Cancer awareness

It’s time for “Laughter Through the Cancer Journey.”

WHAT: A Night for Colon Cancer Awareness presented by Get Your Rear in Gear and Cancer Services.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.



DETAILS: Brenda Elsagher, national speaker, comedian, cancer survivor and author, will speak. Doctors will be on hand to answer questions. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Legends Gala

Louisiana Public Broadcasting honors some of Louisiana’s best.

WHAT: 23rd annual Louisiana Legends Gala.

WHEN: Thursday; 6:30 p.m., cocktail reception; 8 p.m., awards ceremony followed by dessert reception.

WHERE: Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd.

TICKETS & INFO: $150 each or $275 per couple. Call (225) 767-4214, visit or buy at the door.

DETAILS: Honorees for 2013 are Kitty Kimball, former chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; O. Delton Harrison Jr., philanthropist and arts advocate; C. Paul Hilliard, Lafayette oil and gas producer and arts advocate; Ellis Marsalis, renowned jazz musician and educator; and Glen Post, CEO and president of CenturyLink.

Heritage Lecture

Interested in preserving Louisiana’s landscape, particularly its coast?

WHAT: Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture, “Coastal Environment in Louisiana.”

WHEN: Thursday; 6 p.m., refreshments; 6:30 p.m., lecture.

WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd., East Room.

ADMISSION: Free to FHL members and $10 for guests.

INFORMATION: (225) 387-2464 or visit

DETAILS: Gregory Grandy, environmental manager, landscape architect and volunteer environmental educator, will speak on his lifework, the preservation of Louisiana’s coastline. Calandro’s Fine Wines and Select Cellars will provide the refreshments.

Scouts fundraiser

Help the Boy Scouts of America Istrouma Area Council.

WHAT: Council’s annual fundraiser, “A Night of Character.”

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: LSU Rural Life Museum, 4560 Essen Lane.

TICKETS & INFO: $75 per person. Call Dayna Gremillion at (225) 926-2697 or visit

DETAILS: The event will include silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and drinks, and musical entertainment by the swamp pop and Cajun band, Tout Les Soir. Proceeds will benefit the council’s Character Program for at-risk youth in the community.

‘Beat the Odds’

Enjoy a casino night and help the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge.

WHAT: MHA’s fourth annual “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Silent Auction.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Capitol Park Welcome Center, 702 N. River Road.

TICKETS & INFO: $75 per person. Call (225) 929-7674.

DETAILS: The event will feature casino gaming with play money, food, drinks and prizes for the top three winners. All proceeds will support programs and services for individuals with mental illness and substance addictions in the greater Baton Rouge area.