Splash pads open

With the warmer weather has come the opening of BREC splash pads for the 2018 season.

The splash pad at Highland Road Community Park will be operated daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until October.

Winter Warm Up

Visit the Mid City businesses on Jefferson Highway between Claycut/Goodwood and Government Street for Winter Warm Up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The free, public open house includes local artists and demonstrations. Some businesses will serve refreshments and have specials inside their stores.

Participating businesses include The Elizabethan Gallery, Red Stick Spice Co., Reginelli’s Pizzeria, MJ’s Café, Brew Ha-Ha!, Monjunis Italian Café & Grocery and Sabai Jewelry Gallery.

Chorale concert

Enjoy a free performance by the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St. The group is performing as part of its 2018 spring tour.

A love offering to benefit the chorale is requested though not required.

Free Uber rides

There’s still time to register for free Uber rides home from Dudley DeBosier on St. Patrick’s Day.

The personal injury law firm’s Safe Ride Home initiative provides free rides from a destination beginning within Baton Rouge city limits and must go to a place of residence, with rides capped at $25. Registration ends at noon Friday at https://goo.gl/kBTZ3k.

Library fitness

Step into fitness at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, where a Zumba Gold class will be taught by licensed instructor Marti Luke at 1 p.m. Friday.

The class, which fuses dancing with international and Latin rhythms, is ideal for seniors or Zumba beginners of any age. To register, call (225) 763-2240 or visit http://bit.ly/2tuVkds.

There’s also a free yoga class with instructor Vanessa Parks at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Bring a yoga mat or towel and water. The class is intended for beginners but all skill levels are welcome.

Sunshine Socials

“March Madness” is the theme of this month’s Sunshine Social for adults with disabilities and their families. It’s at 6 p.m. Friday at Milton J. Womack Park.

A Sunshine Social for ages 10 to 16 also begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Independence Community Park.

Sunshine Socials feature a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization and fun. A $5 donation supports the program, including supplies and door prizes.

‘Jacob’s Follies’

First Presbyterian Church presents Terry Byars’s original musical play “Jacob’s Follies” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 763 North Blvd. There’s no charge to attend.

The musical recounts the fortunes of the Biblical Jacob, from his stealing Esau’s birthright to his ultimate encounter with God and the revelation that eventually he will become the father of many nations.

Nerdy cookies

Spend an evening decorating cookies at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday. All ages are welcome, though children must be accompanied by an adult. A note of caution to those with allergies: The cookies contain butter, cream cheese, egg and almond extract.

The cookies were shaped with math- and space-themed cookie cutters made on the library’s new 3-D printer. Some participants will go home with their own cookie cutters.

To register, call (225) 763-2250 or visit http://bit.ly/2HoIek9.

Young Professional’s Day

A day of networking, leadership and development and community engagement is planned during Young Professional’s Day at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Forum 35, The 705, Next Generation and Fusion Five will meet in the Capitol Rotunda to participate in committee meetings at 9 a.m. and legislative sessions at 2 p.m. regarding issues in the Baton Rouge community. A reception will be held at Bengal Tap Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2IjAO2G.

Teen anime

An afternoon of ramen noodles and anime viewing for teens begins at 3 p.m. March 22 at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

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