Scarecrows have popped up on the grounds around the Gonzales City Hall just in time for this weekend’s Awesome Art on the Bayou Arts and Cultural Festival.

The scarecrow exhibit, music, literary and arts booths, food and children’s activities are on tap for the festival, hosted by the River Region Art Association, spokeswoman Donna Braud said.

The two-day art festival, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, will feature continuous musical entertainment on the Jambalaya Park stage and a children’s activity area. Ascension Parish Animal Shelter employees will have an informational booth and pets will be available for adoptions.

There will be children’s puppet shows each day with puppeteers from Calliope Puppet Theatre, of New Orleans, she said.

The festival, which ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, will be in Jambalaya Park and along the banks of Bayou Francois.

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Garage Sale Saturday

Gonzales Middle School eighth-graders are hosting a garage sale from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday to raise money for a trip to Washington, D.C., and New York.

The sale will be held in the school gym.

Bingo, birthday party set

The monthly Bingo and Birthday Party for seniors and people with disabilities will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 Hall.

Free cancer screenings

Residents are invited to take part in a free cancer screening program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 Hall, 42430 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales.

Nurses with the River Region Cancer Screening and Early Detection Center will be on hand to provide PSA colon cancer screenings for men and breast exams for men and women.

Food distributions

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Ascension Health Unit have announced dates for the upcoming commodities distribution, according to a news release from the Ascension Parish Health Unit.

Food for eligible residents will be distributed from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 12 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center and on Oct. 11 at the Lemann Memorial Center, 1100 Clay St. in Donaldsonville, the release states.

The Food for Families program will be distributing food from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center and Oct. 11 in Donaldsonville.

New applications for the Food for Families program will be taken at the distribution sites.

COA membership drive

The Ascension Council on Aging is holding its annual membership drive through Oct. 17.

A free membership in the council is open to parish residents age 18 and older, according to a news release from the agency.

To apply, pick up an application at 526 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales or 101 Bocage Drive in Donaldsonville.

The annual Ascension Council on Aging meeting will be held at noon Oct. 31 at the Gonzales Senior Center on Irma Boulevard.

To submit news, contact Darlene Denstorff at (225) 336-6952, fax, (225) 644-5851 or email to ascension@ theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.