I'll tell you what's up (May 5)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Jambalaya Festival World Champion cooks sign up Monday

The Jambalaya Festival World Champion cooks sign up is set for Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Gonzales Civic Center. Particiapants can print an application by going to the Web site at

Brown benefit Friday

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 Sunday

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.

David “GuiGui” Guidroz benefit May 16

Family and friends of David “GuiGui” Guidroz will join together on May 16 to host a benefit fundraiser at the Galvez Lake Fire Department located on Hwy. 932 (Joe Sevario Road) beginning at 10:30 am.

Highlights include music by Clif Nickens, Curtis Coubello & the Insta-Gators, Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, an auction, a free car and truck show, raffles, kids' games & face painting, a sweet sale, food and drinks.

All proceeds from the events will benefit the insurance and medical expenses associated with David's struggle with Mitochondnal Myopathy. This disease is a form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects the mitochondria, tiny energy factories found inside almost all cells, and mterieres with the function of muscles; it is a disease for which there is rib specific trcaimeni or cure.

If you wish to help David but cannot attend the Benefit, donations may be made in the name of David Guidroz at my Capital One Branch location.

AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course offered

The Ascension Council on Aging will host another AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course at the Gonzales Senior Center Tuesday, May 19, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost for the course is $10. Lunch will be available at the site if ordered in advance during the time of registration. Deadline to order lunch is Friday, May 8. Classroom size is limited, so sign up quickly. To register for the course or for more information, call 225-621-5750.

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.

Griffin Girl Mini Camp set in June

Dutchtown High School Griffin Girls proudly presents “Dancing with the Stars” on June 15-19, from 9 a.m. until 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 pm. 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 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA