Republican Party of Louisiana Executive Director Jason Doré will be the featured speaker at the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Frank’s Restaurant, 17425 Airline Highway, Prairieville.

Doré’s talk will focus on presidential delegate selection as it applies to Louisiana and other states, a news release said.

Doré, a Lafayette native, holds a bachelor of arts in mass communications from LSU and a Juris Doctorate from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is a founding partner of the firm Christensen, Doré, Jeansonne and Shahla.

Pachyderm meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Cost of the meal is $21. RSVP by calling (225) 644-5728 or emailing

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Fight against Parkinson’s

Rock Steady Boxing, a fitness program to fight Parkinson’s disease and improve quality of life, sense of efficacy and self-worth for those affected by the disease, recently launched at the Southside YMCA, 8482 Perkins Road.

Classes are from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. A one-time registration fee of $70 includes a wellness assessment with a personal trainer and boxing gloves. The class is $50 per month for members and $75 for program participants.

You don’t need boxing experience to participate, and there’s no age requirement.

Call (225) 766-2991 for details.

Arthritis walk is Saturday

The 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis gets underway with registration from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. May 14 at Woodlawn High School. A program including messages from people with arthritis begins at 8:20 a.m., followed by the walk at 9 a.m.

Money raised from the walk will help support programs, research and advocacy initiatives.

Visit or email Sara Morthland at to register.

Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day celebrates 25 years on Saturday with a free community event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive.

Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features games, arts and crafts, obstacle courses, healthy snacks and health information on developing a healthy routine at home.

Author talk and signing

Author and professor Christina Vella will talk about and sign copies of her book, “George Washington Carver: A Life,” at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana Heritage Lecture at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the East Room of the Old Governor’s Mansion.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception hosted by Calandro’s Fine Cellars at 6 p.m. It is free for FHL members and $10 for guests. Call (225) 387-2464 for details.

Vella works as a consultant for the U.S. State Department, lectures on historical and biographical topics and is a visiting professor at Tulane University.

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

Editor’s Note: This story was changed on April 28 to correct the date of the Walk to Cure Arthritis.