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LA 44 Lane Closure

A lane closure will take place on LA 44 (River Rd.) northbound from LA 942 to 1 mile south of LA 942. Work begins Monday, August 27, 2018 thru Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. The closure is necessary for ditch cleaning and maintenance. Alternates routes are available. Motorists can detour LA 44 to LA 70 then LA 22 to LA 44.

Grief Education and Support

If you have experienced loss of any kind, join the support group facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help you through the grieving process. Meets Every Thursday. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Sr. Linda Conference Room, FREE – No Registration Required.

KJW Ministries

Service Time: Every Monday - Prayer at 7 p.m.; Every Tuesday - Prayer at 7 p.m.; Church Service - Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Church Service - Sunday - 12 p.m. On Facebook Live. Owner and Founder Pastor Kerry Jamal Williams. Prayer Line: 404-707-5981. "Changing the Way We Do Church."

Free Fire Detectors

Our hearts have been saddened by the news of family members perishing in home fires too many times that might have been saved by a fire detector. The American Red Cross has made free home fire detectors available to the church. As a community outreach service, beginning Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Sons of Allen and Daughters of Sarah of St. Luke African Methodist, located at 300 Oak Street, will begin installing free fire detectors in your home at no cost. If you desire to receive a free fire detector installed at no cost, please contact Rev. Marvin Dixon, pastor at 225-718-1611 or Mrs. Grace Vaughn, secretary at 225-473-9075.

Swine Palace (LSU)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Adapted by Simon Stephens, Novel by Mark Haddon, Directed by Rick Holden, September 19 (PWYC), 20 (Preview), 21 (Opening), 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. 23, 30 at 2 p.m. 2018, Shaver Theatre.

Henry Turner, Jr. Fest

The Henry Turner, Jr. Day Music Festival will be held Saturday, October 27 from noon to 7 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square in Baton Rouge, La. The 2nd Annual free and family friendly event acknowledges philanthropic efforts in the community. This years’ honoree is the Buddy Stewart Music Foundation. For more information please visit or call 225-802-9681. VIP tickets that include food, special seating and additional perks are available on the website.

Teacher Donation

During the 2018-19 school year, TJ Ribs in Prairieville is celebrating the dedicated men and women who commit themselves to helping nurture our children by being teachers. This September, TJ Ribs is giving away $1,000 dollars to a teacher from our community. Visit TJ Ribs - Prairieville’s Facebook page starting September 1 to nominate and vote for the teacher in your community who deserves recognition. The teacher with the most online votes will be awarded $1,000!

Forty Under 40

Last month the Southern University Alumni Federation held its national convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 19, 2018. Some of the nation’s top engineers, scientists, educators, businesspeople, and more were honored at the Inaugural 40 Under Forty Awards ceremony at Manship Theatre. Local resident and Gonzales native, Alsie Dunbar was among those honored in the Inaugural Cohort. Dunbar is a senior process chemist and engineer of 19 years. She is the founder of the STEM GEMS Mentoring Project, which promotes Girls Excelling in Math and Science.

Hope Chests

Hope Chests is a support group for breast cancer patients and their families. Please join us for our next meeting! Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge 9001 Summa Avenue, 3rd Floor Lobby. The ART of RELAXATION: Adult Coloring. Light refreshments will be served! For more information contact or call 761-5296. Sponsored by Ochsner Health Systems and generous donor gifts.

AARP Food Drive

"To Serve and Not to be Served." The Gonzales Area Chapter 1449 AARP Annual Food Drive to benefit St. Theresa Food Pantry will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Walmart in Gonzales, 308 N. Airline Highway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please support this worthy cause by donating non- perishable food items. AARP amd AARP Foundation believe that no one of any age should go hungry. Learn more about AARP's Hunger Campaign at: Contact Jaunda 257-4104.

Master Cattleman Class

Put on by the LSU AgCenter, the cost of the program is $125. The fee covers teaching materials, meals and refreshments during each session, certificates for graduates, and a sign to display on the farm. There will a minimum number of participants needed to enroll for the class for us to be able to hold it. The classes will be held in Gonzales. The meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held for 10 consecutive Wednesdays starting on September 12. Each class will last roughly 3 hours. For more information about the program or further details about meeting place and dates, please contact Bobby Bingham at 225-683-3101 or

(Free)dom Dental Services

Dr. Louis LeFebvre at Main Street Dental Care in Gonzales, La. is participating in Freedom Day USA on October 11. This day is designed to honor and help our military by offering free dental services to current and retired military personnel, as well as their immediate family. In addition to offering our services we are asking businesses around our community to donate items (i.e. gift cards, items for raffles, food/drink to enjoy in office while waiting) to make this a great experience for the patients. Any help we can get to spread word on this event would be greatly appreciated. Contact Sandy D. for more info 225-473-7766.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Gonzales Police Department will be participating in the National Mobilization of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign during August 17 through September 3. The department is able to do this through the grant received from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Officers will be out in force to enforce the DWI laws. If you drink don't drive, be considerate of yourself and others' lives.

Ascension Chapter Banquet

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Louisiana's Ascension Chapter Banquet presented by Bevel Tech Group, Relief Windows, EATEL, Shell, Cabela's, Hancock Whitney, and Rouses Markets will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $650 per table of 10, or $1250 per VIP table. Cost includes one-year CCA membership, admission, dinner, and open bar. For table and ticket info call Roy Deveer 225-715-1947 or Nolan Reynerson 225-952-9200.

PACE Festival

PACE’s 10th North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will run Friday, Sept. 7 through Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, La. For more information about PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality,” Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to or find us on Facebook at

Canary Islanders Heritage Society

Saturday, September 1, a meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana will be held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, beginning at 11 a.m. All meetings are open to the public. 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: