Dutchtown High School once again will host the Louisiana-Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit on Saturday in its gym at 13165 La. 73.

The daylong annual event will feature more than 65 squads competing in color guard and percussion categories, with routines set to music and punctuated with colorful props.

General admission is $7 and free for children younger than 5.

The first group will start at 10 a.m., and the last group performs near 10 p.m. Awards will be given out at 2 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

St. Amant High School will have two winter guard units set to perform at 10:38 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. Dutchtown High School also has two guard units competing. The Dutchtown junior varsity will perform at 5:33 p.m., and Dutchtown varsity will perform at 7:39 p.m.

“The winter guard and percussion competition gives people a chance to see a variety of routines set to music without a full-sized marching band in a fun environment,” said Dutchtown High School Assistant Band Director Daniel Modenbach. “We will have plenty of food at the concession stand, there will be opportunities for shout-outs and there will be spirit items available for purchase.”

All proceeds will go toward the full Dutchtown High School band and color guard organizations and will provide crucial funds to be used for football games, competitions and other activities, which often involve travel, props, meals, uniforms and other costs.

Easter party for seniors

Senior residents are encouraged to reserve their spot at the Ascension Council on Aging’s annual Spring Fling Easter Party set for March 24 at the Gonzales Senior center on Irma Boulevard. Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Contests will be held for the prettiest and most creative hats in the Easter Parade. Prizes will be given to the winners.

So get busy working on those special bonnets, and don’t forget about the COA’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Lunch will be served at noon.

Monday is the deadline to reserve a seat. To RSVP, call the Donaldsonville COA at (225) 473-3789 or the Gonzales Senior Center at (225) 621-5750.

St. Amant FFA’s big plans

St. Amant High School FFA members are busy planning a day of service and getting ready for their annual plant and fruit tree sale.

The FFA members are taking part in Gatorade’s Day of Services Saturday.

The event is a schoolwide day of service to give students the opportunity to give back to the community through service at local sites.

Volunteer chaperones are needed for the day, and groups are looking for service projects.

To offer help or suggest a project, email Mandy DeLaune at mandy.delaune@apsb.org.

The FFA also is planning its annual bedding and vegetable plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the school’s greenhouse on La. 431.

The group now is taking orders for fruit trees, which will be available for pick up on April 9.

To order a fruit tree, visit www.stamantffa.com.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, ascension@theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.