I'll tell you what's up (May 8)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Theater fundraiser set for Sunday

Celeste Angelle Veillon will perform a musical revue, “Love and Only Love,” as a fundraiser for Ascension Community Theatre on Mother’s Day.

Under the direction of Jack Wilson, the one-day only performance will be at 3 p.m. May 10 at the Pasqua Theater, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales.

It will feature Leonard Augustus and Andre’ Chapoy. Musical direction by Mary Bresowar.

Tickets can be purchased Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon.

The special fundraiser’s ticket price is $35 for general admission.

For tickets of more information, call the box office at 225-647-1230.

Green Tag Open House Saturday

Sunshine Equipment is hosting a Green Tag Open House, Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at all locations, which include Baton Rouge, Covington, Donaldsonville, LaPlace, and Thibodaux.

Consumers will have the opportunity to ride-and-drive and ask questions about all of the new equipment being introduced by the company.

The Sunshine Equipment Green Tag Open House is a unique opportunity for consumers to get behind the wheel of a variety of equipment from lawn tractors to gators and from compact utility tractors to the large utility tractors. Specialists and dealer representatives will be on hand to demonstrate the new line up of John Deere equipment.

Wizard of Oz Tea Party Saturday

We’re off to see the Wizard with a wonderful Wizard of Oz Mother’s Day Tea Party at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville. Come fly over the rainbow with the libray as they share tea, poetry, stories and games on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Follow the yellow brick road to lots of fun, smiles, and a very special finale.  The Mother’s Day Tea Party is designed for children from ages 3 to 10 and their mothers and/or grandmothers. Refreshments will be provided.  Registration is required.  For more information, or to register, call the library at 473-8052.

Ascension Parish NAACP meeting set for Monday

The Ascension Parish branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has scheduled its monthly meeting for members for Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church, located at 206 West 10th Street, Donaldsonville.

Nomination for officers will be accepted from members at the meeting.

For more information, contact Richard Brown at 225-647-4163.

CASA volunteer training Tuesday

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.

Talented Visual Art students to exhibit work Wednesday

Nearly-sixty students in the Ascension Parish Talented Visual Art Program will exhibit their work Wednesday, May 13 between 4-6 p.m. at Gonzales Middle School in the Canine Theatre. The pieces on display were created during the last year by students in grades first-10th.  There will be a wide variety styles, subject matter, and media.

Teachers Mary Demerest, Laurie Dunn, and Dana Mosby will be on hand to meet parents and students and answer questions about the Talented Visual Arts program. The public is invited to attend.

Students to exhibit work Wednesday

Nearly 60 students in the Ascension Parish Talented Visual Art Program will exhibit their work on Wednesday, May 13 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Gonzales Middle School in the Canine Theatre.

The pieces on display were created during the last year by students in grades 1-10. There will be a wide variety styles, subject matter and media.

Teachers Mary Demerest, Laurie Dunn, and Dana Mosby will be on hand to meet parents and students and answer questions about the Talented Visual Arts program. The public is invited to attend.

Senior Citizen Day On The River Thursday

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.

Free Community Health Talk Thursday

A free Community Wellness Health Talk on “The Chiropractic Approach to Fibromyalgia” will take place Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Chiropractic Clinic, 525 E New River, Suite B, Gonzales. For more information, call 644-8671.

Junior Leaders end of the year 4-H dance May 16

The Ascension Parish 4-H Junior Leaders will host an “End of the Year” dance at the YMCA building located at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The event is held in order to celebrate the end of the school year. The dance is open to all youth in fourth-eighth grades. 

The dance will be held Saturday, May 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to stay, but plenty of supervision will be provided. It will cost $5 at the door for entrance to the dance.  

Concessions will be sold and dance pictures will also be sold for $5. Participants do not have to be a 4-H member to attend.  

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 interferes with the function of muscles; it is a disease for which there is no specific treatment 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.

‘Rollin’ for Hope 2009 – Poker Run’ May 16

Southern Cruisers Riding Club, Chapter 14 will hold its annual “Rollin’ for Hope 2009 – Poker Run” May 16 at the Ascension Civic Center, 9608 Airline Hwy., Sorrento. All proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Registration is at 8 a.m. and first bike out is 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for rider, including a meal ticket, and $10 for passenger. For more information, visit The poker run will leave from and will return to the Ascension Civic Center.

The facility is air conditioned and there will be cash prizes, live music by the Chase Tyler Band, vendors, bike show and bike games, food, and door prizes.

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.

AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course May 19

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 Soc Hop scheduled May 22

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, May 22 from 1-3 p.m. 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.

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 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 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. 

Council on Aging events

• May 11 – Blood pressure checks, Donaldsonville, 10:30 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• May 12 – Sock Hop, Lemann Center, Donaldsonville, from 1-3 p.m.; 411 on House Plants by LSU AgCenter, Gonzales 10 a.m.; and Bridge lessons, Gonzales, 1 p.m.

• May 13 – Afternoon Dance, music by Clif Nickens, Gonzales, from 1-3 p.m., $4 per head; 411 on House Plants by LSU AgCenter, Donaldsonville, 10 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Gonzales, 10:45 a.m., and Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m.

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.