Ascension Council on Aging is bringing back its popular tai chi classes.

Patricia Landry’s classes will be available on Wednesdays starting Jan. 7.

This will be a six-week session for a $60 fee, which must be paid in advance, according to a COA news release.

The Gonzales Senior Center at 526 S. Irma Blvd. is under construction, so classes will be held at another location, All About Dance Studio, 306 E. Spillman St., Gonzales, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The class is considered a basic- or beginner-level program.

Space is limited. For more information or to register, call the Gonzales Center at (225) 621-5750 or the Donaldsonville Center at (225) 473-3789.

Holiday garbage collection days moved

Republic Services will not collect garbage on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Ascension Parish subscription customers with Wednesday collection instead will be serviced on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. Recycling collection on Mondays is not affected.

Customers are reminded to put carts out Friday evening because collection will start early on the Saturday makeup collection day.

Service to Sorrento residents will not be affected. Bulky trash pickup on the last Saturday of the month will be made as usual on Saturday.

Customers with questions can contact the company at (800) 222-3903 or at

AVA scholarship applications due Dec. 31

The deadline to apply for the Ascension Veterans Association scholarship is Dec. 31.

“Through the generosity of Ascension Veterans Associations and the supporters of our veteran programs, this scholarship is in honor of area Americans and troop supporters,” Tanya Whitney said in a news release. “This scholarship focuses on individuals accomplishing exemplary civic service and patriotic ideology.”

For details on eligibility and applications, email or mail to Ascension Veterans Associations, P.O. Box 146, Gonzales, Louisiana, 70737.

St. Elizabeth Hospital is ‘senior friendly’

St. Elizabeth Hospital recently announced it has achieved “senior friendly” status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program.

NICHE is the designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 and older, according to a news release from the hospital.

The “senior friendly” status recognizes St. Elizabeth Hospital’s NICHE Program as having implemented the NICHE Geriatric Resource Nurse model; implemented aging-sensitive policies; and included the input of patient, families and community-based providers in planning and implementation of NICHE initiatives.

The GRN is an online course designed for use by NICHE members who educate nurses in best practices for hospitalized older adults, the release said.

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