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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin @Cheryl_whats_up

Holy Week Celebration

The Buena Vista Baptist Church, located at 10633 Highway 18, St. James and pastored by Rev. Dr. Joseph Coleman Sr., is hosting a Holy Week Celebration starting Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. On April 14, Pastor Melvin Williams of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Abend and First Baptist Church of Smokebend will speak. On April 15 at 7 p.m., Pastor Lauthaught Delaney, Jr. of St. Paul B.C. will speak. On April 16 at 7 p.m., Pastor Charles Geason of Mt. Bethel B.C. will speak. On April 17 at 7 p.m. for Trial Service, Pastor Andrew Richardson of New Resurrection B.C. and Asbury Independent Methodist Church will speak. On April 18 at 9 a.m. Seven Sayings by Seven Local Ministers will speak. On Sunday, April 20 at 9 a.m. will be Easter Service preached by Pastor Joseph Coleman, Sr.

Jambalaya Festival Pageant

The Jambalaya Festival Pageant will be held on the first weekend in May. The children's divisions will be held on Sunday, May 4 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Gonzales Civic Center. Ascension Parish boys ages 0-4 are invited to compete for King titles and girls ages 0-13 are invited to compete for Queen titles. The Teen and Miss Pageant will be held on Saturday May 3. Forms are available online at www.jambalayafestival.org. The deadline to submit forms is April 25. Please contact Elise Tureau at elise.tureau@yahoo.com for more information.

Arts/Crafts Fun Day

The American Legion Auxiliary of Howard-Johnson Unit 557 will be hosting an Arts and Crafts Fun Day and Easter Egg Hunt. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 on Tobey Street in Gonzales. All children and families in the community are invited to attend. For more information, call (225) 473-8505.

Annual brisket fundraiser

The Gonzales Firefighters Association’s 5th annual “Best Butts on Da Bayou” fundraiser will take place June 27. Pre-sales ($30 donation) will run until June 1. Pickup at fire station with first pickup, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and second pickup, 2-4 p.m. To place your order, call (225) 644-5307.

Annual Prayer and Senior Citizen Breakfast

The Community Sisterhood Annual Prayer and Senior Citizen Breakfast will take place Saturday, April 12, at 8 a.m. at the Geismar Community Center, 12060 Highway 73, Geismar.

Senior Citizen Easter Party

The American Legion Auxiliary will host an Easter Party April 15, from 1-3 p.m. for all seniors. Refreshments, bingo and prizes included. To take place a the American Legion Hall.

Sister to Sister Closet Rescue’ event

The Outreach Ministry of St. Paul Baptist Church is opening its clothes closets to community sisters, ages birth to eighty (80) years old. The doors will be opened to attending sisters to make their personal choices from the collection of gently worn apparel, suitable for various occasions. There will be no charge for the array of garments on hand. However, there will be a limit to the number of items a person can choose. Nothing on hand will be held back.

This event will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 6: p.m., at St. Paul Baptist Church, 10438 Boudreaux Road, Gonzales. The church pastor is Rev. Lauthaught Delaney, Jr.

CAS to host fourth annual Blue Run

The Child Advocacy Services is hosting its 4th Annual Blue Run on Saturday, April 12 is. The run will feature a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk and 5k Race. Activities are to start 7 a.m. at City Hall in Gonzales. Child Advocacy Services is proud to name St. Elizabeth Hospital as the Front Runner Sponsor!

Blue Run is the kick off event for Child Abuse Prevention Month and an opportunity to educate the community about Child Abuse and Neglect. Child Advocacy Services is excited to present the Blue Run as a fun family event with a focus on prevention education, outreach, and CASA program advocacy to our community.

Registration can be completed online by visiting www.childadv.net or any Child Advocacy Services office in the ten parishes we serve. For more information about race day activities and sponsorship opportunities contact Child Advocacy Services at 224-647-2005.

COA’s ‘Spring Fling’

The Ascension Council on Aging will host its annual “Spring Fling” Easter Party on Thursday, April 17, at the Gonzales Senior center on Irma Boulevard. Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Contests will be held for the prettiest and most creative hats in the Easter Parade. Prizes will be given to the winners. Also included is the COA’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt event!

The ever popular Clif Nickens will provide live entertainment Lunch will be served at noon. Parish seniors 60 and above are encouraged to come out and join the fun!

Those planning to attend must call to make a reservation by Monday, April 14. Anyone calling after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list. Please call the Donaldsonville COA at 473-3789 or the Gonzales Senior Center at 621-5750 to make your reservation.

Ascension Parish Relay for Life

Ascension Parish Relay for Life is set for May 3, from 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/ascensionla

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raising event, bringing communities together in hope, celebration and memory. It is a unique event that offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. The overnight event remembers those who have lost the fight against cancer and honors those who have survived.

Pastor’s 10th Anniversary

Life Church will celebrate Pastor Cresley J. Pierce’s 10th Year Anniversary Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Pastor Rick Langford of Landmark Church, Lafayette. The public is invited to Fellowship, Praise and Worship. Church located 15267 Joe Sevario Rd., Gonzales. For more information: www. greatlifebegins.com or (225) 937-0936

‘Pancakes and Bingo’

Azalea Estates, along with the VFW, will host “Pancakes and Bingo” Friday, April 21, at 9 a.m., at Azalea Estates Assisted Living and Retirement Community, 2305 S. Purpera Ave., Gonzales. The event is open to the public and senior citizens of the community. For any questions, call (225) 644-1028.

‘Car Show & Cruisers’

“Car Show & Cruisers” is coming Saturday, May 10 to Moon Light Inn, 16757 Hwy. 42, French Settlement. Registration is from 9 a.m. - noon. For the show, anything older that 1979. Awards at 4 p.m. Registration fee is $20 (includes one jambalaya or pastalaya place). Top 25 Cars & Trucks: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Boats/Tractors/Bikes. Jambalaya/Pastalaya Plates $7 each. Live Music and Silent Auction included.

Proceeds to benefit “Louisiana Friends Against Childhood Cancer.”

For more information, call Gussie Bourgeois at 225-571-4637 or Steve Landaiche at 225-290-1749.

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.

TOPS LA 422

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, is opened every other Tuesday from noon-3 p.m. For more information, contact (225) 763-1860 or visittherock.com

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 www.fbcg.net for more information.

Ascension Parish Crawfish Boiling Contest

Ascension Parish Crawfish Boiling Contest is coming to Galvez Hardware & Outdoor Cooking, Hwy. 42, Saturday, April 26. Sign up now, space is limited! Entry fee is $80 which covers crawfish and registration. 100% pay back = all crawfish will be sold back to the public. Bring everything you need to boil one sack of crawfish - water and crawfish provided.

Starts at 8 a.m. and crawfish will be turned in to judges at 11:30 a.m. There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Judges will judge on For information, call (225) 328-6735.

• Taste 0-10 points

• Texture 0-10 points

• Peel ability 0-10 points

“Bragging rights for a year!”

For information, call (225) 328-6735.

EAHS Class of 1969 45th Reunion 

For: 1969 East Ascension High

Date: Saturday, July 26, 7 – 11 PM

Place: Grande Pavillion next to Elegant Affairs, Airline Hwy. 

$45 per person – Checks can be made to EA Class of 69 and mailed to Randy Gautreau at P.O. Box 21, Gonzales, LA  70707.

For more information, call Carla Braud Gautreau at (225) 910-1234 or Jo Dardeau Roux at (225) 715-9496.

Fellowship Center needs donations

The Fellowship Center, located at 813 S. Bumside-next to EATEL, is in need of all donations (especially men's clothing). The store is manned by volunteers from local churches and civic organizations, as well as a few paid employees. It is a retail store selling a large assortment of household items and clothing. All of the money, made in the store, is used to help those in need here in the Gonzales area. Participants are asked to donate any used and/or new items. Also participants can shop the Center. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Donations accepted: Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (There is a large window in the back of the building where donations are accepted.)

VFW Post 3693/ Ladies Auxiliary

Beauty Pageant

The VFW Post 3693 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Beauty Pageant on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Post Home on Church Point Road.

The ages are from 5 to 20 years old and there is no entry fee to participate.

Contestants will be judged on Poise, Personality and Beauty. Trophies will be presented to the queens, first runner up, and the second and third place in each of the five categories.

For more information, contact Gertie Savoy at (225) 673-9424.

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

• April 14

Fast Exercise

Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Club

Gonzales 9:00 a.m.

Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

• April 15

Lighthouse of Louisiana

Paul Winfrey

Info/In service

Gonzales 10 a.m.

Yoga

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

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9:00 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Coupon Swap  Gonzales 9:00 a.m.

• April 16

Workshop:

Matter of Balance (5)

CAAA- S. DeMers

Donaldsonville 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Fast Exercise

Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• April 17

ACOA Easter Party

Gonzales 9:30 a.m.

Music By: Cliff Nickens

• April 18

Good Friday

Holiday

Both Centers CLOSED

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