I'll tell you what's up (Feb. 24)

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

March of Dimes garage sale Saturday

From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, there will be a March of Dimes garage sale at the Ascension Parish Medicaid Office on 1232 S. Burnside. Toys, shoes, books, household items, children and adult clothing, and hot dog lunches will be available. A table will also be set up for LACHIP applications and questions.

Big read film screening at library

“A Lesson Before Dying” screens at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales  Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The 1999 film, based on the novel by Louisiana author, Ernest Gaines won two Emmys for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing. The best-selling novel was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the coveted National Book Critics Circle Award. Set in 1940s Louisiana, the film stars Don Cheadle as Grant Wiggins, a young African-American who returns from college to teach in the one room plantation schoolhouse that he had known as a child.  His aunt, Tante Lou, (Cicely Tyson) convinces him to accept the educational challenge of his life; to persuade Jefferson, (Mekhi Feiffer) a young man unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to die, to go to his death with true personal dignity despite the injustice done to him.  A discussion immediately follows the film screening.  Due to limited space, registration is required. To register, call the library at 647-3955.

Gonzales Baptist Temple to feature film March 1

The Gonzales Baptist Temple invites the public to attend the showing of

“Fireproof, Say I Do All Over Again” by Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea on the home and marriage. The film will be shown Sunday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at 2807 S. Hodgerson Ave., Gonzales. For more information, call 647-5204. Admission is free.

Church to feature guitarist and singer

Victory Temple Church, 41200 Hwy. 933, Prairieville, will feature guitarist and singer, Danny Bishop, Sunday March 1 at 6 p.m. “Bishop’s stylish guitar playing is comparable to legendary guitarist, Chet Atkins,” said a church spokesperson. “His style of music is contemporary southern gospel and he will bless and encourage participants as he minister God’s Word through music and song.

Unveil Your Art Talent

“Painting and Drawing Through Experiment” will be presented at River Region Art Gallery with instructor, Terry Farrell, beginning March 3 from 6-8 p.m. The art classes will continue each Tuesday evening on March  10, 17, and 24.  This is a class for both beginners and the experienced to enjoy.  Fine art, folk art, and Abstract will all be explored. Check Web site at for class fees and supply details.  Most supplies are furnished. For more information, call the Gallery at 644-8496.

Get Ready to ‘March into Art’

It will soon be time to bring your art to River Region Art Gallery for the annual “March into Art” youth art contest. Take in for the artworks will be March 3-14. There are two divisions: ages 12-17 and  ages 11 and under. Youth may compete in four categories: painting (watercolor, acrylics, tempora), drawing (charcoal, colored pencils, pen & ink, markers), photography (black & white and color), and 3-dimensional (which includes papier mache', fabric art, wire, metal, wood, clay and collage.)

This is a judged show with cash prizes and ribbons awarded in each category by age divisions. See details online at  or pick up an entry form at the Art Gallery located at 1835 N Magnolia in Gonzales. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. at Children’s Creativity Day March 28 under the trees at River Region Art Gallery. The fun day for the kids will start at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. with free art activities and door prizes. A reception will follow the awards at 3:30 p.m. The school with the most art entries will capture the Louisiana Art Spirit Award. 

3rd Annual ‘Bingo for Babies’ March 5

The 3rd Annual “Bingo for Babies” will be held Thursday, March 5 at the Knights of Columbus, 230 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.  Tickets are $15, which includes 10 games of bingo and a jambalaya dinner, provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association.

Participants must be 18 to enter. A limited number of tickets are still available. To purchase tickets, contact Betty Latuso at 225-647-2841. 

Following “Bingo for Babies” will be the Gonzales March for Babies, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at the American Legion in Gonzales at 8:30 a.m.  3rd annual ‘Bingo for Babies’ set for March 5 Dee LeJeune, CEO of St. Elizabeth Hospital, will preside as the Chair of the 2009 Gonzales March for Babies this year.

For more information, contact Stacey Parker at 225-295-0655 or e-mail 

To form a team or make a donation, visit

Cinderella Pageant coming to Dutchtown High

A Cinderella Pageant will take place March 7 at 1 p.m. at Dutchtown High School.

The pageant is for ages: Infant division 0-11 months; Baby division 12-23 months; Tiny Tot division 24-35 months; Tot division 3-6 years; Miniature Miss division 7-9 years;  Miss division  10-12 years; Teen 13-17 years; and Woman division 18-26 years.

For information, e-mail or call Celeste Hollis at 572-2204 or Cinderella Office 344-7628

Dutchtown Mighty Griffins to hold

jambalaya fundraiser for teammate

The Dutchtown Mighty Griffins football team is holding a jambalaya fundraiser Saturday, March 7 to benefit one of their teammates, 9-year-old Duplessis student, Caydan Cockerham, who was severely burned in an accident. Funds will be used to cover Cockerham’s transportation, expenses, and burn treatment at the Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Each $5 jambalaya plate will include white beans, a homemade roll, and a brownie. Plates will be sold from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lone Oak Grocery, 13142 Hwy. 73 (across from Dutchtown High). Donations can also be made at area Capital One Bank locations. For more information contact Kellie Bortnick at 225-413-0966.

Ashton family seeks donations

Schofield and Cynthia Ashton lost their house in a fire Feb. 9. No one was home at the time of the fire at 40041 Germany Rd., Gonzales, but the family lost everything. The family is asking for small donations or anything that anyone can give to help them start over. An account 4522928 has been set up at Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 738, Plaquemine, LA?70765-0738 or call 1-888-369-2207. For information, call Schofield at 225-316-9096 or Cynthia at 225-264-0081.

Upcoming health talks

Smith Chiropractic Clinic, 525 E New River Ste. B, Gonzales, will host free health talks on “Lowering Cholesterol Naturally Without Drugs” March 4 at noon and  “Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones” March 19. For more information, call 644-8671. The public is invited to attend and a $25 Wal-Mart Gift card will be given out.

Pilates Classes offered

This non impact workout class is being offered at no charge on Monday nights at 5:30 p.m. at the Celebration Center of the First United Methodist Church located at 224 W. Constitution St. Participants will need a Pilates or Yoga mat. Appropriate attire would be Yoga pants, Yoga capri pants, fitted shorts, or sweat pants. The nursery will be available for children 10 years old and under. All older children will be the responsibility of their parents. Call 647-4678 if you will require child care or if you have questions.

Youth art classes at River Region Art Gallery

Youth art classes are being offered at the River Region Art Gallery in Gonzales.

Participants will draw and paint as well as learn fine art skills. All supplies included. Children ages 5-12 are welcomed. The opportunity is presented by River Region Art Association with Professional artist/artist for education.

For more information call Terry at 225-257-4065 or

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Feb. 25 – Nutrition updates by L. Weber – Southern Ag Center, Donaldsonville, 11 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales, 10:45 a.m. 

• Feb. 26 - Birthday party, Donaldsonville,10 a.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:15 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• Feb. 27 - LSU Falls Risk Screening, Donaldsonville Lemann Center

9a.m. –noon; and Karaoke, Gonzales, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

• March 2 - Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

• March 3 – Pilates 9:15 a.m.; Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day; and Bridge lessons, Gonzales, 1 p.m.

• March 4- Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.

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.

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.