Children ages 4 to 6 will enjoy a reading of “The Ghosts Go Haunting” by Helen Ketteman at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, then make a jack-o’-lantern Halloween ornament.

Registration is required. Call (225) 763-2240 to sign up.

Social Security workshop

George Thompson, a financial adviser with Waddell & Reed Inc., will present “Filing for Social Security: Flexibility and Choices for Your Retirement Income” at 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

For more information, call Thompson at (225) 819-2983 or email gthompson

Walking Bingo

Walking Bingo, a class with instructor John Lopez, will be held Tuesday at BREC North Sherwood Forest, 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and class begins at 10 a.m.

Participation is limited to 50 people and there is no fee to attend. The deadline to sign up is Monday; call (800) 561-4127 or visit

Welcome to the Internet

An Introduction to the Internet class for adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

Attendees do not have to have any knowledge of the Internet. Neither equipment nor supplies are needed.

Breast cancer program

Dr. Wayne D. Gravois will present a free program, “Think Pink: An Overview of Breast Cancer,” at noon Wednesday at Baton Rouge General Physicians Family Health Center, 3801 North Blvd.

Seating is limited; visit or call (800) 561-4127 to reserve your spot.

Book club meeting

The High Five Book Club, for ages 9 to 11, meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. Members will discuss J. Spinelli’s “Loser” and craft a silver star magnet. You must be a registered member to attend.

Haunted hikes for kids

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s Haunted Hikes for younger children will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Admission is $6 per person. Fast Passes are available through

Children will learn about snakes, insects, rats and other critters at educational stations along the trail, track down costumed characters to receive treasures, then trek through the swamp “graveyard” to the Education Building for carnival games and story time.

Costumes are welcome, and participants should bring a flashlight. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Enter your sweet treats

A pies, jams and jellies contest will be held Oct. 25 at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair.

Check-in for entry will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and judging begins at 3:30 p.m. Premiums will be paid for winning entries for first, second and third place in each category.

There is no entry fee, and contestants receive free entry to the fair. For more information, email

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