I'll tell you what's up for Jan. 13

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin
"I'll tell you what's up" by Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Christian Men's Luncheon

All men are invited to join the United Methodist Men in a fellowship luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 14 at noon. The meeting will be held at the Country Kitchen restaurant, 615 E. Ascension St. in Gonzales. This is a regional activity and you do not need to be a member to attend.

Ascension Parish 4-H Livestock Show starts Thursday

The Ascension Parish 4-H Junior Livestock Show will be Jan. 15-17. Pet Show registration is Thursday at 6 p.m., and the show is at 6:30 p.m. The Swine Showmanship is at Friday at 6 p.m. Dairy, Poultry, Market Hog, Market Lamb, Market Goats and Breeding Shows will be Saturday at 9 a.m. The show will be in the 4-H Building and Arena B.

Memorial for Larry Sanders Thursday

A memorial will be held Thursday, Jan.  15 for the late Larry Sanders who passed away Thursday, Jan. 8 at age 62. The memorial, which will include a fish fry, will be held from 5 p.m. until at The Red Barn Bar, 43256 Moody Dixon Road, Gonzales. For more information, call 622-6501.

South Louisiana Wedding Expo Sunday

The South Louisiana Wedding Expo will be Sunday, Jan. 18, from 1-4 p.m. at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Trade Mart A and B. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 if registered online at theweddingmarket.com.

Johnson to hold HIV/AIDS introductory meeting

HIV and AIDS affect people in all communities, and Ascension Parish has its share of residents fighting the viruses.

Ascension Parish AIDS Coalition, or APAC, is an alliance of community-based service providers, faith-based organizations, and other individuals who meet to discuss ways to provide effective HIV/AIDS information and services to the community.

Women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. A total of 14,917 persons were reported living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana, according to the 2006 Louisiana HIV/AIDS annual report.

HIV affects us all in some way. Many are afraid to talk about the virus and there are some who don’t realize the problem exists here in the Ascension Parish area.

Gabrielle Johnson, CEO of Face to Face Enrichment Center in Gonzales, will hold an introductory meeting Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Face to Face Enrichment Center at 1026 E. Worthey Rd., Suite F, Gonzales. To confirm attendance, call 225-644-9992.

The requirements to join APAC include: maintain strict confidentiality, attend regular meetings, be at least 18 years old, and have a passion for helping others.

United Methodist Men’s Breakfast

The monthly breakfast and fellowship of the First United Methodist Men will be held in the Celebration Center of the church, 224 W. Constitution, Gonzales, on Sunday, Jan. 18 at a.m. All interested men are invited to attend.

Library closure

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Effective Parenting classes

Gonzales Primary School will host Effective Parenting classes. Friday Morning Classes will be Jan. 23-March 13, from 9-11 a.m. and Tuesday Evenings Classes will be Jan. 13-March 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

48 hour film fest casting call

Anyone interested in acting in a local 48 hour film fest that is competing at the national level can e-mail their resume and head shots to nolatalent70121@gmail.com  Filming will be the Jan. 24 and 25 and will take place in the greater New Orleans area.

If you have a location that you feel would represent the flavor of New Orleans, e-mail nolainfo70121@gmail.com.

CASA in need of

volunteers

The Ascension Parish CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program needs volunteers to be the voice for innocent children who are victims of abuse and neglect. CASA depends on volunteers from the community to make a difference. The only requirements are that you have an interest in speaking up for a child, must be at least 21 years old and the ability to invest 1-2 hours a week advocating for an abused child.

The next CASA training starts in Gonzales on Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Shannon Guidry at 225-647-2005 or visit  www.childadv.net.

Parish to recycle Christmas trees

Ascension Parish government will be accepting Christmas trees for recycling throughout the month of January.

All parish residents can bring their trees to the Ascension Civic Center on Airline Hwy. in Sorrento from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Jan. 5 through Jan. 31.

Only trees without ornaments, lights or decorations can be recycled.

For more information, contact Terance Irvin at 225-621-5722 or by e-mail at tirvin@apgov.us.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Jan. 14 – Brown’s Hearing Tests, Gonzales, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Line Dancing, Gonzales 1 p.m.

• Jan. 15 – Ascension Singers New Year Music Program, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Pilates Exercise Class, Gonzales, 9:15 a.m.

• Jan. 16 – Cajun Needlers, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.

• Jan. 19 – Holiday, both centers closed.

• Jan.  20 – Birthday party, Gonzales Senior Center, 10 a.m.; Pilates Exercise Class, Gonzales, 9:15 a.m.; Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day, Gonzales; and bridge lessons, 1 p.m., Gonzales.

• Jan. 21 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Line Dancing, Gonzales, 1 p.m.

• Jan. 22 – Birthday Party, Donaldsonville, 10 a.m.; Ascension Singers New Year Program, Donaldsonville, 11 a.m.; Pilates Exercise Class, Gonzales, 9:15 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

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