Youth Volunteer Corps of the Capital Area has designed holiday projects for youth volunteers to get involved in their community and spread good cheer through service.

The corps offers volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 to serve on Saturdays, after school, in school and during the summer. Youth are welcome to sign up for just one project or as many as they want, and volunteers come from all over the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.

The December projects include:

  • Wrapping gifts. Youth will be wrapping gifts for low-income families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul, 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place, in Baton Rouge.
  • Adopt a family with Catholic Charities. A team of youth volunteers has decided to provide Christmas gifts to a family in need. They will be purchasing gifts from the family’s wish list and wrapping the gifts.
  • St. Vincent de Paul. Volunteers will be helping staff organize gifts for their annual gift giveaway to low-income families from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 21.

Youth must sign up prior to serving on projects by contacting the program manager or team leaders at (225) 382-3512 or by emailing

Tara teams to represent La.

Two of Tara High School’s JROTC teams, the Armed and Unarmed drill teams, will represent Louisiana on April 6 in Louisville, Ky., at the 2013 U.S. Army Cadet Command JROTC Drill Championships, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system announced.

This annual Army JROTC competition is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command with Sports Network International tasked to serve as the event manager.

The “Army Nationals” are the annual home of the finest Army JROTC drill units in the country. Each year, many of the best U.S. Army JROTC programs will compete in both Armed and Unarmed competitions in this single-day event.

Other recent JROTC news:

  • At the East Baton Rouge Parish Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Drill and Color Guard Competition in November at Tara High School, Tara High School won the Overall First Place Drill Meet Award, while Woodlawn High School Battalion came in second overall, and Broadmoor High came in third overall.
  • Cadet First Sgt. Vauldes Jupiter, of the Tara High School Battalion, was named the winner of the LET III JROTC Cadet of the Year Board. Jupiter is Echo Company first sergeant with an additional duty as the Trojan Battalion assistant S-3. He is a member of the JROTC drill team and color guard and the school’s Beta Club.
  • Northeast High School, was the winner in the LET IV JROTC competition. Rosse, Northeast High’s JROTC Battalion commander, is also vice president of the Beta Club and is the JROTC drill team commander.

Art school performances

Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts School, 2040 South Acadian Thruway, will serve as host to these holiday-themed performances:

  • 10:15 a.m. Tuesday: third-grade mini production of “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.”
  • 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday winter concert featuring Choristers, Dance Troupe, Jump Jive and Giggle, Talented Twelve and Recorder Percussion groups.

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