Around Ascension for Sept. 19, 2013

Sept. 26 will be a bright night across Ascension Parish.

Organizers with the 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival, set Sept. 26 through Sept. 29 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, are inviting businesses to welcome the 60 pilots taking part in the event with a balloon glow.

Light Up the Night, Ascension will feature hot air balloons inflating and glowing at businesses across the parish.

Area businesses interested in participating are asked to call Brad Walker, with the Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council, at (225) 677-8902 or email

For more information on the championship races and festival, visit

Senior center to offer Tai chi lessons

Tai chi is coming to the Gonzales Senior Center, again.

The Chinese exercise program will be held each Wednesday through Oct. 23 at the center, 525 S. Irma Blvd.

Tai chi can decrease stress and anxiety, increase aerobic capacity and improve balance and flexibility, said a news release from the Ascension Council on Aging, the host of the class .

The class costs $ 60 and Sept. 25 is the last day to register.

Call (225) 621-5750.

Technical campus to offer Career Expo

Trying to pick a new career?

River Parishes Community College’s technical campus is hosting a Career Expo from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at 9697 U.S. 61, Sorrento.

The expo will feature career information. Visitors can shake the hands of potential employers and find out about job positions they might qualify for with a degree from River Parishes Community College.

Visit or call (225) 675-8270.

Run for Life supports organ donation

Relatives of the late Shawn Elizabeth Guillot are encouraging area residents to take part in the Oct. 3 Rabalais Run for Life in Baton Rouge.

The run is a fundraiser for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association.

Guillot died in 1991 from injuries in a car wreck. Her parents, Don and Peggy Guillot, donated her organs and they have been involved with LOPA for several years.

The Guillot family is hosting a team in the run. Early registration is $25 through Sept. 25 at or forms are at Guillot Realty Inc., 311 Marchand Drive.

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