Veteran wreaths

Ascension Parish’s third annual Wreaths Across America is taking donations and specific requests.

Wreaths are $15 each. Email or call (225) 612-0805 to sponsor a wreath for a parish veteran’s grave or for more information. Wreaths also may be ordered at

A ceremony honoring veterans will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park, 612 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

Lego Club

The Lego Club of Ascension Parish Library meets at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dutchtown Branch for children of all ages and skill levels.

Legos, Duplo Blocks and Mega Bloks will be provided, so children should leave theirs at home. All blocks and creations must stay at the library.

Honoring veterans

Join the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park Foundation for a Veterans Day observance at Veterans Park in Gonzales at 11 a.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Donations made to the foundation are tax deductible and go toward adding monuments, upgrading the park and hosting ceremonies and events.

The Ascension Parish Veterans Day parade rolls down Irma Boulevard in Gonzales at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade starts at East Ascension High School, rolls up Worthey Road, turns onto Burnside Avenue, continues to Cornerview Road for a turn and ends on Irma.

The Ascension Veterans Association organizes the yearly tribute to veterans, which features scout and school groups, beauty queens, veterans groups, lawmen and firefighters on a variety of decorated floats.

Grappling show

See some of the best grapplers from the area compete in Pro Grappling Superfights 19, presented by Submission Hunter Pro on Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the first match begins at 5 p.m.

The card features more than 30 matches in which competitors achieve victory by forcing their opponents into submission.

Visit for ticket information.

Lunch & Learn

An Alzheimer’s Lunch & Learn at noon Tuesday focuses on creating a safe home environment for people with dementia. It will be held in the Sister Elizabeth conference room at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Registration is required for this free event. Call (225) 621-2906.

Elder Care Series

St. Elizabeth Hospital is offering a free program on long-term care and pension benefits for U.S. veterans as part of its Elder Care Series.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Sister Vernola conference room, local attorney Linda S. Melancon will present information on benefits to veterans. Melancon is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Call (225) 621-2906 to register.

Small business

Ascension Parish Library is hosting a free seminar at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gonzales Branch for those interested in starting a small business.

A senior business consultant with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge will discuss the feasibility of business ideas and how to get a small business loan.

Advance registration is required. Call (225) 647-3955.

Great graphing

Ascension Parish Library’s Gonzales Branch welcomes parents, grandparents and children ages 3 to 6 to a graph learning program at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

The program teaches the beginning concepts of collecting and displaying data through graphs, along with creating a bar graph with cereal and learning to read pictographs.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1996; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.