THURSDAY

  • TEEN BOOK CLUB: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez, 40300 La. 42, Prairieville. Call (225) 622-3339.
  • LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sister Vernola conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 La. 30, Gonzales. The meeting is for anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. The group is facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center. Call (225) 647-5000 or www.steh.com. Also May 8.
  • TRIPLES AND CHAINS — ADVANCED CROCHET: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville. Call (225) 473-8052.

FRIDAY

  • MATTER OF BALANCE: 10 a.m. to noon, Ascension Council on Aging, 101 Bocage Drive, Donaldsonville. The event is to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants will be taught to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Admission is free, and a workbook will be provided. Lunch will be available immediately following the session. Call (225) 473-6213.

SATURDAY

  • BOWLING COACHING SEMINAR: 9 a.m., Premier Lanes, 1414 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales. The seminar is for individuals who will be coaching youth bowling teams. Each attendee will be given materials and the opportunity to earn their USBC Coaching Level 1 certification. The seminar is free. Call (817) 385-8339.

RELAY FOR LIFE: NOON TO 2 A.M., LAMAR DIXON EXPO CENTER, 9039 S. ST. LANDRY AVE., GONZALES. THE OVERNIGHT EVENT IS PRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TO HELP CREATE A WORLD WITH LESS CANCER. IT WILL UNITE THE COMMUNITY IN CELEBRATING THOSE WHO HAVE HAD CANCER AND REMEMBERING LOVED ONES LOST, AND IT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE DISEASE. CALL (225) 571-1745 OR WWW.RELAYFORLIFE.ORG.

  • GOSPEL IN THE PARK: Noon to 8 p.m., Jambalaya Park, 1015 E. Cornerview St., Gonzales. Sponsored by River Road African American Museum, the purpose of the event is to unite the community in a day of song. Admission is free.
  • GONZALES BLACK RODEO: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Funds will benefit CASA. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (225) 268-0887 or (601) 870-9312.

MONDAY

  • TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT EDUCATION CLASS: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sister Linda conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital. The class is for individuals considering knee or hip replacement surgery to meet one another. A team of health professionals will provide guidance through each step of the process from pre-admission to rehabilitation.
  • SHARING THE JOURNEY: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sister Linda Conference Room, St. Elizabeth Hospital. The event is for families seeking information and resources when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The program will help participants understand the disease process and make future plans. There will be guest speakers, and topics include dementia care, stress management and resources, understanding medications and legal preparation. Admission is free, but registration is required.

TUESDAY

  • ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT MEETING: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sister Vernola conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital. The meeting is provided by the Services of the Capital Area Caregiver Network. Free, but registration is preferred.
  • THRIVING WITH DIABETES: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sister Linda conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital. Dr. Michael Bodin will discuss the importance of the blood test, A1C. A light snack will be provided. Free, but registration is preferred.

WEDNESDAY

  • KOKUSAIKA: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. The event, which is named for the Japanese word for internationalization, is a teen program.
  • MATTER OF BALANCE: 10 a.m. to noon, Ascension Council on Aging. The event is to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants will be taught to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors and simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Admission is free, and a workbook will be provided. Lunch will be available immediately following the session. Call (225) 473-6213.
  • SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN’S HEALTH LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elegant Affairs, 14190 Airline Highway, Gonzales. Suzette Bowen will be the guest speaker. Lunch buffet will be served at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $20. Limited seating available. Call (225) 621-2906.

MAY 8

  • PAJAMA STORYTIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales and Galvez. The event is for preschool-age children.