Around Ascension for Jan. 11, 2013

 The Advocate's River Parishes Bureau: Bret H. McCormick, left, Darlene T. Denstorff and David J. Mitchell. Show caption
The Advocate's River Parishes Bureau: Bret H. McCormick, left, Darlene T. Denstorff and David J. Mitchell.

Ascension Parish residents can recycle Christmas trees Saturday and Sunday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, parish officials said.

Trees can be dropped off each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales.

Parish officials said trees must not have any decorations or stands on them. Parish residents are required to provide valid identification showing proof of residency.

After entering the expo center’s main gate, signs will direct residents to a roped-off drop-off zone in the parking lot in front of Arena D.

Call (225) 621-5753.

CASA volunteers sought

Child Advocacy Services is looking for volunteers for its Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

CASA volunteers serve as “the voice for children in the community who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect,” CASA recruiter Krisy McAdams said in a news release.

CASA training for Ascension Parish volunteers will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Child Advocacy Services office, 1026 E. Worthey Road, Suite C, Gonzales. Volunteers must register for the training program by Wednesday.

Call (225) 647-2005 or email kmcadams@childadv.net.

Hospital plans seminars

The Community Education Department of St. Elizabeth Hospital is offering a number of health-related presentations in January.

Seats are available for the Breast Cancer Support Meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday in the hospital’s Sister Vernola conference room. The American Cancer Society and the hospital host the program.

The hospital and the Grief Recovery Center are holding weekly Loss and Grief Education and Support meetings Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. The free meetings start at 6 p.m. in the Sister Vernola conference room.

Dr. Michael Goodier will discuss allergies and living with asthma during a 6 p.m. Thursday meeting in the Sister Linda conference room.

Call (225) 621-2906.

GOP Roundtable planned

Scott McKay, publisher of the Internet political newspaper The Hayride, will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable on Thursday at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 U.S. 61, Gonzales.

The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. Cost for the buffet-style lunch is $15.

The Roundtable, sponsored by the Ascension Republican Women, is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested.

Call (225) 644-5728 or e-mail: ARWrUS@aol.com or postmaster@ascensiongop.org.

Jewelry design session

Residents can design their own jewelry during a 6 p.m. Thursday program at the Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown branch.

The session will include lessons in basic skills needed to make jewelry and a demonstration on how to use the tools key to jewelry making.

Everyone attending will be able to design and make a necklace, bracelet or set of earrings to take home.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Call (225) 673-8699.

Contact Darlene Denstorff: phone, (225) 336-6952; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@theadvocate.com. Deadline: Noon Wednesday.