The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from August 12-18, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

To submit event and entertainment items for the Bon Temps calendar, email details to fun@theadvocate.com or fax to (225) 388-0351. Deadline is noon Monday.

FRIDAY, AUG. 12

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE: 6:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre studios, 10745 Linkwood Court. Short performances featuring BRBT choreography and styles.

LECTURE SERIES: 7:30 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Evening sky viewing, 8:30 p.m. Free. (225) 768-9948.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. Fresh vegetables and other homegrown and homemade food for sale. (225) 344-8558.

FROZEN SAFARI: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Zookeeper seminars on zoo practices to promote animal wellness. (225) 775-3877.

OP?RA LOUISIANE AUDITIONS: by appointment, LSU School of Music Recital Hall. New Opéra Louisiane Community Chorus. Contact Leanne for appointment: (225) 377-2029.

ST. MARGARET’S MARKET: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 12663 Perkins Road, across from Calandro’s supermarket. Produce, arts/crafts and technology products. (225) 747-0119.

SECOND SATURDAY PROGRAM: SCUTINEYES: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, fifth floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Free.

ART IN THE PARK: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., City-Brooks Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Hosted by Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art. Gallery artist members will demonstrate sculpture, pottery and the silkscreen process; children’s activities, including storytelling by Oneal Isaac and a chalk drawing contest. Free. (225) 383-1470 or http://www.brec.org.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. http://www.caaws.org.

CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Adalié Brent Auditorium, Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Interactive program for young children and families. Free for LASM members and is included in the general price of admission for nonmembers.

YOUTH BALLET PERFORMANCES: 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m., Great Hall at Perkins Rowe. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty. Free.

STARLIGHT THEATER AUDITION WORKSHOP: 2-4:30 p.m., Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 N. Hummell St., Denham Springs. To prepare those auditioning for Steel Magnolias. http://www.artslivingston.org/spotlight_theater.

AUCTION, FUNDRAISER FOR ANEURYSM RESEARCH: 4-8 p.m., Varsity Theatre. Aneurysm Outreach, Inc., plays host to its “Chef Showdown” and auction fundraiser, featuring cuisine and tasting competition among professional and aspiring chefs. $10, in advance; $11, at http://www.alink.org; $15, at the door. http:://www.alink.org.

CATHOLIC HIGH STAG BARBECUE: 6-10 p.m., Catholic High School Gym, 855 Hearthstone Drive. Seventy-sixth annual event. $20, in advance; $25, at the door. Tickets online: http://www.catholichigh.org.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

EVENING SKY VIEWING: 7:30-10 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Free. (225) 768-9948.

STOCK CAR RACING: 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Raceway, 17700 Plank Road, Baker. Championship Points night, all classes. $10, general admission; $25, pits area; $5, ages 12 and younger. http://www.batonrougeraceway.com

SUNDAY, AUG. 14

GLASSELL GALLERY OPEN HOUSE: noon-4 p.m., LSU School of Art Glassell Exhibition Gallery, 100 Lafayette St. Opening reception for the Elise Toups painting, drawing and photography exhibition. Free.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 1-5 p.m., Petsmart, 10527 S. Mall Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

MUSIC STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: noon-4 p.m., Grace Notes Music Studio, 340 St. Joseph St. Staff provides demonstrations, information about its fall classes, which start the following week on string, woodwind, and brass instruments, including piano and harp. http://www.gnmusicstudio.com.

TUESDAY, AUG. 16

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 6-8 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17

MUSIC AT MID-DAY: noon, fourth floor terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Lunchtime concert. Free.

CGT LUNCHEON: noon, Naylor Hall, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida St. Chronologically, Gifted, Talented (CGT) group features saxophonist Brian Babin during its luncheon. $10. (225) 924-4271.

THURSDAY, AUG. 18

CARTOGRAPHY HISTORY LECTURE: 6 p.m., refreshments, 6:30 p.m. lecture, East Room, Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Dave Morgan lectures on the French contribution to Louisiana cartography from 1660-1806. No registration necessary.

OUTDOORS

BRAMBA (BATON ROUGE AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION): http://www.bramba.org.

BATON ROUGE TRIKKE CLUB: http://www.brtrikke.com, email brtrikke@cox.net.

BATON ROUGE AUDUBON SOCIETY: Robert McLaughlin, (225) 926-2223 (call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

BAYOU HAYSTACKERS PADDLING CLUB: (225) 387-3717 or http://www.bayouhaystackers.com.

BATON ROUGE BIKE CLUB: (225) 963-8616 or http://www.batonrougebikeclub.com. Ride your bike this weekend in both the city and country. Call for details or go to website for weekend ride details.

BATON ROUGE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: (225) 603-8467. Call for details of special events.

ONGOING

ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: 437 Laurel St., (225) 344-8558. Reticulation, new works by Rachel LeGarde Bordelon, through Sept. 16.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through August: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Pelican Woodcarvers Guild members exhibit samplings of their art; Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, St. Martha’s Senior Art Colony displays latest works containing mixed media paintings; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild displays selection of quilts from exhibit Kaleidoscope of Quilts II; Eden Park Branch, abstract works of art by Pamela Woodard; Zachary Branch, Baton Rouge Bead Society displays its bead collections.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Guys Who Are Dolls, exhibit focusing on the male doll and his place in history, through Saturday, Aug. 13. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped.

ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. Louisiana Legacy, new work for sale by members of the Associated Women in the Arts, through Aug. 27. http://www.elizabethangallery.com.

THE GHOST OF THE CASTLE: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. A theatrical presentation depicting Civil War-era figure Sarah Morgan telling of the history of the building. Will run daily during business hours.

GUILD ARTWORK: Atelier Rouge Salon, mezzanine level, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel, 201 Lafayette St. Artwork created by members of the Louisiana Art & Artists’ Guild on display.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists social art display, through Oct. 12; Birds in Art from the Permanent Collection, artwork display of John J. Audubon, wildlife photographer Julia Sims, and contemporary artists Michael Crespo and Hunt Slonem, through Oct. 2. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.laagbr@laag-site.org. Summer Annual Judged Show on display at Independence Park Theatre Gallery until Sept. 15.

LOUISIANA VETERANS HALL OF HONOR: permanent exhibit, USS Kidd, River Road downtown. Dedicated to those service men and women who have had outstanding military careers. Each person is a Louisiana native. (225) 342-1942.

LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Blue Dogs and Cajuns of the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections, through Sept. 18.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Elise Toups exhibition of paintings, drawings and photography project, Sunday, Aug. 14-26. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. weekends.

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225)336-2422 or http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. Morley, the Vanished Lumber Town, display featuring artifacts discovered in an area just west of Brusly that once thrived as West Baton Rouge Parish’s premier lumber town of Morley, 1907-1927, through Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

SINGLES EVENTS

BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: Friday, Aug. 12, 9 p.m., dancing, Studio 7 on River Road; Saturday, Aug. 13, 12:30 p.m., lunch at Voodoo Grill, Drusilla; Thursday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m., dancing, George’s Restaurant, 15321 George O’Neal.

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE (MANDEVILLE) SINGLES: (985) 656-1953 or (985) 863-7492.

SINGLE ADULT FRIENDS ENCOURAGE: For singles 50+ in the Hammond area. (985) 340-3015. Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m., Ciruti Fellowship Hall, behind First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise, Hammond. General meeting for the outreach support group.

SLIDELL CHRISTIAN SINGLES: http://www.scsingles.eboard.com or (985) 646-1953 or (985) 590-1063.

TAMMANY CHRISTIAN SINGLES: tammanysingles@yahoo.com.

TANGI CHRISTIAN RE-SINGLES: (225) 567-9567.