• WHAT: Oak Lodge Bridal Spectacular
  • WHEN: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21
  • WHERE: Oak Lodge Reception & Conference Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest, Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • TICKETS/INFO: Online tickets are $10; $15 at the door. (225) 291-6257 or
  • DETAILS: More than 40 wedding vendors will be on hand to provide information for planning your wedding. There will be plenty of door prizes and food samples.


  • WHAT: Southern University Law Center Spring Convocation
  • WHEN: Noon Wednesday, Feb. 24
  • WHERE: Room 130 A.A. Lenoir Hall, Southern University campus
  • INFORMATION: (225) 771-2552
  • DETAILS: Commissioner of Conservation Richard P. Ieyoub Sr. will speak. The former three-term state attorney general, who has been active in law and politics for more than 25 years, will discuss “My Life as a Public Servant.”


  • WHAT: White Oak Plantation Bridal Show
  • WHEN: 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
  • WHERE: Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation, 17660 George O’Neal Road, Baton Rouge
  • ADMISSION: $10;
  • DETAILS: Wedding and bridal service providers will be on hand. There will be samplings of Folse’s specialty wedding menus. Ashley Renee Bridal will showcase the latest bridal fashion trends at 3:30 p.m. There will be door prizes and a grand prize of a Jamaican honeymoon package.


  • WHAT: Iris Chef Show Off fundraiser for the Iris Domestic Violence Center, formerly the Battered Woman’s Program
  • WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 3
  • WHERE: Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel Atrium, 103 France St., Baton Rouge
  • TICKETS: (225) 389-3002 or
  • DETAILS: More than 40 chefs are participating in the fundraiser. Music will be by the Dis-n-Dat Band. There will be live and silent auctions.


  • WHAT: The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society’s 48th annual Spring Conference
  • WHEN: 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 5
  • WHERE: Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge
  • REGISTRATION: and click on “seminars,” or contact
  • DETAILS: The one-day program, “It’s All Relative: Researching Your Family History,” features five sessions led by genealogy experts specializing in tracing Italian, German, French and Irish ancestry as well as the use of DNA to solve family mysteries. The opening session by Sal Serio, curator of the American-Italian Research Library in Jefferson Parish, will offer professional tips on using LDS and Ancestry websites and will delve into records of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Earl Sundmaker Jr., executive director of the German American Cultural Center, will focus on new websites and other sources for tracing German ancestry and will discuss digitized records of New Orleans area German churches. Augusta Elmwood, a French family history specialist, will explore basic tools for using websites of various Archives Départementales, including a French glossary, and will demonstrate website access and use. Marguerite Scully, Irish family researcher, will discuss techniques and tools for tracing Irish ancestry, including immigration records, and will explain Irish civil land ecclesiastical divisions. Dr. Elaine Boston will close the conference with a session on using mitochondrial and autosomal DNA to solve family mysteries.


  • WHAT: Fifth annual Terracon Golf Benefit for Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association
  • WHEN: Monday, April 11
  • WHERE: University Club of Baton Rouge
  • REGISTRATION/INFO: Lisa Smith with Terracon at (225) 239-2644 or For information about CASA, visit or call (225) 379-8598.
  • DETAILS: All tournament proceeds support Capital Area CASA Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children to help them reach safe, permanent homes. The fundraiser enables CASA to continue providing a volunteer for every child in East Baton Rouge Parish who needs one. Last year’s golf tournament raised approximately $11,000 to support CASA’s advocacy efforts.