Area briefs for Aug. 2 , 2010

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Annual Corporate Spelling Bee

The North Ascension Rotary Club will be holding its Annual Corporate Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Parc 73 on Hwy. 73 in Prairieville this year. The cost is $200 per 3-person team with all proceeds going to the Teacher Appreciation and literacy programs at elementary and middle schools throughout North Ascension Parish. To reserve your spot or for more information contact Jennifer Boggs at 773-0114 or Meghan Hebert at 205-1057.

Ascension Parish Autism Support Group Meeting

 The Ascension Parish Autism Support Group Meeting is for parents, caregivers or self-advocates interested connecting with others living in Ascension Parish or the surrounding area. It is a free support group meeting and lunch is provided. Children are welcome. The group is starting their fall support meeting Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library - Galvez Branch's meeting room. The address is 40300 Highway 42, Prairieville. For more information or call (225) 622-0323.

Free senior health workshop planned

Are you an older adult with an ongoing health condition? Are you a caregiver of an older adult with an ongoing health condition?

You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, or anxiety, this workshop can help you take charge of your life.

The introduction presentation will be held at the Gonzales senior center on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. where participants can get details and register.

The Ascension Council on Aging will be hosting a workshop with the Capital Area Agency on Aging called “Your Life, Your Health,” Put Life Back in Your Life. Join a free 2 1/2 hour health workshop held each week for six weeks, learn from trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves, and set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and your life.

The workshop will be held at the Gonzales Senior Center on 526 South Irma Blvd., Gonzales.

To register or find out more information, contact Susan DeMers at Capital Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-833-9883 or 225-922-2525.

Folk Art Painting on Wood workshop

A Folk Art Painting on Wood workshop will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the River Region Art Center in Gonzales.

Instructor, Mary Crochet will teach the basic use of acrylic paint and how to clean, sand and prepare the wood piece for painting. She will show how a drawing is transferred onto the wood. After the item is painted, the sealing process will be taught. Only wood objects will be used . . . no metal, glass, or plastic.

The workshop fee is $60 and all acrylic paints are provided. Student needs to bring a wood item to paint and their own brushes. (Wood items can also be found at the local craft stores.)  

Registration can be found online at and mailed to the RRAA Art Center. Call Mary at 644-7422 for any details.

Sorrento Boucherie Pageant

The Sorrento Boucherie Pageant is being held Sept. 18. Participants may sell raffle tickets to earn their entry. Miss Division is $125 and all others are $75. There will be all age groups from 0-3 boys, 0-11 months girls up to Ms.

Entries will be taken at the door, however a $10 late fee will apply. Enter by pre-registration date Sept. 15, to avoid the late fee. For information on forms and raffle tickets contact Tammy at 225-622-3698 or go to the Web site

Senior Soc Hop scheduled

The Parish of Ascension Recreation and Culture Department will host its monthly Senior Soc Hop Friday, Aug. 27, from 1-3 p.m. at Lamar-Dixon.

Residents 50 plus are welcome to attend. Soft drinks are complimentary and the Senior Throw Together Band will entertain seniors.

Clif Nickens information needed

Any information on Clif Nickens is needed for a book about Nickens’ life. Stories, old photos, newspaper articles, opinions, inspirations or musical talents.

Mail to Mark LaCour, 202 W. Ascension St., Gonzales, e-mail of call 225-715-8050.

Free screenings

The Parish of Ascension offers free blood pressure and glucose screening every Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the Ascension Parish Health Unit, 1024 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd., Gonzales, across from Courthouse East off Worthey Road. For more information, call 225-644-4582.

Student drivers and those requiring defensive driving

Blue Line Driving Academy is now enrolling student drivers and those requiring defensive driving. For more information, contact Darlene @ 644-4445.

Scarecrows Swamp the Gardens

River Region Art Association needs you and your imagination to swamp the gardens at Houmas House with Scarecrows of all kinds. They can be funny, scary, whimsical, or even traditional. Participants can have a theme or advertise your business or your school colors.    

This event is presented by RRAA to bring community and art ideas together. Youth ages 17 and under, youth groups, schools, church groups, civic organizations, adult individual, adult groups, and all businesses are invited to participate in the First Annual Scarecrow Contest.

The applications and rules can be found online at or you can pick up an entry form at the Houmas House Gallery or the Art Center in Gonzales. Entries must be in by Sept. 18. Scarecrows go up Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. Prizes will be awarded. The Scarecrows will “Swamp the Gardens until Oct. 31.  

Cajun Country Quilt Guild to meet

The Cajun Country Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon at First Baptist Church on Burnside in Gonzales.

TOPS LA 422 meets on Thursday

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) LA 422 Prairieville meets on Thursday evenings. Private weigh-ins are from 5:30-6 p.m. and meetings are from 6-7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find out more information about TOPS, call 647-2606.

Alzheimer’s Services  caregiver network meeting

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area holds caregiver network meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, from 11 a.m.-noon, at Healing Place Church/St. Amant Annex, 43503 Quality Lane, Suite H.

All caregiver network meetings are held monthly and are free to the public. They provided caregiver mutual support and practical caregiving techniques, as well as update community resources available to caregivers. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Services office at 225-334-7494 or 1-800-548-1211.

Free HIV testing

Face to Face Enrichment Center offers free HIV testing. No blood and no needles. Results are ready in 20 minutes. To schedule your appointment, call 225-644-9992.

Face to Face Enrichment Center introduces Project Connections. The project allows clients and the general community to research Internet-based health information through the National Library of Medicine. Whether you need information about Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Cancer, etc., Project Connections is for you. Call 225-644-9992 to schedule your research time.

Face to Face Enrichment Center is now a Louisiana Medicaid Program Certified Application Center. Applications are taken from women, children, and senior citizens Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Contact the office at 225-644-9992 and the staff will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Fundraiser to help school children

Grandparents of Christ is an organization that focuses on grandparents adopting children in need of backpacks and school logo sweat shirts. Birdhouses and cedar coolers are being sold to support this cause. To find out how you can obtain either at 225-622-1153 or 225-571-4490.

The organization began in 2009 by Donald and Christine Guitrau of Prairieville.

Donations are being accepted and can be made at Regions Bank under Grandparents of Christ.

Learn to quilt

Summer Quilting Camps for Kids and Quilting Classes for adults. For more information, call 622-2147.

Free screenings

The Parish of Ascension offers free blood pressure and glucose screening every Friday from 8-10 a.m. at the Ascension Parish Health Unit, 1024 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd., Gonzales, across from Courthouse East off Worthey Road. For more information, call 225-644-4582.

VFW Post 3693 bingo every weekend

VFW Post 3693 offers bingo every Friday and Saturday. Everyone is welcome.

Children six years and older are welcome, but must buy at least a $5 book.

Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.

GHC to host Driving for Quality Care cross-country petition tour

The caregivers and family members of Gonzales Health Care Center invite the public in welcoming the Driving for Quality Care cross-country petition tour Thursday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at GHC, 905 West Cornerview, Gonzales. This national effort, sponsored by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), will draw attention to the vital need for emergency Medicaid relief (FMAP) for America's rehabilitation and long term care centers and boost consumer awareness of ongoing quality improvement successes.

At the event, members of the community will sign a 60 ft. petition to President Obama, Congress and state governors urging them make adequate funding of Medicaid and Medicare a top priority, so that every U.S senior can have access to the quality care that they need, expect and deserve.

The Driving for Quality Care RV will travel to 40 states and visit some of the 2.5 million Americans cared for each day by the nearly 3 million individuals who work in the long term and post-acute care profession. Gonzales is the 27th of 60 cities the Driving for Quality Care tour will visit as it crisscrosses the country.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Aug. 2 – Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; and Beading Class 9 a.m.

• Aug. 3 – Pilates, Gonzales 9:15 a.m.; Bridge Lessons:, Gonzales 1 p.m.; and Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day.

• Aug. 4 – Your Life, Your Health Susan DeMers/Capital Area Agency on Aging; Introduction to Upcoming Free Health Seminar, Gonzales, 10 a.m.

• Aug. 5 – Pilates Gonzales 9:15 a.m., Fast Exercise, Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Crafts, Donaldsonville 9 a.m.; and Wii Games, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.

• Aug. 6 – Karaoke, Gonzales, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

• Aug. 10 – Blood Pressure Checks, Gonzales 11 a.m., Corliss, Southern Care; Pilates, Gonzales 9:30 a.m.; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.; and Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day.

• Aug. 11 – Canasta, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m. and 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.