FRIDAY

  • BIG BABY’S LITERACY TOUR: 9 a.m., Goodwood Main Branch Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.; 10:30 a.m., FYSC, 1120 Government St.; 11:45 a.m., Exxon Mobile YMCA, 7717 Harding Blvd. Los Angeles Clipper Glen Davis will travel through Baton Rouge with the library’s mobile unit to bring books and promote literacy to children in the community. Presented by The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation. gbbdf.org

STORIES IN ART: 10:30 A.M., LSU MUSEUM OF ART, SHAW CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 100 LAFAYETTE ST. EARLY ART AND LITERACY PROGRAM FOR PRE-SCHOOL AGE AND YOUNGER. FREE. LSUMOA.ORG

SODA POP SCIENCE: 2 P.M., WATSON BRANCH LIBRARY, 36581 OUTBACK ROAD, DENHAM SPRINGS. AGES 8-11 WILL LEARN SOME COOL PROPERTIES OF SODA, HAVE FUN WITH EXPLODING EXPERIMENTS, AND EXPERIMENT WITH MAKING A FIZZY DRINK. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. FREE. (225) 664-3963 OR LIVINGSTON.LIB.LA.US

KATHLEEN LEMOINE & SHERYL SOUTHWICK OPENING RECEPTION: 6 P.M.-9 P.M., FW GALLERY, 8501 HIGHLAND ROAD. OPENING RECEPTION FOR A NEW EXHIBIT FEATURING KATHLEEN LEMOINE AND SHERYL SOUTHWICK. THE WORK WILL HANG THROUGH AUG. 23 AND CAN BE VIEWED 10 A.M.-5 P.M. TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND 10 A.M.-3 P.M. FREE. (225) 769-0582

BOWLING WITH BABY: 7 P.M., QUARTERS-ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT, 4530 S. SHERWOOD FOREST BLVD. THE GLEN “BIG BABY” DAVIS FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE SECOND ANNUAL BOWLING WITH BABY AND FRIENDS TOURNAMENT. LIVE MUSIC WITH MICHAEL FOSTER PROJECT & DJ SUPAMIKE, LAZER TAG AND BOWLING. PRE-SALE TICKETS STARTING AT $20. (225) 330-4924 OR QUARTERSBR.COM

SUNSET PADDLE: 7:30 P.M., MILFORD J. WAMPOLD PARK, STANFORD BOULEVARD. KAYAKS, CANOES AND PADDLEBOARDS AVAILABLE ON A LIMITED BASIS. AMATEUR TO INTERMEDIATE SKILLS REQUIRED. AGES 12 AND OLDER. $10 PER BOAT. EMAIL OUTDOORADVENTURE@BREC.ORG.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • ‘AIDA’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Performance by New Venture Theatre. $25. (225) 344-0334
  • ‘ROMEO & JULIET’: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive, LSU campus. A Swine Palace SummerFest production. $10. swinepalace.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY AND THURSDAY

  • ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Pasqua Theatre, 831 Felicity St., Gonzales. An Ascension Community Theatre production. (225) 647-1230

FRIDAY, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY

  • NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROJECT: 10 a.m.-noon Friday, the Leo S. Butler Community Center; Monday, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Scotlandville; Wednesday, Gardere Initiative Building. LSU Museum of Art brings free accessible art making to serve more than 75 children and families each day. Free. (225) 389-7207 or lsumoa.com

SATURDAY

  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 501 Main St. Local food, produce and more for sale. Just Peachy fest. http://breada.org/main/">breada.org
  • PADDLE UP 3: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Tickfaw State Park, Springfield. Transportation and equipment provided. Intermediate paddling program. Ages 8 and older. $15 per person with own transportation; $20 with BREC transportation. Email outdooradventure@brec.org.
  • CAMP WORDCRAFT: 10 a.m., Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Ages 10-18 can attend the mini-camp that offers a foray into creativity while enriching writing skills for personal and academic success. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch. Space is limited, so registration is required. Free. (225) 665-8118
  • ART FOR FAMILIES-COLLAGE: 10:30 a.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. $3; free, museum members. lsumoa.org
  • BIG BABY’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY: 11 a.m., Star Hill Church, 1400 North Foster Drive. Presented by The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation.
  • LSU STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Students enrolled in LIS7800, the Art and Practice of Library Storytelling in LSU School of Library and Information Science will open the event by telling traditional folktales. Following the students’ presentations, attendees of the event are invited to share their own stories at 1 p.m. Free. (225) 389-7207 or lsumoa.com
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Sponsored by the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992

STOCK CAR RACING ON DIRT: 8 P.M., BATON ROUGE RACEWAY, 17700 PLANK ROAD. $12, ADULTS; $5, CHILDREN; FREE, CHILDREN AGES 6 AND YOUNGER. (225) 774-4524

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • BATON ROUGE ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Seven vendors selling plants, and exhibits from orchid societies. Free. batonrougeorchidsociety.com

KIDS’ LAB: 10:15 A.M., NOON AND 2 P.M. SATURDAY, AND 1:30 P.M. AND 3 P.M. SUNDAY, LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM, 100 RIVER ROAD S. CHILDREN AGES 6-12 AND THEIR CAREGIVERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN HANDS-ON CHEMISTRY ACTIVITIES. FREE WITH GENERAL ADMISSION. LASM.ORG

SUNDAY

  • PET ADOPTIONS: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Sponsored by the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
  • FAMILY DAY: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Bastille Day celebration featuring French food, music, art demonstrations and hands-on activities. Free. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15.

MONDAY

  • KOOL KINETICS: 2 p.m., Watson Branch Library, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. Ages 6-11 will explore different forms of energy through crafts and games such as pendulum painting and marble racing. Space is limited, so registration is required. Free. (225) 664-3963 or livingston.lib.la.us

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY

  • IF ROCKS COULD SING: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., (225) 231-3740; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Eden Park Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, (225) 231-3240; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., Zachary, (225) 658-1840. Reading of “If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet” and rock presentation by a member of the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society. Free.

TUESDAY

  • GALAXY SHIRTS: 2 p.m., Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Ages 12-18 can create a unique design at the DIY Galaxy Shirt program and have snacks. Register in advance to specify your T-shirt size. Free. (225) 665-8118

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY

  • TWILIGHT TOURS: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. A guided ride through the zoo, an animal encounter at the Wildlife Safari Theatre and an evening snack. $16, adults and teens; $13, children 2-12. There is limited space available, and pre-registration is required. Register online. brzoo.org

TUESDAY-THURSDAY

  • ‘SNOW WHITE’: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Greenwell Springs Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, (225) 274-4440; 1 p.m. Tuesday, Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., (225) 763-2240; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., (225) 231-3740; 10 a.m. Wednesday, River Center Library, 120 St. Louis St., (225) 389-4967; 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jones Creek Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road, (225) 756-1140; 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Fairwood Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway, (225) 924-9384; 1 p.m. Thursday, Zachary Library, 1900 Church St., Zachary, (225) 658-1840; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Central Library, 11260 Joor Road, (225) 262-2640. Performance by the Tri-Parish Ballet. Free.

WEDNESDAY

  • RED STICK MOBILE FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway. Produce, recipes and food sampling. ebr.lib.la.us
  • MOVE WITH ME: 10 a.m., Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs, (225) 665-8118; 2 p.m., Watson Branch Library (Livingston Parish), 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs, (225) 664-3963. Kids can help bring stories to life with movement inspired by yoga, tai chi, and creativity. For all ages. Free.
  • WILDERNESS SKILLS: 2 p.m., Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Learn how to survive in the wilderness with Jonathon Pinckard from the Louisiana School of Bushcraft. Free. (225) 665-8118
  • WOMEN AND WINE ON WEDNESDAYS: 5:30 p.m., Bar Louie, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd. Networking for women. Free. womenwinewednesday.com

SUMMER SOUNDS AT ST. JAMES CONCERT SERIES: 7 P.M., ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 205 N. FOURTH ST. FEATURING TOPSY CHAPMAN AND SOLID HARMONY. RECEPTION FOLLOWS THE CONCERT. $10; FREE, COLLEGE STUDENTS. (225) 387-5141

THURSDAY

  • FAMILY COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m., Watson Branch Library, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. Anne Milneck, owner and certified chef from Red Stick Spice Company, will teach participants how to cook with quinoa. All ingredients will be provided. Space is limited, so registration is required. Free. (225) 664-3963 or livingston.lib.la.us
  • ‘IMPRESSIONISM IN PARIS AROUND 1900’: noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Talk by Katie Pohl, LSU Museum of Art’s new art historian and curator. Free.
  • PENDULUM PAINTING: 2 p.m., Watson Branch Library 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. Ages 12-18 will watch a classic Edgar Allen Poe film and create pendulum paintings. Space is limited, so registration is required. Free. (225) 664-3963 or livingston.lib.la.us
  • KLIEBERT’S ALLIGATORS & MORE: 6 p.m., Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Children ages 4 and older will see alligators, turtles, nutria, and more courtesy of Kliebert’s Alligator Farm. Free. (225) 665-8118
  • MARGARET STONES PANEL DISCUSSION: 6 p.m., LSU Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. Gresdna Doty, Paul Murrill, Lowell Urbatsch and Wayne Womack present a special panel discussion exploring “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana.” Reception to follow. Free. (225) 389-7207
  • ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10107 Park Rowe Circle. Free, family-friendly event with live music by the Chris Leblanc Band. (225) 767-2000

ONGOING

  • BREC SPLASH PADS: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City-Brooks, Forest and Greenwood Community Parks. Open through October.
  • LIVINGSTON PARISH CHILDREN’S CHORUS: New Convenant Church, Denham Springs. Fall semester begins Aug. 12. Apprentice choir for children in grades K-3 meets 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Chorus for grades 3-10 meets 6 p.m. Tuesday. lpccsing.org or (225) 247-5555

lsu museum of art: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “The Visual Blues,” through Sunday. “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection,” on display through Aug. 3. “Nari Ward: Rooted Communities,” on display through Aug. 10. lsumoa.org

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. “American Brilliant Cut Glass:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color A Silver Lining” and “Herman Mhire - Emilio Garcia:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The Art and Science of Shells,” Saturday through Sept. 24. $7.25 for adults; $6.25 for children ages 2-12 and seniors age 65 and older; $5 for groups of 15 or more. College students with ID and museum members are admitted free. (225) 344-5272 or lasm.org

  • LOUISIANA’S OLD STATE CAPITOL: 100 North Blvd. An exhibit of some of the outstanding works of the late photographer Fonville Winans will be on view through Saturday. (225) 342-0500
  • 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.
  • 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
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through 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. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
  • WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. Offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. “A Louisianian’s Grand Tour during Belle Époque” exhibit, on display through July 20. “Carving Their Niche: The Bowie Family in Louisiana,” through Aug. 31. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn