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Cheryl LeBlanc Babin

Santa to arrive by boat Dec. 21

The St. Amant Fire Dept. will be bringing Santa to Sarita’s on Dec. 21. Santa will arrive at The Dock at Sarita’s on Diversion Canal at 6 p.m. Bring the kids and your camera. Fun, relaxing, atmosphere (and Santa will be at Sarita’s from 6-9 p.m.

Watch for Santa coming down Diversion Canal in the St. Amant Fire Dept. Boat!    

Art Gumbo Market Saturday

The opportunity to squeeze in a bit of art into your shopping list will be available on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Art Gumbo Market presented by the Artists of River Region Art Association. The market is located at Houmas House and is free and open to the public.

There will be pottery, jewelry, gourds and many artistic designs to browse through. A free tasting booth will be presented by Chef Jeremy Langlois offering a sample from the Houmas House menu.

This will be the last market of the year. There will be no Art Gumbo Market in January.

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.

Library holiday closings

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, Saturday, Dec. 25, Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1.

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.

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.

Na Na Sha Ensemble releases CD

The Na Na Sha Ensemble of St. Mark Catholic Church recently released their CD entitled “Look Beyond.” The nine member group Na Na Sha has been playing for this parish for the past 35 years.

The “Look Beyond” CD may be purchased at the St. Mark Parish office or from any of the group members. The purchase price is $20. For more information, call St. Mark Church at 647-8461 or Pat Sanchez at 644-0380.

St. Mark Church is located at 42021 Hwy. 621, Gonzales.

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 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.

ABT Christmas in the Park Sunday

Ascension Ballet Theatre will be performing Sunday, 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.

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 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.

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.

St. Amant High FFA needs your help

The St. Amant High School Agriscience and FFA program have applied for a chance to win a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant. St. Amant Agriscience program, FFA chapter and Alumni plan to construct a student/community outdoor Agrisicence teaching facility.

There are four different ways to vote: Log on to to set up an account then vote daily. Daily text to 73774 (Pepsi) with 104557 in the memo section. Add the application to Facebook (link on page listed above) and add the application on an iphone or android. (link listed on page above).  

Voting takes place the entire month of December. Voting ends on Dec. 31 at 11 p.m.

 For more information you can contact Mandy Savoy DeLaune at 225-391-6000 or

RRAA offers Click Art Contest

Get your cameras aimed and ready to shoot!  River Region Art Association announces the annual “Click Art” contest for all the photographers both young and old. Take in for the photography will be Jan. 13, 14, and 15 from noon until 4 p.m. at the RRAA Art Center in Gonzales. There is no entry fee. Three entries per person will be allowed. The categories are Adult Color; Adult Black & White; and Youth up to age 18. All photos must be framed for presentation with wire on the back for hanging.

Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention. A reception will be held honoring the photographers Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Art Center. All photography may be picked up at that time. All winners will be displayed at CC's Coffee House in Prairieville for the month of February. 

Contact Deborah with any questions at 673-5007.

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.