Around the Westside for July 23, 2014

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer says the splash pad, playground and skate park at the city’s Community Park is set to open Aug. 1.

Myer said in a news release that the three projects, along with the construction of a walking and fitness trail, meditation garden and landscaping, are nearly complete.

All components of Phase III of the Community Park’s development are expected to be complete in September, Myer said.

“Upon completion of these final projects, this park will be a state-of-the-art showcase for a city our size,” Myer said. “Community Park gives our city a true central park, which is the hallmark of all great cities.”

The first two phases of the project included restoration of the Old Cotton Seed Oil Mill, a new parking lot and upgrades to the park’s playing field and seating area.

Most of the construction for the park has been funded through a combination of city funds, state-appropriated money and grants.

Back-to-School Extravaganza

The city of Port Allen and the Port Allen Development Committee are hosting a Back-to-School Extravaganza for all prekindergarten to eighth-grade students from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the West Baton Rouge Community Center.

Kids will be able to enjoy games, food, door prizes and a host of other fun activities that day, and all students who attend will be provided a gift pack of school supplies.

The theme of the extravaganza is “Imagine That!”

Students must register by July 28 to attend. Registration forms are available at the utility office in City Hall.

Christmas card party

The West Baton Rouge Historical Association is hosting its annual “Christmas in July” Card Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the West Baton Rouge Community Center.

The fundraiser includes lunch for a donation of $25 per person. Proceeds benefit the Historical Association.

Attendees will be able to try their luck at bridge, hand and foot canasta, Shanghai rummy, sequence, pokeno, bourré and other games.

Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday. Call Alice LeBlanc at (225) 336-2422 ext. 10 to register or to learn more.

CNN documentary

Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence has announced that CNN News will be filming a documentary chronicling the early life of news anchor Don Lemon.

Filming will take place July 28 and 29.

The film crew will visit several Port Allen churches and a few historical business areas. The documentary will air in September.

Production of ‘Oliver’

We Are the Difference and the Iberville Community Theatre will present the production of “Oliver” on Aug. 8-10 at the Plaquemine Activity Center.

The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. while the curtain will rise at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are available online at www.wearethedifference.org or at the Plaquemine Chiropractic Clinic.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, tjones@theadvocate.com.