THURSDAY

  • SMART START BREAKFAST: 7 a.m., La Quinta Inn and Suites, 2816 Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Sponsored by La Quinta Inn and Suites. Hot cup of coffee and networking. Free.
  • SNOWY NIGHT: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42, Prairievile. Prepare to meet winter head on with games and crafts about snowmen. Designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. All are welcome.

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 P.M. TO 7 P.M., ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, SISTER VERNOLA CONFERENCE ROOM, 1125 LA. 30 W., GONZALES. OPEN TO ANYONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED LOSS OF ANY KIND. THE SUPPORT GROUP IS FACILITATED BY THE GRIEF RECOVERY CENTER. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. FREE.

  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch, 708 S. Irma Ave. Robert Freeland, longtime New Orleans tour guide and member of several historical associations, will tell the story of the events of over 200 years ago. To register, call (225) 647-3955.

NOTTOWAY, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: 6 P.M. TO 7 P.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, DONALDSONVILLE BRANCH, 500 MISSISSIPPI ST., DONALDSONVILLE. MARY STAGG, LSU GRADUATE AND A CURATOR AND HISTORIAN WITH NOTTOWAY PLANTATION, WILL DISCUSS THE HISTORIC HOME’S PAST AND ITS CURRENT STATE AS A RESORT. TO REGISTER, CALL (225) 473-8052.

SATURDAY

  • ST. ELIZABETH FAMILY FEST: 8 a.m. to noon , Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Road, Gonzales. St. Elizabeth Hospitals and St. Elizabeth Physicians are combining the Community Health Fest and Kidsfest to provide a family experience. Family Fest offers preventative health screenings, interactive exhibits and demonstrations and many hands-on activities.

ROUGHIN’ IN A TENT: 11 A.M., CABELA’S, 2200 W. CABELA’S PARKWAY, GONZALES. CAMPING OUTFITTERS WALK CUSTOMERS THROUGH THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TENTS AND AMENITIES.

FLY TYING 101: NOON, CABELA’S, 2200 W. CABELA’S PARKWAY, GONZALES. FLY FISHING OUTFITTERS WILL PUT CUSTOMERS ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO MAKING THEIR OWN FLIES.

TUESDAY

  • RIBBON CUTTING: 2 p.m., Twisted Burgers, 6473 La. 44, Suite 121, Gonzales. Ascension Chamber welcomes Twisted Burgers to Ascension Parish.

A MATTER OF BALANCE: 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, GONZALES BRANCH. PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE A TALK ON MANAGING CONCERNS ABOUT FALLS.

WEDNESDAY

  • GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY: 11 a.m., RPCC Technical Training Center, River Parishes Community College, 925 W. Edenborne Parkway, Gonzales.

KOKUSAIKA: 4 P.M. TO 5 P.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, GONZALES BRANCH.

FEB. 5

  • LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch.
  • LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar; Gonzales, and Galvez branch.