This year’s Baker Buffalo Festival begins at 5 p.m. Thursday with flat-rate carnival rides, a talent show and live entertainment in and near the Baker Municipal Building. The festival continues Friday, starting at 5 p.m., and all day Saturday.

Live entertainment, Saturday morning mile and five-kilometer runs, educational exhibits and activities for children, Saturday’s 10 a.m. parade and cooking contests are featured throughout the festival.

Court opening

Chief Judge George H. Ware Jr., of the 20th Judicial District, announced the restoration of the East Feliciana Parish courthouse is nearing completion. Formal ceremonies for the reopening will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and the public is invited to attend.

Free admission Saturday

The four major state historic sites in the Felicianas will offer visitors free admission on Saturday in observance of Smithsonian Magazine National Museum Day.

The Office of State Parks is a partner with the Smithsonian Institute in several endeavors.

At Rosedown Plantation, two areas not usually open to the public, the main house’s attic and the production greenhouse, may be viewed in a guided tour that starts at 10:30 a.m. on the home’s front porch.

Audubon State Historic Site has a new exhibit on African-American sharecroppers at Oakley Plantation, while visitors to Centenary in Jackson may tour the historic West Wing Dormitory, previously closed to the public.

Admission also will be free at the Port Hudson battlefield historic site.

A fifth historic site, Locust Grove Plantation Cemetery in the Bains area, is open to the public without charge year-round.

Reunion relics needed

The Zachary High School Class of 1961 will hold its 50-year reunion Oct. 15, and the planning committee is looking for memorabilia related to classmates’ 12 years in Zachary schools.

Call M.D. McDaniel at (225) 683-4425 if you have something — yearbooks, articles, programs etc. — to contribute.

Prostrate screening

Lane Regional Medical Center and urologist Dr. Robert Grissom will host a free prostate cancer screening at 6 p.m. Sept. 29, but appointments are required.

Men over age 40 who have not been screened for prostate cancer in the past year are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer.

Call (225) 654-LANE (654-5263) to schedule an appointment.

Family reading time

The East Feliciana 5th Day Project is sponsoring a “Read For Life” program beginning from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The programs at the Presbyterian Church on Bank Street in Clinton will provide fun for the entire family, including book clubs for teens and adults, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs, prizes, and dinner before the program.

No registration is required, but arrive early because participation is limited to 25 families.