The East Feliciana Parish Drug and Alcohol Awareness Council and District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla have placed the parish’s first prescription drug drop box inside Clinton’s town hall.

As part of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which expands efforts to safely dispose of unused controlled substances, anyone who wishes to dispose of any expired, unused or unwanted medicines can do so between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 11209 Bank St. No needles or syringes will be accepted.

Almost twice as many Americans abuse pharmaceutical controlled substances than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

More than two-thirds or 70 percent of people who misuse prescription painkillers for the first time report obtaining the drugs from friends or relatives, including from home medicine cabinets, the survey said.

D’Aquilla said drop boxes also will be placed in Jackson and other East Feliciana communities in the future.

Council on Aging

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., Clinton, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most activities start at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon.

Public transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish is provided Monday through Friday by the East Feliciana transit system.

For information, call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862.

FRIDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class, followed by distribution of senior food boxes

MONDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

TUESDAY: 11 a.m., Joe Littlejohn on the harmonica

WEDNESDAY: 11 a.m., bingo

MARCH 12: 11:30 a.m. devotional, followed by blood pressure checks

MARCH 13: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class.

Boy Scout garage sale

Boy Scouts from Troop 51 are hosting their annual garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Civic Center.

Families and friends of Troop 51 have been collecting items since last year’s sale and have plenty of items to sell.

Everyone is invited to drop by on Saturday.

If anyone has items to donate to the garage sale, call Kevin Tomb at (225) 634-2470.

4-H Cookery Contest

The East Feliciana 4-H Commodity Cookery contest, open to all 4-H’ers in East Feliciana Parish, is Saturday at the old fire station in Clinton, 12305 Jackson St.

All 4-H members are eligible to enter. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; judging from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and awards will be presented at noon. For a complete list of rules, contact East Feliciana 4-H Extension Agent Leanna Cupit at (225) 683-3101 or lcupit@agcenter.lsu.edu

Clinton market planned

The Clinton Community Market is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Arts and craft vendors from East Feliciana Parish and surrounding areas will sell their handmade goods, home-baked breads, fresh produce, jewelry, crocheted hats, plants, blankets and much more.

The Clinton Community Market is held the first Saturday of every month.

For information, visit Clinton Market Day on Facebook, or contact Al O’Brien at (225) 683-9477 or borue@hughes.net.

State homecoming queen

The 35th annual Louisiana Homecoming Queen Selection is March 8 at the Hilton Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.

High school girls will be interviewed, will walk on stage and will be judged on poise, but the event is more like an ambassadorship rather than a beauty pageant, according to Rose Ann Hester, of America’s Homecoming Queen Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting education and community service for high school homecoming queens.

Finalists will be selected to participate in the state selection, and state winners will receive a scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national selection for homecoming queens in Memphis, Tennessee, later this year.

If you are a 2014-15 high school homecoming queen and have not received your application from your high school, contact Hester at ahq1181@aol.com or (901) 755-9144.

For information, visit americashomecoming queen.com.

Send news and events for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.