Work is under way to publish a book featuring photos of people, places and events in Donaldsonville’s history.

Former city resident Will LeBlanc is gathering photos and information from Donaldsonville residents as part of the book project.

He said the book is part of a national series of books on communities across the United States.

LeBlanc will be in Donaldsonville collecting photos for the book Oct. 4 through Oct. 7 at the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District Office on Railroad Avenue.

The book is expected to be published in March, he said.

Carwash Saturday

Gonzales Middle School eighth-graders are washing cars Saturday to raise money for a class trip to Washington D.C. and New York.

The fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school on Orice Roth Road.

Students are charging $8 to wash a car, $10 for trucks and $15 to wash an SUV, according to a news release.

Cancer benefit Saturday

Friends of Vanessa Gautreau Blair are sponsoring a benefit Saturday to help with Blair’s medical expenses.

The event, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Gonzales Civic Center, will include music and food, said Blair’s co-worker, Allison Braud.

Blair was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 and has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy, Braud said.

Fruit trees on sale

The St. Amant High Future Farmers of America chapter is holding its Fall Fruit Tree Fundraiser.

For a complete list of fruit trees on sale, go to

The sale ends Sept. 30.

For information, email St. Amant FFA adviser and agriscience teacher Mandy Savoy DeLaune at

Fire station opens

Residents can get their first look inside the Fifth Ward Volunteer Fire Department’s new Station 41 on La. 44 on Saturday as the department hosts an open house.

The open house will feature food and beverages.

The station is at 5473 La. 44, Gonzales.

Soul Food Taste Fair

Howard Johnson American Legion Post 557 Auxiliary is hosting its first “A Taste of Ascension Soul Food Heritage Taste Fair” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 81, 421 E. City Park Ave., Gonzales.

Tickets for the taste fair are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The event also will feature a gospel music performance and Sweet Heaven Dessert contest.

Call (225) 200-9381 or email

Haz-mat collection event

Ascension Parish residents will have the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous materials Sept. 24.

The collection day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, said Terance Irvin, environmental supervisor for Ascension Parish Government.

Irvin said the hazardous materials collection event is for parish residents only and valid identification will be required.

For a complete list of items that will be accepted, call Irvin at (225) 621-5730.

To submit news, contact Darlene Denstorff at (225) 336-6952, fax (225) 644-5851 or email Deadline: noon Wednesday.