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 other participants.

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, or email Sara Morthland at to register.

Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day celebrates 25 years on Saturday with a free community event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Highway.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features games, arts and crafts, obstacle courses, healthy snacks and health information on developing a healthy routine at home.

Library goes to the dogs

Members of the Louisiana Capital Area Obedience Club will be at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Families are invited to come see the different dog breeds and discuss training and responsible pet ownership, then watch the dogs show the results of their training and do some tricks.

Call (225) 756-1160 to register.

Children’s Book Week pics

In honor of Children’s Book Week, kids of all ages can stop by Jones Creek Regional Branch Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through May 7 to have their picture taken with their favorite book or story.

Color photos will be printed on cardstock while you wait. Children also can sign up to win a free book. No registration is necessary.

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

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