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Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tab on what's hot downtown each week! For more info, visit our site at the link below!

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2010 Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade
The 2010 Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11th. A full lineup of 75 parade entries guarantees something for everyone. Come early for the Battle of the Bands at 4 p.m. The parade will start on River Road in front of the River Center, down River Road to Convention Street and then up Fourth Street to the State Capitol. See map.

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Extra Holiday Arts Markets
Usually open the first Saturday of each month, the Baton Rouge Arts Market will be open two additional Saturdays in December (the 11th, & 18th)! Join them for two more opportunities to shop for holiday gifts in December from 8AM - 12PM at 5th at Main Street. The Arts Market is a place where quality craftsmanship is not a lost art!.

Sweet Root at Bou 'n' Thibs's
If you are looking for great, high-energy entertainment, Sweet Root is ready to shake your tree! Established in 2005, this New Orleans-based band has grown to be a proven crowd favorite all over the south and beyond. Whether it be a club, casino, corporate event, or private party, Sweet Root is your key ingredient to success. Once you get a taste of Sweet Roots variety of party music, you will be coming back for more.

Artful Holiday Reception
The Arts Council's Community Gallery is excited to continue the tradition of the hand-made holiday and presents again The Artful Holiday exhibition and sale from November 19th until December 31st. The public is invited to attend the reception on December 10th from 6-8pm at the Arts Councils Community Gallery located at 427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. Recent works from artists Layla Messkoub (print maker), Mary Baugh (potter), Julie Cornelius (jeweler), Rose Landry (jeweler) and Babeth Schlegel (jeweler) will be exhibited during the festive holiday season.

Playmakers and Manship Theatre present: A Christmas Carol
This popular holiday classic is back, presented by Manship Theatre and Playmakers of Baton Rouge. This musical re-telling of Charles Dickens' "ghostly little book" about Scrooge and the three ghosts who visit him on Christmas Eve. Come and share in this tale of redemption. Matinees on Dec 11, 18 & 19 at 2:00 pm.

Also, The man with the golden voice, Aaron Neville - from down in New Orleans - opens the holiday season at the Manship Theatre on Sunday, December 12 at 7PM.

"Music at Mid-Day" Concerts
A FREE lunchtime concert beginning at noon each Wednesday will feature local musicians, student ensembles, professional musicians and a wide variety of music from Classical to Standards, Blues, Jazz and Americana. Downtown patrons interested in attending can bring their own lunch, or contact one of the participating downtown restaurants and order from the Music @ Mid-Day lunch menu. Restaurant partners include Capital City Grill, Stroubes Chophouse, Tsunami Sushi and the Hilton Kingfish.

Fourth Floor River Terrace at Shaw Center
Wednesday, 12 Noon

For more information call 389-7200

End of the Republic
The LA State Museum invites you to join them this Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10AM, as they celebrate the Bicentennial of the United States annexation of Spanish West Florida. A free public program commemorating this event will be held at the Louisiana State Museum Baton Rouge. For more information, please contact John Sykes at 225-219-0729.

And don't forget about their monthly walking tours! Walk this Way in History will leave from the State Museum at 9:00AM this Saturday, December 11th and head towards the Arts and Entertainment district of Third Street. Email for more info.

Free Events for the Kids on the Second Saturday of Each Month

Kid's Saturday: Kids 12 and under are admitted free to all LASM museum's galleries: the hands-on children's galleries; the Ancient Egypt Gallery with its 2,300-year-old mummy; and the planetarium's Solar System and Universe Galleries.

Second Saturday: Do you remember when you wanted to grow up to be a firefighter, a chef, or a zoologist? Make time in your busy holiday schedule to remember - and take the kids along for the ride. See toys that may have launched those dreams. Visit with people who are living theirs. Explore the art galleries with a game or two. Bring a "Take-and-Make" bag home to create your own artwork inspired by your museum visit.

Old State Capitol Museum Store Open House
The Old State Capitol gift shop will host an open house this Wednesday, December 8 from 4PM to 7PM. Refreshments will be served. Seasonal items are 20% off and other great items such as jewelry and home decor will be offered at 10% off. Come explore the great deals for the holiday season! Call 342.0500 for more information.

For a full listing of upcoming events, visit our website.

227 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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