The Dunham School’s Kids’ Orchestra is holding its Neighborhood Showcase series at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 11111 Roy Emerson Road.

The concert will feature students from The Dunham School and Gardere Community Christian School.

This is the fifth performance of the eight-show series.

Attendees are asked to make a $5 donation by purchasing a ticket for the school’s holiday raffle to win an Xbox, a 32-inch TV or Beats by Dre.

For information, call (225) 922-4656.

Parks set holiday events

With the sound of jingle bells in the air, families can celebrate the holiday season all month long with many family-friendly events throughout East Baton Rouge Parish parks and nature sites in December.

ZooLights at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is set from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 30. The fee is $5 for adults and teens, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2-12.

Zoo grounds close at 9 p.m. each day and will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Grab your golf clubs and swing into the holiday season at BREC’s Holiday Scramble on Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course. The fee for this 18-hole, three-player scramble is $150 per team and includes carts and lunch. For more information, call (225) 658-6338 or visit

Planta Claus is coming to the Hilltop Arboretum. The Hodge Podge Year-End Plant Sale and Gift Shop Open House is scheduled from 9 am. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road.

Mark your calendars for BREC’s fifth annual Caroling in City Park on Dec. 11 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with a park lighting ceremony, candle light caroling, festive family activities and a visit from Santa Claus.

For information on any of the holiday events, call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Author to sign books

Barbara Sims, author of “The Next Elvis,” will be reading portions of her book starting at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bluebonnet branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish library.

The program will include a presentation about the music of Sun Records, where Sims worked for many years.

Light refreshments will be served.

Challenge benefits toy drive

Test your skateboard skills and donate a toy at BREC’s Toys for Tots Ollie Challenge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Perkins Road Extreme Park.

This annual toy drive, with help from local skate-shops Urban Nine, Rukus and Fidna, benefits Toys for Tots during the holiday season.

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