Capital Area Technical College’s Westside Campus is open at 25250 Tenant Road in Plaquemine.

The following summer courses are being offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • Electrical — June 11 to Oct. 1.
  • Instrumentation — June 11 to Oct. 24.
  • Introduction to Care and Development of Young Children — June 4 to Aug. 13.
  • Computer Literacy and Applications — June 4 to Aug.13.

Additionally, the Licensed Practical Nursing program will begin May 24.

Call (225) 687-5500 or visit to for information about tuition, fees and financial aid opportunities.

Civil War lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a noon lecture May 15 titled “West Baton Rouge and the U.S. Civil War,” presented by local historian Richard Holloway.

Holloway specializes in researching Louisiana during the Civil War era.

Variety Show

The Boudreaux and Friends Family Comedy Variety Show returns this weekend to the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the curtains rise at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Comedy preshows will take place 15 minutes before showtime each day.

To reserve tickets, call (225) 638-3998, (843) 283-2621 or (225) 618-8257.

Free smoke detectors

The Plaquemine Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are offering free smoke detectors — and free installation of the detectors — to all city residents through the “Save a Life” program.

Plaquemine residents can go to any of the three Plaquemine fire stations and complete a brief application to obtain a free smoke detector. There are no income, age or other restrictions required.

Once applications are submitted, the Fire Department will notify those residents who will be receiving smoke detectors and will schedule installation of the detectors.

For information, call (225) 687-7335.

Family festival

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will host its annual family festival Sunday at 11140 La. 77 in Maringouin.

Barbecue chicken dinners will be sold at the festival for $7 each from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There also will be a raffle for $1,000, bingo games and face painting for children.

For information, call the parish office at (225) 625-2438.

High water

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River will crest at 51 feet May 9 at Red River Landing and 34.5 feet in Baton Rouge.

The Old River camping areas in Pointe Coupee Parish will be affected by this event.

In response, Pointe Coupee Electric will de-energize power lines, without further notice, behind the levee when the Mississippi River rises up to 30 feet in Baton Rouge ­— which is forecast to occur Saturday.

To submit news about Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes, contact Westside Bureau Chief Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email,