Free St. Patrick’s rides

It’s not too late to sign up for free Uber rides home on Saturday from Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, part of the firm’s “Safe Ride Home” initiative to reduce incidents of drinking and driving during St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays.

Free rides are available only from establishments serving alcohol to residences within Baton Rouge. Ride costs are capped at $50; visit by noon Friday to register. Once registered, participants will receive email confirmation with a $50 Uber credit code valid from 10 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.

Theater production

Baton Rouge Community College Theatre will present "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan-Lori Parks at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Pavilion’s Black Box Theatre.

The cast, directed by assistant professor of film and theatre David Sedevie, features Ahmad Guerin as Lincoln and Jabari London as Boothe, two African-American brothers coping with women, work, poverty, gambling, racism and their troubled upbringings.

Performances are free for BRCC students, faculty and staff. Cost is $10 for general admission and $8 for all other students. Call or text (225) 362-7640 or email or

CASA volunteer training

The Capital Area Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association is seeking volunteers to serve children in East Baton Rouge Parish. CASA volunteers speak up for abused children to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

CASA is accepting people into its next volunteer training course, which begins April 18. No special background is required. Volunteers must attend a 45-minute orientation session at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave. Upcoming sessions will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. March 30.

For more information, call (225) 379-8598, visit or email

VITA Tax Assistance

VITA Tax Assistance continues to offer help at Carver Branch Library to qualified residents with preparing and electronically filing income tax returns at no charge.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23. Visit to make an appointment.

Chess tournament

The Main Library will hold a novice chess tournament Saturday, with sign-in at 9:30 a.m. and tournament play beginning at 10 a.m. The tournament is for ages 9 to 13, though brave adults are welcome. Eight-year-olds with the permission of a chess coach and accompanied by an adult also are eligible.

Registration is required; call (225) 231-3740.

Health education class

Humana is offering a class on caring for a loved one with dementia at 1 p.m. Monday at its Humana Community Location, 10330 Airline Highway. The class is free and open to the public.

Call (225) 442-6100 for details or to RSVP.

Lego Mississippi Queens

As part of the yearlong One Book One Community celebration, children ages 4 to 7 can read “Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi” by Cheryl Harness and create Lego riverboats at 4:30 p.m. March 23 at Eden Park Branch Library.

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