I'll tell you what's up (May 15)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

AARP Gonzales Area Chapter anniversary meeting

The AARP Gonzales Area Chapter 1449 will host its chapter’s first anniversary meeting Friday, May 22 at 2337 S. Robert Wilson Road, Gonzales at Lewis Hall from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Jambalaya Festival Art Show planned

The Festival Art Show is now accepting applications from artists wishing to participate in the annual fine art show and sale to be held in Gonzales City Hall (festival grounds) from May 21-24, sponsored by the Art Guild of Gonzales. 

The guild will celebrates its 39th birthday this year with a special Artists Awards Reception Sunday, May 24 from 3-4 p.m. in the City Hall. Monetary and ribbon awards will be given for Best-of-Show, first, second, third, the Mayor Barney Arceneaux Award, the Sue Richburg Memorial, People’s Choice and honorable mention.

For more information, call Randy LaPrairie at 225-545-3240 or Gaynell B. Moore at 225-647-5577.

Bands needed for Jambalaya Festival

The Jambalaya Festival Association is looking for new and old bands wanting to play at the Jambalaya Festival. These bands will fill-in during the preliminary cooking contest and the judging. “This would be a great opportunity to get some experience and gets some advertisement for your band,” said a JFA spokesperson. 

Anyone interested in playing may contact Fran at 225-931-77099 or e-mail her at

Junior Leaders end of the year 4-H dance Saturday

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.  

Guidroz benefit Saturday

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.

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’ Saturday

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.

‘Hallelujah Hats’ program Sunday

The Second Baptist Church Deaconess ministry, pastored by  Rev. Mark I. Stewart, invites you to come out and worship in their hat program on Sunday, May 17 at 8:30 a.m. “Wear your favorite Sunday’s best hat,” said a church spokesperson. A special request is for all area deaconess ministries to join in the celebration. The church is located in Plaquemine.

AARP 55 Alive Safe Driving Course Tuesday

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 Thursday

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.

St. Amant High class of 1989 May 30

The St. Amant High class of 1989 will celebrate its 20th reunion Saturday, May 30 at the Grand Pavillion on Airline Hwy., Gonzales at 8 p.m. Call Fritz Englade Jr. at 936-3444.

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

• April 18 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m. Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• April 19 – 55 Alive Safe Driving Course, Gonzales, from 8:00 a.m.-4 p.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; and Bridge lessons, Gonzales 1p.m.

• April 20 – Birthday Party Celebration, Gonzales, 10 a.m.; blood pressure checks by Nicole/Metro, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

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.