Around Ascension for Feb. 22, 2013

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

The Community Sisterhood and River Road African American Museum is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech with a screening of a film on the civil rights movement.

“Mighty Times: The Children’s March” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Geismar Community Center, 12060 La. 73.

The film tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Ala., braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 to bring an end to segregation, Community Sisterhood spokeswoman Rochelle Darville said in a news release.

Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change, she said.

For more information, call (225) 933-3497 or at communitysisterhood@cox.net. Youth are invited to participate in a discussion following the film. Refreshments will be served.

First lady’s speech screened

Trinity AME Church is hosting a Black History program at 6 p.m. Saturday featuring a tape of a speech given by Michelle Obama.

The church, 1420 South Darla Ave., Gonzales, will show a video of the speech the First Lady gave in June to the 49th Quadrennial Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tenn.

In addition, the program will include details on the founding of the AME Church, a news release from the church states.

The church is led by the Rev. Orin J. Blouin.

Grocery tour planned

St. Elizabeth Physicians is offering a “Shop Wise & Eat Healthy-A Guided Grocery Store Tour” starting on March 4 at LeBlanc’s Food Stores in Gonzales.

St. Elizabeth Physicians Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy Program is joining with LeBlanc’s to provide a free, hands-on educational program that teaches participants valuable tips on reading food labels, understanding ingredients and buying foods based on health needs.

Tours will be held at LeBlanc’s Food Store, 209 S. U.S. 61, Gonzales, at 10 a.m. March 4; 1 p.m. March 12; 10 a.m. March 20 and 3 p.m. March 28.

To register, call (225) 743-2836.

New food pantry opens

The Rock Church Food Pantry will be open every other Tuesday beginning next week, the Rev. Blake Melancon said.

Starting Tuesday, residents in need of food can stop by from noon to 3 p.m. every other Tuesday at the church, 42080 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales.

For more information call (225) 763-1860.

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School choirs to perform

Three high school choirs will come together Monday at St. John the Evangelist church for a concert, St. Amant High School choral music Director B.J. Bertucci said.

The choirs of Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant high schools will each present three songs, he said.

The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 15208 La. 73, Prairieville.

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