Friday is the last day to apply to serve on the Donaldsonville Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

The mission of MYAC is to represent and advocate on behalf of the youth in Donaldsonville.

To become a member, the student must be in the 10th or 11th grade attending a high school in Donaldsonville and must be recommended by a principal, school counselor, teacher or a current MYAC member with the approval of the administration of the school. The applicants will be approved by the City Council during their June meeting and inducted into MYAC during their July meeting.

The application can be obtained from a Donaldsonville or Ascension Catholic guidance counselor or online at

For additional information, email Tamiko Francis Garrison, MYAC coordinator, at

Plant health clinic

The LSU Agricultural Center and Ascension Master Gardeners’ free plant health clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Louisiana Nursery, 39245 La. 42 in Prairieville.

The public is invited to bring samples to be identified.

LSU AgCenter’s Dr. Ron Strahan, a turf and weed specialist, and Craig Roussel, horticulture agent for Ascension and St. James parishes, will be on hand to answer questions on vegetables, fruits and landscape plants and to identify disease, insect and weed samples.

Ascension Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist and provide information. Soil sample kits will be available.

For more information, call the Ascension Parish Extension Office at (225) 621-5799.

Skin cancer screening

Mary Bird Perkins and St. Elizabeth Hospital are partnering to offer a free skin cancer screening May 26 in Gonzales.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, a release from St. Elizabeth said. It is estimated that more than three million Americans will be diagnosed this year, more than all other cancers combined, says the American Cancer Society. Skin cancer awareness and prevention is stressed National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May.

According to Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach for Mary Bird Perkins, residents should take note of any unusual or suspicious skin spots, especially changes in the size or color of a mole. She encourages anyone noticing any differences in their skin to talk to their doctor about a skin cancer screening.

“The good news is, skin cancer is actually one of the most preventable forms of cancer,” said Duffin. “Many cases could be prevented by protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure, which not only reduces the risk of skin cancer, but also painful sunburns and premature wrinkles.”

The following screening, to be held at 1014 W. St. Clare Blvd., Suite 1040, Gonzales, is for men and women 18 and older who do not have insurance and have not been screened for skin cancer in the last 12 months. No appointment is necessary.

Growing Up: Girl class

St. Elizabeth Hospital is hosting its Growing Up: Girl class at 9 a.m. May 23 at the hospital’s Sister Vernola conference room.

Help your daughter understand the physical and emotional changes she will experience as she goes through puberty.

The class is designed for girls ages 9-11 and their moms.

Call (225) 621-2906.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215, (225) 603-1998; fax, (225) 388-0371; email, or Deadline: noon Monday.