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Louisiana Earth Day 2012
There is something for EVERYONE at Louisiana Earth Day 2012! This 2012 Earth Day Festival promises to be an exciting event as live music will be playing all day with ten bands playing on two stages. Come early for the children's activities and over 100 booths as displays will provide engaging, hands-on environmental activities! Bigger and better than ever, the festival will be located over several blocks in downtown Baton Rouge along North Boulevard from the Old State Capitol grounds to the Old Governor's Mansion! There is plenty of parking and a special gated lot for bicycles.
Education Activities, 12 Noon - 5PM
Entertainment, 12 Noon - 8:30PM

North Boulevard Town Square
Sunday, April 22

Live After Five presents music by STORMY
Live after Five in Downtown Baton Rouge is the capital city's premier FREE live music event, hosted by the Downtown Business Association at Galvez Plaza in the new North Boulevard Town Square. STORMY'S song list is about as versatile as the group's abilities, and includes dance music from the 40′s to the 90′s as well as top 40, country, rock, soul, funk, R&B, and big band. With a female vocalist, a solid rhythm section, and great horns, what more could you ask for?" Every band member sings, so you will not get tired of the same voice all night long.

Galvez Plaza in North Boulevard Town Square
Friday, April 20, 5PM

Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park continues its FREE series with Soul Rebels Brass Band. The New Orleans natives picked up influences from outside the city as well as late-breaking local styles and began mapping them onto the marching band format they had learned in school. Soul Rebels' contagious originals and updated takes on standards keeps them rocking some of New Orleans' most beloved live music venues. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge & 225 Magazine, in collaboration with the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation.

Town Lawn in North Boulevard Town Square
Sunday, April 22, Noon

Driving the Future
Have lunch, win a Lexus and help kids. Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, Taylor Porter Law Firm and the Downtown Development District invite you to a lunchtime event benefiting an important cause. Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is raffling five beautiful Lexus vehicles; tickets are $50 each and 100% of the proceeds help drive the future of lifesaving care for our kids. OLOL Children's Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital and never turns a child away, regardless of ability to pay.

North Boulevard Town Square
Wednesday, April 18, 10AM

Museum After Dark: FREE Illusions / Magic at the Museum
Celebrate art and the newest gallery shows with an evening of food, fun and friends. From the surprising artworks of Gregory Scott to the British portraits who seem to watch your every move, art is often about illusion. Enjoy and learn about different types of illusions throughout the Museum. Located in the Glassell Gallery and Fifth Floor.

LSU Museum of Art
Thursday, April 19, 6PM

BR Ballet Theatre presents: From this Pointe On
Experience the passion, excitement and beauty of classic and contemporary dance with BRBT's spring concert, From This Pointe On... This mixed bill concert will feature Act II of Swan Lake and three company premieres. Matinee Performance features excerpts of the full-length evening performance and will include Act II of Swan Lake and contemporary choreography.

River Center Theatre for Performing Arts
Thursday, April 19, 7:30PM

Of Moving Colors presents: PINK
Of Moving Colors unveils a brand new colorwork celebrating concepts of survival, triumph, and the fight against breast cancer. Of Moving Colors is a contemporary dance-theatre organization dedicated to creating and presenting excellent performances and community-based dance activities that inspire, educate, and stimulate. OMC performances incorporate art disciplines such as music, poetry, literature and the visual arts in addition to contemporary dance.

Manship Theatre
April 20 & 22, 7:30PM

McMains Children's 5k Run, Walk & Roll
This fundraising event is to benefit the programs and services offered at the McMains Children's Developmental Center. McMains CDC is a nonprofit organization, a Capital Area United Way Agency and a United Cerebral Palsy Affiliate. All pre-registered walkers and runners are guaranteed an event t-shirt. Food & drinks will be provided to registered participants and prizes will be given to overall winners of the 5k race. The kids 1 mile fun run starts at 8AM and 5k Run, Walk, & Roll begins at 8:30AM Wheelchair users are encouraged.

North Boulevard Town Square
Saturday, April 21, 8AM

Lunch & Learn: An Introduction to Historic Rehabilitation Tax Incentives
Old Governor's Mansion presents the Commercial & Residential Tax Credit Incentives Workshop covering: Federal & State Commercial Tax Credit Program; Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation; and Recognizing Historic Character, Baton Rouge's National Register Districts Workshop. Led by Alison Saunders, Director of Tax Incentives, Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation. The event is free to FHL members and $10 for guests.

Old Governor's Mansion
Thursday, April 19, 11:30AM

Bike to Work Week
Bike to Work Week continues finishing with Bike to Work Day this Friday. Morning group rides to downtown depart from Goodwood Park at 7AM and depart City Park at 7:30AM daily, with a Thursday after work relaxing fun ride at 6PM from Town Square. Daily specials for riders available from FRESH Salads + Wraps, Indigo Hotel, and Zolia Bistro Enoteca with free breakfast on Friday from Zeeland Street Market and Indigo Hotel. A free 1 week membership for Bike to Work Week participants is available at the YMCA Downtown Branch.

Bike to Work Week
April 16-20

Baton Rouge Walls Project
It is the mission of the BR Walls Project to stimulate creativity and economic growth in our city by having artists paint key landmark walls in our downtown area. Phase I of the project will occur along 4th St. in the Arts and Entertainment District. Phase II will be in partnership with Lamar Advertising and showcase the work of photographers & graphic artists on large, vinyl banners fastened onto the sides of buildings throughout the city. THE TIME IS NOW, they need your help. The project has to raise $15,000 before April 26th, or the project's funding on Kickstarter goes away. If you want to help beautify Baton Rouge and inspire the generations to come DONATE today. This enhancement of the downtown landscape will reflect the creative endeavors already happening everyday inside these buildings.

Coming soon to a building near you...

Cruise the Mississippi - Visit Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge will once again be a tourist destination for Mississippi River cruise boats. On April 19th the Riverfront Dock will welcome its first of the 26 scheduled cruise boat stops this year. The city will play host to boats such as American Queen, Queen of the Mississippi, Yorktown Cruise Ship, and Blount Small Ship Adventures- bringing another wave of visitors to the heart of Baton Rouge.

Fitness in the Square
Start your week off right with two exciting classes available for free in the Town Square. Zumba - YMCA Spring Outdoor Fitness Series, a Latin inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements is exercise in disguise. Also, Karmady Yoga, a new downtown business would like to introduce themselves to the downtown community by offering free yoga classes in the new North Boulevard Town Square! Whether you are interested in flexibility, strength, stress reduction or balance, this class will help you learn in a non-threatening way.
Zumba- Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15PM
Karmady Yoga- Tuesdays 4:45PM

Strawberry Jam
Celebrate the peak of the Louisiana strawberry harvest with Strawberry Jam this Saturday at the Markets. Farmers and food artisans will feature all things strawberry including strawberry bread, strawberry tarts, strawberry ice cream, strawberry wine, strawberry jam, strawberry jalapeno barbecue sauce, and flats of sweet Louisiana strawberries. Kids can enjoy a berry special strawberry art activity as well as face painting. The Fresh from the Market cooking show will also feature recipes using locally grown strawberries. Chris Motto, Executive Chef of Mansur's on the Boulevard, will join host chef Celeste Gill for the weekly cooking demonstration at 10 am inside the North Street entrance to Main Street.

Corner of Fifth Street and Main Street
Saturdays 8AM-12PM

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

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