I'll tell you what's up (March 13)

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

Painting classes offered

Acrylic painting class to be held at Ascension Catholic High with Terry Ferrell begins Monday, March 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Six weeks, early payment discount. For more information, call 257-4065.

Upcoming health talk

Smith Chiropractic Clinic, 525 E. New River Ste. B, Gonzales, will host a free health talk  on  “Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones” March 19 at noon.

For more information, call 644-8671. The public is invited to attend and a $25 Wal-Mart Gift card will be given out.

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

• March 17 – LSU Ag Center, Desire’ Dorest will speak on “Planting for Spring,” Gonzales, 11 a.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales, 1 p.m.

• March 18 – Afternoon Dance with Clif Nickens, Gonzales, from 1-3 p.m., $4; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Sock Hop, Donaldsonville, from 1-3 p.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 11 a.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 visit the Web site at, e-mail or call Myla at 225-810-0697.

Alpha course offered at River Community Church

The Alpha course “Explore the Christian Faith” ( is a classic study of the principals of the Christian faith, presented in a fun and relaxing environment. Participants will get answers to questions like: “Where did the Bible come from?,” “Why did Jesus have to die?,” “How can I know if I'm saved?,” and “Who is the Holy Spirit and what does he do?,” and lots of others.

Who is it for?  People who are checking out Christianity, church people who have questions about some aspect of the faith, and anyone who wants answers to the most important questions of life.

River Community Church, 36367 Old Perkins Rd. (Hwy. 427), Prairieville is offering the Alpha course on Sunday and Wednesday nights. The course starts for both sessions with a “Celebration Dinner” at the church March 22 at 12:15 p.m.  Each of the 10 Sunday and Wednesday evening sessions includes dinner, a video lesson, and a time to talk about it afterward.

For more information or to sign up, call Johnny 756-4874.

Easter Egg Hunt March 28

The KC Council 6389 and Ladies Auxiliary is hosting its Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m. The event is for ages infant to 12. Participants will have a chance to find Easter eggs for prizes.

The event will be held at the Hall at 43472 Black Bayou Road.

Sorority Chapter hosting Princess Dress Project

Phi Sigma Omega Gonzales Chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is hosting the Princess Dress Project.

The Princess Dress Project will help female high school students who are financially challenged attend their school’s formal events (proms, semi formals, etc.), by  providing gowns/dresses that they can wear to these events, free of charge. These gowns are being donated by local community members. Students must bring a valid high school ID.

This event will be held Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Geismar Community Center, 12060 Hwy. 73, Geismar. Call 225-810-7675 or 225-278-4111 for information or to make a donation prior to the event. Donations needed are for clean, gently worn formal and semi formal dresses. 

DTHS Band to host Jazz Brunch/Silent Auction

The Dutchtown High School Band will host its 3rd Annual Jazz Brunch/Silent Auction 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.

Gonzales girl calls for support

The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana will host a “Seize the Day and Take A Walk” April 25 at the LSU Campus. A team in the name of Gabrielle Reese, 7, of Gonzales, will support this by walking for the event. Reese attends Central Elementary and is the daughter of Mike and Marcie Buker. If anyone is interested in supporting this team, call Marcie at 647-6518 or 278-9459.

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 225-647-4678 if child care is required or for any questions.

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.

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.