PITKIN -- The Vernon Parish community of Pitkin has planned the following Christmas events:

- The annual Pitkin Christmas town lighting will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. The chili cookoff will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, cookies and hot chocolate. For more information on the chili cookoff, call Alisha James at 318-936-0950.

- The "Down Home" Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Lineup begins at 1 p.m. in front of the school. There is no prior signup required. Entry forms and insurance waivers will be available at the lineup.

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