Museum lecture to focus on night life in West Baton Rouge

The West Baton Rouge Museum is inviting the public to its next lunch time lecture titled, “Historical Geography of West Baton Rouge Nightlife and Bars” happening July 13.

The lecture, which starts at noon, will feature John W. McEwen who currently serves as the geographic information systems analyst for East Baton Rouge Parish as well as a part-time geography professor at Baton Rouge Community College.

The lecture will place the parish in a post-Prohibition context reviewing how bars are regionalized across the country in the present and how the parish’s bar landscape compares to the rest of Louisiana.

It will also take a closer look at how the nightlife landscape of West Baton Rouge evolved alongside a boom and bust economy and how an interstate highway bridge disconnected West Baton Rouge from its larger neighbor to the east.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ministry hosts school event

Lead the Way Outreach Ministry will host a back-to-school giveaway in Plaquemine on July 16 for children in need.

The giveaway will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Auto King Muffler shop across from Jubilee Convenient Store.

The group will be distributing school supplies, clothes for boys and girls, shoes and hygiene products. Refreshments will be served.

Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer for the event is asked to contact Tiffany Seals at (225) 716-1795, Georgia Brown at (225) 385-1745, Cheryl Brown at (225) 716-2914 or Justen Richardson at (225) 803-0499.

New Roads opens Information Center

The city of New Roads now has a new Information Center which will serve as the welcome mat for visitors to the Pointe Coupee Parish town.

The center, located in the Heritage Building at 116 W. Main St., across from City Hall. will be manned by city workers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Staffers will provide visitors with information on activities, history and the culture of New Roads and the surrounding area.

The center will also include brochures, maps and books written by local authors, including the classic works of literary author Ernest Gaines and a recent release by Pointe Coupee Parish native Lt. Gen. Russell L. Honoré.

New Roads celebrated the center’s grand opening on June 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony where Honoré served as the guest speaker.

Music benefit concert set in Pointe Coupee Parish

Musicians and bands from around the state will converge in Pointe Coupee Parish on July 24 for a day-long benefit concert honoring Clarence Lindsey, a local musician battling leukemia.

More than 17 bands and musical acts are set to perform throughout the day at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads. The first act will take the stage at 9 a.m. that day.

The benefit concert will also feature the Pointe Coupee Cruiser’s Car Show, jump houses for kids, a live auction and 50/50 raffle. There will also be jambalaya dinners, burgers, hot dogs, cakes and other sweets, along with cold beverages for sale.

All proceeds will go toward helping Lindsey with his medical treatments.

For more information call (225) 718-2854.

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