Looking North for April 25

Public invited to firefighters’ competition

By James Minton

The public is invited to watch firefighters participate Saturday in the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association’s annual competitive drills, which involve a variety of firefighting techniques and teamwork. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. at the West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District 1 training center, 9892 West Feliciana Parkway.

Baker’s birthday

The city of Baker will celebrate its 125th birthday with a big tailgating party, starting at 5 p.m. May 3. Residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and snacks to the park next to the Baker Municipal Building for fun and fellowship, music and dancing, a car show, old-fashioned games and activities for children.

Talented kids

The Zachary Community School District Talented Arts Program will present “Arts Alive 2013: A Talented Theatre and Visual Arts Showcase” Friday in the Zachary High School Visual and Performing Arts Center. The event will feature work created by talented theatre and art students in grades 1-12.

The visual art gallery will open at 6 p.m., and seating for theatre performances will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a curtain time of 7 p.m. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

Lunch and learn

Dr. Thomas Kang of Lane Surgery Group will discuss “How to Lose Weight: A Surgeon’s Perspective,” including the benefits and limitations of weight loss surgery, during the free “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn program from noon until 1 p.m. May 2 in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.

Advance reservations are required by calling (225) 654-LANE (5263).

Storm class

National Weather Service meteorologists will hold a SkyWarn storm spotter class for anyone interested in being the eyes and ears for the weather and emergency services. The class will be at the West Feliciana Parish Emergency Operations Center, 9938 West Feliciana Parkway, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Enroll by email to tboyett@wfpso.org or by telephone at (225) 635-6428.

Friends of Oakley

Danny Heitman, author of “The Summer of Birds,” will be the guest speaker for the Friends of Oakley annual meeting and membership drive at 2 p.m. Sunday at Audubon State Historic Site. The public is invited to the program and to join the organization that supports the site and its 200-year-old home, Oakley.

Scrapbooking class

Artist Corrie Manieri offers an “Introduction to Scrapbooking” class from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Arts for All Studio on Commerce Street in St. Francisville. The cost is $15.

Manieri will furnish most supplies, but participants are asked to bring a nontoxic glue stick, a paper cutter (optional), and photos if they wish to put them in their scrapbooks. For information, call Lynn Wood at (225) 635-3665.

Shopping banners

The East Feliciana Tourism Commission has installed banners in Clinton and Jackson to remind residents to shop locally and keep sales tax dollars in East Feliciana Parish.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; e-mail: jminton@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.