One doesn’t have to search far to find a retired veteran in East Feliciana Parish — a home in Jackson is filled with them.

Honoring retired military is something communities in this area take very seriously.

Several recent programs were held celebrating the sacrifices veterans have made for us to live and speak freely, vote and do the many other things we take for granted.

Residents in the Felicianas band to honor the brave at events throughout the year, not only on Nov. 11.

Car shows, color runs, dances, drives, festivals, fundraisers, parades and visits from children and teens at area schools keep veterans and active military at the forefront in the Felicianas, and that makes me proud to report on the news in these communities.

I’m sure there is more we can do … have you hugged or thanked a veteran today?

Council on Aging

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St. in Clinton hosts daily activities for seniors. For information, contact the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862.

The following week’s events begin at 11 a.m.

NOV. 13: Arthritis movement exercise class

NOV. 17: Exercise class

NOV. 18: Joe Littlejohn on the harmonica

NOV. 19: Bingo

NOV. 20: Paul Winfree, of Lighthouse Louisiana; devotional at 11:30 a.m. followed by blood pressure checks.

NOV. 21: Thanksgiving dinner

Progress reports

Students in the East Feliciana Parish School District bring home progress reports Nov. 14.

RKM Health Fair

The seventh annual RKM Primary Care Health Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in Clinton, 11990 Jackson St.

Activities and features include door prizes, face painting, an inflatable and over 20 vendors delivering free health screenings, dental screenings and HIV screenings to participants.

Affordable Care Act certified application counselors also will be on-site.

Free breast exams, by appointment only, will be performed by representatives of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

This annual health fair includes education, food and fun, and all are welcome to attend.

For information, contact Broderick Brooks Sr. at (225) 683-5292 ext. 10209.

Community market clear-up

According to Al O’Brien, vendor coordinator for the Clinton Community Market, market days will be held Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 but not Dec. 20.

Market days are typically held the first Saturday of each month, but an extra date has been added in November only, O’Brien says.

‘Bite the Bullet’

Beginning at 3 p.m. Nov. 15, Centenary State Historic Site, 3522 College St., Jackson, hosts “Bite the Bullet: A Look at Civil War Medicine.”

Because of Centenary’s use as a hospital by the Confederates located at Port Hudson during the Civil War, this program focuses on the methods and instruments used by the Civil War-era doctor.

Visitors are invited to take part in a discussion and demonstration by a member of the site’s staff followed by a tour of the Confederate cemetery located on the grounds.

Guides will explain the everyday life of a military doctor and his patients while at Centenary.

In addition, tours are held daily at Centenary park that begin at the Professor’s House, continue outside and pass by the original locations of the East and West Wing dormitories and main academic building that once housed Louisiana’s first state college.

Site Director Daniel Goyer says a new, introductory history video will be offered to visitors for viewing.

For information, call Centenary SHS at (225) 634-7925.

USO Dance Benefit

The USO Dance Benefit for the parish’s Feliciana Veterans Memorial will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Louisiana War Veterans Home, 4735 La. 10, Jackson.

Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple and available at the East Feliciana Chamber of Commerce, 1742 High St., Jackson.

The annual benefit features music, plenty of dancing, a costume contest with prize for best costume, door prizes and much more, says Audrey Faciane, chamber director.

Contact Faciane at (225) 634-7155 for information.

Clinton tree lighting

The town of Clinton will host its annual lighting of the tree Dec. 5 downtown around the courthouse square.

Everyone is invited to the evening’s festivities.

5 P.M.: Gumbo served; silent auction begins.

5:30 P.M.: The town tree will be lit as local choirs perform holiday songs.

6:30 P.M.: Businesses open, a children’s program begins and silent auction continues.

7 P.M.: Clinton United Methodist Church will perform the drama “Michael: An Eyewitness.”

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