Several area activities are planned in observance of the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road.

Baker City Councilman Charles Vincent will lead a discussion on King’s life and the civil rights leader’s August 1963 speech in Washington, D.C. Vincent will give school supplies and black history magazines for the first 15 students who attend.

The second annual Baker MLK Day of Service on Monday will begin with a community walk and breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Baker Municipal Center, followed by a commemorative service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., also in the auditorium.

The Baker program continues at 1:30 p.m. with a fellowship meal at the Emmett W. Bashful Fellowship and Activity Center, 4647 Groom Road, and a 2 p.m. showing of a documentary on the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott.

Also at 2 p.m., Donald Carter of the state Fire Marshal’s Office and Baker Fire Department spokesman Howard Ward will give a presentation on fire safety and prevention in the sanctuary of Greater First Church-Baptist, 4669 Groom Road.

The Zachary Martin Luther King Jr. Committee will hold a 6 p.m. candlelight march from the Zachary City Hall to New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4415 Old Weis Road, on Monday. This year’s theme is “What Are You Doing Today to Honor His Legacy.” A program at the church will feature a community choir and a talk by Gaynell Young, the longest-serving member of the Zachary Community School Board.

School supplies and door prizes will be given.

Zachary history talk

Zachary historian Betty Tucker will present a program on the settlement of the Plains and the growth of Zachary at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zachary branch library, 1900 Church St.

A re-enactment of the lowering of the West Florida Republic flag and raising of the first American flag over the Florida Parishes is planned. The Zachary Historic Village Museum also will feature various exhibits at the library throughout the month of January on Zachary’s history.

Parade honors vets

The Feliciana Friends and Family Mardi Gras Committee wants active duty military personnel, veterans and citizens 80 and older to participate in the Feb. 11 Mardi Gras parade in Clinton. To get more information, call the Clinton Town Hall, (225) 683-5531; Sheilla Flowers, (225) 683-4531; or Mildred Worrell, (225) 683-5594.

Library program.

The Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road, will conduct a program for children ages 5-9, “Make a Boogle House,” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. “Why I Built the Boogle House” by Helen Palmer will be read during the program. Registration is required; call (225) 778-5960.

Nature walk set

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are invited to a Jan. 20 nature walk at Carlyle and Sylvia Rogillio’s 400-acre property in the Tunica Hills of West Feliciana Parish. The trip will begin at 9:30 a.m. with carpooling from the First Baptist Church in St. Francisville. Call Fred Mendenhall at (225) 784-2131.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; e-mail: Deadline: noon Wednesday.