The Voices of Hope Gospel Singers of Baton Rouge is sponsoring “Standing Strong in Sickle Cell,” a gospel concert honoring families affected by sickle cell disease, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Nazarene Baptist Church, 1707 Spanish Town Road.

The concert will benefit the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, now in its 42nd year of service to 11 parishes. Visit for information.

Book talk and signing

Robert Jacobus will talk about and sign copies of his book, “Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century,” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in meeting room 1 at Carver Branch Library and again from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the meeting room at Eden Park Branch Library.

The book by Jacobus, a history teacher for more than two decades, includes first-hand accounts from players, coaches and others who aided integration of collegiate sports in Houston, promoting racial equality in the South as a whole.

Sunshine Social: Superheroes

BREC, along with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, will host Sunshine Social: Superheroes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Milton J. Womack Park.

This themed, monthly social for ages 16 and older with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their friends and family features a DJ, snacks, door prizes and socialization. A $5 donation is suggested.

Black history event

Featured performances from area schools and local choral groups will touch on the contributions African-Americans have made locally and globally at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Independence Park Theater. Call (225) 229-7785 for information.

Patriotic story and craft

Celebrate all of our American presidents from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at River Center Branch Library’s Children’s Room. Children ages 6 to 9 will read excerpts from “U.S. Presidents” by Ken Jennings, learn some little-known facts and make a patriotic pinwheel to take home.

One Book One Community

East Baton Rouge Parish Library kicks off the 10th annual spring One Book One Community initiative with a free party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Main Library Plaza.

The party includes a Huey Long sing-along of the LSU fight song, an old-time county fair, music, food , games and activities, Huey Long impersonators, soap box debaters and mock voting.

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