Book-signing party benefits museum

Donaldsonville native Curtis Celestine is holding a book-signing and reading party from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Donaldsonville.

Celestine will have copies of his book “Glimpses of Black Life Along Bayou Lafourche” on sale and proceeds from those sold Saturday will be donated to the River Road African American Museum, museum director Kathe Hambrick Jackson said.

The book describes experiences of black people who lived throughout the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche region from 1875–1975.

Recycling event set in Prairieville

The Ascension Parish Recycling Road Show will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wal-Mart store in Prairieville, parish officials said.

A recycling vehicle will be stationed in the parking lot to accept newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, paperback books, mail, colored paper, envelopes, milk and juice cartons, cardboard, aluminum, tin or bimetal cans and metal lids, and No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers.

For more information, call Don Hysell, environmental manager with Ascension Parish at (225) 621-5722.

Gonzales church opens food pantry

The Rock Church’s new food pantry is open from noon to 3 p.m. every Tuesday to distribute food to area residents in need, a church spokesman said.

The food will be distributed at the church, 42080 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales.

For information, call (225) 763-1860 or log on to

Assessor plans series of meetings

The Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office will host a series of community informational meetings as part of Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley’s community outreach.

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Geismar Community Center, followed by meetings March 12 at the Darrow Community Center and March 20 at St. Amant Park, Nell Ervin, of human resources and public relations in the Assessor’s Office, said in a news release.

For information, call Ervin at (225) 473-9239.

Spring soccer club begins registration

Registration starts Friday for the Donaldsonville Soccer Club’s spring program.

The club will host games for youths ages 3 to 12 from April 20 through May 25, with practices starting on April 6.

Registration costs $40 for the eight-week program.

To register, call club director Mark Peters at (225) 647-3927.

COA hosts seminar on healthy eating

The Ascension Parish Council on Aging and Gonzales Senior Center continues its “Ask the Doctor” series at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Lauren Jones, a certified diabetes educator who has nine years of experience in diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy, will discuss “Eating and Cooking Healthy in South Louisiana for Senior Citizens.”

Call the Gonzales Senior Center at (225) 621-5750.