Ascension Parish government offices close Thursday and Friday for the New Year’s holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, during regular business hours.

Gonzales garbage schedule

A reminder for city of Gonzales residents on garbage pickup dates for the holidays:

THURSDAY: normal schedule.

FRIDAY: no pickup.

SATURDAY: will pick up as replacement for Friday.

Library closures

All branches of Ascension Parish Library will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Regular hours will resume Saturday.

Get help from SCORE

SCORE will offer free small business consulting and mentoring from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library. Call (225) 381-7130 to schedule an appointment.

Mother Goose series

The Dutchtown Branch of Ascension Parish Library will host the four-week series “Mother Goose Asks ‘Why?’” starting Wednesday and continuing for the next three consecutive Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The program, designed for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, will help children develop science skills through hands-on activities and stories. Registration is required; call (225) 673-8699. Space is limited.

Art show submissions

The next River Community Church Creativity Group art and photography exhibit seeks submissions from local artists and photographers of all ages.

The free exhibit will be displayed Jan. 17 through Feb. 14 at the church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, in Prairieville with take-in from Jan. 10-13. Submissions should be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas, with a wire on the back for hanging.

Email Jeanie Liehe at or call the church office at (225) 744-4367 for information.

Volunteer drivers needed

The American Cancer Society for Road to Recovery is in need of volunteers in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Volunteers will drive patients in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes to and from their cancer treatments. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and carry insurance on their vehicle.

Volunteers should be willing to commit at least five hours a month and have flexible morning/day schedules.

To volunteer or for information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.