Around the Felicianas for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Advocate photo by HOWARD ARCENEAUX -- West Feliciana High School teacher Torrence Williams has been named a 2017 Teacher of the Year finalist.

A shoutout to West Feliciana Parish High School teacher Torrence Williams, who was named a Teacher of the Year finalist.

In May, the Louisiana Department of Education announced the names of the 18 finalists for 2017 Teacher and Principal of the Year. The nine teachers and nine principals were selected from a field of 48 semifinalists, representing school districts from around the state.

This year’s state teacher and principal of the year will be announced July 15, during an awards ceremony at the 10th annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge.

Meanwhile, Around the Felicianas …

Read this summer

East Feliciana Parish youths are encouraged to read and earn library bucks to be redeemed for prizes by the week or the month at the Clinton and Jackson branches of the Audubon Regional Library.

Each child or teen will earn three bucks when they register for the Summer Reading Program at the Clinton branch, 12220 Woodville St., or the Jackson branch, 3312 College St. The program ends July 15.

Youths ages 1 to 7 will earn one buck after reading three books, youths 8 to 12 after reading two books and youths 13 and up after reading one book.

Call Jackson branch manager Londa Matthews at (225) 634-7508 for information.

National Get Outdoors Day

June marks the nationally recognized Great Outdoors Month with Saturday designated as the eighth annual National Get Outdoors or GO Day. The event encourages healthy and active outdoor fun, and Louisiana state parks and historic sites will offer special programs to encourage families to experience outdoor activities.

Events — with a complete listing of state park events available at lastateparks.com — include The Day the War Stopped, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and The Home Front, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Audubon State Historic Site. Both are in St. Francisville.

National Get Outdoors Day was launched in 2008 in an effort to get Americans, especially children, involved with nature and active lifestyles. The GO Day movement has grown steadily over the past few years, and in 2015, over 171 official GO Day sites across the nation were enjoyed by more than 48,000 fans of the great outdoors.

Participants of this year’s GO Day events are encouraged to post pictures of themselves involved in outdoor activities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accompanied by #GreatOutdoorsMonth.

For information, visit nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.

Patron salute, fly-in scheduled

Bad weather forced the St. Francisville Area Foundation to cancel its fall fundraiser and membership drive, Harvest in the Hill. To replace that event, the foundation has planned the Patron Salute & Fly-Over, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at 7742 Greenwood Road, the weekend retreat of Glenn and Margaret Solomon, of St. Francisville.

The event will feature an auction for a ride in the World War II P-51 Mustang Charlotte’s Chariot piloted by Dan Fordice, as well as a fly-in, picnic-style buffet, cocktails and music by the Fugitive Poets.

Casual attire is acceptable, and all sponsorships and tickets purchased for Harvest in the Hills will be honored at the fundraiser. Tickets are $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door.

To purchase online, visit patron-salute2016.eventbrite.com. For details, call (225) 978-9502 or email executivedirector@stfrancisvilleaf.org.

Pen Pals to host event

Dixon Correctional Institute’s Pen Pals Animal Shelter in Jackson will host an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at PetSense, 5875 Main St., Zachary.

Several breeds of canines will be available for a $40 adoption fee per dog. All Pen Pals animals have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

Send news and events for both East and West Feliciana parishes to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by end of day Friday or call (225) 993-0066.