Ready for the boucherie bash?

Food, entertainment, fair rides and games and a car show await festivalgoers this weekend at the 35th Boucherie Festival, being held Friday through Sunday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Grab a bite to eat from the cracklin' and jambalaya cook-offs or catch a show by performers including Hai Karate, The Chee-Weez, Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition, Avenue Cruisers, Adam Dale, Stonewall Broussard Band, Sofa Kings and Jordan Babin.

It's the festival's return after a brief hiatus, and the Sorrento Lions Club members. who have worked for more than a year to bring back the festival. are excited about the revamped event.

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Club changes up canned goods drive

August flooding has changed the way the Gonzales Rotary Club will run its annual "Trick or Treat" canned goods drive this year.

The club asks for donations of canned goods from across Ascension Parish to be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Irma Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Those dropping off donations will receive a treat in return.

Donations will benefit the St. Theresa Food Pantry.

Gardening workshop

A fall series of educational workshops featuring gardening and landscaping tips wraps up at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

Craig Roussel, an Ascension Parish/St. James Parish county agent with LSU Agricultural Center, will present “Gardening Jackpot — Free Plants and Information,” where novice and advanced gardeners can ask questions on a variety of topics and participate in a plant swap. Participants should bring labeled plants, cuttings, bulbs or seeds to exchange with other gardeners.

The workshop is sponsored by the Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association under the direction of the LSU AgCenter. Call (225) 647-3955 to register.

Lawyers in Libraries

The Ascension Parish Library, along with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Library Association, hosts the annual Lawyers in Libraries program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Dutchtown branch. Attorney Meagan Smith will be at the library for free one-on-one legal consultations.

Under the Lawyers in Libraries program, which is part of a larger initiative called the Legal Education and Assistance Program, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Library Association aim to have an attorney in a library in every parish on Oct. 27.

Call (225) 673-8699 in advance to schedule an appointment or for details.

Louisiana Medicaid expansion Q&A

A question-and-answer session on the expansion of Louisiana Medicaid begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dutchtown Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

The speaker is Charles Rabalais, a health insurance navigator with the Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center, who will cover some of the changes in health insurance resulting from the Affordable Care Act, a description of the application process and eligibility for a tax credit. Health insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act will be reviewed.

No registration is necessary. Call (225) 673-8699 for details.

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