Ascension Parish News Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Dancing For A Cause

The Arc of East Ascension is still taking nominations for Star Dancers for 2020. The event will be held at the Lamar Dixon 4-H building on July 11, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Deadline to nominate someone will be January 31, 2020 (you can also nominate yourself). Please call 225-621-2005 or email for more details.

Mush! An Evening with Iditarod Racer Karen Land and Her Dog!

Mush, mush! The Iditarod is a 938 mile long sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. On Friday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m., Iditarod racer Karen Land will be at the Gonzales branch of the Ascension Parish Library...with a real live sled dog! Karen will talk to all ages about her days racing in the Iditarod, and show off her gear, sled . . . and dog! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet someone who has competed in one of the most unique races in the world . . . and her dog! For information, or to register, please call 647-3955.

Valentine's Gift Idea

Cirque du Soleil is bringing its celebrated show, OVO, to the CAJUNDOME in Lafayette March 25-29. While the wildly entertaining production explores a day in the life of a community of insects, at the heart is a love story! Every Cirque show is awe-inspiring with its choreography, acrobatics, music, costumes, and of course, drama! Tickets to OVO, for anyone still looking for a memorable Valentine Day gift, would make an exciting experience for all to enjoy.Tickets can be purchased at Family 4-packs are also available.

Beads For Sale

The Arc of East Ascension now has Mardi Gras Beads for sale. For more information, please call 225-621-2005 or e-mail

Girl Chat

Let's have girl Talk! IRISE Counseling Services presents Girl Chat Jan. 11, 2020-Feb. 1, 2020 (Saturdays Only) 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Group Topics: Self Esteem, Bullying, Social Media, Peer Pressure, Mental Health, Relationships, etc. Cost - $30 per session. Target Age Group: 13-18 years old (Middle and High School girls). For more information contact Laurice Harrison, MAPC, LPC-S 225-647-9001 or email or 214 S. Burnside Ave. Ste. 203 Gonzales, LA 70737.

Domestic Violence Offender Group

The Domestic Violence Offender Group in Gonzales meets at Turning Point Christian Counseling in Gonzales on Saturdays from 9 - 10 a.m. The DV Group in Napoleonville meets at the courthouse in Napoleonville on Thursdays from 6 - 7 p.m. These 26-week groups meet the requirements established by Louisiana Law. Contact Suzanne at or 225-253-9635 to attend.

Cold Weather Shelter

With temperatures across the area dropping, Baton Rouge Salvation Army Command Officer, Major Donald Tekautz invites men without shelter to The Salvation Army's Center of Hope at 7361 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. The shelter opens at 4 p.m. and will be open until temperatures rise above 40 degrees. Men will need a photo ID to check in.

Live Model Drawing

The River Region Art Association invites you to join us in "Drawing a Live Model." Each Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. we will have the opportunity to draw a real person in several different poses! This unique experience will give you practice in drawing the proportions of the body and in drawing facial features! Some of our artists will be on hand to assist you. You will need a sketch book and a drawing pencil, bring a friend and enjoy a relaxing night putting pencil to paper. Fee for the night is $10 which you can pay at the door. Would it be great to get a whole gang of your friends to learn how to draw a live model too! This is an adult activity, so come and enjoy it with us. Call us at the Depot Art Gallery, 225-644-8496 for more information. Class is held at 320 E. Ascension St, Suite C, Gonzales, LA. Our hours are: Wed - Sat 11:00-4:30 and Sun 12:00-4:00 You can find out more at: or

Spring Art Camp

Spring Art Camp is presented by the River Region Art Association at their location at 320 East Ascension St. Dates for the camp are April 6, 7, 8 and 9. Our age groups are 6 -11 and 12 years and up. The Camp fee is $22/day/per child. Activities are hands-on and allow your child to express their own creative spirit. Just a sampling of two of the activities will be "Paper Flowers a Plenty," and a "Stained Glass" picture with a twist! The complete list of the activities and other information can be found on our FaceBook page and Website. The registration form will be found on our website www.riverregion or FaceBook page. For more information you can call 225-644-8496 the Depot Art Gallery and leave a message for Sharon Flanagan. 

March Into Art

"March Into Art" is an art contest is for students aged 6 -11 and 12 -17 in our area. Students will be judged in their own age category. Art categories are Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media and Photography, and Digital Art. All entries must be framed and suitable for hanging. Instructions for framing can be found on our website and Facebook sites. An entry form can be found on our Website or Facebook page. "Take in" for art will be held March 13-14 at the Depot Art Gallery. Times for Take In are Friday, March 13 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There is a $2.00 per entry fee for this contest. Student artwork will be available for the public to view until March 28. A reception will be held on March 28 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. If you need more information, please contact the Depot Gallery 225-844-8496 and leave a message for Betty Marks.

Canary Islanders Meeting

Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana presents "Alemans of Agüimes." The February 1 meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society will be held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Speaker Shaun Van Horn will discuss his research into the surname "Aleman" and particularly the Louisiana descendants of Juan de Aleman and Juana Ramirez from the town of Agüimes, on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria.Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found on the web at You may contact the President of the Society by email: