Registration for Highland’s Christmas Junior Tennis Camp for ages 4 to 16 ends Saturday. Camp will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center.

Cost is $35 per person per day for a full day, or $25 for a half day. For information, call Camp Director Natalie Johnson at (225) 278-3018.

‘The Nutcracker,’ bayou style

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, accompanied by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, presents “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the River Center Theatre.

Tickets are $45 for orchestra (floor level), $38 for balcony rows A-C, $25 for balcony rows D-J and $20 for balcony rows K-O. Ballet VIP members can purchase tickets for $55. Visit

Dog Days at the swamp

BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s Dog Days, in which the center drops its “no pets” policy and opens to pets four times a year, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

All pets are welcome, but they must be on a leash and current on vaccinations.

General admission costs apply; pass holders get in free. Call (225) 757-8905 or email for information.

Winter Wonders Camp

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will hold its Winter Wonders Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Early drop-off is at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup at 5:30 p.m.

The camp, for ages 7 to 12, focuses on animal and plant adaptations for surviving winter, migration and hibernation.

Cost is $46 for East Baton Rouge Parish residents, $55 for out-of-parish residents and $10 extra for early drop-off and late pickup. Call (225) 757-8905.

Santa Drop-n-Shop

Parents in need of some time to finish holiday shopping or just take a break can bring their children to Highland Road Community Park for BREC’s Santa Drop-n-Shop from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

The program, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, is $14 per child and includes snacks, drinks and a dinner. There will be recreation games, socialization, crafts and more.

Call (225) 272-9200.

Closed for Christmas

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library will be closed Dec. 24-25 in observance of Christmas.

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