Area Briefs for Jan 15-22

Staff reports

College Financial Aid Night at Library

Attention all high school students and parents!  The Ascension Parish Library will host a special Financial Aid Night presented by a speaker from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).  This presentation will help both parents and students better understand the requirements of TOPS, Federal PELL grants, Federal Student Loan Programs, as well as other forms of financial assistance for students planning to attend college.  The LOSFA representative will discuss the requirements, for both coursework and grade point average that high school students need in order to apply for these forms of financial assistance.  The LOSFA representative will also be available for any questions parents and students may have regarding these financial aid programs.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The program will focus on forms of financial assistance for first-time college attendees.   Registration is required.

Financial Aid Night will take place on Tuesday, January 20 at the Gonzales location of the Ascension Parish Library starting at 6:30 p.m.  For more information on this program or to register, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 225-647-3955.

DHS Class Reunion Central

The DHS Alumni has launched their own website. Please feel free to join and interact with the site. You can complete a profile, post pictures, blogs, and comments and create your own group.  The possibilities are endless.  This site was created to reconnect with those who we've spent the majority of our childhood with. Visit the site today at

DHS Class of 1994

DHS Class of 1994 is planning their 15-year reunion for Summer 2009. For more information call 225-253-7719 or email or visit the website

Small Business Consulting at Library

Ascension Parish Library offers free small business consulting on the second Wednesday of each month at the library in Donaldsonville located at 500 Mississippi Street.  Persons wanting to start or improve a small business receive a private, two-hour consultation designed to provide professional help in areas of financing, marketing, and accounting. This service is sponsored by Ascension Parish Library and is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge.  All services are free and confidential.  To schedule an appointment call the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at 225-922-0998. 

Vote for Your Favorite Book at the Library!

Calling all students in third grade to sixth grade!  The Ascension Parish Library needs you to vote in this year's Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award.  The Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award was established by the State Library of Louisiana to find out what books you like the best!

Fifteen titles have been nominated in two reading categories: books for third to fifth graders and books for sixth to eighth graders.  The list includes popular books by award-winning authors.  Students are invited to visit the Ascension Parish Library to vote for their favorite title.  Children who wish to vote must read at least three of the nominated titles for their grade level before voting.  Votes must be submitted by January 23, 2009 to be counted.  For further information concerning this program, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, or in Galvez at 622-3339.

Donaldsonville Senior Citizen Center

We are now set up at the Lemann Center at 1100 Clay Street in Donaldsonville.  We will remain here until our Senior Center has been fully repaired. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 225-473-3789.

Seniors may qualify for a power wheelchair

Medicare's regulations now make it easier for seniors and others with debilitating conditions obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost. These assistance options are available to anyone with problems getting around their homes, or who are in danger of falling due to their medical condition. Those who are suffering from any condition that severely limits their mobility should call Miracle on Wheels at 1-866-200-6924.

St. Peter United Methodist Church has family night with Rev. Simon each Wednesday night after the second Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact Yvonne Garnett at 225-473-9377 for further information.

In celebration of Community Coffee Company's 90th anniversary this spring, they are extending an invitation to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade to help design the company's birthday card. The first place prize for the winner is a laptop for the student and one for the student's school. The two runners-up will each receive a birthday party for their classes. The winner's artwork will be featured on the birthday card, on Community Coffee's website, and displayed in CC's Community Coffee House locations.

Thomas's Coats for Kids Drive

For any coats that need to be picked up please contact Alvin "Coach" Thomas at 225-473-1613 or 225-323-4295. Drop off all coats at 600 Martin Luther King Dr. in Donaldsonville.

Joy Fellowship Outreach Ministries

Joy Ministries will host an hour of power word explosion every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Donaldsonville. Word explosion will be held at the Blum Center. For more information contact Elder Thibodeaux at 985-855-2030.

Nelson Chapel AME Church

Nelson Chapel AME Church in Napoleonville holds Sunday school every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday morning worship services at 11 a.m.; mid-week services on Thursdays at noon and Youth and Adult Bible study on Wednesday nights at 7:15 p.m. at the church. Call 985-369-1771 for van transportation.

Donaldsonville Opportunity Center

The Donaldsonville Opportunity Center- Adult Education G.E.D. program located in Donaldsonville invites anyone at least 17 years of age seeking a high school equivalency diploma to register, Monday-Friday. For more information call 225-474-2710.

Ascension Library

Ascension Parish Library celebrates National Popcorn Day parties, the library plans to read Popcorn by Frank Asch, have a popcorn jumping game, and host a popcorn relay.  At the end of the program, children will make a craft using popcorn to decorate. National Popcorn Day parties are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 at 5 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville and Galvez.  This program is open to children of all ages; however, an adult must accompany children younger than the age of 8.  For more information on this program, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 225-473-8052 or in Galvez at 225-622-3339.

Mt. Zion Baptist church

On Monday, Jan. 19 at 8 a.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Civil Rights March to the Baton Rouge River Center from the Church. For more information contact Tawanda Green at 225-268-1351.

Assumption High School

The Class of 1989 reunion approaches soon, for more information contact Erica Falcon at 985-369-7485.

St. Peter United Methodist Church

St. Peter will hold its annual United Methodist Women's Day on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Octavia Lewis of Wesley United Methodist Church in Napoleonville. The color is red for attire. For any additional information contact Angelina Comminey at 225-474-5171. Everyone is invited to attend.

Donaldsonville High School

Donaldsonville High will hold PTO meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26th. PTO will meet every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.