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

Squirrelly storycraft

Children ages 6 to 11 will enjoy squirrel songs and stories such as “Those Darn Squirrels” by Adam Rubin, followed by a squirrel wreath craft, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

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

Meet and greet

A meet and greet with wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

Lockwood has lived and worked in fragile ecosystems whose preservation shapes his artistry.

Adult craft time

Learn to make and stuff teddy bears with members of the Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

All bears will be donated to a local children’s hospital. Materials will be furnished.

Registration is required. Call (225) 756-1150 to sign up.

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

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.

Game night at the library

Rocket’s Hideout Cards and Games will host Game Night for adults on Wednesdays at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. and features games like Kings of Tokyo, Boss Monster, Munchkin and Takenoko.

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