Teacher appreciation

TJ Ribs on Acadian Thruway is celebrating the contributions of teachers by giving away $1,000 this month to a teacher in the community.

The public is invited to nominate teachers on the restaurant’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TJRibs, through Feb. 15. The teacher receiving the most votes will be awarded $1,000 to help them nurture their students.

Film series

Carver Branch Library is celebrating Black History Month with a three-part film series that begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. The series highlights the stories of African-Americans throughout history.

The kickoff film is “Glory,” starring Denzel Washington in a role that earned him the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

Make it a Movie Night

Celebrate true love with Westley and Buttercup during BREC’s Make it a Movie Night featured film, “The Princess Bride” (PG), at 7 p.m. Friday at Independence Park Theatre.

Concessions are available for purchase at this free, family-friendly indoor film series.

Sendak movies

In celebration of the Maurice Sendak exhibit, the Main Library is holding a marathon of movies based on the author's works beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the children’s storytime area. The last movie begins at 4 p.m. All children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sweet Tart Art

BREC’s Sweet Tart art for ages 6 to 11 teaches youths different printmaking techniques to craft unique valentines for their classmates. It’s from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Milton J. Womack Park.

All materials are included to create up to 20 valentines. Cost is $20 per child. Register online at http://bit.ly/2DWmOxl.

For more information, call (225) 383-1470 or email jpoulter@brec.org.

Libraries closed

All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations will be closed Tuesday in observance of Mardi Gras. Regular hours resume Wednesday.

Catfish rodeo

Take a break from Mardi Gras festivities on Tuesday with the Geaux Fish Catfish Rodeo at North Sherwood Community Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The park’s new pond will be stocked with adult channel catfish. The event also includes prizes, children’s activities and a Mardi Gras toss.

Registration is free. To sign up or for more information, visit brec.org/geauxfish or call (225) 388-3029.

Flashlight Night

Explore Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center during Flashlight Night at the Swamp from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16.

The evening includes live animal encounters, special nature films and nighttime hikes with family and friends — just remember to bring a flashlight. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellant are recommended for hikers.

General admission fees apply and pass holders get in free. For more information, call (225) 757-8905.

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