MDA Muscle Walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales.

The walk is a meaningful way for families, friends, neighbors and local businesses from the Baton Rouge area to come together and show support for MDA families. This year’s walk includes a 3K route designed for participants of all ages and abilities, including a wheelchair and equipment-friendly course.

The event raises awareness and funds for muscle-debilitating diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility, a news release said.

To register, visit , or call the local MDA office at (504) 455-4460.

Free concert set Sunday

Louisiana Leroux will kick off Gonzales’ annual Music in the Park concert series at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jambalaya Park.

The free concert series continues April 10 with Hai Karate, April 17 when Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble plays and ends on April 24 with George Bell and Friends.

Lego Club at library

Whether you are a first time builder or a master at Lego construction, you are sure to have a fun time putting the pieces together at Ascension Parish Library’s Lego Club during a 6 p.m. April 7 meeting at the Donaldsonville branch.

Lego Club is open to children of all ages. Duplo Blocks and Mega Bloks will be available for younger children. Please remember to leave your own Legos at home.

For more information, call (225) 473-8052.

Dog park has its day

The Gonzales Dog Park is celebrating with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. April 8.

The dog park is behind Jambalaya Park’s spray park area.

For information, call (225) 647-2841.

Public input sought

The search for a new superintendent for Ascension public schools has begun and the Ascension Parish School Board is looking for input from the community before developing a position profile and advertisement.

“This is the most important task the School Board undertakes, and we want as much input as possible from all constituents on what qualities they would like in a new superintendent,” said Ascension Parish School Board President Patricia Russo. “We encourage parents, teachers, staff and community members to complete an anonymous survey that will guide our work.”

A link to the community survey developed and collected by Ray and Associates Inc., the firm hired to conduct the superintendent search, can be found at In addition, an email address,, has been created for input to be given to School Board members about the search.

The online community survey will be available until April 11. Printed copies of the survey will be available at schools for those wishing to mail the survey directly to Ray and Associates.

Although an official timeline has yet to be approved by the board, the goal is to name a new superintendent before July 1.

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