Ascension Parish briefs for Feb. 14, 2013

Civil rights film
commemorates era

The Community Sisterhood and River Road African American Museum in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech with a viewing of a film on the civil rights movement.

“Mighty Times: The Children’s March” will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Geismar Community Center.

The film tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Ala., braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 to bring an end to segregation, Community Sisterhood spokeswoman Rochelle Darville said in a news release.

Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today’s young people to be catalysts for positive social change, she said.

For more information, call (225) 933-3497 or at communitysisterhood@cox.net. Youth are invited to participate in a discussion following the film. Refreshments will be served.

Learning classes set at Gonzales center

It’s not too late to register for a non-credit Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes set to be held in Gonzales.

Five six-week classes will be offered at the Gonzales Senior Center beginning Monday. Classical drawing and painting and life writing classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays.

French will be taught from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and “Alzheimer’s: It Matters to Your Brain” is set to be held on from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Acrylic painting will be taught from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

The membership fee of $40 is being waived until July 1.

Go to http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/olli to register online.

Physicians group
to offer grocery tour

St. Elizabeth Physicians is offering a “Shop Wise & Eat Healthy-A Guided Grocery Store Tour” starting on March 4 at , LeBlanc’s Food Stores in Gonzales.

St. Elizabeth Physicians Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy Program is joining with LeBlanc’s to provide a free, hands-on educational program that teaches participants valuable tips on reading food labels, understanding ingredients and buying foods based on health needs.

Tours will be held at LeBlanc’s Food Store, 209 S. U.S. 61, Gonzales, at 10 a.m. March 4; 1 p.m. March 12; 10 a.m. March 20 and 3 p.m. March 28.

To register, call (225) 743-2836.

Charity hospital system lecture set

Thomas J. Durant Jr., a native of Mansfield and professor of sociology emeritus at LSU, is set to talk about the history of the Louisiana Charity Hospital System during a 6 p.m. presentation Tuesday at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.

Durant is the co-author of the book “A History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health, and the Public Interest.”

Durant’s books will be for sale and light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Call (225) 647-3955 to reserve a seat.