New Roads has postponed its Great American Cleanup day to Saturday, May 31.

Volunteers had originally been asked to gather at City Hall at 8 a.m. May 10 to help city workers clean up the city’s most traveled streets and open areas from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

City officials said the event had to be pushed back due to inclement weather.

City officials are encouraging those interested in volunteering May 31 to call City Hall at (225) 638-5360 for information or to sign up.

New Roads’ program is part of Keep America Beautiful’s national community improvement program.

Home improvement grants

Port Allen Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence will host a class for low-income residents at the West Baton Rouge Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

The sessions will provide attendees with assistance in home repair. Grant applications will be available that day to begin the process.

Contact Lawrence at (225) 344-4830 for information.

Museum lunchtime lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lecture titled “Gorham Silver in the Belle Époque” at noon Thursday, May 29, featuring Mel Buchanan, a curator of Decorative Arts and Design from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Buchanan’s talk will cover the artistry and craft that flourished at the Gorham Manufacturing Co. during the “Belle Époque” period — or roughly the turn-of-the-century years starting in the 1870s and ending with World War I in 1914.

The event is free.

Citywide rummage sale

New Roads will hold its rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and residents are encouraged join in.

The rummage sale will take place at the Old Cotton Seed Mill, 311 Mill St. Space rental is available.

For information, contact Lauren at (225) 638-5360, ext. 212, or Betty at (225) 718-7813.

Animal shelter fundraiser

The Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter will host a BBQ Chicken Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday.

Dinners are being prepared by Tony Plauche Cajun Concoctions and are being sold for $8 per plate.

The fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Main Street Service Station or the Cottonport Community Center if it’s raining.

To purchase tickets, contact Carol Vincent at (225) 718-1114.

WBR babies and toddlers

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library will kick off a five-week series of Saturday morning programs for babies, toddlers and their families starting May 31.

The fast-paced, 30-minute programs will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday and include songs, rhymes, stories and crafts on themes of particular interest to young children.

There is no cost for the classes but registration is required.

To register for either of the programs, visit the library’s website at and click on the “Register for Programs for Youth” tab.

You also can register by calling (225) 342-7920 ext. 227.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email,