I'll tell you what's up for Feb. 6

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

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.

                                             Lions Pancake Breakfast Sunday

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.

MPACT to host meeting Feb. 10

MPACT (Mustang Parents and Central Teachers) is an organization (PTO) formed by the school to promote a better teacher/parent relationship.

MPACT meetings are held monthly and last approximately one hour, depending on topics to be discussed.  Meetings begin at 6 p.m. A meal and baby sitting is provided.  Each adult has the opportunity to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate.

Central’s next MPACT meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 10. Topics of discussion will be Family Bingo Night, Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week/luncheon, and Field Day.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• 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.

COA to host Falls Risk Screening

Ascension Council on Aging will be hosting a Falls Risk Screening in Donaldsonville at the Lemann Center located at 1100 Clay Street on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-noon. The LSU Department of Kinesiology will be performing the screening for adults age 50 and older.  It will include physical mobility and balance, vision, bone density, medication, and health history, home safety, physical activity, and fear of falling assessments.

Participants are asked to bring a medication list for a complete evaluation and they will receive a report card outlining their risk of falling and educational materials about how to reduce their risk of falling. The screening is free and open to the public. 

For more information, call Ascension Council on Aging at 473-3789 in Donaldsonville, and 621-5750 in Gonzales.

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.

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.

Relay For Life Ascension Parish May 1

Persons interested in volunteering, forming teams, or donating for Relay For Life Ascension Parish May 1, can contact Chantelle Matherne at 413-0102 or e-mail csmatherne@hotmail.com The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, next to the Gonzales Fire Department on Orice Road.

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.