Looking for a few good plants?

The LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Plantfest! on Saturday and Sunday will feature more than 5,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns and fruit trees for sale.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m Sunday at the arboretum, 11855 Highland Road,

Visit lsu.edu/hilltop.

Farmers market freebie

The first 50 people to attend Alexander’s Highland Market’s October Pop-Up Farmers Market on Sunday will receive free hot sauce.

The market, at 18111 Highland Market Drive, is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first 50 people visiting the Southern Art’s booth will receive a free bottle of Southern Art No. 1 Handcrafted Hot Sauce.

In addition, Iverstine Family Farms of Kentwood will take preorders for farm-raised Thanksgiving turkeys and sell fresh pork and broilers, and Star Nursery of Belle Chasse will sell satsumas and persimmons.

Beekeeper Bobby Frierson will bring his Louisiana Gold honey from Livingston Parish and Catherine Champagne, a nutrition expert and professor with Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will discuss healthy eating with seasonal produce and share a few recipes for fall cooking.

Several other vendors are scheduled to sell a variety of products.

The market is free and open to the community. Call Kelly Alexander at (225) 936-7373.

STRIVE contest

Fans of the Baton Rouge Soccer Club have until Oct. 15 to vote for the club in the National Council of Youth Sports STRIVE contest.

The club was named one of five finalists for the $5,000 prize. The award recognizes organizations with a commitment to safety and a “kids first” approach.

The winner is determined by online voting.

To vote, visit www.ncys.org/strive.

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