Several events are planned in the area this weekend in observance of Black History Month, including:

  • The Zachary Historic Village on Virginia Street offers free admission to museum buildings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, where a traveling state museum exhibit on “The Art and Social Commentary of Clementine Hunter,” will be displayed. The event coincides with the Second Saturday Arts Market in downtown Zachary.

African-American artists are invited to bring two or three small works of art for “show-and-tell” conversations with visitors.

  • Baker Councilman Charles Vincent will present a program on the first black elected officials in Louisiana from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road, as part of his February series, “Heroes in African American History.” He also will autograph copies of his recent book, “Black Legislators in Louisiana during Reconstruction.”
  • Port Hudson State Historic Site on U.S. 61 west of Zachary presents a tour of the Louisiana Native Guards battlefield at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting with a program at the museum. Hiking shoes are recommended for the walk.
  • Audubon State Historic Site on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish presents “Slavery Unbound” on Saturday, focusing on the African-American experience in Louisiana during the Civil War. The role of black troops in the Battle of Jackson Crossroads will be presented at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the role of both enslaved and freed black Louisiana residents will be presented at noon and 2 p.m.

Smithsonian journeys

As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s “Journey Stories” exhibit at the West Feliciana Historical Society’s museum in St. Francisville, a walking tour highlighting the town’s Jewish history will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Julius Freyhan building.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Kathryn Ward presents the one-woman play, “Rachel O’Connor’s World,” at Oakley House at Audubon State Historic Site.

Clinton parading

The Feliciana Friends and Family Mardi Gras Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday pays tribute to veterans, active military personnel and longtime contributors to the community.

Lane events

Lane Regional Medical Center will hold a free education and support program for congestive heart failure patients and their caregivers from 10 a.m. to noon Monday in the hospital’s staff development classroom. Registration is required and seating is limited; call (225) 654-LANE (5263) to register. Free lunch will be provided.

The hospital’s monthly Diabetes Support Group meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is not required.

Dr. Charles Thompson, a cardiologist, will speak on high blood pressure at the “Lunch and Learn” program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the staff development classroom. Advance reservations are required; call (225) 654-LANE (5263). The session is free and includes a light lunch.

Friends meeting

The Clinton Friends of the Audubon Regional Library will hold a planning meeting and potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Clinton United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

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.