I'll tell you what's up (May 1)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Cinderella Project drive Saturday

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.

Williams’ Family Reunion Saturday

The Williams Family Reunion will gather May 2 from 10:30 a.m. until at Faithful United Methodist Church. Family members are asked to bring enough food and drinks for their family. Pictured from days gone by are the Grant  and Lula Williams family of Gonzales.

Free Wellness Question/Answer Hour Tuesday

Nature’s Wellness, 2610 S. Ruby Street, is offering a free “Wellness Question/Answer Hour” May 5 at 6 p.m. “This is a great opportunity to get your health questions answered and learn what you can do nutritionally to keep yourself looking and feeling great,” said Lynell Turner of Nature’s Wellness.  For more information, call 647-6879.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• May 4 – Louisiana Spirit Bingo Sponsor, Donaldsonville, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville. 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• May 5 – Mother’s Day Celebration, Both Centers.

• May 6 – “411 on House Plants” with Desire Dorest of the LSU AgCenter, Donaldsonville 11 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

• May 7– Ascension Singers Patriotic Program, Donaldsonville, 11 a.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m.; and blood pressure checks, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.

• May 8 – Karaoke, Gonzales, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

‘Boogie Down for the Browns’ benefit May 8

As many are aware, the Brown family has been devastated this past year with the passing of Mischa Brown on Feb. 9 and Robin Brown’s death on Feb. 25. These tragedies of losing a sister and father have left Billy Brown (a.k.a. Coach Tank) to shoulder the responsibilities and the bills of funeral costs, raising his sister’s two kids, and keeping his family together, all while working and attending school at night to earn his teaching certificate.

A benefit has been set for  May 8 at the KC Hall on Irma Blvd., Gonzales, from 5 p.m. until. The event will feature music by “Transit” and “Libations,” food, jambalaya dinners at $6 a plate, a live auction beginning at 7 p.m., a sweet booth, door prizes and a donation box at the door.

Donations can also be made at Keypoint Federal Credit Union in the name of the Brown Family Benefit.

For tickets and information, call Jason Berdigets at 229-5574, Tony Tureau at 571-3227 or Russell Graham at 772-9216.

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.

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 May 14

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.

Templet-Lambert Family Reunion May 16

The Templet-Lambert Family Reunion is set for May 16 and will start at 1 p.m. at Berthelot’s Hall on Stringer Bridge Road. The reunion is being held for the descendants of Florestan Templet and Victoran Lambert. Music will be provided by Jimmie and friends. There will be free jambalaya and potato salad. Family members may bring a covered dish. A $5 cover charge will be collected at front door, to help with expenses. Participants are also asked to bring their own drinks.

Stroke, osteoporosis screening May 28

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.

Griffin Girl Mini Camp coming in June

Dutchtown High School Griffin Girls presents “Dancing with the Stars” June 15-19, from 9 a.m.-noon. “Rockin in the USA” will be held at Dutchtown High School Gym.

This dance camp is open to ages 4 and up. The registration fee is $45 per camper which includes a camp T-shirt and snacks. There is a $10 discount for siblings. The dancers will show off their routines learned during the week on Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. The camp will be conducted by the 2009-10 Dutchtown Griffin Girls. Girls may register for camp on the first day of camp or request an application. 

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