Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Social Action Forum

The Ascension Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will sponsor a social action forum entitled "When We All Vote, We All Do Better" on Thursday, September 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The forum will be held at the St. Paul Baptist Church Fellowship Center located at 10438 Boudreaux Road, Gonzales, La. Information will be shared on how to become a registered voter, location of voting precincts, items on the November 6 election ballot and a breakdown of the six (6) proposed Louisiana Constitutional amendments. For more information in regard to the forum, please contact Robyn Penn Delaney, Social Action Committee Chairperson at 225-717-1134.

Smithsonian Museum Day

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums can be found at

Henry Turner, Jr. Day

Henry Turner, Jr. Day will hold a VIP Pre-party at Henry Turner, Jr.’s Listening Room Heritage Museum on Thursday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $25 per person and include a Louisiana Buffet and photo opportunities with the talent. The venue is located at 2733 North Street, Baton Rouge, La. 70802. For additional information please log to on to or call 225-802-9681.

Shaken or Stirred

United Way's Emerging Leaders are revamping our classic happy hour event – Shaken or Stirred, generously sponsored by BASF. Join us on Thursday, September 20 at Cane Land Distilling Company from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. as the chairs of our three Gottlieb Society committees compete for best bartender. All tips will benefit United Way! Come out to support your favorite bartender and United Way volunteer: Tamiko Garrison - Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Chair - African American Leadership Council; Michael Richards - ExxonMobil, Chair - Emerging Leaders; Michelle Hardy - Turner Industries, Chair - Women United Tickets are just $10 and include: Cash bar (all tips benefit United Way); Food; Opportunity to mix and mingle with other United Way supporters; Opportunity to sign up for United Way volunteer initiatives; Raffle entry for a pair of VIP tickets to United Way's Jambalaya Jam on 10/11 (must be present to win). To purchase tickets visit

Annual Health Fair/Expo

Capital Area Agency on Aging (CAAA) will host their annual health fair/expo on October 25 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Over 850 seniors from over 13 parishes attended the event last year. Do you have a service or product you want seniors to be aware of? Openings are available for exhibitors and sponsors. Visit for information.

St. Luke Food Pantry

The St. Luke Food Pantry will be open to the community's needy and / or elderly individuals on Friday September 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and on a daily basis as urgent need arise. St. Luke is located at 300 Oak Street, Donaldsonville. For more information contact Grace Vaughn at 225-473-3521 or 225-473-9075.

Fourth Appreciation Service

You are cordially invited to the 4th Appreciation Service for Reverend Marvin F. Dixon and First Lady Ophelia Dixon at St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, 300 Oak Street, on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 9 a.m. We are grateful for their leadership and service provided during the conference year to the church and community. We look forward to have you join us as we express our heartfelt appreciation and love for them. Rev. Roy Brown will be the speaker.

Cum Laude Grad

Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce Michael Arceneaux of Geismar, La., graduated Cum Laude Meritum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science in March.

LSU Theatre

Wil Eno's new comedy asks some thought-provoking (if a bit vague) questions: What are we here for? Is time a friend or an enemy? Do we all eventually end up in the same place, but take different routes to get there? This play challenges the notion of what really matters and recognizes the importance of life's simple pleasures. (All of which might sound dreary, but there's a chance this will be a really good experience.) Directed by Noah Smith. Performance Dates: September 25 – 28, 30 at 7:30 p.m., 2018 September 30 at 2 p.m., 2018. Location: Studio Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building on the LSU Campus. Tickets: $12.00. Tickets available online at or at the door. For more information call 225-578-3527.

Mommy and Me

New time of 4 p.m. Join us for our LAST Mommy & Me event! Wear your favorite costume and join us at Tanger Outlets Gonzales on the Tuesday, October 9, for an afternoon of family fun! Our FREE October event will be hosted near Shopper Services Suite 299, next to J. Crew, on Tuesday, October 9, from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Look for the Tanger Tent! This month's activity will feature a safety presentation and up-close vehicle visit hosted by our local police and fire department. Receive a free community helper coloring book, decorate a pumpkin and visit select stores to receive an early trick-or-treat candy or sticker surprise. Take a picture with a popular super hero and princess. An amazing balloon artist will be on site to delight you as well!

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank has changed its day of distribution. Food will now be available for pick up on Saturdays starting September 22. Time of distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Harvest Time Worship Center located 4462 Jenkins Road, Darrow, LA 70725.

BOO and the Badge

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office presents BOO and the Badge on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hickley M. Waguespack Center, 1201 Maginnis Street, Donaldsonville, La. We will have lots of fun activities, a spooky haunted house, a sheriff's office display, and lots and lots of CANDY! For more info or to become a vendor please call 225-621-8653.

Italians in Louisiana Book Signing

On Wednesday, September 26, 6 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville, Alan Gauthreaux, a Marerro native, professor and Orleans Parish Sheriff's Deputy, will lead an informative look at the story of the Italian people in our state. Afterwards, he will sign copies of his book, "Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage & Tradition." Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required to attend. Call the Ascension Parish Library at 225-473-8052 to reserve your seat.

Dutchtown Golf Fundraiser

The cheerleaders of Dutchtown High School announce they will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at Santa Maria Golf Course on Monday October 15, 2018. The junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders will be raising money for their upcoming trip to The High School Cheerleading Championships in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Cheerleaders are seeking local business and community members to sponsor and play in their first ever golf tournament. Players will experience a fun event with plenty of freebies and prizes. There are fun games plan to make your day of golf a great experience. Sponsors will be welcomed to get involved with tournament. With opportunity to come on tournament day and have some fun with the golfers. For more information and to register please email or call Jimbo Gravois at 225-744-3777.

Ascension Council on Aging Membership Drive

The Ascension Council on Aging is holding its annual membership drive until October 1, 2018. Membership in the council is open without restrictions to parish residents who have reached the age of majority. There is no fee for membership. Persons interested in the problems and concerns of the elderly and wishing to serve in some capacity may apply at 101 Bocage Drive in Donaldsonville and 526 South Irma Boulevard in Gonzales. Ascension Council on Aging is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age. Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace. The annual meeting of the Ascension Council on Aging will take place at the Gonzales Senior Center at 6 p.m. on Monday October 15, 2018.

Adult Art Classes

Take time to relax in an adult Beginning Watercolor class in the evening. Watercolor artist, Betty Marks will instruct you in working with the watercolor medium. Class is held on Thursday evenings: Sept 13, 20, 27, and October 4. Class is held from 6 – 9 p.m. Cost of the course is $100, students can purchase their own supplies using the supply list provided online or can be picked up at the Depot Gallery. Register early, spaces are limited! For more information contact the Depot Gallery, 225-644-8496. Depot Gallery location: 320 East Ascension St., Suite C, Gonzales, La. 70737.

Jazz Listening Room

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is proud to announce a continued partnership with Chorum Hall and present the first artist for its 2018 Jazz Listening Room Series, Moutin Factory Quintet on September 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Listening Room, a series of cabaret style jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting, is designed to provide greater access to world-class jazz music performance at nominal fees for audiences in diverse settings. Tickets for the Jazz Listening Room shows can be purchased at For more information, go to or 225-344-8558.

J.Low Fall Festival, Duck Derby

Ready, set, Quack to the finish line! Join Girl Scouts Louisiana East for two Saturdays of fun camp activities and friendly competition at its annual J.Low Fall Festival and Duck Derby on Saturday, October 20 at Girl Scout Camp Marydale, 10317 Cr-232 in St. Francisville and Saturday, October 27 at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines, 56535 Highway 1054 in Independence. Both festivals are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the GSLE camps of choice and duck adoption donations will be applied to the community’s Annual Family Giving goal.

(Free)dom Dental Services

Dr. Louis LeFebvre at Main Street Dental Care in Gonzales, La. is participating in Freedom Day USA on October 11. This day is designed to honor and help our military by offering free dental services to current and retired military personnel, as well as their immediate family. In addition to offering our services we are asking businesses around our community to donate items (i.e. gift cards, items for raffles, food/drink to enjoy in office while waiting) to make this a great experience for the patients. Any help we can get to spread word on this event would be greatly appreciated. Contact Sandy D. for more info 225-473-7766.

Ascension Chapter Banquet

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Louisiana's Ascension Chapter Banquet presented by Bevel Tech Group, Relief Windows, EATEL, Shell, Cabela's, Hancock Whitney, and Rouses Markets will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $650 per table of 10, or $1250 per VIP table. Cost includes one-year CCA membership, admission, dinner, and open bar. For table and ticket info call Roy Deveer 225-715-1947 or Nolan Reynerson 225-952-9200.