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 — cell phone photos are fine — to and include Mid City in the email message. 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

The Carver, Eden Park, Main and River Center libraries are 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

Teen Advisory Board

The Main Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Teen Room. Teens may earn volunteer service hours by helping to plan activities and programs for the Teen Department.

Crocheting for a cause

Adults can learn to turn plastic bags into plastic yarn to be used to crochet durable sleeping mats for those who are homeless and living on the streets, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library in Large Conference Room 102.

‘Frozen’ fever at Carver

Carver Branch Library will show the hit Disney animated film “Frozen” to children ages 4 to 9 in the Storytime Room at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Call (225) 389-7460 for details.

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

Personalized earbuds

Teens interested in personalizing their earbuds with Perler beads should stop by Eden Park Branch Library at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Earbuds will be provided or you can bring your own.

‘Kinect’ with kids

Children ages 9 to 11 can enjoy carnival games on the Xbox 360 Kinect at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Carver Branch Library. Participation is limited to 10 kids; call (225) 389-7740 to register.

The Christmas pickle

The tradition of the Christmas pickle lives on at Eden Park Branch Library at 5 p.m. Tuesday, where adults will make a pickle ornament using felt and needles. The person who finds it hidden on the Christmas tree next year receives either a reward or good fortune for the following year.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998, or email,