FRIDAY

  • FAIRIES IN THE GARDEN: 11 a.m.-noon public viewing, Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. A Standard Flower Show presented by the Baton Rouge Garden Club. Free.

GHOSTS OF GOVERNORS PAST: 7 P.M.-10 P.M., OLD GOVERNOR’S MANSION, 502 NORTH BLVD. AN INTERACTIVE COCKTAIL PARTY HIGHLIGHTING THE GOVERNORS WHO ONCE RESIDED IN THE OLD GOVERNOR’S MANSION. $35. FHL.ORG

“BEYOND BALLET”: 7:30 P.M., RIVER CENTER THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, ST. LOUIS STREET. THE SPRING CONCERT OF BATON ROUGE BALLET THEATRE. $30. (225) 766-8379 OR CHRISTY@BATONROUGEBALLET.ORG

SATURDAY

  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 5th and Main streets, downtown.
  • WALK MS - BATON ROUGE MAKES STRIDES: 8 a.m., North Boulevard Town Square. A 5K run and walk to benefit the National MS Society. nmss.org
  • THE 6TH ANNUAL ACTIVE FOR AUTISM 5K RUN/WALK & FUN FEST: 8 a.m.-noon, Louisiana State Police Headquarters, Independence Boulevard. There will be entertainment, vendor booths and children’s activities. (225) 216-7474 or fhfgbr.org
  • 10TH ANNUAL SMALL RUMINANT FIELD DAY: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Maurice A. Edmonds Livestock Arena, Southern University. Event open to anyone who is involved with goat and sheep production or interested in learning more about raising small ruminants. Free. (225) 771-3841 or SUAgCenter.com
  • 3RD ANNUAL GO TEAL OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS WALK: 8:30 a.m., LSU Tiger Park. Opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., walk follows at 10 a.m. There will be a celebration at 11 a.m. with food, drinks and entertainment. geauxteal.com
  • MONUMENTS & METAPHORS BIKE TOUR: 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Free.
  • “THE LITTLE THEATRE THAT COULD”: 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. A talk by Jack Lampert, educational director of Theatre Baton Rouge. Free. (225) 924-8921
  • SPRING SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center, LSU AgCenter, LSU campus. $5, to benefit LaHouse programming. (225) 578-7913 or LSUAgCenter.com/LaHouse
  • CAMP FAIR AND SUMMER VACATION EXPO: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., BREC’s Team Automotive Sportsplex, Perkins Road. (225) 292-0032
  • ANNUAL SPRING BONSAI SHOW: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Park Blvd. There will be bonsai trees for sale, a bonsai tree raffle and a lecture/demonstration at 2 p.m. (225) 272-6744
  • AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH LECTURE: 1 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 S. River Road. Autism Speaks will present the lecture to address the importance of appreciating the unique aspects of all people. Free. USSKIDD.com
  • JEROMY PRUITT APPEARANCE: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Old State Capitol, 100 North Boulevard. Meet one of the star’s of History’s “Swamp People” at this special event in conjunction with the exhibit, “Alligators: Dragons in Paradise.” Refreshments served. Free.
  • ISLAMIC CENTER OF BATON ROUGE AND MSA @ LSU BLOOD DRIVE: 2 p.m.-8 p.m., 820 W. Chimes St. Also, free health screening, free barbecue, and T-shirt for donors. (225) 955-8970
  • BATON ROUGE CONTRA DANCE: basics 4:45 p.m., dance 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive. $6. (225) 803-9194
  • BOCAGE CULTURAL DISTRICT AND N THE ART SPACE SPRING ART HOP: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., N the Art Space, Buildings B, C and G, 7809 Jefferson Highway. 37 open art studios, 10 guest artists, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge tent, refreshments by Cupcake Allie and live music. (225) 324-8936 or ntheartspace.net
  • SIDRA BELL DANCE NEW YORK: 8 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Performance by experimental dance company. $30. (225) 344-0334 or www.manshiptheatre.org

SUNDAY

  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Featuring music by Colin Lake, in conjunction with Louisiana Earth Day. acgbr.com
  • LOUISIANA SINFONIETTA: 2 p.m., LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive. Season finale concert. $15, adults; $5, students. (335) 578-4010 or (225) 766-3487

MUSIC IN THE PARK: 2 P.M.-5 P.M., JAMBALAYA PARK, GONZALES. IN CASE OF RAIN, CONCERT MOVES TO THE GONZALES CIVIC CENTER, IRMA BOULEVARD. HOSTED BY THE CITY OF GONZALES AND THE MAYOR’S COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS. NATHAN AND THE ZYDECO CHA CHAS WILL PERFORM. FREE.

BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND SPRING CONCERT: 3 P.M., FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 529 CONVENTION ST. THE MUSICAL THEME IS “SCENES AND LANDSCAPES.” FREE. BRCB.ORG

MONDAY

  • LSU COMPOSERS FORUM CONCERT: 4 p.m., LSU School of Music Recital Hall. Free.
  • EGYPT LECTURE: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. A lecture by Salima Ikram, archaeologist, author and professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo. Free.

TUESDAY

  • CIVIL WAR’S END COOKING CLASS: 10 a.m.-noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Participants will work with two cooks, living history food historian Gayle Smith and West Baton Rouge Museum teacher Linda Collins. The cooks will demonstrate open hearth cooking techniques using substitute ingredients. wbrmuseum.org
  • JUST LISTEN TO YOURSELF: noon-1:30 p.m., State Library, 701 N. 4th St. A presentation of Louisiana poets by the state’s Poet Laureate, Ava Leavell Haymon. avahaymon@me.com

GARDENING JACKPOT: 6:30 P.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, 708 S. IRMA AVE., GONZALES. FREE PLANTS, AND INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DAN GILL, LSU PROFESSOR OF HORTICULTURE AND AUTHOR OF REGIONAL GARDENING BOOKS. (225) 647-3955

  • THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Firehouse Gallery, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. $7.

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

  • ROMEO + JULIET: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Final production in Of Moving Colors’ 2014-15 season. $15-$35. (225) 344-0334 or manshiptheatre.org

WEDNESDAY

  • KIDS’ NIGHT: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., La Davina Italian Cafe, 3535 Perkins Road. Weekly event to feature local children’s authors. “From an Acorn to an Oak: The Story of Rooty Eike” author Angela Q. Bertonne will present. No purchase required.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 3

  • THE BOOK CLUB PLAY:
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Reilly Thetare, Tower Drive, LSU. A Swine Palace production. $15-$30; Wednesday is pay-what-you-can night. (225) 578-3527 or swinepalace.org
  • “RACY”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, HopKins Black Box Theatre, Coates Hall, LSU. An LSU Communication Studies Department presentation. Donations accepted. (225) 578-4172

THURSDAY

  • PENNINGTON: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorRed Stick Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon, behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center (enter from Kenilworth Boulevard). Seasonal produce and baked goods.

SKETCH AND DRAW HERBS: 6:30 P.M., BURDEN CONFERENCE CENTER, 4560 ESSEN LANE. TAUGHT BY ARTIST CAROLYN BOWMAN. SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED. DISCOVERBURDEN.COM

BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY MASTERWORKS SERIES: 7:30 P.M., RIVER CENTER THEATRE,ST. LOUIS ST. FEATURING MEZZO SOPRANO SONJA BRUZAUSKAS, BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY CHORUS AND CHORUS MASTER DAVID SHALER. (225) 383-0500 OR BRSO.ORG

THURSDAY-MAY 3

  • “THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES”: 7:30 pm. Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A New Venture Theatre production. $20; group rates available. (225) 588-7576 or newventuretheatre.org

UPCOMING

  • LIVINGSTON COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, Denham Springs Meal Site, 949 Government Drive. $6, person; $10, couple. (225) 664-9344

ONGOING

  • ARTS COUNCIL OF BATON ROUGE’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 427 Laurel St. “Succeeding Surface: Works by Liz Coffey & M. Robin Wall,” through Friday.
  • BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. “The Real-life Experience Juried High School Exhibition,” through April 30. Free. (225) 383-1470 or batonrougegallery.org
  • CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. CAAWS.org
  • CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. CAAWS.org
  • CAT ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. (225) 636-2680
  • DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. $125 adoption fee. Sponsored by Yelp! BR. (225) 485-9200
  • THE GALLERY AT MANSHIP THEATRE: 100 Lafayette St. “VINTAGE,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Baton Rouge artist Gary Noel, through May 20. manshiptheatre.org
  • FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Unnamed exhibit showcases the work of brother-sister duo Janene Grodesky and Scott Grodesky, through Tuesday. (225) 769-0582 or fwgallery.net
  • LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. “Monuments & Metaphors: Art in Public Spaces,” through June 28. “Emerson Bell: A Tribute,” through June 21.

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: 100 North Blvd. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500. “Associated Women in the Arts,” art show and sale, through May 3. “Alligators: Dragons in Paradise,” through June 6.

lsu museum of art: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy” and “Venice Traces: The Art of Sandra Russell Clark,” through Sunday. “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” through Aug. 2. lsumoa.org

pet adoptions: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.

  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
  • WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Talented Art Student Exhibition,” through April 30. “When the Cannons Fell Silent,” exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War, through Aug. 16.

Compiled by Leslie D. Rose