The public is invited to attend a program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Centenary State Historic Site to celebrate the reopening of the park after it was hit with deep budget cuts a year or so ago.

The park, 3522 College St. in Jackson, is the original location of the antebellum forerunner of Centenary College in Shreveport and served as a hospital during the Civil War.

Refreshments will be served.

Centenary State Historic Site is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

9/11 remembered

The events planned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks include a 10 a.m. memorial service Thursday in front of the Baker Fire Department’s main station on Groom Road.

The Jackson Lions Club will have a 6 p.m. program Saturday at the gazebo across the street from the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department’s station on La. 10, and The Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 3 plans a Freedom Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Park in St. Francisville.

Diabetes support

Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital in Zachary, with anyone diagnosed with diabetes or their caregivers invited to attend to learn more about the disease. Registration is not required.

Buffalo festival pageant

The 19th annual Baker Buffalo Festival Queens Pageant will be held Saturday in the Baker Municipal Auditorium on Groom Road, beginning with registration for the children’s contests from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The competition will begin at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $25, or $30 for those entering on Saturday. The attire for the children’s pageants is “Sunday best.”

Girls 10 to 23 years old will compete in the evening for the Junior Miss, Teen Miss, and Miss Baker Buffalo Festival Rose Queen titles. Entry fee for Junior and Teen Miss contestants is $50, Miss contestants is $75, and the deadline to enter is 7 p.m. Friday.

For questions or to receive an entry form, contact Carrie Gagliano, (225) 715-9120 or

Library friends

Friends of the Clinton Library will have a business meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clinton United Methodist Church. A salad lunch will be served for $5. Anyone interested in supporting the library is invited to attend.

Artist of the month

Virgie Ford is the September and October artist of the month at the East Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, 12305 St. Helena St., Clinton. Ford’s work for this exhibit is in acrylics and includes three scenes painted on three old handsaws.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bicentennial closes

The West Florida Bicentennial Commission’s final program to observe the 200-year anniversary of the West Florida Republic will be the dedication of a 3-ton marker at the state welcome center on Interstate 10 near Slidell at 11 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend.

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.