Around Ascension for May 17, 2013

ConnecTeens registration

Teens interested in a summer volunteering opportunity can sign up Tuesday at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville for Volunteer Ascension’s ConnecTeens program.

Registration is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The program introduces youths 12 to 17 to volunteerism, while guaranteeing they meet new people, learn new things and gain a better understanding of the important role of volunteerism in the community, the agency’s website says.

Call (225) 644-7655 or email

Free cancer screenings

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital are partnering to offer a free skin cancer screening at 6 p.m. May 30 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Medical Plaza II, 1014 W. St. Clare Blvd., Suite 1040, Gonzales.

The screening is for men and women 18 and older who do not have insurance and have not been screened for skin cancer by a physician in the past 12 months.

No appointment is required to participate in this screening.

Call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687.

Cultural exchange set

The Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs is finalizing plans to welcome a delegation from Meylan, France, Oct. 10-17.

Committee President Karen Hatcher said the group is part of a twin cities program that travels to Meylan every other year and hosts the French visitors in between trips.

Members of the French delegation will stay in area homes while visiting the area. The group plans a dance in Jambalaya Park, trip to a Lafayette festival, day on the river with the Gonzales Boat club, tour of a sugar mill and plantation home and tailgate party in conjunction with the LSU vs. Florida football game.

For information on being a host family, call Hatcher at (225) 644-6681.

Tennis lessons offered

Hope Youth Development Inc. is hosting summer tennis lessons for children 6 to 12.

Lessons will be provided during a four-week camp held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting May 29.

Registration fee is $40.

To register, call program director Mark Peters at (225) 647-3927.

Summer reading program

Registration is underway for the Ascension Parish Library’s adult summer reading program.

From June 1 through July 31, readers can enter weekly drawings for $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificates and also be eligible to win a grand prize featuring a tractor scoot with a bucket basket. The prize package also includes two gardening books and an assortment of gardening accessories.

For details on how to enter, visit the library’s website at, drop by any library location for an entry form, or call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, (225) Galvez at (225) 622-3339, Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, or Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

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

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