Community events hosted by APL for the week of April 12

Elder Fraud Prevention – Medicare Identity Theft

Ascension Parish Library and St. Elizabeth Hospital have joined together to present Elder Fraud Prevention – Medicare Identity Theft on Wednesday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales. Kevin Smith, Assistant Director of Louisiana Automobile Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority, will discuss how to prevent becoming a victim of automobile theft and insurance fraud. Mr. Smith coordinates fraud prevention initiatives for senior citizens that reduce and deter automobile theft and insurance fraud. To register, call St. Elizabeth Community Education at 621-2906.

Tween Fun Floral Paint

Bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping, and flowers are in full-bloom. Spring has sprung! Join your friends at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville in recreating these amazing scenes with everyday household items and paints that pop off the page with “Tween Fun Floral Paint.” Fashion a fantastic floral print using an empty soda bottle, a paper plate, and paints in a variety of vivid colors. This fun and exciting event happens Tuesday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. Contact the library at 473-8052 for more details.

Kanji Klub

From Japanese meaning “strange beast,” kaiju is a giant monster that usually attacks major cities and engages the military and other monsters or mechs in battle. At this month’s session of Kanji Klub at the Ascension Parish Library’s anime club designed for adults, our theme is kaiju, and we’ll be watching Attack on Titan: Junior High while using watercolor and brush pens to create a Hokusai Wave work of art – with a twist! Kanji Klub will be held on Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in Gonzales, and it is for adults ages 18 and up. Kanji Klub 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.

Gardening in Ascension Parish – Just Keeps Growing!

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association under the direction of the LSU AgCenter is holding its last spring educational workshop with gardening and landscaping tips geared to both novice and advanced gardeners. The workshop to be hosted by the Ascension Parish Library is: Gardening Questions & Answers – Plant Swap: April 17, 6:30 p.m., Gonzales. Do you have a list of gardening questions – about citrus, ornamentals, perennials, annuals, vegetables? This is your chance to finally get the answers you need. Mariah Simoneaux, Associate Extension Agent, LSU AgCenter, will conduct a question-answer session on a wide range of gardening topics. Then, you will have the opportunity to participate in an old-fashioned tradition – a Plant Swap! Bring your labeled plants, cuttings, bulbs, or seeds to exchange with local gardeners. You will leave with lots of new ideas and information as well as new plants for your garden. To register, call the Gonzales location at 647-3955.

Play Dough Party at the Library

Does your child love playing with play dough? Children of all ages are invited to join us for a Play Dough Party! Everyone will get their own dough to play with, and we’ll have plenty of tools and cookie cutters to share. Plus, best of all, we’ll clean up the mess. Our Play Dough Parties will be held on Tuesday, April 17 in Dutchtown, on Thursday, April 19 in Gonzales, and on Thursday, April 26 in Donaldsonville. Parties will begin at 6:00 p.m. at all locations. Space is limited, and registration is required. Children will take their play dough home with them after the party. For more information on this program, or to register, please contact the library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Explore your heritage at Ascension Parish Library

Visit with Children’s Author Todd-Michael St. Pierre

In Louisiana, we celebrate our culture through stories, music, good times, and food. Gonzales native and author, Todd-Michael St. Pierre, captures this love of fun and celebration in his storybook, Chicory and Roux: The Creole Mouse and The Cajun Mouse. Chicory the city mouse would never dream of leaving her home in New Orleans-until she falls asleep in a picnic basket and wakes up in the country swamps. There she meets Roux, a country mouse, and together they experience the simple Cajun life before returning to the big city for a taste of Creole culture. Join us at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. as Todd-Michael, along with illustrator Lee Brandt Randall, and musician David Randall, presents a rollicking retelling of Aesop’s classic fable with puppets and song. Their visit will be followed with a presentation by Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery. Come as close as you dare to two live alligators. For those who are a bit more timid, we will have a smaller gator, but for those of you who are a bit more brave, the Gator Greeter will let you get close to a 4 foot long alligator! Finally, just as Chicory and Roux celebrate their love for their culture – and express that love through the foods that they share – so do we.

The Jambalaya Festival Association will provide lunch following this special Explore Your Heritage storytime. Families, and children of all ages are invited to participate in this free program which is a part of our Explore Your Heritage series and is co-sponsored by The Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs and The Jambalaya Festival Association. For more information, please see our Ascension Parish Library newsletter or call and speak with one of our staff members. You can contact the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, Gonzales at 647-3955, Galvez at 622-3339 or Dutchtown at 673-8699. The Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs (GCCA) is a “sister-city” program that creates and strengthens cooperation at the municipal level, promotes cultural understanding and stimulates economic development. For more information about the GCCA and its services, visit http://www.meygon.org. The Jambalaya Festival Association’s purpose is to promote Gonzales, Ascension Parish, and surrounding area as the Jambalaya Capital of the World. For more information about the Jambalaya Festival Association and its services, visit http://www.jambalayafestival.org/.

Teen Open Mic at Ascension Parish Library

Singers, songwriters, poets and musicians. . . If you have a skill that you want to show off, we have a microphone and an audience waiting for you! Bring your talent and 10 minutes of material to Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. Express yourself! Listen and play in a supportive setting. Although you must be a teen in grades 6-12 to perform, friends and family are welcome to attend and watch. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699.