1. Cassini’s Grand Finale: Hear the last transmission of a satellite at the Highland Park Observatory Friday September 15 from 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. No admission fee. For all ages. Visitors must adhere to all rules. It has highlighted our lives for over a decade—providing unprecedented images of the Saturnian system. It has been the source of inspiration and imagination for millions of Americans and other Earthlings. Now we say goodbye as it sacrifices itself to prevent any potential cross-contamination of microbial life. Join us for Cassini’s swan song. The venerable Deep Space Network will receive the final bittersweet transmission from the Cassini craft as it keeps its antenna pointed toward its home planet while plunging into the atmosphere of Saturn for a fiery demise. 

2. Paint Something: Kids only! The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is still accepting artwork for its 4th Annual Estuary Artworks contest in collaboration with National Estuaries Day. This year’s theme is Our Estuary. . . My Future: Protecting the Colors of the Estuary! Deadline for artwork submittal is Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4pm to the BTNEP office. BTNEP would like to invite all students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who live in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System (BTES) to participate in BTNEP’s event. Children are encouraged to express their creativity by drawing items or scenes related to life in the estuary! Call Kristy Monier at 985-447-0868 for info.

3. Adopt a pet: Visit the Donaldsonville area Tractor Supply during Pet Appreciation Week September 13-17. Bring your pet pig, dog, cat or goat along with you. Enjoy the company's biggest pet food and supply sale of the year!