Around Ascension for March 15, 2013

Organizers with the Ascension Relay for Life have met their team goal of 30, but are looking for more groups to register for the event, set April 20 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in the team event, said Casey Walker, the volunteer chairwoman of the Ascension Parish event.

Relay For Life takes place from 3 p.m. April 20 until 3 a.m. April 21.

The money raised through the event supports the American Cancer Society’s research and program efforts, Walker said.

Walker’s group has been meeting to organize the upcoming event. She said several of the 30 registered teams already are working on fundraising projects.

Among them, Team Re/Max Plus is having a garage and jambalaya sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 16581 U.S. 61, Prairieville, she said.

The Paint the Town Purple project is selling purple ribbons to promote awareness. To purchase the $10 ribbons, call Lexie Breaux at (225) 663-0065 or Tristyn Laborde at (225) 287-4937 or email ascensionrelay4lifequeens@yahoo.com.

To register a team, log on to http://www.relayforlife.org/ascensionla.

Ascension Idol auditions

Teens are invited to audition for the Ascension Fund’s Ascension Idol singing contest.

Auditions will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Donaldsonville High School and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Kamal’s Kafe.

Teens 13 and older who attend an Ascension Parish school are eligible to take part in the free auditions.

Download an application form at http://www.ascensionidol.com.

Call (225) 677-8902.

COA sets Easter party

The Ascension Council on Aging will host its annual “Spring Fling” Easter party at 9:30 a.m. March 28 at the Gonzales Senior Center on Irma Boulevard.

The party will feature a hat contest, egg hunt and music by Cliff Nickens.

March 25 is the deadline to register.

Call the Donaldsonville COA at (225) 473-3789 or the Gonzales Senior Center at (225) 621-5750.

RPCC to break ground

River Parishes Community College will break ground on its new campus during an 11 a.m. ceremony Thursday at the Edenborne Development on La. 44 in Gonzales just south of Interstate 10, school officials said.

The first phase of construction, which includes an 81,000-square-foot facility for academic programming and administrative offices, is due for completion in the spring of 2014. Phase 2 of construction will include the advanced technology center for all technical programming.

The first phase of the project is publicly funded, and Phase 2 of construction will be funded through a combination of public and private sources, a news release from the college says.

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