Children age 4 to 8 can build their dream castle from Lego Junior Maker Blocks on Saturday at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library after inspiration from the book “Mr. King’s Castle” by Genevieve Cote.

Registration is required and space is limited for the program, which starts at 10:30 a.m. in meeting Room 3. Call (225) 763-2260.

Pickleball in the park

Play pickleball Friday, Saturday or Wednesday at the Highland Road Community Park, 14024 High Road.

Friday’s session is from 9 a.m. to noon, and play on Saturday is from 8 a.m. to noon. On Wednesdays, pickleball is from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost is $5 per month or $50 per year per person.

For information, call Richard Bentley-Smith at (225) 273-6403 or email

Hat Run planned

Registration is underway for the Hat Run, a benefit for the Laura Savoy Olinde Foundation.

Online registration continues for $30 per entry until April 13. Race day registration goes to $35. Registration for those 15 years old and younger is $15. Registration includes entry into the 5K run or 1-mile run/walk, 2016 branded event T-shirt, refreshments, entertainment and a free skin cancer screening by local dermatologists.

The run, which promotes skin cancer awareness, is April 16 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Interested volunteers can email Volunteer Coordinator Beth Dunn at

Mid City Art Thaw planned

Six local businesses are joining together to celebrate the Mid City Merchants’ Sixth Annual Mid City Art Thaw, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

All six businesses are on Jefferson Highway between Government Street and Goodwood Avenue.

Celebrating the end of winter will be Brew Ha Ha!, 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 2A; Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway; Monjunis Italian Café & Grocery, 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 4A; Reginelli’s Pizzeria, 684 Jefferson Highway; Sabai Jewelry Gallery, 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 9; and Shavarsh K Jewelry Design Shop, 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 2B.

Each business will feature artists painting on site, music and food.

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