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Stephen Waguespack

Stephen Waguespack, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable sponsored by the Ascension Republican Women.

The roundtable starts at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 Airline Highway, Gonzales.

Prior to joining LABI in 2013, Waguespack served as special counsel and director of the multistate governmental relations practice for Jones Walker, a Louisiana-based law firm. He also served in several roles under Gov. Bobby Jindal, including chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, executive counsel and policy director, where he was a top administration adviser and advocate on numerous policy and political issues, a news release said.

The cost of the buffet lunch is $15 with a reservation or $17 at the door. Reservations are requested.

For reservations, call (225) 644-5728 or send an email to

Special Olympics camp

Camp Shriver, an inclusive interactive sports camp supported by Special Olympics for athletes in Ascension parish, will be Nov. 24-26 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 15208 La. 73, Prairieville.

Camp Shriver unites people with and without intellectual disabilities for training and competition, a new release said. The primary goal is to provide another level of challenge and promote inclusion. Camps are held in cities throughout Louisiana. Camp Shriver helps supplement ongoing local community school activities, the release said.

This camp is open to athletes ages 14 and up with disabilities. The day camp also promotes inclusion through the help of partners who serve as volunteers.

For information, contact Lisa Westerfield, Special Olympics coach and volunteer, at (225) 505-6532 or send an email to timmy

Video show

The Rock Church, 42080 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales, will be showing the video “Heaven” at both its 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services.

The video was released Nov. 7, the 96th birthday of the Rev. Billy Graham. Graham’s focus for 60 years has been to proclaim the Gospel and encourage others to proclaim the Gospel, a news release said.

Blanket drive

Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine Clinic is collecting blankets and warm clothing for veterans at its area locations.

“We here at Gulf Coast feel blessed to live in the USA and know that our freedom isn’t free,” a news release said. “We feel that it is important to take care of those men and women who have protected and served our country and given so much of themselves in the line of duty.”

Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that there were about 49,933 homeless veterans and 1.4 million veterans that were at risk for homelessness due to overcrowding at shelters, poverty, mental illness and a lack of family and community support, the release said. With the colder months approaching, the clinic would like to make the holidays a little warmer for soldiers on the streets, the release said.

The clinic will collect donated blankets, coats, hats, sweaters, pants and any other new or gently used warm winter clothing at its area locations from Nov. 3 through Dec. 15. Monetary donations also will be accepted. Gulf Coast will donate $1 for every item received, and the proceeds will be used to buy more blankets and clothing for homeless veterans.

Collection sites include the main clinic, 13406 U.S. 61, Baton Rouge; 1205 W. Edenborne Parkway, Gonzales; and the Baton Rouge Safety Council Office, 10099 N. Reiger Road. Visit the clinic’s Facebook page,

Kids Kove Park opens

Kidz Kove Discovery Park officially opens Saturday with a grand opening ceremony at the park, 112 Francois Ave, Gonzales.

Festivities start at 10 a.m.

The pirate-themed park, which was built through donations raised by Project Kidz Kove, includes equipment for children with and without disabilities.

On July 26, 2010, the city of Gonzales adopted a resolution to support the park and later that year donated 1.2 acres on Cornerview Road for the site of the community park.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.