Around Town

H.O.P.E. Grief Support Group Open mic night at Movie Tavern
Every Thursday from 8-11 p.m., singers and songwriters perform in the Juban Crossing Movie Tavern bar area while attendees enjoy food and drink specials. No movie ticket required. For more information, visit www.movietavern.com/thetavern/ or call 960-4529.

Hungarian Museum now open at Albany
The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society held a grand opening Sept. 27 for the Hungarian Settlement Museum, 27455 Hwy. 43 in Albany,
which is now open for visitors.

Fall Fest returns to the DS Antiques Village
The annual Fall Festival Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. celebrates the ongoing recovery of the city and parish after the 2016 flood. More than 150 local and regional artists and craftsmen and more than 30 downtown shops will offer a wide range of unique items including antique furniture, collectibles, folk art, rugs, jewelry, glass, textiles, pottery, garden, clothing, gifts, books and much more. Also enjoy two stages of live music, food, kid’s bouncing activities, pet fashion show, and military re-enactments, artist demonstrations, artisans and craftsmen and much more. Admission and parking are free.

Enjoy Girls’ Night Out in the Antiques Village
Visit the Denham Springs Antiques Village Nov. 10, 6-10 pm for Girls Night Out, an evening for girls and women who love to shop. It is a fun night to share with your mom, sister, daughter, best friend, and grandmother. Tickets are $30 and include dinner-on-the-go, gifts, door prizes, gift certificate drawings and special sales all night. Tickets are available for purchase at Mothers and Daughters, 215 N. Range Ave. 225-791-1116.

Bridge-to-Bridge Yard Sale coming to French Settlement
The annual Bridge-to-Bridge Yard Sale in French Settlement will be held Oct. 14. The yard sale is all throughout town at residents’ homes. Check with local businesses or residents if you would like a spot to set up. Food, drinks and sweets will be available from St. Joseph Youth Fundraiser. 225-933-9339 or 225-572-6038.

Creole Festival offers food, entertainment, demonstrations, museum
The French Settlement Historical Society presents the annual Creole Festival Sunday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the pavilion located behind French Settlement Town Hall, 16015 Hwy. 16. All proceeds help maintain the Creole House Museum. There will be entertainment throughout the day, craft booths, food, a kids’ area, and various demonstrations, and the museum will be open all day. Anyone interested in helping, e-mail aydellk@phelps.com or call 225-975-0530.

V. Watts Trade Days drawing crowds
V. Watts presents Trade Day, an outdoor flea market-type event with vendors, and food, on the second Saturday of each month, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The next Trade Day is Oct. 14. The outdoor market is in the parking lot of the V. Watts Trade Mart which is open each week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Trade Day and Trade Mart are adjacent to the V. Watts Furniture store on the west side of the town of Livingston, near the fairgrounds. Parking and admission are free.

VFW patriotic contests
VFW Post and Auxiliary 7017 of Denham Springs sponsor several patriotic contests for grades kindergarden to 12th including home-schooled students:
Voice of Democracy: 9th -12th grade students are to type and record a 3-5 minute essay on the theme “American History: Our Hope For the Future.” One winner will go to national competition and could win up to $30,000 in scholarships.
Patriotic Pen: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students write or type a 300-400 word essay on “America’s Gift to My Generation.”
Americanism contests for kindergarden-5th grade: Category 1- Kindergarden – Color the American flag on 8.5×11-inch paper; Category 2 – 1st and 2nd grade – Draw and color the American flag on 8.5×11-inch paper; Category 3 – 3rd and 4th grade – Draw and color a historical event on 8.5×11-inch paper; Category 4 – 5th grade – Write or type a 300 or less word essay with the title “How I Honor Veterans.”
Deadline for all is Oct. 31. Download entry form, brochure, rules and eligibility by logging onto the VFW website: www.vfw.org, or call 225-665-2930, 225-610-9855 or 225-665-1201.

Help build ADA-compliant Challenger Field
The Pilot Club of Denham Springs is seeking help to make Challenger Field a reality. A new ADA-compliant baseball field would be used by mentally and physically disabled children throughout Southeast Louisiana. Learn how you can help by calling 225-304-6225.

WEST FELICIANA
Halloween-themed tours are offered
during October at The Myrtles
The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville – is touted as “one of America’s most haunted homes” already offers evening mystery tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but those days during October, plus Halloween night – the mystery tours will have a Halloween theme. There will be a guide in each room dressed in period clothing telling stories of the home and all the legends and mysteries that go with it, and the house will be decorated in the Halloween theme with the main house staged to look like an 1800s funeral. 225-635-6277; www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com

Angola Fall Prison Rodeo & Craft Show
Enjoy “The Wildest Show in the South” and/or a day of shopping for arts and crafts every Sunday in October at Angola Prison. Gates open 9am, rodeo starts 2pm. Hwy 66, Angola. 225-655-2060, www.angolarodeo.com.

Audubon State Historic Site has
new events every month
This site includes a museum, picnic areas, pavilion and nature trail. 200-year old Oakley House is currently closed for renovation. The park is open daily Wed.-Sun., 9 am-5 pm, 11788 Hwy 965, St. Francisville. 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally. Upcoming events:
Oct. 6-8 –Fury in the Streets: The Battle of Baton Rouge – Journey back into history to 1862, to the sights and sounds of the Civil War battle for Baton Rouge in 1862.
Living history demonstrations and soldier camps can be seen all weekend long, highlighted by a reenactment of the August 1862 battle on Saturday and Sunday. Friday: 9 a.m.–noon; Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Oct. 6 – A Civil War School Day 9 a.m. – noon. Students learn about the Civil War as it impacted the Felicianas, with black powder weapons and cannon demonstrations, drilling, the life of a soldier, medical and food demonstrations.
The program is open to home-schooled, public and private schools students; preregistration required.

Visit the Yellow Leaf Arts Festival in St. Francisville for arts, crafts, music and food
Artists and craftspeople will be showing and selling their creations such as paintings, jewelry, pottery and more, plus live music and great food. Oct. 28 & 29 in Parker Park, Commerce St. in St. Francisville. 225-635-3665; www.stfrancisvillefestivalscom; email Birdmancoffee@bellsouth.net.

CENTRAL
What is the Central Virtual Academy?
The Central Community School System’s Virtual Academy is an online school dedicated to personalized learning. Students can access more than 125 courses – from algebra to world history and everything in between! Public, private, and homeschooled students from 6th – 12th grades use our courses to succeed on their own time and schedules.
Do you think the Virtual Academy sounds like a good fit? Are you ready to start or want more information? Explore options and print an application at www.virtualacademy.centralcss.org or call 225-262-1919.

Halloween Hullabaloo is back in Central
Last year’s first Halloween Hullabaloo was a big success, so BREC is bringing back this Trick or Treat alternative to Central Sports Park. Wear a costume and prepare for fun as the Central Fire Dept. and Police Dept. provide Halloween themed activities for children. 10501 Lovett Rd, Central. Oct. 31, 5-8pm. 225-261-5988.

ZACHARY
Code Red Chili Cook-off returns to Zachary Oct. 21
The Pointe at Americana in Zachary is once again the site of the popular Code Red Chili Cook-off, with its chili and salsa competitions, live music, games, craft beer tasting, cake walk, face painting, kids’ zone and fun for the entire family! Enjoy chili and salsa competitions prepared by teams from all across the region. 10am-5pm., off Hwy. 64 near the Zachary Community Park.
Refreshments, cold beverages, hot dogs and baked goods will be available. No entry or parking fees. Your $10 donation to taste the chili and vote for Peoples’ choice Award helps Lane Regional Medical Center continue to provide health care for the community.

Arts & Crafts vendors needed for Zachary
Christmas in the Village celebration
Applications for arts and crafts vendors for Zachary’s annual “Christmas In The Village” are now being accepted. The celebration is Dec. 1, 2017, in the Zachary Historical Village, 6-9pm. This event is a unique shopping opportunity for those looking for Christmas gifts. Applications and details are available at The City of Zachary Utility Office, 4650 Main Street and on-line at www.cityofzachary.org located under News and Events – Vendor Application. All applicants must be the creators of the displayed art or craft. For questions regarding vendors participation, contact Jill McGraw at mcgrawjill@aol.com or 225 978-3694 or Sharon Phillips, City of Zachary, 225 654-0287 or email Sharon.phillips@cityofzachary.org.

POINTE COUPEE
Alma Plantation Harvest Festival
This three-day event in beautiful downtown New Roads will include live music, over 100 arts/crafts vendors, food, carnival rides for the entire family, kids’ zone, beer garden with televised sports, and so much more. Oct. 20, 21, & 22. See music lineup at www.harvestfestivalnewroads.com. 225-638-5360.
Bonjari Band and Family Day at The Park
Festivities include live music, great food, and family fun at the park, Oct. 14, 10am-5pm. Free admission and open to the public. Pointe Coupee Parish Scott Civic Center Park, 1400 Major Parkway, New Roads. 225-240-2216.

Relay for Life & Carnival for A Cure
Relay for Life is Oct. 6, 5-10 pm, and Carnival For A Cure will bet 5:30-9pm. This annual event features music & entertainment, children carnival ries, great foods, beverages, and so much more. Scott Civic, New Roads. 225-718-0063 or 337-412-9441.

Horse events at Pointe Coupee Scott Civic Center
The following activities begin at 9 a.m. and various competitions will be held throughout day at 1400 Major Parkway, New Roads. Fees apply to compete; free to spectators. For more information call 225-718-2438: Baton Rouge Barrel Race Competition – Oct. 7; National Barrel Race (NBHA) Clinic – Oct.13, 14 & 15 & Competition Oct. 21 & 22;
The Pointe Coupee Parish High School Rodeo – Oct. 27, 28 & 29, features high school students competing in barrel racing, bronco & bull riding, calf roping, and more.

REGIONAL NEWS

BREC’s Boo at the Zoo is a howling good time
Come in costume to Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 21-22 and 28-29, and visit treat stations throughout the zoo. Explore the Enchanted Swamp and ride the spooky train ride, then wander through the merry-not-scary hay maze for $1. Open 9:30am-4pm. Regular zoo admission applies.

You can help Americans affected by hurricanes
The SBA is hiring to fill temporary positions to provide aid to those affected by these hurricanes. Check out the list of positions open at this time at www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance; scroll down to Hurricane response jobs.

Register for 7th annual Entrepreneurship Week
Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) celebrates entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and creativity in the Capital Region. BREW plays host to educational and networking events November 14-16 in downtown Baton Rouge. It is held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. This intensive week of speakers, seminars, and social events also features a business pitch competition. Schedule, speakers, etc., at www.celebratebrew.com

Interested in starting a food business?
The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator’s Food Business Basics seminar is for those thinking of or planning to start a food business. Learn all the food business, get information about joining the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, hear testimonials from successful companies and get business tips from the Louisiana Business and Technology Center. Also covered: food product pricing, labeling, and marketin. The seminar is Oct. 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 212 Efferson Hall on the LSU campus. A limit of two people per company may attend; cost is $200. Details and registration at www.lsuagcenter.com/portals/our_offices/departments/foodscience/extension_outreach/incubator/seminars.

Audubon Library asking for
renewal of library tax
Michele Jones, director of the Audubon Regional Library points out that the library tax on the Oct. 14 ballot is not a new tax, it’s a renewal. Because it’s a regional library serving East and West Feliciana parishes, the renewal is on the ballot in both parishes. ”Some people think the library gets funding from state or federal sources, but they do not. Jones said, “This is the only funding we have for the library. It pays for the utilities, staffing, services, programs and books – everything to keep the library open.”