Village Petco. (225) 636-2680
- DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. $125 adoption fee. Sponsored by Yelp! BR. (225) 485-9200
The Enchanted Mansion - A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive. $4.50, adults; $3.50, seniors; $2, children. Children younger than age 2 are admitted free. (225) 769-0005 or enchantedmansion.org
The Gallery at Manship Theatre: 100 Lafayette St. “VINTAGE,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Baton Rouge artist Gary Noel, through May 20. Reception, 6 p.m-8 p.m. April 24. manshiptheatre.org
- FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Unnamed exhibit showcases the work of brother-sister duo Janene Grodesky and Scott Grodesky, through April 21. (225) 769-0582 or fwgallery.net
- LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. “Monuments & Metaphors: Art in Public Spaces,” a spotlight of public art in Baton Rouge, through June 28. “Emerson Bell: A Tribute,” an exhibition acknowledging the spirit of Bell, a noted painter and sculptor raised in south Baton Rouge. Runs through June 21.
- LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES: 3851 Essen Lane. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Free. (225) 922-1000.
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: 100 North Blvd. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500. “Associated Women in the Arts,” art show and sale, through May 3. “Alligators: Dragons in Paradise,” a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History TREX program, is a potpourri of fact and fantasy that explores the enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s symbolic and sociological role in the Southeast. Through June 6.
lsu museum of art: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy” and “Venice Traces: The Art of Sandra Russell Clark,” through April 19. “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” through Aug. 2. lsumoa.org
LSU Student Union Art Gallery: LSU campus. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. (225) 578-5162.
- LSU SCHOOL OF ART’S GLASSELL GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Free. (225) 389-7180 or glassellgallery.org
- 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 the Acadian Village Petco. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 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. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
- WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Talented Art Student Exhibition,” annual exhibit to showcase the work of West Baton Rouge elementary through high school students, through April 30. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15
Compiled by Leslie D. Rose