I'll tell you what's up (April 21)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Children’s Miracle Network kickoff

A kickoff celebration to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network will be held at the Gonzales Wal-Mart April 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kenny Cornett and his band Killin’ Time will perform 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a spacewalk for children. A representative from Our Lady of the Lake will be there to sell Miracle Mansion tickets and CMN items. Larry Rousell and his team will be there to cook jambalaya and pastalaya plate lunches. Some products donated to CMN include Richard’s, Coca Cola, Nabisco and Frito lay products. All proceeds go to help local children at the OLOL Children’s Hospital.

CASA open house 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

Family benefit

A benefit is planned Saturday, April 25 for the late George Sham Pine family April 25 at the Ascension Civic Center, Sorrento, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pine died March 17, 2009 from a brain stroke.

COA to hold first senior prom

The Ascension Council on Aging is hosting its first COA Senior Prom titled “Jewel of the Night” Sunday, April 26. The event, which is for seniors 60 and over, will be held from 4-8 p.m. at the Gonzales Recreation Center on Irma Blvd., Gonzales.

The Little Bayou Band will perform and a queen and king will be crowned. Food, beverage and door prizes will also be offered.

To register for tickets, contact Darlene Schexnayder at 473-3789 or 621-5750. Tickets are limited. Admission will be $5 per attendant.

Gonzales Rotary Club hosting golf tournament

The Gonzales Rotary Club will host a four-person scramble golf tournament Tuesday, April 28 at the Lakes Course at Pelican Point.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Lunch will be provided prior to the start and the dinner/awards ceremony will follow the completion of the tournament. Food and drinks will be served on the course as well.

The cost is as follows: Corporate Sponsor $1,000 (includes a four-person team, a hole sponsor sign and recognition at the tournament); four-person team $500; per player cost and/or a hole sponsor sign is $125.

For more information or to get a registration form contact either Bret Hughes at 225-644-1333,; or Fritze Englade Jr.  at 225-647-6177 or

The proceeds from this tournament will be donated to The Ascension Fund, which is a grant program benefiting Ascension Parish public schools.

For more information on The Ascension Fund, visit the Web site at

Spring Wine Extravaganza

LeBlanc’s Food Stores will hold a Spring Wine Extravaganza Wednesday, April 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Elegant Affairs, 14190 Airline Hwy., Gonzales. The event benefits the M. Paul LeBlanc Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. It will feature wines from Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, California, Washington and Oregon. Cost is $10 per person. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets are on sale at all LeBlanc’s locations and will be on sale at the door.

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.

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 225-673-6612 for more information.

Leadership Ascension accepting applications

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce is now  taking applications for its next Leadership Ascension class.

Like similar programs nationwide, Leadership Ascension is designed to develop responsible and informed community leaders. 

Recognized and emerging leaders in the community are selected to represent the diverse demographic of the Ascension Parish community. 

The ten-month program begins with a two-day retreat. From September to May, full-day sessions devoted to such topics as diversity, education, healthcare and government are held on the third Thursday of each month at various locations around the parish. 

The program ends with a two-day closing retreat which concludes the class year. The retreat allows classmates to review their experiences, share their thoughts on Ascension Parish and present class projects that are developed throughout the year.

Applications for the Leadership Alumni Class of 2010 are now being accepted.

For more information about Leadership Ascension, call the Ascension Chamber of Commerce at 647-7487.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• April 20 – Blood pressure checks by Nicole/Metro, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; and

Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• April 21 – Pilates, Gonzales 9:30 a.m.; Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.; and Birthday Party – Donaldsonville Center

• April 22 – Blood pressure checks by Nicole/Metro, Donaldsonville 10 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and Birthday Party – Gonzales Center.

Cinderella Project drive

The Cinderella Project of Ascension, a non-profit organization that provides free formalwear to high school students for special events, will hold a dress drive May 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Household of Faith and the Prairieville Wal-Mart. Dresses should be formal and semi-formal (plus sizes also needed). Dresses should be dry cleaned or washed and no more than five years old. Accessories and jewelry are also acceptable. Year-round drop-off locations are at Coldwell Banker-Mackey locations.

CASA volunteer training May 12

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who serve as a powerful voice for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers are community members appointed by a judge to advocate, on a one-on-one basis with the primary goal of helping a child reach a safe and permanent home.

The next CASA training begins May 12, in Gonzales at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Child Advocacy Services at 647-2005 or visit  Mission: To give “Voice, Healing and Security” to children.

Senior Citizen Day On The River set

The annual “Senior Citizen Day on The River” will be held May 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fred’s On The River, Hwy. 42, Port Vincent.

Seniors will feast on a free lunch prepared by Jimmy Babin and dance to T-Boy Moore and other musicians.

For donations or information, call Pat Ulbright at 673-3223 or 278-0419; Glynell Guedry at 622-3912 or 931-7602; or Bonnie Gulino at 978-4948.

Spring open house

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge will host their annual spring open house “Tea for Two.” The event will feature light refreshment and the opportunity to get to know the members and learn what else the Women’s Council does for the community of Greater Baton Rouge. It will be held Sunday, May 17 from 2-5 p.m. 

For more details, visit the Web site or call Martha Dishongh at 225-752-6628. 

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization made up of diverse organizations and individuals committed to enhancing the community by connecting, promoting and empowering women.

Stroke, osteoporosis screening

Residents living in and around Gonzales can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Fitness For All, located at 43508 Quality Lane, Gonzales, will host Life Line Screening on May 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Packages start at $139. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.

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