The West Baton Rouge Museum gears up to promote a national traveling exhibit, “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections,” this week by first hosting a lunchtime lecture at noon Wednesday titled “Twentieth Century Cinderellas: Women and Their Aprons.”

Pam Rabalais-Vinci, of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum, will serve as the lecture’s featured speaker.

Rabalais-Vinci has done extensive research focused on American — especially Louisiana — textiles and fashions.

On Saturday, the museum will host a two-hour celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a slate of activities celebrating visual and performing arts tied to the traveling exhibit.

The museum will be the site for viewing and doing art, seeing a live dance performance and meeting local book author and apron designer Aimee Broussard.

Supplies will also be available on-site for the apron-making workshop.

Both events are free and open to the public. Saturday’s event is suitable for all ages.

Participants attending Wednesday’s lunchtime lecture are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Spring sale

Along the Bayou Garden Club is sponsoring a spring plant and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 17865 Hwy. 77 in Grosse Tete.

The sale, is an annual fundraising event offering vegetable, annuals and hanging baskets as well as baked goods.

For additional information call (225) 648-2637.

Church hosts festival

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will host its annual family festival on April 12.

Barbecue chicken dinners will be on sale for $7 a plate from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and there will be a raffle for $1,000.

The festival will also feature face painting for children.

For more information call the Iberville Parish office at (225) 625-2438.

Chili Cook-Off

Abita Brewery and We Are the Difference will host their second annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park.

Chefs are invited to come out to the indoor/outdoor event and prepare their chili on the grounds or bring their chili already prepared to compete in the indoor division.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three places in each category. There also will be a People’s Choice prize that will voted on by attendees.

Chili will be available for sale on the grounds or in quarts to take home.

Participants are encouraged to sign up now. The rules and registration form can be found at

For information, call Darrel Comeaux at (225) 749-3700.

Port Allen Easter bash

Local barber Clarence “Ray Ray” Lawrence, rapper Travis James and Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence will sponsor a Easter Bash at 3 p.m. Sunday at William and Lee Park.

The event will feature an Easter egg hunt for cash prizes and toys.

There will be a live DJ, free food and drinks.

James also will perform.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or