What's up in Ascension Parish

Cheryl Babin

Free Wellness Workshop

Dr. Phillip Smith will be hosting a “Free Wellness Workshop” on Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. The topic will be “Detoxing Your Body Naturally.” Dr. Smith will talk about the most detoxifying herbs. What foods cause you to be the most toxic. The best way to cleanse the body and How a toxic body shortens your life. The location of the workshop is 12320 Hwy. 44, Ste 2A, Gonzales. For more information, call 225-644-8671.

Grief Support Group to meet

SouthernCare, Inc., 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville’s Grief Support Group topic Jan. 26 will be “How Grief Changes Your Life.” The host will be Rev. Beth Evason, Chaplain. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with drink and snack and discussion at 6 p.m.

Call 225-673-9949 by Jan. 24 to register for this free event.

Church invites Facebook


Jerry Thacker with local Emerald Coast Ministries has announced that the church group has begun a Facebook page and is looking for people to log on and like what they do. Simply go to Facebook and type in Emerald Coast Ministries to find out about all the things the group is doing for the community.

Library Scavenger Hunt

Ascension Parish Library is calling all Cahills for The 39 Clues Library Scavenger Hunt!  Your passport will contain clues, but it’s up to you to solve them.  Test your own clue-hunting ability and library skills.  Work alone or in teams on this scavenger hunt based on locations and events in the popular childrenís adventure book series.  Participants will also discover their family branches and make origami shurikens.  Do you accept the challenge?

The 39 Clues Library Scavenger Hunt is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gonzales location.  This program is designed for children ages 7 to 12.  For more information, or to register, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955.

CASA looking for volunteers

Child Advocacy Services’ Ascension Parish CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program is looking for volunteers to be the voice for children in the community who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect.  CASA depends on volunteers to make a difference in the lives of these innocent children.  Currently there are 10 children in Ascension Parish waiting for someone to be their voice.  Will you be the voice for one of these children?

CASA training for Ascension Parish volunteers will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan, 30, at the Child Advocacy Services office located 1026 E. Worthey Rd, Suite C, Gonzales, LA 70737.  If you are interested in participating in this training please contact or office at (225) 647-2005 or email kmcadams@childadv.net.  To learn more about Child Advocacy Services’ CASA program visit the website at www.childadv.net. Documents are required to start the training process, so call today.

Mardi Gras Gala tickets on sale

The Ascension Fair Association will host its 2012 Annual Mardi Gras Gala Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Gonzales Recreation (Civic) Center Irma Blvd., Gonzales. The event will feature the band U4RIA. Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale now. Contact Gloria Burns at 225-939-661 or Anthony Christy at 225-715-1952 to purchase tickets or for additional information, visit the website at www.ascenfair.com

Tuesday and Sunday Bingo

The St. Amant Knights of Columbus holds bingo two nights a week. On Tuesday, the doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7:30. On Sunday afternoon the doors open at 4 p.m. and bingo begins at 5 p.m. No one under the age of 18 is allowed.

Everyone is invited to come. The St. Amant Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 43472 Black Bayou Road.

Teen Book Club

The Ascension Parish Library’s Teen Book Club is holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb.y 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Galvez and always the first Tuesday of the month. This program is open to all teens 6th grade and above. Talk about the book you are reading with other like-minded people and enjoy some light refreshments--just like other book clubs do! For further information, call Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 622-3339.

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.

Weekend Bingo

VFW Post 3693, 42430 Church Point Road, Gonzales, offers bingo every Friday and Saturday. 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.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Jan. 20 – Nutrition Updates, Lisa Weber – Southern Ag Center, Gonzales 10 a.m.; Zumba Gold – Donaldsonville 10:30 a.m.,Gonzales 10:30a.m.; Karoke – Gonzales 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; and Etta Brown – Gospel Music, Donaldsonville 10 a.m.

• Jan. 23 – Birthday Party, Gonzales 9:30 a.m., Wellcare – Sponsor; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

• Jan. 24 – Blood Pressure Check, Amedysis, Gonzales 10:30 a.m.; Yoga, Gonzales 8 a.m.; Yoga – Gonzales 9 a.m.; Bridge Lessons, Gonzales 1 p.m.; Sign Language, Gonzales 10:15 a.m.; Zumba Gold, Donaldsonville 9 a.m., Gonzales 10:30 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.