THURSDAY

  • LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Vernola conference room, 2647 S. St. Elizabeth Blvd., Gonzales. For people who have experienced loss of any kind. Free, but registration is preferred. (225) 647-8511 or www.steh.com.

FRIDAY

  • HISET (FORMERLY GED) RESOURCES: 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Donaldsonville Branch, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

  • 8 SECONDS TO GLORY: 8 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. A bull-riding event to benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

SATURDAY

  • PRESENTATION: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. Presentation is “Do You have Ancestors from the Canary Islands?”
  • FIRE PREVENTION BARBECUE COOK-OFF: Noon to 5 p.m., Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Teams will have a choice of category they want to participate in: chicken, brisket, pork ribs or all three. Registration is $50. (225) 767-7640.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

  • AWESOME ART ON THE BAYOU: All day, Bayou Francois (adjacent to Jambalaya Park), Gonzales. The festival is to promote and showcase the arts and crafts of the River Region.

MONDAY

  • LSBDC SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTING: By appointment, Ascension Parish Library Galvez Branch, 40300 La. 42, Prairieville. (225) 922-0998.
  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT PUBLISHER 2013: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch. An adult program.
  • EXTREME ESTEEM: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch. A workshop for teens and their parents to provide tools they need to feel good about themselves. Free, but registration is required. (225) 647-3955.

TUESDAY

  • JOB SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch. An adult program.
  • THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Galvez Branch. An adult program.
  • PRESCHOOL PROGRAM PAJAMA STORYTIME: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar and Donaldsonville branches.

WEDNESDAY

  • EXPERTS IN ARTHRITIS: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Vernola conference room. In celebration of World Arthritis Day in October, St. Elizabeth Hospital has partnered with USBJI, to provide this free public education seminar for people with arthritis and people who care about them. Dr. Scott Petrie will speak. Continental-style breakfast will be provided. Free, but registration is preferred.
  • TODDLER STORYTIME: 10 a.m., All Ascension Parish Library branches.
  • PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales, Galvez, and Dutchtown branches.
  • INTRODUCTION TO BLOGGER: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch. An adult program.

OCT. 16

  • LAP-SIT STORYTIME: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales and Dutchtown branches.
  • BILINGUAL STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch.
  • SCORE: 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown Branch. A free small business counseling and mentoring program.
  • ADVENTURE TIME!: 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch. A teen program.
  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 2013: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch. An adult program.
  • HOT WHEELS PARTY: 6 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Dutchtown Branch. A youth program.
  • MAXIMIZE YOUR MONEY: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Donaldsonville Branch. An adult finance program.