Rock Steady Boxing, a fitness program to fight Parkinson’s disease and improve quality of life, sense of efficacy and self-worth for those affected by the disease, recently launched at the Southside YMCA, 8482 Perkins Road.

Classes are from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. A one-time registration fee of $70 includes a wellness assessment with a personal trainer and boxing gloves. The class is $50 per month for members and $75 for nonmembers.

You don’t need boxing experience to participate, and there’s no age requirement.

Call (225) 766-2991 for details.

Arthritis walk is Saturday

The 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis gets underway with registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. May 14 at Woodlawn High School. A program including messages from people with arthritis begins at 8:20 a.m., followed by the walk at 9 a.m.

Money raised from the walk will help support programs, research and advocacy initiatives.

Visit walktocurearthritis.org/batonrouge, or email Sara Morthland at walkto curearthritisbrla@gmail.com to register.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Independence Community Park will host a Cinco de Mayo Fest from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Stop by for authentic Mexican food, music, a children’s village, arts and crafts, information vendors, family games and more.

The festival, in honor of the holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is made possible by a partnership between BREC and AmeriHealth Caritas.

Poems for mothers

Carver Branch Library invites children ages 8 to 11 to a story time and craft program all about mothers at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Listen to a reading of poetry from “Poems for Mothers” selected by Myra Cohn Livingston, then make a heart craft for mom.

Spring art festival returns

Baton Rouge Mid-City Merchants’ 13th annual spring art festival, “Hot Art, Cool Nights,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 6. Shuttle bus transportation will be available.

Proceeds will help purchase public art for the Mid City area.

For information, email info@midcitymerchants.org.

Author talk and signing

Author and professor Christina Vella will talk about and sign copies of her book, “George Washington Carver: A Life,” at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana Heritage Lecture at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the East Room of the Old Governor’s Mansion.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception hosted by Calandro’s Fine Cellars at 6 p.m. It is free for FHL members and $10 for guests. Call (225) 387-2464 for details.

Vella works as a consultant for the U.S. State Department, lectures on historical and biographical topics and is a visiting professor at Tulane University.

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

Editor’s Note: This story was changed on April 28 to correct the date of the Walk to Cure Arthritis.