Sportsman Show

The 2018 Louisiana Sportsman Show & Festival is setting up shop at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center for a four-day event starting on March 15.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. March 15-16, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 17 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18.

It’s the state's largest outdoor show and boat show, featuring an indoor boat show, fishing tackle and hunting gear for sale, a display of ATVs and off-road vehicles, a tractor and outdoor power equipment area, the Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest, Splash Dogs competitions, a Kids Zone, a bass tank with pros giving seminars, fishing and hunting outfitters from across the country and a food court.

Tickets are $10 at the gate for adults and $5 for children, with free admission for kids on Sunday. Four-day passes are available for $20.

Simple circuitry

The Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library is offering a littleBits circuitry program for children in grades 2 or above at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The program allows budding engineers to make connections and create machines with easy, swappable circuit boards that must remain at the library for future programs. Younger children may need assistance from an older sibling or parent.

Relay for Life

It’s finally here — Relay for Life of Ascension Parish, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cabela’s in Gonzales. A special Survivors Lap opens the relay. Guest speakers include Courtney Langlois Taylor, whose daughter Paislee is a cancer survivor, and Rachel Lambert, a Dutchtown High School student who survived cancer.

Local volunteers and participants will be celebrating those whose lives have been affected by cancer and those who have died of cancer while walking to raise awareness and funds for research and local people with cancer.

The relay ends with a closing ceremony at 10 p.m. Visit for details.

Gardening workshop

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association, under the direction of the LSU AgCenter, offers its next free spring gardening workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

The topic is “Cacti and Succulents in the Garden or Home.” Glenn Beall, a member of the Baton Rouge Cactus and Succulent Society and a former horticulture teacher, will showcase his collection of plants and share tips for growing cactus and succulents.

Call (225) 647-3955 to register.


Receive free, individual legal counseling sessions at Ascension Parish Library’s Gonzales Branch from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Pro Bono Project of the Baton Rouge Bar Association will have attorneys available for one-on-one, 15-minute sessions on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, call (225) 647-3955.

Sink or float?

Young minds will learn why different objects sink or float in water during a program at Ascension Parish Library’s Donaldsonville Branch at 6 p.m. March 15.

“Mother Goose Teaches: Will it Sink or Float” includes hands-on demonstrations, learning about the science that keeps even the biggest boats afloat and a reading of Pamela Allen’s “Who Sank the Boat?” The program is for children ages 3 to 5.

Call (225) 473-8052 to register or for more information.

149 years

New Hopeful Worship Center presents its 149th year church anniversary celebration at 3 p.m. March 18, led by Bishop Xavier D. Madison Sr.

The church is at 39067 La. 22, Darrow. Call (225) 473-3300 for more information.

Acres of Eggs

Families are welcome at The Rock Church’s inaugural Acres of Eggs from 10 a.m. to noon March 24 at the church, 42080 Church Point Road, Gonzales. It’s free and open to the public.

The Easter egg hunt offers three age groups: toddlers to age 4, ages 5 to 7, and ages 8 and older. Prizes will be awarded for each age group.

Additional fun includes jumping balloons, face painting, egg decorating and refreshments.

Editor's Note: This column was changed on March 8 to correct the dates of the 2018 Louisiana Sportsman Show & Festival, which starts on March 15.  

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