Ascension Parish News Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

(Free)dom Dental Care

Main Street Dental Care is partnering with our Freedom Day USA city coordinator Wendy Boyce on September 12, to present free dental care to those who serve our country and their immediate family. Military personnel and family wishing to schedule an appointment can contact Main Street Dental Care at 225-473-7766. A complete list of local participating businesses and the services they are providing can be found on

Young at Heart Senior Expo

The Ascension Council on Aging, Our Lady of the Lake Ascension and Friends of Ascension present Young at Heart Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Friday August 30 from 8-11 a.m. at Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Come for Free helath screenings, demonstrations, fun activities, valuable health information, and door prizes. Sponsored by BCBSLA, UMRH, and PeoplesHealth.

Explore the Pour

The River Region Art Association is offering a "pour class" with Nathalie during the month of August. No artistic ability is needed for these interesting classes, just the desire to create with your favorite colors. Classes will be held August 10, 24, and September 14 at the Depot Gallery. Time is 2 to 3 p.m. All ages can participate and children under 10 must have an accompanying adult. Nathalie says to bring 4 new 2oz. bottles of acrylic craft paint. One must be white paint, 3 will be your favorite colors. Fee is $30 per class. Each class will be a little different so register for one or for all of the classes. Explore the Pour with teacher and others at the Depot Gallery. Call Depot Art Gallery, located at 320 E. Ascension St., Suite C in Gonzales, 225-644-8496.

Anything Outdoors Fall Fest

The Anything Outdoors Helping Kids Third Annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the KC Hall on Black Bayou Road. It will feature a jambalaya cookoff, bands, auctions, and kids events. Call 504-782-0705 for sponsorship info.

One-Act Play Festival

Ascension Community Theatre’s next stage production will be the One-Act Play Festival. The One-Act Play Festival is a series of 6 one-act plays written and performed by local talent in Ascension Parish and surrounding areas. The festival runs August 22-25, 2019. Show times are as follows: Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 per ticket. For tickets and information call 225-647-1230 or visit

Wildlife Rehabilitation Training

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Class on Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the NPS Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette at 501 Fisher Road in the theater. Registration will occur Aug. 1-Sept. 1 and the class will be limited to 150 participants. For more information, contact LDWF permits coordinator Melissa Collins at 225-763-8584 or at . Anyone interested in pursuing an LDWF wildlife rehabilitation license should contact Collins.

Plants for Birds Sale Event

On Sunday, September 22 from 1 – 5 p.m. the Baton Rouge Audubon Society is offering a Plants for Birds Sale and Event at White Oak Estate and Gardens located at 17660 George O’Neal Rd. in Baton Rouge. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and purchase beautiful native plants that help shelter and feed the many birds that spend at least part of each year in Louisiana. Bird experts will also be on hand sharing information about what plantings will attract the birds you would like to see in your own yard. Admission is free. There will be four lectures, tabling by several groups including Audubon Louisiana, and complimentary refreshments provided by the event host, Chef John Folse. To pre-register visit For more information call 225-768-0820.

Marcus Jones 5k

Enter the 23rd annual Marcus Jones/100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish 5k Fun/Run Walk for Scholarships, Sat Aug 31 at 8 a.m. You can download a race form: The race winds itself through historic Morgan City, much of which has been seen recently worldwide on the Travel Channel's Ghost of Morgan City series.  The first male and female to cross the finish line wins $300.00 each.  The race's namesake is Marcus Jones, 74, an avid runner who continues the sport daily. He will be present and participate in the race on Aug 31. (Marcus Jones is pictured, with the information about this event.) The race is a benefit for the scholarship fund of 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish. For more information on the race or the organization, please call Clarence Robinson Jr, 100 Black Men of St. Mary President, at 985-255-9775.

Babin Bridge Replacement

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that Babin Road north of Gonzales will close beginning Friday, August 23 to replace the bridge over Bayou Narcisse. Traffic should detour on KC Road to the west or US 61 to the east. Even though Babin Road is a Parish road, the bridge is being replaced by DOTD through a federal off-system bridge program. The closure is expected to last 90 days.

Animal and Pet Adoptions

On Saturday, Aug. 24, Donaldsonville Tractor Supply Company will host animal adoptions, a pet supplies drive and more during their annual Out Here with Animals celebration. On Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Donaldsonville community is invited to visit their Tractor Supply store to support local pet adoption groups by helping find a great home for animals in need. Participating local organizations that will be on site include: Villalobos Rescue Center--On site 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., East Ascension High School AG/FFA--On site 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the adoptions, customers will have the opportunity to enjoy Pet Care 101, Dog Wash and Bake Sale. The Donaldsonville community and their leashed, friendly animals are invited to check out Tractor Supply's Out Here with Animals events and deals at 2152 Highway 70. Contact the store at 225-474-2422 for more information or details about participating in the Aug. 24 pet adoption.

Men's Health Conference

Saturday, August 24, 2019--At age 100, women outnumber men 8 to 1. Join us for this FREE event where men of all ages can get the information needed to live longer, happier, healthier lives. The day includes screenings, breakout sessions, lunch and door prizes. To view the day's schedule visit Screenings offered include fasting Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index, Colorectal Cancer Kits, Electrocardiograms, Prostate Cancer, Skin Cancer, Stroke Risk Assessments, Total Lipid Panel and Vision. 7 a.m.–1 p.m. CB Pennington Jr. Building, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. FREE - Registration Preferred. Space is limited. To view schedule and register go to: