Spring cleaners will soon have a chance to dispose of fertilizer, pesticide and other hazardous materials.

Baton Rouge disposal crews will operate a collection site between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Residents may drop off hard-to-dispose items including batteries, cleaning products, paint, tires, antifreeze and other vehicle fluids, televisions, stereos, pool chemicals and light bulbs.

Some dangerous items will not be accepted, including explosives, ammunition, radioactive devices such as smoke detectors, large gas cylinders, lab waste, fire extinguishers, large appliances and biomedical hazardous material. A full list of acceptable items is at brgov.com/recycle.

Only East Baton Rouge Parish residents may participate. Any liquids must be stored in a closed container holding five gallons or less.

Parish residents have disposed of more than 3 million pounds of household hazardous materials on collections days over the past 28 years, according to a city-parish news release.

Child abuse awareness

April is child abuse awareness month, and the YMCA wants to help the community fight child abuse.

Statistics indicate that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before their 18th birthday, and in 90 percent of those cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts, a news release said.

The YMCA of the Capital Area wants to change these statistics by offering the child sexual abuse prevention program, Darkness to Light. This is a two-hour training course designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Get involved in prevention by attending a prescheduled training at the YMCA, participating in the online program, or scheduling a training. Register at ymcabr.org/protect to attend the upcoming Darkness to Light training at noon April 15 and 9:30 a.m. April 30 at the A.C. Lewis YMCA, (225) 924-3606, 350 S. Foster Drive; or 6 p.m. April 20 and 9:30 a.m. April 30 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, (225) 767-9622, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive.

NanoDays event a big deal

BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, invites you to take part in the seventh annual Nano-Days event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 16.

Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues return for another celebration of nanotechnology.

During this free, family friendly event, children and adults will have the opportunity to see how big they are compared to nanoscale objects; understand how a Scanning Probe Microscope explores the nanoworld; try to pour water out of a nano-cup; learn about nanomaterials used in stain-free clothes; build models of nanoscale structures; play with liquid crystals; and make fluids part in the middle by applying magnets to them.

A solar viewing will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as a lunar viewing from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call the observatory at (225) 768-9948 or visit hrpo.lsu.edu.

March for Babies

Plans are underway for the Capital Area March of Dimes’ March for Babies.

The annual fundraiser will be held April 30 at AZ Young Park downtown. Thousands of families and community leaders will join for the nation’s oldest fundraising walk honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and to thrive, a news release said.

The march will be led by event chairwoman Dr. Carol M. Patin and co-chairman Brandon A. Politz.

March for Babies, which began in 1970, continues to raise money to benefit mothers and babies, Patin said.

“Still in our area, too many babies are being born too soon,” she said.

Proceeds from the March for Babies fund clinics and treatments that help more women have healthy babies. It supports research to discover the unknown causes of premature birth and to find new ways to stop it.

For information or to register a team, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998.