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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin @Cheryl_whats_up

Steak Dinner Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Gonzales will host a "Have a Steak in Education" steak dinner fundraiser, at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Gonzales Civic Center. The fundraiser is being held for The Ascension Fund, "Promoting Academic Excellence." The event is $100 a couple and will also include a live auction, music and comedian.

For tickets and information, call (225) 644-8688 or visit Bayou Financial Services at 526 South Burnside, Gonzales.

1st Annual Sweetheart Romantic Evening

The Gonzales Police Department presents its "1st Annual Sweetheart Romantic Evening" (fundraiser) on Friday, Feb. 15, at Clairon N. Hwy. 30. Social and cocktail hour will be from 7-8 p.m. The evening starts at 8 p.m. Ticket(s) are $30 per person and $35 at the door. Get your ticket(s) or to reserve tickets, call Sharon Morris at 955-4683.

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, plan a tour for you and your family or organization to support the River Road African American Museum. Visit www.africanamericanmuseum.org to learn more.

Rougon High School Class Reunion

A high school reunion will be held in Pointe Coupee Parish for the former Rougon High School students. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13, in Pointe Coupee Parish at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads. If you would like to attend or get more information, call Billie Militello at (225) 270-0093. There will be food, entertainment, souvenirs and prizes provided.

Hot to Trot/4-Alarm Fundraiser

The Pelican Point's Hot to Trot/4-Alarm Fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 27, at the Pelican Point's Club House, Gonzales. This fundraiser benefits the 5th Ward Volunteer Fire Department. The 1 Mile and 5K run/walk race will start at 8 a.m. Ages 3-15 will be $10 and 16 and above $20; family $40 (2 adults and up to 4 children). Entry includes race T-shirt, pancake breakfast and prizes. The day also includes a "Red-Hot Raffle" of over 70 gift baskets donated by area businesses and individuals. For more information, call Julia at 225-473-0004.

Ascension Hospital Employee Reunion

The Ascension Hospital Employee Reunion will be held, at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ascension Hospital in the classroom. Drinks will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a dish, such as an appetizer, fingerfood, or dessert. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can call Liz Deweese at (225) 936-4528, Dawn Guillot at (225) 278-8474, or Betty Meggs at (225) 323-2407.

Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana's 9th Annual Fundraising Event

The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana invites you to sponsor, and participate, in our fundraising event, Seize the Day, being held on April 6, 2013 at the LSU Old Front Nine in Baton Rouge, . Seize the Day is the largest epilepsy advocacy day in Louisiana and we would love to have your participation and support. The event's festivities will include a 1 mile fun run, a 5k run, prizes, lots of food and entertainment! We look forward to seeing you there! Go to www.epilepsylouisiana.org/events/ for more information and to register.

Ascension-Livingston Parkway Feasibility Study Public Information Meeting

There will be a public information meeting for the Ascension-Livingston Parkway Feasibility Study, from 6-8 p.m., Feb. 20, at Lakeside Primary School, 16500 Louisiana 431, Prairieville.

This project examines the relative feasibility and impacts of constructing a new four-lane parkway with bridge crossing of the Amite River connecting US 190, I-12 and I-10. This open-house style meeting will provide information regarding the proposed project to the public.

For questions or to arrange disability assistance, please call (225) 450-1012.

Black History Program

New St. Paul Mission Baptist Church, along with Pastor Paul Jr., invites the public to come out and celebrate their "Black History Program" featuring black icons of East Ascension Parish. The event will be held during 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Feb. 17. The church is located at 14130 Hwy. 44, Gonzales.

Free 4th grade Leap Test workshop

The Ascension Fair Ascension will offer four free session workshops to help fourth graders succeed on the LEAP test. Session will start March 7, at Mt. Gillion Baptist Church in Prairieville. Registration is required. The deadline to register is March 1. For additional information, visit www.ascensionfair.com or contact Richard Brown at (225) 571-1021 or Gloria Burns at (225) 939-6861.

Ascension Choir Concert

The choirs of Ascension Parish Public Schools will host Ascension Choir in Concert. The choirs of Dutchtown, East Ascension, and St. Amant High Schools will each present three songs prepared for an upcoming District Assessment. The concert will take place on Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 15208 Hwy. 73, Prairieville.

AARP Chapter 1449 to meet

On Feb. 22, at 11 a.m., the AARP Chapter 1449 will visit the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Training Center, 9094 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales. Members are asked to wear their organizational red shirt. Lunch will followed at Don's Seafood Hut, 2405 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales.

The March 22 meeting will be held at, 11 a.m., at 2337 S. Robert Wilson Rd.

Smoke Alarm Install Campaign

Operation Save A Life Louisiana is holding a Smoke Alarm Install Campaign.

• Encourage homeowners to install Smoke Alarms

• Needy family's can request free alarm and installation

• Go to lasfm.org, click on "Operation Save A Life" for complete form online. For more information, call (225) 925-4911 or savealife@la.gov

Forms are available at the Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales.

American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program

The American Legion Gautreau/Williams Post 81 of Gonzales is seeking high school and home school students, grades 9 through 12 to participate in the annual American Legion Oratorical scholarship program. Participants will speak on assigned topics of the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of these assigned topics is to test the speakers' knowledge of the subject, the extent of research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution. Participants will compete in state and national contests. Scholarship monies of: 1st place: $18,000 2nd place: $16,000 and 3rd place: $14,000 will be awarded to the national winners. The state will also award scholarship monies to the state winners.

The National contest will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana April 19-21, with travel expenses for the state winner and chaperone being provided by the American Legion.

If you are interested in participating in this oratorical scholarship program, please contact chairperson, Legionnaire Jerome Dupessis at 467-8639; or the Gautreau/Williams Post Home 81 at 644-1978.

Special needs youth summer

Applications for a summer vacation full of fun for special needs youth in the Ascension Parish area are now being accepted by members of the Gonzales Lions Club.

The Louisiana Lions Camp is located north of Leesville and will open Sunday June 2. There will be

• One week session for youth with pulmonary disorders ages 5-15

• Two one-week sessions for mentally challenged ages 8-19

• Two one-week sessions for youth with diabetes ages 6-14

• Two one-week sessions for visual, hearing, and orthopedically impaired youth ages 7-19

There is no cost to the parents for the campers to stay. All requests for summer camp are handled locally by Lions, and each applicant requires a Lion sponsorship.

For more information and to receive an application for the camp, please contact

Eva Lamendola of the Gonzales Lions Club at 644-4444.

You may also visit the camp's website at www.lionscamp.org.

Zumba Fitness Gospel Flavor

A Zumba Fitness with a Gospel Flavor takes from 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Philippians Church, 13353 Hwy. 44, Gonzales. No contract, participants don't pay if they miss a class. For more information, call (225) 936-9636, certified instructor, Konchetta "Cookie" Bringier.

Women from every branch of service

WVOLA is an organization comprised of women from every branch of service: Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. WVOLA serves local veterans and their families along with our military brothers and sisters and their families who continue to fight for our freedom in Afghanistan and other worldwide locations. WVOLA includes veterans that have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert

Storm, Persian Gulf, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan and in every period of peacetime. Any woman veteran who was HONORABLY DISCHARGED and any Active Duty, Reservist or National Guard female member is invited to join. WVOLA meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge.

Canary Islanders Heritage Society to meet

Stella Carline Tanoos, a member of the Board of Directors for the Iberville Museum and LeComite, will be the featured speaker at the next general membership meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 2, at the Louisiana State Archives Building, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Tanoos will present information on the historical cattle trails from Texas and across Louisiana dating from the French and Spanish Colonial Period.

All meetings are open to the public. Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found on their website at www.canaryislanders.org. You may contact the President of the Society by email: president@canaryislanders.org.

Life-writing class offered

Patt Roberson, Ph.D., will be leading a life-writing class at the Ascension Council on Aging, 526 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales, from 1-3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, 25, and March 4, 11, 18 and 25, through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU.

Participants will share reading, writing and critiquing as they begin to prepare family documents for the enjoyment of future generations.

Now is the time to enroll. Contact OLLI at LSU for details, (225) 578-6763 or www.outreach.lsu.edu/olli.

Live It Up! Donate blood

Donate blood in the Celebration Center of First United Methodist Church in Gonzales on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Blood donors will receive a Blood Center limited edition T-shirt plus family blood coverage and a free cholesterol check. Don't forget to eat a good meal before donating and to bring your ID. For questions, call the church office at (225) 647-4678.

ACH Open House

Ascension Christian High, 14408 E. A. Academy Rd., Gonzales, will be hosting a second "Open House" Feb. 18, from 5-7 p.m., for families wanting to know more about the HOF Schools. Ascension Christian High includes grades 8-12.

Call for Quilts

The Giving Quilt, Inc. Quilt Show is sending a "Call for Quilts" April 6, at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales. The organization is now collecting quilts to be displayed. All quilts displayed are donated to the quilter's charity of choice.

There will be door prizes, cash prizes for Viewer's Choice, Challenge Viewer's Choice and Judges' Choice Quilts, vendors, Kids Draw for Kids sponsored by NQA, Pillowcases for Camp Grace and Art Quilt Display.

Quilts must be submitted by March 22. For more information about the show and to submit a quilt, please visit www.thegivingquiltinc.org.

Bayou Bebes Doll Show & Sale

The Bayou Bebes Doll Show & Sale will take place, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on Feb. 23, at the Milton J. Womack Facility (BREC), 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. Admission is $4. The club website is www.angelfire.com/la2/bayoubebes. For more information, contact Cynthia or George Orgeron at (985) 386-4291 or email cynthiaoregron@bellsouth.net or Suzanne Mouch at sem728@yahoo.com

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.

Addiction Recovery Group

The Most Excellent Way Addiction Recovery Group, sponsored by Christ Healing Community, is located 404 W. Pine St. in Gonzales, behind Dominos on Airline. The group meets every Friday at 7 p.m. For 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.

Myer Epstein Bishop Scholarship Fund

The Myer Epstein Bishop Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants. Each year $1,000 is awarded to one graduating senior from Ascension Parish towards their first semester of college. Bishop was very community oriented and a believer in education. This is his family's way of memorializing him. You can find the application at: www.gnof.org/scholarships/myer-epstein-bishop-scholarship/

Foster or Adopt a Child

The Department of Children & Family Services, servicing Ascension Parish, invites you to make a lifetime of difference for a child by welcoming them into your safe and loving home.

For more information about foster parenting or adoption, contact the Thibodaux Region Home Development Unit at 985-449-5055 or 1-800-748-7755 or visitwww.dcfs.la.gov

AIChE February Meeting

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) February meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at El Maguey Mexican Restaurant, 8290 Siegen Lane (South of railroad overpass). The speaker will be Glenn Young, CSP, CPSA and the topic will be OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Chemical Plants.

• 5:30 p.m. – Registration and social

• 6:00 – Dinner

• 6:25 – Business

• 6:30 – Speaker

• $13/person; students free

Reservations: Individuals and company representatives RSVP to Stephen Reilly by

4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18; Stephen.Reilly@ProSys.com or at 225-291-9591x249. For more information, visit www.aiche-br.org.

AIChE Seminar: Engineers Without Borders

EVENT: Seminar on Engineering for Developing Countries

DATE: Thursday, Feb. 21

TIME: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLACE: Auditorium of Coastal, Environmental and Energy Building, LSU

FOR MORE INFO: www.aiche-br.org.

Subjects include Solar Systems for Pumping Water; Alternative Fuels; Sustainability of Projects; and status of ongoing projects. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Registration cost is $60 for Professionals. Six PDH's for Professional Engineers will be awarded. There is no cost for the seminar for Student EWB Members.

Old State Capitol to present Betty Toepfler

"My Life & Times as a Resident of the Old State Capitol," will be presented by Betty Toepfler, a retired Louisiana History teacher, at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard. A humorous, factual account of how a "regular" person came to reside at the Old State Capitol during WWII, the talk will include up-close accounts of ghosts, politicians, USO events, and other historical events.

The program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society. For more information visit batonrougegenealogy.org or call Mary McKeough, at 924-8921.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Feb. 15

Bingo Sponsor

Chateau D'ville


10:30 a.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Canasta – Gonzales

1 p.m.

• Feb. 18

Blood Pressure Checks


Donaldsonville 11 a.m.

Nutrition Updates

LSU Ag center

Passon Mason

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Class

Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Feb. 19

La. Department

of Insurance

Krista M. Hood / SHIIP

Gonzales 10 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 a.m.

& 9 a.m.

Bridge Lessons

Gonzales 1 p.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• Feb. 20

Blood Pressure checks

Southern Care


9:30 a.m.

Senior Solution Forum

Dale Mitchell/Sunrise

Donaldsonville 11 a.m.

Tai Chi

Gonzales (Last Session)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 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. Follow on Twitter @Cheryl_whats-up.