Celebrate Kwanzaa

The Afrocentric Focus/Maat Study Group of Baton Rouge invites the public to the 28th annual Kwanzaa Celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be held at Southern University in T.T. Allain Hall’s Global Conference Room (room 313) with Dr. James L. Conyers as featured speaker. Vendors will be available with African heritage clothing, jewelry, art and books.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture observed for seven days beginning Dec. 26. This year’s Kwanzaa Celebration is being held on the fifth day of Kwanzaa, which focuses on the fifth principle of Nia, representing purpose.

Call (225) 924-2625 for more information.

Holiday closures

Baton Rouge Gallery will be closed from Friday to Tuesday for the Surreal Salon art installation.

All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations will be closed Monday for New Year’s Day. Libraries will close at 6 p.m. Sunday and reopen with regular hours Tuesday.

BREC’s main office, all recreation centers, tennis centers, Baton Rouge Zoo, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Farr Park Equestrian Center, Highland Road Park Observatory, Independence Park Theatre, Magnolia Mound and Perkins Road Xtreme Sports BMX track and rock wall will be closed New Year’s Day.

All BREC golf courses will remain open New Year’s Day.

Trash collection

All Baton Rouge garbage and recycling collection routes will run New Year’s Day.

Ice skating

Ice Skating on the River wraps up another holiday season Jan. 7 at Raising Cane’s River Center. Ice skating sessions are offered 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily in the arena.

Tickets are $12 per person, available at the River Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Call (225) 389-3030 for more information.

Little Chefs Academy

Young chefs can learn the basics of cooking with BREC’s Little Chefs Academy at Highland Road Community Park from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The class teaches children ages 4 to 8 the joy and value of cooking in a safe work environment where kids can show their independence and creativity.

Call (225) 767-4003 or email scole@brec.org for details.

Crafty gators

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center invites children ages 7 to 12 to a crafting project from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Participants will create a fabric collage of a striped alligator while learning about fiber art creation. All materials will be provided.

Cost is $20 per child. Drop-offs of children are allowed.

Call (225) 383-1470 or email jpoulter@brec.org for details.

Artistic workshop

Registration is open for the Main Library’s 13-week workshop, called The Artist’s Way, which begins Jan. 23.

Participants will find focus, rediscover their creativity and find their authentic selves through a hands-on program that draws inspiration from Julia Cameron’s “The Artistic Way” and the creation of art. No artistic experience is required.

Sessions are about two hours long and are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 23.

Register at careercenterbr.com/events or call (225) 231-3733 for details.

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.