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!

Gonzales Youth Basketball

The City of Gonzales Youth Basketball League has scheduled registrations at City Hall on November 3, 10, and 17. Times will be 9 a.m. until noon each day. Cost of registration is $50. Late registrants will be put on a waiting list. Age groups include 5-6, 7-8-9, 10-11, and 12-13-14. Call Lance Kohan with questions at 225-354-6243.

St. Catherine Fall Festival

The St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church Fall Festival 2018 will be held Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Address: 421 St. Patrick Street in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Bingo on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. All other festivities are Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mega raffle drawing at 5 p.m. Come enjoy food, music, kids village, and an auction!

Hope Chests

Hope Chests is a support group for breast cancer patients and their families. Please join us for our next meeting! November 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, 9001 Summa Avenue, 3rd floor lobby. Being thankful! Join us for adult coloring and a time of reflection. Light refreshments will be served. For mire info contact or call 225-761-5296.

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.

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.

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

Tanger Trick or Treating

Join us Monday, October 31 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Tanger Outlet in Gonzales for Tanger Trick or Treating! Come decked out in your favorite superhero, fairy or other fun attire and visit stores for free candy and treats! Dance with our DJ! Check in at Shopper Services in Suite 299 next to J. Crew to get your list of participating stores or look for the sticker on their window. Also save this weekend 25 percent off at participating stores after purchasing a $10 dollar unlimited use PINK SAVINGS CARD.

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.

Lighthouse La. PSA

At Lighthouse Louisiana our mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy. We are pleased to announce that our Baton Rouge location on North Flannery Road, now offers no-cost Vision Rehab Services. These services include our Low Vision Clinic, Daily Living Skills classes, and Assisted Technology Training. Call Lighthouse Louisiana at 225-275-1200 x 245 to maximize your current vision today!