To submit event and entertainment items for the Bon Temps calendar, email details to fun@theadvocate.com or fax to (225) 388-0351. Deadline is noon Monday.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

  • FUN AT THE FLEA MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5905 Florida Blvd. Deep South, Kajun Korner, NFL shop, Nita’s Pralines, plants, furniture and café .
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive, Baton Rouge. .http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • MUSIC, REFLECTION AT ST. JAMES: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Parish Hall parlor, St. James Episcopal Church, 208 N. 4th St. Advent seasonal meditations over lunch with musicians providing ambient performances to highlight the Advent experience. Box lunches available for $10, or bring your own. Featured artist is vocalist René Singleton. http://www.stjamesbr.org.
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m., End of the Boulevard at the Mall of Louisiana. http:www.caabr.org.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12.
  • RINGING IN CHRISTMAS: 6-7:30 p.m., Whealdon Estates, 8680 Jefferson Highway. With Elvis impersonator Jay Dupuis. RSVP: (225) 927-7557.
  • ICE SKATING: 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com
  • PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana; and 5:30-8 p.m., Petsmart, Millerville Road. http://www.projectpurr.org.
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON, WBR: 5:30 -9:30 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Drive-through light display. $1 per person. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
  • SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.
  • HERMAN JACKSON SWING HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Big band swing performing holiday favorites. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. BRLT stages Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of redemption. $25, general admission; $13, students with ID. http://www.brlt.org.
  • LECTURE SERIES: 7:30 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Evening sky viewing, 8:30 p.m. Free. (225) 768-9948.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. Fresh seasonal vegetables and other homegrown and homemade food for sale. Also holiday music, food, and arts and crafts included during this Saturday’s market. (225) 267-5060.
  • BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets, downtown. Original artwork for sale by more than 60 participating artists. Held in conjunction with Red Stick Farmer’s Market. http://www.artsbr.org.
  • FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS DOG ADOPTIONS: 8 a.m.-noon, Arts Market, downtown Baton Rouge. http://www.friendsoftheanimalsbr.com.
  • PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 8 a.m.-noon, Arts Market, downtown Baton Rouge; noon-4 p.m. Mall of Louisiana; and noon-3 p.m., Honeymoon Bungalow, 3153 Government St., and 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Petsmart, Millerville Road. http://www.projectpurr.org.
  • BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9-10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, 190 Lee Drive. Two breakfast sessions. Reservations required. (225) 769-0005.
  • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILMS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd. Free Christmas movies screened for kids with regular paid admission to the museum. Movie schedule can be found at http://www.usskidd.com.
  • ST. MARGARET’S MARKET: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 12663 Perkins Road, across from Calandro’s Supermarket. Produce, arts/crafts and technology products. (225) 747-0119.
  • ICE SKATING: 9:30 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • CAT HAVEN ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PetSmart, Airline Highway; and noon-6 p.m., Cat Haven Adoption Center 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. Pet Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., PetSmart, Airline Highway. Proceeds benefit Cat Haven. http://www.cathaven.org.
  • FUN AT THE FLEA MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5905 Florida Blvd. Deep South, Kajun Korner, NFL shop, Nita’s Pralines, plants, furniture and café .
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2680 Progress Road near the Baton Rouge Airport; and noon-4 p.m., Boulevard at Mall of Louisiana. http://www.caabr.org.
  • MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Adalié Brent Auditorium, Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Entertaining, interactive program for young children and families. Free for LASM members and is included in the general price of admission for nonmembers.
  • CAAWS CAT, DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive; and Airline PetSmart. http://www.caaws.org.
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive, Baton Rouge; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. BRLT stages Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of redemption. $25, general admission; $13, students with ID. http://www.brlt.org.
  • THE NUTCRACKER, A TALE FROM THE BAYOU: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. A Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre production. $20-$42. (800) 745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • DALE BROWN BOOK SIGNING: 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court. Former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown signs his recent book Getting over the Four Hurdles of Life.
  • YOUNG BAND NATION WINTER JAM: 5 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Nine bands on one event, showcasing Baton Rouge student musicians. $15. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12. http://www.brzoo.org
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON, WBR: 5:30-9:30 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Drive-through light display. $1 per person. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
  • SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

  • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILMS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd. Free Christmas movies screened for kids with regular paid admission to the museum. Movie schedule can be found at http://www.usskidd.com.
  • FUN AT THE FLEA MARKET: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 5905 Florida Blvd.. Deep South, Kajun Korner, NFL shop, Nita’s Pralines, plants, furniture and café .
  • PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., PetSmart, Airline Highway. Proceeds benefit Cat Haven. http://www.cathaven.org.
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2680 Progress Road near the Baton Rouge Airport; and 1-4 p.m., Boulevard of Mall of Louisiana. http://www.caabr.org.
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive, Baton Rouge. http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • CAAWS CAT, KITTEN ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m., Siegen PetSmart, 10527 S. Mall Drive. http://www.caaws.org.
  • FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m., Orvis, Perkins Rowe, http://www.friendsoftheanimals.org.
  • PROJECT PURR ADOPTIONS: 1-4 p.m., Mall of Louisiana and Petsmart, Millerville Road. http://www.projectpurr.org.
  • THE NUTCRACKER, A TALE FROM THE BAYOU: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. A Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre production. $20-$42. (800) 745-3000 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL: 2 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. BRLT stages Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of redemption. $25, general admission; $13, students with ID. http://www.brlt.org.
  • ICE SKATING: 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com
  • FESTIVAL OF LESSONS, CAROLS: 5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. 4th St. Christmas service of readings, choral anthems and congregational carols in the format of King’s College, Cambridge. Free. http://www.stjamesbr.org.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12. http://www.brzoo.org.
  • HOLIDAY FILMS: 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Evening screening of Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life. $5 . http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

MONDAY, DEC. 19

  • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILMS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd. Free Christmas movies screened for kids with regular paid admission to the museum. Movie schedule can be found at http://www.usskidd.com.
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2680 Progress Road near the Baton Rouge Airport. http://www.caabr.org.
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive; http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • CAT HAVEN ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m.,Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. http://www.cathaven.org.
  • ICE SKATING: 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12. http://www.brzoo.org.
  • PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana. http://www.projectpurr.org.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20

  • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILMS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd. Free Christmas movies screened for kids with regular paid admission to the museum. Movie schedule can be found at http://www.usskidd.com.
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2680 Progress Road near the Baton Rouge Airport; http://www.caabr.org.
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive; noon-4:30 p.m., Petsmart, Millerville Road. http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • CAT HAVEN ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m., Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. http://www.cathaven.org.
  • ICE SKATING: 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com
  • PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana. http://www.projectpurr.org.
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON, WBR: 5:30-9 p.m. West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Drive-through light display. $1 per person. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12. http://www.brzoo.org.
  • CAAWS CAT, KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 6-8 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.
  • PHINEAS AND FERB LIVE TOUR: 6:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Disney adventure show. $25-$63. (800) 745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21

  • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILMS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd. Free Christmas movies screened for kids with regular paid admission to the museum. Movie schedule can be found at http://www.usskidd.com.
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2680 Progress Road near the Baton Rouge Airport; http://www.caabr.org.
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive; http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • HOLIDAY FILMS: 11 a.m., White Christmas; 2 p.m., Home Alone; 8 p.m., Gremlins, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Holiday film screenings of classic movies. $5 per film, or $10 “pick 3 package.” http://www.manshiptheatre.org.
  • CAT HAVEN ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m., Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. http://www.cathaven.org.
  • ICE SKATING: 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • PHINEAS, FERB LIVE TOUR: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Disney adventure show. $25-$63. (800) 745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12. http://www.brzoo.org.
  • PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana. http://www.projectpurr.org.
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON, WBR: 5:30 -9 p.m. West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Drive-through light display. $1 per person. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22

  • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILMS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd. Free Christmas movies screen for kids with regular paid admission to the museum. Movie schedule can be found at http://www.usskidd.com.
  • ICE SKATING: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Ninety-minute skating sessions. (225) 389-3093 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
  • COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2680 Progress Road near the Baton Rouge Airport; http://www.caabr.org.
  • YELP DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Yelp House, 3205 Lanier Drive. http://www.yelpbr.com.
  • CAT HAVEN ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m., Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. http://www.cathaven.org.
  • HOLIDAY FILMS: 2 p.m., Polar Express; 7 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Holiday film screenings of classic movies. $5 per film, or $10 “pick 3 package.” http://www.manshiptheatre.org.
  • ZOOLIGHTS: 5-8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Lights displays featuring zoo animals throughout the zoo. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, children ages 2-12. http://www.brzoo.org.
  • PROJECT PURR CAT ADOPTIONS: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana. http://www.projectpurr.org.
  • REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON, WBR: 5:30-9 p.m., West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen. Drive-through light display. $1 per person. http://www.westbatonrouge.net.
  • SICK GIRL AND OTHER FREAKS OF NATURE: 7 p.m., Manship Theare’s Hartley-Vey Studio, 100 Lafayette St. One-woman comedy show featuring New York comedian and Baton Rouge native Katie East. Recommended for those 18 and older. $16.50. (225) 344-0334 or http://www.manshiptheatre.org.
  • BLACK TIE GALA FUNDRAISER FOR MCKINLEY MIDDLE: 7-11 p.m., Lyceum Dean Ballroom, Third Street. “A Black Tie Affair” fundraiser will benefit costs associated with a planned student school trip to Beijing, China. The gala event features music from U4Ria, featuring The Hip Hop Doc, Rani Whitfield, and food prepared from area chefs. Tickets $50 per person, available by contacting the school. (225) 388-0089.

OUTDOORS

ONGOING

  • ANN CONNELLY FINE ART: 4221 Perkins Road, (225) 927-7676. Hand blown glass items by Jame Vella, paintings by Donna West, hand cut paper pieces by Caroline Coe. Through the holiday season.
  • ART GU MBO CENTER: 1835 N. Magnolia St., Gonzales. Open Tues.-Sat. Noon- 6 p.m., (225) 644-6131. Art created by local artists on sale through December, including paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, crafts. Gumbo Center is a program of the River Region Art Association.
  • ATRIUM, BELLE OF BATON ROUGE: 103 France St. Christmas Wonderland Extravaganza, through Friday, Dec. 23. Christmas scenes and light shows throughout the Atrium at the Belle of Baton Rouge. Santa’s Workshop: $10, adults; $5, children; Workshop and laser light show: $15, adults; $8, children. (800) 467-2001.
  • THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Angels and Cherubs, through Jan. 7, 2012. Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Reservations required.
  • THE GHOST OF THE CASTLE: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. A theatrical presentation depicting Civil War-era figure Sarah Morgan telling of the history of the building. Will run daily during business hours.
  • LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: e_SHrS e_SHrS Birds in Art from the Permanent Collection. Also, Forces of Nature: Selections from the Frederic R. Weisman Art Foundation. Exhibition showcases 74 artworks in diverse media, through Jan. 15, 2012; Woodcuts by Jacques Hnizdovsky from the Permanent Collections, woodcut art, through Jan. 8, 2012. P lanetarium shows: “Wild Ocean,” through Dec. 31; “One World One Sky, Big Bird’s Adventure,” through May 31, 2012; “Life, A Cosmic Story,” “Led Zeppelin,” “Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon,” “Season of Light” and “Digital Universe,” all through May 31, 2012. For times, visit http://www.lasm.org.
  • LOUISIANA VETERANS HALL OF HONOR: permanent exhibit, USS Kidd, River Road downtown. Dedicated to service men and women who have had outstanding military careers. Each person is a Louisiana native. (225) 342-1942.
  • LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Under the Big Top!, collection of toys, fine art dedicated to circus themes, through Dec. 31.
  • LSU SCHOOL OF ART: Foster Art Gallery, LSU campus, Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition, through Friday, Dec. 16. Graduation day reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Free.
  • OLD STATE CAPITOL: 101 North Blvd. (225) 342-0500. Exhibition of paintings by Rolland Golden, River and Reverie. Exhibition runs through Dec. 22 and Jan. 16-March 10, 2012. Free.
  • UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE: Hilliard Art Museum, 850 new objects to its collections of local, national, and international artists. Featuring Uros House, lighting sculpture, through 2011; Fabulous Flatware: Non-traditional Tools of the Table, through Dec. Saturday, Dec. 17.
  • WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225)336-2422 or http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. A World Turned Upside Down: Civil War Homefront Perspectives, through Dec. 31. Louisiana homefront experience focuses on lives of women, children, and enslaved people. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

SINGLES EVENTS

  • BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: 7 p.m.
    Saturday Dec. 17, Christmas party for Southeast Ministry,
    16725 Bristoe; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, volleyball in BUMC gym.
  • SLIDELL CHRISTIAN SINGLES: http://www.scsingles.eboard.com or (985) 646-1953 or (985) 590-1063.
  • TAMMANY CHRISTIAN SINGLES: tammanysingles@yahoo.com.
  • TANGI CHRISTIAN RE-SINGLES: (225) 567-9567.