• DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER AND JAMBALAYA DINNER: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary. Free test drives from Superior Ford, jambalaya dinners for sale from the Baker Fire Department for $5. (225) 658-6699 or email
  • STORIES IN ART: 10:30 a.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Preschoolers and their families or caregivers will hear a story and participate in a creative activity.
  • LIVE AFTER 5 AND CRAWFISH KING COOKOFF: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Galvez Plaza, North Boulevard. Community crawfish boil competition to benefit Junior Achievement of Baton Rouge and Big Buddy Program, to be held “backstage” at Live After Five. The winning team will be crowned Crawfish King. This event will have 50 corporate teams boiling for the title. $20 for an all-you-care-to-eat wristband. Free concert features Long Neck Society. (225) 388-9737.
  • SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m., Live Oak United Methodist Church, 34890 La. 16, Watson. Performance by the Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs. Free nursery for children ages 4 and younger during the concert. $5
  • LSU A CAPPELLA CHOIR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m., LSU Union Theater, LSU. (225) 578-5128.


  • ‘DIE FLEDERMAUS’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Johann Strauss’ light-hearted comedy features friendly rivalry, betrayal, mistaken identity and one fantastic party. An Opera Louisiane production. $15-$85. (225) 344-0334 or


  • ‘YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU’: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday; 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. Post-performance discussion on Sunday. $25, individual; $22, groups of 10 or more; $15 student advance. (225) 924-6496 or


  • A WALK WITH THE BIRDS: 7 a.m., Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Lakeside Oaks Ave. Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, visitors will enjoy a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species. Bird-watching tips and techniques will be shared and beginners are welcome. Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended. $3; Free for passes. (225) 757-8905 or
  • HAT RUN: 8 a.m.-noon, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. The Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation sponsors the 5K and 1 mile races to promote skin cancer awareness. The event will include free skin cancer screenings by local dermatologists and a children’s tent will have a “make your own hat” crafts. $20. (225) 927-2273
  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET AND BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 501 Main St. First Saturday with local food, art and fun. Red Stick Sprouts tent for kids ages 12 and younger features a gardening activity. Smiley Anders will be signing copies of his latest book. Art market features handmade gifts and works of art for sale.
  • PLANT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Taught by photographer Ken Wilson. Admission includes lunch, lectures and hands-on presentations. $60. RSVP by Friday. (225) 766-0921.
  • PREMIER LANES USA BOWLING COACHING SEMINAR: 9 a.m., Premier Lanes, 1414 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales. Free youth coaching seminar. Each seminar attendee is provided with coaching materials to take home and the opportunity to earn their USBC Coaching Level 1 certification at no cost (RVP and online course completion required). (817) 385-8339 or
  • SPANISH TOWN HISTORY WALKING TOUR: 9:15 a.m., Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. Tours generally last 60 to 90 minutes. Participants are advised to dress comfortably.
  • CAN THE ARTS BE HELPFUL IN THE SEARCH FOR MEANING?: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 16654 S. Fulwar Skipwith Road. Workshop by Anne Bigger. Bring your own lunch and something to share with the community table. All materials as well as drinks, plates and cups provided. $70, general admission; $55, Baton Rouge Jung Society members; $40, students and seniors. Scholarships available. (225) 763-1230 or email
  • SEERSUCKER AND LINEN SOCIAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., A.Z. Young Park, downtown. Ride through downtown sponsored by Bike BR, lawn games, live jazz, cocktails and cuisine, kids’ village, best dressed awards, wine tastings and more. $20, advance online; $25, at gate; free, children ages 11 and younger and seniors.
  • AUDUBON DAY EVENT: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., McIlhenny Room, Hill Memorial Library, LSU. Includes a special viewing of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America”, selected rare illustrated books and the new traveling exhibition “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance.” (225) 578-6544
  • VIEWING & DOING ART: 10:30 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Patrons are invited to design their own scarab amulet in celebration of 50 years of ancient Egypt at LASM.
  • 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.
  • QUARTERS’ HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO: 11 a.m., Quarters-Endless Entertainment, 4530 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. A day of nutrition, fitness and entertainment. Local businesses will provide literature about becoming healthier and more active.
  • CIVIL WAR WOMEN PERSPECTIVES: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. A historical performance featuring five women who experienced the war first hand including a slave, a soldier, a plantation owner, a southern belle, and a young Acadian girl. (225) 336-2422 or
  • ASCENSION PARISH RELAY FOR LIFE: noon, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Admission is free but teams will be selling food, raffle tickets, drinks and snacks. There will be an antique car show and a mini pot and cracklin competition.
  • BLOCK PARTY: 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Ingleside United Methodist Church, 4264 Capital Heights Ave. Booths, activities, games, music and food. Free. (225) 344-9100
  • RAISE THE WOOF: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Hartley/Vey Theatres, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Three-comedian show starring John Wessling, a silent auction, food and drinks, raffle. Fundraiser for Spay Baton Rouge.
  • BEAT THE ODDS CASINO NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION: 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Capital Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Road. The event will feature casino gaming, food, drinks, silent auction and prizes for the top three winners. All proceeds support programs and services for individuals with mental illness and substance addictions in the community. $50. or (225) 929-7674


  • SPRING DANCE CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Claude L. Shaver Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive. Featuring artistic collaborations between LSU Theatre’s dance program and schools of music and engineering. $18, adults; $15, seniors, faculty and staff; $12, students. (225) 578-3527


  • MOMS AND MILESTONES: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Memorial & Museum, 305 S. River Road. Costume contests in honor of Star Wars Day, Mother’s Day card making station, themed music, games, movies in the theater, and more. Free. (225) 342-1942
  • YELP!BR’S 2ND ANNUAL REUNION 2014: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Burbank Soccer Complex Lake, 12400 Burbank Drive. Family fun, happy reunions and adoptable dogs. The event also features live music, food, face painting, balloons, prizes, T-shirts, family photos. Donations of Pedigree Dry Adult, Small Breed, & canned dog food accepted for Pack the Van. $1-$20 donations accepted for food and activities. (225) 485-9200 or (225) 931-9157
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Sponsored by the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992.
  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Free outdoor concert featuring Jarekus Singleton. (225) 344-8558
  • ROSE SOCIETY SPRING FLING: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., DeRouen Farm, 10030 Lockhart Road, Denham Springs. Garden tours, speakers, rose growing presentations, rose cultivation informations and old garden roses for sale.
  • FREE FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Docent tour 2 p.m. Free admission.
  • FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Free admission to all galleries and reduced admission to planetarium shows.
  • RUNNELS SCHOOL SPRING ART SHOW: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Runnels gym, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. Free. (225) 215-5706
  • MOVIE AND TOUR: 2:30 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Guided tour of the exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” followed by the film “Lincoln.” Free. (225) 336-2422 or
  • SOUNDS OF COMMUNITY CONCERT: 4 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government St. Musical selections performanced by area churches. Freewill donation.
  • SINGO DE MAYO: 7:30 p.m., LSU Union Theater. Annual LSU Musical Theatre Class Broadway showcase. $20. (225) 578-5128


  • AUDITIONS FOR ‘MARY POPPINS’: Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. Adult vocal auditions will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday. Children’s vocal auditions will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Dance auditions will be 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday. All participants must sign up by calling (225) 924-6496.


  • REFLECTIONS IN THE GARDEN: noon, Ione Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. First Monday at Burden lecture series. Bring a lunch; drinks provided. $10; free for BHS members. (225) 763-3990


  • TRAIL TIME FOR TODDLERS: 9:30 a.m., Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Lakeside Oaks Ave. Children, ages 2-5 and their parents/guardians learn about nature through trail walks and themed indoor and outdoor activities. Themes change from week to week, and none are repeated within a calendar year. Participants can choose to attend either the Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session each week. $7.50-$9 per class. (225) 757-8905 or
  • ART & ALZHEIMER’S: 10:30 a.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. A program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families or care partners with trained museum educators highlighting themes, artists and exhibitions. Pre-registration is required. (225) 389-7207
  • MUSIC THERAPY AND DEMENTIA: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Presentation on research done and study underway dealing with music therapy and dementia. Free.


  • DISNEY ON ICE ‘LET’S CELEBRATE!’: 7 p.m., River Center, 275 S. River Road. $9-$67 plus fees.
  • OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE JACK MITCHELL COLLECTION: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Free.
  • ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10107 Park Rowe Circle. Free, family-friendly event with music by Young Band Nation. (225) 767-2000
  • MASTERWORKS VII-CLOSING NIGHT: 7:30 p.m., River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 St Louis St. Performance by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with Yi-Jia Hou, Violin.


  • BEAUREGARD GALLERY AND BISTRO: 715 Europe St. LSU BFA graduates will showcase their latest work though May 31. An opening reception will be held 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Email

brec splash pads: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City-Brooks, Forest and Greenwood Community Parks. Open through October.

Associated Women in the Arts Exhibit: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., New paintings by the exhibiting members of the Associated Women in the Arts will be on view until May 4. Free.

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.

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