Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area will host free, confidential memory screenings for East Baton Rouge Parish residents from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Drive.

Call Katherine Schillings at (225) 334-7494 or email for information.

Social Security workshop

“Filing for Social Security: Flexibility and Choices for Your Retirement Income” workshops with George Thompson, a financial adviser with Waddell & Reed Inc., will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

Call Thompson at (225) 819-2983 or email for information.

Fall chess

Chess classes for beginners and intermediate-level players will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Main Library. A novice tournament is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Classes are for youths ages 9 to 13 as well as adults, but younger children must have the permission of a chess coach and be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required; call (225) 231-3740.

Happy birthday, teddy bear!

The teddy bear celebrates its birthday every year on Nov. 18, so River Center Branch Library will mark the occasion with children ages 5 to 9 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

A reading of “My Bear Gritz” by Suzanne McGinness will be followed by the making of a teddy bear puzzle to take home. Call (225) 389-4959 for information.

Wii Sports archery

Teens can practice their archery skills with Wii Sports from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Carver Branch Library.

Points will be recorded and a prize will be awarded to the best archer.

An evening of history

“The History of West Florida: From Colony to Republic,” a presentation by librarian Chris Achee, is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Main Library.

Achee, who is on the board of the Louisiana Society Sons of the American Revolution and Sons and Daughters of the Province and Republic of West Florida, will appear as Don Carlos de Grand-Pré, governor of Baton Rouge from 1799 to 1808.

NaNoWriMo write-ins

Aspiring authors can work on their National Novel Writing Month pieces from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Main Library.

Comic Book Club

The Main Library’s Comic Book Club will discuss “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Study Room 2E.

Scholarship workshop

Teens in need of help applying for scholarships can get assistance from a representative from LSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship office at River Center Branch Library at 4:15 p.m. Nov. 19.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998, or email,