Ascension briefs for Feb. 21, 2013 Ascension briefs for Feb. 21, 2013 Advocate staff report Feb. 27, 2013 Comments First lady’s speech in history program Trinity AME Church is hosting a Black History program at 6 p.m. Saturday featuring a speech from Michelle Obama. The church, 1420 South Darla Ave., Gonzales, will show a video of a speech Obama gave in June to the 49th Quadrennial Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, the program will include details on the founding of the AME Church, a news release from the church states. The church is led by the Rev. Orin J. Blouin. LEAP tests planned for school transfers Students attending nonpublic schools or a home-schooling program who are planning to transfer to some grades in a public school in August must take the LEAP test, school officials said. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s policy requires a student who is transferring from an in-state nonpublic school or a home-schooling program, as well as a Louisiana resident who is transferring from an out-of-state school, to enroll in the Louisiana public school system at the fifth or ninth grade and pass the fourth- or eighth-grade LEAP 21 English language arts and math tests. The Ascension Parish School System will administer the LEAP test March 19, April 8 and April 9. Parents can call Linda Honey, Ascension Parish School Board, at (225) 391-7194 before March 1 to register. Detailed registration information is at http://www.apsb.org under State Testing. St. John Evangelist hosts school choirs Three high school choirs will come together Monday at St. John the Evangelist church for a concert, St. Amant High School choral music Director B.J. Bertucci said. The choirs of Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant high schools will each present three songs, he said. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 15208 La. 73, Prairieville. Libraries host gardening programs The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association’s four-part spring series of educational workshops starts March 5 at the Ascension Parish Library. The series provides gardening and landscaping tips for novice and advanced gardeners. The series starts with a program by Kiki Fontenot, professor with the LSU Agricultural Center. Fontenot will discuss how gardening with children can be an enjoyable and enriching pastime for both child and adult. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. at the library’s Dutchtown branch. Call (225) 673-8699 to register. LSU professor Jeff Kuehny, also director for the Burden Center, will talk about tropical plants during a 6:30 p.m. program March 19 at the library’s Galvez branch. Call (225) 622-3339 to register. “Top Ten Tips for Top-Notch Gardens” will be presented at 6 p.m. April 23 at the libray’s Donaldsonville branch and “Dirt Cheap — the Gardener’s Jackpot” is set for 6 p.m. April 30 at the Gonzales branch.