Ascension Parish Library and SCORE-Baton Rouge will offer free, on-site counseling for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Dutchtown Branch. Appointments are required.

Active or retired business owners and executives with extensive experience will be on hand to share advice on business plans, financial forecasts, marketing and sales, legal and accounting, business insurance needs and bank loan package preparation.

To schedule a counseling appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130.

Make-and-take craft

Children are invited to the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday for a Snowman Selfie make-and-take craft with a grown-up or older sibling. The craft is designed for children ages 3 through 7 but is open to all ages. Supplies will be provided. Call (225) 647-3955 for information.

Food, more at Lamar-Dixon

JAAS Productions presents The Home and Remodeling Show and Ralph’s Food Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Admission is $6 for adults; children 12 and younger get in free. Spend $25 at any Ralph’s Market through Saturday and receive two free tickets.

Kids explore insects

The fascinating world of insects is the topic of an event for children in kindergarten through third grade at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Donaldsonville Branch of Ascension Parish Library. Watch a short film on bugs, play insect trivia and conduct a science experiment with honey. Call (225) 473-8052 for details.

Preteens and puberty

A class for girls ages 9 through 11 and their moms, with a focus on the physical and emotional changes preteens experience as they go through puberty, is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sister Vernola conference room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.

Cost to attend is $15. Preregistration is required; call (225) 621-2906.

‘Sesame Street’ fun

An evening of “Sesame Street” stories, crafts and games begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Galvez Branch of Ascension Parish Library. The program is designed for children in prekindergarten through second grade, but all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. Call (225) 622-3339 for information.

Loss and grief group

St. Elizabeth Hospital’s loss and grief education and support group meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Sister Linda Conference Room. It is free to attend, and no registration is needed.

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