A woman with Baton Rouge ties is competing this week in the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Olivia Coffey, 25, whose team took the gold medal in the women’s quadruple sculls at last year’s championship in South Korea, got the fastest time of three heats in the first round of competition on Sunday, said her mother, Margaret Coffey.

Coffey’s team advances to the semifinals Thursday, Aug. 28.

Another woman with Baton Rouge connections, Meghan O’Leary, is also racing in the Netherlands in the women’s double sculls.

For more information on the games, visit the World Rowing website, www.world rowing.com.

We’ll have more information in future issues of The Southside Advocate.

Anime Day set at library

The Bluebonnet Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is holding Anime Day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.

The day will include viewing of anime shows and snacks.

Anime are Japanese animated productions usually featuring hand-drawn or computer animation.

The event is in meeting room 2.

Walk with birds at swamp

Want to learn about birds?

Bluebonnet Swamp will be the place to be Sept. 6, as the nature center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, hosts “A Walk With the Birds.”

Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, visitors will take a morning hike through the forest and swamp while identifying various bird species.

Bird-watching techniques and identification tips are also discussed. Beginners are welcome.

Field guides and binoculars are optional but recommended.

The walk starts at 7 a.m.

General admission fees apply; no admission fee applies to pass holders.

Call (225) 757-8905 or visit brec.org/swamp.

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