The West Baton Rouge Parish Library will kick off a five-week series of Saturday morning programs for babies, toddlers and their families starting May 31.

The fast-paced, 30-minute programs will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday and include songs, rhymes, stories and crafts on themes of particular interest to young children.

The programs are geared toward building vocabulary, developing listening skills, increasing attention spans and garnering interest in books and reading.

Also, the library will offer four beginning robotics classes this June for elementary school kids ages 8 to 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Students will learn how to build a variety of interactive robots as well as how to program them to do various activities. The classes are free but registration is required.

To register for either of the programs, visit the library’s website at and click on the “Register for Programs for Youth” tab.

You can also register by calling (225) 342-7920 ext. 227.

Meeting to address traffic

The West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce’s April membership meeting will feature an in-depth discussion on the traffic challenges on the westside and how they affect the entire region when Capital Region Planning Commission Executive Director Jamie Setze serves as the guest speaker for the monthly luncheon.

Chamber officials encourage anyone who wants to learn about the proposed connector for La. 1 and La. 415, or any other traffic-related issues, to attend the membership meeting April 30.

The meeting will take place at the Addis Community Center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program to follow at noon. Reservations are required.

Chamber members must pay $20 each to attend and non-members will be charged $25 per ticket. To register, call (225) 383-3140 or email bonnie@wbr

Annual prayer breakfast set

The “Chozun” Community Choir will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Chateau Blanc Reception House in White Castle.

The Rev. Ricardo L. Handy, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Plaquemine, will serve as guest speaker.

Chozun was created two years ago under the direction of White Castle Mayor Gerald Jermarr Williams.

Tickets are $10 each. For information, call (225) 678-0788, (225) 221-3835 or (225) 776-1780.

Church to host family fest

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Maringouin will host its annual family festival on May 4. There will be a BBQ chicken dinner for $7 a plate from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The festival also will feature a $1,000 raffle, a bingo game at 7 p.m. May 3 and face painting for children. For information, call (225) 625-2438.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email,