A nonprofit group led by people with disabilities is having a community garage and bake sale on Friday and Saturday at the Community Opportunities of East Ascension building in Gonzales.

COEA-The Arc of East Ascension is hosting the sale to benefit the local chapter of People 1st of Louisiana.

People 1st is an organization created and led by people with disabilities, and the organization allows its members to speak out for the rights of people with disabilities and give them the opportunity to work together to make life better for all people, according to a news release from COEA.

The sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Anyone interested in donating items or baked goods can call Edith Powers at (225) 715-6188 or Cheryl Rice, (225) 621-2025.

MDA drive set

The Prairieville Professional Firefighters Association will host its first Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” drive Saturday at the Prairieville Walmart, 17575 U.S. 61, Prairieville

Firefighters will collect donations starting at 8 a.m.

Jamboree Saturday

Eight Ascension Parish middle school teams will face off Saturday in the annual football jamboree.

Action starts at 4 p.m. at Griffin Field, behind Dutchtown High School, when Central and Lowery middle schools play. The second game is set to start at 5 p.m. when Central and Lowery play. Galvez plays Gonzales at 6 p.m. and Lake takes on Dutchtown at 7 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Bike-a-thon planned

The Fourth annual Hope Bike-a-thon rolls through Gonzales on Saturday, organizers announced.

Registration for the free event starts at 8 a.m. at the Tee-Joe Gonzales Park on Orice Roth Road. Youth and adults are invited to take part in the event organized to promote “fitness and hope,” organizer Mark Peters said.

The ride will end at Jambalaya Park.

The event is sponsored by Troy Brown Construction and Hope Youth Development.

The first 20 people to register will receive free bike helmets, he said.

For information, call Peters at (225) 647-3927.

Senior driving course set

The Ascension Council on Aging’s Fall AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving course is set for Sept. 16 at the Gonzales Senior Center.

The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for others.

Deadline to register for the class and lunch is Sept. 9. To register, call (225) 621-5750.

Free quit smoking help

Registration is under way for a free eight-week stop-smoking program offered by the Ascension Counseling Center and Capital Area Human Services District.

Those taking part in the class will receive free nicotine patches, strategies for quitting and self-help material from a trained counselor, center director Suzanne Hamilton says.

Classes meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in Gonzales, 1112 S. E. Ascension Complex, and at the same time on Wednesdays in Donaldsonville, 419 Memorial Blvd.

Call (225) 621-5742.