TOPSoccer is the newest addition to the Baton Rouge Soccer club’s program lineup.

The Outreach Program for Soccer, known as TOPSoccer, is a partnership with BRSC, Families Helping Families, BREC and The Arc, said Josh Reynolds, BRSC director of operations.

The soccer club is kicking off the new program with a jamboree starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Field 6 at the Burbank Soccer Complex, Reynolds said.

The program is for players 3 and older with physical or intellectual disabilities, Reynolds said.

TOPSoccer is designed to focus on player development, teamwork, fitness, improving self-esteem and community involvement, he said.

Specialized equipment will be used.

To register, email Josh Reynolds at

Police host Halloween do

The Baton Rouge Police Department is hosting a Halloween party complete with costumes, games and food.

The free event, dubbed “Boo with the Blue,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the department’s new headquarters at the site of the former Woman’s Hospital on Airline Highway at Goodwood Boulevard.

Officers will hand out candy during the event, which also will feature music, a haunted house and a costume contest, a police spokeswoman said.

The party, which is open to the public, will be geared toward younger children. In addition to the fun and games, attendees will be able to view some of the department’s vehicles and horses, police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa said.

Scary craft, book at library

Celebrate Halloween with a book and a scary craft project.

The Bluebonnet Regional Library Branch’s “Dem Bones” program will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the library’s storytime room.

Registration is required. Call (225) 763-2260.

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