Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Dancing for A Cause 2019

ALL STAR YEAR. 2019 is our 10th year anniversary. To ensure another successful year at The Arc of East Ascension’s Dancing For A Cause Event. The 2019 committee is asking our community for names of nominees that would love to have an opportunity to dance and raise funds for The Arc of East Ascension. Our event will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at The Lamar Dixon 4-H Building. Star Dancers Announcement will be made on Jan. 31, 2019. Yes, you can nominate yourself. The committee will review all nominations and make selections. Please send your nominees name and contact information no later than Jan. 5, 2019. Email to or mail to: The Arc of East Ascension/Dancing for A Cause Committee Attention: Marketing Director 1122 S. East Ascension Complex Blvd. Gonzales, LA 70737. 225-621-2005

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

St. Elizabeth Family Fest

Saturday, January 19, 2019. St. Elizabeth Family Fest presented by EATEL Join us for the 2019 St. Elizabeth Family Fest: A day of health and learning for the whole family at the Lamar-Dixon Trade Mart Building. Events will include free screenings and interactive exhibits, free health information and fun activities for children and adults. EAT Well – GET Moving – STAY Healthy – GO Play 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Lamar-Dixon Trade Mart Building. FREE and open to the public. For more information, visit

Free Women's Self-Defense Workshop

A FREE Women's Self-Defense Workshop will be held Sunday, February 3 from 2-5 p.m. at USA Academy of Martial Arts 40017 Hwy 42, Prairieville, LA 70769 (next to Rouse's) It is a FREE hands-on, practical self-defense class for women and (also teens, accompanied by their parent or guardian). This is not a karate class and no martial arts experience is required. We will discuss situational awareness and avoidance tactics and then learn techniques to escape, disengage and how to fight back. Don't be a victim! This class is taught by self-defense experts and law enforcement personnel. For more information or to sign up for the event, please visit us on Facebook: USA Academy of Martial Arts is the longest running martial arts school in Ascension Parish, teaching since 1986. We offer classes for both children and adults and teach several styles (Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu, etc.). For more information about our school or to sign up for a FREE CLASS, please call 225-644-2127.

Lunch Break Yoga

Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your day. Classes are free for cancer survivors and caregivers. Join us on Fridays at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Mary Bird Cancer Center 1104 W. Hwy 30, Gonzales. For more information, contact Rachel Mumphrey at 644-1205 or

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Walking Group

Thursdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019. Connect with other survivors and caregivers by joining the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer walking group in Gonzales. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Jambalaya Park, Gonzales. For more information, contact Rachel Mumphrey at 644-1205 or

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.