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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Gonzales Police Department will be participating in the National Mobilization of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign during August 17 through September 3. The department is able to do this through the grant received from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Officers will be out in force to enforce the DWI laws. If you drink don't drive, be considerate of yourself and others' lives.

Ascension Chapter Banquet

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Louisiana's Ascension Chapter Banquet presented by Bevel Tech Group, Relief Windows, EATEL, Shell, Cabela's, Hancock Whitney, and Rouses Markets will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $650 per table of 10, or $1250 per VIP table. Cost includes one-year CCA membership, admission, dinner, and open bar. For table and ticket info call Roy Deveer 225-715-1947 or Nolan Reynerson 225-952-9200.

St. James UMC Homecoming

The St. James United Methodist Church, located at 140 Hwy 998, Belle Rose Lane will celebrate their 66th Annual Homecoming on Sunday, August 19, at 7:30 a.m. God's Spoken Word will be delivered by their formal pastor, the Rev. Fredrick Sweetwyne of Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La. The public and former members of St. James UMC are cordially invited to attend. --Rev. Alton Preston, Pastor.

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Tuesday, August 28 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Road, Darrow, La. 70725.

Louisiana Folklife History

“Louisiana Folklife and Folklore History: More Than We Know” will be presented by Maida Owens, Folklife Program Director for the Louisiana Division of the Arts, on Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. at the Bluebonnet Library. Owens specializes in traditional cultures and has worked with organizations and researchers across the state to identify one of Louisiana’s most important assets: traditional folk artists to determine the most innovative and effective ways to present Louisiana’s folk musicians, storytellers, and craftsmen to the state’s citizens and to the world. She has recently completed an E-Book about this subject. The free program is open to the public. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society, for more information call Mary McKeough, 925-8921.

929 Repairs Rescheduled

Ascension Parish Department of Public Works has announced that the drainage improvements scheduled for Highway 929 at Patty Joe Lane in Galvez have been postponed. The road will remain open.

State Police Commission Audit

Auditors evaluated how the Commission ensures accurate financial reporting, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and overall accountability over public funds. Among the things auditors looked at were transactions and procedures related to LaCarte purchasing cards, travel expenditures, contracts, and payroll. In addition, auditors reviewed the Commission’s compliance with certain state laws, including ethics. No problems were found.

Missing Sculpture Found

The Baton Rouge Police Department contacted The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge at 11 a.m. Friday to report the missing iron sculpture has been found. It was located in a parking lot on River Road at Oklahoma Street. The sculpture has sustained reversible vandalism. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge would like to thank the Baton Rouge community, Baton Rouge Police Department, Crime Stoppers, and all media outlets for helping in the speedy recovery of the missing sculpture.

(Free)dom Dental Services

Dr. Louis LeFebvre at Main Street Dental Care in Gonzales, La. is participating in Freedom Day USA on October 11. This day is designed to honor and help our military by offering free dental services to current and retired military personnel, as well as their immediate family. In addition to offering our services we are asking businesses around our community to donate items (i.e. gift cards, items for raffles, food/drink to enjoy in office while waiting) to make this a great experience for the patients. Any help we can get to spread word on this event would be greatly appreciated. Contact Sandy D. for more info 225-473-7766.

PACE Festival

PACE’s 10th North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run Friday, Sept. 7 through Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, La. For more information about PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality,” Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to www.pacelouisiana.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pacelouisiana.

Cancer Mind-Body Skills Group

6-Week Mind-Body Skills Group will meet Tuesdays, August 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11 & 18. This is a 6-week educational program to help cancer survivors and caregivers reduce stress, enhance the immune system, increase sense of well-being, and improve self-care. This small group is a safe, confidential community where each member can question, explore and heal while also learning mind-body medicine techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, expressive art and writing. Time 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 1104 Highway 30, Gonzales, Registration Required. To register contact Rachel Mumphrey at 644-1205 or rmumphrey@marybird.com.

BASF Kids' Lab

The pHun Factor--have fun with chemistry at these 45-minute hands-on workshops for kids 6–12 and their accompanying adults. This month, kids will participate in The pHun Factor. Visit LASM.org for more details! Sponsored by BASF August 11 & 25 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.; August 12 & 26 1:30 & 3 p.m. Event held at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge.

Drumline Holiday Spectacular

Grab your mistletoe and bring your entire family to this amazing and fun-filled experience that will have you singing the entire holiday season! DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular coming to the Raising Cane’s River Center Arena on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 10 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at the Raising Cane’s River Center Box Office, ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Group Tickets available for parties of 10 or more by contacting Chris at 225-389-3093 or cwegmann@smgbatonrouge.com.

Dining by Design

Chef John Folse and Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center are proud to announce the slate of chefs, florists and designers participating in the 10th anniversary celebration of Dining by Design. This luxury dining experience will be held at the L’Auberge Ballroom in Baton Rouge on Sunday, August 19, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Dining by Design combines the chefs’ culinary artistry with the originality of local designers and florists to create a feast for the eyes and palate. This fundraising event will benefit Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, the home of Sister Dulce’s ministry. Tickets for Dining by Design and Chillin’ & Grillin’ can be purchased by calling Joyce Chaney at 225-752-8480. To participate in the Silent Auction or to purchase tickets for the “Wine & Dine” or Louis Vuitton raffles, go to www.cypressspringsprayercenter.org.