Country music stars, rides, vendors, a car show and more will be featured at the 2016 Cajun Country Jam on Friday and Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Performers include Clay Walker, Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan, Jamie O’Neal and Andy Griggs, Chad Brock, Louisiana’s LeRoux, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., The Gillis Silo and Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band.

The casts of TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Swamp People” will be reunited and selling photo opportunities and autographs.

Tickets are $25 each in advance or $35 at the gate. Get advance tickets at Rotolo’s Pizzeria in Gonzales, Prairieville and Baton Rouge or Walker Pharmacy in Walker.

Independence Day recycling

Republic Services will stick to its regular recycling pickup schedule in Ascension Parish on Monday, Independence Day.

Residents should put their trash out Sunday night because collection may be earlier than usual.

Government offices closed

All Ascension Parish governmental offices will be closed Monday for Independence Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday.

Libraries closed

All branches of Ascension Parish Library will be closed Monday in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday.

SCORE counseling

Receive free, on-site counseling for new and existing businesses from SCORE-Baton Rouge on Tuesday morning at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

Counselors will provide help on business plans, financial forecasts, marketing and sales, legal and accounting, business insurance and bank loan package preparation.

Appointments are required. Call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130.


Get ready to yell “Bingo!” on Tuesday when the game gets underway at the Donaldsonville and Dutchtown branches of Ascension Parish Library.

Prekindergartners through first-graders will play picture bingo at 9:30 a.m., and second- through fifth-graders will play traditional bingo at 11:30 a.m.

Everyone is guaranteed to win at least one prize.

Prepare for battle

The classic board game Battleship comes to life for teens at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library. Be prepared to throw things.

Stab binding

Teens will learn to make their own stab-bound mini notebook at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

Stab binding is an ancient method of paper binding primarily used by the Chinese, Japanese and other Asian countries. It is still popular in many Asian countries due to its simplicity, effectiveness and cost.

Christmas in July

Celebrate Christmas in July at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Dutchtown Branch of Ascension Parish Library, where teens will create wintry works of art, enjoy hot chocolate and listen to holiday music.

Fox & Branch

Folk music duo Fox & Branch will perform for children at 10:30 a.m. July 7 at the Donaldsonville Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

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