Area briefs for Aug. 4 , 2010

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Carver Primary Open House canceled

Carver Primary School would like to announce the cancellation of its Open House that was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 9. Parents will be notified when its is rescheduled through correspondence from the school.

RRAA to meet Sunday

River Region Art Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 at the Art Center in Gonzales. Following the meeting a reception will be given for Michael Bianchetti, RRAA August Artist of the Month.

March of Dimes Sock Hop

Glenn Shaheen, 2010 March for Babies Chairman, announced that he and his Steering Committee members are finalizing details for the newest March of Dimes event in 2010.

“We will be hosting a March of Dimes Sock Hop at the Gonzales Civic Center on Friday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.”, Shaheen said.

Food and drinks will be served along with music provided by the band Na Na Sha. In addition to food, drinks and music there will be a dance contest as well as a Sock Hop costume contest. All tickets will be presold and will be available for purchase in August.

Weekend for divorced, separated and widowed set

Divorced, separated and widowed men and women of all ages are encouraged to attend a weekend designed for those who wish to let go of the painful past and create a more peace-filled future. Presented by people who have “been there” and offer their support.

The next Beginning Experience weekend  will be held Aug. 20-22, at the Catholic Life Center

Baton Rouge. All faiths are welcome. For more information, call Angela at 225-278-7321 or Judy 225-939-4201

or e-mail

Free hair cuts for children

Local stylists and barbers have teamed up to offer children ages five to 15:

• Free shampoo and styles or blow dry.

• Boys basic hair cuts.

• All children must be accompanied by parent.

• Many games and activities, door prizes and Goody Bags.

The event will be Sunday, Aug. 15, from noon-5 p.m. at Anointed Hands Salon and More, LLC, 8233 John LeBlanc Blvd., Sorrento (next to Sorrento Post Office).

For more information, call 675-8558.

• No children allowed unless being served.

• Stylist and barber choice of style.

For more information, call Aleaha Shaheen Morgan at 225-644-5523.

Special medical needs residents OHSEP sign up

The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has established a Special Medical Needs Registry.

The registry is designed to create a data bank of those parish residents who have medical conditions which will require assistance during an emergency or natural disaster. Such medical conditions include oxygen dependence, mobility and transportation issues, hearing or visual impairment, mental illness and issues which require electricity to run medical equipment.

To sign up, residents may either fill out the form located on the Parish Web site ( or call the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 621-8360.

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.

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 at 644-4445.

Scarecrows Swamp the Gardens

River Region Art Association is calling all creative minds to design an original, life size, scarecrow for the first annual Scarecrow Contest in our community. It does not have to be scary! But it can be whimsical, funny, jazzy, traditional, a favorite character, or any mystical concoction you can think of. Just go to for the rules and entry form. Open to all individuals: youth or adults and groups of all kinds: civic, schools, churches, teams, and even businesses.  

Prizes and ribbons will be awarded. All entry forms are due by Sept. 18. Scarecrows will be erected at the Houmas House Plantation & Gardens in Ascension Parish from Oct. 2-Nov. 1.  If you don't make one . . . then just come to see the Scarecrows Swamp the Gardens all during October. Houmas House is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with late hours on weekends. For more information, call 225-328-7354.

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.

Learn to quilt

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

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. 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.