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(Free)dom Dental Care

Main Street Dental Care is partnering with our Freedom Day USA city coordinator Wendy Boyce on September 12, to present free dental care to those who serve our country and their immediate family. Military personnel and family wishing to schedule an appointment can contact Main Street Dental Care at 225-473-7766. A complete list of local participating businesses and the services they are providing can be found on www.FreedomDayUSA.org.

ACA Candidates Forums

Ascension Council on Aging, Inc. is holding a candidates' forum at the Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Blvd, Gonzales, LA on September 20, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. All candidates for Parish President, Parish Council, Sheriff, State Senate District 2, State Representative-58 & 88 District and Parish Council have been invited to speak to senior citizens and hand out campaign literature. Ascension Council on Aging, Inc. is holding a candidates' forum at the Donaldsonville Senior Center, 101 Bocage Drive, Donaldsonville, LA on September 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. All candidates for Parish President, Parish Council, Sheriff, State Senate District 2, State Representative-58 & 88 District and Parish Council have been invited to speak to senior citizens and hand out campaign literature.

Volunteers Wanted

Volunteer Ascension is looking for volunteers for this year's Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival. To sign up go to https://volunteerascension.volunteermatrix.com/balloonsandboucherie. For more info or any questions call the office at 225-644-7655.

Boucherie Pageant

This year's Boucherie Festival, partnered with the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival will hold the annual pageant, hosted by the Lion's Club on Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sorrento Community Center. Visit https://www.boucheriefestival.com/pageant-registration for more info on registration for the pageant. Deadline: Friday, September 6 (or late fee assessed).

Calling all witches!

Dust off your broom, straighten your hat and oil the chains on that old bike. Ascension's first Witches Ride will be October 26 at 10 a.m. along Irma Blvd in Gonzales. Our route will take us down Irma, through Park Vista and back again. Lunch will be provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association.  This silly, spooky fundraiser for Relay for Life of Ascension 2020, benefiting American Cancer Society, will kick-off our 20th year of raising funds to fight cancer in our community. Please contact Kari Millet at karidesha@gmail.com with any questions. Kari is a 10 year breast cancer survivor, graduate of East Ascension High and lifelong resident of Ascension Parish. She serves on the planning committee for Relay for Life of Ascension. Kari will tell you that she relays not just for herself, but for the many family and friends who she has lost to cancer and for all of her pink sisters who battle breast cancer. Special thanks to Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Chief of Police Sherman Jackson and Fire Chief Tracey Normand for supporting this inaugural event that is popular all over the state and country. Let's have a wicked ride for a great cause!

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bankwill distribute food on Saturday, September 21, 2019 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.

Explore the Pour

The River Region Art Association is offering a "pour class" with Nathalie during the month of August. No artistic ability is needed for these interesting classes, just the desire to create with your favorite colors. Class will be held September 14 at the Depot Gallery. Time is 2 to 3 p.m. All ages can participate and children under 10 must have an accompanying adult. Nathalie says to bring 4 new 2oz. bottles of acrylic craft paint. One must be white paint, 3 will be your favorite colors. Fee is $30 per class. Each class will be a little different so register for one or for all of the classes. Explore the Pour with teacher and others at the Depot Gallery. Call Depot Art Gallery, located at 320 E. Ascension St., Suite C in Gonzales, 225-644-8496.

Anything Outdoors Fall Fest

The Anything Outdoors Helping Kids Third Annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the KC Hall on Black Bayou Road. It will feature a jambalaya cookoff, bands, auctions, and kids events. Call 504-782-0705 for sponsorship info.

Plants for Birds Sale Event

On Sunday, September 22 from 1 – 5 p.m. the Baton Rouge Audubon Society is offering a Plants for Birds Sale and Event at White Oak Estate and Gardens located at 17660 George O’Neal Rd. in Baton Rouge. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and purchase beautiful native plants that help shelter and feed the many birds that spend at least part of each year in Louisiana. Bird experts will also be on hand sharing information about what plantings will attract the birds you would like to see in your own yard. Admission is free. There will be four lectures, tabling by several groups including Audubon Louisiana, and complimentary refreshments provided by the event host, Chef John Folse. To pre-register visit BRAudubon.org. For more information call 225-768-0820.

Chapter 1449 Food Drive

Gonzales AARP Chapter 1449 "To serve and not to be served" is hosting a food drive on September 11 at Walmart located at 308 N. Airline Highway in Gonzales from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please support this worthy cause by donating non-perishable food items to benefit Saint Theresa's Food Pantry. The AARP Foundation believes no one of any age should go hungry. Visit www.aarp.org/hunger. Email randbwells@cox.net for more info.

St. Philip Baptist Appointment

St. Philip and Evening Star Baptist Church would cordially like to invite you to share with us on the installation of our newly appointed minister, Rev. Adam Wiggins. It will be held on September 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. in Labadieville, La. at St. Philip Baptist Church. So please come out and share with us on this grand celebration.

Become a Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Louisiana East unites the best of our legacy experiences in outdoor adventure, camping, and our cookie program with exciting programming in STEM like computer science, cybersecurity, engineering, and more to ensure we offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience for today's girls! Join us at one of our upcoming Ascension Parish Recruitment Events: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at Ascension Parish Library 708 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales, La.; Monday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. at Dutchtown Library 13278 Highway 73 Geismar, La. For more info contact Chelsea Grant 225-364-3293 or email cgrant.gsle.org.

Ascension GOP Roundtable

Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin, will be the Keynote Speaker at the September Ascension GOP Roundtable, sponsored by Ascension Republican Women. The Roundtable will be held on Thursday, September 19, 11:30 a.m. at the Clarion Inn on Highway 30 in Gonzales. Cost for the lunch is $22.00 (Choice of three entrees), collected at the door (checks and cash preferred, but we are prepared to except credit cards). The event is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. RSVP: 225-921-5187 or e-mail: ARWrUS@aol.com.