Saturday is the entry deadline for BREC’s annual MLK Basketball Tipoff Classic, slated for Jan. 15-17 at Sports Academy, 1002 Laurel St. The tournament has a two-game guarantee.

Age groups are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Cost is $75 per team. Call (225) 344-9688.

Teen author talk

Young adult author Robin Palmer is the featured guest at a teen book talk at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library.

Palmer, the author of “Geek Charming,” “Cindy Ella,” “The Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and the tween series Lucy B. Parker, will read from her newest book, “Once Upon a Kiss,” talk about her experiences as an author and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the presentation.

Story and craft time

Celebrate National Aviation Day with a story and craft time at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at River Center Branch Library’s Children’s Room.

Children ages 3 to 11 will listen to a reading of “Hot Air,” by Marjorie Priceman, then make a construction paper balloon festival picture to take home.

Winter is snow much fun

Jump into winter by making snowflake charm bracelets at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Main Library’s Children’s story time area, then meet the Snow Queen of Narnia during a reading of a chapter from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.

Registration is required and limited to 10 children ages 8 to 11. Call (225) 231-3740.

Snowman bookmarks

It’s tough to make a snowman with Louisiana’s weather, so head over to the River Center Branch Library to make a popsicle stick snowman bookmark between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily Monday through Jan. 15. This event for children ages 3 to 11 will be held in the Children’s Room on the second floor.

Vision lecture slated

Dr. Vincent L. Shaw Jr. will present a free public lecture titled “Optimize Your Vision” at noon Monday at Baton Rouge General Physicians Family Health Center’s second-floor Gehringer Conference Room, 3801 North Blvd. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and is limited to 55 people.

Call (800) 561-4127 or visit by Sunday to preregister.

Rock out at Eden Park

Teens looking to embrace their inner rock star are welcome to play “Rock Band” on the Xbox 360 at Eden Park Branch Library from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Scrabble club for adults

The Main Library’s Scrabble club for adults meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Scrabble masters and beginners are welcome to play for fun.

Venessa the mermaid

Venessa the Louisiana Mermaid makes a special appearance for children through age 6 at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Main Library. Stop by for special mermaid-themed story times and presentations on ocean conservancy. Registration is required; call (225) 231-3740.

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