Teacher appreciation

TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway is celebrating the contributions of teachers by giving away $1,000 this month to a teacher in the community.

The public is invited to nominate teachers on the restaurant’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TJRibs, through Feb. 15. The teacher receiving the most votes will be awarded $1,000 to help them nurture their students.

Make it a Movie Night

Celebrate true love with Westley and Buttercup during BREC’s Make it a Movie Night featured film, “The Princess Bride” (PG), at 7 p.m. Friday at Independence Park Theatre.

Concessions are available for purchase at this free, family-friendly indoor film series.

Valentine's story and craft

Hippos are the focus of a story and craft for children ages 5 to 11 at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Kids will listen to a story and make a hippo Valentine card holder box. Call (225) 756-1160 to register.

Fairwood Branch Library’s story and craft begins at 3 p.m. Monday. Ages 4 to 9 will listen to two books, learn Valentine rhymes and decorate a heart crown. Participation is limited to 12 children. Call (225) 924-9386 to register.

Bead bracelets

Mardi Gras beads will become stylish bracelets in the hands of teens and tweens from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Participants should bring any beads they’ve caught at a parade.

ZooMobile

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library will host Baton Rouge Zoo’s ZooMobile at 2:30 p.m. Monday. The hour-long program for ages 4 and older includes live animals and biofacts with a focus on wildlife conservation.

Call (225) 756-1160 to register.

Libraries closed

All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations will be closed Tuesday in observance of Mardi Gras. Regular hours resume Wednesday.

Catfish rodeo

Take a break from Mardi Gras festivities on Tuesday with the Geaux Fish Catfish Rodeo at North Sherwood Community Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The park’s new pond will be stocked with adult channel catfish. The event also includes prizes, children’s activities and a Mardi Gras toss.

Registration is free. To sign up or for more information, visit brec.org/geauxfish or call (225) 388-3029.

Flashlight Night

Explore Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center during Flashlight Night at the Swamp from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16.

The evening includes live animal encounters, special nature films and nighttime hikes with family and friends — just remember to bring a flashlight. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellant are recommended for hikers.

General admission fees apply and pass holders get in free. For more information, call (225) 757-8905.

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email, southeast@theadvocate.com. Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.