Abita Brewery and We Are the Difference will host their second annual Chili Cook-off on March 29 at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park.

Chefs are invited to come out to the indoor/outdoor event and prepare their chili on the grounds or bring their chili already prepared to compete in the indoor division.

Prizes will be given for the top three places in each category. There also will be a People’s Choice prize that will voted on by attendees.

Chili will be available for sale on the grounds or in quarts to take home.

Participants are encouraged to sign up now. The rules and registration form can be found at www.wearethedifference.org.

For information, call Darrel Comeaux at (225) 749-3700.

Lectures at WBR Museum

On Wednesday, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host a noon lunchtime lecture featuring Addie K. Martin, author of “Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition.”

The lunchtime lecture is being held in conjunction with the national traveling exhibit, “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections.”

Martin will present a talk on the history of the Cajun people, their cuisine and the fisheries industries as well as signing copies of her book.

The following week, the museum will welcome Pam Rabalais-Vinci for its March 25 lunchtime lecture titled “Twentieth Century Cinderellas: Women and Their Aprons.”

Rabalais-Vinci, of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum, has done extensive research focused on American — especially Louisiana — textiles and fashions.

This lunchtime lecture will tie into the Apron Chronicles exhibit.

Both programs are free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Port Allen Easter bash

Local barber Clarence “Ray Ray” Lawrence, rapper Travis James and Councilwoman Ray Helen Lawrence will sponsor a Easter Bash at 3 p.m. March 29 at William and Lee Park.

The event will feature an Easter egg hunt for cash prizes and toys.

There will be a live DJ, free food and drinks.

James also will perform.

St. John holding fundraiser

The 2015 St. John School Auction will take place Saturday at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center in Plaquemine. The private school is celebrating more than 160 years of serving the community and the annual auction is the school’s largest fundraiser.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. The silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m. with the live auction to follow at approximately 8 p.m. About 150 silent auction items and 50 live auction items will be available.

Jambalaya and shrimp fettuccine will be available for sale along with desserts.

For information, visit stjohnschool.org.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.