The inaugural Feliciana Green Festival is planned between noon and 7 p.m. Saturday at the West Feliciana Sports Park off U.S. 61 in the Hardwood area. The 4 p.m. mustard greens cooking contest and 6 p.m. Mustard Greens Queen contest (contestants must be 65 or older) are highlights of the festival.
The 4-H Club pig, goat and chicken sale begins at noon, and a family bike ride will leave the park to visit Imahara’s Botanical Gardens and St. Francisville’s historic district. From 2 p.m. on, food and entertainment, children’s activities, green energy booths and appearances by an Angola band and the Fugitive Poets will be featured.
Readers and writers
The Sixth annual Celebration of Writers and Readers, sponsored by the Friends of the West Feliciana Library, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hemingbough Conference Center, St. Francisville.
The featured writers are Valerie Martin, Rodger Kamanetz, Mona Lisa Saloy and Tom Aswell.
Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Call (225) 635-3364 or stop by the West Feliciana Parish Library.
Shade tree sale
The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s shade tree sale will be held next week around the state. Hardwood and loblolly pine seedling packets are available for $5 each. The sale will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the LDAF office in Clinton, 10221 Williams Drive, off Plank Road. In Baton Rouge, stop at the office at 5825 Florida Blvd. between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary will offer a free prenatal class for expectant parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s staff development classroom, offering an overview of what a soon-to-be mom may expect. Registration is required; call (225) 654-LANE (654-5263) to register.
Lane also will distribute free colorectal cancer screening kits from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 2 in the front lobby of the hospital, 6300 Main St.
The screening kits are for use in the privacy of the home. For more information, call (225) 654-LANE (5263).
Journey Stories continues
The Smithsonian Institution’s “Journey Stories” exhibit continues daily at the West Feliciana Historical Society’s museum in St. Francisville.
“Feliciana Filmmakers,” a related program at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, features Bains Elementary and West Feliciana High School students presenting their local oral history projects.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, author Margo Soule will present a program on Louisiana’s Native Americans at Market Hall on Royal Street, while a program on Irene S. DiMaio Gerstacker’s fiction and travel sketches of Louisiana will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, also at Market Hall.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will have a horticultural seminar on camellias at 10 a.m. Saturday, with site Manager Patricia Aleshire leading a lecture session on the varieties of heirloom and contemporary camellias. A walking tour of Rosedown’s garden will follow.
To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; e-mail: email@example.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.