I'll tell you what's up (May 27)

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

East Ascension High Class of 1984

The East Ascension High Class of 1984 will be celebrating its 25 Year Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Gonzales. Visit the class website at: for details and further information. Also, register your classmate information and RSVP on the website. Classmates may also contact Mark Dearman at 225-752-1338 for further information.

For more details, call 698-3147.

‘Lights of Zion Health Fair’ coming June 6

A “Lights of Zion Health Fair will take place June 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2444 W. Orice Roth Road, Gonzales.

The fair will include free health screenings, dental health, eye health, skin and hair care, nutrition counseling, child safety, a space walk and face painting for the kids and much more.

For more information, call 644-0446.

Valarie Hodges Memorial Benefit set for June 14

A Valarie Hodges Memorial Benefit will take place Sunday, June 14 at Bayview, Hwy. 16, Port Vincent. Hodges, 10, drowned Sunday, May 10 on Mother’s Day. The benefit is being held to help defray the funeral cost.

The entertainment will include Clif Nickens, Floyd Brown, Kenny Fife, Trent Bourgeois and Fly By Nite. Bands will be updated through press notices.

The event will also include a auction, raffle, pastalaya, and jambalaya.

‘Special Tuesdays’ June 2-July 21

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.

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

Council on Aging events

• May 28 – Nutrition Updates, Lisa Weber, Southern University Agriculture Center, Gonzales 10:30 a.m.; Pilates – Gonzales 9:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• May 29 – Karaoke, Gonzales 9:30 a.m., Donaldsonville, 11:30 a.m.; and Nutrition Updates, Lisa Weber, Southern University Agriculture Center, Donaldsonville 11 a.m.

• June 1 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; and Beading Class, Gonzales 9:30 a.m.

• June 2 – Pilatesm Gonzales, 9:30 a.m.; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1p.m.

• June 3 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville, 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Stroke, osteoporosis screening to be held Thursday

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 set for Thursday

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 set for Saturday

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.

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.

Summer Arts & Crafts Boot Camp coming in June

A “Summer Arts & Crafts Boot Camp” will be held in June. The camp is open to students entering grades first, second and third. There will be two sessions June 8-12 and June 15-19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The camp will be held at the Louisiana Army National Guard Armory on Irma Blvd. in Gonzales. For more information e-mail or call Antoinettte at 622-2702.

‘Celebrating The Arts’ camp to be held June 15-19

A “Celebrating The Arts” camp will be held June 15-19 from 9-11 a.m. at Lake Elementary School. The camp, which is for boys and girls ages 6 to 11, will cost $50 per week. Price includes cost of materials. The camp will feature drawing, painting, mosaics, crafts and clay projects. Space is limited – first come, first serve. Deadline to sign up is June 1.

For more information, call Kay Polk at 612-8308, cell at 323-3745 or e-mail at

Calling artists for ‘The Red Hot Art Show’ coming in June

A call to all artists both adult and youth, “The Red Hot Show” is coming up June 20 at the Art Gumbo Community Market.  Paintings, drawings, photography, and 3-dimensional art will all be accepted. It is free to enter three pieces. Bring your art to River Region Art Gallery in Gonzales by June 19. See the web site for an entry form at or call the Gallery at 644-8496. 

“Your art should be red, hot or fiery, use your hottest imagination,” said Donna Braud, RRAA?member

Art Camps offered to be held at St. Amant High School

This summer, art teacher, Darryl Babin will offer three different camps: Modern Masters, 3-D Masters, and Modern Masters II. Participants will explore different art media and will be introduced to some of the world’s most famous artists. Lessons are being held in his classroom at St. Amant High School and enrollment is limited.

All classes will be taught by Babin, a life-long resident of Gonzales. He has been teaching art classes for over twenty years; at St. Amant High since 1998. Babin is an authorized Advanced Placement art instructor and was named Teacher-of-the Year for the 2005-06 school year.

The six different sessions will be offered within three weeks.  Each week will have a morning session (9-noon) and an afternoon session (1-4pm). The three weeks camp will be offered June 22-26, June 29-July 3, and July 6-10. The cost of each session is $100 and kids ages 7-13 are welcomed to participate.  If you have any questions, contact Darryl Babin at 647-2424 or e-mail at

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 e-mailing

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 70737.