West Baton Rouge Parish is spearheading a community clean up initiative parishwide on Saturday as part of the The Great American Clean Up and is seeking volunteers to help.

The Great American Clean Up is the time of year Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful uses to focus on bringing the community together to work beautify the parish. The group lines up a variety of beautification projects and makes available supplies to help get them done.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful office in the parish’s government building or by visiting the parish’s website at www.wbrcouncil.org.

Volunteers are asked to meet up at the Port Allen Community Center at 9 a.m. Saturday. Lunch and prizes will be provided to participants. Trash bags, pick-up sticks and other supplies will be provided as needed.

In addition, residents can offer suggestions or make recommendations on an area they would like to beautified and cleaned up by calling the parish at (225) 490-8549.

Family workshop

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a fun, family workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday for parents and children to team up and build animal sculptures out of mixed media.

Professional artist and educator Cetin Ates will lead the workshop, guiding participants through the process of creative problem solving, building, gluing and painting.

The workshop is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required.

For information, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15.

BRCC nursing program

Baton Rouge Community College is offering an intense eight-week Certified Nursing Assistant Program on its Plaquemine campus.

The course will be held from June 6 to July 2. Upon successful completion, graduates will be qualified to work as a certified nursing assistant. The course also serves as a prerequisite for individuals entering the college’s LPN program beginning next fall.

Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Payment plans are available.

Applicants must take an entrance test, which can be met through acceptable Compass or ACT reading scores. Applicants are required to submit a state-level criminal background check and health screening.

For information, call Lorraine “Lori” Raffray at (225) 687-5507.

Plant sale in Plaquemine

Local master gardeners will hold their annual spring ornamental plant sale in Plaquemine from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-Parish Master Gardeners greenhouse, 25250 C.M. “Mike” Zito Lane.

The group also plans to sell hanging baskets on May 7, just in time for Mother’s Day.

The plants are of various varieties recommended by the LSU AgCenter.

Family festival; bingo night

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Maringouin will host its annual Bingo at 7 p.m. April 22 in the church hall and then its Family Festival on April 24.

There will be a barbecue chicken dinner for $7 per plate from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the day of the festival. There also will be a raffle for $1,000.

For information, call the parish office at (225) 625-2438.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones @theadvocate.com.