In preparation for the holidays, the Gonzales Police Department plans to increase high-visibility seat belt enforcement efforts around the clock. Motorists and their passengers are urged to fasten their seat belts for every trip.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Ascension is in need of volunteers for several events.

THURSDAY: 9 a.m. to noon, Magnolia Senior Living Shopping; and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Magnolia Senior Living bingo

FRIDAY: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Magnolia Senior Living birthday party

Go to for details and to sign up.

DIY Storytime

Fall DIY Storytime, featuring stories, crafts, stuffed animals, puppets and parachutes, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Donaldsonville, Gonzales and Dutchtown branches of Ascension Parish Library.

This program is limited to children ages 5 and younger and their families. For information, call Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, Gonzales at (225) 647-3955 or Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

‘Turkey Bonanza’

Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville will host “Turkey Bonanza” for children of all ages at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Activities include a reading of “The Night Before Thanksgiving,” a turkey craft and games of Hot Potato and Pin the Tail on the Turkey. Registration is required; call (225) 473-8052.

Snoopy and the gang

In honor of the new “Peanuts” film, children of all ages will celebrate Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all their friends at the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Listen to a Snoopy story, test your Charlie Brown football skills, make a mini kite and take photos at Snoopy’s dog house. Parents should bring their cameras. Call (225) 647-3955 for information.

Teens, pizza and books

The Donaldsonville Branch of Ascension Parish Library will hold “Pizza & Books” for teens at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Teens may bring their favorite book to share with others while enjoying pizza. Call (225) 473-8052 for information.

Business seminar

Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales will host a “Marketing for Business Success” seminar at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

The presenter is William Hawn, trainer and counselor with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A&M College. Call (225) 647-3955 to register.

Coffee and crafting

Bring an old sweater and turn it into your own tacky holiday sweater at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Dutchtown Branch of Ascension Parish Library.

Embellishments such as fringe, tinsel, Christmas ornaments and puff paint will be provided. Call (225) 673-8699 for information.

Alzheimer’s and diet

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales will host “Alzheimer’s 101 and the Diet Connection,” a Healthy Community Series topic, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at LeBlanc’s Frais Marche.

Dana Territo, director of services for Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, will speak about Alzheimer’s and how eating plays a role in risk reduction. Chef Renate Delarosa and dietitian Karla Millet, from St. Elizabeth Physician Group, will go over healthy cooking techniques.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Call (225) 673-4255 to register.

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