I'll tell you what's up (Feb. 17)

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

Buckner named as Veterans Affairs counselor

Veterans Affairs has named Earnest Buckner Jr. as the veterans counselor for Donaldsonville. The office is open on Thursday from 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. The VA office is located at 300 Houmas St. If additional information is needed, call 225-474-2001.

Smith Chiropractic to host lectures

Smith Chiropractic Clinic, 525 E New River Ste. B, Gonzales, will host two lectures. The will be on “Controlling High Blood Pressure” Feb. 19 and the second will be “Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones” March 19. For more information, call 644-8671.

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.

Church to observe Black History Month

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

Ascension Council on Aging events

• 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.  

• Feb. 19 – Nutrition updates by L. Weber – Southern Ag Center, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; Pilates, Gonzales 9:15 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 20 – Cajun Needlers, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.

• Feb. 23 – Birthday Party, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m. and  Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 24 – Holiday – closed.

• Feb. 25– Nutrition updates by L. Weber – Southern Ag Center, Donaldsonville, 11a.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.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chapter to host Benefit Ball

Phi Sigma Omega Charitable and Educational Organization an arm of Phi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 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.

For more information, call 504-301-8994 or 225-939-7415.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at, call 225-644-6397, fax 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737.