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Mayor and Mrs. Holden to Lead Annual Family Bike Ride Downtown Saturday
Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden and his wife Lois will lead the annual Mayor's Family Bike Ride starting at St. Joseph's Cathedral at Main Street and Fourth Street at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. The ride is held each year as part of the Mayor's Healthy BR Initiative. This year's ride will take bicyclists past historic sites in Downtown Baton Rouge before returning to the Cathedral. This year's Mayor's Family Bike Ride will conclude with the first-ever "Blessing of the Bikes" on the Main Street plaza of the Cathedral of St. Joseph at 10:00 a.m. on April 9.

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Live After Five at AZ Young Park
Due to the construction of North Boulevard Town Square and the new permanent stage at Galvez Plaza, Live After Five will be held at the opposite end of Third Street at A.Z. Young Park (3rd Street & Spanish Town Road.) A FREE CATS SHUTTLE will loop through the Arts and Entertainment District to drop visitors near the concert site.

2011 Spring Season continues Friday from 5PM - 8PM with U4RIA (r&b and pop.)

Sunday in the Park
The 2011 Sunday in the Park free concert series promises to usher in Spring with Louisiana style. The season continues this Sunday with Twice the Groove from noon until 3PM at Lafayette Park across from the Shaw Center for the Arts. Come and enjoy amazing live music, wonderful food, face painting and balloon creations.

Of Moving Colors presents Not Until Now at Manship Theatre
A time when artists and pedestrians meet in a series of encounters on stage. Encounters that have never occurred before... not in rehearsal, not in a studio, Not Until Now. Buy tickets

April 8/9 @ 7:30PM & April 10 @ 2PM

Huey LongNeck Historic Pub-Crawl
Drink in your history with the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and its young preservationist sub-group, Inherit Baton Rouge! The Huey LongNeck Historic Pub Crawl will be held on April 7 @ 7PM with registration at the Old Governor's Mansion. The crawl will cover Roux House, Lucy's, Red Star, and Happy's. Free food and drink at the Old Governor's Mansion and the first 100 participants will receive a Huey LongNeck t-shirt! Click to register

Grammy Award Winner Chubby Carrier at Boudreax & Thibodeaux's
2011 Grammy Award winner, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, is back on the mainstage strutting some swampedelic, zydeco and rock hits that everybody knows. Funky, cool and hip - this little band from Sunset, LA is flying high since their Grammy win in February. Come celebrate their accomplishment, because, there's just "No party like a Chubby party!" NO COVER!

Friday, April 8 @ 10PM

Second Saturday
Which carriage ride would you rather, on Thomas Hart Benton's or Clarence Millet's? Would you rather go to a party given by Governor John Stone or Countess Maria Walpole? This popular game gets a fun museum twist as you consider the artworks in a whole new light. Bring a "Take-and-Make" bag home to create your own artwork inspired by your museum visit. For information call 389-7200 or visit

LSU Museum of Art
Saturday, April 9 @ 10AM

Through the Lens: Recent Works by the LA Photographic Society
The public is invited to a reception this Friday, April 8 from 6-8PM at the Arts Council's Community Gallery. Enjoy photographs by over 20 local photographers from the Louisiana Photographic Society. The exhibition will run through May 6. Exhibitions are on view at the Arts Council Community Gallery, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5:30PM. For more information contact the Arts Council at 225-344-8558 or email

Gumbo at St. James
Call 225-387-5141 between 8AM and 10AM to place your order for drive-thru or inside pickup. Dine-in is open from 11AM -1PM. Shrimp or Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Lunch includes steamed rice, sensation salad, homemade bread, dessert and (dine-in only) coffee or tea - $10 - Bishops Hall at St. James Episcopal Church - Fourth at Florida Streets.

Every Friday during Lent

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