Ascension Parish News 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. Email to for more info.

Sober Living House Fundraiser

The Sober Living House for Women is planning their 2nd annual Spring in the Park event for June, since it was rained out on May 11, 2019 at Jambalaya Park. It is a family fun day filled with crafts, activities for children, lots of food, and a raffle. They are reaching out to local businesses for any type of donation or sponsorship, such as cold drinks and water, chips, a monetary donation for event costs, etc. Tax deductible ID#81-2784790. Contact Dorene Bloodworth 225-978-4662, Jeanette Cox 225-715-0991, or Renee Michel 225-933-0522, or email

Dutchtown Summer Mini Camp

Come "Dance on Broadway" with the Dutchtown High School Griffin Girls! Ages 3 & up Monday, June 3, 2019 through Friday, June 7, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. COST $65.00 Includes Picture with Griffin Girl & Camp T-Shirt SHOW OFF: FRIDAY, JUNE 7 at 6 p.m.

Prevost Health Fair

The 37th Annual Health Fair at Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville, Louisiana will be held Saturday June 1 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Host Families Needed

Teens from more than thirty different countries will be arriving in August to attend local high schools for the 2019-2020 school year. They are in need of caring American families (with or without children) to provide a home and share with them this unique experience. The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have adequate spending money for their personal expenses. The SHARE! High School Exchange Program is a non-profit educational foundation. For more information, please call Yvette Coffman at 800-941-3738 or visit 

Women in the New Evangelization

WINE: Women in the New Evangelization, a national organization focused on encouraging women in their Catholic faith, has announced they will host their first Baton Rouge conference, themed: Beautifully United in Spirit. In collaboration with the Diocese of Baton Rouge, WINE will host the one-day event with a hope of helping Catholic women come together to encounter Jesus, enjoy a spirit-filled day, and leave with renewed confidence, conviction and hope. The one-day event will be held Saturday, July 27 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in St. Amant, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Tickets, which include a box lunch, cost $55/person if purchased before June 27, 2019. After the early-bird deadline, ticket prices increase to $65/person. Tickets for Religious Sisters or Consecrated are $25/person. Sponsorships may be offered for those in need of financial assistance. For info call 985-249-9258.

BR Talent Competition

Celebration of Music Talent Search and Competition” comes to Mid City Ballroom in Baton Rouge on August 25. We are looking for submissions from singers, musicians, dancers and bands. The winner gets to go to Los Angeles to perform on a new national TV show called “Celebration of Music,” hosted by national artist Ethan Bortnick. The program will be distributed to PBS Stations across the country. There is no fee to apply – we just need to see a clip of your talent. To sign up, go to – enter “Margaret” for the name of the recruiter. Applicants under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian. For questions or more information, email

Memorial Day Ceremony

On Monday, May 27th, the Ascension Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will host a Memorial Day observance at Veterans Park, Gonzales, LA at 10 a.m. The Veterans Park is located at 612 S. Irma Blvd in Gonzales (next to Ascension Parish Library). The AVMP Foundation would like to extend an invitation for you and your family to attend this event. Hundreds will gather around the Park Amphitheater to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country so that we may continue to live our lives in freedom. This year's guest speaker is Richard "Rick" Webre, U.S. Army Retired Sergeant First Class, and current Director of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Local organizations participating in the Memorial Day event include the American Legion Post 81 and Auxiliary, St. Amant High School Navy JROTC, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 725 and Associate Members, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 and Auxiliary, and Ourso Funeral Home. Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony by Ascension Funeral Home.

Spring harp recital

The Bayou Chapter of the American Harp Society will present their Spring harp recital on June 1 at University Baptist Church on Highland Road at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Sunshine Bridge Update

On Thursday, May 23, the eastbound, inside lane of the Sunshine Bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purpose of this closure will be for crews to repair the finger joints of the bridge approaches. The westbound lane closure will continue with the outside lane restricted to 10-Ft. lane width. During the remaining time before the bridge completely reopens, commuters are reminded to take advantage of Commuter Krewe ( Motorists may also use the Plaquemine ferry and Veterans Memorial Bridge as detours to cross the river.

Library Book Sale

Join us for our first Book Sale at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales during the Jambalaya Festival where we'll be selling paperback and hardback books from every genre under the sun! Pricing for materials are as follows: Paperbacks - 2 for $1; Hardbacks - $2. We'll only be accepting cash at this book sale. Visitors will also have a chance to become a Friend of the Library at this event! We hope to see you there! For more information, please email:

Church Anniversary

Dear Christian Friends, The pastor, officers, and members of New Mount Calvary Baptist Church (6433 Hwy 405, Modeste, La.) cordially invite you to our 124th-year church anniversary service on May 26 at 2 p.m. The guest speaker is Elder Clyde Cooper, Sr. of New Hope International Family Worship Center of Vacherie, La. Please worship with us on this blessed occasion. Yours in Christ, Rev. Jules Priestly.

Ordination Service

Nazarine Baptist Church (206 Williams Street, Donaldsonville, La.) is having an Ordination Service, honoring Min. Roy C. Davis and Min. Raymond J. Riley on Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m. Hosted by The New Hope Ministers Alliance, Rev. Raymond Geason, President.

Hope Chests

Hope Chests, a support group for Breast Cancer Patients and their families will be held June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge 10310 The Grove Boulevard, Baton Rouge 70810. Topic: Recurrence Signs and Symptoms, What you need to know and report. 4th Floor Vestibule-Doctor's Lounge. Light refreshments served. For more info contact or call 761-5296.

New Hopeful Gospel Day

New Hopeful Worship Center presents Gospel Day in the Park 2019 at the Gonzales Soccer Field located at 517 North Burnside Ave. It features Gospel recording artist "Prevail" from Promise Land Records. Saturday June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also feature free health screening, free food, entertainment, music, games, face painting, and giveaways. Bishop Xavier D. Madison Sr. is Overseer. Special Guest will be Evangelist Reginald Patterson (Soul Winner for Christ International). Hosted by New Hopeful Worship Center 39067 HWY 22 - Darrow, La. 70725, PH: 225-473-3300.