Around the Westside for May 8, 2013

By Terry L. Jones

Westside bureau

The West Baton Rouge Museum is preparing to host its 18th annual Blast From the Past Summer History Camp series.

The first session of the camp will take place June 17-21, followed by a second session June 24-28. Children 6 through 12 will explore the science, technology, history and thrill of treasure hunting in connection with the national traveling exhibit, “The Hunt for Treasure!”

Drop-off time for the camp sessions is from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and pick-up is from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Space is limited. Advance paid registration is required and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Registration is $65 for West Baton Rouge Parish residents and members of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association, and $75 each for all other participants.

Applications are available online at http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com, or parents can pick them up at the museum, 845 N. Jefferson, in Port Allen.

Jambalaya dinner

Iberville’s Math, Science and Arts Academy-East Parent Organization will host a jambalaya dinner fundraiser Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the school.

Dinners are $7 per plate and include jambalaya, a tossed salad, roll and dessert.

Delivery is available for orders of 10 or more.

For more information, call (225) 892-4938 or email msaepo@gmail.com.

Indians exhibit

As part of the Iberville Museum’s “American Indians of Iberville” exhibit, Kimberly S. Walden will give a scholarly talk on the Chitimachas, an Indian tribe with the largest presence in Iberville Parish, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the museum.

Walden is the cultural director/tribal historic preservation officer for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Louisiana Daughters of the American Revolution.

Improvement grants

Port Allen Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence will host a class for low-income residents at the Port Allen City Hall on May 15 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will serve as the guest speaker to discuss home improvement grants.

The class will be held in the City Council meeting room on the third floor of City Hall.

Auditions

We Are the Difference will host auditions at 10 a.m. May 18 for its production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

They will be held in the meeting room of the main branch of the Iberville Parish Library in Plaquemine.

For character information and sample readings, visit http://www.wearethedifference.org.

Self-defense class

Iberville Parks and Recreation, We Are the Difference and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office will present a Women’s Self-Defense class at 6 p.m. May 29 in the Carl F. Grant Center.

Registration is free but space is limited.

To register contact Rhonda Harrell at (225) 687-2029.

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.