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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin @Cheryl_whats_up

St. Elizabeth Physicians offers new educational program

St. Elizabeth Physicians is pleased to offer Shop Wise & Eat Healthy-A Guided Grocery Store Tour, sponsored by LeBlanc's Food Stores and St. Elizabeth Physicians Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy Program. This new, hands-on educational program teaches participants valuable tips on reading food labels, understanding ingredients and buying foods based on health needs. All sessions are offered to participants free of charge.

Tours will be held at LeBlanc's Food Store, 209 South Airline Hwy., Gonzales, on: Monday, March 4 at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 12 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m.

To register, or for information regarding the St. Elizabeth Physicians Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy Program, call (225) 743-2836. Spots are limited, so call today!

Food Pantry every other Tuesday

The Rock Church Food Pantry will be open every other Tuesday starting Feb. 26, from noon-3 p.m. Located at 42080 Churchpoint Rd. Gonzales. For more information, contact (225) 763-1860 or visittherock.com

Dedication of new 'Tennis Courts'

There will be a dedication ceremony Saturday, March 23 of the new "Tennis Courts" in Gonzales. Allen Guillot, Gloria Berthelot and Frank Thomas will be recognized.

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.

Benefit Car Show for Remi Roussel

A Benefit Car Show for Remi Roussel will be held, Feb. 23 at Lamar-Dixon, with all proceeds going to help family pay for funeral expenses. The event will be from 11 .m.-5 p.m. Rain or shine, covered parking will be available. Spectators are free. Car Show entry is $20 and car show awards will be presented. Jambalaya will be serve at noon for $6 a plate.

The event will feature classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, monster trucks, race cars, Rat Rods, custom ATV/UTVs, sports cars and Mud Trucks, a silent auction, decals, support bands, raffles, music, food and much more. Absolutely no alcohol on premises.

For more information, contact Krystal at (225) 200-5493 or Robbie at (225) 978-9248. Interested parties can email at RemiRousselBatman@gmail.com

Gumbo in St. James

The St. James Episcopal Church Women — and guys, and friends — invite the public to Bishops Hall, at the corner of Florida and N. Fourth Street for Gumbo 2013.

Volunteers at St. James will serve fabulous Gumbo lunches of either shrimp, or chicken and sausage gumbo, along with Sensation Salad, bread and a tasty dessert, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each Friday. Dine-in customers can enjoy water, tea or coffee with their meal.

Drive-thru pickup of boxed lunches is also available. Or, order some a la carte items for heat-and-eat meals at home or the office: pints and quarts of gumbo, rice, cole slaw, dessert servings and bread by the loaf are offered. Just phone in your pick-up order to 225-387-5141 on Friday mornings between 8 and 10, and it can be delivered right to your car on our Fourth Street pick-up lane!

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. Reservations are required. No children under 21. If you would like to attend, 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.

No Soc Hop for February

The Parish of Ascension Recreation and Culture Department will not host its monthly Senior Soc Hop for February. The next Soc Hop will be Friday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. at Lamar-Dixon. Residents 50 plus are welcome to attend. Lunch is served before the Throw Together Band performs. For more information, contact Michelle or Beth in the Recreation Dept. at 621-9661 or 621-1165.

Pastor to celebrate 26th anniversary

The Buena Vista Baptist Church, 10633 Hwy. 18, St. James, will honor Pastor Joseph Coleman Sr. and First Lady Diane C. Coleman during their noon service on Sunday, Feb. 24. The guest speaker will be Rev. Charlie R. Davis, Pastor of Second St. John Baptist Church of Avondale. The public is invited.

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.

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.

Seize the Day 2013

The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana's 9th annual 5k-1 mile fun run will take place April 6.

• 8 - 8:45 a.m.: Race day registration

• 9 a.m.: 1 mile fun run/walk

• 9:30 a.m.: 5k run/walk

• 9 a.m.: Family fun activities... Entertainment, food, prizes and more!

LSU Old Front Nine

For more information and to register visit www.epilepsylouisiana.org/events/

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.

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.

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.

TOPS LA 422 meet

Take Off Pounds Sensibly LA 422 Prairieville meets Thursday 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.

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

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.

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

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Feb. 21

Fast Exercise

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 & 9 a.m.

Cajun Needlers

Gonzales 12:30 p.m.

• Feb. 22

Gospel Music

Etta Brown

Donaldsonville 10 a.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Canasta – Gonzales 1 p.m.

• Feb. 25

Blood Pressure


Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Vital Link (In Service)

Jon Morgan

Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

Fast Exercise

Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 26

Blood Pressure Checks


Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

Bingo sponsor

Chateau D'ville

Keith Cooper

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 a.m. Gonzales 9 a.m.

Bridge Lessons

Gonzales 1:00 p.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• Feb. 27

Birthday Party

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

La. Department of Insurance

SHIIP/Krista M. Hood

Donaldsonville 10 a.m.

Gospel Music

Etta Brown

Gonzales 10 a.m.

Fast Exercise

Donaldsonville 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.