The Michael Foster Project is performing at Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration in Donaldsonville’s Louisiana Square.

Tamiko Francis Garrison said she decided to organize the event in memory of her mother, Janet Ganes Francis, after the annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival was canceled by the River Road African American Museum.

Garrison said her mother worked to bring the first Juneteenth celebration to Donaldsonville several years ago and she wanted that tradition to continue.

The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and residents are asked to bring chairs.

Joplin drive kicks off

Volunteer Ascension, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, Ascension Parish government, the city of Gonzales and the town of Sorrento are partnering to collect relief supplies for Joplin, Mo., said Charlotte Guedry, who is organizing the efforts.

Guedry asked residents to begin collecting children’s books, games, hygiene products and electrolyte-based beverages for residents of Joplin, which received significant damage from a tornado in May. Two portable storage units donated for the project will be set up soon at Ralph’s Supermarket at Pelican Point and Lamendola’s Supermarket, both on La. 44.

A driver has donated his services to deliver the supplies to Joplin, Guedry said, and donors have contributed to the $1,100 in fuel costs.

Volunteers with the Jambalaya Festival Association have been in Joplin for two weeks feeding relief workers.

Art show Friday

Voting for the River Region Art Association’s Red Hot Art Show’s People’s Choice award is set for Friday at the art center in Gonzales.

The event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1835 N. Magnolia St., will feature food, door prizes, art and music by Gaynell Moore.

The event is free.

Celebs dance for a cause

Singer Irma Thomas will perform at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center for the third annual Dancing for a Cause, set for 7 p.m. July 9.

Proceeds will support Community Opportunities of East Ascension, The Arc, to promote its Respite Center, an overnight facility for those with special needs, said event Chairman Sharon Morris.

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

Female dancers this year are Brook Leblanc Knight, paired with dancing instructor Le’ Brian Patrick; Wanda August and instructor Leonard Augustus Jr.; Marie Broussard and Victor Loveira; Jodi Loar and Guillermo Gonzalez. Male dancers are Kevin “Chef KD” Diez, paired with instructor Beverly Cook; Mark Dearman and Courtney Black; Gus Gutierrez and Mary Bayle; Russell Graham and Jewell Reid; and Scott Banker and Dina Melley.

WBRZ anchor Whitney Vann will also perform as a guest.

Tickets are $25, 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 COEA office. For more information, look up Dancing for a Cause on Facebook.

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