New Roads was awarded a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBoom, Mayor Robert Myer said.

The grant will be used to buy playground equipment at the city’s community park.

Myer called the project a “Community Build” effort because the project will not only allow the city to physically build something new, but it also will give local residents an opportunity to build a stronger bond of friendship and cooperation.

The city is seeking volunteers interested in working on the project. Anyone who wants to sign up should call City Hall at (225) 638-5360.

Program receives recognition

Plaquemine’s Main Street Program was recognized by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism as one of the state’s 10 “Creative Communities.”

The state program is geared toward promoting arts as part of Louisiana’s cultural economy.

Main Street officials received the recognition during a special presentation April 22.

The small grant award tied to the honor helped jump-start the local arts organization formation, which is under the Plaquemine Main Street Program.

The state’s Creative Communities Program provided the city with a trained coach to help develop a strategy and formulate a plan to implement a local cultural economy using art as a catalyst.

Plans are underway to establish a database of local artists and promote the arts and local artists at Iberville events.

Anyone interested in being added to the artist database should call the Plaquemine Main Street Program at (225) 687-3116.

Civil War lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host its lecture titled, “U.S. Civil War and the Laws of War” at noon Wednesday featuring LSU history professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean.

The lecture will address guerrillas, prisoners of war and flags of truce.

Also, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, there will be a historical performance at the museum titled “Civil War Women Perspectives,” featuring five women who experienced the war firsthand including a slave, soldier, plantation owner, Southern belle and young Acadian girl.

Both events are free and open to the public.

‘James and the Giant Peach’

Iberville Community Theatre will present its performances of “James and the Giant Peach” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

Tickets are available at the door.

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