Around Ascension for April 19, 2013

By David J. Mitchell, Darlene Denstorff and Bret H. McCormick

The Ascension Parish Relay for Life starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, includes a car show, 5 p.m. performance by the East Ascension High School jazz band and an opening ceremony at 6 p.m.

More than 30 teams will sell various foods and items until 3 a.m. Sunday.

For a schedule of events, go to http://www.relayforlife.org/ascensionla.

Firefighters’ open house

The Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an open house Saturday at its station, 16288 Joe Sevario Road, Prairieville.

Firefighters will host demonstrations on vehicle extrications, how to use a fire extinguisher and fire drills from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be served.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office will take applications for its free smoke alarm installation program.

AARP driving class

Registration is underway for the AARP Driver Safety Class set for Wednesday at the Gonzales Senior Center.

The Ascension Council on Aging is hosting the four-hour class for residents age 50 and older.

The class costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

To register for the class, which starts at 8 a.m., call (225) 621-5750.

Teen summit planned

Youths ages 11 to 18 are invited to attend Rise Above Youth Organization’s teen summit Saturday at the Geismar Community Center.

The summit will address topics and issues youths deal with each day, organizer Regina Thomas said.

“Knowledge Is Power” is the theme for the summit, which is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 12060 La. 73, Geismar.

Topics to be discussed include education, bullying awareness, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, peer pressure, illegal guns, sex education, AIDS awareness and money management, she said.

Call Thomas at (225) 323-0264 or email reginathomas4@cox.net.

Anti-bullying program

Students from eight Ascension Parish public middle schools are presenting projects to inform residents about bullying during a Leadership Ascension project Thursday at the Gonzales Civic Center titled, “Stop the Silence: Be a Hero. End Bullying.”

Television commercials, billboards, fliers, posters and brochures created by the students will be presented at 5 p.m., a news release from the Leadership Ascension Class says.

Leadership Ascension is a leadership class sponsored by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. Class members are divided into teams to create community service projects.

The Stop the Silence project allows students to use technology for real-world experiences and to develop not only their critical thinking and writing skills, but also be able to compete in the technology-intensive marketplace, the release says.

For information, email stopthesilenceascension@gmail.com.

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