Around the Felicianas for March 24, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Andrew Martin -- A young train enthusiast marvels at an outdoor steam locomotive rumble past the outdoor garden railroad at the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders clubhouse in Jackson. The group is hosting its bi-annual open house April 1-2.

Donations and volunteers are crucial to the successful operation of the West Feliciana Parish Food Pantry, 4591 Feliciana St., St. Francisville. According to Susan Ouchley, the pantry served 380 families the past two months, including 156 elderly residents and 298 children, she said.

Distribution days are the first and third Thursday of the month. All food donations stay within the parish. “We work hard to maximize every dollar donated to the food pantry,” Ouchley said.

Volunteers are always welcome, she said, and needed to sort and fill boxes and help with lifting boxes that can weigh 40 to 70 pounds. Occasionally, volunteers work Wednesdays and Thursdays to prepare for distribution days.

To volunteer or donate, call (225) 634-3473, email or mail checks to P.O. Box 1357, St. Francisville, LA 70775.

Hunter education

The LSU Agricultural Center in West Feliciana Parish and the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office are partnering to host and teach a hunter education course April 1-2, when West Feliciana students are on spring break.

The first day of the course will be indoor classroom instruction from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Feliciana Fire District Training Center near the Sports Park in St. Francisville.

On the second day, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., participants will be outdoors for the shooting portion of the course.

The course is open to everyone, but participants must register through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website at

For details, email André Brock, associate county and 4-H agent, at

All aboard!

The Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders will host its annual spring open house at the club’s facility in Jackson from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1-2.

Located behind the museum on the grounds of the Old Hickory Railroad at 3406 College St., the club will demonstrate indoor and outdoor model trains in all scales.

The GBR Railroaders moved to Jackson in 2003 and expanded into a second building in 2010. The added space has enabled the club’s 33 members to build five major indoor layouts and two outdoor layouts, including one of only two publicly accessible garden railroads in Louisiana.

The open house event is free, and everyone is invited.

For details, visit

Civil War Display daily

At Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville, a Civil War Display will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during April.

Set up especially for school groups but open to all visitors, the Gift Shop Conference Room will host the display, featuring Civil War battles in Louisiana and several little-known Civil War facts.

For information, call (225) 635-3332.

Musket demonstrations

At Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Jackson, musket demonstrations will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during April.

Visitors will watch demonstrations of various Civil War small arm weapons and hear about the experiences of the riflemen from either the Union or Confederate armies.

Firing times are subject to change, depending on the weather and staff availability.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

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