I'll tell you what's up (Feb. 10)

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

Rotary Club of EA annual Mardi Gras Ball Saturday

The 2009 Mardi Gras Ball sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Ascension will be Feb. 14 from 7:30 p.m.–1 a.m. at Elegant Affairs. There will be a live and silent auction, full buffet with beverage provided and music by The Tip Tops. Proceeds from the ball will go to benefit Ascension Community Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chip McCorckle at 225-335-4020.

MOPS to host ‘Bake Sale’ Sunday

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will host a “Bake Sale” Sunday, Feb. 15 at Broussard Grove Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 39258 Hwy. 42, Prairieville.

Proceeds to fund projects such as miscarriage boxes, greeting card kits for military children and other great causes.

The event will offer homemade cakes, cookies, breads, and etc. to choose from.  

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Feb. 12 - Pilates, Gonzales, 9:15 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 13 - Ascension Council on Aging Annual Mardi Gras Celebration, Gonzales Senior Center, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

• Feb. 16 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., and Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 17 – Pilates, Gonzales, 9:15 a.m.; Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day; and Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.

• Feb. 18 – Afternoon Dance, Clif Nickens, Gonzales Senior Center, from 1-3 p.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.                 

Ascension Parish Jr. Leader Club to host dance

The Ascension Parish Jr. Leader Club will be hosting a dance for all children in the fourth-eighth grades. Children do not have to be 4-H members to attend the dance. The dance will be held at the YMCA gym at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the 4-H Office at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on the second floor of the YMCA building, from a Jr. Leader Club member, or at the door on the night of the dance.

There will be a DJ and concessions will be sold during the dance. The dance will be chaperoned by parents, 4-H leaders, and security will be provided by a policeman.

If you have any questions concerning the dance, call the LSU AgCenter Ascension office at 225-621-5799.

Local church to observe Black History Feb. 22

The Little Zion Baptist Church, 2444 West Orice Roth Rd., Gonzales, will be observing Black History Sunday, Feb. 22 during its 8 a.m. worship service. The program will feature the City of Gonzales’ first black chief of police, Sherman D. Jackson. The public is invited to attend.

Cookoff to benefit St. Jude

The 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.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chapter to host Benefit Ball

Phi Sigma Omega Charitable and Educational Organization a 501(C)(3) arm of Phi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is hosting its 5th Annual Benefit Ball Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 p.m.-midnight, at Palazzo Bernardo’s Grand Ballroom in Donaldsonville.

The event will feature, Denise Johnson, director of sales for Citadel Broadcasting as the emcee and the popular band 2Hipnotic featuring Lazerus.

Phi Sigma Omega is a non-profit community service organization and all proceeds from this event will fund community service activities. The Sorority is seeking corporate sponsorships. Souvenir ads and tickets can also be purchased. For more information, call 504-301-8994 or 225-939-7415 .

St. Mark Church to offer Lenten Faith Sharing

St. Mark Catholic Church in Gonzales will host a Lenten Faith Sharing. The theme this year will be “The Journey of Life: A Holy Journey Indeed.” It will be for five consecutive Thursdays, starting Feb.19 concluding on March 19 from 6-9 p.m. The presenter will be Fr. Joel LaBauve. A light meal will be available from 6-6:30 p.m. each Thursday night. Each session will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end promptly at 8 p.m. Certificate Credit Hours are available.

Recommended reading is the “Journeying on Holy Ground” by Billy Arcement, MED and Jodi Moscona, JD. The book is $15 and is available at registration.Purchase of book is not mandatory. Registration will end Feb.17. To register or for more information, call Dianne at St. Mark at 647-8461.

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.