BULLYING DISCUSSION

  • WHAT: Free panel discussion on bullying and open rehearsal for New Venture Theatre’s “Choir Boy.”
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14
  • WHERE: Hartley/Vey Workshop in the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: (225) 588-7576 or newventuretheatre.org
  • DETAILS: New Venture’s marketing direcotr Tyshawn Clark will facilitate the discussion, which is being held in response to recent cases of bullying. Select scenes and songs from “Choir Boy” will be performed. Artistic Director Greg Williams will also discuss how the show’s themes resonate with issues dealing with bullying and how all can help with this problem. “Choir Boy” will be performed at the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre Oct. 23-26.

NIGHT OF PROMISE

  • WHAT: Nu Gamma Omega Chapter will honor state Reps. Helena Moreno and Alfred C. Williams and the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Beth Meeks.
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16
  • WHERE: LSU Rural Life Museum Visitors Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge
  • TICKETS/INFO: $50. akanugammaomega.com or (225) 603-2470
  • DETAILS: The advocates are being recognized for their service in the fight against domestic violence in Louisiana, and will receive the chapter’s inaugural Aleria’s Promise Domestic Violence Advocacy awards, named in honor of the chapter’s domestic violence initiative.

COSTUME DRIVE

  • WHAT: Halloween costume drive to benefit Big Buddy
  • WHEN: Until Saturday, Oct. 25
  • WHERE: Party Paradise in Drusilla Shopping Center; Party City, 9681 Airline Highway and 7054 Siegen Lane; Laurel Lea Barbershop, 8879 Highland Road, Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: info@1031consortium.com
  • DETAILS: Bring new or gently used children’s costumes, which will be donated to the youth served by the Big Buddy Program.

QUILT VIEWING

  • WHAT: Comfort Makers Boutique Open House & Viewing
  • WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19
  • WHERE: Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 12364 La. 416, Lakeland
  • DETAILS: View handmade quilts to be given to children with cancer and other illnesses. There also will be items for sale, including children’s quilts, baby items, holiday items and more. A fall quilt will be raffled.

CANDIDATES FORUM

  • WHAT: Forum for U.S. Senate and 6th District Congressional candidates
  • WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16
  • WHERE: Jefferson Baptist Church, 9135 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge
  • DETAILS: Hosted by civic associations. Doors open for meet and greet at 6 p.m.

MANSION GALA

  • WHAT: 16th annual Old Governor’s Mansion Gala to benefit The Foundation for Historical Louisiana and highlight preservation of endangered treasures of the Louisiana coast
  • WHEN: 7:30-11 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5
  • WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.
  • TICKETS: $100 for FHL members, $125 for nonmembers. fhl.org. Call Carolyn Bennett at (225) 387-2464 for sponsor information or Vicki Spurlock for silent auction items at (225) 387-2464.
  • DETAILS: The theme, “Celebrating Louisiana’s Coastal Treasures,” will highlight historically significant architectural and cultural treasures, such as endangered lighthouses, forts, estuaries, reefs, sea life, seafood and lands along Louisiana’s coastline. A replica pirate ship will be stationed at the mansion’s front door, setting the stage for seafaring coastal history and the infamous Jean Lafitte. FHL, which is headquartered at the Old Governor’s Mansion and operates the historic building as a museum and an events venue, works to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Louisiana. The event will include 25 local restaurants and caterers, a complimentary bar and live music by the Phat Hat and Michael Liuzza & Company in the Rose Garden. In addition, more than 100 items have been donated for the silent auction. The signature silent donation is a quartz and diamond ring from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. A signature raffle will be held at $50 per ticket for a 36-inch strand of black pearls with aquamarine pendent and earring suite donated by Anton, Ltd., of New Orleans and Beverly Hills, and a quartz and diamond ring from Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry. A prize will be awarded for the best “coastal” costume.