?THURSDAY

FARMAPALOOZA: 9:30 A.M. And 11:30 A.M., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville. Come listen to funny farm stories, play fun games and make a paper bag farm animal puppet to take home. For children in pre-kindergarten to first grade. (225) 473-8052.

LAP-SIT STORYTIME: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown. This program focuses on the needs of babies from birth to crawling and introduces simple rhymes, songs, and books to stimulate babies with rhythmic language and sensory stimuli. A parent or caregiver must attend with their baby. (225) 673-8699.

KOKUSAIKA: 5 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez. Refreshments will be served. All teens interested in Japanese culture can attend. During each meeting regular meeting, teens will learn a bit of Japanese, create Japanese-inspired crafts, learn about new anime and manga, listen to J-Pop and J-Rock music and more. (225) 622-3339.

FRIDAY

FARMAPALOOZA: 9:30 A.M. And 11:30 A.M., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown. Come listen to funny farm stories, play fun games and make a paper bag farm animal puppet to take home. For children in pre-kindergarten to first grade. (225) 673-8699.

LUAU PARTY: 3 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales. Come celebrate the end of summer with a luau at the library. Listen to Hawaiian music and make a lei, take pictures and have refreshments. For teens. (225) 647-3955.

SATURDAY

SCHOOL TOOLS DRIVE: 8 a.m. to noon, in front of Walmarts in Gonzales, Prairieville and Donaldsonville, and Office Depot in Gonzales. Drop off donated school supplies or monetary donations to help Volunteer Ascension provide school supplies to students in Ascension Parish.

NFL PUNT, PASS, AND KICK COMPETITION: 6:30 p.m., East Ascension High School stadium parking lot, Gonzales. The competition was rescheduled due to rain. Free for children ages 6 to 15. For more information contact Mark Peters at (225) 647-3927.

JAMBALAYA/PASTALAYA FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Delaune’s Do-It Center, 16019 La. 44, Prairieville. Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department will be selling plate lunches for $5 per plate. All proceeds go to purchase equipment for the department.

TUESDAY

SCORE COUNSELING: By appointment, Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown. SCORE ? Baton Rouge offers free, on-site counseling for new businesses and mentoring for existing businesses. ?Counseling sessions are held the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon each month by appointment at the library in Dutchtown. To learn more visit the SCORE website at http://www.scorebr.org. ?To schedule a counseling appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130 and specify that you want to meet at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER NETWORK : 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Classroom. Support group meeting for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Free. Registration is preferred. (225) 621-2906.

THRIVING WITH DIABETES: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda Conference Room. Speaker Melanie Chandler, registered dietician with Our Lady of the Lake’s Diabetes and Nutrition Center, will present Eat Smart for Your Heart. Free. Registration is preferred. (225) 621-2906.

Aug. 4

LOSS AND GRIEF SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Classroom hosted by Grief Recovery Center to help you through the grieving process. Call (225) 621-2906.