Around Town

Annual talented visual art show at Watson library
The Livingston Parish Public Schools annual Talented Visual Art Show will be held at the Watson Branch of the Livingston Parish Library from April 4-30.

Visit Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market any Saturday
The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 7 a.m. – 12 noon. Farmers offer fresh, seasonal produce and fruit, grain-fed beef without added hormones, unprocessed honey, fresh yard eggs, homemade hot sauce, pastries, jellies, craft vendors with soy candles, goat milk and honey lotions, soaps, quilts, jewelry, clothes, plants, more. New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on Florida Blvd (Hwy. 190) across from McDonald’s in Denham Springs. For more information, visit the Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

Artist of the Year at ACLP
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is pleased to announce for the month of April an “Artist of the Year” Exhibit. Former Artists of the Year for ACLP have been invited to participate. The exhibit will feature Teri Sullivan, Artist of the Year for 2016, in the gallery lobby. The exhibit will run from April 5-28.

Senior Crime Expo
The 21st Annual Senior Crime Expo will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Church Outreach Center in Denham Springs. Health and senior information will be available through local agencies during the Expo. The Expo is sponsored by Livingston Parish SALT (Seniors and Lawmen Together) Council. For more information, call Sandra Cavalier at 686-3811 ext. 205.

Carter House open house
The Carter House, 30325 Carter Cemetery Road in Springfield, will be open for tours on Sunday, April 23, and Sunday, April 30, from 2 – 4 p.m. The open house is sponsored by the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS), the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is restoring the house. Tours will be given at the open house along with some of its history. The Carter House is the only plantation still standing in Livingston Parish, and the property dates back to 1804. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free, and a small fee of $5 will be charged for adults. The history of the house is quite an educational experience, so bring your children or grandchildren. Also, if you are looking for a place to host a special event, please come see the Carter House!

Springfest 2017
Although Fall Fest was canceled in 2016 due to the Great Flood, organizers have announced that Spring Fest will take place at the end of April. Don’t miss the Denham Springs Spring Festival! Join in the family atmosphere in Downtown Denham Springs on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors can expect a wide variety of vendors, games, kiddie rides, food booths, antique stores, art exhibits, Old City Hall exhibit tours and music at the Old Train Station. Country music superstar Doug Stone along with Grammy winner Jo’el Sonnier, John Schneider, Clifton Brown & The Rusty Bucket Band, Jim & James Linden Hogg, Rosie and the Swingin’ Riveters and special guest Doug Owens, Layton Ricks, and Cowboy Ralph Innes will take the state between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Browse the main street area, rest at the sitting areas and “people watch,” sample restaurant fare, and visit comfort stations and “pass a good time” in the safe security of festival time in Denham Springs. The Antique Village hosts two festivals a year. Over 150 vendor booths line up in the middle of Range Ave. to sell antiques, art, greenery, crafts and many more items. There is plenty of food such as jambalaya, hamburgers, funnel cakes, and much more. Come stroll down Mattie Street a.k.a. “Art Avenue” and hear live music at Train Station Park. All of the stores are open in the village with plenty of sales, so come and enjoy the day in the Antique Village.

Basics in food photography
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) will host “Camera, Lights, Action, The Basics in Food Photography” on May 6 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. You will begin by talking about cameras and lenses, how to light your photography, and end with composition and food styling. This is not just a lecture, but also a hands-on demonstration. You will make a tool and instructor Kristine Stone will guide you through lighting with natural and artificial lights. Stone is an award winning food photographer in Denham Springs, LA. She has been a photographer for 10 years and a food photographer for 4 years. She has taught photography classes and enjoys sharing the craft with others. The cost is $75 ($70 for members of ACLP). Bring your own camera. Registration required by May 4. Call 225-664-1168 or e-mail artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net. The Arts Council is located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs.

DSHS Class of 1957 reunion
The 1957 Class of Denham Springs High School will have their 60th reunion on May 6 at 5 p.m. at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge. For more information, please call Nolia Davis at 665-5517 or Ann Garrison at 772-9043.

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Road Park Observatory hosts International Astronomy Day event
East Baton Rouge Parish – Spend an evening among the stars as Highland Road Park Observatory (HRPO), 13800 Highland Road, hosts its 11th annual out-of-this-world International Astronomy Day celebration on Saturday, April 29 from 3-11 p.m.
HRPO will once again host visitors from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Civil Air Patrol, East Baton Rouge Parish Library and LIGO for a day of “close to home and out-of-this world” fun.
Among some of the guest favorites, the Scope-on-a-Rope session and chemistry demonstrations will return and the “Train like an Astronaut” layout will be expanded. There will be viewings (weather permitting) of the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Omega Centauri. For its fourth year, IAD will showcase multiple robots from local U.S. First Robotics high school teams. Kids will also enjoy a dry slide and spacewalk, as well as a bonus ride and,the hugely popular Adventure Quest game. For the second year, the Celtic sensation (featuring former HRPO Apprentice Rebekah Northrop on harp) will perform. Participants will have their choice of delicious food and drinks from Louisiana Lemonade and City Gelato.
Raffle tickets are on sale now with prizes totaling over $700 including the grand prize of an Orion 40th Anniversary Skyquest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope. Drawings will be held during the event but you do not have to be present to win.
This event is free to the public and open to all ages. HRPO is sponsored by BREC, LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. For more information about this celebration or to purchase raffle tickets, visit hrpo.lsu.edu, call 225-768-9948 or email observatory@brec.org.

Cirque Italia
Mall of La, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge. Under the blue & white big top. Apr 20 & 21@7:30 pm, Apr 22 & 23@1:30

Events at Port Hudson State Historic Site
The site is 236 US Hwy 61, west of Zachary. 225.654.3775:
Earth Day Nature Hike – Apr 22@10 am. Tour 8 environmentally significant locations within the park, work a related worksheet & receive a Port Hudson SHS Nature Patch.
Living History School Days – Apr 28@9 am. Students learn about activities and parts of daily life during the 1860’s.
Boots & Saddles: Grierson’s Raid – Apr 29@10 am. Indoor presentation and discussion follows the path of Colonel Benjamin Grierson’s “Buttermilk Rangers” in 1863.

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St. Francisville hosts
FREE Tunica Hills Music Festival
Listen to great music all day Apr 29 10 am-10 pm and participate with your favorites. Simultaneous jams with more than 30 performers throughout the day and night will be in Parker Park in St. Francisville. Performers include The Fugitive Poets, Clay Parker, Jodi James, David Hinson, The Wilder Janes, Denton Hatcher, Barry Hebert, Martin Flanagan, Michael Holmes, Gemini Ventura and more … and you! 225.635.3873 or 225-635-4224

Angola spring rodeo and craft show
The enormously popular Angola Prison Spring Rodeo and Craft Show returns April 22 and 23. Grounds open at 9 a.m., and visitors are advised to remember that this is a penitentiary and regulations should be followed to the letter. 225-655-2030 or angolarodeo.com

Symphony at Grace Episcopal Church
April 28 – Grace Episcopal Church hosts Baton Rouge Symphony’s concert featuring a string quartet, while the Tunica Hills Music Festival is set there for April 29. For information, refer to www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com.
A number of splendidly restored plantation homes are open for tours: The Cottage Plantation (weekends), Myrtles Plantation, Greenwood Plantation, plus Catalpa Plantation by reservation; Afton Villa Gardens and Imahara’s Botanical Garden are open in season and are both spectacular.
Particularly popular are its two significant state historic sites, Rosedown Plantation, with a special Civil War exhibit in the gift shop throughout April. Oakley Plantation at the Audubon state site offers periodic living-history demonstrations to allow visitors to experience 19th century plantation life and customs. The main house at Oakley is closed for lead abatement, but the visitor center and grounds remain accessible and planned programs continue.
225.635.6330, 225.635.4224, www.westfeliciana.us or www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com
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Al “Little Fats” Jackson, a Fats Domino tribute artist, coming to New Roads
The Arts Council of Pointe Coupee will continue its 2017 Performing Arts Series with an April 28 return performance by Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, a well-known musician and entertainer from south Louisiana known for his tribute to the legendary Fats Domino. The 2017 series is the tenth anniversary of the Arts Council’s Performing Arts Series, and several of the performances feature performers who previously drew large audiences. The 6:30 pm performance is at the Julien Poydras Museum & Arts Center, 500 West Main St., New Roads. Tickets are available locally at Roy’s Jewelers and The Therapy Center or can be reserved by contacting Gale Roy at 225.718.1574.

Pecan Run in New Roads
Registration is open for the Apr 22 seventh annual Pecan Classic 4-Mile and 1-Mile Fun Run. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers! Pecan sack races, music, food, and more!
Packet pickup: April 21@8 am, 405 Louisiana St, New Roads. Children age 6 and younger are free for 4 mile and 1 mile race. Online registration closes April 20@12 pm.

False River Golf & Country Club
13875 Patin Dyke Rd, Ventress – 225.638.6309 or marywittyfrcc@gmail.com
Every Friday Night Scramble 5:30 pm. Open to members & non-members.

False River fishing tournaments
Every Tuesday Night 6-9 pm until final fall “Classic Tournament.” Morrison Parkway Public Boat Dock, New Roads. 225.240.0174.
False River “Cookie Jar” Bass Fishing Tournaments – Friday nights till fall, 7 pm. $30 per boat. LA Express Boat Dock, Jarreau. 225.293.3402

Scooter LeBeauf barrel race competition
Apr 22 – Roads Multi Use Center – 1400 Major Parkway, New Roads – 225.718.2438 – All Day Events start @ 9am.

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Americana YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Apr 29@11 am. Bring out the “WOW” factor in every kid with a day of creative, challenging, smart, healthy fun.

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Greater BR Model Railroaders
Apr 22 @ 11 am. Model trains collection in action. 3406 College, behind Republic of West Florida Museum, Jackson. www.louisianasteamtrain.com

Clinton Market Days
May 6@8 am., 12305 St Helena St, Clinton. Monthly open market in front of Courthouse in downtown Clinton. 225.683.5531