Jones Creek Regional Branch Library will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Regular hours will resume Saturday.

Walk with the birds

A member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society will lead a bird walk from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.

Beginners are welcome, as are people of all ages. Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended.

Registration is not required. General admission fees apply; pass holders get in free. Call (225) 757-8905 for information.

Science Academy

Highland Road Park Observatory will host its Science Academy for children from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Children will have a chance to take part in visual presentations and hands-on demonstrations related to astronomy, physics and space science, a news release said. In addition, children can rise through the ranks and earn higher Cadet Certificates through the year.

Registration is required. Cost is $5 for East Baton Rouge residents or $6 for nonresidents. Call (225) 768-9948 or email

‘Little Picassos’

BREC offers “Little Picassos” for children ages 4 to 10 and their parents from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Baringer Road Park. Families will create simple paintings and do arts and crafts together. Materials will be provided.

BREC New Year’s hours

BREC’s administrative offices, 6201 Florida Blvd., will be closed Friday for the New Year’s Day holiday. Normal operating hours will resume at all BREC facilities Monday.

All BREC golf courses will remain open for the New Year’s holiday. All recreation and tennis centers will close at noon on New Year’s Eve. Both will remain closed on New Year’s Day.

Baton Rouge Zoo, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Cohn Arboretum and Magnolia Mound Plantation will close Friday.

Independence Park Theatre and Highland Road Park Observatory will close on Thursday and Friday. Farr Park Equestrian Center will close on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day but will hold lessons from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Perkins Road Extreme Park’s BMX track and rock climbing wall will close on Thursday and Friday; the skate park will remain open.

Baton Rouge Gallery is closed through Jan. 4.

Call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Volunteer drivers needed

The American Cancer Society for Road to Recovery is in need of volunteers in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Volunteers will drive patients in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes to and from their cancer treatments. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and carry insurance on their vehicle.

Volunteers should be willing to commit at least five hours a month and have flexible morning/day schedules.

To volunteer or for information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

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