Tuesday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day and the YMCA of the Capital Area wants area residents to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps to reduce the chances of developing the disease, a news release said.

The YMCA encourages anyone who wants to lose 7 percent of their body weight to take the online risk assessment at www.ymcabr.org/dpp on March 24 and 25.

All participants who complete the online risk assessment will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win three prizes valued at $150 including a Fit Bit, 3-month family membership to the Y and a $50 gas card.

The Capital Area YMCA is joining with the YMCA of Greater New Orleans and other Ys across the country to address the diabetes epidemic, the release said.

The best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes, the release states, is through awareness and prevention.

For information, visit ymcabr.org.

Dog Days of spring

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, drops its “no pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets four days a year.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, all pets are welcome, but must be on a leash and have current vaccinations.

Registration is not required.

Visit brec.org/swamp or call (225) 757-8905.

Celebrate Flower Day

Children ages 5 to 9 can celebrate National Flower Day from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bluebonnet Regional Library Branch.

The program will include the reading of Wilhemina Harper’s “The Gunniwolf” and a chance to create a tissue paper flower picture.

Registration is required. Call (225) 763-2260.

Make mini robots

Teens and young adults are invited to make a mini robot Saturday at meeting room 1 at the Bluebonnet Regional Library Branch.

Join library staffers from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as they put together mini robots using “Trinket” circuit boards, sensors and motors. Kits will be provided for use during the program.

Library storytimes

The Bluebonnet Regional Library Branch offers several storytime programs for children of all ages.

For times and details on these reading programs, call (225) 763-2260.

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