Ice skating

Summer ice skating returns to the Baton Rouge River Center Friday, July 8. Sessions run through July 17.

•ON THE INTERNET: http://www.brrivercenter.com

Benefit for VIPS

Tickets are on sale for the Volunteers In Public Schools’ benefit performance of Hairspray, produced by The Baton Rouge Little Theater. The performance is Wednesday, July 13, with a wine and cheese reception and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by curtain at 7:30 p.m. Items to be featured in the silent auction include a jacket signed and worn by former LSU basketball standout Shaquille O’Neal along with tickets to the LSU/Auburn football game. Proceeds benefit VIPS’ EveryBody Reads, EveryOne Counts, Voyage, and Partners In Education programs. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at http://www.vips.ebrschools.org or from any VIPS’ board or advisory member.

For details, call (225) 226-4700.

Volcano sky show

Don’t miss your chance to see Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, a sky show at the Irene Pennington Planetarium. Viewers will follow a team of scientists as they explore the ocean at a depth of 12,000 feet. Call (225) 344-5272 for show times.

FHL awards

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will present its 35th annual Preservation Awards at a special ceremony Tuesday, July 12, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center downtown. For details, call (225) 387-2464.

Summer at the zoo

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has all kinds of family fun planned this summer. Check out the website for details on Zoo Camp for kids, Safari Nights and more. You can also call (225) 775-3877.

•ON THE INTERNET: http://www.brec.org

The Addams Family

Tickets go on sale July 8 for The Addams Family, the newest Broadway show en route to New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson Theater.

•ON THE INTERNET: http://www.MahaliaJacksonTheater.com

Summer art hop

The Mid City Merchants Association will host another art hop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14. For more information on A Mid City Night’s Dream, call (225) 924-6437.

Wine tasting

Help support LSU’s Swine Palace while enjoying a night of fine wines and hors d’oeuvres at a special wine tasting at Reilly Theatre on July 28. Tickets are $40 in advance/$50 at the door. Call (225) 578-9277 for details.

Classic Dog Show

If you’re a dog lover, make plans to attend the Lagniappe Classic Dog Show 2011 Aug. 4-7 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. It’s four full days of all-breed competition in many categories.

•ON THE INTERNET: http://www.louisianakennelclub.org

Steve Martin show

Enjoy an evening of bluegrass and banjo with Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers. Tickets are now on sale for the show, which takes place at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Manship Theatre. Call (225) 344-0334 for details.

If you have an item for Check It Out, email Lisa Tramontana at Ltramontana@theadvocate.com. Deadline is at noon every Monday.