The Jambalaya Festival Association is breaking ground on its new building at 10 a.m. April 13 at 222 S. Francois Ave. in Gonzales.

Now they’ll have a space to store supplies for the festival, which is held nearby.

Food distribution

Food distributions are set for April 12-13 in Gonzales and Donaldsonville.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Ascension Parish Health Unit are holding quarterly distributions of commodities in Ascension Parish.

The next distribution will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Lemman Memorial Center, 1100 Clay St., in Donaldsonville.

Another distribution is set from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 13 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

The Food for Families program will distribute food on both dates at the same locations from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

RPCC summer classes

River Parishes Community College has announced it will have summer classes as usual despite ongoing discussions about budget cuts and possible closures.

“The legislative budget debates sparked a lot of discussion about whether various colleges would remain open or closed; we are most definitely open this summer,” RPCC Chancellor Dale Doty said. “Our students can continue their studies uninterrupted, and we invite new students to join our existing students. If your college is not offering summer classes, RPCC is here to help.”

Enrollment for the summer program began April 1 for classes that will start May 31.

Area residents interested in attending RPCC can learn more and enroll online at the college’s website

Teach Ascension Academy

Ascension public schools have extended the application deadline for its Teach Ascension Academy, the district’s alternative certification program. Applications are due by April 11 for the 2016-17 academic year.

Last year, Ascension launched the Teach Ascension program to recruit, train and hire teachers from alternative professions or academic programs. This one-year program includes four weeks of intensive professional development, over the summer, placement as a teacher during the school year with weekly professional development and master, mentor and supervising teacher support.

Tuition for the program is $4,000, but there are no out-of-pocket expenses for candidates as long as they teach in an Ascension Parish school for two years.

For information about the Teach Ascension program, visit To submit an application, visit

Gardens, landscapes

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association continues a series of gardening and landscaping workshops at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Conchita Richey, a member of Ascension Parish Master Gardener Association and past president of the Gonzales Garden Club, will discuss how to create and maintain a container garden in small or limited spaces during a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a news release said.

Craig Roussel, Ascension and St. James parishes county agent with LSU Agricultural Center, will present Gardening Jackpot — Free Plant and Information at 6:30 p.m. April 19.

The program will feature information on citrus, ornamentals, trees and vegetables.

After the talk, Roussel will lead an old-fashioned tradition — a plant swap. Bring labeled plants, cuttings, bulbs or seeds to exchange with local gardeners.

“You will leave with a jackpot of new ideas and information as well as new plants for your spring garden,” the release said.

The Ascension Master Gardeners Association is under the direction of the LSU Agricultural center.

To register, call (225) 647-3955.

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