Around Ascension for Nov. 16, 2012

By Bret H. McCormick, Darlene Denstorff and David J. Mitchell

 The Advocate's River Parishes Bureau: Bret H. McCormick, left, Darlene T. Denstorff and David J. Mitchell.
The Advocate's River Parishes Bureau: Bret H. McCormick, left, Darlene T. Denstorff and David J. Mitchell.

Celebrate the history and culture of Donaldsonville during the city’s annual Avenue Evening Stroll starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The event, hosted by the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, will be held along Railroad Avenue, DDD Executive Director Missy Jandura said.

Visitors can ride on horse-drawn carriages, listen to gospel choirs, meet costumed actors talking about the city’s history and shop at area stores.

Donaldsonville artist Alvin Batiste is also set to give an outdoor presentation and former Gov. Edwin Edwards will be on hand to sign his book.

Swamp pop musician Van Broussard is set to perform at 6 p.m.

Call Jandura at (225) 323-2555 or send an email to directorddd@gmail.com.

Veterans program

The River Road African-American Museum is holding its “Honoring Veterans Past and Present” program starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Donaldsonville museum.

The event will include a jazz band performance at 2 p.m. and a reception at 4 p.m. for Tuskegee airman Calvin Moret, of New Orleans, the only known surviving Tuskegee airman in Louisiana, museum Executive Director Kathe Hambrick Jackson said.

The museum, at 406 Charles St., will have an outdoor showing of the movie, “Red Tails” at 6 p.m.

League to meet

East Ascension Sportsman’s League’s November general meeting Monday will feature members of the Amite River Preservation Association.

The association representatives will talk about efforts to keep the Amite River clean of debris and how they promote stewardship and conservation.

Learn during the meeting set for 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall Post 81 in Gonzales about how a group of high school students inspired others to care about the river and take action.

Thanksgiving luncheon

First Baptist Church in Gonzales is hosting its second Feed the Community Thanksgiving Day luncheon starting at 11 a.m. in the church hall, 1217 S. Burnside.

The traditional Thanksgiving Day meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Parish offices closed

All Ascension Parish governmental offices and departments will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving, a news release from the Parish President’s Office states.

Ascension Parish governmental offices and departments will reopen at their normal hours Monday.

Calling all superheroes

First- through fourth-grade students are invited to discover the superheroes inside themselves by attending a “Superhero Training Session” on Saturday at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Each of those attending will design a superhero mask and create a superhero name, library spokeswoman Katie Ocmond said.

The budding superheroes are invited to attend in costume, she said. The program starts at 10 a.m.

Contact Darlene Denstorff: phone, (225) 336-6952; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@theadvocate.com. Deadline: Noon Wednesday.