Residents are gathering Friday for a “Gone Too Soon — Stop the Violence” rally at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Sonia Mulberry said.

The rally starts at 7 p.m. to remember murder victims Todd Hall, Carlos Austin and Darren Smylie Jr.

The body of Hall, 28, was found the morning of Feb. 17 in his car parked in Jackie Robinson Park in Geismar. Austin, 21, was shot and killed in a June 4 incident at a Gonzales convenience store and Smylie, 19, was found dead in his Darrow home last month.

Mulberry is asking those attending to wear a “R.I.P” T-shirt. Balloons will be launched at 9 p.m., she said.

Gardening class

The Plantation Region Master Gardeners of Ascension Parish is hosting a fall training class series beginning Aug. 29.

The classes, which run through Oct. 3, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The program is designed for beginners and experienced gardeners.

The LSU Agricultural Center’s Louisiana Master Gardener plays an important role in meeting the horticultural needs of Louisiana residents by providing research-based information for the fastest-growing leisure activity in the nation — gardening, according to a news release from the agency.

Designed to recruit and train volunteers, the Louisi-ana Master Gardener Program is open to anyone willing to learn and who wants to help others. Instructional training for the Louisiana Master Gardener program is tailored for beginners and experienced gardeners.

In exchange for horticultural training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers, working through their parish extension offices to develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture.

Call (225) 621-5797.

Bead bonanza at library

The Ascension Parish Library’s Donaldsonville branch is holding a Bead Bonanza jewelry-making class Thursday.

Anyone interested in learning the basics of jewelry-making is invited to attend the 6:30 p.m. program, said Shelly Miller with the Ascension Parish Library.

Students will discuss jewelry design techniques and learn how to use the tools needed in the process. All participants will take home a piece of jewelry they design and create. Registration is limited, so sign up by calling (225) 473-8052.

‘Farmer Jason’ visit set

Children and their parents will get a chance to learn about life on the farm through the music of Jason Ringenberg when he performs Monday at the Ascension Parish Library. Known as “Farmer Jason,” Ringenberg is set to perform at 10:30 a.m. at the Donaldsonville branch and again that day at 2 p.m. at the Dutchtown branch.

For more information, call the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, or in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.

The program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana State Arts Council, Office of Cultural Development and Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

To submit news, contact Darlene Denstorff at (225) 336-6952, fax, (225) 644-5851 or email to ascension@ Deadline: noon Wednesday.