Republican Party of Louisiana Executive Director Jason Doré will be the featured speaker at the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Frank’s Restaurant, 17425 Airline Highway, Prairieville.

Doré’s talk will focus on presidential delegate selection as it applies to Louisiana and other states, a news release said.

Doré, a Lafayette native, holds a bachelor of arts in mass communications from LSU and a Juris Doctorate from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is a founding partner of the firm Christensen, Doré, Jeansonne and Shahla.

Pachyderm meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Cost of the meal is $21. RSVP by calling (225) 644-5728 or emailing info@pachydermsofgbr.org.

Visit facebook.com/PachydermsofGBR for more information.

Fight against Parkinson’s

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 program 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 walktocurearthritis.org/batonrouge or email Sara Morthland at walktocurearthritisbrla@gmail.com to register.

Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day celebrates 25 years on Saturday with a free community event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive.

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.

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