Around Ascension for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Around Ascension has moved.

The weekly column runs down upcoming activities, festivals, events and accomplishments of Ascension Parish residents.

Readers can share their club announcements, latest church news or brief tidbits by emailing me at ascension@theadvocate.com or by calling (225) 336-6952.

Ascension is a busy place with happenings in every corner of the parish. So, whether it’s an art workshop in Gonzales or a football contest in Donaldsonville, you can read about it in Around Ascension.

Punt, Pass and Kick

It’s football season in Ascension Parish.

The South Louisiana Fairgrounds park in Donaldsonville will be the place Saturday for youths ages 6 to 15 to show off their football skills in the National Football League’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest.

The action starts at 10 a.m.

Winners in each age group will move on to compete in sectional qualifying competitions for a chance to advance to the national finals competition, where contestants from each age group will be sponsored by one of the NFL’s 32 teams.

This year’s free local PPK is sponsored by Ascension Parish government’s recreation department.

Contestants may sign up online at nflppk.com or by calling recreation coordinator Ajia Mitchell at (225) 473-3898.

Lacrosse clinic for boys

Boys interested in learning the skills needed to play lacrosse are invited to a free clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The Dutchtown Lacrosse Club is sponsoring the clinic.

Boys are encouraged to bring their own gear, but equipment will be on hand to borrow for those who don’t have the needed items.

The Dutchtown Lacrosse Club will be holding registration in late September for the upcoming season. The free skills clinic will help introduce players to the game.

The clinic is free but online registration is recommended. To register, visit dutchtownlacrosse.com.

Rachel’s Challenge

The Rachel’s Challenge program is coming to Gonzales and Donaldsonville.

The program, which was developed by a parent whose child was killed in the Columbine High School shootings, was created to teach and spread acts of kindness across the country,

Residents are invited to 6 p.m. community programs Monday at Lowery Middle School in Donaldsonville and Tuesday at Gonzales Middle School.

Visit rachelschallenge.org.

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