The 2015 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6.

During that time, guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.

The sales tax holiday applies to individual consumer purchases of a wide range of hunting gear. Eligible hunting supplies include firearms that may be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana; ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm; archery supplies to be used for hunting; apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear manufactured and marketed as being primarily for wear or use while hunting; and off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting.

The exemption does not apply to golf carts, go-carts, dirt bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, tractors, motor vehicles that may be legally driven on the streets and highways of Louisiana, or heavy equipment such as cranes, forklifts, backhoes and bulldozers.

By state law, the tax holiday is an annual event that takes place the first consecutive Friday through Sunday each September.

For information, including the full list of eligible purchases, as well as those that do not qualify for the sales tax exemption, visit

Garden Tour Fridays take off

Visitors are invited to Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site as it continues its Garden Tour Fridays series at 10 a.m. Sept. 4.

Site Manager Patricia Aleshire will lead her monthly stroll through Rosedown’s historic gardens, providing garden enthusiasts with a detailed look at selected portions of one of the finest early 19th-century gardens.

On the first Friday of each month, Aleshire will guide participants, pointing out significant heirloom varieties of plantings and focusing on both historic and modern cultivation methods and care. The tour will begin at the site office on La. 10 in St. Francisville.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, Rosedown’s guided tours of the main house are given on the hour and conclude with the final tour beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults (18-61), $8 for seniors (62 and older) and $4 for students (6-17). Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. For a tour of the garden only, admission is $5 for ages 18 and older.

For information, call (225) 635-3110 or visit

Strong Women session

For women who wish to become healthier and stronger or for those looking for a new fitness routine, the Strong Women program is a research-based strength training program offered by the West Feliciana Parks and Recreation Department.

The next session begins Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 18 (with two short breaks) at the West Feliciana Community Center, 10498 La. 965, in Independence.

Both morning and evening classes are available: Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. The morning classes will be followed by an optional floor session that focuses on strengthening core muscles.

Participants may attend classes at any time and are not required to register exclusively for morning or evening sessions. However, because resting muscles between strength training sessions is strongly recommended, participants should limit attendance to twice a week with at least a 24-hour rest between classes, instructor Pam Myers said.

The Strong Women program, developed by Tufts University associate professor Miriam Nelson, focuses on strength training and proper nutrition, which improves the health of women of all ages. Research shows that a program of strength training improves muscle strength, bone density, reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms and increases flexibility, Myers said.

Call the Parks and Recreation Department at (225) 784-8447 to register. Fees are $60 for the entire session, $20 per month or $5 per class. The floor core session is an additional $20. For information on Strong Women, call Myers at (225) 635-4878 or email

Iris beautification planned

A group of volunteers — Tracey Banowetz, Dick Ehrlicher, Philip Legendre, Patrick O’Connor, Don Thibodeaux and Al Troy — will meet at the West Feliciana Sports Park in St. Francisville at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 to plant Louisiana irises.

The beautification pilot project is a joint venture between the Capital Area Native Plant Society, an affiliate of the Louisiana Native Plant Society, and the Greater New Orleans Iris Society.

O’Connor, a member of the New Orleans society, got the organization to donate the bulbs at no charge to the park, Troy said.

Fifteen different varieties of about 45 quality iris rhizomes will be planted around sections of the lake at the park.

Troy said the volunteers wanted to add some color to the park to help beautify it and make it more of a community park rather than completely sports-oriented.

Late August through October is the best time to plant native irises, according to Dan Gill, of the LSU Agricultural Center.

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