What's up in Ascension Parish

Cheryl Babin

Pet Halloween Costume Contest

Ascension Animal Advocates invites you to the annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest on Sat. Oct 29 at Petco on Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge. The contest starts at 1 pm so dress you pet and come join the fun.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

The 25th Annual Mayor’s Prayer breakfast will be taking place of Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Gonzales Civic Center on Irma Boulevard.

The annual event, which sees the coming together of city residents, will this year present Chef John Folse as Guest Speaker.

Breakfast  will be served from 7 until 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning directly after.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets, which are $5 per person, can contact Donna Duplessis on 647-2841 or visit the Gonzales City Hall building.

Kidz Kove Chili Cook Off

 The Gonzales Fire Department invites the community to their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off and Sale benefitting Project Kidz Kove on Nov. 17.

Join the fire department, business and individuals Nov.17, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 724 Orice Roth Road, Gonzales.

Cooks are needed to enter the chili-cooking contest. Entry fee is $25. Quarts will be sold for $10 each. For entry or pre-order information, contact: Jessica Breaux at  644-5307 or email jbreaux@gonzalesfd.com; Leslie Ickes at  933-5173 or email leslieickes@eatel.net; or Stacey Parker at 335-3002, or email stacparker@hotmail.com.

 For more information, visit Project Kidz Kove website at www.projectkidzkove.com or Facebook Project Kidz Kove, or call 644-5273.

‘Caring for Cameron’ benefit set

There will be a benefit titled “Caring for Cameron” for Cameron Laiche, son of Kacie and Jared Laiche on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. until noon at Golden Rule

Daycare, 44048 Hwy. 429, Gonzales. Cameron has been diagnosed with microcephaly, developmental delays, bacterial overgrowth and a possible Mitochondrial disease.

The benefit, sponsored by “grub 2 geaux,” will feature a three cheese lasagna with meat sauce in a full size 10 x 13 pan that feeds a family of four to six for $22. Orders can be placed at www.grub2geaux.com, click on the “Caring for Cameron” link. For more information, contact Golden Rule Daycare at 644-4770, Melisa at 362-7997 or Michelle at 620-6513.

Monetary donations can be made at Regions bank in Cameron’s name.

Troop 65 Eagle Scout reunion set

The second annual Troop 65 Eagle Scout reunion is set for Oct. 29 at the Joe Duplessis Forest on La. 74.

All Eagle Scouts from Troop 65 and their families are invited to attend the event, which starts at 3 p.m.,

organizer Greg Duplessis said.

An overnight camp out is optional, he said. A pastalaya supper will be served at 7 p.m. and a traditional cobbler cooking contest will be held.

Campers are asked to bring their own drinks and chairs.

For information, email Duplessis at nomo.xom@ gmaiLcom or call 225-644-3245 or Clay Cranfield, cranfiel@eatel.net or 225-622-2399.

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Gold Star Mothers

invited to parade

Gold Star Mothers are invited to take part in the Nov. 13 Ascension Veteran's Day

Parade in Gonzales. Gold Star Mothers are women who have lost a son or daughter "in the service

of our country," according to the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. website.

Parish President Tommy Martinez and members of the parade committee are organizing a float for the mothers. The parade is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 13.

Gold Star Mothers interested in riding in the parade are asked to contact Veteran's Parade co-chairwoman, Cheryl Kinchen, at 225-473-1508, extension 227 or email at ckmchen@aDgoy.ys

AHS Class of 1982 reunion

The Asumption High School class of 1982 will its 30 year Reunion Meeting Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at Steve Kent Race Shop at No Problem Raceway, 6470 Hwy. 996, Belle Rose.

If a classmate has information on a potential facility, D.J., Caterer, etc., please bring it to the meeting, along with pricing, policies, etc. A decision will be made by meeting attendees on information presented.

LPB’s Art & Travel Auction

Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Art & Travel Auction will be televised live Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. This is the ninth auction and the largest to date with more than 200 artists donating more than 250 pieces of art. The Art & Travel Auction is not only a fundraiser for Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, but it is also an excellent showcase for the work of Louisiana artists.

ACT presents ‘Rabbit Hole’

Ascension Community Theatre in Gonzales will be presenting “Rabbit Hole” from Nov. 3-6 and Nov. 10-12.

The production is directed by Mattie Olson, with assistant director Derek Bourque.

Performance dates and times are Nov. 3,4,5 and 10,11,12 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Contact the Ascension Community Theatre box office telephone number on 647-1230 for ticket information.

LPB's Holiday Doo Wop Concert

Louisiana Public Broadcasting's Holiday Doo Wop Concert will be Saturday, Dec. 3 at LSU Union Theater. There will be 2:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. shows. The line-up features: Gene Chandler, “The Duke of Earl,” Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead The Shirelles “Solider Boy;” The Coasters, “Charlie Brown;”

The Chiffons, “One Fine Day;”  and Jimmy Clanton, “Just a Dream.”

Call Kate Bradshaw at 767-4289 for tickets or information.

Senior Citizens Trip

Enjoy the beautiful lights and experience the excitement of Christmas with 5 days 4 nights in San Antonio and surrounding area, Dec. 5-9. Participants will be traveling in a spacious, video and restroom equipped Motorcoach. They will enjoy a “Guided Tour” of San Antonio that includes visits to San Femando Cathedral, the King William Historical District and El Mercado, which is patterned after an authentic Mexican market Other places of interests will be the Institute of Texan Cultures, The Famous River Walk and scenic cruise, Fredericksburg “Jewel of the Texas Hill Country,” National Museum of the Pacific War, George Bush Gallery, LBJ National Historical Park, LBJ Ranch “the Texas White House,” San Antonio Mission San Jose, Rivercenter Imax and see “Alamo” then visit the Alamo grounds. All this, eight meals and much more for only $459.

For more information, call Sheryl Averett Bums (formerly with the Livingston Council on Aging) at 225-588-3075.

Trick or Treating times set

Halloween trick-or-treating in Ascension Parish has been set for Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

 The decision was made at the Ascension Parish Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6.

 Officials with the City of Gonzales and the City of Donaldsonville said Friday morning they would also have the same date and times as Ascension Parish.

Christmas Crusade Program

The 2011 annual Christmas Crusade for Children Program is now underway.

The program provides Christmas gifts for children 0-12 years of age from low-income families throughout the parish.

Applications may now be obtained from the Sheriff's Offices at the Donaldsonville Courthouse, the Gonzales Business Office or Family Services Division at the Gonzales Building Annex.

Please bring copies of each child’s birth certificate, a valid Louisiana State photo ID, proof of income, and a current copy of an Ascension Parish utility bill (proving residency).

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Nov. 18. No applications will be accepted after this date.

For more information about the Christmas Crusade for Children Program, you can contact Deputy Janet Fontenot at 225-621-8318 or jfontenot@ascensionsheriff.com: or Sgt. Joey Meyers at 225-621-8353 or jmeyers@ascensionsheriff.com

City of Refuge

Church Anniversary

Pastor Frank and Minister Felisha Jones, and the City of Refuge Church family – One Church, Two locations will be celebrating its 11th Year Church Anniversary Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the west location located at 32855 Bowie St. in White Castle. The public is invited to attend.  

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.

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, and ask for Ascension Center Based Respite.

Free screenings offered

The Parish of Ascension offers free blood pressure and glucose screenings 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.

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.

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.