Boogie Men kick off the Music in the Park free concert series Sunday in Jambalaya Park.

The concert, hosted by Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux’s Mayor’s Council for the Arts, is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The series continues each Sunday through May 3.

Commodities distribution

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Ascension Parish Health Unit will hold a quarterly distribution of commodities in Ascension Parish.

Distribution will be from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Lemman Memorial Center, 1100 Clay St., Donaldsonville.

The commodities program is a federal program that makes donated foods available to emergency feeding organizations that provide food staples to qualified residents and families to relieve situations of emergency distress, a news release said.

The Food for Families program’s food distribution is set from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lemann Center.

Food for families is a Catholic Charities organization. New applications for Food for Families will be taken during the distribution.

Wear purple Friday

Residents are encouraged to wear purple on Friday to support the American Cancer Society and Ascension Parish Relay for Life and their efforts to support those fighting cancer and to remember those who have lost their battle.

Relay for Life Ascension sold specially designed Paint the Town Purple T-shirts to raise money in advance of its May 2 event at Cabela’s in Gonzales.

For information, call Noelle Franz at (225) 439-1263 or email

Crawfish boil at Expo Center

Dreams Come True is holding a South Louisiana Crawfish Boil, Craft and Car Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The event features a crawfish-boiling contest, crawfish-eating contest, bands, craft booths, rides, inflatables, karaoke contest, auction and washer board contest.

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Cook-off sign-ups open

It’s not too late to register for the Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 Jambalaya Cook-off and Jam on Saturday, April 18, at the VFW hall on Churchpoint Road.

There will be three contests for jambalaya cooks: the mini-pot, wood burning and propane categories.

Arts and crafts vendors who participate also can register.

In addition, the event will feature bounce houses for the kids, music by Off the Grid and Kenny Fife, and jambalaya will be sold as a plate or family-size pan.

Family events will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bands will play from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The car show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register, call Casey Person at (225) 268-4334 or Brent Gautreau at (225) 485-7875.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952, (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 388-0371; email, or Deadline: noon Monday.