A rare opportunity to view the site of a May 1863 battle between black Federal troops and Confederate defenders of Port Hudson will be offered Saturday to visitors at Port Hudson State Historic Site, on U.S. 61 just inside East Feliciana Parish.

Union Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks sent the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guard regiments against one of the strongest points in the Confederate fortress. Although the results were disastrous for the black troops, their courage in the face of overwhelming odds demonstrated the black soldiers’ willingness to fight for the Union, historians say.

The guided tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the site’s museum for an audio-visual presentation and viewing of a battle diorama. Participants will drive to the site’s back gate for a walk to the battle site. Wearing shoes suited for muddy conditions is recommended.

Scholarship ball

The Zachary Martin Luther King Jr. Committee will hold its scholarship ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Baker Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $25. For ticket information, call Lorretta Robinson, (225) 505-6437, or Janice Huggins, (225) 939-3241.

Softball registration

Online registration is available for Zachary Youth Softball on the league’s website, http://www.zysoftball.org. Parents are encouraged to use this means of registration as their primary choice.

The registration form also can be accessed on the softball, baseball or Zachary Parks and Recreation Web page at http://www.cityofzachary.org.

Registration also will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 at the Zachary Youth Park. Registration fees are $60.

Book signing

Martha G. Manuel will discuss her new book, “Murder on False River,” and sign copies at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., at 2 p.m. Saturday. Books will be available for purchase.

Slavery at Oakley

A program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Audubon State Historic Site, La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish, will explore life for the slaves who worked at Oakley Plantation. A tour of the slave cabins will relate life for the enslaved on the plantation and how they adapted to their condition. Other demonstrations will include a taste of food, daily tasks and recreation on a plantation.

Found art

An exhibit of “found art” by Kelly Ward and Marcia KistnerRoberg will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arts for All Studio, 5877 Commerce St., St. Francisville. “I Found My Art in St. Francisville” includes various three-dimensional pieces of art.

An anyone-can-participate parade will be staged at 4 p.m. between the studio and Birdman Coffee and Books. Creative dress, music-making and nonmotorized conveyances are encouraged.

Diabetes support group

Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Zachary hospital. The group welcomes anyone who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as family and friends in supporting roles.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; email: jminton@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.