The Pelican Woodcarvers Guild is coming to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library for a two-part program on woodcarving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday . This workshop is for adults, teens and children ages 8 to 11.

Guild members will cover the basics of woodcarving, from how to get started to the proper tools to use, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from noon to 2 p.m. the carvers will demonstrate different techniques and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

The Bluebonnet library is at 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Eyes on the skies

Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, will host a solar viewing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

Staff will show the sun indirectly via projection onto a white surface, directly via safely-filtered optical light and directly with a new Coronoda Solar Max II H-alpha telescope. Visitors will be able to see any sizable sunspots or flares occurring. Protective clothing and sunscreen are recommended.

Call (225) 768-9948 or email for more information.

Actors’ starter kit

Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd., will host a “Launch Your Acting Career: Starter Kit” workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

Participants will learn about taking professional headshots, agency representation, preparing for professional auditions and more.

The program is open to all ages and costs $25 per person. Visit to register.

Fitness Rocks

Fitness Rocks, a day of group exercise and wellness activities for the whole family, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Drive.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Healthy BR, Whole Foods, Training by Adrian Brumfield and the Y.

The lineup includes Wanda ZumbaDiva, Gracie Perkins, Adrian Brumfield, Tanesha Craig, Terrell Robertson and Joey Godfrey with comedian Van Chew as host and a special musical performance by Love-N-Pain.

For more information, contact Kristen Hogan at (225) 923-0653 ext. 1104 or

Heritage society to meet

The Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana meets at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. All meetings are open to the public.

The topic is “Domingues of Louisiana: Recent Findings and Travel Photos.” The presentation will feature some past history of the Domingue family by Bertha Domingue, society member Wade Falcon will uncover some mysteries and recent ancestral findings about the Domingue ship ancestors, and the Rev. Ken Domingue will share photos from his 2015 trip to the island of Tenerife, illustrating the places where the Domingue family lived near San Juan De La Rambla.

For more information, visit or email

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