Around the Westside for Jan. 2, 2013

The Families Accessing Communities Together Project would like to thank all the supporters and vendors who helped make the Christmas Extravaganza a success.

The F.A.C.T. Project hosted a toy giveaway at the Port Allen Middle School gymnasium on Dec. 8. Each child that attended received a toy and clothes, and they had their face painted and pictures taken with Santa.

F.A.C.T. Project founder LaTonia Dunbar said in a prepared statement that the organizations appreciated the public’s continued support and generosity.

Membership banquet

There are only a few seats left for the Iberville Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership banquet Jan. 17 at Nottoway Plantation.

Former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards will serve as the keynote speaker.

Drinks will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for chamber members and their guests and $75 each for nonmembers.

Reservations are required and must be paid in advance.

For more information, or to reserve a table, call (225) 687-3560.

Sunday Mass

The public is invited to fellowship with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Jan. 13.

The church is at 11140 La. 77 in Maringouin.

Mass starts at 11 a.m. and a reception will follow.

Mardi Gras activities

The Krewe of Maringouin will host its 2013 Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 2 at the Erwinville Community Center.

The krewe’s parade will take place at 2 p.m. Feb. 9.

All interested organizations, clubs and dance groups are invited to participate.

For more information contact Verbie Parker at (225) 625-4098.

History Day

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host the Baton Rouge Regional competition of the National History Day contest on March 2.

National History Day is a program that allows middle school and high school students to explore local, state, national or world history through a research project that relates to an annual theme.

The theme for the 2013 contest is “Turning Points in History.”

Middle school and high school students, teachers or parents interested in participating as individuals or in groups should contact the National World War II Museum at historyday@nationalww2museum.org or call (504) 528-1944 ext. 350.

Underground journey

Starting Jan. 19, and running through March 24, the West Baton Rouge Museum will hosts its exhibition “Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad.”

The exhibition is a collection of 49 paintings, etchings and drawings by Joseph Holston.

The art works are divided into four movements tracking the flow of events in the lives of the enslaved men, women and children who traveled along the Underground Railroad.

The exhibition is organized by the arts program of the University of Maryland University College.

To submit news about Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes, contact Westside Bureau Chief Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, tjones@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Tuesday.