Tickets are now on sale for a community appreciation prayer breakfast being held in honor of retiring Pointe Coupee Parish School Superintendent Linda D’Amico.

The community prayer breakfast, at 7 a.m. Tuesday, is being hosted by the False River/New Roads Rotary Club.

Tickets to the breakfast, taking place at the Scott Civic Center, are $250 for a table for eight people and $10 each for individual tickets.

Incoming Superintendent Kevin Lemoine will serve as a guest speaker. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (225) 603-2645.

Civil War-related lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture by LSU textiles professor Jenna Kuttruff titled “We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War.”

The lecture, at noon July 9, is in conjunction with the current exhibit at the museum highlighting the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War.

Kuttruff is involved in a long-term research project on the study of 19th-century burial dress based on archaeological evidence from Louisiana.

Mourning dresses functioned to identify the mourner, show respect for the dead, elicit the sympathy of the community and serve as a barrier against unwanted intrusions on private feelings.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring bag lunches.

Christmas in July fundraiser

The West Baton Rouge Historical Association has opened registration for its 10th annual Christmas in July fundraiser — a card party set for July 27.

The group is asking for a $25 donation, per person, to compete in games of bridge, hand and foot canasta, Shanghai rummy, sequence, pokeno, bourré and other games.

The fundraiser includes lunch and takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Community Center.

Registration is open until July 20.

Call Alice LeBlanc at (225) 336-2422, ext. 10, to register or for additional information.

Hats Off Gala on Sunday

St. Aubry Ladies’ Auxiliary Court will host its annual Hats Off Gala at 3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Hall in Maringouin.

Advance tickets are $7 each. Tickets cost $8 on the day of the event.

Attendees are asked to wear a hat, model a hat or just come to enjoy delicious food, entertainment and door prizes.

Fourth of July Festivities

The city of New Roads will host its annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade and Music Festival on July 3 and 4.

The festivities will kick off Friday night with live music in downtown New Roads from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Then on Saturday, the fun will move over to Morrison Parkway, where live music will begin at noon and last until 10 p.m.

The annual boat parade will sail down False River from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This year, there will also be a floating stage featuring various music acts jamming down False River.

The festivities are free.

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