Book sale

Friends of the Magnolia Library’s biannual library book sale wraps up Thursday in the first-floor atrium at Baton Rouge Community College’s Acadian site, 3250 North Acadian Thruway E. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gently used books of all genres will be available at bargain prices, with proceeds going toward library programming, student activities, community service and outreach and other library-associated activities.

Call Lauren McAdams at (225) 216-8552 to donate books.

Movie night

BREC is holding a free movie night for adults ages 18 and older at Highland Road Community Park at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Indulge in free popcorn and punch while watching “Wonder Woman.”

Bring valid ID and a blanket or lawn chairs. Adults with children may bring their kids along for activities in the gym while the adults enjoy the movie outside.

Volunteer day

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s Swamp Volunteer Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is welcome to help improve the swamp’s habitat by aiding staff in clearing invasive plant species.

Register in advance by emailing Shannon Guidry at

Talking turkey

A reading of “Run, Turkey, Run” by Diane Mayr at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library’s meeting room 1 will be followed by a fun turkey hat craft.

The program is for children ages 3 to 11. Call (225) 763-2260 to register.

Canary Islanders

The Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana meets at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Main Library.

Society member and author Stephen Estopinal will be talking about the island of La Gomera, its topography and the whistle language of Silbo. Local surnames that may have origins in La Gomera include Barossa/Varossa, Asola, deArmas, Lapaz and Rodriguez.

Email or visit for details.

Giving thanks

Celebrate 20 years of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Baton Rouge First Church of the Nazarene, 9955 Old Hammond Highway.

People with disabilities, their family members and the community are invited to enjoy the organization’s 11th annual Thanksgiving Celebration featuring a Thanksgiving-themed photo booth, door prizes and fried turkey from Tony Chachere’s.

Volunteer appreciation

BREC is honoring all of its volunteers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with Volunteer Appreciation Movie Night at Independence Park Theatre. The evening includes giveaways, movie snacks, an awards presentation and a PG-13 movie.

Call (225) 272-9200 or email for details.

Dulcimers and desserts

Beginner dulcimer lessons for adults ages 18 to 30-ish begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society will perform briefly before dividing into small groups for lessons. Student dulcimers will be provided and desserts will be served.

Call (225) 763-2240 to register.

Crafting time

A variety of handmade projects will be worked on when Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library’s Knitting Nook and Crochet Corner gather on Nov. 9.

The Knitting Nook meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limited supplies are available. Bring one pair of size 8, 9, 10 or 10½ knitting needles and at least one ball of yarn. All levels and left-handers are welcome.

The Crochet Corner meets from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a U.S. size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook or one similar in size. Yarn will be provided, but crocheters can bring their own.

Vets at the zoo

Active-duty military members and veterans presenting valid military ID will receive free admission to Baton Rouge Zoo on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Up to five guests will be allowed in free with a veteran or service member.

Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with grounds closing at 5 p.m. Visit for details.

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