THURSDAY

BABY TIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gonzales and Dutchtown branch libraries. For babies from birth through crawling and their parents. To register and for information, call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955 or Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

TAI JI QUAN — MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Registration required. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (225) 621-2906 to register.

BILINGUAL STORY TIME: 11 a.m. to noon, Gonzales Branch Library. For all ages and their families. To register or for information, call (225) 647-3955.

ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Mondays and Thursdays. (225) 450-1016.

TAKING OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5 p.m., Carpenters Chapel, 41181 La. 933, Prairieville. Weight support group meets every Thursday. Weigh-in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call Sylvia Triche at (225) 313-3180.

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda conference room, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. For anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. Facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help with the grieving process. Every Thursday. For information, email diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906. 

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Tuesdays and Thursdays. (225) 450-1016.

PAJAMA STORY TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Put on some favorite PJ's for a story time that's all about the zoo. For ages 7 and younger and their families. For information, call (225) 647-3955.

SATURDAY

GIRLS DAY OUT: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital Campus, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. It's that time again, ladies, for the annual “Girls Day Out!” event, a time to focus and care for ourselves through learning, laughing and movement activities. Fee is $10, which includes breakfast and snack. To register, call (225) 621-2906.

LITTLEBITS: 11 a.m. to noon, Gonzales Branch Library. Make connections and create machines with easy and swappable circuit boards. Explore circuitry safely and unleash your inner engineer. For children in grades two and up. Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.

ASCENSION PARISH RELAY FOR LIFE: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway. Featuring a balloon launch, live entertainment, a luminaria ceremony and food sales. All money raised will go to the American Cancer Society. For information, visit relay.acsevents.org.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY

SPRING GREAT OUTDOOR DAYS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. (225) 743-3400.

MONDAY

WALK WITH A NURSE: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Come learn 100 reasons why to walk. Meet in the lobby for warm-up stretches and a health tip from a nurse. Walk at own pace and distance.

MATTER OF BALANCE: 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m., Gonzales Branch Library. An eight-week, award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Free. Space is limited; registration is required by emailing diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906. 

TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT EDUCATION CLASS: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Register by calling (225) 621-2906 or by emailing diane.hodge@steh.com.

ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Mondays and Thursdays. (225) 450-1016.

TUESDAY

INTERNET BASICS: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Workshop for people with little or no experience with the internet. Call (225) 647-3955 for information.

TAI JI QUAN — MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Registration required; call (225) 621-2906. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Tuesdays and Thursdays. (225) 450-1016.

AL-ANON MEETING: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Sister Linda conference room. Free. Call (225) 924-0029 for information. Every Tuesday.

GARDENING IN ASCENSION PARISH — JUST KEEPS GROWING: CACTI AND SUCCULENTS IN THE GARDEN OR HOME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Galvez Branch Library. Glenn Beall, member of the Baton Rouge Cactus and Succulent Society, past horticulture teacher for the Louisiana technical college system and cactus/succulent hobbyist, will showcase his collection of many varieties and sharing methods of growing thriving cacti and succulents. To register, call (225) 647-3955.

PAJAMA STORY TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Donaldsonville Branch Library. Put on some favorite PJ's for a story time that's all about the zoo. For ages 7 and younger and their families. For information, call (225) 473-8052.

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dutchtown Branch Library. Six-week series of reading and discussion programs designed for ages 6-10 and their families. The series is aimed at expanding understanding of reading through the use of children's literature with substantial humanities context and focuses on expanding the teaching of literature, history and cultural views. A meal will be served to families participating. Space is limited; registration is required at (225) 673-8699.

WEDNESDAY

ASK A LAWYER SESSIONS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Area attorneys will be available for one-on-one, 15-minute sessions for legal advice on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is offered by the Pro Bono Project of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Call (225) 647-3955.

TODDLER STORY TIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Donaldsonville, Dutchtown and Gonzales branch libraries. Story time is about introducing young children to letters, words and sounds through a variety of programs designed to foster early literacy skills. For children who have started walking through age 2 and their parents. To register or for information, call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699 or Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11 a.m. to noon, Dutchtown and Gonzales branch libraries. For ages 3-5. To register or for information, call Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699 or Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.

March 15

BABY TIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gonzales and Dutchtown branch libraries. For babies from birth through crawling and their parents. To register and for information, call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955 or Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

SCORE FREE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING & MENTORING: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dutchtown Branch Library. Two-hour seminar for adults interested in running a small business. Participants will learn how to obtain a small-business loan. Appointment is required; call (225) 215-0080.

ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Every Monday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

TAKING OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5 p.m., Carpenters Chapel, 41181 La. 933, Prairieville. Weight support group meets every Thursday. Weigh-in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call Sylvia Triche at (225) 313-3180.

INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gonzales Branch Library. Learn how to enhance presentations by using of one of the most popular presentation software programs available. Call (225) 647-3955.

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda conference room, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help with the grieving process. Meets every Thursday. For information, email diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906. 

MOTHER GOOSE TEACHES: WILL IT SINK OR FLOAT?: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Donaldsonville Branch Library. Hands-on demonstrations will reveal the reasons why different objects sink or float in water. Explore the science that keeps even the biggest boats afloat, complete with a spirited reading of Pamela Allen's "Who sank the boat?" For ages 3-5; registration is required. Call (225) 473-8052.

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

MARCH 15-18

LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN SHOW: Thursday and Friday noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Featuring a boat show, big buck contest, splash dogs, ATV show, tractor outdoor power and equipment show, Yamaha test track and a food court. louisianasportsmanshow.com/gonzales.