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Stacy Gill

Historic Silliman Institute will graduate its 2015 seniors in a commencement ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Thelma Knighton Field in Clinton.

If the weather is inclement, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the gymnasium.

East Feliciana High School in Jackson will graduate its class of 2015 starting at 6 p.m. Monday at Bethany World Prayer Center, 13855 Plank Road, in Baker.

Kids to Parks Day

State parks are partnering with the National Park Trust to host Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide day of outdoor play encouraging families to explore the outdoors and their nearby parks on Saturday.

Admission is free at all of Louisiana’s state parks and historic sites, while this year’s special events include Bite the Bullet: A Look at Civil War Medicine, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Centenary State Historic Site, 3522 College St., Jackson.

Visitors are invited to take part in a discussion and demonstration of Civil War medicine followed by a tour of the Confederate Cemetery located on the grounds at Centenary. Everyday life of a military doctor as well as that of his patients will be explained.

For information, call (225) 634-7925 or visit crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks.

Ants in your plants?

Betty Miley, of Maypop Hill Nursery in Norwood, which promotes sustainable landscapes and specializes in native plants of the Southeast, as well as fruit and vegetable plants that grow well in the humid South, sends out a monthly newsletter full of tips, tricks and best practices for including native plants in landscapes.

Miley is widely known throughout the area for her native plants, which are sometimes sold at the Clinton Community Market.

She and her husband, L.J., attend garden shows several times a year and feature booths at LSU’s Spring Garden Show and at the Botanical Garden events at City Park in New Orleans.

Maypop Hill offers this natural remedy for ants in your potted plants. Mix 3 tablespoons of orange oil (there are several brands) and 6 tablespoons of Dawn dish detergent in a gallon of water and drench the mound or pot.

Miley says red imported fire ants were accidentally introduced into the United States decades ago.

They are difficult to control, even with commercially available products that have hazard warnings on their labels, Miley said.

“Since Maypop Hill has beaucoup fire ant hills and has made the decision to be eco-friendly, we studied the problem and took the orange oil treatment recommended by the Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett,” Miley said. “We adapted this recipe to a simple and easy-to-remember formula. To our surprise and delight, the formula worked overnight and will be used on a regular basis as a spray to keep the ants away while protecting the ecology.”

To subscribe to Maypop Hill’s newsletter, email maypophill@wildblue.net. Learn more by visiting maypophill.com.

Council on Aging activities

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., Clinton, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Most activities start at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon.

Public transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish is provided Monday through Friday by the East Feliciana Parish transit system.

Call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9863 for information.

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

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

TUESDAY: 11 a.m., jambalaya dinner by Jeff Gardner, East Feliciana tax assessor

WEDNESDAY: 11 a.m., bingo

MAY 21: 11 a.m., presentation by Paul Winfrey, of Lighthouse Louisiana; 11:30 a.m. devotional followed by blood pressure checks

MAY 22: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class.

Send news and events for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.