Jurassic Quest

Take a step back in time at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, where Jurassic Quest will make its first Gonzales appearance this weekend. Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy giant dinosaurs and walking dinosaur rides, fossil digs, paleontology, fossil and science stations, realistic baby dinosaurs, films, dinosaur bounce houses, bungee pulls, crafts, face painting, green screen photos, dinosaur Jeopardy and more.

For more information and ticket pricing, visit jurassicquest.com/gonzales.

Angling Against Autism

The annual Angling Against Autism bass fishing tournament gets underway at 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Doiron’s Landing, 3185 La. 70, Morgan City. The weigh-in and post-tournament party will be held at Cabela’s in Gonzales.

Entry is $200 per boat, with two fishers per boat. To register, call Bergeron’s Cajun Meats at (225) 338-0921 or The Emerge Center at (225) 343-4232. Visit emergela.org/giving/events for more information.

The tournament is sponsored by The Emerge Center, formerly known as the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation.

Self-defense seminar

USA Academy of Martial Arts is holding a free women’s self-defense seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its Prairieville location, 40017 La. 42.

Self-defense experts and law enforcement personnel will teach awareness, common sense and basic, practical self-defense techniques before giving women the opportunity to practice what they have learned. No martial arts experience is required.

For more information, call (225) 644-2127.

Free SCORE counseling

SCORE-Baton Rouge offers free, on-site business counseling on Tuesday morning at Ascension Parish Library’s Gonzales Branch. Appointments are required.

Active or retired business owners and executives will share their expertise in the areas of business plans, financial forecasts, marketing and sales, legal and accounting, business insurance and bank loan package preparation. All sessions are confidential.

Call (225) 215-0080 and specify the Gonzales branch.

Thriving with Diabetes

A Thriving with Diabetes talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday features registered nurse and certified diabetes educator Mary Campos, sharing tips to stay healthy and live well with diabetes. Tips touch on physical activity, travel, work, intimacy and medications.

The free talk is in the Sister Vernola conference room at St. Elizabeth Hospital and registration is preferred. Call (225) 621-2906.

Girls Day Out

Save the date for St. Elizabeth Hospital’s annual Girls Day Out event. It’s from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 10 on the hospital campus, with sign-in and breakfast at 7:45 a.m.

Girls Day Out is a time for women to focus and care for themselves through learning, laughter and movement activities.

Cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast and snack. For class selections and to register, call (225) 621-2906.

Extreme Rodeo

The Extreme Rodeo and Legacy Foundation presents the eighth annual Extreme Rodeo and Family Festival March 21-24 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

A Community Family Night on March 21 kicks off events with the Ag Adventure, pig races, mutton bustin’, a stick horse rodeo and fair. The grounds will be open for school field trips March 22-23. Rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. March 23-24 with the Ranch Rodeo.

March 24 also includes the Extreme Color Run, barbecue cook-off, indoor car show, kids' fishing rodeo and more.

Funds raised will support a recently-developed industrial career training program and provide academic scholarships for low-income families, according to Legacy Foundation Executive Director Scott Hymel.

Visit extremerodeo.org for more information.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1996; or email, ascension@theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.