The LSU Hilltop Arboretum is sponsoring “An Afternoon in St. Francisville” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday with tours of the Mary Ann Brown Preserve, 13515 La. 965; the garden of Marla and David Floyd, 12383 Tunica Trace; and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12790 Tunica Trace.

The tour prices are $20 and $5 for students, and tickets will be available at the Floyds’ or St. Mary’s. A picnic lunch will be served at the church from noon to 3 p.m. Call the arboretum at (225) 767-6916 to reserve a spot for lunch.

Plants also will be on sale at the church.

Lane recognizes Martin

Lane Regional Medical Center will recognize one of its founding physicians, Dr. Howard L. Martin, with a ribbon cutting, open house and dedication of the Dr. Howard L. Martin Medical Building at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to attend.

Lane Wound Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy recently moved from inside the hospital to the newly renovated medical building, 4917 W. Park Drive on Lane’s campus directly behind Medical Pharmacy.

Martin has been practicing medicine since the hospital opened in 1960.

Memorial flags

The Flags at Port Hudson event sponsored by the Boy Scouts will be May 25 at the Port Hudson National Cemetery on La. 3113, off U.S. 61 west of Zachary.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. near the cemetery entrance. All Scouting organizations and the general public are invited to help place flags at the 16,000 graves for Memorial Day. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a large screwdriver or similar implement to make holes in the ground for the small flags. Bottled water will be provided,

Dog book, adoptions

Nell Dickerson, author of “Porch Dogs,” will be at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 11865 Ferdinand St., in St. Francisville to sign copies of her book from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The West Feliciana Animal Humane Society also will be at the library for a pet adoption day from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The volunteers will have a variety of dogs looking for a porch to call their own.

Forty percent of the proceeds from the book sales will be divided between the Friends of the Library and the animal society.

Slaughter art

Students of the Slaughter Community Charter School will display their art work from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Chocolate Café, 5465 Main St., Zachary. The Community and Parents Squad, a school support group, is sponsoring the event, and the public is invited.

Blood drive

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive at Lane Regional Medical Center from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Kids’ refuges

Catholic Charities invites Zachary residents to join Safe Families for Children at an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church’s Education Building, 4200 Main St. The organization’s participants offer temporary sanctuaries to children whose families are in crisis but do not need foster care.

For more information, call Barbara Thompson at (225) 336-8708 or email

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