A meet-and-greet for candidates running for parish president and Parish Council seats will be hosted by the St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road.
The format will include an informal meet-and-greet from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the front lobby of the library and on the front porch, giving residents an opportunity to talk directly with the candidates and ask important questions.
Lemonade and cookies will be served during this time.
From 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., candidates will have three minutes each to give presentations in the library’s community room and answer two questions during their speaking time: What is your top priority for West Feliciana Parish? What one thing makes you a great candidate for office?
From 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the meet-and-greet will resume.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Chamber Director Kerry Everitt at (225) 721-0022.
Males needed for TV series
A local casting company in search of paid background actors for the upcoming television mini-series remake of “Roots” is accepting submissions from black and white males to portray Union and Confederate soldiers.
“We are looking for men that don’t mind getting dirty, running, marching and being active during a battle war scene,” said extras casting coordinator Rikki Hegwood, of Caballero Casting LLC.
The remake of “Roots” is scheduled to air in 2016 on three cable networks: A&E, History and Lifetime. An adaptation of Alex Haley’s original “Roots,” the story chronicles the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants. The original “Roots” premiered in 1977 and won nine Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Peabody award.
Filming dates in the St. Francisville area will be Oct. 27-29, and actors selected will be paid and sent to New Orleans for costume fittings prior to filming.
Men interested in the roles must email email@example.com and include the word “Soldier” in the subject line, as well as name, age, contact phone number, height, weight, coat size, city and state of residency, and indicate whether they have reliable transportation.
Actors must include whether they play any musical instruments and which ones, and list any experience in the following areas: hunting, horseback riding, military, marching experience (band marching) and performing as a civil war re-enactor.
Medical concerns that would prohibit actors from participating in long days of active work also must be indicated.
Two clear and current photographs, standing in front of a solid wall and taken with a cellphone, must be attached and sent with the email, but males must not wear hats, sunglasses or makeup. Hair must be worn down and natural, and any piercings, braces, gold teeth or tattoos must be noted.
If possible, men should have unkempt fingernails on hands, no polish or makeup, and grow hair on head and face continuously, if they can, until filming, Hegwood said. No modern haircuts such as fades, military cuts or unnatural hair colors will be considered.
Actors must indicate if they are not agreeable to getting a haircut or unable to grow a beard.
Submissions are required immediately.
Health Fair planned
The West Feliciana Parish Hospital is hosting its annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the hospital’s campus, 5266 Commerce St. in St. Francisville.
Though the focus will be on health education, information and screenings, plenty of fun activities have been scheduled, beginning with a one-mile wellness walk.
Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m. at Parker Park (Commerce Street at Burnett Road). The walk will begin at 9 a.m., ending at the hospital’s health fair.
Entry fee is $7 for children 12 and under, $10 for teens 13 to 17 and $15 for adults. Water and refreshments will be provided.
More than 50 vendors will provide free services such as blood pressure testing, glucose testing and vision testing, with blood tests provided for those who fast.
Our Lady of the Lake’s Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer cancer screenings; Women’s Hospital will provide free mammograms by appointment; the Smile Safe National Safety Program will offer identification cards featuring your child’s photograph and vital information; and United Blood Services will be on site accepting blood donations.
Free food, refreshments, music and more will be featured.
“The annual Parish Hospital Health Fair provides the community with a great opportunity to learn about their hospital and services that are available locally,” hospital CEO Lee Chastant said. “Our emphasis is on complete wellness, and we want our residents to learn about the importance of good health while at the same time having some fun, too.”
For information, call Ann or Jennifer at (225) 635-3811 or visit wfph.org.
Free concert at Magnolia Café
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Ian McFeron will perform a free concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Magnolia Cafe, 3 V Tourist Court, 5689 Commerce St., St. Francisville.
McFeron recently released his eighth studio album, titled “Radio,” produced by Grammy-nominated producer Doug Lancio and recorded at Studio G! in Nashville.
McFeron will be joined on stage by longtime friend and musical accompanist Alisa Milner on fiddle, cello and harmony vocals. Milner appears on the album along with musicians who have performed with well-known bands, singers and songwriters.
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