Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Kermit Hart Bourque will conduct classes this month to certify new election commissioners.

Those election commissioners presently certified do not have to attend the course, Bourque’s office said in a news release. The Donaldsonville session will be at 6 p.m. July 21 at the Ascension Parish Courthouse, 300 Houmas St. The Gonzales sessions will be at 6 p.m. July 22 and July 23 at the Courthouse Annex, Building 2, 828 S. Irma Blvd. Participants need to attend only one session.

Any qualified voter who is not entitled to assistance in voting and is not a candidate in the election may be selected as a commissioner provided that he or she has been certified through successful attendance at commissioner school, the release said. A certified commissioner who serves on election day will receive $200.

Call (225) 473-9866 or (225) 621-8400, ext. 7, with questions.

Gardener class

The LSU Agricultural Center and Ascension Parish Master Gardeners will host a Louisiana Master Gardener training class starting in August.

The 40- to 50-hour course will be taught from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, with the exception of Labor Day, and Tuesdays, starting Aug. 18 and ending on Sept. 22.

Louisiana Master Gardeners provide research-based information for home horticulture enthusiasts, the group said. Designed to recruit and train volunteers, the Louisiana Master Gardener Program is open to anyone with a willingness to learn and a desire to help others. Instructional training for the Louisiana Master Gardener Program is tailored for beginners and experienced gardeners.

Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers by working through their parish extension offices to develop and enhance community outreach programs, including working with environmental improvement activities, local fairs and festivals, plant health clinics, civic meetings and community and school gardening programs. The fee for the program is $150.

To sign up, call (225) 621-5799. The deadline to apply for the class is July 25.

Arthritis seminar

Dr. Chad Loup, an orthopedic surgeon with Ascension Orthopedic Clinic will help participants learn how to manage and live with arthritis from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 22 at LeBlanc’s Frais Marché, 14635 U.S. 61, Gonzales.

St. Elizabeth dietitians and chefs from Frais Marché will discuss and demonstrate how to cook using ingredients that promote joint health.

St. Elizabeth Hospital and community physicians, in collaboration with LeBlanc’s Supermarkets, will offer healthy cooking demonstrations and nutrition topics each quarter. The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, call (225) 673-4255.

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