Area briefs for Dec. 3, 2012

Man arrested in
hit-and-run death

State Police arrested a Port Allen man Sunday in the hit-and-run death of a 48-year-old woman, a State Police spokesman said.

Troopers arrested Robert E. Harrison, 64, and booked him into West Baton Rouge Parish Jail on one count of hit-and-run driving, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said in a news release.

Denisce M. McCurley, 48, of Port Allen, was walking partially on the road when she was hit from behind by a vehicle at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday on La. 76 near La. 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish, Sandifer said.

Troopers found pieces of the vehicle on the ground near where McCurley was found.

Troopers turned Harrison’s 1994 Ford van in to the Crime Lab for analysis, Sandifer said.

Rep. Thibaut to address Press Club

State Rep. Major Thibaut, D-Oscar, will speak to the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday.

Thibaut plans to discuss a comprehensive restoration plan for False River designed to improve the oxbow lake’s habitat for commercial and recreational fishing.

The meeting will begin at noon at the De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The public may attend.

Military association plans holiday party

The Greater Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America will hold its annual Christmas party Dec. 12 at Drusilla’s Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane.

The social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will begin at noon.

Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Christmas tree that will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” drive.

Contact Jackie O’Quinn at 766-4900 for information.

Aaron Neville to perform in BR

Aaron Neville will perform sold-out shows Monday and Tuesday night at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts during his annual Christmas Celebration Tour.

The New Orleans native will perform his usual mix of classic favorites from many genres.

“The shows are not totally Christmas,” Neville told The Advocate in mid-November from his home in New York City. “I do the stuff that I’ve done over the years and I’ve got some new stuff to add to it. I mix it all up, sprinkle the Christmas things in. It’s always a fun show.”

The Shaw Center is at 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge.

Zoolights illuminate Baton Rouge zoo

Zoolights are back at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo for another year with 50 illuminated display sculptures lining the mile-long trail through the zoo.

The annual attraction at the zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, will be open daily from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tickets for adults/teens are $5, seniors $4 and children ages 2-12 $3.

Walker Wonderland returns with free fun

Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker will be lit up for Christmas as the annual Walker Wonderland kicks off Saturday with the lighting of 1,600 feet of lights on the 30-foot Christmas tree.

The park, 13750 Ball Park Road, at the corner of U.S. 190 and La. 447, is home to 1 million lights and animated displays in the month-long Christmas celebration.

Family friendly movies, including “Elf” and the “Madagascar” trilogy, will be shown on the big screen in the park every night except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

On days when non-holiday movies are shown, Christmas cartoons will be shown first.

The wonderland will be open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. daily and is free to the public.

Port Allen light display now open

Baton Rouge residents looking for outdoor Christmas celebrations should look no further than Port Allen’s Reflections of the Season Christmas light display.

The West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 N. Westport Drive, hosts the celebration, which lasts until Dec. 24.

The light display is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., for visitors to drive through. On Fridays and Saturdays only, visitors can walk and drive through the field of lights from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Also on Fridays and Saturdays, mule- and horse-drawn cart rides will be available for a small fee while Santa Claus and craft exhibits also will be on hand.

St. Joseph’s Academy hosts dance concert

St. Joseph’s Academy will host its Fall Dance Concert Wednesday at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.

The show will feature works in classical ballet and modern jazz by Kris Cangelosi.

Admission is $8.

Christmas parade set to roll Saturday

The 62nd Annual Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade will roll through Downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will serve as the grand marshal, and Cinderella will act as the children’s grand marshal.

More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the parade that will consist of more than 70 floats, bands and vehicles.

It will begin at the River Center, 275 River Road S., and wind its way through downtown before ending on Lafayette Street and North Boulevard.

Local high school bands will compete in a battle of the bands at 4 p.m. in front of the River Center.

Also hundreds of people dressed as Santa are expected to compete in a Santa Fun Run/Walk at 5 p.m. along the parade route.

For information about the parade and Fun Run, visit http://www.christmasinbr.com.

Compiled by
The Advocate staff.