The majority of Civil War battles took place on Southern soil, making the war directly felt by the people left to fend for themselves on the home front.

The West Baton Rouge Museum’s exhibit, “A World Turned Upside Down: Civil War Home Front Perspectives,” focuses on the battles, daily life in occupied cities and the fall of the plantation system in Louisiana. It also explores the lives of women, children and the enslaved by featuring images, firsthand reports and historic artifacts.

Friends throw a benefit

Friends of Dustin Delapasse are holding a cancer benefit for him from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Myhand Park in Addis.

Tickets cost $10. Children under 12 get in free. There will be a softball tournament, silent auction, games, prizes, food, drinks and a broadcast of the New Orleans Saints game.

Home improvement

Port Allen will host a class on home improvement loans for low-income people from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.

There also will be a discussion of single-family housing.

Mack McRaney, area director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been invited.

A gift for Valverda

The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children awarded an interactive whiteboard system to Valverda Elementary School.

The award package includes an interactive response plus instructor training. To date, the foundation has awarded the systems to more than 220 classrooms across the state.

Julien Poydras Day

The Pointe Coupee Historical Society will host its annual Julien Poydras Day observance at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center.

The event is part of the parish’s “Harvest Festival,” set for Oct. 28-30 along False River.

Julien Poydras Day is an event acknowledging local dignitaries and showcasing the history as well as writing and artistic talents found within the parish.

Call (225) 638-6575 or visit http://www.pointecoupeehistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Harvest Festival

New Roads is sponsoring the three-day Harvest Festival on False River on Oct. 28-30.

The festival, free and open to the public, offers an arts market, four music stages, a carnival, a 5K fun run, tours provided by amphibious vehicles, a barbecue cook-off, theater performances and a pageant.

Call Lauren Jones at (225) 638-5360, ext. 212, or visit http://www.harvestfestivalonfalseriver.com.

A New Roads rodeo

Young men and women will compete for belt buckles and gift certificates during the 11th annual Pointe Coupee High School Rodeo to take place Oct. 28-29 at the parish multi-use center in New Roads.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Children under 3 get in free.

Proceeds will benefit the Pointe Coupee 4-H program.

Call (225) 638-5533 for more information.