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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin @Cheryl_whats_up

Relay for Life meeting

A Relay for Life meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at Galvez Seafood, 40306 La Hwy. 42 in Prairieville. The committee is inviting anyone interested in forming a team, joining a team, or interested in volunteering. For more information, contact Casey Walker at (225) 571-1745 or Lindsay Turner at (225) 767-4557 or visit

Living Nativity

Little Prairie Baptist Church, at the corner of Hwys. 42 and 44, will feature a "Living Nativity" Dec. 13, 14, 15 and 16, from 6-8 p.m. Drive though viewing.

Retiree Club Christmas Social

The Freeport-McMoran Retiree Club will be celebrating their annual Christmas Social at the Mosaic Recreation Building (Old Freeport Peppermint Lounge) on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. til. If there are any past or present employees and guest interested in attending, please contact Gail Grob at 225-869-5842, as soon as possible.

VFW/Auxiliary 3693 Christmas Party

The annual VFW/Auxiliary 3693 Christmas Party for members and guest is set for Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Post Hall. Participants are asked to bring a dessert. An auction and raffle will be held.

Senior Citizen Christmas Party

The American Legion Auxiliary ladies will host a Christmas party for all seniors on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 1-3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Featuring refreshments, bingo and prizes.

Santa Claus coming to St. Amant

St. Amant KC Council 6389 is having Santa Claus arriving at the KC Hall in St. Amant, from 1 till 3 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7. Doors open at noon and a movie will start at 12:15.

Community Christmas Celebration

Dutchtown Baptist Church invites the community to their Community Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. Christmas will come alive as members present a living nativity with the narration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem throughout the evening. Find the Baby Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph, see the shepherds watching their flocks by the light of the moon and be awed as wise men arrive with gifts for Baby Jesus. The live nativity presentation will be an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately.

Free activities for your family will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8: p.m. Join in as they decorate gingerbread houses and sugar cookies; show off your artistic talents with crafts such as making Christmas cards and painting ornaments. Christmas stories and refreshments will be shared throughout the evening for you to enjoy while listening to Christmas music and chatting with friends.

Dutchtown Baptist Church is located at 36495 C. Braud Road in Prairieville and provides opportunities for everyone from children to senior adults. For more information about Dutchtown Baptist Church you can visit their website at

RRAA upcoming Holiday Events

Art Gumbo Market at Houmas House Plantation & Gardens

December 7, 13, 14, 20, & 21 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Outdoor market features Louisiana arts & crafts from local artists.

Complimentary food tasting from Latil's Restaurant.

Free & open to the public; located at the entrance to Houmas House.

The Depot Gallery of River Region Art Association is located at 1008 W. Hwy. 30, Gonzales, LA 70737 Houmas House Plantation & Gardens is located at 40136 Hwy. 942 (River Road), Darrow, LA 70725

For more information on any of these events, contact RRAA at 225-644-8496 or JoAnn Eiswirth at jeiswir or go to or follow on facebook.

Santa's Shop at Depot Gallery

Wednesdays – Sundays, through Dec. 31 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Located inside the Depot Gallery.

Features an array of affordable art gifts priced $25 or under.

Christmas Open House at Depot Gallery

Friday, Dec. 6 from 11:00 am—7:00 pm

Public is invited for refreshments and special discounts on selected items.

Santa's Shop features an array of affordable art gifts priced $25 or under.

Gallery features 275+ original works of art by 30 member artists.

'Riding with the Saints'

Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church is having a Fall Festival - "Riding with the Saints" on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. The public is asked to come out and join us for great family fun --- Horseback Riding and Tricks, Food, Soft Drinks, Crafts and More! Shekinah is located at 10164 North Line Street, St James. Ronald D. Harbin, Sr., is Founder/Senior Pastor.

Library closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Friday, Dec.13 for a staff meeting.

StashBuilder's Quilt Guild meets

StashBuilder's Quilt Guild meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at St. James Lutheran Church, 1415 E Hwy. 30, in Gonzales. Both new and experienced quilters are invited to attend. Call 225-936-2238 for more information.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly LA 422 Prairieville meets on Thursday evenings. Private TOPS weigh-ins are from 5:30-6 p.m. and meetings are from 6-7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find out more information about TOPS, call 313-3180.

Cajun Country Quilt Guild

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

Food Pantry every other Tuesday

The Rock Church Food Pantry. 42080 Churchpoint Rd., Gonzales, will be open every other Tuesday from noon-3 p.m. For more information, contact (225) 763-1860 or

Awana clubs

First Baptist Church, 1217 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales, is offering Awana clubs for ages 1 year to 8th grade. Meetings are on Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. through the school year. Visit for more information.

Tuesday and Sunday Bingo

The St. Amant Knights of Columbus holds bingo two nights a week. On Tuesday, the doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7:30. On Sunday afternoon the doors open at 4 p.m. and bingo begins at 5 p.m. No one under the age of 18 is allowed.

Everyone is invited to come. On the last Tuesday of each month free jambalaya is served to the players.The St. Amant Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 43472 Black Bayou Road.

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.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Dec. 9

Oceans Behavioral

Rose Lockhart, RN

Less Stress for


Gonzales 10 a.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Club

Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Dec. 10

Senior Christmas Party

Gonzales Civic Center

Gonzales 10 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 a.m.

& 9:15 a.m.

Bridge – Gonzales

1 p.m.

Zumba Gold


9:00 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• Dec. 11

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Blood Pressure Checks




10:30 a.m.

Canasta –

Donaldsonville 10 a.m.

• Dec. 12

Senior Christmas Party

Palazzo Bernard's

Donaldsonville 10 a.m.



Fast Exercise

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Pilates – Gonzales 8:15

a.m. & 9:15 a.m.

Cajun Needlers

Gonzales 12:30 p.m.

• Dec. 13

Dutchtown Schoo

l Choir

Christmas Program

Gonzales 11:10 a.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.

Canasta – Gonzales

1 p.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at or 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.