The Jones Creek Area Business Association’s annual Christmas parade has been canceled this year, said John Kovalcik, past president and Webmaster for the JCABA.

“It’s not the construction so much as the areas where people generally stand to watch the parade that aren’t suitable,” Kovalcik said.

Plans are in the works to reroute the parade around the problem areas so that next year the parade will resume.

Yappy Hour

Capital Area Animal Welfare Society will host its monthly Yappy Hour for dogs from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Raising Cane’s Dog Park at Forest Community Park. Visit for information.

‘The Nutcracker,’ bayou style

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, accompanied by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, presents “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the River Center Theatre.

Tickets are $45 for orchestra (floor level), $38 for balcony rows A-C, $25 for balcony rows D-J and $20 for balcony rows K-O. Ballet VIP members can purchase tickets for $55. Visit

Holiday movie for kids

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library will show “The Polar Express” to children ages 6 to 11 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday. Bring your favorite finger foods.

Children and their families may wear their favorite appropriate pajamas and bring snacks to another showing of “The Polar Express” at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required for the evening show; call (225) 756-1160.

Santa Drop-n-Shop

Parents in need of some time to finish holiday shopping or just take a break can bring their children to Antioch Boulevard Park for BREC’s Santa Drop-n-Shop from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

The program, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, is $14 per child and includes snacks, drinks and a dinner. There will be recreation games, socialization, crafts and more.

Call (225) 272-9200 for information.

Teen movie day

The featured movie for teens at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, is “Inside Out.” Refreshments will be served.

The Christmas pickle

A story and craft time for children ages 6 to 11 will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

Listen to a reading of the book “Deck the Walls” by Erin Dealey, then learn about the legend of the Christmas pickle and use sand to decorate a Christmas pickle ornament to take home.

Registration is required; call (225) 756-1160.

Word games for adults

Scrabble and Quiddler enthusiasts are invited to come play with other adults from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Prizes will be awarded.

Closed for Christmas

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library will be closed Dec. 24-25 in observance of Christmas.

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email, Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.