THURSDAY

  • SMALL-BUSINESS COUNSELING: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73. Free. Call (225) 381-7130 to make an appointment. scorebr.org. (225) 673-8699.
  • PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING: 5:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, rear parking at Medical Plaza II, 1125 W.est La. 30, Gonzales. Screenings include a PSA blood test and a brief physical exam. Admission is free.
  • “CHAINED TO THE LAND, VOICES FROM COTTON AND CANE PLANTATIONS” DISCUSSION: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Donaldsonville, 500 Mississippi St. Lynette Ater Tanner, a local author and owner of the Frogmore Plantation, will discuss her book “Chained to the Land: Voice from Cotton and Cane Plantations,” a collection and interpretation of firsthand testimonies from 42 former Louisiana slaves. She will discuss her findings and sign copies of her book. Registration is required by calling (225) 473-8052.
  • LOSS AND GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Vernola conference room. Meetings are open to anyone who has experienced a loss. Registration is preferred. Call (225) 621-2906.
  • YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales, 708 S. Irma Blvd. Participants can learn from health care experts how to manage and access personal health information. Call (225) 647-3955 to register.
  • PAJAMA STORYTIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales and Galvez, 40300 La. 42. (225) 622-3339.

SATURDAY

  • KIDSFEST: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gym-building at Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. The event will feature health and wellness activities, and includes a bike rodeo, step kid contest, stuffed animal clinic, photo booth, health screenings, face painting and more. (225) 647-8511 or stepdocs.com.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY

  • REPTICON: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Trademart Building. Participants can learn about reptiles from local south Louisiana vendors. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, ages 5-12. repticon.com/batonrouge.html.

MONDAY

  • LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER: 10 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Community Education Building, 721 E. La. 30, Gonzales. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the hospital will hold the program that helps women look their best during cancer treatment. Cosmetologists will teach cancer patients beauty tips and give complimentary cosmetics. Reservations are required for the complimentary cosmetics. Admission is free.
  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT PUBLISHER 2013: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales.

TUESDAY

  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 2013: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales.
  • SMALL-BUSINESS COUNSELING: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales. The program is free. Call (225) 381-7130 to make an appointment.
  • SALLE DE FÊTE, FUN WITH FRENCH: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Donaldsonville. Attendees can celebrate French culture with a reading of the children’s book “Everybody Bonjours” and a craft. To register, call the branch.
  • DISCOVERING EMAIL: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales.
  • STARTING AND FINANCING A SMALL BUSINESS: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge will hold a seminar on starting and running a small business. Registration is required by calling the branch.

WEDNESDAY

  • COFFEE CLUB: 8 a.m., Edward Jones, 37436 Ultima Plaza Blvd., Suite D, Prairieville. The Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee Club meeting will include a brief presentation on current events in the market and economy. It is open to everyone. (225) 677-8117. Ascension chamber.com.
  • RIBBON CUTTING: 11:30 a.m., Schlotzsky’s, 1324 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales. Join the Ascension Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the chain’s new location. ascension chamber.com.
  • JOB SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales.
  • BE SAFE: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales. Ages 4-8 will learn safety precautions, like when to cross the street.

SEPT. 18

  • SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown. The program is free. Call (225) 381-7130 to make an appointment.
  • TEEN BOOK CLUB: 5:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Galvez.
  • YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown. Call the branch to register.
  • INTERNET BASICS: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales.
  • MOTHER GOOSE MAPS: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales. Ages 4-7 will learn about maps.