• WHAT: Training sessions for beginning and advanced farmers
  • WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, for beginners class; 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, for advanced class.
  • WHERE: Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, 2206 Johnston St., Lafayette
  • REGISTRATION/INFO: (225) 578-1037 or
  • DETAILS: The speaker will be Alex Hitt. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited.


  • WHAT: Louisiana Chesterton Conference in celebration of author G.K. Chesterton.
  • WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7
  • WHERE: Chesterton Hall in Chesterton Square, 143 N.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula
  • DETAILS: Conference speakers on Chesterton, who was a prolific English writer, include Joseph Pearce, Dale Ahlquist, Kevin O’Brien, Brian Daigle and Chuck Chalberg, who will portray Chesterton.


  • WHAT: Raising a Nation of STARS fundraiser for Students That Are Reaching Success
  • WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20
  • WHERE: Abounding Love Ministries, 7076 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge
  • TICKETS: $100. Call (225) 356-4441.
  • DETAILS: Proceeds to benefit the Abounding Love Ministries STARS program, which focuses on dance, music, drama, literacy, self-esteem and academic success.


  • WHAT: Applications are being accepted from child-care centers for a classroom makeover by Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge
  • WHEN: Deadline to apply is noon Friday, March 13
  • APPLICATIONS: Email for an application packet
  • DETAILS: VOA will use donations funded through the School Readiness Tax Credit program to give classroom makeovers to two child-care centers and three centers will receive mini makeovers. Child care centers must be located in East or West Baton Rouge, East or West Feliciana, Iberville or Pointe Coupee parishes.


  • WHAT: Blue Cross Foundation is taking nominees for $160,000 in grants to Louisiana Angels, those who perform extraordinary work for the state’s at-risk children
  • WHEN: Deadline for nominations is April 3
  • INFORMATION: ,, toll-free 1 (888) 219-2583 or email
  • DETAILS: The award is granted to eight volunteers who assist in increasing awareness of children’s needs and providing resources to help address them. Once chosen, each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000. Since 1995, the foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to more than 160 individuals improving the lives of Louisiana children. Angel Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in the fall. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual.