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Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Power of Hope and Bayou Beauties

The Power of Hope and Bayou Beauties double header is being held Oct. 20 at the Grande Pavilion on Airline Hwy. Infants through 19 year old girls are invited to compete. Every girls is awarded a crown and the base entry fee is only $45. Proceeds from the The Power of Hope title will benefit St Jude Children's Hospital. Contact Pam Hughes at pamwhughes@aol.com or call (225) 603-3378 for more information. You can also request information through Facebook page: Bayou Beauties of Louisiana.

PPHOA Fall Festival

The Pelican Point Homeowner's Association is holding their Annual Fall Fest/Canned Food Drive in Ascension Parish, from 6-9 p.m., on Sat. Oct. 27. It will be held in the Main Street building parking lot, directly in front of the neighborhood. The event is free to all residents and only $5 for guests. There will be plenty of food with live entertainment and vendors from all over.For more information, call Julia at (225) 473-0004.

Free Fall Festival & Health Fair

The public invited to the Ascension Baptist Church Free Fall Festival & Health Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sat., Oct. 20. There will be food, games, jumbo slide, cupcake walk, football toss, petting zoo, and much, much more. The church is located at 13432 Airline Highway, Gonzales, next to Supreme Chevrolet.A Health Fair will be sponsored. Stop by for details of services. A flyer will be available listing the Health Fair offerings.

NAACP meeting

The Ascension Parish Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has scheduled the monthly meeting for members at 6 p.m., on Mon., Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at Foundation of Faith Ministries located at 523 Ascension Street, Gonzales. Nomination for Officers for 2013- 2015 will also be taken at this meeting.For additional information, contact Robyn Penn Delaney at (225) 473-6635.

Ascension Chamber Business Expo

The Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Expo, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m., on Thurs., Nov. 1, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The Expo will take the place of the November Monthly Member's Luncheon and is designed to be the premier introduction to businesses in and around the Ascension community. The Expo will also be a opportunity for participants to make face to face contact with potential customers, including fellow vendors as well as a chance to generate immediate sales and leads. All vendors are encouraged to distribute products, samples or promotional items to increase market presence.General admission is free and open to the public. Not only will there be complimentary food samples and beverages for those who attend, but two iPads will be given away and attendees will be able to take a chance to win a new car or $25,000.If you are interested in participating in the Ascension Chamber's Business Expo as a sponsor or vendor or for more information, contact the chamber office at (225) 647-7487 or info@ascensionchamber.com.

Ascension Council on to hold Aging Membership Drive

The Ascension Council on Aging is holding its annual membership drive until Oct. 15. Membership in the council is open without restrictions to parish residents who have reached the age of majority. There is no fee for membership. Persons interested in the problems and concerns of the elderly and wishing to serve in some capacity may apply at 526 South Irma Boulevard in Gonzales and 101 Bocage Drive in Donaldsonville.The annual meeting of the Ascension Council on Aging will take place at the Gonzales Senior Center at 6 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 29.

Ascension Belles Pageant

The first Ascension Belles Pageant will take place Oct. 6 at The Venue in St. Amant. Divisions: Baby Miss - Miss Ascension Belles Glitz Pageant. Entry for each division $100, all awards are included with entry.First 20 to pay before Sept. 29 will have a chance to win entry back day of pageant.If you need a dress they have them for sale/rent.Email ascensionbelles@yahoo.com for entry form. If you have any questions please contact Penny Griffin at (225) 445-7101 or Jennifer King at (225) 313-5257 (after 5:30).

St. Amant Middle Fall Festival

St. Amant Middle School will host its second annual Fall Festival, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Sat., Oct. 13, at St. Amant Middle School, 44317 Highway 429, St. Amant. The festival is open to the public.This event will be packed with entertainment for all ages. The festival will feature performances by the St. Amant High Gatorettes, Cinderella Scholarship Program Queens –past and present, Gonzales Middle School Cheerleaders, Lake Middle School Cheerleaders, St. Amant Middle School Dance Team, Griffin's Academy of Martial Arts as well as a talent show of St. Amant Middle School students.

There will be music, food, arts and crafts, games, pictures with characters, raffles, face painting, train rides and inflatables. Merchandise to be sold by vendors range from hair bows, jewelry, gifts by Trendy Treasures, Avon, diet items, kids' toys, kitchen items, Fleur De Bling T-shirts and accessories, flip flops, Scentsy items, wreaths, and much, much more. Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office will be available to do Kids' IDs, and the popular "Cash for Gold" will be there to buy your old or unwanted gold items.There will be a raffle booth for a chance to win items such as Christmas and LSU wreaths, Scentsy Warmer, LSU & Saints flip flops, LSU watch from Layne's jewelry, LSU iIce chest, Rave Movie Tickets, Pampered Chef items, Carlico Café gift card, picture frames, candles, AMA Karate sessions, jewelry, Tate Tuillier Photography gift certificate, rounds of golf at Pelican Point, football autographed by the 2012 LSU football team and much more.

Wednesday Bingo

The American Legion Post 81, 421 E. City, Gonzales, holds bingo every Wednesday night. Everyone is welcome. Children are welcome, but must buy at least a $5 book. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.

Weekend Bingo

VFW Post 3693, bingo Friday and Saturday nights. Children six years and older are welcome, must buy at least a $5 book. Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.Located at 42430 Church Point Rd, Gonzales.

Cajun Country Quilt Guild

Cajun Country Quilt Guild, meets second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Burnside. Visitors and new members invited. Call 647-2720, for more information.

Center Based Respite offered

COEA The Arc of East Ascension offers Center Based Respite to individuals with developmental disabilities. Call (225) 621-2000, ask for Ascension Center Based Respite. Adult Day Health Care offered to elderly individuals who are functionally impaired. Call (225) 621-2000, ask for Ascension Elder Care Center.

Epilepsy Support Group meets

Epilepsy Support Group, meets first Thurs. of the month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the NeuroMedical Center, 10101 Park Rowe, 6th Floor, Baton Rouge.

TOPS LA 422 meetTake Off Pounds Sensibly LA 422 Prairieville meets Thurs. evenings. Private TOPS weigh-ins, 5:30-6 p.m. and meeting, 6-7 p.m. Visitors welcome to attend first TOPS meeting free of charge. Call TOPS at 313-3180, for more information.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Oct. 5 – Zumba Gold, Donaldsonville 9 a.m., Gonzales 10:30 a.m.; Pool Tournament, Championship Game, Gonzales 9 a.m.; Karaoke – Gonzales 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

• Oct. 8 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville – 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Beading Class – Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Oct. 9 – Bingo Sponsor, Chateau D'ville, Gonzales 9:30 a.m.; Yoga – 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., Gonzales; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.; Zumba Gold, Donaldsonville 9 a.m.; Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• Oct. 10 – "Ask the Doctor," with Dr. Shawn Owens, Gonzales 11 a.m.; Canasta, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville – 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• Oct. 11 – Blood Pressure checks, Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.; Southern Care; Fast Exercise, Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Pilates – Gonzales 8 a.m. & 9 a.m.; Cajun Needlers, Gonzales 12:30 p.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. Twitter Cheryl @Cheryl_whats_up.