THURSDAY

  • PAJAMA STORYTIME: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales, 708 S. Irma Ave., and Galvez, 40300 La. 42, Prairieville. The event is for preschool-age children.
  • LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6-7 p.m., Sister Vernola conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 La. 30, Gonzales. The meeting is for anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. The group is facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center. Call (225) 647-5000 or visit www.steh.com. Also May 15.

PHOTOS WITH A RACE CAR: ALL DAY, CABELA’S, 2200 W. CABELA’S PARKWAY, GONZALES. THE NO. 13 GEICO/CASEY MEARS SPRINT CUP SERIES CHEVROLET SS SHOW CAR WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE STORE FOR PHOTOS. CONTINUES THROUGH MAY 11.

FRIDAY

  • CHURCH FAIR: 6-11 p.m., St. Mark Catholic Church, 42021 La. 621, Gonzales. There will be food, games, rides and bands. Admission is free, but tickets are required for participation. Continues on May 10, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and May 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. www.stmarkgonzales.org.

SATURDAY

  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COLLECTION DAY: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Collection day for Ascension Parish residents only, ID is required. Unacceptable materials include explosive and radioactive items; asbestos; waste from high school labs and medical, commercial and governmental facilities; recyclables; hurricane debris; and wood. List of accepted materials can be found at www.ascensionparish.net.

LOCK IN THE FRESHNESS: NOON-2 P.M., CABELA’S. LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY USE VACUUM SEALING TO STORE FRESH-CAUGHT FISH FOR UP TO TWO YEARS, AND MEAT AND OTHER FOODS FOR MUCH LONGER THAN WITH CONVENTIONAL FREEZING METHODS. ALSO MAY 11.

KNIFE AND AXE SHARPENING: 1 P.M., CABELA’S. PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN ABOUT SHARPENERS, FROM HANDHELD TO POCKET-SIZED, AND FIND OUT WHICH IS BEST FOR THEIR NEEDS. FREE KNIFE SHARPENING AVAILABLE. ALSO MAY 11.

TUESDAY

  • HEALTHY HEARTS: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sister Vernola conference room, St. Elizabeth Hospital. Dr. Evans Rodney will discuss how modest lifestyle and behavioral changes can move an individual toward a healthier heart. Admission is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. www.steh.com.
  • PAJAMA STORYTIME: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville, 500 Mississippi St., and Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. The event is for preschool-age children.

MAY 15

  • TEEN BOOK CLUB: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Galvez.