Looking North for Feb. 14

As part of its Black History Month programming, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site in St. Francisville presents “African and Caribbean Influence in Southern Antebellum Cooking,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the site’s Old Kitchen.

The program examines how Southern antebellum cooking was strongly influenced by enslaved African-American and Caribbean workers throughout the South — influences still seen in today’s Southern cuisine.

An exhibit honoring notable black Americans also is open for viewing at Rosedown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout February.

Heart events set

Two events focusing on heart health and cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be held this week — the first at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Zachary branch library, 1900 Church St.

Lane Regional Medical Center personnel will offer free blood pressure screenings and provide CPR demonstrations and automated external defibrillator demonstrations.

Dr. Charles Thompson, an interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Institute of the South, will present the latest information on ways to improve your heart health.

West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District 1 offers “Get the Beat,” hands-only CPR training, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the district’s headquarters, 9892 West Feliciana Parkway. A half-hour is all the experts need to get you ready for giving CPR in an emergency.

Trailblazer remembered

A program on renowned contralto Marian Anderson, whose performance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 helped set the stage for the civil rights era, will be held by Baker Councilman Charles Vincent at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road.

Legislative talk

State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome will hold several community meetings before the upcoming legislative session, with the first set from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road.

Baby basics

Lane Regional Medical Center offers a free prenatal and infant care class at 10 a.m. Saturday in the hospital’s staff development classroom.

“The Pregnancy Workshop” is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom, while “Baby Care Basics” covers all you need to know to care for your newborn in the first weeks of life. Registration is required; call (225) 654-LANE (654-5263).

‘Forgotten war’

Audubon State Historic Site near St. Francisville presents a War of 1812 Living History Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will see the age of Napoleon come to life though volunteers in reproduction uniforms and clothing of the War of 1812 firing cannons, drilling with muskets and talking about camp life.

Library lunch

Friends of the Clinton Branch of the Audubon Regional Library will hold a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Clinton Presbyterian Church Hall to benefit the library. Advocate columnist Smiley Anders will be the guest speaker.

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

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