Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Martin Luther King Celebration

The annual Martin Luther King Celebration will be held Monday January 21, at the Christian Assembly Full Gospel Church, 42158 Hwy 941. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature Rev. Chris Butler as guest speaker, guest soloist Ms. Marcella Ratcliff, and renowned musical group "Authentically Anointed." Everyone is invited to join in honoring the legacy of Dr. King.

Sunshine Bridge Closure

Starting Saturday, January 19 at 6 a.m., the LA 70: Sunshine Bridge will be closed until Monday, January 21, at 5 a.m. This closure is necessary for the repair and replacement of structural components of the bridge related to the emergency repair project. For the duration of this closure, a detour route will be set up for motorist. Those traveling on LA 70 West Bound will turn onto LA 3125 South to LA 3123 South to cross the Veterans Memorial Bridge to LA 3127 North to LA 70. Those Traveling on LA 70 East Bound will turn onto LA 3127 South to LA 3123 North to cross the Veterans Memorial Bridge to LA 3125 North to LA 70.

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.

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

Meet The Gators

On Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m. in the SAHS Gold Dome, the SAHS Athletic Department and the SAHS Athletic Booster Club will present "Meet the Gators," a Winter Sports Review and Spring Sports Kick-Off Dinner and presentation. All Winter and Spring sports are invited to give a short presentation at this event. The Athletic Booster Club will provide jambalaya and parents are invited. Immediately after each group's performance, we would like you to quickly introduce each of your members. We look forward to a very exciting and successful 2019 sports season.

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.

TangerKIDS Grant

TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative designed to award grant money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers nationwide, has officially opened its call for entries within the Gonzales community. The TangerKIDS Grant Program was designed to satisfy the specific funding needs of local schools – from the implementation of school-wide programs, to rebuilding equipment and academic materials inventories, to supporting athletic or band programs. Each year, more than $200,000 is awarded in individual grants to schools in need. To submit an application for the TangerKIDS Grant Program, please visit:

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.

931 Lane Closures

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that there will be intermittent lane closures involving the intersection of LA 44 at LA 931/Germany Road on Thursday, January 17. These closures are necessary in order for the contractor to turn on the new signal at this intersection. The closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Flaggers and appropriate signage will be present in order to direct traffic. No oversized loads greater than 10’ wide will be allowed through the construction zone during these intermittent lane closures.

LYAC January Meeting

Louisiana's Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is set to meet on Saturday, January 19 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Louisiana Municipal Association in Baton Rouge. LYAC members will discuss their ideas and plans to propose legislation at the upcoming legislative session. Among their ideas are legislation relative to adoption medical records and school safety. For more information, contact LYAC Coordinator Megan Bella at 225-342-2362.

Career Service Award

Winners of the 60th annual Charles E. Dunbar, Jr., Career Service Award, presented by the Louisiana Civil Service League were announced January 14. This award named for the founder of the League and co-author of the original Civil Service Law in Louisiana is presented to employees in a classified merit system who have distinguished themselves by service over and above the call of duty. Bradley R. Brandt of Prairieville, Louisiana, Director of Aviation, Department of Transportation and Development, is one of 12 honorees.

Public Service Announcement

With the opiate crisis running rampant, families are looking for ways to help those they love who need treatment. Getting them into treatment becomes even harder if their loved one is not willing. This is when Intervention can become key. To learn more about successful interventions, please visit,

LA 22 Lane Closures

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that there will be intermittent lane closures Monday-Monday, January 14th-January 21st. The closures will occur between US 61 (Airline Highway) and LA 429 and will take place between 9 am and 3 pm. No oversized loads greater than 10’ wide will be allowed through the construction zone during these intermittent lane closures. The closures are necessary in order for the contractor to mill and pave the roadway. Flaggers and appropriate signage will be present in order to direct traffic during the closures.

Career Fair

The Ascension Parish Career Fair for high school students and parents will be held Tuesday, January 29 at the Lamar Dixon Exhibit Hall from 6-8 p.m. Your future is waiting.

Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Louisiana and local Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers will host the 10th Annual Polar Plunge. The event will begin on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10 a.m. at Cabela’s, 2200 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales, LA 70737. Everyone is invited to come and take the plunge into the cold water for a bare minimum of $50.00! Costumes are encouraged and the more money you raise the better! The FUNdraiser will end once all participants have taken the plunge! There will be events for the whole family to participate in, live music, Gumbo Cook Off, drinks, games and much more. Students and children of all ages are encouraged to participate! For up to date information please log onto On our website, you will find links to the flyer and registration form. You can also create your own DonorDrive page and have your friends and family sponsor your plunge! We look forward to seeing you take the plunge!