Around Ascension for Nov. 23, 2012

The Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown branch is holding its popular Teen Mike Night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Teens can perform 10 minutes of material or two songs.

No registration is required, but time is limited. Refreshments are provided.

Call Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699 for information.

Holiday market set

The third annual Jolly Jingles Holiday Market is coming Dec. 1 to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

The market, which opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature 100 booths selling a wide variety items.

The event includes gifts to the first 500 shoppers, a free children’s zone featuring inflatables and Santa’s workshop, where children can write letters to Santa. Santa is expected to arrive at 1 p.m.

A winter wonderland will be filled with Christmas-themed inflatables. Bring your camera to take photos with the larger-than-life blow-up characters, organizer Kelly Kriger said.


Santa hotline operating

Children can leave Santa voice mail through Christmas Eve on Eatel Corp.’s Santa Holiday Hotline.

Eatel hosts the hotline “to make certain that Santa gets all children’s wish lists this holiday season,” a release from the company states.

Children can call the free hotline at (225) 621-4646.

Business counseling

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE–Baton Rouge offer free, on-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for businesses.

Counseling sessions are held the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon by appointment at the library in Gonzales.

SCORE, a nonprofit association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide, according to the library.

To make an appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or (877) 381-7130 and specify that you want to meet at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.


Volunteers needed

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for volunteer shoppers for its annual Christmas Crusade for Children shopping night.

Volunteers are needed to shop to fill Christmas lists for hundreds of area children who wouldn’t have Christmas, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office said.

For more than 10 years, Sheriff Jeff Wiley has organized the toy drive, which helps children through age 12.

The sheriff raises the money for the toys and volunteers serve as elves running through the Gonzales Wal-Mart purchasing the items.

The shopping night begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Donations are being accepted.

For information, call Deputy Janet Fontenot at (225) 621-8318 or email

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