Online voting is open for the third annual Dancing for a Cause, set for 7 p.m. July 9.

Votes cast at http://www.dancingforacause.info/ will help choose the competition’s Fan’s Choice Award, event Chairman Sharon Morris said.

Modeled after TV’s “Dancing With the Stars,” the fundraiser pairs well-known residents of Ascension Parish with ballroom dance instructors for an evening of entertainment.

Tickets are $25 each, and can be purchased at LeBlanc’s Food Stores in Gonzales and Prairieville, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce office, The Gonzales Weekly Citizen office, and the Community Opportunities of East Ascension office. For more information, look up Dancing for a Cause on Facebook.

Proceeds will support COEA, The Arc, to promote its Respite Center, an overnight care facility for those with special needs, Morris said.

ER staff thanks police

The Emergency Room staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales sent Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson a letter of appreciation last week for the Police Department’s efforts to keep the peace after a June 3 shooting in the city.

“It was an incident where the victim of a shooting on La. 30 was rushed to the hospital, and the suspect was rushed to the (same) hospital,” Jackson said.

Friends and family of both gathered at the ER, Arceneaux said, leading to a tense situation that could have easily gotten out of hand.

The letter praised the officers on duty for preventing any incidents at the hospital.

Emergency training set

Volunteer Ascension and the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are collaborating to offer a free emergency training class to groups, individuals, businesses and industry leaders who are interested in serving as volunteers at the Ascension Parish Volunteer Reception Center at Lamar-Dixon.

The training is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

In the event of a hurricane, or other emergency, the Volunteer Reception Center will be opened “post emergency,” and will serve as a clearinghouse for the many unaffiliated volunteers who come to Ascension Parish during emergencies. This is a free class, and is open to the public, but you must sign up with Volunteer Ascension in order to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Call (225) 644-7655 or email volas@eatel.net to sign up, or for more information.

Author, musician speaks

Louisiana author, musician and historian Gaynell Bourgeois Moore will discuss her book “I Saved the Best For Last: The Amazing Journey of a True Cajun Lady” at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Ascension Parish Library’s Gonzales branch.

Space is limited; please call the library at (225) 647-3955.

Spartanette Dance camp

The East Ascension High School Spartanette Dance Camp is set for July 18 through July 22 in the school’s gym.

The five-day camp, designed for girls ages 3 and older, will be held from 9 a.m. until noon each day with a Friday Night Show-Off. For more information, call (225) 715-7588.