Little monsters ages 4 to 7 are welcome at the Main Library for a spooky story and craft from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Listen to a reading of Lois Grambling’s “T. Rex Trick-or-Treats” and other Halloween stories, then make spooky costumes with paper bags.

Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and limited to 10 children. Call (225) 231-3740.

Social Security workshop

George Thompson, a financial adviser with Waddell & Reed Inc., will present “Filing for Social Security: Flexibility and Choices for Your Retirement Income” at 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

For more information, call Thompson at (225) 819-2983 or email gthompson@

Teen job workshop

Teens looking for a job or applying to college this fall can get free help writing an essay or cover letter at the River Center Branch Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

Walking Bingo

Walking Bingo, a class with instructor John Lopez, will be held Tuesday at BREC North Sherwood Forest, 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and class begins at 10 a.m.

Participation is limited to 50 people, and there is no fee to attend. The deadline to sign up is Monday; call (800) 561-4127 or visit

Zoomobile at Carver

The Baton Rouge Zoo’s Zoomobile visits Carver Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Attendees will compare their own senses to those of animals through imaginative and interactive activities.

Call (225) 389-7440 to register.

Breast cancer program

Dr. Wayne D. Gravois will present a free program, “Think Pink: An Overview of Breast Cancer,” at noon Wednesday at Baton Rouge General Physicians Family Health Center, 3801 North Blvd.

Seating is limited; visit or call (800) 561-4127 to reserve a spot.

Mad for Madden

Eden Park Branch Library’s Gaming Club for teens will play “Madden ’15” on the Xbox 360 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Creative calaveras

Teens can create and decorate calaveras, or skulls, from clay, which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Carver Branch Library.

Haunted hikes for kids

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s Haunted Hikes for younger children will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Admission is $6 per person. Fast Passes are available through

Children will learn about snakes, insects, rats and other critters at educational stations along the trail, track down costumed characters to receive treasures, then trek through the swamp “graveyard” to the Education Building for carnival games and story time.

Costumes are welcome, and participants should bring a flashlight. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Enter your sweet treats

A pies, jams and jellies contest will be held Oct. 25 at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair.

Check-in for entry will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and judging begins at 3:30 p.m. Premiums will be paid for winning entries for first, second and third place in each category.

There is no entry fee, and contestants receive free entry to the fair. For more information, email

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