Stacy Gill

The Watoto Children’s Choir, traveling from Africa, continues its U.S. tour with a stop in St. Francisville on Feb. 13. Through a dynamic worship experience, the members of the Watoto Children’s Choir, who were once orphans, share their journeys to redemption and demonstrate that God desires to be a loving father to all mankind, according to a news release.

Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents, but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto village. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa, the release said.

“After losing my parents I felt alone with no one to love me. Now, I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. As I travel in the choir, I’m going to show people that God loves them, too,” said 6-year-old Jackie Nakku.

Gary Skinner, Watoto Founder says, “God’s heart for the marginalized is not just to see individuals rescued, but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed. The stories of the children are real and represent thousands who are experiencing this transformation.”

The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville. This performance is free, and everyone is invited to attend.

Felicianas Spring Seminar

The West Feliciana LSU Agricultural Center Research and Extension officer presents the Felicianas Spring Seminar Series — Home Grounds — from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and Feb. 26 at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville.

Topics and speakers for Feb. 24 include bedding plants for landscape color by Dan Gill and nuisance wildlife by Don Reed.

Topics and speakers for Feb. 26 include mulches and composting by Miles Brashier and drought-resistant landscaping by André Brock.

Admission is free. Door prizes will be presented and refreshments provided.

For information, contact Brock, West Feliciana agent, at (225) 635-3614 or or contact Bobby Bingham, East Feliciana agent, at (225) 683-3101 or

Send feedback and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at or call (225) 993-0066.