Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
A past Polar Plunge team.

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!

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. Email to for more info.

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.

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: Deadline: March 15.

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!

South Louisiana Crawfish Boil

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.

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,

Mardi Gras Boat Parade

The "Krewe of Diversion" 25th Annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade will take place Saturday, February 23 at noon. Register at Manny's Friday, February 22 at 6 p.m. $35 per boat - checks payable to LFACC. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Food and St. Jude items will be sold at Manny's starting at noon the day of the parade. Live Auction Starts at 5:30 p.m. or after all participatiing parade boats are back at Manny's. All donations are appreciated! For more info call David or Vivian Stevens 225-939-2135 or 225-324-5695.

FGBRCA Meeting

The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations will hold it's monthly meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the 1st floor meeting room of the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, La. 70806, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information on the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations, please go to:, or call President Nancy Curry 225-315-1206.

Harvest Time Food Bank

Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Saturday, February 16, 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.

Phi Kappa Phi

Anastasia Britton of Gonzales, Louisiana, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Britton was initiated at Louisiana Tech University.

Jackson State Grad

Jackson State University located in Jackson, Mississippi, celebrated its 141st graduation at the Fall 2018 commencement ceremony on Friday, December 7, 2018 in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Cortez Mitchell of Donaldsonville, La. graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Phy Ed & Recreation.

President's Day Sale

Tanger Outlets Gonzales is giving visitors the opportunity to shop the major savings George and Martha would have loved this holiday weekend. Stock up on your favorite fashions, from today’s top brand name and designer retailers including Under Armour, Fragrance Outlet, Old Navy, J. Crew, Express, Bath & Body Works, Adidas, Loft, Journeys, Chico’s, Wilson’s Leather, Brooks Brothers, and Zales the Diamond Store Outlet. February 15-18.

Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting” will be presented by Mark Rayner on Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. at the Bluebonnet Library. Rayner has been a member of the Pelican Relic and Recovery Association in Baton Rouge for several years and will bring samples of items he has found such as rings, coins and Civil War items. He and his companions work with detectors wherever they can get permission. The free program is open to the public. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society, for more information call Mary McKeough, 924-8921.