Library celebrates renovations, new exhibits

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library is inviting the public to an open house celebrating the renovation of its young adult and children’s departments, along with the installation of “The Language of Light and Color,” an exhibit of paintings by Janeece Caradine Font.

The open house is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday, with refreshments and jazz music.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Friday by calling (225) 342-7920 or emailing

Font’s “The Language of Light and Color” exhibit will be on display at the library until July 15.

Performances scheduled

The Treasures of Pointe Coupee Arts Council is gearing up for its third performance in its 2016 Performing Arts Series, featuring vocalists Josephine “Jo” Busse and Alisha Jarreau. Also performing will be Baton Rouge dancer Leonard Augustus and Company, which includes a special appearance by New Roads native Amy Russo-Mounger.

The performance is slated for 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Poydras Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Roy’s Jewelers and The Therapy Center. To reserve tickets for pick up at the door, contact Gale Roy at (225) 718-1574.

Blue Star free admissions

The West Baton Rouge Museum has decided to participate in the Blue Star Museum Program again this year, offering free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Events and exhibits at the museum during the designated Blue Star Program time frame include:

“Angela Gregory: From Parish to Port Allen,” a retrospective exhibition on the life and artwork of the Louisiana artist running now through June 12.

“Spirited: Prohibition in America,” running June 25 to Aug. 14.

An exhibition on Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange, the Farm Security Administration and Louisiana, from Aug. 27 to Oct. 30.

For more information, visit

Juneteenth celebration

The Williams and Lee Park Summer Fest will be celebrating Juneteenth Freedom Day on June 18 in Port Allen.

The first portion of the annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a barbecue cookoff, live entertainment, recreational swimming, games and other activities for children at the park.

The celebration will move to the levee park in downtown Port Allen at 5 p.m. with Kenny Neal and the Neal Family and Friends performing. For information, contact Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence at (225) 344-4830.

New Roads summer jobs

Friday is the deadline to apply for New Roads’ 2016 summer employment programs.

Both programs provide senior citizens and youth an opportunity to earn extra cash if they qualify for temporary employment with the city, Mayor Robert Myer said in a news release.

The programs are funded this year through a grant from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.

The program for senior citizens is open to New Roads residents who are 62 or older, with proof of age and permanent residence required. Elected officials and relatives of city employees are not eligible to participate.

The youth program is open to local children between the ages of 14 and 17. Proof of age and residency are required. Both employment programs begin June 13 and end July 22.

Applications for both programs can be obtained at or at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Editor’s note: This article was changed on June 1, 2016, to note that the open house on Sunday is being held by the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.

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