An exhibit of illustrations by artist Murrell Butler for the “Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas” will be on display for the next three months at Backwoods Gallery on Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville.

The field guide’s author, Virginia ornithologist Ernest P. Edwards, turned to Butler for the more than 700 illustrations in the guidebook, first published in 1972 and still available today.

The death of Edwards resulted in the return of 36 of the original 17-by-22-inch plates to Butler.

Admission is free.

Zachary exhibit

Zachary newcomer Lisa Pope will have an exhibit of her artwork at the Zachary City Hall Utility Office on Main Street through May. Her exhibit may be viewed during regular office hours.

Easter floats wanted

Organizers of a March 30 Easter parade in Jackson are inviting churches to enter floats for the 2 p.m. parade from Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System’s hospital to Centenary State Historic Site. For more information, contact Beth Dawson by email at, or Rafe Stewart at

Democrats meeting

The West Feliciana Parish Democratic Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnuson Hotel in St. Francisville. The guest speaker will be state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a candidate for governor.

Shade tree sale

The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry is selling shade tree seedling packets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at some district offices, including the Clinton office off Plank Road and the Baton Rouge office at 5825 Florida Blvd.

The packets of 20 pine seedlings or six hardwood seedlings are $6 each.

Trash, treasure sale

The old Wal-Mart store at Groom and Plank roads in Baker has been filled with goods for the Inner Wheel of Baton Rouge’s annual Trash and Treasure Sale.

The doors will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Rosedown exhibit

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site has a special exhibit related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Louisiana. The exhibit, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the gift shop conference room, shows the history of the conflict as it occurred in Louisiana, with special emphasis on famous historical figures, battles and unusual facts.

Audubon extras

In addition to the tour of homes and the other regular Audubon Pilgrimage activities March 15-17 in St. Francisville, two nighttime events are planned: a wine and cheese reception from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and a 7 p.m. Saturday soiree on Prosperity Street by the courthouse. Tickets for both are available online at Eventbrite.

Friday’s lineup includes wine and cheese at Bishop Jackson Hall, an art show at Temple Sinai, hymn singing at the Methodist Church, a cemetery tour and Royal Street by candlelight. Saturday’s event includes dinner, a cash bar, wine tasting and music.

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