What's Up in Ascension?

Cheryl Babin

Hometown Heroes’ Event

It's time again for the bi-annual hometown heroes' event! Cabela’s is inviting all of our heroes from the surrounding parishes to shop with the employee discount on Nov. 10 and 11. This includes all military, police, EMS and fire departments from surrounding parishes, all you need is proof (ID, badge, uniform. etc.)

Food Drive for

St. Vincent DePaul

The Flea Market of La. and Ascension Parish High Schools are holding a food drive for St. Vincent DePaul on Nov. 19, at the Flea Market at 15545 Airline Hwy., Prairieville.

You can drop off food items now through Nov. 19. The office is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 225-673-2682.

Teen Dance

The St. Amant Knights of Columbus Council 6389 will be having there Teen Dance on Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 p.m. til 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Black Bayou Road. The dance is for grades seventh through 10th. Admission will be one can good that will go to the St. Amant Knights of Columbus Christmas Can Food Drive.

Local Food Drive Saturday

Blacque Diamondz presents its first annual “Saving A Community One Family At a Time” food drive. In an effort to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and to assist in feeding the less fortunate of our surrounding communities the Blacque Diamondz Social Club will be giving away free jambalaya and hot dogs with a donation(s) of non perishable food items on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11-2 p.m. at the Lejeunes Cleaners located at 1434 Burnside Ave., Suite 4, Gonzales. For more information, call 647-1749. Donations can also be dropped off at: R&B Supermarket located at 9283 Airline Hwy., Sorrento. Monetary Donations are also accepted.

ACT presents ‘Rabbit Hole’

Ascension Community Theatre in Gonzales will be presenting “Rabbit Hole” from Nov. 3-6 and Nov. 10-12.

Performance dates and times are Nov. 10, 11, 12 at 7 p.m.

Contact the Ascension Community Theatre box office at 647-1230 for ticket information.

Kidz Kove Chili Cook Off

 The Gonzales Fire Department invites the community to their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off and Sale benefiting Project Kidz Kove on Nov. 17.

Join the fire department, business and individuals Nov. 17, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 724 Orice Roth Road, Gonzales.

Cooks are needed to enter the chili-cooking contest. Entry fee is $25. Quarts will be sold for $10 each. For entry or pre-order information, contact: Jessica Breaux at  644-5307 or email; Leslie Ickes at  933-5173 or email; or Stacey Parker at 335-3002, or email

 For more information, visit Project Kidz Kove website at or Facebook

Project Kidz Kove, or call 644-5273.

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Party

The American Legion Auxiliary will host a Thanksgiving Party on Nov. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. All seniors are welcome to come out for bingo, prizes and refreshments.

EAHS class of 1967 reunion

Plans have been made for the East Ascension High 45th Class Reunion. It will be held at the Gonzales Civic Center on Saturday, May 2, 2012, Music will be provided by Kenny Fife. The event is $75 couple, $40 single or at the door $90 couple.

Contact Linda Holmes Braud at 225-644-4250, Evelyn Marchand Schexnayder at 225-673-8500 or Sharon McCrory Hebert at 225-910-0911; Sharon McCrory Hebert at 2256-910-0911 or e-mail Send information and check to Linda Holmes Braud, P.O. Box 272, Geismar, LA 70737.

Bring Teddy Bears

November is National Hospice Month and Teddy Bear collection time for SouthernCare Hospice. We collect the bears for our hospice patients. Teddy Bears have been around for more than one hundred years. In that time they have served as everything from decoration to toys bringing joy and comfort to many. No matter what your age, when life brings changes and challenges it feels good to have your own special bear filled with love.

Bring an unused Teddy Bear, after you have filled it with love, to our office at 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville, and they will gently carry them to the patients who will continue to love them. If you have questions, call the office at 225-673-9949 and ask for Volunteer Services Coordinator Beth Roberts Evason.

Craft booths


Craft booths are available for the St. Joseph Catholic Church “Winter Wonderland” Food Festival “A Taste of French Settlement” on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost of the booth is $20 for the day. For more information, call Sheila Aydell at cell 225-931-4050 or Church Office at 225-698-3110.

‘Cruise with Crews’

Plans are now being made for St. Amant High class of 1983’s 30th year reunion. The event, which the public is invited to, will be a four night ‘“Cruise with Crews’” sailing out of New Orleans, on April 11, 2013, with a stop in Cozumel, Mexico. Cabins are limited and are being booked fast. If you plan to attend you must pay a non-refundable, $40 per person deposit ASAP. Please send your deposit to: Alana International Travel, P.O. Box 38, Gonzales, LA 70707-0038. All deposits are non-refundable. Please memo your deposit: SAHS Class of ‘83. For a complete list of costs and details, contact Bill Crews Jr. at 225-647-2274, 225-647-0253, 225-445-4036 or or call Alana International Travel 225-647-8687, 800-356-2773. Cruise highlights include a free cocktail party which includes raffling off free cruises; one out of every 16 people who “Cruise with Crews” will win a free trip or cash equivalent. For more information visit or Face Book Cruise with Crews.

Jingle Bell Bazaar

The Fourth Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Port Vincent Community Center located at 18500 Hwy. 16 in Port Vincent. Come complete your holiday shopping with local vendors including cosmetics, bath and body products, kitchen accessories, home décor, jewelry, personalized items, gourmet spices and baking goods, candles, and much more. Contact Jenny Fontenot at 225-715-9820 for more information.

‘Caring for Cameron’ benefit

There will be a benefit titled “Caring for Cameron” for Cameron Laiche, son of Kacie and Jared Laiche on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. until noon at Golden Rule   Daycare, 44048 Hwy. 429, Gonzales. Cameron has been diagnosed with microcephaly, developmental delays, bacterial overgrowth and a possible Mitochondrial disease.

The benefit, sponsored by “grub 2 geaux,” will feature a three cheese lasagna with meat sauce in a full size 10 x 13 pan that feeds a family of four to six for $22. Orders can be placed at, click on the “Caring for Cameron” link. For more information, contact Golden Rule Daycare at 644-4770, Melisa at 362-7997 or Michelle at 620-6513.

Monetary donations can be made at Regions bank in Cameron’s name.

Jammin 4

St. Jude Concert

The St. Amant for St. Jude and Dream Day Foundation will be hosting its “4th Annual Jammin 4 St. Jude Concert” Nov. 20. All proceeds will benefit Dream Day Foundation which supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The concert will be held at Lamar Dixon Expo Gymnasium from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.  with three bands providing the entertainment.

Bands are:

• 5 to 6:15 p.m. – Toni O & Blue Haze

•?6:30 to 7:45 p.m. –?Brandon Foret Band

•?8:45 to 10 p.m. –? Chee Weez

There will also be a silent auction, jambalaya, hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, daiquiris, soda and a 50/50 raffle.

Three of our board members are the parents of children who's life has been saved thanks to the wonderful work done at St. Jude's and this is their way of showing their appreciation for everything St. Jude's has done for their children.

GHS class of

1962 reunion

The Gonzales High School class of 1962 will host a 50th class reunion in August 2012. Classmates are asked to call 225-939-8979 or 225-413-7191 is they plan to attend.

Wednesday Bingo

The American Legion Post 81, 421 E. City, Gonzales, holds bingo every Wednesday night. Everyone is welcome. Children are welcome, but must buy at least a $5 book.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.

Weekend Bingo

VFW Post 3693, 42430 Church Point Road, Gonzales, offers bingo every Friday and Saturday. Children six years and older are welcome, but must buy at least a $5 book.

Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.

Ascension Council on Aging events

• Nov. 11 – AARP 55 Alice Driving Course, Gonzales Center, from  9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Nov. 14 – Medicare part C/D Updates and Enrollment, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Gonzales 9 a.m.; and Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.

•?Nov. 15 – SALT Crime EXPO, Gonzales Civic Center, Both Centers – 9 a.m.

• Nov. 16 – Wellcare – Kathy Richards, Donaldsonville 11 a.m.; Fast Exercise, Donaldsonville 9:30 a.m., Gonzales 10:45 a.m.; Line Dancing: Gonzales 1 p.m.

Send your upcoming events to Cheryl LeBlanc Babin, lifestyles editor, at, call 225-644-6397, fax 225-644-2069 or drop by or mail to The Gonzales Weekly Citizen, 231 W. Cornerview, Gonzales, LA 70737.