Looking North for Aug. 1, 2013

OLLI chapter seeks new members

The Feliciana Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU is looking for all persons 50 and older who want to enrich their lives, meet new people and continue their education. The chapter has members in West and East Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes.

The membership fee is $40, and the chapter has scheduled educational and recreational classes in St. Francisville and New Roads.

The group also holds several coffees during the year with speakers and social times, field trips and monthly nature walks.

Classes starting in mid-September include Italian cooking, quilting, yoga, Spanish for beginners and intermediates, home gardening, beginning French, square dancing, bird identification and others.

A nominal fee is charged for each class.

To join OLLI, call (224) 578-2500 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or go to www.outreach.lsu.edu/olli.

911 open house

The public is invited to an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the East Feliciana Parish Emergency Communications District’s new headquarters and call center, 12486 Feliciana Drive, Clinton. A pastalaya lunch will be served after the opening ceremony.

Garden tour

Rosedown Plantation Historic Site Manager Patricia Aleshire will lead a tour of Rosedown’s historic gardens in St. Francisville at 10 a.m. Friday. The monthly “Garden Tour Fridays” series introduces garden enthusiasts with detailed looks at selected portions of the early 19th century garden, including its heirloom plantings and historic and modern cultivation techniques.

Admission prices are $10 for adults (ages 18-61), $8 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and $4 for students (ages 6-17). Children 5 and under are admitted free. A tour of only the gardens is $5 for visitors 18 and older.

Back-to-school event

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zachary Committee’s annual Back-to-School Supply Giveaway and Health Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Zachary High School gymnasium, 4100 Bronco Lane.

The event includes fingerprinting, children’s ID badges, refreshments, fire safety talks, door prizes and school supplies given to students.

Parents or guardians are asked to be present with the children in attendance.

Hunter education

Baker Mayor Harold Rideau and Alan Howland will teach a hunter’s education safety class from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the J.E.B. Stuart Veterans of Foreign Wars Post hall, 3215 Ben Williams Lane, Baker.

The class includes eight hours of classroom work and two hours at a shooting range.

The free class is open to anyone 16 years old or older. Anyone born after 1969 must have a hunter education certification card to obtain a Louisiana hunting license.

The class is limited to 40 students; sign up by calling (225) 778-0300 or clicking the “hunter education” tab on the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website, www.wlf.louisiana.gov, and scrolling to the Aug. 9 class schedule.

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.