Live music, an art show, a beauty pageant and more than 100 crafts vendors — all dedicated to agriculture — will make up the core of New Roads’ inaugural Harvest Festival on False River.

The free festival running Friday through Sunday offers an arts market, four music stages, a carnival, a 5K fun run, tours provided by amphibious vehicles, a barbecue cook-off, theater performances and a pageant.

Call Lauren Jones at (225) 638-5360, ext. 212, or visit

A benefit to help a child

The public is invited to a day of festivities from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the C.M. “Mike” Zito Multi-Purpose Center in Plaquemine intended to raise money for Katheryne Hebert, a 7-year-old girl suffering from severe hearing loss.

Proceeds from the event will help defray the cost of upgrading the youngster’s cochlear implants.

Nichole Panepinto Hebert, the youngster’s mom, said the little girl can’t hear at all without the implants.

The fundraiser will include a gumbo cook-off, a car show, an auction, jambalaya dinners, a sweet shop and live music.

There also will be hayrides, face painting, pony rides, a costume contest and other activities.

Feast on the Levee

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly hosts the 31st annual Feast on the Levee family event beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday on the church grounds following the 10 a.m. Mass.

There will be live music, a Cajun food fest, a cake baking contest, a sweet shop, silent auction, raffles and activities for kids.

The church is at 402 S. Kirkland Drive. Call (225) 749-2189 for information.

A church celebration

The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church congregation of Brusly is inviting the public to help celebrate the eighth anniversary of Rev. Michael A. Otkins Sr.’s service as church pastor.

The celebration will be held between 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2778 Billoups Lane.

Boo on the Bayou

Children up to 12 years old are invited to the Boo on the Bayou event to be held between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday at the Iberville Parish Visitors Center in Grosse Tete. Call (225) 648-2977 for information.

Home improvement

Port Allen will host a class on home improvement loans for low-income people from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.

There also will be a discussion on single family housing.

Mack McRaney, the area director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is scheduled to attend.

Julien Poydras Day

The Pointe Coupee Historical Society will host its annual Julien Poydras Day observance at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center.

Julien Poydras Day is an event acknowledging local dignitaries and showcasing the history as well as writing and artistic talents found within the parish.

Call (225) 638-6575 or visit for information.

Call Koran Addo at (225) 326-6627 or email