Sunshine Socials

BREC and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge are offering a pair of Sunshine Socials for those with disabilities and their families and friends. Both socials are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Ages 16 and older will enjoy a Mardi Gras masquerade ball at Milton J. Womack Park, while ages 10 to 16 will gather at Independence Community Park.

Socials include a disc jockey, snacks and door prizes. A $5 donation supports the program, including supplies and door prizes.

Film series

Carver Branch Library’s Black History Month film series continues at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Show in meeting room 1, the movie is the story of Jesse Owens’ rise to fame with his record-breaking four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

African American Read-In

Eden Park Branch Library is celebrating Black History Month with the National African American Read-In from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Families, children, teens and adults are invited to participate by reading aloud a poem or excerpt from the library’s collection.

To sign up as a reader, call (225) 231-3260.

Monster masks

In honor of the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibit, children are invited to make a monster mask during library hours Monday through Feb. 24 in the children’s picture book area of the Main Library.

The project will be available while supplies last. Children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are not allowed.

Bead mosaics

Teens can turn Mardi Gras beads into beautiful mosaic works of art at River Center Branch Library from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Supplies will be provided.

Author talk

Learn about “The Brides of La Baleine” from author Randall Ladnier at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Library. Ladnier will share the history of the 88 young French women who volunteered to marry soldiers and settlers of the Louisiana colony in 1720s.

The women came to Louisiana on a ship named La Baleine, arriving in Biloxi in January 1721. Many married and had large families, some with descendants still living in Gulf Coast states. Ladnier himself is a descendant of bride Marie Angelique Girard.

Black history

The community is invited to the annual Black History Month ceremony at Independence Park Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. All ages are welcome.

The program reflects on and recognizes the contributions African-Americans have made in East Baton Rouge Parish and around the world.

For information, email or call (225) 272-9200, ext. 545.

Swamp volunteer day

Save the date for Bluebonnet Swamp Volunteer Day, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Volunteers will be provided gloves and hand tools to help root out invasive plant species in the swamp.

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

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