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

Citizen of the Year

The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting written nominations for its Citizen of the Year award. The winner will be announced at the annual Chamber Banquet. This award is given for civic, religion, political, social or any other field of endeavor deemed outstanding. Nominations must be signed by the person submitting the nomination. Anyone in the Donaldsonville Area is eligible to receive this award. Written nominations should be mailed to: The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce 714 Railroad Avenue Donaldsonville, LA 70346. The nomination must be signed by the person submitting it. The deadline to submit your nomination is February 1.

AARP Driver Safety Class

St. James Lutheran Church will host an AARP Driver Safety Class on Thursday, February 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. for anyone holding a valid Louisiana Drivers License. The class will be in the church located at 1415 E. Highway 30 in Gonzales. The class is geared to seniors, and drivers 55 and older may qualify for a three-year auto liability insurance discount upon completion. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members which must be paid by check or money order upon arrival. NO CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED. All participants must bring their Driver’s License, a ballpoint pen, a highlighter, and anything they want to eat or drink. AARP members must also bring their membership cards. To register, you must call John Carver @ 985-373-7314. NO WALK-INS ARE ALLOWED. Note: Seating is limited and classes fill up quickly. Call as soon as possible to assure a place in the class.

Hope Chests

A support group for breast cancer patients and their families, Hope Chests will take place on February 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge. New location and start time! Located at 10310 The Grove Boulevard, Baton Rouge, La. 70810. 4th Floor Lobby. Join us for a tour of our new facility! Light refreshments will be served! For more info contact or call 761-5296. Sponsored by Ochsner Health Systems and Generous Donor Gifts.

AC Extravaganza

Ascension Catholic's Dinner & Auction Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, February 9 at the High School Gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails. Main meal will be served at 6:15 p.m., with an auction beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50.00 (includes drinks/alcohol). Limited sponsorships are also available to help defray the costs of the dinner: Silver Sponsor--$300.00 --4 tickets to Dinner/Sponsor Recognition; Gold Sponsor--$500.00--6 tickets to Dinner/Sponsor Recognition; Platinum Sponsor--$1000.00--12 tickets to Dinner/Reserved Table/Sponsor Recognition. Because alcohol will be served, no students or children will be allowed to attend the event. To purchase tickets or donate an auction item, please call the high school office at 225-473-9227. Each adult attendee must have a ticket for entry.

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Saturday, January 19 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.

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.

The Brides of La Baleine”

The historical “Brides of La Baleine,” ancestors of many French people in Louisiana, will be discussed by Randall Ladnier, an authority on Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley genealogy and history. The book, “Brides of La Baleine”, authored by Ladnier, in addition to the history, contains genealogies of those brides who founded large families in Mississippi, Illinois, and Louisiana. The talk will be presented on Saturday January 19, 10 a.m. at the Bluebonnet Library.The talk is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogy and Historic Society, for more information call Mary McKeough, 925-8921.

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!

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.

Library Closing

The Ascension Parish Library will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Medieval Fun!

Medieval history included kings, queens, knights and castles. Come celebrate Medieval technology at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville, by building a catapult with popsicle sticks and learning the science behind it, then, color your very own dragon and watch it fly! This fun event will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m. Designed for grades 2-5, but is open to everyone. Younger children may need assistance from a parent or older sibling. For more information, call the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052.

Circuitry with littleBits

Make connections and create machines with easy and swappable circuit boards! Explore circuitry safely with littleBits and unleash your inner engineer! All littleBits components must stay at the library for future programs, so feel free to bring a camera if you want to record all of the fun. littleBits is scheduled in Dutchtown for Saturday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. This program is designed for children in grades 2 and above, younger children may need assistance from a parent or older sibling. For more information, please call Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Dutchtown at 673-8699, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Gonzales at 647-3955.

Making of American Sea

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis will speak at LSU on Jan. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the LSU College of Coast & Environment Dalton Woods Auditorium. His presentation will explore themes from his new work, which is an environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that brings crucial attention to Earth’s 10th largest body of water, one of the planet’s most diverse and productive marine ecosystems.