Around Ascension for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Plastic bottles and old newspapers stacking up around the house?

Recycle those items Saturday during the Ascension Parish government’s monthly Recycling Road Show.

A recycling vehicle will be parked from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Prairieville.

Here’s what you can drop off:

Newspapers and magazines, including catalogs, phone books and paperback books, mail, colored paper and envelopes.

Milk and juice cartons, but no wax-coated frozen food packaging or take-out food containers..

Cardboard, including detergent and cereal boxes, 12-pack drink cartons and flattened boxes.

Aluminum, tin or bimetal cans and metal lids, but no aerosol cans or wire hangers.

No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers.

Call Don Hysell at (225) 450-1308, or visit ascensionparish.net.

Chief to teach self-defense

Gonzales Chief of Police Sherman Jackson is sharing self-defense techniques with residents during a program Tuesday at the Geismar Community Center, 12060 La. 73.

The Community Sisterhood in hosting the class, which starts at 6 p.m.

Spartans, Gators Shout Out

Let the rivalry begin.

Plans are underway for the annual Spartan vs. Gator Shout Out, set for Oct. 30 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

For those unfamiliar with this exercise in football and school support, the Shout Out is part of a weeklong series of events that culminate in the cross-parish East Ascension vs. St. Amant high school football game.

With many families with divided loyalties, the game takes on an intense competitive spirit.

There’s a golf tournament Oct. 29, a jambalaya dinner sale Oct. 30 and celebrations at both schools as the students gear up for the game. The activities are organized by the Spartan/Gator Club.

Money raised at the events is donated to the two schools. Since the Shout Out returned in 2009, the event has raised $60,000 for the schools, organizer James LeBlanc said.

To get involved, visit stamantboosterclub.com.

Cane’s to donate proceeds

Residents can eat at Raising Cane’s chicken fingers Tuesday in Gonzales and raise money for Volunteer Ascension’s annual programs.

Just mention Volunteer Ascension, and Raising Cane’s will donate 15 percent of your sale to the nonprofit agency.

The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the restaurant at 625 U.S. 61, Gonzales.

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