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Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Louisiana and local Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers will host the 10th Annual Polar Plunge. The event will begin on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10 a.m. at Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales, LA 70737. Everyone is invited to come and take the plunge into the cold water for a bare minimum of $50.00! Costumes are encouraged and the more money you raise the better! The FUNdraiser will end once all participants have taken the plunge! There will be events for the whole family to participate in, live music, Gumbo Cook Off, drinks, games and much more. Students and children of all ages are encouraged to participate! For up to date information please log onto www.laso.org. On our website, you will find links to the flyer and registration form. You can also create your own DonorDrive page and have your friends and family sponsor your plunge! We look forward to seeing you take the plunge!

Dancing for A Cause 2019

ALL STAR YEAR. 2019 is our 10th year anniversary. To ensure another successful year at The Arc of East Ascension’s Dancing For A Cause Event. The 2019 committee is asking our community for names of nominees that would love to have an opportunity to dance and raise funds for The Arc of East Ascension. Our event will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at The Lamar Dixon 4-H Building. Email to Sharonm@eatel.net for more info.

AARP Driver Safety Class

St. James Lutheran Church will host an AARP Driver Safety Class on Thursday, February 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. for anyone holding a valid Louisiana Drivers License. The class will be in the church located at 1415 E. Highway 30 in Gonzales. The class is geared to seniors, and drivers 55 and older may qualify for a three-year auto liability insurance discount upon completion. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members which must be paid by check or money order upon arrival. NO CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED. All participants must bring their Driver’s License, a ballpoint pen, a highlighter, and anything they want to eat or drink. AARP members must also bring their membership cards. To register, you must call John Carver @ 985-373-7314. NO WALK-INS ARE ALLOWED. Note: Seating is limited and classes fill up quickly. Call as soon as possible to assure a place in the class.

AC Extravaganza

Ascension Catholic's Dinner & Auction Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, February 9 at the High School Gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails. Main meal will be served at 6:15 p.m., with an auction beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50.00 (includes drinks/alcohol). Limited sponsorships are also available to help defray the costs of the dinner: Silver Sponsor--$300.00 --4 tickets to Dinner/Sponsor Recognition; Gold Sponsor--$500.00--6 tickets to Dinner/Sponsor Recognition; Platinum Sponsor--$1000.00--12 tickets to Dinner/Reserved Table/Sponsor Recognition. Because alcohol will be served, no students or children will be allowed to attend the event. To purchase tickets or donate an auction item, please call the high school office at 225-473-9227. Each adult attendee must have a ticket for entry.

Meet The Gators

On Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m. in the SAHS Gold Dome, the SAHS Athletic Department and the SAHS Athletic Booster Club will present "Meet the Gators," a Winter Sports Review and Spring Sports Kick-Off Dinner and presentation. All Winter and Spring sports are invited to give a short presentation at this event. The Athletic Booster Club will provide jambalaya and parents are invited. Immediately after each group's performance, we would like you to quickly introduce each of your members. We look forward to a very exciting and successful 2019 sports season.

TangerKIDS Grant

TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative designed to award grant money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers nationwide, has officially opened its call for entries within the Gonzales community. The TangerKIDS Grant Program was designed to satisfy the specific funding needs of local schools – from the implementation of school-wide programs, to rebuilding equipment and academic materials inventories, to supporting athletic or band programs. Each year, more than $200,000 is awarded in individual grants to schools in need. To submit an application for the TangerKIDS Grant Program, please visit: grants.tangeroutlet.com. Deadline: March 15.

Relay for Life

Save the Date! American Cancer Society Ascension Parish Relay for Life will be held March 23, 2019 3 p.m. till 10 p.m. at Cabela's. For more information or to register go to relayforlife.org/ascension or cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

Lighthouse La. PSA

At Lighthouse Louisiana our mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy. We are pleased to announce that our Baton Rouge location on North Flannery Road, now offers no-cost Vision Rehab Services. These services include our Low Vision Clinic, Daily Living Skills classes, and Assisted Technology Training. Call Lighthouse Louisiana at 225-275-1200 x 245 to maximize your current vision today!

South Louisiana Crawfish Boil

Save the date! The South Louisiana Crawfish Boil, Craft, and Car Show at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales benefitting Dreams Come True of Louisiana will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information contact Freddye 225-933-9339 or Rodney 225-328-6735.

Public Service Announcement

With the opiate crisis running rampant, families are looking for ways to help those they love who need treatment. Getting them into treatment becomes even harder if their loved one is not willing. This is when Intervention can become key. To learn more about successful interventions, please visit, https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.html

Mardi Gras Boat Parade

The "Krewe of Diversion" 25th Annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade will take place Saturday, February 23 at noon. Register at Manny's Friday, February 22 at 6 p.m. $35 per boat - checks payable to LFACC. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Food and St. Jude items will be sold at Manny's starting at noon the day of the parade. Live Auction Starts at 5:30 p.m. or after all participatiing parade boats are back at Manny's. All donations are appreciated! For more info call David or Vivian Stevens 225-939-2135 or 225-324-5695.

FGBRCA Meeting

The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations will hold it's monthly meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the 1st floor meeting room of the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, La. 70806, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information on the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations, please go to: www.fgbrca.org, or call President Nancy Curry 225-315-1206.

Trinity AME Church Services

Trinity AME Church of Gonzales invites the public to join us for our annual Black History and Founder's Day worship service. During this time, we will celebrate key contributions and historic milestones of African Americans while also highlighting the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church denomination, Bishop Richard Allen. The speaker for this occasion is Kathe Hambrick, founder of the River Road African American Museum and renown museum executive professional. Worship will be held on Sunday, February 10th at 9 a.m. Trinity AME Church is located at 1420 S. Darla Avenue in Gonzales, and the Rev. Ritney A Castine is Pastor.

Black History Month Tribute

In recognition of the rich and colorful history of African-Americans in Louisiana, a commissioned artwork by nationally acclaimed artist and Louisiana native Ted Ellis will be unveiled and dedicated at the Louisiana State Archives on Thursday, Feb. 7. Entitled “You Can Aspire to Be…,” the work recently traveled across the state to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month. Ellis presented copies to the African-American mayors of five of Louisiana’s largest cities. This tour was sponsored by Acadian Companies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System. 11 a.m. Reception to follow. The Louisiana State Archives Building, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Saturday, February 16, between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La. 70725. For more information call 225-717-3760.