Just a friendly reminder the last day to nominate the woman/women of your choice for Classy Ladies "Women of Excellence Award" is this Friday, Oct. 22. Visit the website at www.ClassyLadiesSOS.weebly.com to nominate someone or simply respond to this e-mail with your nomination.
The luncheon will be held at Pelican Point on Nov. 21, from 2- 5 p.m. Tickets are $25. The last day to purchase a ticket is Nov. 10. Contact any member for this ticket.
The Awards Luncheon will include a guest speaker and food.

Art for the Scouts

The artists of River Region Art Association will present a Silent Art Auction at the 2010 Centennial Campout on Oct. 23 at Camp Avondale in Clinton. Numerous artists in the association have donated art to this project. All proceeds from the art sales will be given to the Boy Scouts of America as they celebrate 100 years of scouting. Scouting is the largest youth organization in the world. This centennial event will celebrate all aspects of scouting and show how the community and our Nation have supported them.

Blessing of the Graves

Prairieville Cemetery will host Blessing of the Graves at the Prairieville Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m. Participants will gather around the large cross for prayer then bless the graves.

Blessing of the Graves

Oak Lane Cemetery will host Blessing of the Graves at the Oak Lane Cemetery Sunday, October 31, at 1:30 p.m.

Galvez Storytimes Canceled

Due to Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Toddler and Preschool Storytimes at Ascension Parish Library in Galvez will not occur that day only as the library serves as a polling place. Families are invited to attend storytimes at any other location that week. Please call Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 622-3339 if you have any questions.

Blessing of The Graves

St. Gabriel Catholic Church, St. Gabriel, will have blessing of the graves Sunday, Oct. 21 after 10:15 Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council 3796 will be serving Sunday dinner starting at 11:30 a.m., after blessing of the cemetery. Jambalaya or pastalaya, cole slaw, bread and cake will be served for $6. Drinks will also be sold. Come out with your family and visit with old friends or come meet some new ones. Everyone welcome!

Cinderella Scholarship Pageant

The Cinderella Scholarship Pageant will be held Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Dutchtown High School Cafeteria. Age Divisions: Infant (0-11 months), Baby (12-23 months), Tiny Tot (24-35 months), Tot (3-6 years), Miniature Miss (7-9 years), Miss (10-12 years), Teen (13-17 years), Woman (18-26 years, married or single). 
Contestants must be pre-registered to participate.
For More Information, contact Celeste Hollis @ cphollis@aol.com or 225-572-2204 or the Cinderella Office at louisianacinderella@yahoo.com or 225-313-3162.

113th Church Anniversary

Pastor Irvin and First Lady Julie Blouin and the DoRight Church Family would like to cordially invite to public to their 113th Church Anniversary. The guest speaker for this celebration will be Pastor Richard Rayborn Sr. of Christian Assembly, Gonzales.
At DoRight we have a saying "We do not know what you come to do, but we come to serve the Lord."
The celebration will be Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at the DoRight Church on 8147 Hwy. 44 in Gonzales.

Fall Fest seeks

Colts In Action will be hosting its 2nd Annual Fall Fest Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the grounds of Central Primary located at 41369 Hwy. 621. CIA is looking for vendors. For a fee of $25, participants can display their product and/or service in a 6’ x 8’ space situated amongst games and activities for optimum exposure. Electricity is $10 more.
Students are still in need of play ground equipment. The proceeds from this event will allow CIA to meet the school’s needs in various capacities.
Interested parties should contact Stephanie Conerly at 622-2344 for an application

Magazine Drive

St. Theresa/St. John schools will be conducting their annual Magazine Drive till Nov. 2. Anyone interested in renewing a magazine or ordering a magazine for a business or home can contact any St. Theresa student or call Barbara Melancon at the school office at 647-2803 or 647-8035. Prizes will be awarded to students turning in the most orders.
“These schools appreciate all your help in making this magazine drive successful,” said Melancon..

Weekend VFW Post 3693 bingo

VFW Post 3693 offers bingo every Friday and Saturday. Everyone is welcome. Children six years and older are welcome, but must buy at least a $5 book.
Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.

Fall Decor fundraiser

We Are The Difference, Inc. is holding a Fall Decor fundraiser. The non-profit organization will come to your home or business and decorate your entryway for fall for a donation of $30. To schedule a time to have your area decorated contact Rhonda Harrell at 687-2029.

Seeking Volunteers
Volunteers are needed at the newly opened Ochsner Health Center – Prairieville at 16220 Airline Hwy. to assist with a variety of duties during clinic hours.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact LaMarylis Newman, volunteer services manager, at 225-755-4986.
Ochsner Health Center – Prairieville is a 10,200 square foot facility featuring 18 exam rooms, laboratory services and imaging services. Physicians offer primary care services including pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine.

Annual Trick or Treats for Canned Goods

The North Ascension Rotary Club will host their Annual “Trick or Treats for Canned Goods.” Bags will be distributed in selected North Ascension neighborhoods Oct. 20 through 23. Bags will be picked up between 6- 8:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 27.
All goods collected will be given to the Ascension Food Banks for distribution to needy families.

Halloween Contest/Trunk a Treat

St. Amant KC Council 6389/Holy Rosary Catholic Daughters is hosting their annual Halloween Contest/Trunk a Treat Oct. 28, starting at 6 p.m. at the St. Amant KC hall on Black Bayou Road in St. Amant. The Halloween contest is for ages infant to 12 year old.

COA Annual Halloween Party

Bring on the witches, goblins, and ghosts and get ready for the Ascension Council on Aging’s Annual Halloween Party. The party is set for Friday, Oct. 29, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Gonzales Senior Center.  The party is open to parish seniors age 60 and above. Get out your favorite costume or decorated T-shirt and join in the fun for the popular costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, prettiest, scariest, and most original costume.  
Mark your calendar and plan to attend and participate in one of the most COA popular parties of the year. Food, fun, door prizes, and bring your dancing shoes because entertainment will be provided by the ever-popular Clif Nickens.
Lunch will be served at the Halloween Party. Call the Council on Aging before Monday, Oct. 25, by 1 p.m., to reserve your seat and lunch at 621-5750 in Gonzales and 473-3789 in Donaldsonville.

Annual Harvest Fest

Household of Faith will host it’s annual Harvest Fest on Sunday Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m., at the Gonzales Civic Center. This event is open to children through the fifth grade. There will be lots of fun and games, free jambalaya, popcorn, cotton candy and nachos. Please bring a bag of individually wrapped candy per child. For more information, call the church office at 644-3111 or visit the Web site at www.hofchurch.com.

‘Trunk or Treat’

Central Baptist Church, 14200 Hwy. 44, Gonzales will host a “Trunk or Treat” for the children Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. Mothers and dads, bring the little monsters by for a treat bag!

Center Based Respite offered

COEA The Arc of East Ascension is now offering: Center Based Respite to individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 225-621-2000 ask for Ascension Center Based Respite. Adult Day Health Care to elderly individuals who are functionally impaired. For more information, call 225-621-2000 ask for Ascension Elder Care Center.

13th Annual ‘Make A Difference Day’

The 20th anniversary for Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering sponsored by the Points of Light Institute & Hands on Network is Oct. 23.
The day is designed to challenge volunteers nationwide to spend time “making a difference” in their communities and in the lives of others. Millions have participated in this nationwide effort.
Contact Volunteer Ascension at 644-7655 or email volasinfo@eatel.net to register projects related to any service of doing “good” created for special assistance for children, elderly or families.  Remember that projects to register include those in progress or completed, done by individuals or companies, large or small. Everything counts when making a difference.

Donor's Choose

Teachers around Ascension Parish Schools are writing grants for supplies, materials and equipment to help enrich classroom instruction. They are using the site www.donorschoose.org . Donor's choose is a non-profit that connects public school  teachers with people who want to support classroom learning.
Anyone or any business can log-in and make a donation to help fund a teacher's grant. “Any donation would be greatly appreciated and help to make a change in our children's future, so pass the word and make a difference,” said spokesperson Melanie Guilliory.

Bayou Beauties II seeks contestants

Bayou Beauties II will be held Oct. 30 at the Grande Pavilion on Airline Hwy.  Every contestant will leave the pageant competition with a crown. Ten inch crowns will be awarded to the “Queen” in every division. Also, Princess and Duchess in every division will receive round crowns. Monogrammed banners and custom engraved medals are also featured.
Optional competitions include: Fashion, Natural & Glitz Photogenic, Personality/Model, and Prettiest Smile, Eyes and Hair. The pageant is open to female residents of Louisiana, ranging from infants to our Ms. Division. Entry fee starts at only $55.
For more information, text or call Pam Hughes at 225-603-3378. You can e-mail: pamwhughes@aol.com for a form.

Oct. Senior
Soc Hop

The Parish of Ascension Recreation and Culture Department will host its monthly Senior Soc Hop Friday, Oct. 22, from 1-3 p.m. at Lamar-Dixon.
Residents 50 plus are welcome to attend. Soft drinks are complimentary and the Senior Throw Together Band will entertain seniors.

Cheerleader Jambalaya

The Dutchtown High Competition Cheerleaders are hosting a Jambalaya dinner Friday, Oct. 29 to help for the cost of their trip to Nationals in Orlando in February. Plates are $5 and include Jambalaya, white beans and bread. Plates will be delivered to businesses ordering at least 10 plates. To purchase tickets,  contact Jennifer Morrill at jennifer.morrill@apsb.org

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Oct. 20 – CAAA Annual Meeting (Capital Area Agency on Aging), both centers will attend at Lamar-Dixon Center, begins at 9 a.m.
• Oct. 21 – Wellcare, Kathy Richardson, Donaldsonville, 11 a.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, from 9-10 a.m.; Fast Exercise,  Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Crafts, Donaldsonville 9 a.m.; and Wii Games, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.
• Oct. 22 – Bingo Sponsor, D’ville House, Donaldsonville, from 10 a.m. – noon; Zumba Gold Exercise – NEW!, People’s Health, Gonzales – Registration 9 a.m.; and Zumba Exercise Class: 9:30 a.m.
• Oct. 25 – Blood Pressure Checks, Cannon Hospice, Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; and Beading Class, Gonzales 9 a.m.
• Oct. 26 – Pilates, Gonzales 9 a.m.; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.; Gonzales, Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day; Diabetes Education Empowerment Program, Donaldsonville Senior Center, from 9 a.m.-noon., Annette Martijn – EQ Solutions.
• Oct. 27 – Bible Study w/Justin, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; Gospel Concert, Ms. Etta Brown and Company, Diabetes Education Empowerment Program, Donaldsonville Senior Center, from 9 a.m.-noon., Annette Martin – EQ Solutions; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at lifestyles@weeklycitizen.com, call 225-644-6397, fax 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737