St. Elizabeth Hospital’s loss and grief education and support group meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Sister Linda Conference Room. There is no charge to attend, and no registration is required.

Senior Sock Hop

Seniors, kick up your heels Friday during the February Senior Sock Hop at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s Ascension Gym. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by live music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Preteens girls and puberty

“Growing Up Girls: A Class for Preteen Girls” is set for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in the Sister Vernola Conference Room.

This class for girls ages 9 to 11 and their mothers covers the physical and emotional changes girls experience as they go through puberty.

Cost is $15 and preregistration is required; call (225) 621-2906.

Freezin’ for a reason

It’s not too late to participate in, volunteer with or donate to the 2016 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Ward Webb said.

The fundraiser for Special Olympics Louisiana will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cabela’s in Gonzales, with check-in at 9 a.m. Donate directly to Webb’s page at or register and create your own fundraising page at

For information, call Webb at (225) 621-8381 or email

Town hall meeting

The city of Gonzales invites residents to a town hall meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Gonzales City Hall Council Room to discuss updating the city’s zoning code. A presentation will be given at 5:40 p.m. and 6:40 p.m., with time for questions afterward.

The Center for Planning Excellence has been hired to update the code and will present proposed changes, listen to feedback and answer questions.

Free SCORE counseling

Another round of free, confidential small business counseling with Ascension Parish Library and SCORE, of Baton Rouge, is being offered from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Gonzales Branch Library.

SCORE counselors are active or retired business owners and executives who provide help on business plans, financial forecasts, marketing and sales, legal and accounting suggestions, business insurance needs and bank loan package preparation.

To schedule an appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130 and specify the Gonzales Branch.

Practice ACT test offered

The Donaldsonville Branch of Ascension Parish Library will administer a free practice ACT test on March 5, courtesy of Princeton Review of Baton Rouge. The test starts at 9 a.m. and lasts approximately four hours. Registration is required; call any branch of Ascension Parish Library to sign up. Remember to bring your calculator to the test.

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