Have you heard? They’re shooting a movie in Clinton and hiring locals as extras for the film “The Free State of Jones” starring Matthew McConaughey.

Based on a true story and the book “The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War” by Victoria Bynum, the story takes place between late 1863 and mid-1864, when an armed band of Confederate deserters battles Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi.

Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River, where, legend has it, they declare the Free State of Jones, a news release said.

“We encourage locals to come out and be a part of this great thing for their community,” casting director Brent Caballero said.

If you are interested in auditioning, email a submission with information about yourself such as age, height and weight along with a current photograph to agefsojcasting@gmail.com.

Council on Aging

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., Clinton, is open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most activities start at 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon.

Public transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish is provided Monday through Friday by the East Feliciana Transit. For information, call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862.

FRIDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

MONDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

TUESDAY: games

WEDNESDAY: 11 a.m., bingo

FEB. 12: 11:30 a.m., devotion followed by blood pressure checks

FEB. 13: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

Clinton Market

Before the Mardi Gras parade Saturday, Feb. 7, Clinton Community Market vendors will sell their goods from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arts and craft vendors from East Feliciana Parish and surrounding areas will sell their handmade goods as well as hot coffee, home-baked breads, fresh produce, jewelry, crocheted hats, plants, blankets and much more.

The Clinton Community Market is held the first Saturday of every month.

Also, according to Al O’Brien, market coordinator, the Clinton Community Market is now on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Clinton-Market-Day/1559520130960036

Contact O’Brien at (225) 683-9477 or email borue@hughes.net for information.

‘Royalty’ to ride

The 10th annual Clinton Mardi Gras Parade rolls at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, through downtown Clinton.

The theme is “Masquerading in the Felicianas.” The king and queen riding in the parade will be Louis Kent and Sandra Baker, with WAFB’s Diane Deaton as grand marshal.

This year’s Mardi Gras parade is sponsored by Feliciana Family & Friends and Last of a Dying Breed riding club.

For information, call Mildred Worrell at (225) 937-9410 or Sheilla Flowers at (225) 615-5137.

Trail Ride ready to roll

Clinton’s Last of a Dying Breed riding club presents its third annual Trail Ride Saturday, Feb. 7, leaving from Clovis Dunn Estates, 1168 Miss. 569 South, Liberty, Mississippi.

Gates to this 536-acre property open at noon, and the 7-mile trail ride leaves at 3 p.m.

Food, games, a spacewalk for children, ATV trail rides and more will be featured. J Paul & the Zydeco Nubreeds will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission is $10 per person; youth ages 8 and under are admitted free. Everyone, including other riding clubs, are invited to attend. For information, contact Sheilla Flowers at (225) 615-5137.

Mardi Gras in Wilson

Wilson officials are looking for entries to join the “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler au Coeur de Wilson” parade that starts at 11 a.m. Feb. 14.

Anyone who would like to enter a float, marching group or riders is invited to participate at no charge.

Four-wheelers are prohibited from entering.

“Everyone is invited to attend this ‘bons moments’ parade in a family-friendly atmosphere,” said Tammy Garig, of the Wilson Police Department.

To enter the Wilson Mardi Gras parade, contact Debra Thomas at (225) 244-3256 or call Wilson Town Hall at (225) 629-5415.

Send feedback and items for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com or call (225) 993-0066.