Around Ascension for June 21, 2013

Children and their parents are invited to the Ascension Fair Association’s annual “Kids, Let’s Go Fishing” day Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center pond.

The fishing starts with registration at 7:45 a.m. and goes until noon.

The free program is for boys and girls ages 6 and older. A free lunch will be provided.

Call Anthony Christy at (225) 715-1952; Gloria Burns, (225) 939-6861 or Richard Brown, (225) 571-1021.

Litter cleanup Saturday

Volunteers are needed for Saturday’s Stash the Trash event in Donaldsonville.

The Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and Keep Louisiana Beautiful will host the litter pickup and beautification day from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event will focus on the city’s historic district.

Volunteers are asked to check in at Donaldsonville City Hall, 609 Railroad Ave., for supplies and tools. Volunteers for tree trimming at Louisiana Square are asked to bring pruning shears.

Scrap metal recycling will be available during the event, organizers said.

Call (225) 323-2555 or email

Lifelong learning

The Ascension Charter Chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU is offering two classes in Gonzales this summer.

Houmas House will be the site for “English High Tea” at 2 p.m. July 10. The menu will include a sandwich course with a glass of champagne, a canapé course, scones and petits fours. Staff members will pamper attendees with continual service of three brewed teas. The cost is $71 per person.

A three-week “Flicks and Food” class will be held at Pelican Landing Restaurant on Tuesdays in August. The program, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., costs $90 and includes a movie and dinner each night. Instructor Donald Beale will lead the discussion of three Oscar-winning films: “It Happened One Night,” “On the Waterfront” and “The Artist.”

To become a member of OLLI at LSU or for information, visit OLLI online at or call (225) 578-6763.

Mosquito prevention tips

Parish officials are asking residents to take a few precautions around the house in an effort to reduce the summer mosquito population.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez has proclaimed Sunday through June 29 as Pilez Mosquito Week in Ascension Parish.

The word “pilez” is Cajun French for crush, kill or destroy.

Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department Supervisor David Matassa asked residents to reduce standing water.

“By reducing standing water on your property, whether it’s a home or business, it is the best way for parish residents to help combat the mosquito problem,” Matassa said.

Potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes include old tires, buckets and cans, old appliances, unplugged boats, toys, plastic sheeting, roof gutters, pool coverings and garbage cans.

Call (225) 621-9613.

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