Looking North for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Baker Mayor Harold Rideau and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel are holding a discussion on the Capital Area Transportation System at 6 p.m. Monday at the Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road.

The meeting will provide information about CATS public transportation in Baker.

The Metro Council recently agreed to fill one of two CATS board vacancies with a Baker resident, and a news release says Baker residents interested in the appointment will be introduced at the meeting.

Landfill meeting

The state Department of Environmental Quality will hold a 6 p.m. Tuesday public hearing on a landfill proposal at The Waterfront at BREC’s Greenwood Community Park, 13350 La. 19, near Baker.

The hearing concerns a solid waste permit application and an associated environmental assessment statement for Louisiana Land Acquisitions for a disposal facility for industrial solid waste on the north side of Brooklawn Drive, approximately 2 miles west of Scenic Highway.

Residents of Alsen-St. Irma Lee and surrounding areas are invited to attend and comment on the proposal. For more information, call the Metro Council District 2 office at (225) 389-8331.

Main Street Meet

Main Street merchants and property owners are invited to an after-hours social event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Baker Municipal Auditorium sponsored by the city of Baker and Baker Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives of several media outlets will attend to offer ideas on showcasing the merchandise and services offered by businesses on the street.

Call (225) 774-1776 or (225) 933-3261 for more information.

Lunch and learn

Dr. Nikki Gautreaux, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Bayou Regional Women’s Clinic, will speak on “New Guidelines in Women’s Health” during the “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the staff development classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.

Advance reservations are required; call (225) 658-4585. The session is free and includes a light lunch.

Contractor steps up

West Feliciana Fire Protection District 1 routinely provides and installs smoke detectors for those in need, but they needed help in installing a donated smoke detector for the Clothes Closet, which is in a building primarily made of concrete. District Chief James Wood said Matthew Lynch of Lynch Construction stepped up with the tools and expertise needed to anchor the device to a concrete ceiling.

Jackson State alums

The Baton Rouge chapter of the Jackson State University Alumni Association will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. Jackson State alumni are invited.

Polos and Pearls

The annual Polos & Pearls shopping adventure will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in St. Francisville. A trolley will be available to ferry shoppers along Commerce, Ferdinand and Royal streets to sample the local food, dance and unique shops.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 326-6611; fax: (225) 774-6485; email: jminton@theadvocate.com.