- FAMILY AFFAIR - OPÉRA LOUISIANE FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m., Juban’s, Acadian Perkins Plaza Shopping Center, 3739 Perkins Road. $100 per person, includes meal, wine and entertainment. www.operalouisiane.com
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET AND BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets, downtown. Fresh Fest 2015: Everything Eggplant. Over 50 artists from Louisiana, and the Southeast, who will present original works of art in a variety of mediums including, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, textiles, photographs, glass, paintings, sculpture, hand-made soaps and more.
- COVER KID: 10 a.m., Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Cover Kids — past and present — are invited to register to become a 2015 Cover Kid. $20-$50. coverkids.brparents.com
- KIDS’ ORCHESTRA AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., GEO Prep Academy, 4006 Platt Drive; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Brownfields Elementary, 11615 Ellen Drive. Educational open houses have been scheduled at participating schools for all parents to learn more about registration for the 2015-16 school year. The open house will feature information about the after-school music program, including an instrument, petting zoo and scholarship information. For complete list of partner schools and additional information, www.kidsorchestra.org or contact, (225) 922-4656 ext. 104.
- GONZALES GUN AND KNIFE SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 Sunday, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Adults $8 and children ages 6-11, $2.
- 32ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF BATON ROUGE COMMEMORATION: 10 a.m., Historic Magnolia Cemetery. Marvin Steinback will speak on the 9th Battalion Louisiana Infantry. Two tents, hand fans, chairs and water will be provided. Free.
- HOMES FOR DOGS NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND: 8 a.m.-noon, Baton Rouge Arts Market, 5th and Main streets; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Petco at Acadian Village, 3535 Perkins Road. Special half-price adoption rate on large dogs. www.caabr.org
- CANARY ISLANDERS HERITAGE SOCIETY MEETING: 11 a.m., Baton Rouge Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Dr. Elaine Boston will present a lecture on AncestryDNA tests titled “Finding Lost Cousins: Using Your Ancestry.com” www.canaryislanders.org.
- FURLING THE FLAG -THE SOLDIERS COME HOME: 1 p.m.-2 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Brief lecture and demonstration of the historical process the soldiers went through to be reintegrated into civilian life, with historian Richard Holloway. Participants will stack arms, sign for parole, and take the historical oath of allegiance to the United States of America. Free.
- STEPPIN’ IN THE BAYOU: 8 p.m., Capital Area Event Center, 6955 Florida Blvd. Eighth annual dance competition and scholarship awards. Dancers from Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida and Wisconsin will compete. $35; VIP, $50. sitb.org or (225) 505-4570.
- BATON ROUGE RACEWAY-STOCK CAR RACING ON DIRT: 8 p.m., Plank Road 8.5 miles north of Airline Highway. Adults, $12; children ages 7-12, $5; 6 and under, free. (225) 774-4524 or batonrougeraceway.com
- FAMILY FUN DAY: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 S. River Road. Family-oriented arts and crafts, music, movies and games. Several local veterans’ organizations will be contributing baked goods that will be sold in the museum lobby. Proceeds of this bake sale will benefit the USS KIDD.
- FREE FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St., and Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Free admission to museums and reduced admission to LASM’s Planetarium.
- BASIC CAPOEIRA CLASSES: 6 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. A Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance and rhythmic movements. Free. (630) 362-2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 3 p.m.-6 p.m., ExxonMobil YMCA, 7717 Howell Blvd. Locally grown produce and baked goods.
- ACADIANS OF ST. GABRIEL: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. Local historian John A. Hebert will speak about the deportation of the Acadians, the Acadian landing in St. Gabriel, the Spanish land grants, and the building and establishment of the old St. Gabriel Church. (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.
- BASIC CAPOEIRA CLASSES: 7 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. A Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance and rhythmic movements that are performed in a dialogue between players. Free. (630) 362-2566 or email@example.com
- PIE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL: 7 p.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 9340 Florida Blvd. George Mills of Hope House will present a program on human trafficking. Free. (225) 921-8728
- RED STICK FARMERS MOBILE MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center (enter from Kenilworth Boulevard). Seasonal produce and baked goods.
- LUNCHTIME LECTURE, “THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATOMIC BOMBING OF JAPAN”: noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Attorney Gary C. Ethridge will discuss two dramatic events that hastened the end of WWII with Japan: the use of the uranium bomb code named “Little Boy” against Hiroshima and the use of the plutonium bomb code named “Fat Man” against Nagasaki in 1945.
- DANCE: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, Denham Springs Senior Center, 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs. For those 25 and older. Featuring the Doug Owens Band. $6, single; $10, couple.
- ALFRED C. GLASSELL JR. EXHIBITION GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Ito the Mystic,” annual summer invitational art exhibit, through Wednesday, Aug. 12.
- BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Latest works from artist members Amy James, Linda Jeffers and Brian Kelly, Aug. 2-27.
- NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROJECT: weekly serving four communities – Scotlandville, Gardere, Old South Baton Rouge, and Melrose East. The art activities are developed around themes that celebrate different artists across cultures as well as exhibitions on view at the LSU Museum of Art. The education department also integrates a science or math component. All activities are adapted to pre-school through high school ages and a range of abilities. In addition to the hands-on activities, Neighborhood Arts Project also provides a reading area for participants to practice their literacy skills, a block area for building, and a sketching area for children to draw and write. For more information or to register, contact (225) 389-7212.
- BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY CHORUS’ 2015-16 SEASON AUDITIONS: by appointment through Saturday, Aug. 8, Broadmoor United Methodist Church Music Building, 10230 Mollylea Drive. Call chorus master David Shaler at (225) 924-6269, ext. 233, or email firstname.lastname@example.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
- DEANGELO’S RESTAURANT: 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd. “Simply Sunflowers,” through Friday. Features work by members of the River Community Church’s Creative Group. (225) 744-4367 or email email@example.com.
- ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway.“Southern Summers and Fantasies” —New Paintings by the Associated Women in the Arts, through Saturday, Aug. 29.
- FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Exhibit featuring Andrea Pramuk and Erin Riche, through Sept. 5. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. (225) 769-0582 or fwgallery.net
- THE GALLERY AT MANSHIP THEATRE: 100 Lafayette St. “The Art of Vinyl,” an exhibition celebrating iconic album art as an expression and connection to the music and cultural trends of its era, through Sunday. manshiptheatre.org
- HILL MEMORIAL LIBRARY: LSU campus. “Graphic Sensibility: Selected Comics & Illustrations from DC to Dürer,” through Sept. 26. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; hours are extended to 8 p.m. Tuesdays when classes are in session; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free. (225) 578-6544 or lib.lsu.edu/special
- JONES WALKER FOYER: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “The Human Body,” paintings by the LSU Art Therapy Program in collaboration with the Baton Rouge General Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Infusion Lab. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. (225) 346-5001
- 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. “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” through Sept. 27; and “Selected Recent Acquisitions,” through Sept. 13. (225) 344-5272 or lasm.org
- LOUISIANA’S OLD STATE CAPITOL: 100 North Blvd. “The Enduring Architecture of A. Hayes Town,” sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of American Institute of Architects and Moran’s Printing, through Sept. 5. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500.
- LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Shaking Up Prohibition: The Cocktail Drawings of Olive Leonhardt,” “Debbie Fleming Caffery: Baton Rouge After the Storm” and “Mexico in New Orleans: A Tale of Two Americas,” all through Sunday, Aug. 30. “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” through Sunday. lsumoa.org
- LSU SCHOOL OF ART’S ALFRED C. GLASSELL JR. GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Into the Mystic,” the 14th annual summer Invitational Art Exhibition. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- LSU STUDENT UNION GALLERY: LSU campus. “LSU Folks’ Arts & Crafts Show,” featuring works of art from LSU faculty and staff, through Thursday, Aug. 27. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (225) 578-5162
- 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
- SHAW CENTER FOR THE ARTS FRONT LOBBY: 100 Lafayette St. Paintings by Elan Vital Montessori School students created through pin art, bubble art and pendulum painting.
- WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. “When the Cannons Fell Silent,” exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War, through Sunday, Aug. 16. “Holding Out and Hanging On: 10 Years Later,” featuring photographs by Thomas Neff commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, through Sept. 13.
- WINE WALK: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Restaurant IPO, 421 Third St. $10, to receive wine bracelet and a wine card for the list of venues and the number of tastings. Must be 21 years of age.
- YELP! BR PET ADOPTIONS: noon-4 p.m. Sundays, and 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Petco Acadian Village, 3535 Perkins Road. Applications accepted for adoption approval. (225) 485-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled by Whitney Christy