Gifts for the homeless

Help the Compassionate Crochet group fill inspirational bookbags for the Baton Rouge homeless community from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Jones Creek Regional Branch Library.

Call (225) 938-7707 for details.

Sock bingo

Help Jones Creek Regional Branch Library wind down the annual Sock It to Me drive from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday with an evening of bingo while wearing mismatched socks. Prizes will be awarded.

Donations of new, unworn socks will be accepted for the sock drive benefiting area homeless shelters, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and Bethany House, a facility for cancer patients at Our Lady of the Lake-Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Festival of Lights

Celebrate Baton Rouge’s oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights, downtown at 4 p.m. Friday. Activities include the lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree and fireworks in North Boulevard Town Square, free ice skating, 10 tons of real snow at the Snow Village, holiday performers, face painters, a balloon artist, stilt walkers, a visit from Santa and more.

Free parking is available in the garages at the Raising Cane’s River Center.

Reindeer Ride

Enjoy the Reindeer Ride up the levee from Skip Bertman Drive to downtown’s Festival of Lights celebration at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The nighttime family bike ride will leave the levee trailhead to parade through downtown for the holiday festivities and return together. Participants must be ages 8 and older.

Email for details.

Food for Fines

Through Dec. 31, East Baton Rouge Parish Library patrons who owe fines can have $1 deducted from their account for each nonperishable food item or canned good they donate at any library’s Circulation Desk. The deal only applies to charges for overdue fines.

All food items go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Library patrons donated 11,886 pounds of food during last year’s Food for Fines promotion.

Call (225) 231-3740 to learn more about Food for Fines.

Old-fashioned Christmas

Step back in time with A Rural Life Christmas at the LSU Rural Life Museum from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The 19th century Louisiana holiday celebration features musical groups, artisan demonstrations, storytellers, costumed re-enactors and at the end of the day, a bonfire and visit from Papa Noel.

Cost is $10 per person. Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger.

Family Game Night

BREC’s Family Game Night at Baringer Road Park includes music and a variety of games for all ages from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Holiday stockings

Fairwood Branch Library invites adults to sew and customize their own holiday stockings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room. All supplies will be provided. No registration is necessary.

Discovery Dome

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Discovery Dome makes its return to Fairwood Branch Library from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The dome features full-dome animation, laser imagery and special effects, all set to a variety of festive classic songs and a multimedia finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Children of all ages are welcome. Four shows are available with a running time of 30 minutes each. Call (225) 924-9386 for information or to register.

Christmas at Southern

Southern University President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton and his wife invite the community to the university’s annual Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on campus.

Enjoy performances by the Southern University Wind Ensemble and Concert, Gospel and Laboratory School Choir.

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