Interested in planting shade trees?

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will hold its annual shade tree sale on various dates throughout the state, Commissioner Mike Strain, said.

Pine seedling packets will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 2-4 at the department’s Baton Rouge office, 5825 Florida Blvd.

“Our orchard-grown hardwood and pine seedlings are descended from superior stock,” Strain said. “Since the seedlings can be purchased in small packets, they are manageable for just about any home gardener.”

Two types of seedling packets will be offered.

Pine seedling packets contain 20 advanced generation loblolly with the exception of the Opelousas location, which will be advanced generation slash pine. Hardwood seedling packets contain two seedlings including water oak, sawtooth oak, willow oak, shumard oak and bald cypress. Pine packets are $6 each and hardwood packets are $2 each.

All seedlings are bare-root and come with planting and care instructions. They will be available on a first-come basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

League registration

Registration for the Miracle League at Cypress Mounds, a baseball league for children with disabilities, ends Friday.

League Executive Director Brandi Polito first conceived of the league in 2007 and has been working tirelessly since to make it the success it is today. It offers every child the opportunity to play baseball.

Last season, the league hosted 60 players and five teams. This year, the league is looking to serve even more. The spring season begins March 24 and is shaping up to be the most eventful yet, organizers said.

Call (225) 757-5550 for information.

Free dental clinic

The Louisiana Dental Association and LDA Foundation will host a Mission of Mercy charity dental clinic on Friday and Saturday to provide free dental care to about 1,500 patients, a news release said.

The event relies on the efforts of approximately 1,000 volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, students and community workers from across the state, the release said.

The doors of Armed Forces Reserve Center, 8110 Innovation Park Drive, formerly GSRI, will open at 6 a.m. each day. Treatment will be given on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached, the release said.

Services will include exams, x-rays, dental cleanings, fillings, anterior root canals, extractions and front teeth transitional partials.

Adults and children are invited to participate.

There are no eligibility or income requirements. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Residents from all parishes are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Patient parking will be available at L’Auberge Casino overflow lot, 14777 River Road, and shuttles will bring patients to the clinic from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

There will also be a city bus stop near the entrance of the Army Reserve Center. Visit

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email Deadline: noon Monday.