Tuesday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of the Capital Area wants area residents to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps to reduce the chances of developing the disease, a news release said.

The YMCA encourages anyone who wants to lose 7 percent of his or her body weight to take the online risk assessment at ymcabr.org/dpp on March 24 and 25.

All participants who complete the online risk assessment will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win three prizes valued at $150 including a Fit Bit, a 3-month family membership to the Y and a $50 gas card.

The Capital Area YMCA is joining with the YMCA of Greater New Orleans and other Y’s across the country to address the diabetes epidemic, the release said.

The best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes, the release states, is through awareness and prevention.

For information, visit ymcabr.org.

Dog days of spring

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, drops its “no pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets four days a year.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, all pets are welcome, but must be on a leash and have their current vaccinations. Registration is not required.

Visit brec.org/swamp or call (225) 757-8905.

Guitar classes planned

Guitar classes are set from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at North Sherwood Forest Community Park, 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive.

Students will learn the basic skills of guitar including finger locations, tuning, chords and scales.

The cost is $30 per month.

Call (225) 275-0568.

Teen Game Day

Teens can take part in March Madness at the Jones Creek Regional Library on Saturday during Teen Game Day.

From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., teens can play pro basketball on NBA 2K12 for the Xbox 360. Refreshments will be served. Call (225) 756-1170.

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email, southeast@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.