Teri Casso, executive director of St. Elizabeth’s Foundation and Ascension Parish councilwoman, will speak at the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Asian Buffet, 3084 College Drive, in Baton Rouge.

Casso will discuss the choices St. Elizabeth’s offers young pregnant women and the bringing together of birth mothers and adoptive parents.

David Scotton, political communications major at LSU and producer of an upcoming adoption documentary sponsored by Louisiana Right to Life, will speak with Casso.

Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Attendees pay the restaurant individually for the buffet. Reservations are requested; call (225) 644-5728 or email info@pachydermsofgbr.org.

Senior Citizen Sock Hop

The next Ascension Senior Citizen Sock Hop is set for noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s Ascension Gym, 9039 South St. Landry Ave., in Gonzales.

Lunch will be served at noon, followed by live music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Free business counseling

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE-Baton Rouge offer two free, on-site counseling sessions every month for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses. November sessions are Nov. 3 at the Gonzales Branch and Nov. 19 at the Dutchtown Branch.

SCORE, a nonprofit association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, promotes entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business.

Visit scorebr.org for information. To schedule an appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130 and specify which library location you prefer.

‘Mother Goose: The 5 Senses’

Children in kindergarten through second grade will learn all about the five senses at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Galvez Branch of the Ascension Parish Library.

Kids will read stories and perform activities designed to stimulate the senses.

No registration is required. Call (225) 622-3339 for more information.

Recycling Road Show

The Ascension Parish Recycling Road Show is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Prairieville Wal-Mart parking lot.

Accepted materials include:

Newspapers and magazines, including catalogs, phone books and paperback books, mail, colored paper and envelopes.

Photos and carbon paper are not accepted.

Milk and juice cartons but no wax-coated frozen food packaging or take-out food containers.

Cardboard, including detergent and cereal boxes, 12-pack drink cartons and flattened boxes.

Aluminum, tin or bimetal cans and metal lids but no aerosol cans or wire hangers.

No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers but no bags, hangers, caps, lids, six-pack rings or chemical containers.

Call Don Hysell at (225) 450-1308 or visit ascensionparish.net for information.

Author book talk and signing

Ascension Parish Library’s Galvez Branch will host a book talk and book signing with Melissa Monroe McGehee at 10 a.m. Nov. 7.

Monroe McGehee, author of “Satisfying Eats,” a grain-free, sugar-free cookbook, will discuss her weight-loss journey, share some of her favorite recipes and answer questions.

For information or to register, call (225) 622-3339.

Veterans parade planned

It’s not too late to take part in the Veterans Parade set for 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Gonzales.

Veterans, civic groups, school groups and others are invited to register for the parade, which starts and ends along Irma Boulevard.

To register, call Brent Gautreau at (225) 485-7875 or Missy Jandura at (225) 936-2373.

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.