The world of geology is the focus of Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s seventh annual Rockin’ at the Swamp event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19.

Visitors will be treated to activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils; hands-on exhibits by hobbyists; and vendors selling gemstone jewelry, rough and polished mineral specimens, fossils and more.

Also featured are a “Gold” Mine and Treasure Trail where people can hunt for specimens, a stone craft corner, a rock climbing wall, fossil quarry, a rock tumbler jump house and event souvenir buckets.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 17, $2 for Bluebonnet Swamp pass holders and free for children ages 2 and younger.

Call (225) 757-8905 or visit for information.

STEM Expo set May 6

The 2016 Louisiana STEM Expo, sponsored and founded by Kenilworth Science and Technology School, will be held May 6 at the River Center.

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics expo was held at the Kenilworth gymnasium in previous years but has outgrown the space.

“We wanted to expand the event so more people could enjoy it,” said Eugene T. Eski, superintendent at Kenilworth. “We also have had many requests to expand the expo to include high school students, so we are truly opening this up to most students in Louisiana.”

All public, private, parochial, charter and home school students in Louisiana in sixth through 12th grades are eligible to participate. Register for free at

Participating students can compete in chemistry, life sciences, physics, math or technology and will work with teachers and/or mentors to prepare a demonstration to present at the expo, a news release said. Presenters will be judged by university and industry volunteers. Winners and their teachers will receive prizes.

Industry partners, nonprofits, local museums, higher education institutions and federal and state agencies are invited to participate as exhibitors or sponsors. Visit for information.

Federal government careers

Learn about a career with the federal government during a March 16 program at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

The free seminar, set to begin at 11:30 a.m., will be led by Bill Tyler, retired administrative officer at Southern Regional Research Center.

Learn about job opportunities, application procedures and benefits in the federal civil service system.

Registration is required; call (225) 381-8434 or email Lynette Lee at

Politics: today vs. yesterday

Ever wonder how famous politicians from the past would fare in today’s political area?

Radio commentator and political analyst Jim Engster will lead a discussion on what strategies Huey P. Long would use to win in today’s political landscape during a March 15 program at the Main Library at Goodwood Boulevard.

The 7 p.m. program will focus on how Long would run a campaign with social media and other modern forms of communication and influence.

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