The Foundation for Historical Louisiana presents “Baton Rouge Preservation Wins and Losses of the Past 50 Years,” part of the Heritage Lecture Series, at 6 p.m. March 10 at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

Speaker is Natalie Mead, curator and education director at the Old Governor’s Mansion. There also will be viewing of photos and displays on wins and losses in Louisiana preservation efforts in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act.

Cost is $10 for guests, free to foundation members. Call (225) 387-2464 to register.

CASA volunteer orientation

Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

Orientation sessions will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, noon March 10, 1 p.m. March 14, 6 p.m. March 22 and 3 p.m. March 30. Sessions are 45 minutes long and are held at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave. The next volunteer training course begins May 3.

Call (225) 37-8598, email or visit for information.

Stick Horse Rodeo

Saddle up for the annual Stick Horse Rodeo on April 9 at BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6402 River Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by competition from 10 a.m. to noon.

Children ages 2 to 7 will compete in bronc riding, bull riding, pole bending, barrel racing and flag racing in a miniature rodeo arena on stick horses. Prizes will be given in two age groups. Bring your own stick horse or borrow one from BREC.

A petting zoo, face-painting and other equine activities also will be available.

Registration is $5 per event or $20 for all five events. Call (225) 769-7805 or visit for information.

Rockin’ the Swamp

The world of geology is the focus of Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s seventh annual Rockin’ at the Swamp event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19.

Visitors will be treated to activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils; hands-on exhibits by hobbyists; and vendors selling gemstone jewelry, rough and polished mineral specimens, fossils and more.

Also featured are a “Gold” Mine and Treasure Trail where people can hunt for specimens, a stone craft corner, a rock-climbing wall, fossil quarry, a rock tumbler jump house and event souvenir buckets.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 17, $2 for Bluebonnet Swamp pass holders and free for children ages 2 and younger.

Call (225) 757-8905 or visit for information.

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