Learn more about alligators during a traveling exhibit through Saturday at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 N. Blvd.
The exhibit, “Alligators: Dragons in Paradise,” is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Part of the Museum of Florida’s History TREX program, the exhibit is a potpourri of fact and fantasy that explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and its symbolic and sociological role in the southeast.
A 6-foot cutout “Alligator I.Q.” board and examples of alligator hides provide hands-on experiences for visitors. A simulated nest, complete with eggs, and an alligator growth chart trace the development of an alligator from birth to maturity.
2nd Division reunion
The 2nd Division Association is planning its annual national reunion in San Antonio, Texas, this year.
The association is looking for veterans of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division known as the Indianhead Division.
For information about the association and its 94th annual reunion to be held Sept. 22-26, contact Secretary-Treasurer Bob Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (224) 225-1202.
Liuzza Produce featured
Fifth-generation family business Liuzza Produce Farm Inc. will anchor Alexander’s Highland Market’s Pop-Up Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Liuzza is selling Creole tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, cucumbers, yellow and zucchini squash, and eggplant grown in Tickfaw.
In addition, J&D Blueberry Farm of Poplarville, Mississippi, will sell freshly-picked blueberries and blackberries.
Also on hand will be dieticians from Pennington Biomedical Research Center sampling “Delicious Diabetic-Friendly Quiche” recipes and local food blogger and author Maggie Heyn Richardson, signing and selling her new release, “Hungry for Louisiana.”
Several local breweries, including Covington Brewhouse, will sample craft beers from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The market also will feature face-painting for kids and outdoor grilling.
The Pop-Up Market, at 18111 Highland Market Drive, is free and open to the community. For questions or more information, call Kelly Alexander at (225) 615-7800.
Juneteenth parties on tap
The Recreation and Park Commission for East Baton Rouge Parish will host two Juneteenth celebrations at Howell Place Gym and Gus Young Park.
Both events will include food, games and music and are free and open to the public.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Maj.-Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
“BREC celebrates Juneteenth as a way to remember the past, recognize where we need to be and look to the future. These events build a sense of community while bringing people together in an outdoor, active and healthy environment,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight.
BREC, along with community partner CADAV, will host its first Juneteenth celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 6 at 7717 Howell Blvd. For more information on this event, call (225) 357-4779.
On June 13 from noon-4 p.m., BREC will host its second Juneteenth event in partnership with Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle and the Martin L. King, Jr. Community Center, at Gus Young Park, located at 4200 Gus Young Ave. For more information on this event, call (225) 389-7804.
Kids music camp set
Students entering kindergarten through fifth-grade can have an interactive experience with orchestral music this summer.
The Kids’ Orchestra music camp will provide music lessons, music games and music appreciation as well as traditional camp activities.
Session 2 is June 15-19. Each session is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Episcopal High School, 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
Families can register online at www.kidsorchestra.org or by calling (225) 922-4656.
Kids’ Orchestra is supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.
Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email email@example.com. Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.