Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A Christmas Poem

The thing about Christmas is that it's never quite over, / nor does it leave you because it always was, will be, and never shall it cease. / Because Christmas is about life, about birth, not death, / so rest this Christmas and begin the year anew if that's what you need, / because we all know the meaning of this and they / but what is it that you can do to help someone in the / name of Christmas this year?

Candlelight Remembrance Service

You and your family are invited to join us for our 5 th Annual Candlelight Remembrance Service During this holiday season, Ascension Funeral Home wants to remember and honor the memory of your loved one. We hope you can join us for a special evening of hope and remembrance. Thursday, December 6, 2018 7 p.m. Ascension Funeral Home 426 W. New River Street, Gonzales, LA 70737 225-647-8463. We will have refreshments along with Holiday music throughout the evening. Sincerely, Pete and Deidra Cole.

Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 15, 2018 members of the Ascension Parish Community will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park, 612 S. Irma Blvd, Gonzales, La. Donations and specific requests are now being accepted for Ascension Parish’s 4th annual Wreaths Across America event. The wreaths are $15.00 each. For an order form or more information, please email ascvetspark@gmail.comor call 225-612-0805. Wreaths may also be ordered online at

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.

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.

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!

Holiday Bottle People

“Holiday Bottle People” free FUN Day at the Depot Gallery! The Depot Gallery of the River Region Art Association is hosting a “free” Fun Day for adults. Anyone interested in this four-hour workshop making “Holiday Bottle People” can register for this class. All materials will be provided by the Gallery. Workshops will be held Friday, November 30 or Saturday, December 1, from noon to 4 p.m. Call the Depot Gallery or stop by to register for this FREE workshop. This creative experience will have participants working with two of our artists to construct paper Mache people with a Christmas theme. The Depot Gallery is located at 320 East Ascension St., Suite C, Gonzales. You can reach us by calling 225-644-8496 for more information or to register for this event. Check us out on

Art Assoc. Ribbon Cutting

The official Ribbon Cutting for the Depot Gallery of the River Region Art Association will be held November 29, at 11 a.m. The Gallery is located at 320 E. Ascension Street, Suite C, Gonzales. The Ascension Chamber of Commerce will be present to officiate in the ribbon cutting. The members of the Depot Gallery wish to extend an invitation to the community of Gonzales to attend. For more information, contact the Depot Gallery at 225-644-8496.

Public Safety Message

Due to the Sunshine Bridge Closure, Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville remains open 24/7 for inpatient and emergency services.

Bikes for Tykes

Annual Retired Marines & Ascension Sheriff's Bikes for Tykes campaign is underway. The goal is to provide at least 150 needy children in Ascension Parish with a bike for Christmas. How you can help: Donate to Bikes for Tykes, or assist in raising funds. Make checks payable to APSO Crusade for Bikes 828 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales, LA. 70737. For more info or to provide donations, contact Pelican Point Marines Col. Sam Decoteau (USMC Ret.) 225-253-9698 or APSO Dy. Janet Fontenot 225-621-8318.

River Center Ice Skating

A fun filled holiday event for all ages, Ice Skating on the River sponsored by Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL will have 90 minute sessions nearly every day from December 21, 2018 until December 31, 2018. Tickets are on sale now for $12-$14 per person with special group packages for parties over ten people. Special birthday packages are also available for Ice Skating on the River sponsored by Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL. For more information about group or birthday packages, please call 225-389-3030 or visit

27th Annual Tree Lighting

Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. visit the Christmas Tree Lighting in front of Gonzales City Hall. Santa will be at the Gonzales Civic Center giving a gift to all children (infant to 5th grade). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Jambalaya provided by the JFA. Entertainment provided by Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. The Girl Scout Troops will be spreading good cheer, as well.

Senior Citizen Xmas Party

Tuesday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center-Trade Mart Building. A wonderful meal and gift for all who senior citizens who attend. Music, Santa, and lots of Holiday Cheer!

Belle Rose Live Nativity

Friends and families of St. Jules and St. Elizabeth Church Parishes are hosting the first ever Live Nativity In Belle Rose. The event will be held on Sunday, December 9 at 5 p.m. at 6951 Highway 1. Both adults and children are participating, and we are inviting the entire community to come and experience "preparing the way" for the birth of Jesus. We will have a choir directed by Mr. Jim Ramirez composed of adults and children. Refreshments will be served after the performance, and we will have a make and take ornament to take home.

Annual Poinsettia Show

The LSU AgCenter will host the annual poinsettia show and sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 1 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, located at 4560 Essen Lane near Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. Visitors may purchase fresh poinsettias from a wide selection of varieties on display for $10 to $12 per plant. Visitors also will have the opportunity to take a survey and rate several poinsettia varieties. Admission is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale go to fund educational programs at the Botanic Gardens. For additional information, call 225-763-3990.

Singing Christmas Tree

First Baptist Lafayette will present THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE December 14 – 17. The four performances will be at the church at 1100 Lee Avenue in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are free and available at Performances are Friday, December 14, and Monday, December 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 15, and Monday, December 16, at 3 p.m.

CASA Training

Child Advocacy Services’ CASA Program will be hosting a volunteer training in January 2019. We are beginning to advertise for this training now in hopes to have a full class. Currently there are approximately 30 children in foster care waiting to be assigned a CASA volunteer so they can have a neutral adult looking out for their best interest. Call Krisy Rice: 225-647-2005 or visit for more info.

Holiday Open House

The West Baton Rouge Museum will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 2 from 2 – 5 p.m. complete with holiday music, refreshments, ornament making, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Visit or call 225-336-2422 Ext. 200 for more information. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Celebration Run/Walk

Thousands of runners and walkers are encouraged to dress in holiday attire for the Allstate Sugar Bowl “Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk” and Costume Contest in City Park on Sat., Dec. 8 with the festivities starting at 2 p.m. Entry into the Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk is $25 in advance and $30 on race day for adults. Children ages 4 to 10 can register for $10. Children 3 and under are free. For more information on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk, visit