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Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales Contest

The River Region Art Association is now accepting business sponsors for the Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales Contest. Scarecrows are to be life-size and on exhibit at the business site Sept. 30 – Oct. 31. Cash prizes and specially hand crafted trophies are awarded for creativity and quality of construction. Contest fee is $50.

Winners of the Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales Contest will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the Awesome Art on the Bayou Festival on Oct. 13. The festival will be held Oct. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Deadline for contest applications is Sept. 22 and are online at artgumbo.org. For more information, contact scarecrow contest chair Kathy Bourgeois at (225) 603-2629 or artyk@cox.net.

Vendors wanted

The River Region Art Association is now accepting vendor applications to the Awesome Arts on the Bayou Festival 2012. Vendor categories are Arts & Crafts, Literary, Non-Profits, and Food. Deadline for applications is Sept. 15. Fee is $100 for a 10'x10' vendor space and a discount is given for current RRAA members and non-profit organizations. Vendor applications are online at artgumbo.org. For more information, contact festival booth chair Robin Rotolo at (225) 717-7178 or rrotolo@dmc-cc.com.

Quilt drawing for Project Kids Kove

A quilt drawing is being held with proceeds going to support Project Kids Kove. The Log Cabin quilt is 84" x 102," for king or queen. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. For information or tickets, call (225) 287-3042 or contact pkkquilt@gmail.com. Tickets are also on sale at the Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 West Cornerview, Gonzales. For more information, call Cheryl at 647-1829. The raffle drawing will be held Oct. 14. at the River Region Awesome Art on the Bayou Fall Festival.

St. Amant Middle Fall Festival

St. Amant Middle School will host its second annual Fall Festival on Sat., Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.-4p.m. at St Amant Middle School, 44317 Hwy. 429, St. Amant. The festival will be open to the public.

This event will be jammed packed with entertainment for all ages. The festival will feature live performers showing off the great talent of Ascension Parish, including singers, dancers and martial arts from local performing arts studios. There will be lots of music, food, arts and crafts for kids, games, pictures with characters, raffle for some great prizes, face painting, a train ride, inflatables, "Cash for Gold," merchandise booths (great for Christmas shopping), even a talent show for St. Amant Middle students!

Anyone interested in renting an arts and crafts booth should contact Myrna Wright at myrnawright325@gmail.com. Do you have a performing group who would like to showcase their talent? Email Jodey Bruno at jodey.bruno@apsb.org. If you would like to make a donation for the raffle, contact Nacole Conyers at conye12@yahoo.com or (225) 933-0008.

St. John Primary Open House

St. John Primary, 15208 Hwy. 73, Prairieville, will host an "Open House" at 9 a.m., Tues., Oct. 2. Those parents who have students who would be interested ib pre-kindergarten through third grade next year (2013-14) are invited to attend and view the school in action. Participants are asked to RSVP by calling 677-8238.

Senior Soc Hop

The Parish of Ascension Recreation and Culture Department will host its monthly Senior Soc Hop Friday, Sept. 28, from 1-3 p.m. at Lamar-Dixon. Residents 50 plus are welcome to attend. Lunch is served before the Throw Together Band performs. For more information, contact Michelle or Beth in the Recreation Dept. at 621-9661 or 621-1165.

Pint for a Pint

A blood drive will be held, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., on Sun., Sept. 23. at the Celebration Center of First United Methodist Church. Blood donors will receive a pint of Blue Bell ice cream. "Your donation of blood can make a big difference in the life of someone else or maybe even your own," said a church spokesperson. "Consider being a blood donor to share the gift of life." Don't forget to eat a good meal before donating and to bring your ID. For questions, call the church office at (225) 647-4678.

Handcrafted quilt to be raffled

St. Theresa School and St. John Primary School are raffling a one-of-a-kind handcrafted quilt at the annual fair scheduled for Oct. 5-7. The purple and gold quilt is queen size and is in an exploding pineapple pattern.

The quilt will be on display St. Theresa on Sept. 29 and 30. They will sell tickets before and after each Mass.

Additionally, the quilt will be on display and tickets can be purchased during the weekend of the school fair. The winning ticket will be pulled on Oct. 7.

All raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 chances for $5.

Tuesday and Sunday Bingo

St. Amant Knights of Columbus bingo, doors open at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, the doors open at 6 p.m., bingo begins at 7:30. Sundays, doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 5 p.m. No one under the age of 18 is allowed. Located at 43472 Black Bayou Rd.

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.

Pastoral Banquet

A Pastoral Banquet will take place at 6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, at Gonzales Civil Center, 219 Irma Avenue, Gonzales. The banquet is being held in honor of Pastor Ronald D. Harbin Sr., of Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church. The guest speaker for this event is Bishop Eugene Harris of New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, Baton Rouge. Donation is $20 per guest.

14th year anniversary celebration

A 14th year anniversary celebration will take place during the 9:15 a.m. worship service, on Sun., Oct. 7. at Fellowship Church, 10164 North Line Street, St. James. The celebration is being in honor of Pastor Ronald D. Harbin Sr., of Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church. The guest speaker for this event is Pastor Christopher D. Smith of Fountain of Faith Christian Center, Donaldsonville.

Cajun Country Quilt Guild

Cajun Country Quilt Guild, meets second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Burnside. Visitors and new members invited. Call 647-2720, for more information.

TOPS LA 422 meet

Take Off Pounds Sensibly LA 422 Prairieville meets Thurs. evenings. Private TOPS weigh-ins, 5:30-6 p.m. and meeting, 6-7 p.m. Visitors welcome to attend first TOPS meeting free of charge. Call TOPS at 313-3180, for more information.

Center Based Respite offered

COEA The Arc of East Ascension offers Center Based Respite to individuals with developmental disabilities. Call (225) 621-2000, ask for Ascension Center Based Respite.

Adult Day Health Care offered to elderly individuals who are functionally impaired. Call (225) 621-2000, ask for Ascension Elder Care Center.

Epilepsy Support Group meets

Epilepsy Support Group, meets first Thurs. of the month, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the NeuroMedical Center, 10101 Park Rowe, 6th Floor, Baton Rouge.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Sept. 25 – Blood Pressure Checks, Gonzales 9: a.m., Cardinal Hosp.; Yoga – Gonzales 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.; Bridge Lessons – Gonzales 1 p.m.; Zumba Gold, Donaldsonville 9 a.m., Gonzales 10:30 a.m.

• Sept. 26 – Blood Pressure checks, Donaldsonville, Southern Care 11 a.m.; Gospel Music, Etta Brown, Gonzales 10 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at lifestyles@weeklycitizen.com, call (225) 644-6397, fax (225) 644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737.