Christmas crusade

Nov. 6 is the deadline to submit applications for the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office's Christmas Crusade for Children, which provides toys for children around the parish.

Applications should be submitted to the Sheriff's Office, 828 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales; Donaldsonville office, 300 Houmas St.; Hickley M. Waguespack Center, 1201 Maginnis St., Donaldsonville; District 2 substation, 13200 Airline Highway, Gonzales; and District 3 substation, 38567 La. 42, Prairieville.

For information, call (225) 621-8361.

Vets parade Nov. 8

Ascension Parish will honor area veterans during a parade at 2 p.m. Nov. 8.

The parade will roll from Irma Boulevard, continue south to Worthey Road, then right on Burnside Avenue and right on Cornerview Road.

Parade organizers are asking for residents to invite an area veteran to ride in their vehicles and decorate in red, white and blue. Due to the coronavirus, no floats or marching groups will be allowed.

Dancing for a cause

Online voting is underway through Oct. 31 for the Arc of East Ascension's Virtual Dancing for a Cause with a Twist fundraiser.

There is a $10 donation to vote for your favorite video of dancing groups of teachers, school groups, local businesses and others.

You can vote for your favorite video as many times as you would like once every hour. 

To vote, visit or

For more information, call (225) 621-2005 or email

Sweet potatoes, pecans on sale

Ascension Parish 4-H and the LSU Agricultural Center are taking orders for sweet potatoes and peeled pecan halves through Oct. 26. Pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov 17-18 at the 4-H office at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

All proceeds will benefit Ascension Parish 4H Foundation to increase scholarships and programs.

The sweet potatoes cost $13 for a 10-pound box and $26 for a 40-pound box; a 3-pound box of peeled pecans costs $30.

To order, call (225) 621-5799, email, contact any 4-Her in the parish or visit

Depot Makers Market

The River Region Art Association is holding its inaugural Depot Makers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17. The association is looking for people who have handmade crafts, art, jewelry, food, home decor, yard art or other handmade items they wish to sell at the market, which will be held in the adjacent parking area to the Depot Gallery, 320 East Ascension St., in Gonzales.

Vendors must provide their own tables/chairs and tents; electricity will be available. To reserve your spot, visit to obtain a booth form. Fill out the form with payment and mail to the River Region Art Association for your spot.

For information, call association president Sharon Flanagan at (504) 452-2616.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email, or Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday.