I'll tell you what's up (April 3)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Celebration of a lifetime Sunday

You may know her as the Insurance Lady, Ms. Ophelia, or Aunt Phelia, but most call her Granma. Join in the celebrate Sunday, April 5 at the Geismar Community Center to commemorate Ophelia Johnson’s 75th birthday celebration. Participants are asked to bring a dish. Cake and soda will be provided. The party starts at 2 p.m. For questions, call “T” at 316-681-1406.

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

The Winn-Dixie in Prairieville will be hosting its 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4 at 17682 Airline Hwy. The event is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Library closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Friday, April 10 for Good Friday and Friday, April 17 for a staff meeting.

VFW/Auxiliary 3693 Easter Egg Hunt

The VFW/Auxiliary 3693 will host its annual “Easter Egg Hunt” Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. at the VFW post home.

The event is for ages one through 12-years-old. Participants are asked to bring an Easter basket for collected eggs.

Weather permitting, it will take place inside. For more information, call Gertie Savoy at 673-9424.

RRAA ‘Around the World’ with art

“Around the World” is the topic for the April Community Theme Art show at River Region Art Gallery. The topic is broad . . . participates have the whole world to paint, draw, photograph or express with 3-Dimensional art.

“It can be a German castle, an African Jungle scene, a mountain in Colorado, a plate of spicy Mexican Food, a Chinese sculpture, a snow scene in Alaska, a memory from your favorite trip or a person you captured in native costume.  Just use your imagination to express the World with art,” said Donna Braud, RRAA member.

Both adults and youth may enter. Each person is allowed two free entries.  The show will be judged and ribbons awarded. Bring your artworks to River Region Art Gallery in Gonzales from April 1-15. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. For more information, call 644-8496 or

Reader’s Theatre performance Friday

Nilo Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics,” is the first play that Ascension Community Theatre has chosen to perform as Reader's Theatre, April 4 at the Pasqua Theater.

A style of performance that is very presentational, Reader’s Theatre actors read from the script as characters in the play, but there is no scenery or theatrical effects to distract the audience. This unique experience is theatre in its purest form and is being directed by Celeste Veillon.

“Anna in the Tropics” won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for drama and is a story of love and betrayal among factory workers during the Great Depression. This poetic play is set in Ybor City, Fla. - the cigar capital of the world - during a time when cigarettes and industrialization pose a threat to the older ways of producing handmade cigars.

The play will be performed one night only at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Ascension Community Theatre is located in the Pasqua Theatre 823 Felicity St. in  Gonzales.

Easter Bunny at the Flea Market

Easter Bunny will appear  April 4-5 at the Flea Market of Louisiana, Airline Hwy., Prairieville for  photos and fun.

American Legion Senior Easter Party

The American Legion Auxiliary on Cornerview, Gonzales, will host its annual Senior Easter Party Tuesday, April 7 from 1-3 p.m. All seniors are welcome. Prizes, games and refreshments will be available.

Learn Flood Safety and Property Protection Measures

Who do you call when you have a drainage problem?  How do you find out what the current river stage is near your home?  What do you need to do before and after a flood to protect your family and property? Learn to solve these and many more water related problems at the annual Flood Awareness Program held at Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7.  Dietmar Rietschier, Director of the Amite River Basin Commission, along with speakers from national, state and parish agencies will be there to answer your questions and cover topics of importance to property owners in our parish.  To register please call the library at 622-3339.

MTV casting families for series

Is your family life fit for a TV series? MTV might agree. They’re recruiting families for an upcoming show.

Is your family too cool for where you live or misunderstood? Are you over achieving and competitive? Or maybe you’re extremely strict or way too loose?

Send in your unique story with a family photo and contact information.

Contact Jenny at Sirens Media for MTV at If you must use regular mail, send to: MTV Family Casting, Sirens Media, 8505 Fenton Street, Ste. 206, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Craft for young children at offered at library

The Easter holidays are drawing near, and the Ascension Parish Library is celebrating with a special make-and-take craft for all ages.  Children and their parents are invited to the library to make their very own rabbit windsock. 

Just hang this happy, delightful creature up at your house on a windy day for a fun, colorful addition this spring.

This special craft is scheduled for Thursday, April 9 starting at 4 p.m. at all library locations.  Crafts will be made available for children and parents to make until supplies run out.  While this craft is suitable for all ages, children younger than the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information on this program, contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, or in Galvez at 622-3339.

Clif Nickens to perform at Council on Aging

Clif Nickens, local favorite musician, will be playing at the Ascension Council on Aging on the following dates: April 9 during ACOA Annual Easter Spring Fling Gonzales Senior Center. The event is from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

Nickens will also perform April 15 during the ACOA Afternoon Dance from 1-3 p.m. There will be a $4 cover charge per person.

AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course

The Ascension Council on Aging will host another AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course at the Gonzales Senior Center on Monday, April 13 from 8 a.m.-4p.m.  Cost for the course is $10. Classroom size is limited, so sign up quickly. To register for the course or for more information, call 225-621-5750.

VFW/Auxiliary 3693 Beauty Pageant

The VFW/Auxiliary 3693 Beauty Pageant will be held May 3 for girls ages 5-20 years old.

Registration will be April 29-30 from 3-6 p.m., and May 1-2 from 3-7 p.m.

For more information, call Gertie Savoy at 673-9424.

LIHA Spring Powwow coming in April

Come celebrate Native American traditions and experience drum music, singing and dancing at the 43rd Annual Louisiana Indian Heritage Association Spring Powwow on April 17-19, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center 4-H Building.  Field trip activities will be held for children on Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The admission fee is $5 for adults.  Children 12 and under with paid adult, uniformed first responders, Scouts and their leaders in uniform, and Veterans are free. 

The event is open to the public and is a spectacular way to get a glimpse of the majesty of Native American regalia, dancing and culture. The event has been partially funded by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge - DAF. 

The powwow is highly interactive, intergenerational and educational with activities appealing to families and individuals of all ages.  Enjoy Native American foods, including “Fry Bread,” and the wide array of arts and crafts in the Indian Market.  For additional information, call Joe at 504-837-6085 or email 

GHS class of 1959 to celebrate 50th reunion

The Gonzales High School class of 1959 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary April 25. The reunion committe is unable to locate the following classmates: Frank Britton, Carolyn Keglar Drossel, Martha Jone and Bonnie Miers. If anyone knows how they can be reached, call Fay Babin at 647-4448.

St. Amant High class of 1994 class to hold 15th reunion

Attention St. Amant High Class of 1994, it’s time for the 15 year reunion. The reunion is Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Grande Pavilion, Gonzales. It is scheduled from 7-11 pm.

The reunion is $40 a person which includes the food, the drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks, and coffee), and the DJ. The money is due by June 1. The money is non-refundable. Send money to Tara Babin at 4025 Lafayette Lane, Jonesboro, AR 72404.

If classmates have any questions, call Tara at 870-910-0119.

DTHS class of 2004 to hold 5th reunion

Dutchtown High School class of 2004, it’s been five years already. The fifth class reunion is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 7-11 p.m. at the Grande Pavilion, Gonzales. If interested in more information, contact Brittney Diez at

Children’s art classes offered

River Region Art Gallery is offering ongoing Children’s Art Classes the second Monday and fourth Monday of each month from 5:50 -7 p.m. at the Gonzales Gallery. Jan Hebert will be the instructor. Only supply needed will be a drawing pad. Check for more information or call Jan at 933-1582.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• April 6 – Louisiana Spirit Bingo Sponsor, Donaldsonville, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.; Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• April 7 – Honor The Elderly Day; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; and Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day.

• April 8 – Catholic Deaf Center, Beverly Hills, Donaldsonville 11 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Senior Soc Hop scheduled April 24

The Parish of Ascension Recreation and Culture Department has put together a event with the monthly Senior Soc Hop. The next scheduled dance is Friday, April 24 from 1-3 pm at the St. Amant Park Recreation Center.

Residents 50 plus are welcome to attend. Soft drinks are complimentary and the Senior Throw Together Band will entertain seniors.

CASA open house set April 25

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 1026 E. Worthey Rd., Suite C.

Refreshments will be offered while guests learn 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 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.

Awana Go Fish-Free Fishing Derby

An Awana Go Fish-Free Fishing Derby sponsored by Dutchtown Baptist Church will be held Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Derby will be held at the Waddill Wildlife Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge. Lunch and fishing gear provided for pre-schoolers to sixth graders. Prizes will be awarded.

Call Dutchtown Baptist Church at 673-6612 for more information.

Family and Friends Picnic

Family and Friends Picnic will be held Sunday, May 17 at Dutchtown Baptist Church, 36495 C. Braud Road, Prairieville, at starting at 4 p.m. The public is invited join in for a Sunday afternoon of food, friends and fun. 

Call Dutchtown Baptist Church at 673-6612 for more inform

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