Area Briefs January 25

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Restore La. homeowner outreach Jan. 25

The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is hosting an outreach event in Prairieville in Ascension Parish to provide in-person assistance to 2016 flood-impacted homeowners who need help completing their Restore Louisiana applications. Program representatives will be available to answer questions, provide information and work directly with homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date and location is as follows: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2-6 p.m. Fellowship Church of Prairieville, 14363 La. 73, Prairieville.

Canary Islanders Heritage Society Meeting

On Saturday, February 3, a meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana will be held at 11 a.m. at the Pierre Part Branch of the Assumption Parish Library System, 2800 LA-70, Pierre Part, La. Society Member Chad LeBlanc will present details from his research of the Canary Islander (Isleños) surnames of the Pierre Part/Belle River area and tracing those names back to the ship lists of 1778-1781. The majority of people in this area have family connections that include Isleños. Please join us in Pierre Part where you may learn about your family connection. Allmeetings are open to the public. Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found on the web at You may contact the President of the Society by email:

Panger earns SR deans list

Undergraduate students who earn an adjusted semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible for recognition as a dean's list student. This GPA is based on a schedule of at least 12 newly attempted and earned credits. Val G Panger of Prairieville has recently earned this distinction. Slippery Rock University is located in Slippery Rock, Pa.

LPB Seeking Independent Short Films

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is calling for entries for short films from local filmmakers. The films submitted will be nominated for inclusion in the seventh annual PBS Online Film Festival. The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful stories from filmmakers across the country and reaches an engaged and digitally savvy audience. The 2018 PBS Online Film Festival will take place July 16 - July 27. To enter, filmmakers can send a link to so it can be reviewed. Please include the title of the film, contact information, plus a two to three sentence description of the film. Films should be 3-15 minutes in length, and can be fiction or non-fiction. The most appropriate films for this festival are those who have creative or compelling storytelling, as well as high production quality. If you have questions about the technical requirements for the festival, send them to or go to All entries must be received by Monday, February 5.

HCA celebrates National School Choice Week

Hosanna Christian Academy will be holding an event to celebrate National School Choice Week 2018, the nation’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education featuring 20,000+ participating schools. HCA is a Christian school serving grades PreK to 8 with a student enrollment of 526. The event will be held at the Auditorium and will feature students performing the National School Choice Week dance to celebrate National School Choice Week. For more information about the event, visit The event is open to the public. It will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 26 at Hosanna Christian Academy, 8850 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge, La.

LHRC Annual Fundraising Dinner

Louisiana Health and Rehab Center (LHRC) will host the 3rd Annual Fundraising Celebration Dinner –Pursuing Destiny Fulfilling Purpose III, Thursday, February 22, at the Sheraton Atrium 102 France Street, Baton Rouge, LA. We invite the community to join us in celebrating the critical work we do to address issues resulting in substance abuse and behavioral health disorders. Our programs Reality House, Pocahontas House and the Life Care Outpatient Clinic are critical to both our clients and the community. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased online at or by calling 225-231-2490. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Sidni L. Shorter, 2018 Fundraising, Chair:

Rum Revelry at West Baton Rouge Museum

West Baton Rouge Museum pleased to announce Rum Revelry, a masquerade gala event set for the opening night of the Créoles du Monde exhibit on Thursday, February 1 at 6 p.m. Carnival costumes are optional but encouraged.

In the heart of carnival season, Rum Revelry will enchant revelers ages twenty-one and over with a stunning live performance by Casa Samba, New Orleans leader in Brazilian entertainment who will enamor the audience with an authentic Brazilian Carnival and folk arts experience, a tignon salon featuring head dress tying demonstrations by Dianne Honore, a cigar station with hand-made cigar demonstrations from Cigar Factory New Orleans, and rum tastings made from Louisiana sugar cane hosted by Cane Land Distilling Company, Louisiana’s original estate distilled rum.

The crown jewel of the evening, the Créoles du Monde exhibit promises to be a breathtaking display of artifacts, textiles, portraits, furnishings, and rare paintings that will focus on language, customs, agriculture, history, politics, and commerce related to Creole culture.

St. Elizabeth School Open House

St. Elizabeth School will host an Open House for all perspective new families: February 1 at 6 p.m. Meet in the school cafeteria: 6051 Convent St, Paincourtville, La. Or February 2 after mass at 8:45 a.m. Meet in the Community Center: 114 LA-403, Napoleonville, La.