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Azalea Estates Spring Bazaar

Azalea Estates Assisted Living, 2305 S. Purpera Ave., Gonzales, will host a “Spring Bazaar,” Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.. It will feature home decor, purses, jewelry, flower arrangments, LSU items and much, much more. Open to the public. Spaces are still available to vendors. Call 644-1028.

Azalea Estates to host St. Joseph’s Altar

Azalea Estates, 2305 S. Purpera Ave., Gonzales, will host a St. Joseph’s Altar at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Everyone is invited to attend.

For additional information, contact Missy Marchand at 225-644-1028.

2015 Food Fest

The Rotary Club of Gonzales Food Festival will take place Tuesday, March 24, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Gonzales Civic Center.

The popular annual event benefits the St. Theresa Food Pantry and showcases some of this area’s best chefs. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase at Gonzales City Hall, The Ascension Chamber of Commerce or at the door the night of the event. (Tickets are also available through any Rotary Club of Gonzales Member.)

Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good. For every one canned good donated, Blue Runner will donate two in return.

‘Celebrate Freedom’ at Jambalaya Park

The annual “Celebrate Freedom” will take place on Saturday, March 28 from 2 - 8 p.m., at the Jambalaya Park, 1015 E. Cornerview St., Gonzales.

There will be food, music, prizes, face painting, bicycle repair, blood pressure check and more. It’s all free!

Dramas will be preformed and testimonies given. The event is hosted by Christ Healing Community and Teen Challenge. For information, call 225-773-4302.

Azalea Estates to host Spring AARP Safe Driving Course

Azalea Estates will host a Spring AARP Safe Driving Course on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. The course fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.

Complimentary soup and sandwiches will be served. To register, please call 225-644-1028. Class size is limited. Azalea Estates is located at 2305 S.Purpera Ave. Gonzales.

Benefit Fundraiser for Milton Metrejean

No one fights alone! Fundraiser for Milton Metrejean, a cancer patient, on Sunday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at No Problem Raceway, 6470 Hwy. 996, Belle Rose. All proceeds going toward medical expenses.

There will be plate lunches, a bake sale, a live auction, music by DJ Scottie C and DJ Rockin Ritchie & T-Cuz, a Kid’s Corner (photos with your favorite characters), and a raffle for a cash prize, cypress rocker, crawfish pot and more.

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.

Ascension Counseling Center offers ‘Adult Anger Management’ classes

Ascension Counseling Center Adult Anger Management classes are now forming. Each session will cost $10. A certificate of completion will be issued once the program is completed. To Enroll in our Six week Sessions contact Tatiyana Curry at 225-450-1157.

Sessions Include:

Session 1 – Overview of Group Anger Management Treatment

Session 2 – Events and Cues: A framework for Understanding Anger, Anger Control Plans

Session 3 – The Aggression Cycle: How to Change the cycle & Cognitive Reconstructing

Session 4 – Reinforcing learned concepts & Assertiveness Training and Conflict Resolution Model: Alternatives for Expressing Anger

Session 5 – Anger and the Family: How Past Learning Can Influence Present Behavior

Session 6 – Review and Closing Exercise, Graduation and Awarding of Certificates.

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.

Stop Smoking Classes

All adults are welcome to these FREE “Stop Smoking” classes. Participants will receive cessation education, strategies for quitting, and self-help material from a certified trained clinician.

Groups forming now. Advanced registration is required because space is limited. To register or to get more information please call: Lisa Weber-Curry 225-450-1172.

Classes held at Ascension Counseling Center. 1112 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd. Gonzales. Event sponsored by American Lung Association and Ascension Counseling Center.

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 opens at 1 pm. every third 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

• March16

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Beading Club

Gonzales 9:00 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

• March 17



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

Bridge – Gonzales

11:30 a.m.

Zumba Gold


9:00 a.m.

Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

Coupon Swap –

Gonzales 9:00 a.m.

• March 18

Tai Chi (4)

Gonzales 1:00 p.m.

Fast Exercise


9:30 a.m.

Gonzales 10:45 a.m.


Gonzales 9:30 a.m.

• March 19


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.

• March 20

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.