The public is invited to attend an open house at 10 a.m. July 28 for the unveiling of the Baker school system’s first magnet school program for elementary students.

Park Ridge Academic Magnet School, 5905 Groom Road, is for students in first through fifth grades.

The grand opening includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony and balloon launch for a campaign the district has named, “A New Look at Baker Schools.”

A school system news release says all schools in the district will have a new look, with enhanced curricula, instructional strategies and practical applications “that will prepare Baker youth for today’s changing technological society.”

For more information, call the central office at (225) 774-5797 or visit the website,

Beating back the heat

Veterans Incarcerated, an inmate organization at Dixon Correctional Institute, recently donated 200 box fans to the elderly through the East Feliciana and West Feliciana councils on aging.

The group earns money for its numerous civic projects by operating a concession stand in the visitors’ center.

The armed forces veterans have donated the fans every year for more than a decade.

Trumpet concert

Zachary High band director Jason Venable reports that one of his talented former students, Philip Hembree, now a senior at Indiana University, will perform a trumpet concert of lyrical songs at Plains Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. July 30.

The concert is free.

Library teen programs

With all the publicity about illegal and harmful bath salts lately, a program for teenagers at the Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday will demonstrate how to prepare the legal kind for yourself or as gifts.

A cup of camomile tea and tips on managing stress are included. Registration is required; call (225) 778-5950.

At the Zachary library, 1900 Church St., the Teens@2 program at 2 p.m. Tuesday will feature the Young Adult Book Club discussing “The Storyteller’s Daughter,” by Cameron Dokey, a poetic retelling of “Arabian Nights.”

Teen Night at 6:30 p.m. July 28 features strange and unusual challenges in a game of “Minute to Win It.”

Registration for both Zachary programs is required; call (225) 658-1870.

Little hummers

The Feliciana Nature Society’s annual Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration will be July 29-30 in St. Francisville.

Admission is free to the Friday night reception at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site and Saturday’s bird-banding programs at two gardens.

For information, visit

Blood drive next week

United Blood Services will hold a blood drive at Lane Regional Medical Center from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 29.

The blood drive is open to the public and registration is not required.

However, donors are encouraged to sign up online at with the sponsor code, Lane-Regional (with no space).

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