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Freedom from Addiction

Celebrate Freedom at Jambalaya Park (1015 Cornerview Street, Gonzales) on Saturday, March 24 from 2 p.m. - 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.

Retired State Employees Meeting

Retired State Employees Association annual meeting for the Baton Rouge Chapter will be held Thursday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the BREC-Womack/Adm. Bldg., 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Vendors will be available on site for questions. Please bring a monetary donation to the local Food Bank. There will be important news about your retirement -- Current information from LASERS, News from the Office of Group Benefits, and Updates from EMPOWER Retirement. There will be door prizes and refreshments. It's vital that retirees, present and future, stay informed and involved. Invite a fellow retiree or active state employee to join you at the meeting. For more information, please call James H. LeBlanc, Jr., Baton Rouge Chapter President at 225-930-0961.

Lutcher Cochon de Lait

The Lutcher / Gramercy Lion's Club' Cochon de Lait will be held March 18 at Lutcher Park. Dirty rice, pork, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, hot sausage, hog head cheese, and sweet booth will be the featured foods. A drive thru will be available. Music will be provided by Mike Broussard & Nite Train from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additionally, there will be a washerboard tournament, a cracklin cookoff, and an auction at 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the LA Lions Cripple Children's Camp, LA Eye Foundation, E.L. Roussel Scholarship, Roland Roussel Scholarship, Kermit Coulon Scholarship, Eye Glasses for Needy, St. James Parish Jr. Livestock Show and the 4-H and FFA.

Local Governor's Appointments

Melodie A. Sparks, of Gonzales, was appointed to the Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council. Sparks is an itinerant teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing for Livingston Parish Schools. She will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf on the council. Charles W. “Chuck” Hill Jr., of Prairieville, was appointed to the Louisiana Auctioneers Licensing Board. Hill is the sales manager for the Lake Charles Auto Action. He will serve as an at-large consumer member of the board.

Grief Recovery Center Fundraiser

"Culinary Arts for Healing Hearts" will be held April 26 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Crown Plaza, 4728 Constitution Avenue in Baton Rouge. Join us for this fun evening - for a GREAT cause! Entertainment by Chris LeBlanc! Vote for your favorite Chef's entree, appetizer, or dessert! Check out our silent / live auction items! Or . . . just come dance! The proceeds from this event benefit Grief Recovery Center by subsidizing the cost of providing counseling services to individuals without insurance, group sessions for children dealing with loss, support groups for grieving adults, and community-based programs on grief and loss in the 11-parish Greater Baton Rouge Area. Tickets are $50 or $500 for a table. Call 225-924-6621 or visit the Grief Recovery Center website for more info.

Career Fair

Virginia College in Baton Rouge will host a Career Fair Thursday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the campus located at 9501 Cortana Place. The event is free and open to the public and will feature career development opportunities, refreshments and giveaways. Event attendees 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as a Chromebook or four $25 gift cards. Members of the community planning to attend must register with the campus prior to the event by calling 225-236-3900. Representatives and employers from industries including healthcare, beauty/hair, retail, insurance and restaurants will attend the event.

Sewanee Dean's List

Megan Elise Upperman of Gonzales has been named to the Dean's List at the University of the South for the fall 2017 term. To earn a place on Sewanee's Dean's List, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625 on a 4.0 scale. Megan Elise Upperman is the daughter of Kristie L. Upperman.