The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from July 28-August 4, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

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FRIDAY, JULY 29

KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: 6-10 p.m., Bally Total Fitness, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Suite 100. Kids ages 5-11 can dance and sing with disco karaoke. For more information, email scondrey@hotmail.com.

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.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS: ZING ZANG ZOOM THE GOLD EDITION: 7 p.m., River Center. $15-$38; some kids tickets, $10. (800) 745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

HAIRSPRAY: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or 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.

BALLROOM STUDIO DANCE: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio, 10776 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $7. Also, samba or beginner tango class, 7-8:30 p.m. Fee charged. (225) 928-2788 or http://www.ricseeling.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 30

BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. Fresh seasonal vegetables and other homegrown and homemade food for sale. (225) 344-8558.

STATEWIDE HURRICANE TRAINING DAY: 9 a.m., 4655 Sherwood common Blvd. Training in disaster services overview and mass care. (225) 456-5555 or http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org/volunteer.

GUN & KNIFE SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Presented by Classic Arms Productions. $8, adults; $2, children 6-11. (985) 624-8577 or http://www.capgunshows.com.

ST. MARGARET’S MARKET: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 12663 Perkins Road, across from Calandro’s supermarket. Produce, arts/crafts and technology products. (225) 747-0119.

STAFFORD STRONG TOURNAMENT BENEFITING ADAM STAFFORD: Walker Parks and Recreation, 13740 Ball Park Road, Walker. Baseball tourney for 7-15-year-olds, bands, arts and crafts booths. Stafford is undergoing therapy following a traumatic brain injury from a wreck in 2010. http://www.staffordstrong.com.

CAT HAVEN PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., PetSmart, Airline Highway.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS: ZING ZANG ZOOM THE GOLD EDITION: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., River Center. $15-$38; some kids tickets, $10. (800) 745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com. CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. http://www.caaws.org.

CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.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.

STAR WARS VS. STAR TREK BOWLING: 11 a.m., Don Carter’s All Star Lanes. Members of Bast Alpha Garrison, a chapter of the Star Wars Costuming Group, will be playing against members of the USS Corsair, a chapter of Star Fleet, the International Star Trek Association. Both teams will be playing in costume.

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL: noon-4 p.m., Greenwell Springs Road Regional Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Music, dancing, food, demonstrations. (225) 274-4440.

CAT HAVEN PET ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m., Cat Haven Shelter, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road.

HAIRSPRAY: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or http://www.brlt.org.

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.

EVENING SKY VIEWING: 7:30-10 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Free. (225) 768-9948.

MOVIES AND MUSIC ON THE LAWN: 8 p.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Featuring the Harold Lloyd film Safety First. $5, general admission; free, gallery members. (225) 383-1470.

SOUTHERN UNITED PROFESSIONAL RACING: 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Raceway, Plank Road, 8.5 miles north of Airline Highway. Stock car racing on dirt, featuring late model cars. (225) 774-4524 or http://www.batonrougeraceway.com.

BALLROOM SINGLES’ DANCE: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio, 10776 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $7. Also, introduction to partner dancing class, 7-8:30 p.m. $12. (225) 928-2788 or http://www.ricseeling.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 31

GUN & KNIFE SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Presented by Classic Arms Productions. $8, adults; $2, children 6-11. (985) 624-8577 or http://www.capgunshows.com.

STAFFORD STRONG TOURNA-MENT BENEFITING ADAM STAF-FORD: Walker Parks and Rec-reation, 13740 Ball Park Road, Walker. Baseball tourney for 7-15-year-olds, bands, arts and crafts booths. Stafford is un-dergoing therapy following a traumatic brain injury from a wreck in 2010. http://www.staffordstrong.com.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS: ZING ZANG ZOOM THE GOLD EDITION: 1 p.m., River Center. $15-$38; some kids tickets, $10. (800) 745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 1-5 p.m., Petsmart, 10527 S. Mall Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

HAIRSPRAY: 2 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or http://www.brlt.org.

MONDAY, AUG. 1

REFLECTIONS IN THE GARDEN: noon-1 p.m., Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Topic for the 1st Mondays at Burden Lecture Series will be “Gardening Green: Low Input/High Output. Free, BHS members; $5, nonmembers. (225) 763-3990 or http://www.BurdenHorticultureSociety.com.

TUESDAY, AUG. 2

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 6-8 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

FATUM BROTHERS JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., The Lyceum, 124 Third St. Presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Jazz Ensemble. Suggested donation: $10 adults; $5, students. http://www.fatumjazz.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3

MUSIC AT MID-DAY: noon, fourth floor terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Lunchtime concert. Free.

THURSDAY, AUG. 4

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT: 5:30-8 p.m., 4th floor River Terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Young professionals will join Forum 35 members to meet and greet artist George Rodrigue, in conjunction with LSU Museum of Art’s exhibit Blue Dogs and Cajuns of the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections. Food, open bar, music. $10.

LIVINGSTON PARISH NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME: 6 p.m., Livingston Square Shopping Center, South Range Avenue, Denham Springs. Free kids’ activities and rides, food and drink. booths and demonstrations on crime prevention. Hosted by Denham Springs Police Department.

GODSPELL: 7 p.m., Studio Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Musical produced by Swine Palace and Playmakers of Baton Rouge. Pay-what-you-can night. (225) 578-9277 or http://www.swinepalace.org.

OUTDOORS

BRAMBA (BATON ROUGE AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION): http://www.bramba.org.

BATON ROUGE TRIKKE CLUB: http://www.brtrikke.com, email brtrikke@cox.net.

BATON ROUGE AUDUBON SOCIETY: Robert McLaughlin, (225) 926-2223 (call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

BAYOU HAYSTACKERS PADDLING CLUB: (225) 387-3717 or http://www.bayouhaystackers.com.

BATON ROUGE BIKE CLUB: (225) 963-8616 or http://www.batonrougebikeclub.com. Ride your bike this weekend (social group rides, intermediates and advanced) in both the city and countryside. Call for details or go to the website for weekend ride information.

BATON ROUGE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: (225) 603-8467. Call for details of special events.

ONGOING

ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: 437 Laurel St., (225) 344-8558. Reticulation, new works by Rachel LeGarde Bordelon, through Sept. 16.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through July: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Red, White and Blue in the Archives, World War II materials and other patriotic items; and Our Flag, Our Heritage, American flag exhibit by Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the Revolution; Greenwell Springs Regional Branch, abstract murals, handmade jewelry by Baton Rouge Bead Society and paintings by Felicia Hunt; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Red Stick Smocking Guild displays handmade wardrobe for the 2011 American Girl doll and abstract art by Irma Alexander; Scotlandville Branch, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine, exhibit describes African-American men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the U.S. Civil War.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Guys Who Are Dolls, exhibit focusing on the male doll and his place in history, through Aug. 13. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped.

ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. Louisiana Legacy, new work for sale by members of the Associated Women in the Arts, through Aug. 27. http://www.elizabethangallery.com.

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.

GUILD ARTWORK: Atelier Rouge Salon, mezzanine level, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel, 201 Lafayette St. Artwork created by members of the Louisiana Art & Artists’ Guild on display.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: River Road downtown. Sky shows, art exhibits, special programs, gala events, gift shop and more. In the art galleries: Volcanoes of the Deep Blue Sea exhibit; in the planetarium: Hurricane on the Bayou, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon; Volcanoes of the Deep Sea; SpacePark 360; Earth, Moon & Sun; Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions and Digital Universe; CUT! Costume and the Cinema, major touring exhibition of 43 movie made costumes and accessories, through July 31. Planetarium will close Monday, Aug. 1, for renovations. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.laagbr@laag-site.org. Summer Annual Judged Show on display at Independence Park Theatre Gallery until Sept. 15. Reception 2-4 p.m. Aug. 7.

LOUISIANA VETERANS HALL OF HONOR: permanent exhibit, USS Kidd, River Road downtown. Dedicated to those 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. Blue Dogs and Cajuns of the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections, through Sept. 18.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Tenth Annual Summer Invitational Art Exhibition: Decadence, through Aug. 7. Group show features art in all medias and genres, interpreted by the common starting point of “decadence.”

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225)336-2422 or http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. Morley, the Vanished Lumber Town, display featuring artifacts discovered in an area just west of Brusly that once thrived as West Baton Rouge Parish’s premier lumber town of Morley, 1907-1927, through Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

SINGLES EVENTS

BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, newcomer night, TJ Ribs, Siegen Lane; 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31, lunch, Frank’s Restaurant, Airline near Cortana Mall; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31, Coffee Call, College Drive.

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE (MANDEVILLE) SINGLES: (985) 656-1953 or (985) 863-7492.

SINGLE ADULT FRIENDS ENCOURAGE: For singles 50+ in the Hammond area. (985) 340-3015.

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.