Ascension Parish residents age 50 and older are invited to Friday’s Ascension Senior Citizen Sock Hop.

The dance and lunch will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Ascension Gym located at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Road, Gonzales.

Election qualifying dates

Qualifying is set for Feb. 4-6 for two Gonzales City Council seats up for a vote in the March 28 election, said Bridget Hanna, chief deputy clerk of court for Ascension Parish.

Candidates may qualify for the Gonzales City Council Division C and Division E seats each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interested residents may qualify at the Office of the Clerk of Court, 815 E. Worthey St., Gonzales, or 300 Houmas St., Donaldsonville.

The primary election is scheduled for March 28 and the general election, if necessary, is scheduled for May 2.

For information, call the Clerk’s Office at (225) 473-9866 or (225) 621-8400, extension 7, or visit ascensionclerk.com.

Bridge club seeks players

A local bridge club is looking for new bridge players.

The card players meet at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Ascension Council on Aging’s Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales.

If you are interested and an avid bridge player, call Gloria Lake at (225) 673-1796.

Cleanup, fellowship day

Donaldsonville City Councilman the Rev. Charles Brown Sr. and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Donaldsonville are planning a community trash pickup program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Church leaders also plan a fellowship gathering after the cleanup.

All supplies, safety gear, refreshments and assignments will be at church, 2129 La. 1 S., Donaldsonville.

The cleanup and fellowship program planned to follow are sponsored by Mainstreet Donaldsonville, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the city of Donaldsonville, Emmanuel Baptist Church and Donaldsonville High School Junior ROTC.

A recycling day event is planned in February and spring cleanup projects will be held.

To volunteer, call (225) 323-2555.

Ascension Idol auditions

Auditions for the 2015 Ascension Idol-Voice Competition will be Feb. 8 in the Gonzales City Room.

Applications for auditions can be downloaded from the website at ascensionidol.com and must be submitted by Saturday to 14320 InfiniEdge Way, Prairieville, LA 70769 or by email to info@ascension fund.com.

Ascension Idol-Voice is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Ascension Fund, which provided its first teacher grants in 1992 and has since given more than 1,100 grants representing more than $1.3 million in awards to area public schools and teachers.

For more information, call Jennifer deFrances at (225) 290-3322.

Ascension Council on Aging cancels Mardi Gras event

Due to construction at the Gonzales Senior Center at 526 S. Irma Blvd., this year’s Mardi Gras event has been canceled, organizers said.

The event will return next year.

Library celebrates scientists for Black History Month

Did you know that in addition to inventing peanut butter, black scientist George Washington Carver used the peanut to produce such everyday items as soap, ink and candy?

Another black scientist, Daniel Hale Williams, was the first doctor to successfully perform open-heart surgery.

Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville will celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the achievements of these and other black scientists at a 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 program.

Learn all about contributions made by African-Americans in the fields of agriculture, medicine and science, and then conduct a science experiment.

The program is for students in fourth through eighth grades.

Call the library at (225) 473-8052.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, ascension@ theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.