Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna says candidates for elections set for Oct. 24 must qualify from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8-10 at the Clerk’s Office, 815 E. Worthey St. in Gonzales or 300 Houmas St. in Donaldsonville.

Races include state senator for districts 2 and 18; state representative in districts 58, 59, 81 and 88; assessor; clerk of court; coroner; Parish Council; parish president; and sheriff.

The primary election is Oct. 24 and the general election is Nov. 21, if necessary.

For information, call (225) 473-9866 or (225) 621-8400, ext. 7, or visit

School fundraiser planned

R. Rayborn Charter School will hold a fundraiser featuring an Irma Thomas concert Oct. 15 at the Clarion Inn.

The school, now in the planning stages, will give families and children an alternative to traditional education through an arts-integrated approach to learning, a news release said.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. with opening acts by Center Stage Performing Arts Academy.

Sponsorships and VIP and general admission tickets for advance purchase are available. All tickets will be $100 at the door.

For information, call event chairwoman Sharon Morris at (225) 955-4683 or email

Joint replacement class

Anyone considering knee or hip replacement surgery may want to attend a free total joint replacement class at St. Elizabeth Hospital even before a surgery date is set.

This month’s class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the Sister Linda Conference Room at the hospital, 1125 La. 30, in Gonzales.

Registration is required; call (225) 621-2906.

Keepsake crafting time

“Crafting Together: Vintage Practical Keepsakes” will be held at the Ascension Parish Library this month. Moms and tweens will create decorative puzzle pieces with scrapbook paper, buttons, magnets and ribbons. Registration is required.

The schedule is as follows:

Gonzales Branch Library: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8; call (225) 647-3955.

Donaldsonville Branch Library: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15; call (225) 473-8052.

Dutchtown Branch Library: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; call (225) 673-8699.

Make your own dragon egg

Teens in grades six to 12 can learn to make their own dragon eggs with glue guns, paint and more this month at the Ascension Parish Library. Registration is required.

The schedule is as follows:

Galvez Branch Library: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8; call (225) 622-3339.

Donaldsonville Branch Library: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; call (225) 473-8052.

Gonzales Branch Library: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16; call (225) 647-3955.

Dutchtown Branch Library: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22; call (225) 673-8699.

The Acadians of Maryland

Acadian genealogist R. Martin Guidry will present “A Sojourn Forgotten — The Acadians of Maryland” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Guidry has studied the genealogy and history of the Acadians for over 40 years, with a focus on the culture, language, history and genealogy of the Acadian people from the early 1600s to the present.

The presentation will include a brief history of the Acadians, their lives in Acadia, the events and causes of their deportation, their arrival in late 1755 in Annapolis, Maryland, the difficult life the Acadians had in Maryland and the four expeditions to Louisiana in 1766-1769.

Guidry is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors of the Acadian Memorial Foundation in St. Martinville and continues to serve as a member of its board.

Call (225) 647-3955 for information or to register.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, ascension@ or Deadline: noon Monday.