Melissa Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, will talk about her citizens’ watchdog group when she addresses the Ascension GOP Roundtable on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The program, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women, starts at 11:30 a.m. at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 U.S. 61, in Gonzales.

Since Landry took over the grass-roots legal watchdog group in 2008, LLAW has attracted more than 6,000 supporters from across the state and successfully implemented numerous campaigns to raise awareness about the costs and consequences of lawsuit abuse, a news release said. Landry will discuss the impact of Louisiana’s jury trial threshold and other legal issues that affect consumers and businesses in Louisiana.

The buffet lunch is $15 with reservation and $17 at the door. The event is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. Call (225) 644-5728 or email arwrus@aol.com

Members and guests are asked to bring either dried or canned red or white beans and packages of rice to the event for donation to the St. Theresa food bank.

Ascension Open House

Ascension Catholic Elementary School hosts an Open House at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 for anyone interested in learning about prekindergarten or kindergarten classes.

Registration for new families will be held March 2-6.

For information, call (225) 473-8540, ext. 250

Soccer sign-ups online

The Gonzales Soccer Club is holding an online registration through Jan. 31.

Boys and girls 3 to 17 years old can register by visiting www.gonzales soccerclub.com.

Author set for conference

First Baptist Church Gonzales will host Martha Peace on Jan. 23-24 during its A Heart of Hope conference.

Peace is a ladies’ Bible teacher and counselor from Sharpsburg, Georgia. She has written six books and conducts conferences throughout the southeast. The Jan. 23 program begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program is from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24.

The cost is $45, $35 for senior adults, or $100 for a family, which includes three meals. The cost at the door is $60.

For information or to register for the conference, visit women@fbcg.net.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@ theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: Noon Monday.