Around Ascension for Feb. 15, 2013

It’s not too late to register for non-credit Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes set to be held in Gonzales.

Five six-week classes will be offered at the Gonzales Senior Center beginning Monday. Classical drawing and painting and life writing classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

French will be taught from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and “Alzheimer’s: It Matters to Your Brain” is set to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Acrylic painting will be taught from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

The membership fee of $40 is being waived until July 1.

Go to http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/olli to register online.

Benefit car show planned

Some 100 cars are expected to be on display Saturday at the first Hearts a’ Fire car show at 625 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales.

Hell on Heels Car Club spokeswoman Tashia Loots said the show is being held by the all-woman auto club to help pay the medical expenses of Junior Authement.

The event will feature food, drinks, a car competition, tattoo contest and 1950s-style pinup competition.

The car show starts at 9 a.m. in the Kiss My Lingerie parking lot, and the tattoo contest starts at 1 p.m., she said.

Women age 18 and older can compete in the pinup contest starting at 3 p.m., she said.

Awards will be given out starting at 4 p.m. in several categories, including Top 25 and best car, truck and motorcycle. There will also be best paint, engine, interior, ladies choice and people’s choice awards.

For more information, call (225) 333-2897 or (337) 552-1781.

Charity hospital lecture

Thomas J. Durant Jr., a native of Mansfield and professor of sociology emeritus at LSU, is set to talk about the history of the Louisiana Charity Hospital System during a 6 p.m. presentation Tuesday at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Durant is the co-author of the book “A History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health, and the Public Interest.”

Durant’s books will be for sale and light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Call (225) 647-3955 to reserve a seat.

Republican roundtable set

Army veteran Lawrence Salone, founder of the Post Trauma Institute of Louisiana, will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable.

The roundtable, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women, starts at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 U.S. 61, Gonzales.

The institute focuses on the needs and challenges that Louisiana soldiers face when returning home from war, a news release from the ARW states.

Cost for the buffet-style lunch is $15.

The roundtable is open to the public. Reservations are requested. Call (225) 644-5728 or email ARWrUS@aol.com or postmaster@ascensiongop.org.

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