I'll tell you what's up (May 19)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Attention pastors and church leaders

This summer Franklin Graham, son of Dr. Billy Graham, will begin the “Rock the River Tour” in Baton Rouge. 

Come receive information of how you and your church can be involved Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. during a one hour seminar at:

Call Juanita Castillo at 704-779-7598 or The Rock Church at 276-5444 if you have any questions.

“Our young people are our greatest gifts,” said Pastor Blake Melancon of The Rock Church, Gonzales.

What can we do to reach them with the great news that they can have hope and acceptance?”

“Rock the River” is being held in cooperation with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

AARP Gonzales Area Chapter anniversary meeting Friday

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.

Senior Soc Hop scheduled Friday

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.

Jambalaya Festival Art Show this weekend

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.

Join the Peaceful Quilters

If you are interested in quilting and would like to make quilts for needy infants, orphans, or elderly people, participants are invited to join the Peaceful Quilters on Wednesday, May 28, at 10 a.m. They meet at the First United Methodist Church, 224 West Constitution Street. Participants do not need to be a quilter to join. 

Cancer Services of Baton Rouge to meet

Cancer Services of Baton Rouge group will meet Wednesday, May 27 at noon in the fellowship hall of the First United Church on 224 West Constitution Street. Anyone who has cancer, knows someone with cancer, or has been affected in some way by cancer is welcome. A light lunch will be served.

COA dance classes every Wednesday

Ascension Council on Aging would like to announce the return of the Foxy Trotters Line Dancers.  Line dance classes will begin weekly starting Wednesday, May 20 at the Gonzales Senior from 1-2 p.m.

For more information, call 225-621-5750.

School Uniform Program in progress

Volunteer Ascension 8th Annual School Uniform Program is now collecting recycled uniforms for distribution to students in need (K-8th grades) in Ascension Parish schools. From now until the end of July clean, repaired, used uniforms can be dropped off at the following locations during normal business hours: The Athletic Center, Dutch’s Cleaners, LeJeune’s Cleaners, Uniform Post, Salvation Army and Kean’s the Cleaners. Donations to purchase new uniforms in sizes not collected, can be made to:  Volunteer Ascension School Uniform Program, P.O. Box 1564, Gonzales, LA 70707-1564. To volunteer to prepare recycled uniforms or help with distribution, contact Volunteer Ascension at 644-7655 or

Chamber to hold ‘Network Express’ evening Wednesday

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce and sponsor Aaron’s Sales and Lease announced to area businesses “Network Express,” a networking event to be held on Wednesday, May 20 at the Chamber office located at 1006 W. Hwy. 30 in Gonzales from 11 a.m.-noon.

The event was created in an effort to help business owners obtain the resources they need to achieve long-term success and to highlight a networking opportunity.

Network Express is a fast-paced marketing event that gives each participant an opportunity to promote their company on a one-to-one basis. Participants are encouraged to distribute business cards, samples, and promotional materials during this event. Only one person per business is permitted and seating is limited. Cost for this session is $20 for members. Lunch will be provided to all attendees courtesy of Raising Cane’s. Registration forms for this event are available at the Chamber’s office.

For more information, visit or contact the Chamber office at or 225-647-7487.

Memorial Day recognition May 25

The Memorial Park Committee will host its annual Memorial Day recognition Monday, May 25 at The Veterans Memorial Park, 612 South Irma Blvd., Gonzales. The program will start at 11 a.m. Food and refreshments will be served following the program. The guest speaker will be Major Cindy Haygood, Battalian Commander of the 769th Engineering Battalian.

The public is invited to attend.

ConnecTeens kickoff May 26

ConnecTeens will sign up new members (12-17 years of age) and announce their 2009 Summer Volunteer Calendar Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library Gonzales.

ConnecTeens is a program of Volunteer Ascension that matches young volunteers with areas of need throughout the parish. ConnecTeen benefits guaranteed teenagers include meeting new people, learning new things and gaining a better understanding of why volunteerism makes a community successful. The program was developed to provide opportunities to volunteer earlier in life and to foster an ethic of community service that will last a lifetime. In its eighth year, ConnecTeens will again help with Special Tuesdays, the Ascension Parish Library, the Fellowship Center, the Salvation Army, Volunteer Ascension’s School Tools and School Uniforms, and more.

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.

Chamber Business After Hours May 28

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and its members have once again been invited to join The Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s members for a networking opportunity. 

Chamber to Chamber: Business to Business is an annual event that will take place Thursday, May 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn/Mike Anderson’s Restaurant in Gonzales.

Members can network in a casual setting while building regional business relationships.

Sponsored by the Holiday Inn/Mike Anderson’s Restaurant and EATEL, the After Hours will feature food, a live band, networking and door prizes. 

This is a complimentary event available only to Chamber members and reservations are required to attend. 

For more information, or to RSVP for Chamber to Chamber, contact the Ascension Chamber of Commerce at 225-647-7487 or  

HeartSaver First Aid Classes May 30

First United Methodist Church of Gonzales will be hosting two HeartSaver First Aid classes Saturday, May 30.  Each class is four hours and will provide participants with certification in first aid and Infan, child, and adult CPR. This certification is valid for two years.  If interested in registering for the class, contact Kimberly at 647-4678. The cost of the class is $15 per person. Space is limited.

‘Special Tuesdays’ coming in June

The Beau Porto Special Tuesdays recreation program will be held every Tuesday from June 2 through July 21 from 2-6 p.m. at the Ascension Civic Center on Airline Highway in Sorrento. The program includes activities, food and music. Parents, friends, families and personal care attendants are welcome. Students are welcome to help and earn service hours for school or religious classes. For more information, contact Bobbie Blanchard at 225-717-1151.

Motorcycle club to  host fundraiser June 5-7

The Nubian Kruzers United Motorcycle Club will hold its second annual state rally fundraiser June 5-7 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

The family-oriented event will feature games for kids, a bike show on Saturday and car show Sunday. It will feature live R&B, Zydeco and oldies.

Tickets are available at $10 a day or $20 for a weekend pass. Last year’s rally donated $10,000 to WCRC Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center and the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center, Inc.

The event sponsor is Kossen Equipment Inc. of Gesimar. Local supporters include Harley Davidson of Baton Rouge, Shala’s Boutique, American Advertising Federation Baton Rouge, Lamar Advertising and Rotary Club of Baton Rouge.

For tickets, or more information, call Mac at 225-337-4259, Eric at 225-603-1117 or Wendell at 225-571-6129.

Animals in Art Camp set for July

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my! Animals of all types will be the theme of this year’s  art camp at Prairieville Middle School. The camp will be taught by veteran art teachers Cindy Dodson and Dana Mosby. Young people will have the opportunity to experiment with different media and create artwork with animals as the subject.

The camp will be July 13-17 and is for students seventh-12. There will be a morning session from 8:30 – 11 a.m. and an afternoon session from noon- 2:30 p.m. The cost for each session is $80 which includes all supplies and a light snack each day.

A registration form is available by emailing .

Council on Aging events

• May 21 – Ascension Singers Patriotic Program, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.; and Stroke Education Seminar by the Neuromedical Center, Donaldsonville, 10:30 a.m.

• May 22 – Stroke Education Seminar by the Neuromedical Center, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m.; and blood pressure checks, Nicole/Metro, Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

• May 25 – Memorial Day holiday, both centers closed.

• May 26 – Health Care One Bingo sponsored by Company Presentation, Donaldsonville, 10 a.m.; Pilates, Gonzales, 9:30 a.m. and Bridge lessons, Gonzales, 1 p.m.

• May 27 – Birthday Party Celebration, Donaldsonville, 10 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at lifestyles @, call 225-644-6397, fax 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737.