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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin Lifestyles editor @cheryl_whats_up

Sorrento Fire Dept 3rd Annual Gumbo Sale

The Sorrento Fire Dept 3rd Annual Gumbo Sale will be held Feb 22 at the Sorrento Fire Station (8096 Main St., Sorrento). The servings are $6 each and will be available from 10:30 a.m.-until gone.

Krewe of Azalea Mardi Gras Party

Azalea Estates, 2305 S. Purpera Ave., Gonzales, presents “Krewe of Azalea Mardi Gras Party” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The event will include music by Frank Aucoin and crowing of their king and queen.

PARENT SHARE a parent support group

Parent Share, a parent support group formed to help parents of children and young adults with special needs, make connections and share resources.  They will meet Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Gonzales Library on Irma Blvd. Kathy Edmonston. For more inormation, contact Parent Resource Facilitator,  Kathy Edmonston with LeBlanc Special Services Center at  225-391-7269 or

Library Closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 for Mardi Gras.

Azalea Estates 19th Anniversary Open House

Azalea Estates, 2305 S. Purpera Ave., Gonzales, will celebrate its 19th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2-4 p.m.

Music will be provided by Kenny Cornett, along with Justin “Top Gun” Cornett. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Lisa or Cecelia at 225-644-1028.

Chili & Corn Bread Cook-off benefiting ‘Dreams Come True Foundation’

There will be a Chili & Corn Bread Cook-off benefiting “Dreams Come True Foundation” at the Hole in da Wall Seafood on Saturday, Feb. 21.

“Breakout that old recipe and come have a good time for a great cause, stated coordinator, Rodney Dupry.

Chili - Cooks can start at 8 a.m. and have their chili ready for judging at 12 noon. You must cook a minimum of three gallons. Entry fee is $50.

All cooking to be done on location.

Cornbread - Cooks can prepare their dish at home and must turn in entry by 11 a.m. for judging. Cornbread must be cooked in a 10 inch skillet or 9' x 11” pan. Entry fee is $20. You can get really creative with your cornbread!

Food will be sold to the public, 3 bowls for $10. All proceeds will go to the “Dreams Come True Foundation”. Trophies will be given to the top 3 cooks in each category. Cooks can sign up at Hole in da Wall Seafood (225-698-6520) or Galvez Hardware and Outdoor Cooking (225-622- 1114). If you have any questions, call Rodney with Cajun Livin N Cookin at (225-328-6735).

Free Income Tax Preparation

The AARP Taxaide Program will provide free tax assistance for federal and state income tax filers at American Legion Post 81, 421 East City Park Avenue, Gonzales. The tax counselors will begin assisting filers each Wednesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. through April 10. The site will be closed on Good Friday, April 3.

Filers must bring proof of ID, Social Security cards, last year’s tax return and 2014 tax documents, such as W2 and 1099 forms, other income information, home insurance papers, home mortgage statements and real estate tax information.

This assistance is made possible by AARP, American Legion Post 81, and AARP volunteers.

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. 


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.

Addiction Recovery Support Group

An addiction recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. every Friday at Christ Healing Community, 404 West Pine St., Gonzales (behind Dominos on Airline.) Coed Group. Faith based. Child-care provided. For more information, call 810-8695.

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.

The Rock Church Food Pantry

The Rock Church Food Pantry will open Feb. 17, at 1 pm. and every 3rd Tuesday of the calendar month. Participants will gather at at the church’s Western Town and watch a 20 minute Gospel video prior to receiving a ticket to redeem for one bag of groceries per household. One must provide a drivers license or La photo ID.

Any questions, call Tony at 225-763-1860

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.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Feb. 16

Bingo Sponsor

Canon Hospice

Gonzales 9:30 a.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Club

Gonzales 9:00 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

• Feb. 17




• Feb. 18

Bingo Sponsor

Canon Hospice


10:00 a.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.


Gonzales 9:30 a.m.

• Feb. 19

Black History Program


10:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Zumba Gold

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.



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

Cajun Needlers

Gonzales 12:30 p.m.

• Feb. 20

Nutrition Update

Southern Ag center

Lisa Weber

Gonzales 10:00 a.m.

Zumba Gold


9:00 a.m.

Scrap Booking

Gonzales 9:00 a.m.

Karaoke – Gonzales

9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Canasta – Gonzales

1:00 p.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.