Around the Westside for Feb. 13, 2013

By Terry L. Jones

Westside bureau

The West Baton Rouge Museum invites the public to its family workshop “Freedom is Coming: Underground Railroad” taking place from 10:30 a.m. until noon Feb. 23.

The program will include musical performances, storytelling, a small craft project and light talk about music associated with the Underground Railroad.

The event is free to the public.

Pancake breakfast

The Port Allen Lions Club will hold its annual “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sixth Street.

The Lions Club will offer pancakes, sausage and drinks for $5 per plate or $15 for a family of four.

The profits from the pancake breakfast will help fund several local organizations and community needs.

Jazz Concert

St. Michael the Archangel High School’s Jazz Ensemble, led by band director Kevin Andry, will perform at the Julien Poydras Museum Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Individual tickets are $28 for adults, $10 for students and $75 for three performances.

For more information, contact Blance Jewel at (225) 936-6509 or Gale Roy at (225) 638-6049.

Fish fry

St. Augustine Catholic Church invites the public to its annual fried-fish fundraisers scheduled on consecutive Fridays from Feb. 15 through March 22.

Fried-fish plates will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church hall.

At $10 per plate, dinners will include fried catfish, Creole rice, sweet peas, coleslaw and a dinner roll. For order and delivery, call (225) 638-4076 or (225) 638-7553. Collection day

Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful and Dow Chemical Co. join in sponsoring West Baton Rouge Parish Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day from 8 a.m. to noon March 9 at the Louis Mouch Jr. Multi-Purpose Arena, 152 Turner Road, Port Allen.

Items to be accepted include paint, batteries, computers, television sets and tires without rims. For a complete list, call (225) 490-8549 or go to http://wbrcouncil.org.

Music series

The Pelican Chamber Music Series continues its ninth season with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Octet” by the Nicholls Camerata on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Nicholls Camerata is a string ensemble composed of students in the string program at Nicholls State University. The group is led by violinist James Alexander. Alzheimer’s program

West Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent David Corona asks anyone interested in participating in Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area’s “Lunch and Learn” informational program to contact him at david.corona@wbrschools.net.

Corona, who serves on the board of the organization, said “Lunch and Learn” will be held in late February or early March.

Alzheimer’s Services covers a 10-parish area, including West Baton Rouge.

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.