Around Ascension for Feb. 8, 2013

Qualifying for the April 6 Sorrento municipal elections starts Wednesday at the Ascension Clerk of Court offices in Gonzales and Donaldsonville, Clerk of Court Kermit “Hart” Bourque said in a news release.

Residents interested in running for the offices of Sorrento mayor and chief of police as well as Town Council seats can qualify from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 14; and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the clerk’s offices at 815 E. Worthey St., Gonzales, and 300 Houmas St., Donaldsonville.

The primary election is April 6 and the general election is scheduled for May 4.

Call (225) 473-9866 or (225) 621-8400, ext. 7.

School sets open house

Ascension Catholic Elementary School will host its annual open house at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at its Donaldsonville campus.

Anyone who is interested in learning about pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade classes is invited to attend.

Registration for new families will be held March 11 through March 15. Call the school office, (225) 473-8540, ext. 250, by Feb. 18 to RSVP.

Livestock show

Hundreds of youth from across Louisiana will gather in Gonzales starting Friday for the 78th annual LSU Agricultural Center Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

LSU AgCenter officials said they expect more than 2,000 4-H and FFA exhibitors to bring about 1,500 breeding animals, 1,600 market animals, 180 pens of broilers and 700 exhibition birds to the competition that runs through Feb. 16.

Competitors qualified for the state livestock show by winning parish and district competitions around the state. An awards ceremony ends the show at 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

ä ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.lsuagcenter.com

Teen writing workshops

Teens can polish their writing style during upcoming workshops at the Ascension Parish Library.

The teen writers workshop is set for 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Donaldsonville and Dutchtown branches and Feb. 26 at the Galvez location.

The program is free and open to all teens in sixth grade and up.

Call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699; Galvez (225) 622-3339; Gonzales, (225) 647-3955; and Donaldsonville, (225) 473-8052.

Polar Plunge set

The Fifth annual Special Olympics Louisiana Polar Plunge is set for March 2 at Cabela’s in Gonzales.

At the annual event, volunteers agree to jump in the outdoor retailer’s pond to raise money for Special Olympics.

Jumpers pay a minimum of $50 and are encouraged to raise as much money as possible through solicitation of pledges. Food and drinks will be sold to raise money the day of the plunge.

To register for the Polar Plunge, visit http://www.laso.org or the agency’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/specialolympicslouisiana.

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