The Gonzales Lions Club’s annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gym, 9039 St. Landry Ave., Gonzales.

The breakfast includes sausage, juice, milk, coffee and pancakes for $7.

The fundraiser, which ends at 1 p.m., supports community service projects hosted by the club, organizers said.

Students from Center Stage Performing Arts Studio will perform.

For information, call (225) 802-9796.

Helping families

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Christmas Crusade for Children program helped more than 300 families during the 2014 holiday season, a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey Wiley said last week that the annual event helped 323 families and approximately 886 children.

“The program helps thousands of children in our community with toys and clothes for Christmas,” Wiley said.

Through donations from businesses, nonprofit groups and individual donations, the Sheriff’s Office collected $41,926, he said.

Last year, the Sheriff’s Office Christmas Crusade for Children program purchased toys for more than 250 families and 680 children, the release said.

“Our annual Christmas Crusade program has become such a part of the fabric of the Sheriff’s Office and our community,” said Wiley, adding that agency members and community partners look forward to this time of year. “I am indeed thankful for the many community partners who have come together to support our Ascension Parish community through such a worthwhile endeavor,” he said.

Heritage society meets

Author and amateur historian Stephen Estopiñál, of Gonzales, will address attendees at the Feb. 7 meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana.

Estopiñál will talk about Wars of the Three Kingdoms and the subsequent Jacobite risings, from 1688-1745, which resulted in the mass migration of Irish Catholics to France and Spain, a news release from the group said.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the Louisiana State Archives Building, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. All meetings are open to the public. Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found at Contact the president of the Society by email at

Art exhibit at library

Throughout February, Ascension Parish high school students from the Talented Visual Arts program exhibit their works at the Gonzales branch of the Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Ave.

The theme of the exhibit, which celebrates both Valentine’s Day and National Heart Health Awareness, is “I Heart.”

The Talented Art students were asked to select the person, place or activity that motivates or inspires them most, and create a two-dimensional image that best represents him, her or it.

The works will be on display from Feb. 2-28 at the library.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@ or Deadline: noon Monday.