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Ascension Parish calendar for June 1-8, 2017

THURSDAY

LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: Noon to 1 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. For information on book club meetings at any location, call to see if space is available. Registration is required. For more information, visit myapl.org.

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda conference room, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. For anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. A group facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help with the grieving process. Meets every Thursday. For more information, email diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906.

LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, Gonzales and Galvez branches. Registration is required. For more information, visit myapl.org or call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, Galvez at (225) 622-3339, or Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

PELICAN CLUSTER DOG SHOW: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 4-H Building, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Approximately 800 dogs representing 190 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club will be competing for both Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show trophies. Admission is free, but only dogs registered for the shows will be admitted inside the buildings. For more information, visit akc.org or tourascension.com

FRIDAY

END OF SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Jump-N-Jive, 17573 Old Jefferson Highway, Prairieville. Celebrate the end of the school year. Dance is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Bracelets are $12 presale, $15 at the door. Only 500 bracelets will be sold. To order presale, call (225) 532-4225. 

SATURDAY

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., This That and More Indoor Flea Market, 43123 La. 429, Gonzales. Call (225) 773-8934.

MARKET ON THE SQUARE: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Louisiana Square/Railroad Ave., Donaldsonville. A day of arts, crafts and farmers market. Vendors are welcome. For vendor information or questions, email dfdassociation@outlook.com, text (225) 772-1191 or call (225) 445-1383.

COLLEGE PREP SELF DEFENSE: 9 a.m. to noon, LA Karate Academy, 15522 La. 44, Gonzales. Help a recent graduate prepare for college with self-defense and awareness. Must-know tips to keep teens aware with techniques to keep them safe. Hands-on training. $40 for a 3 hour class. Register at fearlessfab.com/contact.

SHOW CAKES LLC FIRST BIRTHDAY: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Show Cakes LLC, 39379 La. 74, Gonzales. Call (225) 938-3279 or visit showcakesbr.com.

DIP INTO THE PERFECT PARTY FOOD: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Sample all the dips Cabela’s has to offer. Call (225) 743-3400.

MADE EASY MEALS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Come see how easy it is to create traditional slow-cooker methods or learn how easy it is for backpackers and campers to enjoy fine dining while traveling light using prepared backcountry meals. For more information, call (225) 743-3400.

DISNEY PAINTING EVENT: ROSE OF LOVE: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Painting with a Twist, 17540 Airline Highway, Suite A, Prairieville. Bring a snack and something to sip on. We have unique coloring sheets from Disney for everyone who signs up. Class is for ages 10 and up. For more information, call (225) 744-7273. To register for this event, call or go to paintingwithatwist.com/prairieville.

CRAZY RALPH’S CRANK IT UP-MECA: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Crazy Ralph’s Car Stereo, 720 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales. Concert Car Showdown and SPL Smackdown. Spectators free. Registration and clinics start at 4 p.m., judging starts at 5 p.m. For a complete list of the rules and for more information, visit mecacaraudio.com.

DOWNTOWN LIVE: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Crescent Park, Donaldsonville. Join us for this free concert series as Rhodes Spedale provides the tunes. Don’t forget a lawn chair. No glass containers or ice chests. For more information, call (225) 445-1383 or email lee@visitdonaldsonville.org.

SUNDAY

DIP INTO THE PERFECT PARTY FOOD: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Dips are a cheap, quick and easy option for entertaining or just because. Come sample all the dips Cabela’s has to offer. We’ll even show you the great recipes that the dip mixes can be used for to add some zing to your next weeknight dinner. For more information, call (225) 743-3400.

FRYERS, CUTTERS AND FRIES, OH MY!: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Homemade french fries are the best, but they don’t have to be hard. Try it yourself with our french fry cutter so you can see just how easy it is, then the satisfaction of your not so hard work with our different french fry seasonings. For more information, call (225) 743-3400.

PELLET GRILLS ARE ALL THE RAGE: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. From standard grilling to slow smoking, pellet grills are one of the most versatile grills available for backyard gourmets. Create amazing dishes that are hard to replicate with propane or charcoal. See one in action. For more information, call (225) 743-3400.

MONDAY

BRAINY BOOTCAMP: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Carriage House Weddings, 12138 W. Main St., Gonzales. The Brainy Bootcamp is a program inspired by students who find themselves struggling in class, who lack in academic confidence, and who are looking for that extra push over the summer to further be prepared for their preceding grade. This program is designed for exiting first- or second-grade students for whom summer school programs are not offered through their public schools. This program runs Monday through Friday. For more information, visit unwrapd.org.

TUESDAY

FREE SMALL-BUSINESS COUNSELING MENTORING: 9 a.m. to noon, Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. This includes help on the business plan, financial forecast, marketing and sales, legal and accounting suggestions, business insurance needs and bank loan package preparation. Call (225) 381-7130 for an appointment. For more information, contact Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.

ALZHEIMER’S SERVICES OF THE CAPITAL AREA CAREGIVER NETWORK: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales, Sister Vernola conference room. Monthly supportive meetings for caregivers to network with one another. Meets first Tuesday of each month. Free; no registration required. For more information, call (225) 924-0029.

THRIVING WITH DIABETES: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales, Sister Vernola conference room. Come join this educational support group to learn how to keep your diabetes under control and prevent complications. Mary Campos, a certified diabetic educator, will lead a fun, interactive session on understanding diabetes. For more information, call (225) 924-0029.

AL-ANON MEETING: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Sister Linda conference room. Free. Call (225) 924-0029 for more information. Meets every Tuesday.  

WEDNESDAY

KOKUSAIKA: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Learn about Japanese culture. This program is open to all teens ages 12-18. Call the Gonzales branch library at (225) 647-3955.

TRUTH AND CHALLENGES WITH WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown branch. Join Dr. Drake Bellanger for this seminar on the truth and myths about weight loss and discover treatment solutions including weight-loss procedures to improve your health and resolve medical problems. To register, call (225) 673-8699.

JUNE 8

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda conference room, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. For anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. A group facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help with the grieving process. Meets every Thursday. For more information, email diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906.

PAJAMA STORY TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Program is designed for children ages 7 and younger and their families. For more information, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955. 

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