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Central Primary New Student Registration & Withdrawal dates

Central Primary presents its New Student Registration & Withdrawal Dates: Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, July 17, from 9 a.m.-noon and the week of Monday, July 29 and Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Vacation Bible School

Pastor Clarence Stephens and the New St. John Fellowship has scheduled it's Vacation Bible School during the week of July 8-12 from 5 -7:30 p.m. This year's VBS will be held at the church sanctuary located at 1615 North Toby Ave. Gonzales. Children as well as adults are encouraged to attend. For questions or registration call (225) 235-1150.

Fire Conference July 19-21

A Fire Conference will be held Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21 at Philippians Church, 13353 Highway 44, Gonzales.

• Friday, July 19

7 p.m.

Phillip & Marsha Clemons

The Ark Ministries

Florence, Alabama


• Saturday, July 20

7 p.m.

Brian Guerin

Bridal Glory International

Prarieville, Louisiana


Jump in the River

• Sunday, July 21

10 a.m.

Prophet Mark Pool

Word to the World Ministries

Baker, Louisiana


• Sunday, July 21

6 p.m.

Pastor Tyrone Gray

See the website for more information at www.philippianschurch.org

Phone (225) 673-5851.

Child care will be available.

'Praise in the Park'

Beacon Light Church of Baton Rouge presents "Praise in the Park" Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. - noon at Jambalaya Park, Gonzales.

EAHS class of 1983 30th Year Reunion

The reunion committee is inviting all graduates of the East Ascension High class of 1983 to join in celebrating the 30th reunion. It is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Grande Pavilion on Airline Highway in Gonzales. The cost to attend is $40 per person. This includes a dinner buffet, soft drinks, wine, beer, coffee, dessert and a DJ. A cash bar will also be available. If you plan to attend, please send your money or make your checks out to Terrelyn (Bourgeois) Banker. Her mailing address is 42042 Banker Drive, Gonzales, La 70737.

Library Closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

'Back 2Skool: 50 Book Sacks' Outreach

Philippians Church Operation Hope's campaign is called "50 Book Sacks," and they want to get started right away! Returning to school can be an exciting time for some, yet troublesome for others. With prices steadily on the rise, what once was simple has become a daunting task for low-income families. They want to help ease this burden, and would love for you to partner with them!

"50 Book~sacks" means just this:

They want, with your help, to present 50 kids with brand new book sacks filled with basic supplies that include:

• 1 bottle of glue

• 1 pack of glue sticks

• 1 pack of markers

• 1 pack of crayons

• 1 pack of colored pencils

• 1 pack of regular pencils

• 1 pair of scissors

• 2 packs of paper

• 1 (3-ring) binder

They will pack each book sack and hand deliver it to low-income families that they have had the pleasure of knowing over the years. If you, your family, or anyone you know can donate a book sack and/or its contents, they would be grateful and honored to call you their partners.

The launch date to deliver the book sacks will be Sunday, July 14, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending when the last book sack has been delivered.

Contact Jessica at 439-4303.

Young artists get the opportunity

"Bootsy II" Tony Wilson, along with "Kidd Funkadelic" Mike Hampton of George Clinton, would like to give young artists the opportunity to record their best music. "If it's a hit, your music will be heard by different record companies," stated Wilson. They are asking for a copy, not the original. For more information, call Bootsy II at (225) 276-5116.

Volunteer Ascension Blue Barrels

Donate uniforms to one of the seven Volunteer Ascension Blue Barrels. You can find the Barrels at these seven locations Dutch Cleaners, Lejeune's Cleaners, Sac's Western Store, Kean's in Prairieville on Airline, Kean's on Hwy 44, Kean's in Gonzales, The Uniform Post. The Barrels will be out through July. Uniforms will be redistributed to students in Ascension Parish that are in need. Volunteer Ascension provides school uniforms to students in K-8th grades in Ascension Parish schools. Volunteers are needed to collect, sort, repair and distribute uniforms all summer. If interested in Volunteering to help, please call the Volunteer Ascension office know at (225)?644-7655.

Readers are Winners during

A Booklover's Summer

Relax into reading during Ascension Parish Library's summer reading program for adults…A Booklover's Summer. Through July 31, readers can enter weekly drawings for $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Certificates and also be eligible to win a grand prize featuring a Gardener's Supply Deluxe Tractor Scoot with a bucket basket. This beautiful garden scoot will make gardening easier because you can sit, swivel and roll. You will be able to work in your garden in a seated position so it's easier on your back and knees. The package also includes two colorful gardening books for your gardening bookshelf: Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana by Dan Gill and Louisiana Gardener's Guide by Dan Gill and Joe White. An assortment of gardening accessories will also be included. For details on how to enter, visit our website at: www.myAPL.org , drop by any library location for an entry form, or call Gonzales at 647-3955, Galvez at 622-3339, Donaldsonville at 473-8052, or Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Lakeside Prep Day on July 31

The staff at Lakeside Primary will be conducting a Prep Day for students on July 31. At that time, parents and students will be able to pay fees, pick up pre-ordered supply packs, and receive important information about the 2013-2014 school year.

Upon arriving that day, please report to the library to complete bus paperwork first. Next, you will report to the cafeteria. After paying the school's supply fee of $10, parents will be able to find out their child's teacher for the upcoming year. Maps and room numbers will be provided.

To avoid long lines and traffic jams, please visit the school at the following designated times.

If your last name begins with E – I, your visitation time is 8:30-10:00.

If your last name begins with J – N, your visitation time is 10:00-11:30.

If your last name begins with O – Z, your visitation time is 11:30-1:00.

If your last name begins with A – D, your visitation time is 1:00-2:30.

The teachers will be helping to disseminate information during Prep Day, so they will not be in their classrooms. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, students and parents will be able to come to school at 1:30-3:30. At that time, supplies can be brought to the classroom and teachers will be available to meet with you.

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 visittherock.com

Prairieville Middle School

Summer Registration

Prairieville Middle School will host summer registration for students who are new to the PVM school district, or students who live in the PVM school district and previously attended private or homeschool study, Monday, July 29 through Friday Aug. 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The following items are needed to complete registration: (1) completed registration packet (can be picked up at the school), (2) withdrawal form or final report card showing grade placement for the 2013-2014 school year from previous school, (3) birth certificate, (4) social security card, (5) immunization record, (6) proof of residence, which must be most recent DEMCO or ENTERGY bill, (7) parent driver's license or state issued identification, (8) documentation of special services (ex: SPEECH, SPED, 504, etc), if applicable. For additional information, please contact Prairieville Middle School at (225) 391-6300.

Free + Recycling = Freecycling

Do you have a perfectly good item that you no longer need, or are you in the market for something new? Ascension Parish Library – Galvez is connecting people who have extra items with people who can use them at an event that combines the best of garage sales and recycling: "Free + Recycling = Freecycling." So, on Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m., bring in your gently used items and browse for things you need or want. Remember: It's All Free! Come in and see what's available! Avoid the hassles of garage sales and thrift stores. Don't miss this great opportunity to clean out your attic, help the environment and find something you want, all at the same time!

TOPS LA 422 meet

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.

Lakeside Primary School

New Student Registration

Lakeside Primary School, 16500 Hwy. 431, Prairieville presents new student registration dates:

Tuesday, July 23, from 9 – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30, from 9 – 12 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 – 12 p.m.

Parents/Guardians need to bring the following documents to complete registration:

• Driver's License of Parent/Guardian

• Birth Certificate

• Social Security Card

• Immunization Records

• Proof of Residency (electric or gas bill)

• Custody Papers if applicable

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

• July 5

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.


Gonzales 9:30 a.m.-

11:30 a.m.

Canasta – Gonzales

1 p.m.

• July 8

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Class

Gonzales 9 a.m.

• July 9

Bingo Sponsor

Casey @ Canon

Gonzales 10 a.m.

Bridge – Gonzales

11 p.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.


• July 10

Canasta –


9:30 a.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• July 11

Fast Exercise –

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.


Gonzales – 8:15 a.m.

& 9 a.m.

Cajun Needlers

Gonzales 12:30 p.m.

PIYO – Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at cbabin@weeklycitizen.com 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.