Multicultural fest

The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library will be the site of a special Multicultural Festival hosted by the Baton Rouge Center for World Affairs this weekend. The event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and will showcase the many different cultures in the area. Visitors will enjoy food, art, music, crafts and dancing. For details, call (225) 274-4440.

Pizza fundraiser

Spice up your day on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with a visit to California Pizza Kitchen at Perkins Rowe. It’s a family-friendly fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet. Call (225) 766-8379 for more information.

Zoo Zoom event

Join the Club South Runners at the Baton Rouge Zoo on Aug. 27 for the annual Zoo Zoom 5K and half-mile kids’ fun run.


History comes alive

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana hosts its annual Battle of Baton Rouge commemoration ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 6. The free event takes place at historic Magnolia Cemetery, and will feature a firing salute, flag raising, taps, and presentation of colors. For details, call (225) 387-2464.

Leisure classes

Registration has begun for LSU’s leisure classes, which include calligraphy, home improvement, photography, music, language, writing, fitness and much more.


Newcomers club

If you know of a woman who is new to the area, refer her to the Baton Rouge Newcomers Club. The group meets monthly and provides opportunities for women to make friends through social and community events.


Hip hop festival

A three-day hip hop festival will take place Aug. 12-14 at the Manship Theatre and Shaw Center for the Arts. Highlights include a touring urban art exhibit, hip hop fashion show, live music, break dance battle, and performances of poetry and dance.


Audition notice

Auditions for New Venture Theatre’s The Abduction of Mother Goose will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at Independence Park Theatre. For details, email

Mount Rushmore trip

A senior citizen trip to Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota is being planned for Sept. 30-Oct. 10. Total cost is $879. For details, call Leslie Tassin at (225) 769-5872.

Classic dog show

If you’re a dog lover, make plans now to attend the Lagniappe Classic Dog Show 2011 Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 4-7, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. It’s four full days of all-breed competition in many categories.


Latin Festival

Mark your calendar. The annual Latin Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sept. 25. The festival takes place at the Catholic Deaf Center on Brightside Drive, and features food, arts and crafts, live music and more.

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