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Carols in the Courtyard: White Christmas

While the chances of snow will still be low, it will be a White Christmas at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales this year. You are invited to the 11th annual Carols in the Courtyard on December 9. Caroling with Linda and Larry Schexnaydre of Center Stage Performing Arts Academy will begin outside at 6:30 p.m., and then we’ll warm up with steaming cups of hot cocoa and plenty of holiday cheer. For more information please call 647-3955.

May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.

Holiday Dessert Swap

Are you a budding pastry chef or a hopeless sweet-tooth addict? Perhaps you’re hungry for a little holiday cheer? Then mosey over to the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown, where the library’s first-ever Holiday Dessert Swap will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 10:00 am. All are invited to bring their own sugary concoctions to sample and share and enjoy a special performance by the Dutchtown High School Choir. There’s no better way to herald Christmas than with sharing food and music, so please come out -- and bring your most festive spirit (and appetite) with you!

No registration is required to attend, but don’t forget to bring the recipe for your dessert to exchange with others. For more information, please call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Pajama Storytime

If you love hearing stories before bedtime, then put on your favorite PJ’s and join us at Ascension Parish Library for a winter themed Pajama Storytime. We’ll read great stories, sing fun songs, and you’ll get to make your very own snow globe craft to take home. Pajama Storytime will be held on Tuesday, December 9 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown, and on Thursday, December 11 in Gonzales and Galvez. All Pajama Storytimes start at 6:30 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 7 and younger and their families. For more information on this program, 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.

Reindeer Games

Reindeer aren’t the only ones who know how to have a good time! At Ascension Parish Library, we’re celebrating the season with reindeer robot races, snowball fights and more. Hot chocolate, holiday music, and a little friendly competition will have you shouting with glee. This party will go down in history (not geography)!

Reindeer Games will take place on December 11 in Dutchtown, on December 18 in Gonzales, on December 19 in Donaldsonville, and on December 23 in Galvez. All programs will take place at 4:00 PM. This program is open to teens in grades 6 and up. To find out more information on this program, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, Gonzales at 647-3955, Galvez at 622-3339 or Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Bells will be ringing

Bells will be ringing at the Ascension Parish Library – Galvez branch on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:00 PM. Get into the holiday spirit with Bells Jubilate, an ecumenical bell choir sponsored by University Baptist Church. The performance will incorporate both carols and secular music and attendance is open to all ages. For more information or to register, please call the Galvez branch at 622-

The Holocaust Survival Story of Siggy Boraks

Join us at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM to hear the Holocaust survival story of Siggy Boraks, a New Orleans local. Mandy Perret, an ELA teacher and fellow for the Institute of Holocaust Education at Tulane University, will share the remarkable life story of the struggle and survival of Siggy Boraks under Hitler’s reign. The presentation will explain from the beginning in Poland and continuing to present-day New Orleans.

For more information or to register, please call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

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Free Small Business Consulting

Ascension Parish Library offers free small business consulting on the second Monday of each month at the library in Galvez, 40300 Hwy. 42, Prairieville. Persons wanting to start or improve a small business receive a private, two-hour consultation designed to provide professional help in areas of business planning, financing, marketing, and accounting.

This service is provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University – Baton Rouge and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). All services are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment call the Louisiana Small Business Develop.m.ent Center at (225) 922-0998.

SCORE offers Free Counseling

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE – Baton Rouge offer free, on-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses. Counseling sessions are held at two library locations each month by appointment: the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon at the library in Gonzales and the second and third Thursday evenings at the library in Dutchtown.

SCORE - Counselors to America’s Small Business, a nonprofit Association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Counselors are active or retired business owners and executives with extensive experience, who follow the steps on “How to Start and Manage a Successful Business.” This includes help on the Business Plan, Financial Forecast, Marketing & Sales, Legal and Accounting suggestions, Business Insurance needs, and the Bank Loan Package preparation. SCORE counselors follow a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.

This year SCORE will begin expanding its education opportunities in the community for small businesses with a new Simple Steps Program and a stronger Community Alliance Program. These New Programs will help SCORE become an even more valuable resource in our community.

To learn more visit the SCORE WEB SITE AT www.scorebr.org. To schedule a counseling appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130 and specify which library location you prefer: Gonzales or Dutchtown.