The annual Christmas in the Country celebration in St. Francisville begins Nov. 30 and continues through the weekend, with Friday night festivities at the Town Hall and in the historic district.

On Saturday, activities to get you in the mood for Christmas are planned from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the historic district, at Audubon State Historic Site, Parker Park and other locations. The annual Christmas parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Tour of homes returns

The Friends of the (West Feliciana) Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes returns Dec. 2, featuring six unique homes decorated for the holidays in northern West Feliciana Parish.

Tickets are $20 and available in advance at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 11865 Ferdinand St., in St. Francisville. On Dec. 2, tickets will be available at the West Feliciana Historical Society, 11757 Ferdinand St.

Christmas parades set

The annual Christmas parade in Baker will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 8. Contact the Chamber of Commerce office, (225) 775-3547, to get an entry application.

Zachary’s parade will be a little different this year with a 4 p.m. start Dec. 15. The parade will be followed immediately by the city’s annual Christmas open house in the old downtown area. The deadline for entering the parade is Nov. 30; contact the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, (225) 654-6777, for a parade application.

Christmas concert

The Baton Rouge Symphony’s brass, percussion, and harp ensemble will perform a Christmas concert at Hemingbough at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, with David Torns conducting. A dessert buffet will follow the music.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Bank of St. Francisville or from a St. Francisville Symphony Association board member.

Medicine cabinet cleaning

The Zachary Police Department will accept unwanted and expired prescription medicines for safe disposal at the police station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. A free bowl of jambalaya will be given with each prescription drop-off. The drugs will be incinerated.

Police Chief David McDavid said liquid medicines should be turned over with tape securing the bottle caps. No syringes or medical equipment will be accepted.

Baby care basics

Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a free newborn baby care class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the staff development classroom. Registration is required; call (225) 654-LANE (654-5263) to register.

Healthy diet benefits

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, possibly including the surgeon, said Dr. Thomas Kang, the featured speaker for Lane Regional Medical Center’s “Ask the Doctor” lunch-and-learn program at noon Thursday in the hospital’s staff development classroom. Kang will discuss how a healthy diet can help prevent the necessity of surgery.

Advance reservations for the free lunch and talk are required; call (225) 654-LANE.

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