Black history

BREC and East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilwoman Erika Green present “The Historic Voices of Change: Moments in East Baton Rouge Parish Black History” at Independence Park Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s free and open to the public.

The annual Black History Month ceremony brings together people from across the parish to look back on contributions by African-Americans in the parish and around the world.

Black history bingo

Eden Park Branch Library is offering black history-themed bingo from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be provided and prizes will be awarded.

AmeriCorps jobs

The Main Library is hosting “Jobs That Make a Difference: Serve a Term with AmeriCorps” in large conference room 102 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

AmeriCorps offers a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to serve with local nonprofits, make a positive difference and gain experience. SBP is hiring through AmeriCorps for disaster recovery jobs.

Visit to register.

Film series

Carver Branch Library wraps up its Black History Month film series at 11 a.m. Saturday in meeting room 1 with “Purple Rain,” an Oscar-winning musical drama starring Prince.

Swamp volunteers

There’s still time to sign up for Bluebonnet Swamp Volunteer Day on Saturday. Volunteers will fan out across the swamp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to root out invasive plant species. Gloves and hand tools will be provided.

For information or to register, call Shannon Guidry at (225) 757-8905 or email

Sendak exhibit

Sunday is the last chance to view “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, Works, Reasons” at the Main Library.

The memorial display in the Children’s Room celebrates the author-illustrator of the children's classic “Where the Wild Things Are.” The exhibit debuted in 2013 in celebration of the book’s 50th anniversary and has toured several venues throughout the United States.

Fashion and fabric

Teens can learn printmaking and patterning through traditional African textiles at Carver Branch Library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Take inspiration from kente, mud and ankara cloth to make a hand-stamped scarf or bandana.

Tea dance

Milton J. Womack Park offers a tea dance program for seniors ages 50 and older from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday. Enjoy live entertainment, light refreshments and dancing with friends.

Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call (225) 272-9200 or email

Trivia competition

Black History Month trivia begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carver Branch Library for ages 18 and older. Prizes will be awarded.

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