Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

West Feliciana High School’s senior class will graduate in a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the football stadium.

Ngozi Nwabueze, student of the year, will give the class address, John Hamilton Willis will issue the greeting and Alexis Bell-Pierce will give the farewell message.

Highway work continues

Officials from West Feliciana Parish and the state Department of Transportation and Development would like to make residents and motorists aware of lane closures for U.S. 61.

According to the DOTD, there will be single-lane closures between La. 421 and the Louisiana/Mississippi state line so that contractors can patch the roadway.

The northbound lane closure will continue through Friday and the southbound lane closure will be from May 18-22.

At no time during the scope of the work should traffic be delayed, as U.S. 61 is a four-lane highway and one lane will remain open at all times both northbound and southbound, DOTD officials said.

DOTD reminds motorists to exercise caution when driving through the construction site and to be aware of work crews and equipment.

Summer camp registration

Happi Llandiers Inc., a United Way agency and nonprofit of educators and professionals that serves qualified low-income families in West Feliciana Parish with back-to-school supplies, food boxes, housing, rent and school uniforms, is hosting a summer enrichment camp from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. May 26-29 and June 1-18 at the Independence Community Center, 10498 La. 965 East, St. Francisville. Deadline to register is May 15.

The camp is free for qualified youth entering first through eighth grades in West Feliciana and is made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the state Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Grade-level-appropriate lessons in language arts and math will be taught by qualified teachers, in addition to an introduction to the arts by members of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Bus transportation will be available through West Feliciana Parish Schools, said Helen Whitfield, executive director of Happi Llandiers.

Space is limited. Applications can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from the Happi Llandiers office, 10498 La. 965 East, St. Francisville.

For information, call Whitfield at (225) 635-2301 or email

Kids to Parks Day

State parks are partnering with the National Park Trust to host Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide day of outdoor play encouraging families to explore the outdoors and their nearby parks on Saturday.

Admission is free at all of Louisiana’s state parks and historic sites. This year’s special events include a guided tour of rarely seen aspects of Rosedown State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, that focuses on the working side of this well-visited plantation site in St. Francisville.

Visitors will get a peek at the attic of the main house and tour the production greenhouse where plants are cultivated for the site’s historic gardens, learning the “nuts and bolts” of what makes Rosedown tick.

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at noon.

Call (225) 635-3110 or visit to learn more.

Send news and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.