Carver Branch Library’s Black History Month Film Series continues Thursday and Friday.

Part II, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, will feature a historical drama depicting a little-known event in African-American history involving the devastation of a small Florida community in 1923. A false accusation results in the formation of a violent mob intent on finding a culprit in a community already burdened with racial discord, a news release said.

Part III, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, will feature a critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film loyal to “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.”

Parents’ Valentine’s Day out

Parents in need of a night out for Valentine’s Day can bring their children to Gus Young Park from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday for supervised recreation activities and games with BREC. Cost is $14 per child. Call (225) 272-9200 for information.

Anti-Valentine party

An anti-Valentine’s Day party for teens, featuring the making of “valentines” and a movie, is set for 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Main Library’s Teen Room.

BREC spring baseball league

BREC’s spring baseball league for children ages 6 to 13 begins its season on Monday at a number of parks across Baton Rouge, including Independence Community.

For information, call (225) 273-6403 or email

Trivia time at Eden Park

African-American history trivia for teens will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Eden Park Branch Library. Prizes will be rewarded, and refreshments will be served.

Louisiana bingo

In honor of the One Book One Community Program, the Children’s Room at the Main Library will host Louisiana bingo for children interested in challenging themselves and one another in their knowledge of Louisiana history and geography.

The game gets underway at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required and limited to 20 children ages 8 to 11; call (225) 231-3740.

MLK storycraft

A story and craft time featuring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Storytime Room at Eden Park Branch Library. Children ages 7 to 11 will listen to a reading of “A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.,” then create mini-signs stating what they would want if they were marching today. The signs will be displayed on a poster in the library for Black History Month.


River Center Branch Library invites teens to test their engineering skills in a marshmallow building challenge from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Compete for prizes in this creative STEAM program and enjoy snacks.

12-week creative art course

Baton Rouge Gallery will offer a 12-week creative art course with certified facilitator Anne Marks using “The Artist’s Way at Work” as a guide to creative freedom beginning Feb. 23.

Courses will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a free informational session Feb. 16, at City-Brooks Community Park and are open to ages 18 and older. Cost is $350 and includes all materials. Call (225) 383-1470 to register.

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