Organizers of the annual Donaldsonville July 3 fireworks celebration are looking for sponsors and donations to keep the tradition alive.

For 10 years, Donaldsonville groups have joined forces to host a Independence Day celebration on July 3.

The Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and Main Street Donaldsonville were left with a $15,000 budget gap for this year’s celebration after the Donaldsonville City Council couldn’t come up with funds, DDDD Executive Director Missy Jandura said.

Plans call for the event to include music, food and fireworks in Crescent Park.

To donate, call (225) 323-2555.

Juneteenth event

A Juneteenth celebration is set for Saturday at St. Landry United Methodist Church, 3209 St. Landry Road, Gonzales.

The “Old Time Religion” program, hosted by Sonia Mulberry, will include performances by Penny Dominick Jones, Mama Minnie Raby, Mark Darby, Hosea Reddit, The Wilson Family, Amanda Jones-Ennis and several area fellowship choirs.

Participants in the celebration will discuss the history of Juneteenth and “the old-time hymns that got us through trials and tribulations,” according to a news release from event organizers.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

For information, call (225) 323-3858.

Annie tickets on sale

Tickets for the Ascension Community Theatre’s production of “Annie” go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pasqua Theater box office, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales, box office manager Christian Watts said.

Tickets range from $15 to $30. After Saturday, the box office will be open weeknights from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Annie” performances run at ACT from July 7 to July 24.

Art Gumbo Market

River Region Art Association’s monthly Art Gumbo Market starts at 10 a.m. Saturday under the trees at Houmas House Plantation.

The art market features arts and crafts, food tastings prepared by chef Jeremy Langlois and music by Lester Kenyon.

Call (225) 328-7354.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to assist with the July 9 Community Opportunities of East Ascension’s Dancing for a Cause fundraiser.

The group needs assistance serving food, greeting guests and helping out backstage.

To volunteer, call Volunteer Ascension at (225) 644-7655.

Tickets for the benefit are on sale at LeBlanc’s Food Stores in Gonzales, Prairie-ville and Donaldsonville and at the Gonzales Weekly Citizen.

Puppet show Monday

The “Wild Goose Chase Theater” is coming to the Ascension Parish Library.

The puppet show, described as “organic free-range puppetry,” is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Donaldsonville library branch and at 2 p.m. Monday at the Galvez branch.

For information, call the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, or Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.

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