River Region Art Association’s monthly Art Gumbo Market starts at 10 a.m. Saturday under the live oaks at Houmas House Plantation.

Arts and crafts will be on display and Houmas House chef Jeremy Langlois plans to provide samples from the menu. The RRAA gallery will be open inside for more shopping. Call (225) 328-7354.

Punt, Pass and Kick

Boys and girls ages 6 to 15 can show off their football skills during Saturday’s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competitions in Gonzales and Donaldsonville.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lowery Elementary School in Donaldsonville, said Hope Youth Development Inc. Director Mark Peters.

Anyone interested in competing in the free event in Gonzales can drop by Spartan Stadium for registration starting at 6:30 p.m.

For information, call Peters at (225) 647-392.

‘Stuff the Bus’ drive set

The annual “Stuff the Bus” school supply campaign is set for Wednesday in the parking lots of Office Depot and Raising Cane’s in Gonzales, organizers said.

Partnering once again with the Ascension Parish School Board, Volunteer Ascension kicks off its 14th annual School Tools Program with the “Stuff the Bus” drive, said Sherry Denig, Volunteer Ascension executive director.

This is the third year Volunteer Ascension takes part in the WBRZ Stuff the Bus campaign, she said.

“Last year, the Ascension Parish team collected an amazing 69,782 school supplies in the one-day event,” Denig said. “I have to admit, the friendly competition between EBR and Ascension has really stepped up our collection totals. Let’s just say our team is pretty competitive. In Ascension, we love a challenge, and it’s officially on. Plus it’s all for a great cause, our kids.”

School supplies can be dropped off at the Office Depot or Cane’s in Gonzales now through Wednesday. All clubs, organizations, businesses, families and individuals are encouraged to be a part of this parishwide school supply collection.

All supplies collected during “Stuff the Bus” will be added to Volunteer Ascension’s School Tools collection, which will take place from 8 a.m. until noon on July 30 in front of Walmart stores in Prairieville, Gonzales and Donaldsonville, and Office Depot in Gonzales.

Writers workshop

Monday is the deadline to register for Carol Pierce’s writers workshop.

The River Region Art Association is hosting the July 23 workshop at its art center in Gonzales. The session is designed to teach writers how to avoid common pitfalls in getting published.

“You will learn to identify cost-effective, practical steps which can be implemented immediately to create a top-quality book,” said RRAA spokeswoman Donna Braud.

Pierce has decades of publishing expertise and has written a book on the process, Braud said. Pierce will be signing copies of her books immediately after the workshop.

To learn more about Pierce and her services, visit http://www.jumpnow.com.

To register for the workshop, visit the association’s website, http://artgumbo.org.

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