Around Ascension for Nov. 9, 2012

Armed forces veterans will be honored Sunday at several events planned in and around Veterans Memorial Park in Gonzales.

The daylong celebration will start at 11 a.m. with a Veterans Day program in the park’s amphitheater, followed by a parade at 2 p.m., a classic car show, a children’s tent and children’s parade, a news release from the Parish President’s Office states.

The parade starts at the Veterans Memorial Park on Irma Boulevard, travels along Worthey Road to Burnside Avenue then turns onto Cornerview Road. The parade ends in the park.

Grand marshals will be World War II veteran Pershing Mire and Afghanistan war veteran Jeffrey Argrave. Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, a World War II veteran, is also expected to ride in the parade.

Veterans will be on hand in the park after the parade to answer questions and visit.

A small children’s parade will include decorated bicycles, wagons and strollers.

“We’re asking families to come out with picnic baskets and enjoy the day honoring veterans,” committee member Missy Jandura said.

The Jambalaya Festival Association will be serving jambalaya at the park after the morning program.

A candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. in the park.

For more information, call Jandura at (225) 323-2555 or (225) 936-2473 or Sherry Kinchen at (225) 473-1508.

ACT sets auditions

Ascension Community Theatre is holding auditions Sunday and Monday for its annual Christmas production, “A Christmas Carol.”

The show, directed by Ami Clouatre Johnson, needs 60 actors and support cast members.

Auditions, which open to youth ages 6 to 16, are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Pasqua Theater in Gonzales.

The show runs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15 at the Pasqua Theater.

Flu vaccines offered

The Ascension Parish Health Unit in Gonzales is offering flu mist treatments and flu vaccines from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. every weekday, except Wednesdays, for a cost of $10, parish officials said.

There is no fee for residents with Louisiana Medicaid or Medicare, a news release from the Parish President’s Office said.

The Ascension Parish Health Unit in Gonzales is at 1024 E. Ascension Complex Blvd. For more information, call (225) 644-4582.

Chili Cook off planned

Chili lovers can order quarts of the spicy favorite from the Gonzales Fire Department’s third annual Chili Cook-off and Sale benefitting Project Kidz Kove on Nov. 15.

Quarts of chili are $10 each, with the proceeds benefitting Project Kidz Kove, a planned all-access park in Gonzales.

The cook off will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 724 Orice Roth Road, Gonzales.

For entry in the cooking contest or pre-order information, call Jessica Breaux at (225) 644-5307 or email; Leslie Ickes, (225) 933-5173 or; or Stacey Parker, (225) 335-3002 or

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