The 23rd annual Southern Garden Symposium brings garden experts from near and far to historic venues in St. Francisville on Oct. 14-15.

The 2011 symposium will begin with a series of workshops starting at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at various locations, depending on the topic.

Participants may choose two of five lectures during the day. The $65 fee for these workshops includes lunch at Afton Villa Gardens.

On evening of Oct. 14, the speakers will be honored at a special gala at Wyoming Plantation, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sullivan.

This cocktail buffet is open to all symposium participants and their guests for $50 per person.

All Oct. 15 lecture programs will be at Hemingbough in St. Francisville, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The day will conclude with afternoon tea at White’s Cottage, the home of Lynn LeSueur Leak.

The $65 cost per person for the symposium includes all lectures, lunch at Hemingbough, and tea at White’s Cottage.

For a list of the lecture topics and registration information, visit http://www.SouthernGardenSymposium.org or call (225) 635-3738.

Calling all Hursts

The annual Hurst Family reunion will be held Sunday at the Oak Lake Golf Course in Clinton.

Candidates’ forum

The Clinton Friends of the Audubon Regional Library will hold a forum for candidates for sheriff, state representation in Districts 62 and 72, state senator and assessor at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clinton United Methodist Church Hall.

The candidates will each speak for three minutes and mingle and talk with guests during lunch. The gumbo lunch will be $6.

Call (225) 683-5011 or (225) 629-4020 to sign up for lunch.

Diabetes support group

Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital in Zachary. The group welcomes anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as their relatives, friends and supporters.

Registration is not required; call nurse Sherri Brady at (225) 658-4583 for information.

Police Jury hearing

The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury has set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the jury office for comment on a proposed new redistricting plan.

The U.S. Department of Justice this week rejected the jury’s first proposal, after elections already had been postponed.

Maps and details of the revised plan are available at the jury office.

After-school meetings

Two events are set in Baker next week as part of the annual Lights on After School observance to call attention to the importance of such programs in communities. A forum and breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road.

A “Parent Empowerment Workshop” is set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Park Ridge Academic Magnet School, 5905 Groom Road.

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