Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

It’s that time when the seasons change and activities, festivals and events kick off at area churches and fairgrounds.

Here are a few things happening in the area. Be sure to check back each week to see what’s going on in your community and surrounding communities.

Amite Oyster Fest

The Amite Oyster Festival festivities will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, with the 41st annual Laurie Brumfield/Conway LeBleu Memorial Chili Cook-off. Judging will take place at 4:30 p.m.

The event will be in the vacant lot on the corner of West Mulberry Street and Northwest Central Avenue. Proceeds will go to the Relay for Life. For questions, call Bruce Cutrer at (985) 748-5161.

The festival opens at 3 p.m. March 20 and will remain open through midnight. The entertainment lineup is Covington Dance Company at 4 p.m.; Blind Side from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Chee Weez from 9 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, March 21, the Amite Oyster Festival parade begins at 10 a.m. near Amite Elementary School and will roll down La. 16. Festival opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Onstage at the fairgrounds will be 2015 Amite Oyster Festival Royalty introduction at 12:30 p.m. followed by local entertainment and local dance groups.

Entertainment lineup is The Dominos from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Alexes Aiken from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Chase Tyler from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, March 22, the festival opens from noon to 6 p.m. Entertainment lineup is Chris Lee Band from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m; and David St. Romain from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Men’s Day Program

Andrew Chapel Church, 50311 La. 16, Denham Springs, will host a Men’s Day Program at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the church.

The guest speaker for the event will be the Rev. Clifford Conrad, of Camphor United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge.

Call (225) 664-8751.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email