Ascension Parish News Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Early voting begins

Don't forget to Geaux Vote! Early voting for the October 12, 2019 Primary election will begin on Saturday, September 28 through October 5. Any and all registered voters are eligible to vote in this election. Voters may check their registration and or polling location at For more information, voters may call the Registrar of Voters offices at 225-621-5780 (Gonzales) or 225-473-7906 (Donaldsonville). Early voting is conducted in the Registrar of Voters offices in Gonzales at 828 S Irma Blvd., Rm 205 and in Donaldsonville at 300 Houmas St., Ste B and the Oak Grove Community Center located at 37433 LA 42 in Prairieville. The hours of early voting are from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Don't forget! A valid picture ID is required!

Cram The Van

The Arc of East Ascension needs personal goods for the annual Cram The Van personal needs drive. Address: 1122 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd. Gonzales, LA. Call 225-621-2000 for more information. Benefits individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Needs: Depends adult underwear, towels, bedding, detergent, soap, oral hygiene, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, baby wipes, tissue paper, band-aids/first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, deodorant (m/f), flushable wipes, bottled water, kleenex.

Take Back the Night

The IRIS Domestic Violence Awareness Month event will be held at Jambalaya Park 1013 East Cornerview Street in Gonzales, La. on Monday, October 7. It is a candlelight vigil.

Pink Party

The 4th annual Pink Party, hosted by Michael Mason, bringin Awareness to breast cancer will be held Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m. For more info visit

Boo and the Badge

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office presents their Halloween event, to be held Thursday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hickley M. Waguespack Substation and Park located at 1201 Maginnis Street in Donaldsonville. Fun activities, a haunted house, and lots of candy for kids!

CAAA Health Fair/Expo

Registration ends October 18 for sponsorships and exhibitors. The annual Health Fair Expo will take place October 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lamar Dixon Expo Center. It attracts 800+ seniors from the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Calling all witches!

Dust off your broom, straighten your hat and oil the chains on that old bike. Ascension's first Witches Ride will be October 26 at 10 a.m. along Irma Blvd in Gonzales. Our route will take us down Irma, through Park Vista and back again. Lunch will be provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association.  This silly, spooky fundraiser for Relay for Life of Ascension 2020, benefiting American Cancer Society, will kick-off our 20th year of raising funds to fight cancer in our community. Please contact Kari Millet at with any questions. Kari is a 10 year breast cancer survivor, graduate of East Ascension High and lifelong resident of Ascension Parish. She serves on the planning committee for Relay for Life of Ascension. Kari will tell you that she relays not just for herself, but for the many family and friends who she has lost to cancer and for all of her pink sisters who battle breast cancer. Special thanks to Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Chief of Police Sherman Jackson and Fire Chief Tracey Normand for supporting this inaugural event that is popular all over the state and country. Let's have a wicked ride for a great cause!

Marian Icon Prayer Service, Family Dinner

Sponsored by Knights of Columbus St. Theresa of Avila Council 2657 Friday, October 18, 2019. Prayer Service: 6:00-6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. Where: Columbus Club Hall, 230 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. Why: Honor our Blessed Mother as depicted in the Icon. Our Lady help of persecuted Christians and raise awareness and funds to aid Catholic Christians persecuted, displaced, and being resettled in Erbil and Karamles, Iraq. Who: everyone is invited. How: buy tickets at K of C Councils or parish offices in Gonzales, St. Amant, Prairieville, St. Gabriel & Sorrento. Cost: tickets $7.00; children under 10 free; purchase tickets by October 14.

ACA Membership Drive

The Ascension Council on Aging is holding its annual membership drive until October 7, 2019. Membership in the council is open without restrictions to parish residents who have reached the age of majority. There is no fee for membership. Persons interested in the problems and concerns of the elderly and wishing to serve in some capacity may apply at 101 Bocage Drive, Donaldsonville, LA 70346 and 526 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales, LA 70737. Ascension Council on Aging is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age. Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace. The annual meeting of the Ascension Council on Aging will take place at the Gonzales Senior Center at 6 p.m. on Monday October 21, 2019.

ACA Halloween Party

Bring on the witches, goblins, and ghosts and get ready for the Ascension Coucil on Aging annual Halloween Party. The party is set for Friday, October 25, 2019 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Gonzales Senior Center. The party is open to parish seniors age 60 and above. Get out your favorite costume or decorated t-shirt and join in the fun for the popular costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, prettiest, scariest, and most original costume. Mark your calendar and plan to attend and participate in one of the most popular parties of the year! Food, fun, door prizes and bring your dancing shoes because entertainment will be provided by the ever popular band Route 61. Lunch will be served at the Halloween Party. Call the Council on Aging on or before October 11 to reserve your seat and lunch at 225-473-3789 in Donaldsonville and 225-621-5750 in Gonzales. Come out and join the fun!

EA in Egypt

Join East Ascension High School Teacher Jamie Andrews for an informational meeting about a 12-day tour of Egypt in November 2021 on Monday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the EAHS Library 612 E. Worthey, Gonzales. If you would like information and cannot attend the meeting, email