Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Broken Chains Conference

The Broken Chains Conference 2018 will be held Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 at The Church in St. Amant. Friday it will begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday it will begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Speakers and entertainment include Mark Stermer, Cindy Stermer, Fitzpatrick Pitts, Josh Martin, Bobby Jackson, Yung Honore, and The church Vessel.

Asbury Methodist Anniversary

The public is invited to worship with the Asbury Methodist Church in White Castle, as they celebrate their Pastor, Rev. Andrew Richardson & First Lady, Jeanette Richardson's 17th Anniversary. This program will be held on Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. James Dorsey, of New Orleans, will be the guest speaker.

Southern Vintage Market Days

Hosted by French Garden Antiques, Vintage Garden Decor and Vintage Magasin ETC, Southern Vintage Market Days will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 230 S. Irma in Gonzales. Over 60 local vendors will be featured inside and outside. Admission is free and the event is stroller friendly. It will be held Saturday July 21 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday July 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the John Phillip Templet Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will be held. $6 plate jambalaya will be served, prepared by Tee Wayne Cajun Cooking.

Trinity AME Church Family and Friends Fellowship Day

The Pastor, officers and members of Trinity AME church wish to invite you to worship with us during our annual Family and Friends Fellowship on Sunday, July 29 during our 9 o'clock worship service. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Let us come together to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The special guest preacher for this occasion is the Rev. Dr. Michael E. Bell Sr., pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church in Washington, DC. Additionally, we are expecting several members of the Allen Chapel church family to travel down to Louisiana to mark this very special occasion with us. Our theme is “Better Together”, taken from Psalm 34:3. “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” We look forward to your presence as we seek to offer praises to our God in the spirit of unity. Finally, keep us in prayer and pass the word as we seek to go higher in service to the Lord.

National Sigma Beta Club Conference

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the National Sigma Beta Club Foundation (NSBCF) are hosting their 2018 National Sigma Beta Club Foundation Leadership Conference on July 16 – 18, 2018, at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.This year’s theme and the message “A Brotherhood of Conscious Men: Embracing, Educating & Empowering Young Men Through Mentoring,” will be focused on providing the young men and boys the tools they need to become effective leaders in the communities where they reside.

Annual Orchid Show and Sale

If you have ever been enthralled by the beauty or structure of an orchid, then plan to attend the Baton Rouge Orchid Society’s annual Orchid Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15 and enjoy the display of hundreds of orchids in various shapes, sizes, colors, aromas, and forms. The Show will be held at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free! Further Information is available at

Albion College Honors

Khalif Birden was named to the Albion College Dean's List for the spring 2018 semester. The Dean's List is reserved for students who earn a grade point average above 3.5 with a full course load. Birden is majoring in anthropology and. Birden is the child of Loreal Evans of Gonzales, La.

Garfish Rodeo

The 32nd annual Garfish Rodeo will be held at Manny's, Highway 22 in Maurepas. All proceeds are donated to LFACC and ST. Jude. The event will take place July 28-29. The cost: $75/boat to enter. Sign-up: July 28 at noon. "Big Gar" - $1,000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd - $250 Biggest Trash Fish (no sharks). Limit 10 Gar - 50 Jug Limit. Can only fish waters accessible to Blind River. Gar must be fresh and edible in order to weigh in. Turn card in between 9 a.m. and noon (no earlier). Contact David Stevens 225-324-5695 for more info.

Decoy Carving Heritage

“Louisiana’s Decoy Carving Heritage: Past and Present’ will be presented by Gary Lipham on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. at the Bluebonnet Library. Lipham, a decoy carver, researcher and lecturer, will discuss the rich decoy carving heritage in Louisiana and the very diverse representation of decoy carvers with almost all groups represented in the mix. Uniquely each culture and the personality of the maker comes out in the now folk art of their carvings. Almost every culture represented in our state (Cajun, Slavic, Islenos, Creole, German) contributed to our rich wild-fowling heritage. The free program is open to the public. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society, for more information call Mary McKeough, 924-8921.

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.

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.

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