Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Donaldsonville Fireworks Rescheduled

Due to a tropical wave that has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and the threat for severe weather, including lightening, flooding (4-5 inches of rain), and the threat of wind damage or tornado, we have decided to cancel the event on Tuesday, July 3 and reschedule for Saturday, July 7 at 4 p.m. We apologize about the inconvenience, but safety is our first priority. We will have a banner located at the event site on Tuesday to let festival-goers know we are moving the event. At this time, we have only a few changes, but music, fireworks, etc., are still scheduled to go as we originally had planned it. Please help us by spreading the word.

Culvert Repair

The Ascension Parish Department of Public Works announced today that a portion of New River Canal Road is closed to repair a collapsed culvert. New River Canal Road, south of Cornerview Road in Geismar, will be closed for approximately four weeks between Wildred Kling Drive and Kling Extension. Motorists traveling west from that location will have access to La. 73 and those traveling east will have access to Kling Road.

La 18 Lane Closure

A lane closure will take place on LA 18 (RIVER RD.) from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westbound from LA 3120 to Schexnayder Rd., on the following dates: July 9-13, 2018 & July 16–20, 2018. The closure is necessary for side drain culvert and driveway replacement. Permit loads over 12’ should call the permit office for alternate routes.

Scholarship Awarded

Briant Parker of Geismar has been selected to receive the Achievement Scholarship from Southern Arkansas University to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year. This scholarship has a four-year value of $8,000 and includes $1,000 per semester. Parker is the son of Kolynda Parker and is a recent Dutchtown High School graduate.

Summer Social

Republican women and men are cordially invited to join Ascension Republican Women for their Summer Social on Sunday, July 15 from 2 until 5 at the MicroChapel, 38058 Hwy. 621, Suite E (621 Plaza), Gonzales, LA 70737 - Across from Hutch’s Hardware. 2018 Republican candidates and elected officials are welcome to attend and meet and greet with guests! The Social is open to the public and guests are welcome. There is no cost for the event but reservations are requested. RSVP: 225-921-5187 or e-mail:

Kids Bike Race

Pelican State Credit Union is hosting its 15th Annual FREE Kids Bike Race on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Denham Springs. This completely free family event is open to the public, and all participants ages 12 and under are entered to win one of three parties for 10 at Area 51! The festivities will take place in the parking lot of Abundant Life Church at 206 Edgewood Drive in Denham Springs. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m., and the bike races begin at 10 a.m. There will be three races divided by age group: 5 and under, 6-9 and 10-12. All race participants will receive a medal of completion and a goody bag after being cheered on by their family members, friends and Petey the Pelican.

State Board Appointment

The Louisiana Developmental Disability Council’s mission is to lead and promote advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Crystal H. White, of Prairieville, was appointed to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. White is a program manager with the McClindon Family Foundation.

Dville Leadership Meeting

Greetings Leadership Team, due to the holiday week and a number of our members unable to attend, the Leadership Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 2018 is being rescheduled to July 26, at City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Please join us for a quick update meeting at City Hall at 6 p.m. on July 26. Thank you for your engagement and involvement in our community.

The Little Mermaid

Ascension Community Theatre brings Disney’s The Little Mermaid to Life July 12-15; 19- 22 and 26- 29; 7 p.m. Thursday- Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. Cost: $30.00 for all seats. Call the Box Office for tickets 225-647-1230 or on your computer:

Seersucker Wine Dinner

On Wednesday, July 11, Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation will host a Seersucker Wine Dinner, which begins with an hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy genteel conversation while sipping wines and dining on a five-course summer menu created by Chefs John Folse and Jeremy Langlois. Seersucker is the attire of choice, of course, though Roaring ‘20s fashions make a statement, too! The menu with paired wines is $99 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reserve seats for this delightful evening by calling White Oak Plantation at 225-751-1882 or register on

Repticon Coming Soon

Repticon reptile and exotic pet show, held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales July 21-22, offers a unique family outing suitable for all ages and for a very diverse range of enthusiasts. The doors open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, closing at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the show hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At the door, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are admitted free. VIP and advance tickets may be purchased from our website at