Ascension Briefs for Jan. 3, 2013

Recycling event slated for Saturday

The Ascension Parish Recycling Road Show will be held Saturday at the Wal-Mart store in Prairieville.

A recycling vehicle will be stationed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the store’s parking lot on U.S. 61.

The types of material being accepted include newspapers and magazines, milk and juice cartons, cardboard, aluminum, tin or bimetal cans and metal lids and No. 1 or No. 7 plastic containers.

According to The Daily Green, a consumer’s guide to green from Goodhouse
keeping.com, No. 1 plastics, called PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate), are the most common plastics for single-use bottled beverages, a news release from Ascension Parish government states. This plastic is inexpensive, lightweight and easy to recycle.

No. 1 plastics, the release states, can be found in soft drink, water and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers and oven-able food trays.

No. 1 plastics can be recycled for Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps and sometimes new containers, the release states.

For information about the Recycling Road Show, call (225) 621-5753.

Council on Aging to offer Tai Chi

Ascension Council on Aging is offering Tai Chi classes starting Jan. 16.

The six-week session, which will be held on Wednesdays, will cost $60.

Classes will be available at the Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Blvd., from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call the Donaldsonville Center at (225) 473-3789 or Gonzales Center at (225) 621-5750.

Series to help kids with pre-math skills

Preschoolers can learn pre-math skills during a “You Can Count on Mother Goose” four-week series that starts Wednesday at the Ascension Parish Library.

The preschool program, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown, will introduce concepts such as counting, shapes, patterns and story problems, a news release from the library states.

Children must be ages 3 to 6 to participate in this series.

Register by calling the Ascension Parish Library at (225) 673-8699.

Library offers free small business help

Ascension Parish Library offers free small business consulting on the second Monday of each month at the library in Galvez, 40300 La. 42.

Residents wanting to start or improve a small business receive a private, two-hour consultation designed to provide professional help in areas of business planning, financing, marketing and accounting, a news release from the library states.

The service is provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University — Baton Rouge and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

All services are free and confidential.

To schedule an appointment, call the LSBDC at (225) 922-0998.