Around Ascension for Dec. 11, 2014 _lowres

Gonzales Christmas Parade route

Calling all shoppers.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley is looking for volunteer shoppers to fill the Christmas list of hundreds of area children in his Christmas Crusade for Children program.

Anyone interested in helping out is asked to meet at the Gonzales Wal-Mart at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, near the grocery entrance.

Volunteers will receive family cards listing children’s ages and requested gifts.

The program picks up the bill, and deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office tag and bag the gifts.

If shopping isn’t your thing, there are other ways to help.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is accepting monetary donations and new toys to help make a happy holiday season for disadvantaged children in Ascension Parish.

For additional information, call Deputy Janet Fontenot at (225) 621-8318 or Deputy Jodie Delaune at (225) 621-8374.

Gonzales Christmas Parade

Floats, marching bands and firetrucks will roll out of the East Ascension High School gates at 2 p.m. Sunday for the annual Gonzales Christmas Parade.

The parade goes from Worthey Road to Burnside Avenue and ends at Airline Highway, said organizers with the parade sponsor, the Jambalaya Festival Association.

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Christmas Movie Night

Volunteer Ascension’s Christmas Movie Night is set for 6 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales.

This year’s event will be a double feature, complete with popcorn, hot chocolate and other “movie-style” concessions. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be shown on an outdoor screen.

“We are so excited about this family-friendly Christmas event,” Executive Director Sherry Denig said. “Jambalaya Park is so beautifully decorated; it’s the perfect place to meet with friends and family during the Christmas season.”

And thanks to a donation from BASF, admission is free, she said.

“All we ask is that each person attending brings at least one canned good or nonperishable item,” she said.

All food donations will go to Ascension Parish food banks.

Moviegoers are asked to bring chairs and dress warmly. No ice chests or alcohol will be allowed.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

For more information on this event and others, visit Volunteer Ascension’s Facebook page at

Winter Carnival

The Pecan Grove Primary School Winter Carnival kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the school, 1712 S. Pecan Grove Ave., Gonzales.

The carnival, which ends at 1 p.m., will feature games and activities. Child booster seats will be distributed to eligible children on a first-come, first-served basis in two sessions: 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon. To be eligible, the child must be present, weigh at least 40 pounds and be at least 4.

Boat launch closed

The La. 42 boat launch next to Fred’s on the River will remain closed until March 31 as crews improve the launch, officials said.

Aaron Elisar, project engineer with the state Department of Transportation and Development, said crews will replace the launch with a new double 20-foot-wide launch and wooden dock.

The boat launch is located between Fred’s on the River and the Amite River bridge at Port Vincent.

For more information, call Aaron Elisar at (225) 675-5320.

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