The holiday parties and gift-giving have passed and many are turning their attention to resolutions for the new year.

The Southside Advocate staff is hoping churches, school groups, neighborhood associations and nonprofit organizations will consider resolving to share their news with us in 2015.

Photographs and information about accomplishments and happenings are shared on our pages every week.

Call us at (225) 336-6952.

Program encourages parents to volunteer

Opening Doors, a Baton Rouge-area nonprofit organization, recently completed its Holiday Superstore program.

Parents of children at the Charlie Thomas Head Start were challenged to volunteer at the school to earn points for their children to receive Christmas gifts, a news release from the program said.

After the points were earned, members of St. John’s United Methodist Church shopped from wish lists provided by the children and their families.

One hundred families took part, earning 88 bicycles and hundreds of gifts for their children.

Get nails done at library

Teens can start the new year with a fresh manicure thanks to a Monday program at the Bluebonnet Regional Library branch.

Teens can decorate their nails during the one-hour program starting at 3:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room 1.

For information, call (225) 763-2270

Group helps families deal with trach issues

The Trach Support Group is meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Times Grill, 5207 Essen Lane.

The free program, which meets the first Monday of each month, is for parents of children with tracheostomy tubes. Parents share resources and information.

The group plans to start a Denham Springs meeting soon.

For information, call (225) 200-5178.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email southside@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.