Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Special Tuesdays

Special Tuesdays’ (Helping Hands for the Handicapped) 2018 Christmas Party will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Gonzales Primary School.

Senior Luncheon

Donaldsonville Rotary Club #2605 invites you to join us at our annual Senior Christmas Luncheon Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11 a.m. Palazzo Bernardo 2244 LA 3120 Donaldsonville, LA 70346. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Must be age 60 and above to attend.

Candlelight Remembrance Service

You and your family are invited to join us for our 5th 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!

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

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.

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.

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

Save the Date

The South Louisiana Crawfish Boil, Craft, and Car Show at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales benefitting Dreams Come True of Louisiana will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information contact Freddye 225-933-9339 or Rodney 225-328-6735.