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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Library Closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Friday, August 22, 2014,

8:30AM – 1:30PM for a parish wide staff meeting. All locations re-open at 1:30PM. Regular evening hours apply.

COEA Garage Sale

COEA is having a “Garage Sale” with proceeds going to Treasures ReSale Boutique.

Thursday – Friday

August 21st & 22nd

1122 S E Ascension Gonzales

(last building down from the Health Unit)


For more info call: (225) 621-2000.

AARP Chapter 1449 Food Drive

The Gonzales Area Chapter 1449 AARP will host a “Food Drive,” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Walmart, 308 N. Airline Hwy., Gonzales. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the St. Theresa’s Food Bank.

Gonzales Middle to host Jambalaya Fundraiser

Gonzales Middle School will host a “Jambalaya Fundraiser” Saturday, Aug. 23 at the school. The fundraiser is being held to raise funds for the school’s trip to DC/New York. The jambalaya dinners will be available from 11 a.m.-until at $7 a plate.

Gonzales Middle to host Car Wash Fundraiser

Gonzales Middle School will host a “Car Wash fundraiser” Saturday, Aug. 23 at the school. The fundraiser is being held to raise funds for the school’s trip to DC/New York. Car washes will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with cars for $8, trucks for $10 and SUV’s for $15.

Hog Crackling Cook Off

Who: Poche Plantation 1st Annual Arts & Craft Show

What: Featuring a Hog Crackling Cook Off

When: Saturday morning, October 25th

Where: Poche Plantation in Convent

How: Cooks are required to cook at least 50 pounds of fat. The finished product can contain meat or can be meatless. This is a choice made by the cook. Additionally, cooks may choose salt only or may choose seasonings of their choice. Contestants are required to furnish their own cooking equipment and accessories.

Why: There is a $20 entrance and all money raised will go into a charity fund established by the Arts & Craft Show Planning Committee.

For more information, visit http://www.pocheplantation.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PochePlantationArtsandCrafts. For mini pot cook off applications, e-mail larryjroussel@msn.com or call Larry Roussel at 225-715-0140.

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank located at 4462 Jenkins Road, Darrow, will be distributing food on Tuesday, Aug. 26, between the hours of 10 a,m, – 12:00 p,m. Applicants must meet certain guidelines and proper ID is required. For more information call (225) 717-3760 or (225) 257-4152.

‘Children’s Community Art and Photography Show’

River Community Church is inviting artists aged 5 to 13 to submit their original artworks and photographs for its third annual children’s community art and photography show. Children may submit one entry in each category (art and photography) to this free show that begins Sunday, August 24.

The exhibit will be on display from August 24 to September 28. Viewing will be on Sundays, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and also by appointment (contact Pastor Steve Rhodes at steve@rivercommunity.org).

It is preferred that submissions be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas, with a wire on the back for hanging. However, works that are matted, with a firm backing, will also be accepted. Take-in will be Sunday August 17 (8:45 am – 12:30 pm) and Monday August 18 through Wednesday August 20 (10 am – 4 pm). Entry forms and more information are available online at http://rivercommunity.org/events_items/childrens-art-show/, at the church at 36367 Old Perkins Road in Prairieville, and also by contacting Jeanie Liehe at 225-673-5484 or einaej22@yahoo.com.

The show will be judged by a guest judge for best artwork in two age categories and for best photograph; ribbons will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each group.

CASA Volunteer Training offered in August

Currently there are 25 children in Ascension and St. James parishes that need someone in their corner. They are waiting for someone who will believe in them, who will not be judgmental and will never give up. The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Child Advocacy Services needs volunteers to be the voices for abused and neglected children in the community. Already tossed about by life, these children in the foster care and court system may experience a dozen or more case managers and multiple separate placements. CASA Volunteers understand the need for consistency in the life of a child.

CASA training for Ascension and St. James volunteers will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 at the Child Advocacy Services office located 1026 E. Worthey Rd. Suite C., Gonzales, LA 70737. Call Krisy McAdams at 225-647-2005 or email to kmcadams@childadv.net to sign up for the training. No special skills required, but a CASA volunteer must make a sincere commitment because the duties are extremely important. Please consider being there for a child. To learn more about Child Advocacy Services’ CASA program visit the website at www.childadv.net. Documents are required to start the training process, so call today!

Second Annual Black Iron Pot Cook-off

The Second Annual Black Iron Pot Cook-off will take place Saturday, Sept. 20 at Galvez Hardware and Outdoor Cooking on Hwy., 42. Galvez. The event will benefit “Dreams Come True Foundation.”

Cook your best recipe for judging:

• $50.00 Entry fee

• Must cook at least three gallons.

• Food will be sold to the public.

• Cooks arrive at 7:30 A.M.

• Food must be turned in at 11:30 A.M.

• Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top 3 cooks.

• Sign up at Galvez Hardware

• Deadline to sign up is Sept. 17

Any questions call Rodney with Cajun Livin N Cookin at (225) 328-6735.

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store is at 1402 North Burnside Street, Unit 7, in Gonzales. In back of Auto Zone.

Individuals interested in making donations of clothing, furniture, and household items are encouraged to do so by dropping them off at the 1402 N. Burnside location. Individuals are encouraged to volunteer their time in helping the society to be successful in their charitable mission. Anyone wishing to volunteer at this location can call (225) 644-2151 for more information. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Awesome Art on the Bayou Festival

Awesome Art on the Bayou Festival is coming to Gonzales on Oct. 11 and 12.

The festival will include an art exhibit competition with cash prizes, and children’s activities. Awesome Art is held on the banks of Bayou Francois in Gonzales adjacent to Jambalaya Park. It is open to the public with free admission and free parking

River Region Art Association (RRAA) is “Calling for Vendors” and is accepting vendor applications to participate in this Festival. Vendor booth categories are arts and crafts, literary, non-profit and food.

Featured also in the Festival is a non-juried Art Exhibit that promotes the art work of children, youths and adults. The rewards are ribbons and monitory prizes for winners and art sales if the artists wish. Art accepted can be in all mediums (painting, photography, and three dimensional arts).

Application forms and further information about the festival may be found on-line at riverregionartassociation.org or by contacting festival booth Chair Roger Tygier at rtygier@cox.net or 504-421-3639. The deadline for submitting Booth Applications is Sept. 1. The booth fee is $100 for art and craft vendors with discounts for literary booths, non-profits and RRAA members. Applications for entering pieces in the art show can also be found on-line or by contacting Diane Tygier at rtygier@cox.net. Entry fees for Adults are $10 for one or $25 for three and for Students are $5 for entrance or $12 for three. Prizes for Adults are $150 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, and 3rd and honorable mention receive ribbons. For Youth 12 - 17, 1st prize is $50, and 2nd place is $30. Ages 6-11 receive $30 for 1st and 20 for 2nd.

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.)

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.

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.


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 visit therock.com

Ascension Council on Aging events

• August 25

Nutrition Education

Southern Ag Center

L. Weber

Donaldsonville 11:00a.m.

Fast Exercise

Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Club

Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

• August 26

Birthday Party


9:30 a.m.


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

Bridge – Gonzales 1:00 p.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9:00 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Coupon Swap- Gonzales 9:00 a.m.

• August 27

Gospel Music

Etta Brown

Gonzales 10:00 a.m.

Fast Exercise

Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• August 28

Blood Pressure Checks


Donaldsonville 10:00 a.m.


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

Cajun Needlers

Gonzales 12:30 p.m.

PIYO – Donaldsonville 9:00 a.m.

• August 29

Birthday Party

Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

Zumba Gold

Donaldsonville 9:00 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.


Gonzales 1:00 p.m.



9:30 a.m. – 11:30 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.