Around the Westside for Nov. 14, 2012

The West Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau is gearing up for its annual “Reflections of the Season” holiday extravaganza that kicks off Dec. 1 and lasts until Christmas Eve.

The holiday light display on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Tourist Information and Conference Center will be open from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Fridays and Saturdays, attendees may enjoy outdoor activities at the center such as wagon rides, ice fishing and a snow patch.

Inside the tourism center, there will be crafters, entertainment, special food vendors offering holiday delicacies and, of course, Santa Claus and his elves.

For more information, call (800) 654-9701 or visit to view the complete entertainment and activities schedule.

Flappers to housewives

The West Baton Rouge Museum invites the public to attend its lunchtime lecture, “From 1920s Flappers to 1950s Housewife: Women of the Greatest Generation,” at noon Thursday.

History scholar Ashley Baggett is scheduled to deliver a lecture complementing the museum’s new exhibit, “Our Stories, Our Lives: America’s Greatest Generation.”

Bayou history

The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site is asking the public to attend its special program detailing the history of Bayou Plaquemine, from 1812 to 2012, Friday and Saturday at its facility, 57730 Main St., Plaquemine.

The Bayou Plaquemine display will be available for viewing at the historic site between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Special programs on Bayou Plaquemine history dating back 200 years are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. These will offer displays and commentary on the cypress logging industry, people and vessels using the bayou, industries lining the bayou’s banks and the many commodities traveling on the bayou.

Technology training

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library is offering free access to online technology training hosted by CBT Nuggets. Visit for an overview of all courses offered.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Jerry Durden or Luis Interiano at (225) 342-7920.

Barrel race

The public is invited to attend the “Running Down the River” barrel race competition this Saturday and Sunday at the New Roads Multi-Use Center, 1400 Major Parkway, New Roads.

For more information, contact (225) 718-2438.

High school reunion

The former Cohn High School Grand Reunion for graduating classes of 1949 through 1969 will be held Dec. 28-30.

The event will take place at the Erwinville Community Center in Port Allen. For more information, contact Arthell Brown at (225) 343-1907.

Yearbook sale

East Iberville High School is selling vintage yearbooks from 1982, 1986, 1988, 1990, 2004 and 2009 for $10 each.

For more information, call (225) 642-0032.

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, Deadline: noon Tuesday.