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

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

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.

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

Ascension Council on Aging events

• 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.    

Pen and ink drawing class Feb. 28

River Region Art Gallery in Gonzales will present a “Pen & Ink Drawing Class” featuring art instructor Louise Hansen. Class fee is $40 and a short supply list can be found online at or call the Gallery at 644-8496. The workshop will be on Feb. 28 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Hansen studied art at the University of Southern Mississippi and pursued a career in commercial art. Beginning as a graphic artist for Mississippi Engraving Company, she moved on as a fashion illustrator for Rubensteins in Shreveport and McRae’s in Jackson, Miss. and later as advertising manager for Gayfer’s in Jackson, Miss. She is now a retired graphics artist and fashion illustrator but is busy as an instructor teaching pen and ink drawing and watercolors.              

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, call 644-6397, fax 644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737.