Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

New Year's Eve Worship Service

Trinity AME Church invites the public to a New Year's Eve worship experience to be held on Monday, December 31 from 6-8 p.m. Join us for a spirited service with encouraging music, powerful prayers, and a motivating sermon. A light reception will be held at the conclusion of the service. Trinity AME Church is located at 1420 South Darla Avenue in Gonzales. The Rev. Ritney A Castine is pastor.

Holiday Blood Drives

Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) Celebrates "Season of Awe." Donate to prevent 20 percent drop in donations during the holidays. You have a chance to help out donate at the following drive when the bloodmobile visits: Cabela’s on Wednesday, December 26 from 1 4:30 p.m.; Malco (1406 N Airline Highway) Thursday, December 27 2:30-6 p.m.; Rouses Market (14635 Airline Highway) Friday, December 28 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Rouses Market (209 Airline Highway) Saturday, December 29 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Donors will receive the following: A $25 Amazon gift card through Vitalant’s online rewards store, an "Amazing" T-shirt (while supplies last), "Awemaker" socks, and a chance to win one of two $1500 Amazon gift cards. Schedule your appointment to donate at or call 877-25VITAL.

Anger Control Training

Ascension Parish is sponsoring an Anger Control Training course for teens, ages 13-17. The course is 10 weeks at $10 per week on Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. It begins Tuesday, January 8. Participants will learn triggers of their anger, anger reducers, thinking ahead, self-evaluation, angry behavior cycle, social skills, and the anger control chain. The program has been in use for over 30 years in schools, community agencies, juvenile institutions, and other settings. It teaches participants what not to do, helping them respond to anger in a nonaggressive manner and rethink anger-provoking situations. The course is taught by suzanne hamilton, licensed professional counselor and lawrence legard, licensed masters social worker. For more information or to enroll, contact Suzanne Hamilton, 225-450-1160 or

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Saturday December 22, 2018 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La. 70725. For more information call 225-717-3760.

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!

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

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.

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.