Nottoway Plantation and Resort was recently awarded a 4-Diamond rating for 2016 by AAA Organization.

The resort, located in White Castle, joins two other hotel/resort facilities in the Baton Rouge area that received the honor this year — L’Auberge Casino and the Renaissance Hotel.

Nottoway Plantation underwent a $14 million renovation and expansion in 2010, which included adding space to the facility’s ballroom, adding meeting space and adding sleeping rooms.

According to a news release, an even bigger expansion to the 53,000-square-foot mansion is set for later this year.

The expansion will double the resort’s size, adding 100 rooms and another restaurant, a wellness center and a ballroom.

Desegregation lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum is inviting the public to its lunchtime lecture and book signing Wednesday for “A View from the Inside: 36 Years of Desegregation.”

The author, Thomas J. Durant Jr., will discuss his journey from a small, racially segregated town in north Louisiana to LSU, at the time a predominately white university where he became engaged in the racial desegregation movement during his 36-year tenure as a professor.

Durant’s latest book covers how desegregation policies, programs, events and the actions of black students, faculty and staff shaped the course of desegregation, cultural diversity, race relations and cultural transformation of the university.

The lecture begins at noon. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

On Sunday, the museum will host a reception in celebration of its exhibit “Cohn High School: How We Love Thee.”

The reception will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The exhibit commemorates the history and legacy of 20th-century African-American education in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Cohn High School, which operated from 1949 to 1969, was the only high school in the parish for black students before integration. The school building was demolished in 2014.

Dulcimer class for kids

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library will host a free beginner dulcimer class for children in grades fourth through sixth at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the library’s meeting room.

Helen Bankston, a founding member of the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society, will serve as instructor.

Participating students will learn how to play two or three songs on the practice dulcimers during the hour-long lesson.

Parents can register their children online though the library’s website or by calling (225) 342-7920, ext. 224.

‘Hallelujah Girls’ in Iberville

The Iberville Community Theatre will present the Southern comedy “Hallelujah Girls” this weekend at the City of Plaquemine Activity Center.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are available online at www.wearethe

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