Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Gonzales DWI Checkpoint

Gonzales Police Department, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police will be manning a DWI checkpoint on September 27, 2018 from 8 p.m. until September 28, 2018 3 a.m. in the area of LA30. This is made possible through an LHSC grant.

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.

4-H Fundraiser

Sweet potatoes and peeled pecans! To order, contact an Ascension Parish 4-H'er or the Ascension Parish 4-H Office at 225-621-5799. All proceeds will benefit the Ascension Parish 4-H Foundation to increase scholarships and programs. Orders are due October 24, 2018. Pickup will be at the 4-H Office, Lamar Dixon on November 7-8 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sweet Potatoes: 10-pound box $12, 40-pound box $25; Peeled Pecans: 3-pound box $30.

River City Jazz

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the River City Jazz Coalition are proud to open the second decade of the nationally renowned jazz concert series in Baton Rouge with featured artists John Scofield’s Combo 66. John Scofield’s Combo 66 opens this year’s season at the Manship Theatre on October 4, 2018 presented by Essential Federal Credit Union. Tickets to River City Jazz Masters shows can be purchased at the box office at the Manship Theatre or online at

Candidate Forum

Four Republican Women clubs will sponsor a Secretary of State Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 4th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. All Republican SOS Candidates have responded in the affirmative. Sponsoring clubs are: Republican Women of Baton Rouge, Livingston Parish Republican Women, East Baton Rouge Republican Women and Ascension Republican Women. Admission is free of charge and there will be a silent auction and complimentary wine and cheese in the lobby before the candidates speak. Seating is limited and reservations are requested. RSVP:

Relay for Life

Save the Date! American Cancer Society Ascension Parish Relay for Life will be held March 23, 2019 3 p.m. till 10 p.m. at Cabela's. For more information or to register go to or or call 1-800-227-2345.

Loss and Grief Education

If you have experienced loss of any kind, join the support group facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help you through the grieving process. Meets Every Thursday. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Sr. Linda Conference Room, St. Elizabeth's. Free – no registration required.

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.

Al-Anon Meeting

If you are bothered by someone's drinking, Al-Anon Groups may be able to help. We are a fellowship of men, and women who share our experience, strength and hope in order to solve our common problems. Meets every Tuesday. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sr. Linda Conference Room, St. Elizabeth's Free - Call 225-924-0029 for more information.

Repticon Gonzales

On October 27-28 this family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are always willing to teach. Throughout the event there will be seminars on animal-related topics by experts in the field of herpetology. The doors open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, closing at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the show hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At the door, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are admitted free. VIP and advance tickets may be purchased from our website at

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.

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!

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.

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.

(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.