Choirs, dance teams and church organizations will perform from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the free Gospel in the Park event in Jambalaya Park.

Organizer Darryl Hambrick said the event is to unite the local communities in a day of praise through song.

“This union should provide the opportunity for our adults to get revitalized spiritually, to allow our youth to witness a different type of enjoyment and to give our families a social, acceptable, spirit-filled day in an open setting,” Hambrick said.

River Road African American Museum is sponsoring the event.

Yarn art exhibit reception

The River Region Art Association is holding a reception Sunday for its “Painting With Yarn” exhibition by Virginia Knight.

The reception is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the RRAA Depot Gallery on La. 30 in Gonzales.

The public is invited.

The exhibition runs through May 31.

Plant sale set for May 9

The Gonzales Garden Club’s annual plant sale is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, next to the Gonzales City Hall.

A variety of plants will be on sale, many grown by the Garden Club members.

Tai chi classes for seniors

Senior citizens can learn tai chi during a series of upcoming classes at the Gonzales Senior Center.

Ascension Council on Aging is starting its next round of classes May 21. The six-week session, which costs $60, will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays with instructor Patricia Landry.

Space is limited. For information or to register, call the Gonzales center at (225) 621-5750 or the Donaldsonville Senior Center at (225) 473-3789.

Governor appoints Christy

A former Ascension Parish deputy clerk of court has been named to serve on the River Region Cancer Screening and Early Detection District.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that Melody Christy, of Gonzales, was appointed to the district.

The River Region Cancer Screening and Early Detection District is responsible for establishing and operating the River Region Cancer Screening and Early Detection Center, which screens residents for cancer and promotes and conducts scientific research and training. The detection district is made up of the eastern portion of Ascension Parish.

According to statute, the board is composed of 11 members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

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