Name the swans

A pair of white swans living in the reflection pond at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow are in need of names.

Submit name ideas for the male and female swans at for a chance to win an overnight stay at The Inn at Houmas House, dinner for two in the Carriage House Restaurant, mansion tour tickets for two and a Houmas House coffee-table book.

Entries are due by Feb. 10. The winning names will be announced on Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day parties

Tweens are invited to upcoming Valentine’s Day parties at several Ascension Parish Library branches. The fun includes Valentine’s Day-inspired games and the creation of stained-glass vases using Mason jars and multicolored permanent markers.

Parties are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dutchtown, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at Gonzales and 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Donaldsonville.

Thriving with Diabetes class

St. Elizabeth Hospital is offering a Thriving with Diabetes class with Darlene Bonadona, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s Sister Vernola conference room.

Bonadona will focus on insulin resistance, which increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. The class includes tips to manage and control blood sugar levels.

Registration is preferred for this free class. Call (225) 621-2906.

Lunch & Learn

Molly Benbrook, LMSW, CDCP, is the speaker at a free Alzheimer’s Lunch & Learn at noon Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Sister Linda conference room.

Benbrook’s presentation will answer basic questions about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, clarify myths associated with Alzheimer’s and offer tips on communicating with people affected by Alzheimer’s. A light lunch will be served.

Registration is required. Call (225) 621-2906.

Museum exhibit

River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. with a new exhibit.

“Civil Rights Moved Here: Louisiana Ahead of the Curve” is meant to honor the legacy of King and Louisiana’s civil rights leaders. The exhibit includes photos and film about the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott and the Southern University student protests of the 1960s.

The traveling exhibit will be on display until August.

Polar Plunge

Brave the chilly waters of the Gonzales Cabela’s pond during the 10th annual “Freezin for a Reason” Polar Plunge at 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

During the Polar Plunge, people pledge money to jump into icy cold water as a benefit for Special Olympics Louisiana. The event also includes a costume contest, food, children’s activities, musical entertainment, vendor displays and giveaways.

Participants must pledge a minimum of $50 plus a $25 registration fee. There is no fee to watch the Polar Plunge, but donations are welcome.

For more information or to register, visit

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