Ascension briefs for Feb. 7, 2013

Advocate staff report

Sorrento elections
qualifying slated

Qualifying for the April 6 town of Sorrento municipal elections starts Wednesday at the Ascension Clerk of Court offices in Gonzales and Donaldsonville, Clerk of Court Kermit “Hart” Bourque said in a news release.

Residents interested in running for the Sorrento mayor, chief of police and council seats can qualify from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 14; and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the offices at 815 E. Worthey St., Gonzales and 300 Houmas St., Donaldsonville.

The primary race is April 6 and the general election is scheduled for May 4.

Call (225) 473-9866 or (225) 621-8400, ext 7.

Ascension Catholic to hold open house

Ascension Catholic Elementary School will host its annual open house at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Donaldsonville school.

Anyone who is interested in learning about pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade classes is invited to attend.

Registration for new families will be held March 11 through March 15.

Call the school office, (225) 473-8540, ext. 250, by Feb. 18 to RSVP.

La. primitive artist to offer style demo

Louisiana primitive artist Alvin Batiste will demonstrate his artistic style Thursday at the Ascension Parish Library’s Galvez location.

The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.

An exhibit of Batiste’s artwork is on display throughout the month.

Call (225) 622-3339.

‘Polar Plunge’ event slated for March 2

The fifth annual Special Olympics Louisiana Polar Plunge is set for March 2 at Cabela’s in Gonzales.

At the annual event, volunteers agree to jump in the outdoor retailer’s pond to raise money for Special Olympics.

Jumpers pay a minimum of $50 and are encouraged to raise as much money as possible through solicitation of pledges.

Food and drinks will be sold to raise money the day of the plunge.

Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities, a news release from the agency states. SOLA offers year-round programs for 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 64 parishes with the help of 12,000 volunteers.

For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana or to register for the Polar Plunge, visit http://www.laso.org or the agency’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/specialolympicslouisiana.

Teen writing skills forum scheduled

Teens can polish their writing style during upcoming workshops at the Ascension Parish Library.

The teen writers workshop is set for 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Donaldsonville and Dutchtown branches and Feb. 26 at the Galvez location.

The program is free and open to all teens in the sixth-grade and up.

Call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699; Galvez (225) 622-3339; Gonzales, (225) 647-3955; and Donaldsonville, (225) 473-8052.