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Cheryl Babin

Santa Comes To Sorrento

The Sorrento Police Department will be holding its annual Santa Comes To Sorrento Saturday, Dec. 11. Santa will be at the Town Hall from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be gifts and treats for the kids. Come enjoy the Christmas spirit in Sorrento. 

‘Who Dat Blood Drive’ set Sunday

A blood drive will be held at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales Sunday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Celebration Center at 224 W. Constitution St. adjacent to the church will be open for your convenience. For questions, call the church office at 225-647-4678. “

Christmas Concert

The Donaldsonville Lemann Center and the City of Donaldsonville is proud to present a Christmas Concert Thursday, Dec.16, at 6:00 in the evening. The event will feature a performance by students of Bright Futures Community Learning Center. It would be an honor if you would come out and enjoy an hour of celebration of the season through song.

‘Home for the Holidays’

Cat Haven will celebrate “Home for the Holidays” during the month of December with an Open House Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1-5 p.m. at the Cat Haven Shelter, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge.  Everyone is invited to come tour the shelter, enjoy refreshments, purchase gift items, and visit with the cats that are waiting for their forever homes.

Additional “Home for the Holidays” adoption events will take place every Wednesday at the Cat Haven Shelter, from 4- 7 p.m., and every Saturday (except Christmas Day) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Petco on Siegen Lane, the PetSmart on Siegen Lane and the PetSmart on Airline Highway.

To view cats that are available for adoption, or for more information, go to or call 636-2680.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

While Santa is busy making toys up at the North Pole, Mrs. Claus and her trusty sidekick elf, Tiny, have snuck away! After a long and crazy journey, they finally made it to the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville! On Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., they are celebrating a very special storytime with us. Old Mrs. Kringle and Tiny will read stories, teach us a reindeer game, and spread some holiday cheer. Grab grandma, grandpa, and the baby, and come to “Storytime with Mrs. Claus.”  

This program is open to anyone and everyone, but the craft is designed for ages 3 to 8, so younger children may need some assistance. All materials for the craft will be provided, except your imagination. Registration is required, so call 473-8052 to reserve your spot today. Ho Ho Hope to see you there!  

First United Methodist Christmas Cantata

At 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 19 the choir of First United Methodist Church will present Composer Pepper Choplin’s cantata accompanied by an accordion, a dulcimer, a flute, stringed instruments, and a variety of percussion instruments.  Appalachian, Irish, Latin, Cajun and Early American folk styles are included.

All are invited to attend this lively presentation of the Christmas story from prophesy to fulfillment.  Call the church office at 647-4678 if you have any questions.

Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party

The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Gonzales Civic Center on Irma Blvd., Gonzales. A meal and gift will be provided for each senior that attends. The event will feature music, Santa and holiday cheer!

American Legion Christmas Party

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 81, Cornerview, Gonzales, will host a Christmas party for all seniors Dec. 14, from 1-3 p.m.

Come enjoy the fun, there will be bingo, prizes and refreshments.  

Airport group changes meeting day

The Ascension-St. James Airport and Transportation Authority has changed it’s regular monthly meeting date to the fourth Tuesday each month, beginning Jan. 25, 2011.

The authority said in a release that the December 2010 meeting date has also been changed; it will be held on the third Tuesday at 6 p.m., Dec. 21.

Dardenne to address ARW

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be the featured speaker at the Ascension Republican Women Christmas luncheon on Dec. 16 at 11:30.

The session will be in the Plantation Room at Sno’s Seafood and Steak Restaurant, 13131 Airline Hwy.  Socializing begins at 11:30 to and the meeting starts at noon.

Lunch is $18. The event is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are required.

RSVP: 225-644-5728 or e-mail ARWrUS@aol.comor

EATEL offers holiday hotline

Even Santa knows that technology makes his Around the World trip easier and faster. When Santa’s not listening to his favorite Christmas carols on his MP3 player, using his GPS to map his route, or checking out current weather conditions from his iPad, he’s listening to his voicemail messages to make sure he doesn’t miss a single wish list.

EATEL wants to make certain that Santa gets all children’s wish lists this holiday season. Kids can call the free “EATEL Holiday Hotline” at 621-4646, a direct line to the North Pole, and leave their Christmas wish list on Santa’s private voicemail. In order to get all lists to Santa on time, the Holiday Hotline will be open until Christmas Eve.

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society Holiday Concert

This December, join the Ascension Parish Library for a very special concert of popular holiday favorites presented by The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society. The Society is dedicated to the preservation of the dulcimer and other traditional American folk instruments. They can be found playing at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market in Baton Rouge twice a month.

There will be two opportunities to experience this uniquely American treat. The first concert will be held in Dutchtown on Dec. 9, then Galvez will host on Dec. 20. Both concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. To register, or for more information, call Dutchtown at 225-673-8699 or Galvez at 225-622-3339.

ABT Christmas in the Park

Ascension Ballet Theatre will be performing Dec. 19 at Christmas in the Park, a free performance in Gonzales at the Jambalaya Park

A free “Christmas in the Park” performance by ABT will feature a special performance by En Pointe Dance Crew, Celeste Veillon, and Jodi James with complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will also feature Santa.

Performance dedicated to collect Non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul's Soup Kitchen

3rd Annual Winter Carnival

Pecan Grove Primary will host its 3rd Annual Winter Carnival Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the school cafetorium. This year’s carnival will feature holiday experiences in five countries that have contributed to American holiday traditions. Take a trip to Germany, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, and England – your personal passport will be your guide. The community event has no admission fee and is free to the general public. Music and story reading will be available throughout the day at no charge.

Tickets to enjoy our delicious pancake and sausage breakfast, spicy jambalaya dinner, photo with Santa, Christmas crafts, face painting and gift raffles will be available for purchase at the carnival. Ticket presale will also be available through Dec. 8.  The popular Santa Shop will be open for holiday purchases. Gift raffle tickets will be sold throughout the morning for the 12:30 drawings.  Items for the raffle are currently being solicited. Contact the school at 391-7450 if you have an item to donate for the raffles. Pecan Grove students and faculty will provide music. Special thanks to community sponsors for their continued support.  Funds will be used to help build a school playground.

American Legion Wednesday bingo

The American Legion Post 81, 421 E. City, Gonzales, holds bingo every Wednesday night. Everyone is welcome. Children are welcome, but must buy at least a $5 book.

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

St. Amant High class of 1991 reunion

The St. Amant High class of 1991 will host a 20-year reunion June 25, 2011, from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Grande Pavilion, Airline Hwy., Gonzales. The cost is $45 person payable by May 31. After the deadline the cost will be $55 person. Contact Charity (Merritt) Ford at for more information. Checks to be made payable to and mailed to Charity Ford, P.O. Box 1734, Lexington, KY 40588.

Library closer

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Friday, Dec. 17 for a staff meeting.

Weekend VFW Post 3693 bingo

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.

Free screenings offered

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.

TOPS LA 422 meet every Thursday

Take Off Pounds Sensibly LA 422 Prairieville meets on Thursday evenings. Private TOPS 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.

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 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. For more information, contact the office at 225-644-9992.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Dec. 13 – Christmas Program, Prairieville Head start Students, Gonzales 10 a.m.; Dutchtown High School Choir, Gonzales 11:10 a.m.; and Blood Pressure Checks, Donaldsonville 11 a.m., Southern Care.

• Dec. 14 – Senior Christmas Party, Gonzales Civic Center, Gonzales 10 a.m.; Yogalates, Gonzales 9 a.m.; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.; and Gonzales Recipe and Coupon Exchange Club Day.

• Dec. 15 – LA Seniors Medicare Patrol, Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; and Bible Study with Pastor Justin and Gospel Music with Etta Brown, Donaldsonville 10 a.m.

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.