THURSDAY

  • LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Vernola conference room, 1125 La. 30 W., Gonzales. Open to anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. The support group is facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center. Registration not required. Free.

COFFEE AND CRAFTS:TEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLOR 6 P.M. TO 7 P.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, DUTCHTOWN BRANCH, 13278 LA. 73, GEISMAR. LEARN THE BASICS AND RECEIVE TIPS FOR SCRAPBOOKING PAGES. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO DESIGN AND MAKE PAGES TO BRING HOME. PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE PHOTOS.

STARTING AND FINANCING A SMALL BUSINESS : 6:30 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, GALVEZ BRANCH, 40300 LA. 42, PRAIRIEVILLE. THE PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON HELPING PARTICIPANTS LEARN HOW TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF THEIR IDEA AS WELL AS HOW TO OBTAIN A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING A BUSINESS PLAN, ASSESSING RISKS, MARKETING AND KEY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO GET ASSISTANCE.

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 2013: 6 P.M., ASCENSION PARISH LIBRARY, GONZALES BRANCH, 708 S. IRMA BLVD., GONZALES. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO LEARN HOW TO ENHANCE PRESENTATIONS BY USING ONE OF THE POPULAR SOFTWARE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. ATTENDEES WILL CREATE A PRESENTATION, INSERT CLIP ART, AND APPLY TRANSITIONS AND EFFECTS TO A PRESENTATION. BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS ARE NEEDED.

SATURDAY

  • PENGUIN MAKE AND TAKE CRAFT: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales, Dutchtown, Galvez, and Donaldsonville branch, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville. Create a pair of penguins out of paper tubes, construction paper and other supplies.

TUESDAY

  • JOB SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Learn how to use the Internet as a vital tool in a job search. Will cover how to send résumés over the internet or email and demonstrate how to find a mailing list or access news groups.
  • INTRODUCTION TO BLOGGER: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch.
  • GET CRAZY WITH QUELF: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. When you play Quelf there are no right or wrong answers. For more information, call 473-8052.

GROWING UP — GIRLS (A CLASS FOR PRETEEN GIRLS): 6 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M. ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, SR. VERNOLA CONFERENCE ROOM, 1125 LA. 30 W., GONZALES. FOR MOTHERS WANTING TO HELP THEIR DAUGHTERS UNDERSTAND THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CHANGES SHE WILL EXPERIENCE AS SHE GOES THROUGH PUBERTY. JOIN FOR A MATTER-OF-FACT DISCUSSION ON THE PARTS OF GROWING UP. DESIGNED FOR AGES 9-11 AND THEIR MOTHERS. $15.

  • JOB SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Learn how to use the internet as a vital tool in your job search. Will cover how to send résumés over the internet or email and demonstrate how to find a mailing list or access news groups.
  • TEEN OPEN MIC: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown branch. Teens perform 10 minutes of material or two songs in front of a crowd. For more information, call (225) 673-8699.

WEDNESDAY

  • CHAMBER 101: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Ascension Chamber Office, 1006 W. La. 30, Gonzales. New Ascension Chamber members are welcomed to join Chamber President/CEO Sherrie Despino for breakfast and a presentation on how to best promote business through the Ascension Chamber. Free. RSVP to Kelly Bourgeois at info@ascensionchamber.com
  • A GUIDE TO WRITING RÉSUMÉS: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Adults.

JAN. 29

  • SMART START BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY LA QUINTA INN & SUITES: 7 a.m., La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2816 Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Hot cup of coffee and networking. Free.
  • SNOWY NIGHT: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez branch. Prepare to meet winter head on with games and crafts about snowmen. Designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. All are welcome.
  • LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Vernola conference room, 1125 La. 30 W., Gonzales. Open to anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. The support group is facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center. Registration not required. Free.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Robert Freeland, longtime New Orleans tour guide and member of several historical associations, will tell the story of the events of over 200 years ago. To register, call (225) 647-3955.
  • NOTTOWAY “PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE”: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Mary Stagg, LSU graduate and a curator and historian with Nottoway plantation, will discuss the historic home’s past and its current state as a resort. To register, call (225) 473-8052.