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G.W. Carver Bus
A G.W. Carver Primary bus transporting four students after school went off the road and partially submerged its front end in the New River Canal. The four students, bus driver and an aide did not sustain any major injuries but were transported to the hospital as a precaution. All were released that evening. The cause is under investigation.
Blood Drive KC Fundraiser
Our Knights of Columbus will host the quarterly St. John Blood Drive. It will be held on Sunday, March 18 in the new Activity Center from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held in conjunction with the KC Jambalaya fundraiser and Ladies Altar Society sweets sale, which will take place after the 9:30 and 11:30 masses. 600 plates will be made at $6 each, cooked by champion Bryon Gautreau.
Celebrate Freedom from Addictions
Celebrate Freedom at Jambalaya Park (1015 Cornerview Street, Gonzales) on Saturday, March 24 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. For the entire family. Free food, children's entertainment, face painting, prizes and more. Live bands and testimonies of freedom from addictions. Hosted by Christ Healing Community, Teen Challenge, and The Most Excellent Way Recovery Group. For info call 225-773-4302.
FranU Open House
Open House on March 24 at 5222 Brittany Drive, Ste. B in Baton Rouge features our undergraduate programs. The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Biological Learning & Research Building with Check-in, an Open Browsing Session, Campus Tours, Admissions, and Financial Aid Sessions. You have the opportunity to independently select Skills Lab Demonstrations for more in depth specifics on our clinical programs. To maximize your experience, we recommend you attend the entire program and stay for lunch. The entire event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info call 225-768-1712 or visit https://www.franu.edu/admissions/visit/open-house.
Harvest Time Food Bank
Harvest Time Food Bank will distribute food on Tuesday, March 27 between the hours of 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Harvest Time Worship Center, 4462 Jenkins Rd, Darrow, La. 70725.
SNAP Summer Slim Down
No binding contract required; two free training sessions for new members who join! The only catch will be you with your new and improved body this summer! With new owners Chris Delaune and Troy Dison, Snap Fitness on 44 by Ralph’s in Galvez has never looked so good! Come in and enjoy everything snap has to offer, including the new fitness class throughout the day targeted for all ages! Snap on Hwy 44 offers silver sneaker, insurance discounts, prepaid discounts, incentives, and so much more! So Please, come in and check us out! Like our page on social media, call for questions or more information, and let us know what we can do for you. SNAP FITNESS HWY 44, 225-622-9999.
COA Spring Fling
Mark your calendars! The Ascension Council on Aging will host its annual “Spring Fling” Easter Party on Thursday, April 13 at the Gonzales Senior Center on Irma Boulevard. Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. Contests will be held for the prettiest and most creative hats in the Easter Parade. Prizes will be given to the winners. So get busy now working on those special bonnets! And don’t forget about the COA’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, always an exciting and fun-filled event! Lunch will be served at noon. Parish seniors 60 and above are encouraged to come out and join the fun! Those planning to attend must call to make a reservation by Friday, April 7 so get hoppin’! Please call Theresa at the Gonzales Senior Center at 621-5750 now to make your reservation today!
COA Senior Prom
Ascension Council on Aging will be presenting its Ninth Annual Senior Prom on Sunday, April 8, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. It will be held at the KC Hall on South Irma Boulevard, and tickets will be $5.00 for COA participants and $10.00 for the general public 60 years and over. For information on this exciting event, or to purchase tickets, please call the Gonzales Senior Center at 225-621-5750 or Donaldsonville at 224-473-3789.
LSU Theatre presents Woyzeck
Performance Dates: April 10 – April 15. Performance Times: Tuesday, April 10 – Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Location: Studio Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building on the LSU Campus. Tickets: $12.00. Tickets available online at www.lsu.edu/cmda/theatre or at the door. For more information, visit www.lsu.edu/cmda/theatre or call 225-578- 3527.
Pet Adoption Event
The SPCA of Livingston will be holding a pet adoption event on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the PetSmart on Millerville Road in Baton Rouge right off of I-12. Bring your family out and meet all of the sweet, furry friends looking for their forever homes. There will be a variety of puppies and adult dogs. Adoption screening applications are required. Adoption donations cover everything from spay/neuter surgeries to age-appropriate vaccines. Each adopter will receive 30-days free pet insurance, puppy pack, a free bag of food, and money-saving coupons from PetSmart, while supplies last.
Catholic Evangelist Jeff Cavins Presents Seminar
The registration fee for Cavins’ seminar is $60 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch provided by Tony’s Seafood. Pre-registration is required; seating is limited. Call Cypress Springs at 225-752- 8480 to sign up. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.; the seminar is from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Divine Providence. Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center is located at 17560 George O’Neal Road in Baton Rouge. Proceeds benefit Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center.
White Oak Easter Brunch
On Sunday, April 1, Chef John Folse and White Oak Plantation will celebrate the season with an eggs-traordinary Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Kids will have their own buffet as well as Easter egg hunts at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. and a bunny petting zoo. Families are invited to stroll White Oak Plantation’s gardens and grounds to take family photos. White Oak Plantation’s Easter Brunch Buffet is $59.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages six to 12. Seatings are offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For reservations call White Oak Plantation at 225-751-1882.
Burden Museum Events
On Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, Don Taylor will present his seminar "Luminous Underpainting and Watercolor/Ink Journaling" in the Ione Burden Conference Center in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Seating is limited. On Saturday, March 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Brush with Burden 2018 Art Exhibition will host a reception in the Ione Burden Conference Center and Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.
Couples Struggling to Conceive
One couple facing medical and financial roadblocks to having a baby will receive a grant for a free cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) through a program called the Gift of Hope. Eligibility requires that couples earn less than $100,000 per year, have no insurance coverage for infertility, and that IVF is medically necessary to conceive. Applications are open to couples in Louisiana and are available to download from FertilityAnswers.com. The deadline to apply is June 21. More information about the Gift of Hope can be found at www.FertilityAnswers.com.
Save the Butterfly Date
The Pink Team of Assumption is pleased to announce the date for its annual Butterfly Release and Memorial Program to be held on the grounds of Assumption Community Hospital, at 135 Highway 402, Napoleonville, Louisiana. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. On Saturday, April 28 and will be followed by a memorial program including music, sharing pictures of loved ones and delicious treats, brown bag lunches and of course the beautiful butterfly release. All proceeds for this special event will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. So please mark the date and plan to join the “Pink Team” for a wonderful day. Contact a member to dedicate a butterfly: Susan Maggio 225-276-4698; Glenda Daigle 985-369-2111; Norma Blanchard 225-229-7942.
Cafe Francais is held every first Friday of the month at 1 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Museum. All are welcome, French speakers or not, you are guaranteed a good time. For more information, please call 225-336-2422 ext. 16. The museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen, La. 70767. Also, a new program offers monthly training on various topics on "Enrichment Mondays" held the 3rd Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Current volunteers, staffers, and interested community members are invited to attend. Each month features a different topic that highlights a particular skill or activity the museum wishes to explore.
Township Road Bridge Repair
Ascension Parish Department of Public Works has announced that Township Road, between Myles Road and Denoux Road on the west side of Ascension Parish, is closed for bridge repairs. Township Road is primarily a farm road. Local traffic can detour on Myles Road and LA 943.
Bayou Lafourche Discussion
“Bayou Lafourche and Its Role in the History of Ascension and Assumption Parishes” will be the topic of a talk to be given by Andrew Capone, Ascension Parish Librarian, on Saturday, March 17 10 a.m. at Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard. This program will be a journey through the history of Ascension and Assumption parishes, featuring the people and places in communities along the banks of the bayou that has been called “the longest main street in the world.” The free program is open to the public. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society, for more information call Mary McKeough, 924-8921.
St. Mark Light Lane Fest
St Mark Catholic Church at 42021 LA 621 in Gonzales will be holding their annual Light Lane Festival, April 6, 7 and 8. There will be bands, great food, carnival rides, games for the kids, a live and silent auction. We will have a few fun competitions such as an antique car and motorcycle show, mini-pot competition, bake off, and a jambalaya cook off. For more information visit the Light Lane Festival Facebook page or call St. Mark at 225-647-8461.