APL calendar of events for this week

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you fear you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is a program for you.

A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. It is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and to increase their strength and balance using simple exercises.

A Matter of Balance will be held at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Mondays, February 5 through March 26 at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This eight-week series is being presented by St. Elizabeth Hospital in partnership with the Capital Area Agency on Aging. A workbook is provided.

A Matter of Balance is designed to help participants improve their balance and become more confident about managing falls. If you are interested in completing this course, call St. Elizabeth Community Education at 225-621-2906 to register.

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.

SCORE Offers Free Counseling at the Library

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 at the library in Gonzales and the third Thursday afternoon at the library in Dutchtown.

SCORE is a nonprofit association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration 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.

SCORE will continue to expand its educational opportunities in the community for small businesses with a Simple Steps Program and a stronger Community Alliance Program. These 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 225-215-0080 and specify which library location you prefer: Gonzales or Dutchtown.

Spring Storytime at the Library

A child is never too young to learn to read. Research shows that reading to young children from birth significantly increases their chances of thriving in school. It is through the sharing of books and language that young children develop the reading skills needed to be ready to read. Through its seasonal storytime series, Ascension Parish Library introduces young children to letters, words, and sounds through a variety of fun-filled programs designed to help foster early literacy skills.

This Spring, Ascension Parish Library starts its next series of storytime programs for young children. Four types of storytimes are offered based on the needs of the developing child.

Babytime focuses on the needs of babies from birth through crawling. It introduces simple rhymes, songs, and books to stimulate babies with rhythmic language and sensory stimuli. These storytimes are fast paced and energetic to keep babies amused. A parent or caregiver must attend with their baby. Babytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. from February 8 through March 29 in Gonzales and Dutchtown.

Toddler Storytime focuses on the needs of young children from walking through age 2. It introduces new words and ideas to the learning child through simple books, rhymes, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend with their child. This fosters a fun, positive learning environment for the child while allowing parents the opportunity to pick up great tips and techniques on reading to young children. Toddler Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from February 7 through March 28 at all locations.

Preschool Storytime focuses on the needs of children ages 3 through 5. These storytimes are an exciting half-hour of stories, songs, poetry, and active play. Preschool children attend these sessions without the assistance of an adult to help foster the preschooler’s growing need for independence. A preschool child must reach the age of 3 by February 7 in order to participate in this series. Preschool Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. from February 7 through March 28 in Gonzales, Galvez, and Dutchtown.

Bilingual Storytime is for children of all ages who speak Spanish, English, or both. These storytimes are an interactive half-hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays at which everything will be read in both English and in Spanish. This will introduce Spanish speakers to the English language and introduce English speakers to the Spanish language. Parents are invited to attend Bilingual Storytime with their children. Bilingual Storytime will be held at 11 a.m. in Gonzales on February and March 8 and 22.

Registration begins on Monday, January 29, and is required for all storytimes. Parents can register their child in advance by either calling or visiting the library. For more information on these fun-filled, educational programs, please contact Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Tween Valentine’s Day Party

Love is in the air, and this February, Cupid’s arrow leads straight to Ascension Parish Library and our Tween Valentine’s Day Party. Take part in challenging, Valentine’s Day-inspired games and create your very own, beautiful stained-glass vase with mason jars and multi-colored permanent markers. Join us in Dutchtown on Saturday, February 3 at 10 a.m., in Gonzales on Saturday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m., and in Donaldsonville on Wednesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. For more details, contact the library in Dutchtown at 673-8699, in Galvez at 622-3339, in Gonzales at 647-3955, and in Donaldsonville at 473-8052.