The holidays are family time for many in our area. Bountiful family dinners, festive gathering and gala parties take up much of our time until the end of the year.

The Advocate family extends holiday greetings to our readers.

As you get together in the next few weeks, don’t forget to share a few photos with The Advocate.

It’s easy to send photos and information to us. Simply email photos — cellphone photos are fine — to Include the names of the people in the photo and a brief explanation of what’s going on in the photo.

Whether it’s a reunion of five generations or a visit from an out-of-state relative, please share your holiday memories.

CATS holiday hours

The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) will run an abbreviated schedule on Thursday, with service ending at 8 p.m. CATS will be closed Friday and return to its normal schedule Saturday.

Call (225) 389-8282 or visit

Library holiday closures

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library is closed Thursday and Friday for Christmas, as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s.

BREC holiday hours

BREC’s administrative offices at 6201 Florida Blvd. will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday. Normal operating hours will resume at all BREC facilities on Monday.

All golf courses, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Cohn Arboretum and Magnolia Mound Plantation will close on Christmas Day.

Highland Road Park Observatory will be closed Thursday through Saturday and Baton Rouge Gallery will be closed Friday through Jan. 4.

Baton Rouge Zoo, Independence Park Theatre and Farr Park Equestrian Center will be closed Thursday and Friday and all recreation centers will close at noon Thursday and remain closed Friday.

The BMX track and rock climbing wall at Perkins Road Extreme Park will close Thursday and Friday, while the skate park will remain open both days.

All tennis centers will close at noon Thursday and remain closed through Friday. Normal operating hours will resume Saturday.

Call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Winter Rocket Camp

Registration is ongoing for Highland Road Park Observatory’s Winter Rocket Camp for children ages 9 to 13, slated for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Children will build and launch two model rockets while learning about the American space program and safety procedures.

Participants should bring a lunch each day that does not require refrigeration, a hat and sunscreen.

Cost is $55 for East Baton Rouge Parish residents and $66 for out-of-parish residents. Call (225) 768-9948 or email

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