The Carver, Eden Park, Main and River Center branches of East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Regular hours will resume Saturday.

Cinema Saturday

The Main Library will show family-friendly films in the library’s activity rooms from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Call (225) 231-3760 for details.

Anime matinee

The Main Library will show anime films for teens at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Teen Room. Ramen noodles will be served.

New year, new journal

Teens can make their own personalized, pocket-sized notebook from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Carver Branch Library in meeting room 1.

Introduction to genealogy

An Introduction to Genealogy class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Library’s Technology Lab. Learn how to conduct genealogical research, which types of records are used to track a family’s history, which databases the library offers to assist your research and what types of resources are available.

Eden Park Anime Club

The Eden Park Anime Club for teens will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Eden Park Branch Library. Come watch your favorite shows and eat some ramen noodles.

Noon tunes

Members of the Baton Rouge Symphony will perform in the plaza of the Main Library at noon Wednesday.

Teen trivia challenge

Teen and tween fans of “The 5th Wave,” a novel recently made into a major film, will enjoy trivia from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at River Center Branch Library’s Children’s Room on the second floor. Food will be available and prizes will be awarded.

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 on 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 Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff at (225) 388-0215,(225) 603-1998 or