Registration is under way for the Ascension Parish Library’s new Prime Time bilingual family reading program, librarian Ben Bell said.

The six-week program, which starts Sept. 13, assists families to help their children improve their reading skills by involving the whole family in making reading fun, Bell said.

Storytelling, reading and discussion for parents and children ages 6-10 are all part of the program.

The free series includes a meal, door prizes and gift books for participants.

Families are required to attend all six Tuesday sessions. Registration is limited and required in order to attend.

Register by calling the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955 or just drop by the library.

Volunteers sought

Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Wednesday to pack school supplies for Volunteer Ascension’s School Tools Drive.

Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day to fill teachers’ orders and pack and label supplies, Volunteer Ascension Executive Director Sherry Denig said.

Teachers assess the needs of their students during the first week of school and send orders for supplies to the nonprofit agency, she said.

To volunteer, call (225) 644-7655 or email

Road closure announced

Repairs to a railroad grade crossing on La. 22 in Darrow are forcing closure of the highway starting Monday, officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced, according to a news release from the Ascension Parish government.

The highway will be closed at the Canadian National Railroad tracks west of the intersection of La. 44 starting at 8 a.m., Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon said in the release.

The crossing will reopen at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, the release states.

The detour route coming from the east will be La. 22 to La. 44, to La. 942 to La 22.

The detour route coming from the west will be La. 22 to La. 942, then turning onto to La. 44.

GOP Roundtable planned

Conservative, civil-rights activist and political strategist Shannon Reeves will be the featured speaker at the Aug. 18 Ascension GOP Roundtable, according to a news release from the Ascension Republican Women.

The meeting starts at noon at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 Airline Highway, Gonzales.

Reeves is senior adviser to the chairman on African-American Affairs for the Louisiana Republican Party

Cost for the buffet-style lunch is $13.

Reservations are requested. Phone (225) 644-5728 or email or

Art Association to meet

The River Region Art Association is meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at its Art Center, 1835 N. Magnolia Ave., Gonzales.

The group plans to discuss its fall Scarecrow Contest and Awesome Art on the Bayou event.

Following the meeting, a reception will be held for Josie Young, the association’s August artist of the month.

The meeting is open to the public.