The Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver Council and Court 119 is sponsoring its 28th annual Martin Luther King Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Center in Maringouin.
North Iberville School will be recognized at the program for its outstanding commitment to education, so all school faculty, staff, students and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Ginger F. Smith, a retired Iberville Parish educator, will be the guest speaker.
The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
WBR firefighter graduates
Rick Boudreaux, the district chief in Port Allen for West Baton Rouge Parish Fire District No. 1, was among the 29 professionals working in the homeland security field who were awarded masters of arts degrees in security studies on Dec. 19 from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
According to a news release, the graduates are professionals from law enforcement, fire safety, homeland security, public health and various agencies under the Department of Homeland Security.
“These graduates bring great credit to themselves and their professions and will join the expanding network of homeland security leaders who are shaping the future of our nation,” CHDS Director Glen Woodbury said.
Museum opens two exhibits
The West Baton Rouge Museum on Saturday will open its new exhibit, “Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard,” which will run through March 22, to help mark the last year of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial.
The exhibit was created by the museum’s curator Angelique Bergeron and guest curator Emmitt Glynn, and covers the history and legacy of the Louisiana Native Guard.
The Louisiana Native Guard was a select group of free men of color in New Orleans who offered their support to the Confederacy as “Defenders of the Native Land” upon the outbreak of the Civil War.
On Jan. 24, the museum opens another exhibit titled “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections,” which pairs artifacts and stories collected by best-selling author and curator EllynAnne Geisel with portraits by award-winning photographer Kristima Loggia.
“Apron Chronicles,” which will run until April 5, is an interpretation of a domestic icon — the apron — featuring diverse stories about a 111-year-old mother and her only child, a Holocaust survivor, a biology professor from Africa, and a preteen and her grandmother.
For more information, visit westbatonrougemuseum.com.
Medical complex opens
Iberville Parish officials are inviting the public to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its $22 million medical complex at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The complex, at 25455 La. 1 South in Plaquemine, will officially open Jan. 19, but parish leaders and officials with the Ochsner Health System will be on hand to give the community tours of the 43,000-square-foot facility.
Lunch also will be served.
Museum group to meet
The Iberville Museum Association Board is inviting the public to its 2015 annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Iberville Museum, 57735 Main St., Plaquemine.
Authors Barrett Murphy and Barry Raffray will serve as guest speakers, and the board will present its upcoming events and projects for the year.
Admission is free.
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