The annual Ascension Christmas Crusade for Children program has partnered with Chili’s to raise money to purchase toys and gifts for area children, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

Wiley said the Gonzales restaurant, 2227 S. Tanger Blvd., will donate 10 percent of purchases made by customers bringing in coupons.

Call (225) 621-8325 for coupons.

Diners can take part in the program Tuesday, Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, Deputy Janet Fontenot said.

The sheriff’s program fills Christmas wish lists for hundreds of children each holiday season.

Driver class for veterans

AARP and the Ascension Council on Aging are offering two free four-hour Driver Safety Classes for veterans and members of the military in honor of Veterans Day.

On Nov. 17, a driver safety refresher course for veterans and their spouses will be held at the Donaldsonville Senior Center. The course will be offered Nov. 21 at the Gonzales Senior Center. Pre-registration is required and can be completed by calling (225) 257-4562.

Breast cancer awareness

“God’s Got Healing Hands,” a breast cancer awareness program, will be presented Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Donaldsonville.

The 7 p.m. skit is part of a weeklong program sponsored by A Ray of Hope and the Ascension Parish Recreation Department for Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

On Monday, a candlelight ceremony and balloon release will be held at 6 p.m. in Jazz Plaza, next to the River Road African American Museum.

The groups are holding a “Pink Stroll Down the Avenue” at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday starting at Jazz Plaza. The celebration ends with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the RRAAM.

Benefit fashion show

The nonprofit Creating Miracles Cosmetology School will be holding a “Real Men Wear Pink” Fashion Show fundraiser and breast cancer awareness rally from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in Jambalaya Park. Kenny Cornette and Killin’ Time will perform and donations will be accepted.

There will also be a drawing and jambalaya sale. Proceeds will be split between the Mary Bird Perkins Center and the cosmetology school.

The school and its students are looking for men to participate in the fashion show, sponsors and vendors.

Call (225) 644-3663.

Artists needed for event

The Donaldsonville Downtown Development District is looking for artists to take part in its Nov. 12 Avenue Evening Stroll.

The event, set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. along Donaldsonville’s Railroad Avenue, features Louisiana artists, musicians and historical characters taking visitors on a look back at the history of the city, DDDD Director Missy Jandura said.

Call (225) 323-2555.

Calling Gold Star moms

The Veterans Parade Committee is looking for Gold Star Mothers to ride in the Nov. 13 Veterans Day Parade.

Gold Star Mothers who wish to ride in the parade are asked to contact Veterans Parade Co-chairwoman Cheryl Kinchen at (225) 473-1508, ext. 227, or email,

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