Baton Rouge Zoo will recognize and honor those actively serving and who have served in the armed forces from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Activities will include displays and demonstrations by military and military support groups, as well as a special bald eagle chat.

Military veterans and active military will receive free admission for themselves and up to five guests when presenting a valid military ID. Regular admission applies for nonmilitary members.

Call (225) 775-3877 for details.

NaNoWriMo write-in

The Writers Club at Eden Park Branch Library will host a write-in for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available for aspiring writers.

A separate NaNoWriMo write-in will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Main Library.

Dialogue on Race series

Every Saturday in November and the first Saturday in December, Eden Park Branch Library will host a discussion on racism with Maxine Crump, chief executive officer for Dialogue on Race Louisiana. Discussion begins at noon. Light refreshments will be served.

Poetry and poster contest

In recognition of November as National Career Development Month, the Career Center and Louisiana Career Development Association are sponsoring a poetry and poster contest for middle and high school students in conjunction with the National Career Development Association.

A brief presentation about career choice, followed by time for students to work on their entries, will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library. Materials will be provided. Registration is required; call (225) 231-3740.

Completed entries are due by Nov. 14. Visit for details.

Color your world

Adults ages 19 to 30-ish can take part in coloring from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at River Center Branch Library. Coloring sheets and pencils will be provided.

Our hero soldiers

Children ages 6 to 8 can come to Carver Branch Library at 4 p.m. Monday to hear a reading of two books about hero soldiers and veterans: “Hero Mom” by Melinda Hardin and “Remembering Our Heroes: Veterans Day” by Kelly Rodgers.

After the reading, kids will make a soldier craft out of construction paper and green paint. Participation is limited to 10 children. Call (225) 389-7460 to register.

Teen Craft Club

Teens will create poetry from the pages of old books from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at River Center Branch Library. Participants may donate poems to be displayed on the library’s second floor for the month of November. Snacks will be provided.

Splash pads close

In preparation for winter, BREC closed the City-Brooks and Jackson community parks splash pads for the 2015 season on Saturday. The splash pads will reopen in the spring.

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