I'll tell you what's up (March 17)

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

Gonzales Sister City Program meeting Thursday

The Gonzales Sister City Program will host a meeting Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Ronnie Comeaux’s home, 41218 Clearwater, Gonzales. This month’s meeting will center on the reception of the Meylan delegation. For more information, call 933-3637.

March of Dimes lunch benefit Friday

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 e-mail:

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

Upcoming health talk Thursday

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.

Explore Science  ‘Colonizing Space’

Space: The final frontier. Our mission: To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Do you think you have the right stuff to compete in this “Mission to Mars” challenge or design your very own space station? What do you think it would be like to live among the stars? If you want to find out, permission to beam aboard is granted on Friday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville. This program is open to children in grades 3-5, and registration is required.  For more information on this program or to register, contact the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• 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.

• March 19 – Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Bridge Lessons, Gonzales,1 p.m.

• March 20 – Senior Health Fair, Gonzales Senior Center, Gonzales. 9a.m.-noon.

• March 23 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; Nutrition Updates with Lisa Weber of Southern AgCenter, Donaldsonville, 11 a.m.

• March 24 – Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day and Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.

• March 25 – Birthday Party, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; Blood Pressure Checks by Metro/Donaldsonville, 10:30 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 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 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.

Falpjacks for Firefighters Breakfast

A ‘3-Alarm Fundraiser’ to benefit the 5th Ward Volunteer Fire Department will be held Saturday, March 28 at Pelican Point Club House. The public is invited to attend and feast on all-you-can-eat ‘Hot Cakes’ at the “Flapjacks for Firefighters” fundraiser from 7-11 a.m. Breakfast will also include sausage, fruit, juice, milk and coffee.

The event will include a “Hot to Trot Fun Run.” Run or walk in 1-mile and a 5K race will be held through Pelican Point. The 1-mile run/walk begins a 8 a.m. and 5K (run/walk) begins at 6:30 a.m. Both races start and finish at the Club House. Free T-shirts to the first 200 entrants. Age group prizes.

Also included in the day is a “Red-Hot raffle” of gift baskets donated by area businesses, clubs and individuals.

For more information, call 473-0004.

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.

Church offers ‘Leap Summit Explosion’

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2129 Hwy. 1 South, Donaldsonville, pastored by Christopher D. Smith Sr. is offering the first “Leap Summer Explosion” Sunday, March 29 from 4-9 p.m.

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.

CASA open house

Join the Court Appointed Special Advocates staff for their Open House Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Gonzales office located at 3026 E. Worthey Rd., Suite C.

Refreshments will be offered while learning more about the CASA program, the services they provide in the community and how you can get involved. For more information, contact Shannon Guidry at 225-647-2005 or visit

Relay For Life set for May 1

Persons interested in volunteering, forming teams, or donating for Relay For Life Ascension Parish May 1, can contact Chantelle Matherne at 225-413-0102 or e-mail The 25th annual celebration of Relay for Life will be at the Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales.

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.