A forum for Republican candidates running for the 6th Congressional District will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 2816 S. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales.

The event, hosted by the Ascension Republican Women, will include complimentary refreshments. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call (225) 644-5728, or email ARWr US@aol.com. Visit Ascension Republican Women on Facebook.

Suicide prevention

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez declared Sept. 7-13 “Suicide Prevention Week in Ascension Parish.”

Martinez made the announcement while reading a parish proclamation at the Parish Council meeting Sept. 4 in Donaldsonville. Director Suzanne Hamilton and Dawnyelle Bennett, with the Ascension Counseling Center, received the parish proclamation from Martinez.

According to the International Association of Suicide Prevention, more than 800,000 people worldwide die from suicide, a news release from the parish president’s office said. In 2012, suicide was the fifth leading cause of death among people ages 30 to 49, and the second leading cause of death among those ages 15 to 29, the release said.

“All of our counselors have received advance training in suicide risk detection, so if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, or you suspect someone is suicidal, they can come into our office and have a suicide risk assessment,” Hamilton said of the free service. “And those can be on an emergency walk-in basis.”

Sand painting

Tweens can create their own designs, from flowers to geometric designs, during sand painting at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Dutchtown Branch of the Ascension Parish Library, 13278 La. 73, Geismar.

The art of sand painting is an old and honored tradition in the Navajo culture, a news release from the library said.

This program is free and open to the public. The program is limited to students in grades 4-8. Registration is required.

For information or to register, contact the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

Fall grants available

Eatel is offering teachers one last chance to apply for two grant opportunities.

Eatel’s Reach a Kid, Teach a Kid grant program has provided more than $60,000 in grants to Ascension Parish teachers since the program’s inception more than 11 years ago, a news release from the company said.

The grants fund a variety of programs that will use everything from artwork to interactive robotics as teaching tools in community schools. Eatel will award 10, $500 grants this year to private and public school teachers in Ascension Parish, the release said.

Applications for the grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, and will only be accepted online.

For information and to apply, visit www.eatel.com/reachakid.

Ten classes will be selected to create their own books through Eatel’s Imagination Press book grants.

The Imagination Press book grants allow students to create books, a news release from Eatel said. Students will receive a copy of the book, and a copy also will be added to each class’s school library. Applications for the grants are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 26, and will only be accepted online. For information and to apply, visit www.eatel.com/imagination.

Auditions

Auditions for Ascension Community Theatre’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

Callbacks will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, if necessary.

Those who are selected for the play will have their first read-through on Friday.

The show runs from Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 13-16 at 823 Felicity St., Gonzales.

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