Lawmen, Special Olympians and area volunteers will plunge Saturday into the chilly waters of the lake at Cabela’s in Gonzales for the annual Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

Jumpers, many clad in costumes, collect donations for the chance to plunge into the lake to support Special Olympics Louisiana.

Residents are invited to stop by, donate and purchase food during the event, which starts at 9 a.m.

To donate or sign up a team, visit

Cooking up a contest

Calling all jambalaya and cracklin cooks! The Jambalaya Festival Association is hosting jambalaya and cracklin cooking contests March 14-15 at the 2015 Louisiana Sportsman’s Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Heats 1 and 2 begin at 7 a.m. on March 14, concluding with finals at 7 a.m. on March 15.

Winners will receive plaques for first, second and third place and the overall winner will receive a cash prize.

For details or to obtain an entry form, email jamfest or visit the JFA Facebook Page.

Fling into spring

It’s not too late to get a ticket to Saturday’s third annual Spring Fling hosted by the St. Amant High School Band Boosters.

Hai Karate will perform at the fundraiser, which is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gonzales Civic Center.

Tickets are $25 and available at Alison’s World of Music, Tyra’s Automotive or from any band parent.

Bingo for Babies

The ninth annual Bingo for Babies is planned for March 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Gonzales.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m.

Ten games of bingo and a jambalaya dinner, provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association, are included in the $15 ticket price. Drinks and dessert will be available for a small donation. “Rocking Babies” is the theme for the annual T-shirt contest. Register your team by calling Genevieve Pearson at (225) 249-5082.

The night concludes with a black out game, and the winner will take home a flat-screen TV courtesy of Eatel Corp.

Anyone 21 and older can purchase tickets at City Hall, online at or by calling (225) 249-5082.

Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Can you stand the heat?

The Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department provides training for residents interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter.

In addition to firefighters, the department needs volunteers for other tasks around the station.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the station at (225) 622-2490 or visit the station from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The station is at 16288 Joe Sevario Road, Prairieville.

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