Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Health and Community Awareness Fair

The Belle Rose Branch of the Assumption Parish Library is proud to announce its first annual Health and Community Awareness Fair on Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Belle Rose Branch is located at 7089 Highway 1 South in Belle Rose. Various vendors will be on hand to do screenings and give valuable information concerning health and wellness to the general public. Vendors scheduled to be at the health fair include Assumption Community Hospital, Assumption Community Hospital Health Clinic, LSU Ag Center, Heritage Manor of Napoleonville, The Haven, Magnolia Mental Health, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, Friends of the Library, and representatives from Medicaid Insurance groups. Join us to learn more about your health and well-being.

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Sayle Sanson of Gonzales, Louisiana, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Sanson is pursuing a degree in Accounting at The University of Southern Mississippi. Sanson is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

Canary Islanders BOD

The Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana announced its board of directors for 2018. Pictured above, from left to right are: President Joan Alemán, Board Members Denise Lindsly, Gwen Hanna, Rose Marie Powell, Secretary Karen Lambert, Vice President Chad LeBlanc, Treasurer Stephen Estopiñál, and Board Member Janelle Hickey.

Trinity AME Hosts Men and Women's Day

Trinity AME Church wishes to invite the public to join us for our inaugural Men and Women’s day. This fellowship will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. The Rev. Patrick Bell, Pastor of Nelson Chapel AME Church in Napoleonville is the guest preacher. This year’s theme is “Revive us Again,” taken from Psalm 85:6. Your presence and prayers are requested as we seek to offer praises to our God and celebrate His goodness and mercy towards us. We appreciate your support, and are looking forward to you joining us in worship on this day. Trinity is located at 1420 South Darla Ave, Gonzales, La. More information regarding Trinity can be found online at

Innovative Young People $5,000 Grants

Know a young person between the ages of 16 and 25 who has demonstrated an enthusiasm and passion for an innovative idea or project? Is he or she working or developing new ideas in areas such as music, the performing arts, technology or entrepreneurship? If you do, or if you're such a young person yourself, then look to the non-profit Hunter Brooks Watson Memorial Fund which is seeking grant applications for its June 15th cycle of awards. These grants, up to $5,000 each, are not scholarships for academic studies, but rather direct financial support to assist innovative young people in bringing their ideas and projects to fruition. Further information, and the grant application itself, is available online at The application deadline for the current grant cycle is June 15, 2018.

GPD: Wear Your Seatbelt

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has awarded the Gonzales Police Department a Grant for 2018. Therefore on April 20, 2018 through April 26, 2018 the Gonzales Police department will be taking part in the “Buckle up in your Truck” campaign. Officers will be out during this period enforcing the seatbelt law concerning all drivers and all passengers. We urge you to buckle up and demand passengers to do so also. Saving your life, and others from the unforeseen event of an accident.

Tween: Magnificent Magnets

Tweens, come to Ascension Parish Library and make your own button magnets. We will have tons of designs to choose from or you can design your own! Join us in Gonzales on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. Call Gonzales at 647-3955 for more information. This program is for tweens in grades 4– 8.

Teen Open Mic at APL

Singers, songwriters, poets and musicians. . . If you have a skill that you want to show off, we have a microphone and an audience waiting for you! Bring your talent and 10 minutes of material to Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Express yourself! Listen and play in a supportive setting. Although you must be a teen in grades 6-12 to perform, friends and family are welcome to attend and watch. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

International Astronomy Day

The Highland Road Park Observatory hosts the twelfth consecutive premiere astronomy event of the year for this region. International Astronomy Day will take place on Saturday 21 April from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. No admission fee. Exhibits and demonstrations will be on-hand from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the EBR Metropolitan Airport, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LIGO, the St. George Fire Protection District and many more. There will be a homemade comet exercise, magnification with a Scope-on-a-Rope and face painting. Over $700 in astronomical equipment and materials will be raffled, the top prize being an 8” Orion Skyquest Dobsonian Reflecting Telescope. The event’s Official Webpage is:

La. Gravestones and Markers

The Study and Preservation of Louisiana Gravestones and Markers” talk will be presented by Heather Veneziano on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. at Bluebonnet Library. The talk will focus on Louisiana graves from historical and artistic perspectives. Veneziano is the co-founder & chair of Louisiana Chapter, Association for Gravestone Studies, an international group formed in 1977 to study and preserve gravestones and markers of every style and period. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogy and Historic Society, for more information call Mary McKeough, 925-8921.