Saturday is the entry deadline for BREC’s annual MLK Basketball Tipoff Classic, slated for Jan. 15-17 at Sports Academy, 1002 Laurel St. The tournament has a two-game guarantee.

Age groups are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Cost is $75 per team. Call (225) 344-9688.

Medicare lecture

“ABCs of Medicare,” a free public lecture presented by Christy Levy, is at 10 a.m. Monday in the fourth-floor conference room of Ochsner Health Center, 9001 Summa Ave. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and is limited to 20 people.

Preregistration deadline is Sunday; call (800) 561-4127 or visit

Teen Anime Club

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library’s Teen Anime Club meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in meeting room 2 for anime and snacks.

Diabetes group to meet

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education and Awareness Group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor auditorium of the main hospital.

The topic is “Dancing into the New Year” with speaker Theresa Townsend, fitness director at Leo S. Butler Community Center.

No registration is required for the free meeting. Call (225) 765-8020 for details.

Activity for older adults

A free Active Older Adults class with instructor Jo Rose will be held at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Southside YMCA, 8482 Perkins Road. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and is limited to 30 participants.

Preregister by Sunday by calling (800) 561-4127 or visiting

Crocheting and knitting

Start 2016 in a crafty way by learning to knit or crochet at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

The Crochet Corner meets at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and covers basic stitches, reading patterns and how to make a scarf. Bring a 5.0 mm (size H) or larger crochet hook. A limited supply of yarn will be provided.

The Knitting Nook, which gets together at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 and Jan. 28, will teach you how to create items including dishcloths, scarves, shawls and blankets. Limited supplies are available. Bring a pair of size 8, 9, 10 or 10 knitting needles and at least one ball of yarn.

Wings of Hope

Leslie Lattimore, of Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary, is coming to Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 to visit with children ages 6 to 11. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Lattimore will introduce children to live birds of prey while presenting facts and history behind the animals as well as their impact on the environment.

Registration is required; call (225) 763-2240.

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