I'll tell you what's up (March 10)

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

‘Art on the Avenue’ set for March 13

Experience the charm and history of Downtown Historic Donaldsonville while enjoying creative expression in a hometown atmosphere during “Art on the Avenue” Friday, March 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. The event will take place on Railroad Avenue.

“Art on the Avenue” will feature works from various area artists, and the public is invited to attend.

Participating artists will include: Alvin Batiste, nationally recognized primitive artist; Nora’s Bakery & Bistro; Terry Farrell, expressive portrait and figurative imagery; The Art Bank; Cetin Ates, metaphoric sculptured steel; The Art Bank, Dennis Hargroder, Iconic Louisiana imagery; Grapevine Cafe & Gallery; and Steven Schneider, Spiritual icons and  Landshapes, Schneider Gallery.

Complimentary refreshments will be available.

RRAA asking youth to submit art work

Paintings, drawings, and 3-dimensional art can be submitted to the River Region Art Gallery in Gonzales for the “March into Art”  Youth Art Show until Saturday, March 14. Youth ages 12-17 and ages 11 and under can compete in the art arena for prize money and ribbons. Entry form online at or can be picked up at the RRAA Gallery. For more information, call 644-8496.

‘Raising the Roof’ Garage Sale

The First United Methodist Church at 224 West Constitution Avenue is holding a “Raising the Roof” garage sale Saturday, March 14 in the Celebration Center from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will continue Sunday, March 15 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.There will be furniture, household goods, books, and all kinds of miscellaneous too numerous to mention, but no clothing or shoes. Proceeds will be used to help pay for the church's roof that was damaged in Huricane Gustav.

Lunch to benefit March of Dimes

GSA, Inc. has announced their commitment to the 2009 March of Dimes Campaign by sponsoring a shrimp stew lunch Friday, March 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The shrimp stew lunch comes with potato salad, bread and dessert for $8.  The lunches can be picked up at the GSA office located at 1022 S. Purpera Ave., Gonzales. Delivery is available upon request for orders of 10 or more.  All orders need to be placed no later than Tuesday, March 17 by phone 644-5523, fax 644-8438 or email:

For more information, call Aleaha Morgan at 644-5523.

COA hosting free Senior Health Fair

The Ascension Council on Aging is hosting a Senior Health Fair at the Gonzales Senior Center, 526 South Irma Boulevard Friday, March 20 from 9:30-noon.

Participating in the event are Quality Hearing Aids, Dr. Eva Lamendola, Metro Preferred Home Care, Magnolia/Davita Dialysis Services, Southern University Ag Center, LSU Ag Center, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Louisiana Department of Insurance, Louisiana Attorney General's Office, Cannon Hospice, MMO Medical Management Option, Arthritis Association of LA, Acadian, On Call, and Woman's Hospital. Screening will include blood pressure checks, eye and vision testing, blood glucose testing, and hearing screening. A dietician will be on hand to answer questions on diet and nutrition for older adults. Information will be provided on many subjects including arthritis, caregiver support, health insurance, senior fitness, medic alerts, health and fitness, healthy eating, nutrition and much more.

A nutritious lunch will be served at noon to those who call the center by Tuesday, March 17 at noon.

To reserve lunch, call 225-621-5750. For more information about the Health Fair, call Nanette Daigle at 225-473-3789.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• March 11 – Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10.45 a.m.

• March 12 – Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.

• March 16 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Nutrition Updates, Lisa Weber – Southern Ag Center, Gonzales, 11 a.m.

Classy Ladies Social Club’s Spring Fling    

The Classy Ladies Social Club’s 1st Annual Spring Fling is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 11a.m. in Welcome Park St. James. All are welcomed to attend.

There will be a special appearance by the Easter bunny for pictures, entertainment, Easter egg hunt at 3 p.m., car show, bike show, various foods from chefs in the surrounding parishes and face painting.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit CLSC Community Outreach Program and the “Cinderella Project.”

For more information or booth rental vist the Web site at, email or call Myla at 225-810-0697.

Youth art classes at RRAA 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

Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed offered

The next Beginning Experience weekend will be held April 3-5 at the Catholic Life Center, Baton Rouge.

This weekend program for divorced, separated and widowed helps single-again persons emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning and, through the help of God, move into the future with renewed hope.

All faiths are welcome to join in this weekend of hope and healing.

For more information call, Angela at 278-7321, or Carla at 246-2527.

Art Gumbo Community Market coming soon

River Region Art Association will open the 2009 Art Gumbo Community Market  Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. under the trees at the RRAA Gallery in Gonzales. Community Markets will follow every third Saturday of the month throughout the year. Any artist or crafts person interested in having a booth at the Community Market can go to to find the application and returnit to the River Region Art Gallery. Applications may also be picked up at the Gallery located at1835 N. Magnolia or call 328-7354 for information.  

Booths are free but will be juried in by the governing Board of RRAA.  All original art forms are welcome...both fine art, folk art, and fine crafts. Also anyone with flowers, plants, homemade, and homegrown items may apply. 

DTHS Band to host Jazz Brunch/Silent Auction

The Dutchtown High School Band will host its 3rd Annual Jazz Brunch/Silent Aution Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 in the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Community Center.

The bidding for the silent auction will take place from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, and continue on Sunday from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Some items that we are auctioning include golf, spa, and bed and breakfast packages, dinner for six cooked at your home by Chef KD, LSU memorabilia and more.

They are also still seeking donations from area merchants for the auction. For more information, contact Amy Burleigh at 910-2405 or Lisa Cowart at 603-4070.

The Jazz Brunch will take place from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. on Sunday, and includes pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee, and milk for $5.

For your listening pleasure, the award-winning Dutchtown High School Jazz Ensemble will be performing while the food is served.

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