Plaquemine is inviting the public to carnival fun, Cajun food and live music this weekend at its International Acadian Festival.

The festivities take place at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park beginning at 5 p.m. Friday with a Texas Hold ’em tournament and live music.

Scheduled activities taking place as the festival continues Saturday and Sunday include 4-H arts and crafts booths, a beauty pageant, a parade and plenty of food.

The Acadian Festival is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 970 of Plaquemine.

For information, visit www.acadianfestival.org.

Sickle cell anemia drive

The Iberville Ministers Conference and Sheriff Brett Stassi have joined forces on a drive to have 2,000 bottles of sports drinks donated for sickle cell anemia patients.

Officials from both entities announced the drive at a news conference Monday.

Sickle cell disease can cause severe dehydration, which can cause blood flow to slow so blood and oxygen do not get to tissues in a person’s body. Sports drinks provide both hydration and nutrients.

“This disease impacts many people in Iberville, and this drive will benefit them and others,” Stassi said in a news release.

To make a donation, contact the Sheriff’s Office for more information.

Help with home repairs

Port Allen Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence will host a class for low-income residents seeking assistance for home repairs at 6 p.m. Thursday at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.

Applications will be available for home improvement grants available through the federal government.

For information, contact Lawrence at (225) 344-4830.

Night of Halloween fun

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library, Museum and Department of Parks and Recreation are sponsoring an evening of tricks and treats along with family-friendly entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The fun kicks off at the West Baton Rouge Museum with a scavenger hunt lasting until 8 p.m. on the museum grounds.

The library and Parks Department will have more treats and singalong fun with PBS television star and Emmy award-winning musician Farmer Jason from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. at the Port Allen Community Center, followed by magician Chris Miller performing an illusion-filled comedy show at 8 p.m.

For information, call the WBR Library at (225) 342-7920, ext. 231, 224 or 227.

Veterans’ photos sought

Iberville Parish is accepting photos of veterans until Oct. 16 for the Iberville Wall of Veterans display.

Those who want to submit a photo for display on the parish’s Wall of Veterans during its Salute to Veterans ceremony on Nov. 11, can do so online or by visiting Iberville Parish Library locations in Plaquemine, St. Gabriel and White Castle.

To submit photos online, visit ibervilleparish.com and click the link at the top right of the home page that says “Wall of Veterans: Submissions Open.”

The Wall of Veterans, at the Iberville Veterans Memorial in Plaquemine, honors veterans and active military personnel with ties to the parish.

The wall presently includes almost 2,000 photos of veterans with their names and military branch.

It remains on display for a month after the Nov. 11 ceremony.

No photos will be accepted after Oct. 16. Veterans’ photos that were submitted in the past will be included again this year.

For information, call (225) 687-2642.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@ theadvocate.com.