Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen


Early voting begins Tuesday, October 23 and runs through Tuesday, October 30 (NO Sundays). The hours of early voting are from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters is proud to announce a new Early Voting Satellite office! Voters are welcome to vote early at Oak Grove Community Center, located at 37433 Highway 42, Prairieville, La. 70769 225-621-9661! The hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Early voting will continue to be conducted in the Registrar of Voters offices in Gonzales at 828 S Irma Boulevard, Room 205 and in Donaldsonville at 300 Houmas Street, Ste B. For information, voters may call the Registrar of Voters offices at 225-621-5780 or 225-473-7906 . Know what is on your ballot! Sample ballots are can be found online at www.GEAUXVOTE.COM. Don’t forget to GEAUX VOTE!

K.C. Senior Citizen Events

St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Council 8342 will host a jambalaya blood drive and sweet sale on October 14. Four-time jambalaya champion Byron Gautreau will cook sausage and pork jambalaya. $6 per plate. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Blood donors will receive a plate at no cost. The annual senior citizen banquet will be held October 17 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. John Activity Center behind the church. Come for door prizes, jambalaya, and music. The event is sponsored by the Gonzales Lion's Club and St. John the Evangelist Knights of Columbus Council 8342. Contact Delphin T. Russelburg 225-276-5117 if you wish to donate.

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.

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.

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.

Acadian Art Show

The Iberville Parish Library presents its forty-eighth annual Acadian Art Show at the “J. Allan Nadler” Main Library Branch at 24605 J. G. Berret Blvd. in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The public is invited to attend the reception honoring the artists at the Main Library in the meeting room on Sunday, October 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free to attend. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. The art work will be on display at the Main Library during open hours from Thursday, October 11, 2018 through Saturday, October 20, 2018. For additional information, please call the Iberville Parish Library at 225-687-4397/687-2520 or email at

Poche Plantation Festival

The Fifth Annual, Arts and Crafts Festival will be held on the historic grounds of the nationally registered Poche Plantation along River Road in Plantation Country. Two full days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking and $5 entrance. Event Location: 6554 LA-Highway 44 Convent, La. 70723. October 20-21, 2018. For more info visit or call 225-715-9510.

Teacher Donation

During the 2018-19 school year, TJ Ribs on Siegen Lane is celebrating the dedicated men and women who commit themselves to helping nurture our children by being teachers. This October, TJ Ribs is giving away $1,000 dollars to a teacher from our community. Visit TJ Ribs - Siegen Lane’s Facebook page starting October 1 to nominate and vote for the teacher in your community who deserves recognition. The teacher with the most online votes will be awarded $1,000!

Your Feelings Matter

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month don't face it alone! We're stronger together! On October 28, 2018 from 2-6:30 p.m. enjoy dinner, music, pampering, makeovers, and fun photo ops! Door prizes, love, and more! All family members welcome. Seating is limited and advance purchase is recommended $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Event will be held at The Crystal Chateau, 36501 Mission Street, Prairieville, La. 70769. Call Maria 225-348-4549 or Angella 225-264-1729 for tickets.

EA Mattress Fundraiser

The East Ascension High School Gym will host a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info visit

Relay for Life Pointe Coupee

Friday, November 2, 2018 at the William H. Scott Civic Center 6-10 p.m. Join your community in the largest fight to end cancer! Food and activities for all! No admission fee. 4 p.m. Survivor Registration Begins; 5:15 p.m. Survivor Dinner and Activities; 6 p.m. Opening and Survivor Celebration; 7 p.m. Live entertainment and Activities; 9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony Host a campsite / tailgate: Cook food to serve as a fundraiser at the event. Celebrate as a team: Round up your friends or business to attend together! Fund the Mission: Host a fundraiser, collect individual donations or form a team to raise money toward the mission of the American Cancer Society! Register as a survivor or caregiver / Volunteer / Become a sponsor.

Louisiana Beekeepers

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 22nd Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd, Baton Rouge LA 70820. This is near the intersection of Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU football stadium. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with presentations and activities scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit

Father-Daughter Dance

APSO will host a father-daughter dance on Saturday, October 27 at Lamar Dixon Trade Marty from 5-8 p.m. Fathers--$40, Daughters--free. For more info call 225-621-8653 or email

Youth Basketball Registration

Online registration for the 2019 Ascension Youth Basketball Association program (AYBA) for boys and girls ages six to fifteen runs from 10/17 to 10/31 in Gonzales. The registration fee is $80.00 per child. Please go to for the link and instructions. Registration for the youth basketball program in Donaldsonville is now underway, as well. Registration is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Recreation office, 2171-D Thibaut Dr. in Donalsonville. For more information, call 225-473-3898.

Redemptorist Legacy Homecoming

Mark your calendars for the second annual Redemptorist High School Legacy Homecoming! It will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old Bogan Fire Station Museum, 427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge. On-street and paid off-street parking will be available. Please visit for details and to RSVP. Casual attire. Offerings include finger food and beverages. BYOB permitted. This is an adults-only event – but watch for an announcement of a family event in the Spring.

Trick-or-Treating Hours

At its October 4 meeting, the Ascension Parish Council set Trick-or-Treat hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday October 31, in the unincorporated areas of the Parish. Children who plan on Trick-or-Treating should be chaperoned by an adult. Participants are urged to observe safety precautions, such as wearing brightly colored costumes, using flashlights, and avoiding walking on main or heavily-traveled highways.

Family & Friends Day

St. James United Methodist Church, located at 140 Highway 998, Belle Rose, La., will celebrate their "Annual Family & Friends' Day" on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 9 a.m. God's Spoken Word, will be delivered by the Reverend Carnel Joseph, Pastor of the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church of Donaldsonville, La. All members, family and friends of St. James UMC, and the public are cordially invited to attend.

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Saturday October 20, 2018 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Road, Darrow, La. 70725.

Feast on the Levee

Join us for a great family event October 28 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Kirkland Drive in Brusly with food, fun and entertainment for all ages. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. on the church grounds following a 10 a.m. mass. Enjoy your favorite Cajun dishes, Jambalaya, Gumbo, Fried Turkey, B-B-Q Chicken, Pastalaya, Shrimp Fettuccine, Fried Fish, Shrimp & Corn Soup, Crawfish Etoufee, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pulled Pork, Fries, assorted casseroles and so much more! Expect a day filled with games for the kids, bingo, raffles, silent auctions, a cake walk and more. There will also be a sweet shop so save room for dessert! Plan on dancing the day away with live music by Penalty Box from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and LaRouge from 3:30 to 7 p.m. 5K/Fun Run/Family Bike race on Saturday, October 27. For more information please contact St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Office at 225-749-2189 or