The West Feliciana Council on Aging is announcing the start of its Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

Applicants will be certified from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Council on Aging office, 5725 Commerce St., St. Francisville.

Farmers market coupons are used to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at markets and roadside produce stands. Applications must be submitted to ensure seniors receive the coupons, as each parish is allotted a limited amount.

Seniors age 60 and older with a household income not to exceed 185 percent of the poverty level based on the number of occupants in home are eligible. Identification is required along with proof of income.

West Feliciana’s Council on Aging is part of the Capital Area Agency on Aging. Programs include congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation to medical appointments and senior centers, short-term and low-income utility assistance, wellness and SenioRx, a discount prescription program for those who qualify. Availability of programs should be verified by calling the Council on Aging office at (225) 635-6719.

Miss Louisiana visits

Lacey Sanchez, Miss Louisiana 2014, is visiting West Feliciana Parish on Monday through Wednesday and stopping by Mayor Billy D’Aquilla’s office; Sheriff J. Austin Daniel’s office; the St. Francisville Rotary Club, the SADD Club at West Feliciana High School; church youth groups; and pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students as well as touring Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

Part of Sanchez’s tour includes a community meet and greet session from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville.

Clothes Closet sale

The West Feliciana Clothes Closet, 4591 Feliciana St., St. Francisville, will host its next sale from 8 a.m. until noon May 2.

All proceeds benefit the West Feliciana Food Pantry. For information, call Shirley Reed at (225) 721-0756.

Spring Garden Stroll set

The Feliciana Master Gardeners of the LSU Agricultural Center present the St. Francisville and Jackson Spring Garden Stroll from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 2. The spring stroll will tour an expansive property near Jackson that was featured in Louisiana Gardener, a landscaped sculpture garden in the hills of West Feliciana and three gardens in the Historic District of St. Francisville.

Master Gardeners will be present at all sites providing information.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased the day of the tour at St. Francisville Town Hall, 11936 Ferdinand St., and at Centenary Inn, 1740 Charter St. (La. 10), Jackson.

Tickets are also available at the West Feliciana AgCenter office, 5924 Commerce St., or by calling (225) 635-3614.

Proceeds benefit 4-H scholarships, school gardens and other Feliciana charities. For information, visit

Rock the Block

The second Arts for All Rock the Block event will feature local musicians Gordan Graham and Adrian Percy from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 at Temple Design, 11888 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville.

Graham and Percy will have some of their handcrafted instruments on display.

“At some point, you can expect an impromptu jam session,” said Lynn Wood, of Arts for All, a nonprofit for actors, artists, writers and musicians in West Feliciana. “Consider it art as an interactive experience.”

“I built my first guitar, a Flying V electric solid body, while still in college because I thought it looked cool, and Gibson wasn’t making them anymore,” Percy said. “The Flying V was followed by several dulcimers, a couple of banjos and about 20 years of repairs and modifications before I got the nerve up to attempt building an acoustic (guitar).”

After moving to St. Francisville, Percy found himself without a workshop, but connecting with Graham became the inspiration and motivation to collaborate on producing the next five or six instruments.

“Gordon is a great friend and mentor in shaping wood to create great sounds. While I might consider myself a craftsman, he is a true artist and responsible for the finishes on most of the recent instruments we’ve made,” Percy said. “We frequently disagree — debate rather — the process, design, shape, bracing and structure of instruments, but when it comes to things concerning wood, he’s usually right. The instruments he’s touched are the better for it.”

Graham and Percy will be displaying four acoustic guitars, three Weisenborn slide guitars, one dulcimer and an upright bass at Rock the Block.

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