Black history

BREC and East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilwoman Erika Green present “The Historic Voices of Change: Moments in East Baton Rouge Parish Black History” at Independence Park Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s free and open to the public.

The annual Black History Month ceremony brings together people from across the parish to look back on contributions by African-Americans in the parish and around the world.

AmeriCorps jobs

The Main Library is hosting “Jobs That Make a Difference: Serve a Term with AmeriCorps” in large conference room 102 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

AmeriCorps offers a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to serve with local nonprofits, make a positive difference and gain experience. SBP is hiring through AmeriCorps for disaster recovery jobs.

Visit to register.

Swamp volunteers

There’s still time to sign up for Bluebonnet Swamp Volunteer Day on Saturday. Volunteers will fan out across the swamp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to root out invasive plant species. Gloves and hand tools will be provided.

For information or to register, call Shannon Guidry at (225) 757-8905 or email

Sendak exhibit

Sunday is the last chance to view “Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, Works, Reasons” at the Main Library.

The memorial display in the Children’s Room celebrates the author-illustrator of the children's classic “Where the Wild Things Are.” The exhibit debuted in 2013 in celebration of the book’s 50th anniversary and has toured several venues throughout the United States.

Zumba classes

Move and groove with Zumba classes at Perkins Road Community Park every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Zumba is a fitness program that fuses Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow aerobic moves.

This program is intended for ages 16 and older. Cost is $30 per month, with two classes per week.

Troubleshooting time

Need help troubleshooting personal electronic devices such as iPads? Receive assistance on a one-on-one, first-come, first-served basis at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Beginners tennis

Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center offers a four-week program for beginning tennis players on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Instructor Eugene St. Martin introduces and reinforces fundamental tennis techniques for ages 8 and older.

Cost is $40 per person. Visit for registration.

Upcycling craft

Turn those recently caught Mardi Gras beads into something new at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, where adults will make beaded coasters from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

To register, call (225) 763-2250 or visit

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