I'll tell you what's up for Feb. 3

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

CASA volunteer training Tuesday

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 have 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 647-2005 or visit  www.childadv.net.

Paying for long term care seminar

Legacy Center of Louisiana, LLC will host a seminar  entitled “The Truth About Paying for Long Term Care” Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Medical Plaza, 17609 Old Jefferson Hwy., Prairieville. The topics will include Medicaid, veterans pensions and long term care insurance.

Participants are asked to RSVP by calling 744-0027. For more information, visit www.legacycenterla.com

DTHS to host Band Night

Dutchtown High School will be hosting their annual eighth grade Band Night Thursday, Feb. 5. All perspective band students, along with their parents, are encouraged to attend so they can explore the many award-winning band programs offered at DTHS. The Dutchtown Sound is directed by Sheily Bell and David Holland.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the band room, and will include pizza and soft drinks.

Ascension Catholic to host open house Saturday

Ascension Catholic is hosting an open house for Pre-K through high school on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Ascension Catholic Elementary School, 618 Iberville Street, Donaldsonville, for all new families interested in enrolling for the 2009-10 school year. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Carville history at the library

Experience the history of “Carville,” the only national leprosy quarantine hospital in the United States. Read patients’ autobiographies and explore historical photographs, texts and documentaries guided by museum curator. The dates are Feb. 3, March 4, April 1, May 6, and June 3 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Public Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. Limited to six participants/museum will provide books on loan basis. The mediator is Elizabeth Schexnyder who is the curator of the National Hansen’s Disease Museum. The duration of this is February – June 2009 and the cost is free of charge. Reading list and schedule are Feb. 3:  “Miracle at Carville,” by Betty Martin (patient book, group discussion; March 4:  “Alone No Longer,” by Stanley Stein (patient book, group discussion); April 1:  “Love Me Somebody,” by D.J. LeBeau (patient book, group discussion); May 6:  “With Love in Our Hearts, Daughters of Charity,” Julia Elwood, editor (staff book, group discussion); and June 3:  “Triumph at Carville,” by the Wilhelm Group (PBS documentary film with group discussion and wrap party gathering at museum in Carville)

RRAA holds ‘Things I Love’ youth/adult exhibit

The community Theme Exhibit at River Region Art Gallery for February will be “Things I Love.”  This exhibit is open to all.....both adults and youth....experienced or a beginner. Anyone may enter two free pieces of art. All art forms are welcome: paintings, drawings, photography, and 3-dimensional.  It can be art on canvas, paper, wood carvings, fabric art, jewelry, pottery, metal or wire art, papier mache', or sculptures.

With the theme “Things I Love”...it may be a favorite person, place, food, chocolate, action, sport....let your mind run wild.  Just turn that idea into your original artform and bring to the River Region Art Gallery between Feb. 3-Feb. 14. This show will be judged and ribbons awarded.

The Gallery, located on Magnolia Ave. behind Domino’s Pizza in Gonzales, is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information, call 644-8496.

The show will remain on display until March 1.

Lions Pancake Breakfast Feb. 8

The Gonzales Lions Club will hold its Annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Gonzales Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $5 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage and coffee, juice or milk, and $5 for  jambalaya bowls. Entertainment will be provided by Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. All proceeds are used to benefit community members in need of eyeglasses and LA Crippled Children's Camp.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Feb. 4 – Black History Program and Celebration, Donaldsonville and Gonzales Centers, 10 a.m.; Line Dancing, Gonzales, 1 p.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales,10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 5 – Cannon Hospice, Bingo Blackout sponsor, 9-11:30 a.m., Gonzales; Pilates, Gonzales 9:15 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 6 – Karaoke, Gonzales, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

• Feb. 9 – Blood pressure checks, Donaldsonville, 10:30 a.m., Nicole – Metro; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 10 – Cannon Hospice, Bingo Blackout sponsor, 9-11:30 a.m., Donaldsonville; and Pilates, Gonzales 9:15 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales,10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 11 – Blood pressure checks, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m., Nicole – Metro; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

AARP Tax-Aid Schedule

The AARP will provide assistance to tax payers in preparing their Federal and State tax returns. Help is available at the American Legion Post 81, 421 East City Park Ave., Gonzales.

The site will be open beginning Friday, Feb. 6 and continues each week on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., through April 8. Proof of ID, such as drivers license, must be provided. Participants are asked to bring their 2007 tax return and documents such as W2 and 1099’s for the year 2008. Also, bring home insurance papers with the invoice, mortgage information for 2008, real estate tax bill, if any, and knowledge of the amount of stimulus payment received last year.

All this information is needed to determine if the participant qualifies for additional tax reductions due to recent changes in the tax laws. This community service is made possible by the AARP Foundation with the cooperation of the American Legion Post 81 and AARP Volunteers.

Donations needed for benefit garage sale

Currently accepting donations of garage sale and craft items, art from local artists and and any other unwanted items to benefit Jeffrey Van Sickel, a local cancer patient who is unable to work and has lost his medical insurance. Your unwanted things will be picked up for the benefit. For more pick-up or more information, call Lori at 573-4003.

Cookoff to benefit St. Jude

The 7th Annual St. Jude State Championship Bayou Bar-B-Que Cook Off will be Feb. 27-28 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Live music will be provided by Trent Bourgeois and Kenny Cornett with Killin Time on Friday night. There will be a car show and Bar-B-Que competition also. The competition will include three levels: IBCA State Championship, Backyard Competitions (for weekend warriors) and Kids Krew Bar-B-Que (for ages 6-16). Any company who sponsors a team or teams, within each contest, will be able to display a banner or sign within there cooking area. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, contact Sean Hebert at 225-806-9246 or visit the Web site www.stjudebarbque.com.

Music fest to ramp up skate park funds

Skateboarding and music will fill the Ascension Civic Center March 7 for Music Fest 2009.

YOURS foundation (Your Own Unique Riding Style) will present the festival from noon-7 p.m. at the center located on Airline Hwy. in Sorrento. Five bands and two skateboard competitions will be there, and prizes and raffles will be given out. The fundraiser event has a $5 admission cost. Skaters are asked to bring their own boards and helmets to skate all day.

Bands scheduled to play include Against the Stream, High Top Kicks, Adam Dale, Backlit Stereo and EZ Company.

Last year the fundraiser earned more than $1,000 toward a skate park for the Gonzales area. The group is hoping to at least double that amount this year. The plan is to build a 35,000 square-foot park.

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 70737.