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‘Glee for Grown-up Gals’

In conjunction with Women’s Week, The Baton Rouge Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will be hosting “Glee for Grown-up Gals,” Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10925 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge.   Ladies are invited to experience the joy of singing a cappella four part harmony, barbershop style!  

RSVP:  Donna Robinson (225)715-8056

Garage Sale to benefit Haiti

The Christian Assembly Benefit Garage Sale will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17 at the Rayborn's residence, 6118 Hwy. 44, Gonzales. Garage Sale to benefit Haiti.

St. Elizabeth Physicians Kidsfest

St. Elizabeth Physicians and its Diabetes Education Program will host a Kidsfest: A Day of Health & Wellness Just for Kids, Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., in the Lamar-Dixon Gym Building. Families and children of all ages are welcomed to attend, and the event is free to the public.

In addition to a 1k Fun Run for families, there will also be over 25 interactive exhibits showcasing organizations and services throughout the parish, free children’s health screenings, a marketplace area featuring specialty children’s items, live demonstrations and presentations, a “get moving” activity area and plenty of food and fun.

Flyers and complimentary tickets are available at all St. Elizabeth Physicians Clinics, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ascension Parish Primary and Middle Schools and area businesses.

For more information regarding the St. Elizabeth Kidsfest or for sponsorship information, please call (225) 743-2751. Booth and vendor spaces are still available but are limited.

2013 Ascension Chamber Business Expo

The 2013 Ascension Chamber Business Expo will showcase businesses throughout the Ascension Community. This event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., at the Lamar Dixon Trademart. It’s to offer face-to-face contact with customers, including fellow vendors and generate immediate sales and leads. All vendors are encouraged to distribute products, samples or promotional items to increase market presence.

This event is open to the public. Cost is $5.

Contact Liz at the Ascension Chamber Office for sponsorship information- (225) 647-7487 or llaurent@ascensionchamber.com.

 Awana clubs offered

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 www.fbcg.net for more information.

Free seminar aids in starting your own business

Ascension Parish Library invites all interested persons to attend a free small business seminar, Starting and Financing a Small Business. It is designed for individuals who want to learn what it takes to start and run a successful small business. The program will focus on helping participants learn how to determine the feasibility of their idea, as well as how to obtain a small business loan. The speaker is Leighton Bryant, Business Development Consultant at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A&M College - Baton Rouge. The seminar will be held at the library in Donaldsonville, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 473-8052 today.

Hospice Grief Support Group to meet

Join SouthernCare, Inc. for their monthly SouthernCare Hospice Grief Support Group on Aug. 22.

The topic will be "How Grief Changes Your Life" (and whatever is needed by attendants)

Arrival Time: Between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

Friends, neighbors, family are welcome to come with you. And anyone who is experiencing a loss is welcome to attend.

There is no charge for this program. Refreshments will be provided.

Where: Southern Care Hospice

17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville

Office Phone: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (225) 673-9949.

If you are planning to attend and get lost or cannot find the shopping center where SouthernCare is located, call (225) 315-9902.

7th Annual Steak Dinner

St. Amant Wildcats youth football organization is selling tickets for the 7th annual steak dinner. The event is being held on Aug. 24 at Lamar Dixon Gym from 5-10 p.m. with each ticket get steak dinner, music, live and silent auctions. Tickets are $25 and participants must be 21 to attend. All proceeds will go to Wildcats organization to buy equipment for 2013 season.

Give a Pint - Get a Pint

Every donor will receive a “Pint” of Blue Bell ice cream for donating blood through the month of July and August at St. Elizabeth Donor Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital Plaza 2, Hwy. 30 Gonzales. Hours of operation Monday-Wednesday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 743-2405.

Parent and Youth Summit

The East Ascension Ministers’ Alliance presents its 2nd Annual “Parent and Youth Summit.” Parents and youths are asked to a part of this event. The public is invited to hear from parents and youths of Ascension Parish, along with officials and local government communications of our Ascension Parish youths and parents on today’s issues. The seminar will take place Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the First Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy. 73, Geismar. The church’s pastor is Dr. Irvin Briley.

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.

Library Closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Friday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for a parish wide staff meeting. All locations re-open at 1:30 p.m. Regular evening hours apply.

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 hone 647-2720.]

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.

Center Based Respite offered

COEA The Arc of East Ascension offers Center Based Respite to individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 621-2000 ask for Ascension Center Based Respite. Adult Day Health Care to elderly individuals who are functionally impaired. For more information, call (225) 621-2000 ask for Ascension Elder Care Center.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Aug. 15

Blood Pressure Checks

R. Leake/Southern Care


10:30 a.m.

Fast Exercise

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 a.m.

& 9:15 a.m.

Cajun Needlers –

Gonzales 1:30,p.m.

PIYO – Donaldsonville

9 a.m.

• Aug. 16

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Canasta – Gonzales

1 p.m.

• Aug. 19

Blood Pressure Checks


10:30 a.m.


Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading class

Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Aug. 20

Birthday Party

Gonzales 10 a.m.


Gonzales 8:15 a.m.

& 9:15 a.m.

Bridge – Gonzales

1 p.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• Aug. 21

CDSMP Workshop

CAAA/S. DeMers

Donaldsonville 10 a.m.-

1 p.m.

Brown’s Hearing Center

Hearing checks

Gonzales 10 a.m.-

3:30 p.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

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