Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

3rd Annual Boo at the Barn

St. Amant FFA will host its 3rd Annual Boo at the Barn, from 4-8 p.m., on Wed., Oct. 31. The organization is asking visitors to bring a can good for free entry! Entry without a can will run $1 with all proceeds going to local food banks. More details can be found at www.stamantffa.com

Ascension Chamber Business Expo set

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 2 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 Christmas Parade Dec. 6

The Jambalaya Festival Association's theme for the 2012 Ascension JFA Christmas Parade is titled "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.'' Mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Parade entries are confined to marching groups (school affiliated bands, dance groups and cheerleading squads only), individual cars carrying dignitaries, and floats decorated within the limits of the theme. Vehicles, such as motorcycles, go-carts, mud trucks and low-riders will not be allowed.

The parade route will remain the same as last year. It will roll east on Worthey to Burnside, then North on Burnside to the Mall on Burnside Shopping Center where the parade will dismantle.

No parking will be allowed on either side of Worthey road, and the corner of Hwy. 44 and Worthey will again be barricaded to allow vehicles a clear path of procession. All floats and marching groups will be required to have at least four adult marshals to walk along and assist with ensuring the safety of the riders and spectators. Line up begins at 10:30 a.m. and all float entries should be in place by 12 noon for judging. Each entry is judged in four categories: Overall Appearance, Use of theme, Creativity/Originality and Effort. As this is a family event for our community, alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Applications for this year's parade visit the Jambalaya's Web site www.jambalayafestival.orgor questions contact Fran Baker at 931-7709. Participants should register by Monday, Nov. 19. No late applications will be taken.

'Kisses from Katie'

Have you heard of the book "Kisses from Katie" about a 24-yr-old American girl who moved to Uganda to help the poor children of that country? She started Amazina Ministries and can really use community help. Philippians Church wants to help at Christmas by giving inexpensive items that she needs for the 13 girls she has adopted and live in her home. Church members will collect the following donated items and send them to Uganda: Wheat Thins, elastic headbands, black hair ties, toothpaste, tuna, beef jerky, shampoo, icing for cakes, Velveeta cheese, hazelnut creamer, and solid color shirts and below the knee skirts and dresses (size 3T – girls' 14). To make donations, contact Carolyn at (225) 978-4252 or carolyntrvtt@gmail.com.

AARP Chapter 1449 to meet

The AARP Chapter 1449 of Gonzales will meet at 11 a.m., Fri., Oct. 26, at the Gonzales Public Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. They will also meet at 11 a.m., Fri., Nov., 16, at 2337 S. Robert Wilson Rd., Gonzales. Please note date change.

Free Community Workshop

Smith Chiropractic Clinic will present a "Everything Chiropractic Free Community 30 Minute Workshop," at 6:30 p.m., on Oct. 25, at 12320 Hwy. 44 Suite. 2A, Gonzales. Learn how to do things to have a healthier spine. For more information, call (225) 644-8671.

Black Dragon Martial Arts Raffle

The Black Dragon Martial Arts is selling raffle tickets to help raise money for mats for the school and their Little Dragons Program. Tickets are $3 each: 1st Place -$100 gift card to Wal Mart; 2nd Place – $50 to Amazon.com; and 3rd Place – $30 to Outback Steakhouse

Drawing will be held on Dec. 12. Winners will be notified by phone. Call (225) 571-2405 or (225) 715-7956.

Craft booths available

Craft booths are available for the St. Joseph Catholic Church "Winter Wonderland" Food Festival, A Taste of French Settlement on Sun., Dec. 2. The Church is located at 15710 La. Hwy. 16 French Settlement. For more information, call Sheila Aydell at (225) 931-4050 or the Church office at (225) 698-3110.

Free Seminar

The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other important business issues. The next session is at 10 a.m., Fri., Oct. 26, at LDR's Baton Rouge headquarters, 617 North 3rd Street. For details or to register, call (225) 219 5511.

Annual Make A Difference Day

Oct. 27 marks the 15th year that Volunteer Ascension has participated in Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering sponsored by the Points of Light Institute & Hands on Network.

The day is designed to challenge volunteers nationwide to spend time "making a difference" in their communities and in the lives of others. Millions have participated in this nationwide effort.

Pick a project, and then register your individual or corporate projects with Volunteer Ascension. Some "Make a Difference Day" projects take place earlier in the year due to planning and group availability, but those projects are highlighted along with the projects that take place now through Oct. 27. Contact Volunteer Ascension at 644-7655 or email volasinfo@eatel.net to register projects related to any service of doing "good" created for special assistance for children, elderly or families.

Garage Sale for Haiti

The Annual Christian Assembly Garage Sale for Haiti will be held, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., on Oct. 26-27, at the home of Pastor and Mrs. Eartha Rayborn, 6118 Hwy. 44, Gonzales. Donations can be made. For more information, contact (225) 620-4103 or (225) 910-1077.

Council on Aging meeting

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.

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.

Garage Sale Giveaway and Free Car Wash

There will be Garage Sale Giveaway and Free Car Wash, from 8 a.m.-until, Sat., Oct. 27, at 404 W. Pine St., behind Dominos on Airline, Gonzales. Everything is free. For more information, call (225) 773-4302.

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.

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.

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.

'Feast on the Levee'

What: A family event featuring food, fun and entertainment…32nd annual Feast on the Levee--St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

When: Sunday, Oct. 28

Where: Church grounds--St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 402 S. Kirkland Dr. (River Road), Brusly

Features: Cajun food fest, cake baking contest, sweet shop, silent auctions, raffles and Games2U for the kids…plus a Run Run/ 5K race.

Live Music: Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition, 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m. and Mojeaux …3:30-7 p.m.

Contact: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Office, (225) 749-2189.

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 meet

Take 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. 22 – Blood Pressure Checks, Gonzales 10 a.m., Amedysis; Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Beading Class: Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Oct. 23 – Yoga – Gonzales 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.; Bridge Lessons – Gonzales 1 p.m.; Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m., Gonzales 10:30 a.m.; Computer Classes for Seniors, RPCC – Sorrento

9:30 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.

• Oct. 24 – Nutrition Updates, Southern Ag – L. Weber, Donaldsonville 11 a.m.; Brown's Hearing, Donaldsonville 10 a. – 3:30 p.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Gospel Music, Ms. Etta Brown – Gonzales 10 a.m.

• Oct. 25 – CAAA Annual Meeting, Both Centers, Lamar Dixon Center

Gonzales 9 a.m. – Noon; Pilates – Gonzales 8 a.m. and 9 a.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. .