Around Ascension for Friday, July 25, 2013

The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hosting a presentation by the National Weather Service to help business owners prepare for hurricanes.

Business owners and operators are invited to the 10 a.m. presentation Monday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center banquet room.

Ken Graham, National Weather Service meteorologist with the New Orleans/Baton Rouge National Weather Service Team, will talk about what a business owner or operator should consider when planning and preparing for a hurricane.

For more information, call (225) 621-8360.

GOP Roundtable set

Mary Kass, founder and president of the Greater New Orleans Tea Party, will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable at 6 p.m. Thursday at Brew-Bacher’s Grill, 909 E. Ascension St., Gonzales.

The roundtable is sponsored by Ascension Republican Women. Kass will speak on the national Common Core State Standards initiative. Cost for the meal is $14.

The roundtable is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. For more information, call (225) 644-5728 or email

Dinners on sale

The Dutchtown High School color guard is taking orders for its jambalaya dinner fundraiser on July 27.

The dinners are $6 and include jambalaya, white beans and bread.

Tickets can be purchased by Sunday from any color guard member, or email

Dinners can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 27 at Tee Wayne’s Cajun Cooking, 39087 La. 621, Gonzales.

Business expo planned

Registration is underway for the Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo.

The expo is planned Sept. 15 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Tables are $150 and only chamber members can participate.

For more information, call (225) 647-7487 or email

British ritual celebrated

Learn about the British tradition of elevenses — which is defined as a midmorning break for refreshments taken between breakfast and lunch, usually around 11 a.m. — during a July 27 presentation at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown.

Charlotte Guedry and Czarina Walker will talk about the elevenses rituals shared by their families. To reserve a seat for the 11 a.m. presentation, call (225) 673-8699.

Celebrate summer

Celebrate the end of the summer at the Ascension Parish Library with the End of Summer Lorax Party.

Children will make mustaches, paint truffula trees, and plant a flower seed to take home.

Lorax Parties are open to all ages, and will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Dutchtown branch and at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Donaldsonville.

For more information, call the library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, or in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052.

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