Around the Westside for Aug. 28, 2013

The Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Tourism has kicked off a second fundraising campaign to help generate revenue with which to build, or buy, a new parish visitor’s center.

The Tourism Office is raffling off a one-of-a-kind poster by artist Dewey Reed at $2 per ticket.

The poster, titled “What a Place, Pointe Coupee Parish, La.,” depicts the culture of the parish through Reed’s vision of its sites and resources.

The raffle drawing will be held Dec. 16.

The Tourism Office is also hosting a Fried Fish Dinner fundraiser which will take place Oct. 12.

Dinner tickets will be pre-sold for that fundraiser as well.

For more information about both events and how to purchase tickets, call (225) 638-3998.

Lunchtime lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum will hold a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday titled, “Caring for Your Family’s Treasures.”

Local experts will offer practical advice on the care and maintenance of family treasures, from properly storing everyday items to the preservation of more fragile heirlooms.

Information will be provided with hands-on examples related to caring for textiles, silver, furniture, books and documents and arts and photos.

The museum will also provide lists of conservators and locations where you can purchase archival-safe storage and display materials.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15.

Tailgating fair

The West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for its “Tailgating Taste Fair” scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Port Allen Community Center.

The chamber will award first-, second- and third-place honors for the best-decorated table and a people’s choice award will be given for the event’s best dish.

Tickets are $15 per person. To purchase tickets, call the chamber office at (225) 383-3140. For more information, contact Sandra Hughes at (225) 485-4305.

Home-buying class

Port Allen will host a class for low-income residents at 7 p.m. Wednesday on how to buy a home. The class will be conducted in the West Baton Rouge Library.

Attendees will receive information about the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

Participants must be present to get the information.

Emergency alerts

Iberville Parish residents can get emergency information during severe weather conditions or other emergency situations from the Iberville Office of Emergency Preparedness on their home phones or cellphones by logging on to the Iberville Community Awareness Emergency Response website at

Residents need to click on “Emergency Phone Notifications” at the bottom of the home page and complete a registration form to start receiving the alerts.

The I-CAER website also provides valuable hurricane information, home and personal safety tips, first-aid information and what-to-do lists for a variety of emergency situations.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email at