A new westside collaborative is seeking to increase awareness and offer free resources for first-time pregnant women in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes through a community health program called Nurse-Family Partnership.

Capital Area Human Services is encouraging all women in the area who are Medicaid eligible and less than 28 weeks pregnant to consider participating in the health program.

Registered nurses begin visiting clients as early in pregnancy as possible to help mothers-to-be make informed choices for themselves and their babies until the child turns 2 years old.

Nurses discuss a wide range of issues with clients that affect prenatal health which include smoking cessation, diet, labor and delivery, infant care, positive parenting and how and when to access health care professionals.

Women who qualify can sign up or get information by calling (225) 219-9520.

Conversations with artists

This year’s Treasures of Pointe Coupee art exhibit, slated to kick off Friday at the Poydras Center in New Roads, will give attendees the chance to have up close and personal conversations with four of its featured artists with its “Conversation with an Artist” experience.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Paula Baker will talk about her work with Madeline Breidenbach to follow from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Baker, a newcomer and first-time Treasures participant, has displayed some of her artwork at the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee’s booth at the Harvest Festival and has already shared some of her art story at Calling All Artists activities.

Breidenbach will discuss her work with watercolor, acrylics, batik and other art materials.

Then, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 7, Randy Harelson will provide insight about his work as an artist during his second showing at the Treasures of Pointe Coupee exhibit.

Rounding out the conversations that day from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. will be Jo Busse.

Busse works with bold colors and fleur-de-lis paintings, which has been features at previous exhibits.

Museum lunchtime lecture

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

The event is free.

Art on the Bayou

Plaquemine’s Main Street Program’s Art on the Bayou will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park Pavilion on Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public, and artists will not be charged a booth fee to display and/or sell their art.

For information or to register for a booth, call Dr. Charlene Bishop at (225) 687-8392 or (225) 776-4119.

Hats Off Gala

St. Aubry Ladies Auxiliary Court No. 119 will host its annual Hats Off Gala fundraiser at 3 p.m. June 1 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Hall in Maringouin.

The organization encourages attendees to wear a hat.

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