Sunshine Socials

BREC and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge are offering a pair of Sunshine Socials for those with disabilities and their families and friends. Both socials are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Ages 16 and older will enjoy a Mardi Gras masquerade ball at Milton J. Womack Park, while ages 10 to 16 will gather at Independence Community Park.

Socials include a disc jockey, snacks and door prizes. A $5 donation supports the program, including supplies and door prizes.

Year of the Dog

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library invites children ages 7-11 to celebrate the Year of the Dog as observed by the Chinese calendar.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, kids can listen to Grace Lin’s “The Year of the Dog” and create a dog collage. The gathering will be in meeting room 3.

Call (225) 763-2260 to register.

Mason jars and munchies

Arts and crafts time for adults ages 18-30ish gets underway at 6 p.m. Monday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. Choose a design and make a mason jar lantern while enjoying a snack. All supplies and munchies will be provided.

Author talk

Learn about “The Brides of La Baleine” from author Randall Ladnier at the Main Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Ladnier will share the history of the 88 young French women who volunteered to marry soldiers and settlers in the Louisiana colony in 1720.

The women came to Louisiana on a ship named La Baleine, arriving in Biloxi in January 1721. Many married and had large families, some with descendants still living in Gulf Coast states. Ladnier himself is a descendant of bride Marie Angelique Girard.

Teen anime

An afternoon of anime and snacks for teens gets underway at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

Freedom quilts

Quilts and their importance to the Underground Railroad are the focus of a children’s story and craft at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Kids ages 8-11 will listen to “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” in meeting room 2 before designing their own quilt squares.

Call (225) 763-2260 to register.

Black history

The community is invited to the annual Black History Month ceremony at Independence Park Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. All ages are welcome.

The program reflects on and recognizes the contributions African-Americans have made in East Baton Rouge Parish and around the world.

For information, email or call (225) 272-9200, ext. 545.

Swamp volunteer day

Save the date for Bluebonnet Swamp Volunteer Day, slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Volunteers will be provided gloves and hand tools to help root out invasive plant species in the swamp.

For more information or to register, call Shannon Guidry at (225) 757-8905 or email

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