Ascension Parish briefs for March 14, 2013

Fire marshal offers
smoke detectors

It’s not too late to register for a free smoke detector as part of the Louisiana fire marshal’s statewide Operation Save a Life campaign.

Volunteers will be in Donaldsonville on Saturday to install the free smoke alarms and spread the word about the importance of having the devices.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, who kicked off the program in Ascension Parish last month, said properly installed smoke alarms provide an early warning alarm during fire and can save lives.

On March 2, volunteers installed smoke alarms in Darrow and Sorrento and to date, more than 120 smoke alarms have been installed through the program, a spokesman with the fire marshal’s office has said.

To register for the program, go to http://www.lasfm.org and click on the Operation Save a Life section, email savealife@la.gov, or call (225) 925-4911 or (800) 256-5452.

Dutchtown boosters
to hold fundraiser

The Dutchtown High School Band Boosters are hosting a Jazz Brunch Sunday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Community Center, La. 73, Prairieville.

The fundraiser starts at 8 a.m.

Pancakes with bacon or sausage will be sold for $5 a plate and from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. jambalaya lunches will be sold for $5.

Beverages will be available for $1 each.

The Dutchtown High School jazz band will be on hand to provide music throughout the event.

Dardenne to speak
at GOP roundtable

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable at 11:30 a.m. on March 21 at Cashio’s 360 Catering & Venue, 13521 La. 44 in Gonzales.

The roundtable is sponsored by the Ascension Republican Women.

The lieutenant governor’s topic will be “Whole Lotta History Goin’ On,” a Louisiana history presentation, accompanied by music and focusing on our 200 years of statehood.

Cost for the lunch is $20 with a reservation and $22 at the door.

The roundtable is open to the public and guests are welcome. For reservations, call (225) 644-5728 or e-mail: ARWrUS@aol.com or postmaster@ascensiongop.org.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.lfrw.org/AscensionRW.

Ascension prom set for 60+ residents

Tickets are on sale for the Ascension Council on Aging’s fifth annual Senior Prom from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 24 at the Gonzales Civic Center.

Admission is $5 for COA participants and $10 for residents 60 years and over.

To purchase tickets, call the Gonzales Senior Center at (225) 621-5750 or Donaldsonville at (225) 473-3789.

Phat Hat to perform
at Jambalaya Park

The Music in the Park concert series continues Sunday with a performance by Baton Rouge soul, funk and dance band Phat Hat.

The free concert is held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Jambalaya Park.