Are Advanced Directives on your Bucket List?

A bucket list is a list of things to do while you are living, so are advanced directives. Advanced directives allow you to make your wishes known about what type of medical care you want to receive should you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious. Ascension Parish Library and St. Elizabeth Hospital have joined together to offer Are Advanced Directives on your Bucket List on Tuesday, January 23, at 2 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales. Presenter, Susie Newton, RN, will discuss how to complete advanced directives such as a living will, health care power of attorney, and more! Let’s check these items off your bucket list and spare those close to you the anxiety of having to guess your wishes. Thinking ahead and communicating medical preferences early on, will give your loved ones peace of mind. To register, call St. Elizabeth Community Education at 621-2906.

Kanji Klub

The maneki neko, also called the beckoning cat or lucky cat, is a common Japanese ceramic figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner of the home or business where the cat is displayed. They can be white for luck, black for health, gold for fortune, or sometimes red for relationships. At this month’s session of Kanji Klub on Monday, January 22, at 6 p.m. in Gonzales, make it your lucky day by creating your own maneki neko paper craft while watching this month’s featured anime, Chi’s Sweet Home. Kanji Klub is Ascension Parish Library’s anime club designed for adults ages 18 and up. It is dedicated to expanding creativity and cultural appreciation through anime and pop culture related crafting. For more information about this program, call the library in Gonzales at 647-3955.

Bicycling the Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail was a 2,170 mile wagon route that stretched from Missouri to the modern state of Oregon. From the 1830’s to the 1870’s more than 400,000 men, women, and children crossed six states to settle the west coast of the United States. Every summer from 2012 to 2016, Gonzales resident Don Weinell followed in the tracks of those early pioneers by bicycling from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon, following the original Oregon Trail as closely as possible. In 2017 he turned his epic journey into a book titled Bicycling the Oregon Trail. On Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m., Mr. Weinell will be at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales to share the incredible story of his 2,000 mile trek across the western half of the United States. For more information, or to register, please call 647-3955.

Teen Giant Games

Teens, come play Jumbo Jenga, huge checkers, humungous bowling and many more GIANT games to play at Ascension Parish Library. Let’s have oversized fun and play oversized games on Wednesday, January 10 at 4 p.m. in Dutchtown, Wednesday, January 17 at 4 p.m. in Gonzales, Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. in Galvez, or Friday, January 26 at 4 p.m. in Donaldsonville. This program is for teens in grades 6 – 12. Call Gonzales at 647-3955, Donaldsonville at 473-8052, Galvez at 622-3339, or Dutchtown at 673-8699 for more information.

Winter Fun!

Come in from the cold and warm-up with good friends and great times during “Winter Fun!” at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville. It’s too chilly to play outside, so join us for a round of Indoor Snowball Toss! Take part in the Snowman Slam, and try your best to pin the nose on Frosty the Snowman! You can even take home your own snow globe that you will design and create! This wonderful winter celebration is open to children ages 4-8, and happens Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m. Call the library at 473-8052 for more details.

Contributed by APL