Sunshine Social

“Anchors Away” is the theme of September’s Sunshine Social for adults with disabilities and their families and friends. The social, featuring a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes and socialization, is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Milton J. Womack Park.

Cost is a $5 donation to support the program, including supplies and door prizes each month.

Sponsors are BREC and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge.

Dog Day

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s third Dog Day of the year is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, when dogs are welcome to visit the center and its trails with their humans. Dogs must be on a leash and have their vaccinations current.

General admission applies, with pass holders admitted free.

Call (225) 757-8905 for details.

Elephant appreciation

Local libraries are showing their love for the elephant in recognition of Elephant Appreciation Day, which is celebrated in September.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Main Library’s children’s picture book area, kids can learn about Sri Lanka and its famous elephant festival, then make an elephant with paint and a paper plate. Call (225) 231-2760.

At the Carver Branch’s storytime room at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, youngsters ages 6 to 8 can read “Little Why” by Jonny Lambert and make a 3-D standing elephant. Participation is limited to eight children. Call (225) 389-7460.

Pirate tales

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Tuesday, River Center Branch Library invites children ages 5 to 9 to a story and craft at 3:30 p.m.

Listen to “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long, then make a pirate hat and eye patch to take home.


A free Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area Lunch-N-Learn begins at noon Wednesday at the Main Library. Guest speaker Suzanne Hamilton will talk about creating a safe home environment for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Sponsored by Carrington Place and Hospice in His Care, the session is approved for one general social work continuing education unit. A light lunch is included.

Registration is required. Call Molly Benbrook at (225) 334-7494 or email

Book talk

The Main Library at Goodwood is hosting a free book talk with local author Matt Isch in the large meeting room at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Isch will talk about his new “Images of America” book, titled “Capitol Park and Spanish Town.” He also will discuss the history of Spanish Town, one of Baton Rouge’s oldest neighborhoods.


Adult coloring will be offered at Eden Park Branch Library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

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