LIFESTYLE

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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Arceneaux to host book signings

Virgil Arceneaux, author of “Forever Thankful,” will hold two book signings. The first is set for Monday, Dec. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the Pulmonary & Digestive Clinic, Inc., 1426 E. Hwy. 30, Gonzales, and the second is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21, from 1-5 p.m. at The Burton Group Insurance Company, 1433 E. Hwy. 30, Gonzales. For more information, call cell at 225-405-0201 or office at 225-647-1888.

ACT presents ‘A Snow White Christmas’

Ascension Community Theatre’s Children's Christmas Show: “A Snow White Christmas” by Kathryn Schultz Miller, and  directed by Philippe Radelet, runs  Dec. 16, 17, 18 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.

In the play, Snow White becomes a Christmas story, as Santa arrives on stage with a terrible problem: A Wicked Queen hates Christmas and is plotting against Snow White who  brings  lovely winter snow. Young performers become snowflakes, forest animals and even seven Christmas elves.

For tickets, call the box office at 225-647-1230 for the box office. Performances are held at the Pasqua Theatre 823 Felicity St., Gonzales.

Moore to hold book signing

Gaynell Bourgeois Moore, author of “I Save The Best For Last,” will have a book signing of her new release Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the framing department of Marchand’s Interior & Hardware, 214 Alexander St., Gonzales.

First United Methodist Christmas presents ‘Cantata’

Pepper Choplin, composer of the canata “I Hear the Prophet Callin’” writes, “It is not our place to make something new of the Christmas story, but it is our place to tell the true story in a fresh way so the listener will hear it as if for the first time.” At 10:45 on Dec. 19 the choir of First United Methodist Church will present Mr. 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.

Christmas Concert Thursday

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.

Cat Haven ‘Home for the Holidays’

Cat Haven “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 www.cathaven.org or call 636-2680.

Center Based Respite offered

COEA The Arc of East Ascension is now offering: Center Based Respite to individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, call 225-621-2000 ask for Ascension Center Based Respite. Adult Day Health Care to elderly individuals who are functionally impaired. For more information, call 225-621-2000 ask for Ascension Elder Care Center.

Dardenne to address ARW Thursday

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 postmaster@ascensiongop.org.

ABT Christmas in the Park Sunday

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.

Quilt Guild meet every Thursday

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 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.

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 charityford73@insightbb.com for more information. Checks to be made payable to and mailed to Charity Ford, P.O. Box 1734, Lexington, KY 40588.

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.

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.

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.

Dream Home tickets available

Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home are on sale now. You can reserve your ticket at any of the Citizen’s Bank locations or The UPS Store locations throughout Greater Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

Participants can also reserve tickets via web at www.dreamhome.org or by phone at 1-800-726-6409.

This year marks the 13th year of construction of the St. Jude Dream Home in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. The house is located at 37393 Hwy. 621, Prairieville. The house was built by Alvarez Construction on a lot donated by Bilwood Smith.

The St. Jude Dream Home is the original and longest running home raffle conducted in our community. Proceeds generated from the sale of tickets to win this home directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic located in Baton Rouge and children locally, nationally and around the world.

The Giveaway Special will air on WBRZ Channel 2 on  March, 27.

Ascension Council on Aging events

Dec. 15:

• LA Seniors Medicare Patrol, Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.

• Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m/

• Bible Study with Pastor Justin and Gospel Music with Etta Brown, Donaldsonville 10 a.m.

Dec. 16:

• Donaldsonville Head start Students Christmas Program, Donaldsonville, 10 a.m.

• Yogalates – Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Fast Exercise- Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

Dec. 17:

• Cajun Needlers, Gonzales 9 a.m.

• Karaoke – Gonzales 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 20:

• Fresh Holiday Arrangements, “How To” by Desire Dorest, LSU Ag Center, Gonzales 10:30 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@weeklycitizen.com, call 225-644-6397, fax 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737.