Around the Westside: Wild animal programs scheduled

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library and the parish’s Department of Parks and Recreation host exotic-animal awareness programs Wednesday in Port Allen and Addis.

The presentations are designed to increase awareness of native and exotic animals, and their physical and behavioral differences, and also encourage respect for animal life. The programs may include 15 to 18 animals.

The programs are presented by Zoo Zoom, an educational and entertaining exotic-animal zoo in Breaux Bridge.

The program at the Port Allen Community Center is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The program at the Addis Community Center will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Call the West Baton Rouge Parish Library at (225) 342-7920 for more information.

Iberville medical center

Construction of the long-awaited Iberville medical facility will begin Tuesday with a ground-breaking ceremony set for 11 a.m. at the construction site located off La. 1 South in Plaquemine across from the Plaquemine Truck Stop.

The public is invited.

The new 43,000-square-foot medical center will include an emergency department with 22 patient exam rooms and a full-service Ochsner health center with approximately 7,000 square feet of clinic space for primary and specialty care.

Celebrity roast

We Are the Difference, an Iberville Parish nonprofit, has named Sheriff Brett Stassi as its celebrity this year for the organization’s second annual Celebrity Roast scheduled 6 p.m. June 27 at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

Comedian John Morgan will be the emcee, and this year’s theme is “A Cajun Night at the Oscars.”

Tickets are available online at Call Rhonda Harrell at (225) 687-2029.

Movie night

The Pointe Coupee Parish Historical Society will present the film “Jezebel” as part of its Friday night movie series at 7 p.m. June 28 at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center.

The film stars Betty Davis and Henry Fonda.

The event is free. Fresh popcorn and soft drinks are available. For more information, call (225) 240-3421.

Garage sale

The Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter is hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 6 at the Cottonport Bank in New Roads.

All proceeds will go toward the operational costs of the animal shelter.

For more information, contact Carol Vincent at (225) 718-1114.

Battery recycling

Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful has started a parishwide battery recycling program.

Rechargeable batteries and A, B, C and D batteries can be dropped off for recycling at Addis Hardware, Port Allen Hardware & Supplies, West Side Lumber Co., West Baton Rouge Parish Library, and Po-Folks Fruit & Vegetables. Deposit batteries in the marked battery collection boxes at each location.

For more information, call (225) 490-8549.

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 at Deadline: noon Tuesday.