Around West Feliciana: Cooler weather brings celebrations outside _lowres

Marcia Willis

The monthly nature walk sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU, West Feliciana Chapter will be held Saturday at the West Feliciana Sports Park, 10166 West Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville.

The hike, which is held on the hiking and biking trail, starts at 10 a.m. but participants are urged to arrive early, organizers said.

For more information, call the OLLI office at (225) 578-6763.

Southern Garden Symposium

The 26th Southern Garden Symposium is coming to St. Francisville.

LSU Agricultural Center’s Dan Gill, New Orleans landscape architect Rene Fransen and authors Greg Grant and Bill Welch will speak during the two-day event Friday and Saturday at several plantations and area historic sites.

The symposium is known as much for its social events and historic venues as for its gardening lectures and workshops, organizers said. The Southern Garden Symposium has become an annual tradition for garden enthusiasts.

Registration is required to attend the symposium events. For more information about the symposium, including registration information, call (225) 635-3738, email or visit

Hunter safety course set

A hunters education course is set for Oct. 13-14 at the West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District 1, 9892 West Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville.

Twentieth Judicial District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla’s office and André Brock, West Feliciana Parish cooperative extension agent, will host the free class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday. Lunch will be provided.

Those who pass the written exam will shoot at the WF Sports Park from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

For registration information and assistance, call Brock at (225) 635-3614.

Participants must sign up through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website,

Warrior Dash

Again this year, the Warrior Dash, a competitive obstacle course run, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at West Feliciana Sports Park, 10166 West Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville.

The event is part of a nationwide program that helps to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event started in Chicago in 2009 by Red Frog Events as a way to provide a fun, challenging fitness program, according to its website.

For details, visit

October events at Lane

Throughout the month, Lane Regional Medical Center has several events and classes scheduled. On tap are:

New Moms’ Hope: 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Lane Regional Medical Center. This support group meets monthly on the second Thursday. Call (225) 658-4587 for more information.

Lane Auxiliary Book Fair: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host a book fair in the West Wing Conference Room on the first floor of Lane, 6300 Main St., Zachary. There will be a wide variety of books and gifts available. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward future auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For more information, please call the hospital gift shop at (225) 658-4309.

Diabetes Support Group: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s West Wing Conference Room. Lane welcomes all who have diabetes including family, friends and any others in a supporting role. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Sherri Brady at (225) 658-4583.

AARP Driver Safety Program: Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28. For drivers age 50 and older. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information or to preregister, call (225) 658-4587.

Contact Marcia Willis by phone at (225) 301-0515 or email or Deadline: noon Friday.