Around the Westside for May 22, 2013

By Terry L. Jones

Westside bureau

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new North Iberville Community Center are set for 11 a.m. Friday.

The event is free and open to the public.

The new $2 million, 8,200-square-foot facility features a main auditorium with a stage area, full kitchen, office space and restrooms.

The grand opening of the community center was delayed by roofing and air conditioning issues.

The project primarily was funded through state grants.

Free admission

The West Baton Rouge Museum, through its association with Blue Star Museums, is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families this summer from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen.

Car show fundraiser

The Reach & Teach Community Development nonprofit organization is sponsoring a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show fundraiser at the Scott Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 1.

The event will feature a Poker Run, Krank It Up Car Show, an antique car show and arts and crafts and food vendors.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the organization’s Boys & Girls Youth Group.

To be a part of the event or reserve vendor space, contact Gloria Harris at (225) 638-7113.

Summer history camp

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 Ave., in Port Allen.

‘Grease’ production

The Iberville Community Theatre will present “Grease: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center in Plaquemine.

The production presents an all-star cast, with a twist. The cast consists mostly of adults more mature than performers in previous productions.

Tickets are available online at http://www.wearethedifference.org.

They can also be purchased at Plaquemine Manor Nursing Home, Plaquemine Chiropractic Clinic, Hop N Shop Deli and The Stylistics.

For more information, call (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.