Family literacy

Limited space is available for Ascension Parish Library’s six-week family literacy program, Prime Time — Family Reading Time. The program is made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday nights from Feb. 20 to March 27 at the Dutchtown Branch, the series of reading and discussion programs is geared toward children ages 6 to 10 and their families. Session themes include concepts such as fairness, greed, courage, cleverness and determination.

Discussion leader Dr. Jill Brody and storyteller Benolia Thomas will help parents learn the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing stories with their children.

A meal will be served to participating families at each session.

For more information or to register, call (225) 673-8699 or visit the Dutchtown Branch.

State Livestock Show

The Lamar-Dixon Expo Center hosts the 83rd annual LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Monday to Feb. 17, when 4-H and FFA members will showcase their prized animals.

For entry forms and a full schedule of events, visit

Libraries closed

All Ascension Parish Library branches will be closed Tuesday in observance of Mardi Gras. Regular hours resume Wednesday.

CPR certification

Learn how to save a life with St. Elizabeth Hospital’s community CPR certification course, slated for 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 at the hospital’s Education Building, 721 E. La. 30, Gonzales.

The course is intended for community groups, new parents, grandparents, baby sitters or anyone interested in learning CPR. The class will be taught in a group setting that provides participants with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

Cost is $50 and includes BLS certification card. Preregistration is required; space is limited. Call (225) 621-2906.

Soul sounds

Delight in the sounds of the Buena Vista Baptist Church choir at Music for the Soul, a performance of uplifting hymns accompanied by accomplished musicians. It’s at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Ascension Parish Library’s Donaldsonville Branch.

Call (225) 473-8052 to register.

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