The Sorrento Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its third annual gumbo sale Sunday at the station, 8096 Main St., Sorrento.

Gumbo will be sold from 10:30 a.m. until it’s all gone, Capt. Sarah Pinion said.

Book talk, signing

Author and professor Kim Vaz-Deville will talk about her book “The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition” during a Tuesday program at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

The 6:30 p.m. program will include a book signing and reception following the talk.

Call (225) 647-3955.

Hypnotist to speak

Author and certified hypnotist Linda Allred is set to be the guest speaker Feb. 26 at the Ascension Business Connection meeting at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales.

The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. Call (225) 603-5056 to register.

Jewelry-making classes

Come learn the basics of jewelry-making with experienced jewelry designer Robin Rotolo during a series of classes starting Feb. 28 at River Region Art Association’s Depot Gallery, 1008 W. la. 30, Gonzales.

Classes are set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7, March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11, and cost $65 per session.

All supplies and equipment will be provided.

The class will provide hands-on training on the use of the jewelry tools. Bead types and shapes also will be discussed. The student will design and build a necklace, bracelet and a pair of earrings.

Pick up registration forms at the Depot Gallery or call (225) 644-8496 .

Veterans musical tribute

Tickets are on sale for Ascension Veterans Associations’ Musical Tribute for the Troops set for 7 p.m. March 13 at the Gonzales Civic Center.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The program will feature entertainment from Center Stage Performing Arts Academy and Larry Schexnayder and big band music from Rosie and the Riveters with special guest Judy Whitney Davis.

Sponsorships to offset costs are being sought and silent auction pieces accepted, organizers said.

Tickets are $30.

The AVA has focused funds on care packages for Ascension Parish troops deployed overseas, Family Readiness support activities, goodwill gifts to all Ascension Parish veterans in the Veterans Hospital, Veterans Parade and scholarship funds.

The core fundraising groups include Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Association, Women Veterans of Louisiana and veteran supporters from the community.

Call (225) 485-7875 or email organizer Brent Gautreau at

A planning meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Gonzales Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952, (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, or ddenstorff@the Deadline: noon Monday.