Ascension Briefs for Nov. 15, 2012

Annual Evening Stroll set Saturday

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, 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.

The event also includes food, a classic car show, book signings and other activities.

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 email at

Museum to host 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.

Sportsman’s League to hold meeting

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 their efforts to keep the Amite River clean of debris and how they promote stewardship and conservation.

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

On the Internet:

Teachers can apply for book grants

Eatel Corp.’s Imagination Press Book Grant program is back for the sixth year.

Ascension Parish public school second-, third- and fourth-grade teachers are invited to apply for one of 12 Imagination Press Book grants.

Each year, winning classes write their own stories, design their own art and prepare their books for publication. Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo and Eatel publishes their works into hardbound books, a news release from the company states.

Imagination Press applications are being accepted and can be found online at

All entries will be judged on concept originality and creativity, and the project submission deadline is Friday.

Teachers may submit one grant application for each class or section taught. A teacher applying for multiple grants may submit a unique idea with each grant submission.