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Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Pageant

Don't miss out on this year's Gonzales Jambalaya Festival Pageant! The deadline to enter has been extended to April 26! The pageant is open to Ascension Parish residents, boys ages 0-4 and girls ages 0-22. Teen/Miss pageant will be held on May 4 and the Children's pageant will be held on May 5. For more information and entry forms, visit or email

Pastor Celebration

A celebration of the 4th year of Pastor, Rev. James Davis Sr. with Second Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 8372 Railroad Street, Sorrento will take place on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. The guest speaker for this occasion will be Rev. Charlie Jones of the Greater King Triumph Baptist Church in Gramercy.   

Honoring Senior Citizens

A church program honoring senior citizens from 25 different church will take place, at 6 p.m., on May 25 at St. James United Methodist Church, 9160 Methodist St., Hwy. 44, Convent. The event is sponsored by Rome Singh.

Destiny’s Woman Girl’s Night Out

Destiny’s Woman, along with Lorraine Wimberly, invite participants to join them during their monthly meeting on Friday, May 3 at Praise Church, 36452 C Braud Rd., Prairieville. It’s a girl’s night out, beginning at 7 p.m. Wimberly will be giving a cooking demonstration, a la The Food Network!

“Bring a friend, this will be a meeting like no other,” said Wimberly. “You will not want to miss it!”

Women and teenage girls of all denominations welcome.

For more information, call (225) 673-9355. Child care available if needed.

For more information, stay tuned into their FaceBook page at

Credit Repair and Identity Theft seminar

The Bayou Lafourche Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will sponsor a Credit Repair and Identity Theft seminar on Tuesday, May 2 at the Ascension Parish Library located at 500 Mississippi St in Donaldsonville. The seminar will be held from 6-7 p.m. and is free to the public. Registration is not required to attend. For any questions, contact Robyn Penn Delaney at (225) 717-1134. 

Plant/Garden Items & Bake Sale

The Gonzales Garden Club willl hold their Annual Plant/Garden Items & Bake Sale, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., on Friday, May 10, at Gonzales City Hall, 120 Irma Blvd.

‘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.

Gospel in the Park 2013

Gospel in the Park 2013 will ber held at Jambalaya Park, Gonzales, on Saturday May 4, from noon until 8 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Choirs, dance teams, and church organizations are invited to participate in this event.

For more information or a form, contact Shayla Washington at (225) 253-1632, Linda Reddix (225) 571-3725, Rachel Burl (225) 623-7047, Tracy Norman (225) 978-5422, Robin Hasten (225) 348-3076, or Darryl Hambrick (225) 644-3302.

This event will support the River Road African American Museum.

Event sponsors: Community Acceptance Corporation, Freddie Sharper Vaults, One Stop Barber Shop, Hambricks Family Mortuary, River Road African Museum, COEA, Hambonz and Sheriff Jeff Wiley

DTHS Mini Dance Camp

Dutchtown High School Griffin Girls presents “Dancing on the Ceiling” Mini Dance Camp, 9 a.m.-noon on June 10-14 at Dutchtown High School Gym. The cost is $50 for ages 3-up. Show Off night will take place Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. For more information or a form call (225) 571-3393.

VFW Post 3693 Beauty Pageant

The VFW Post 3693 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a beauty pageant at 2 p.m., on May 5, at the Post home on Church Point Road, Gonzales. The ages are from five to 20 years old. For more information, contact Gertie Savoy at (225) 673-9424.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• April 30

Birthday Party

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 a.m.

& 9:00 a.m.

Bridge Lessons –

Gonzales 1:00 p.m.

Zumba Gold


9:00 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• May 1

Brown’s Hearing

Gonzales 10a.m. –

3:30 p.m.,

Tai Chi (4)

Gonzales 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 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.