Ascension Briefs for Jan. 17, 2013

Blood drive to help coach’s baby girl

The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department is holding a blood drive and jambalaya lunch sale Saturday to benefit Addison Englade, who was born Nov. 9 with neuroblastoma, a news release from the department states.

The blood drive will collect blood to replace that used by Addison, the daughter of St. Amant head basketball coach Kristy Englade and Fritz Englade Jr., during her monthlong stay at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, fire chief James LeBlanc said.

The blood drive is set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the department’s main meeting room at the Stringer Bridge Road station in St. Amant.

Residents donating blood at the drive or the Ochsner Donor Center by Jan. 30 will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to the Super Bowl, he said.

Jambalaya plate lunches will be sold for $6 and proceeds will be donated to Addison’s family to help pay medical expenses, he said.

Call LeBlanc at (225) 717-5436 or email James.Leblanc@honeywell.com.

Treasures to hold first clothing sale

Treasures of the Arc, a resale shop operated by Community Opportunities - The ARC of East Ascension, is having its first sale since opening in October.

The sale will be held through Saturday.

ARC spokeswoman Cheryl Rice said most clothing will be 50 percent off the regular price.

Proceeds from the store, at 108 E. Ascension St. in Gonzales, are used for programs to help residents with developmental disabilities.

ON THE INTERNET: http://www.coeathearc.com

Service to honor Martin Luther King

Hopeful Triumph Baptist Church, 38542 La. 22, Darrow, is holding a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday.

The public is invited to attend the service, which starts at 9:30 a.m.

The church is led by the Rev. Sidney Tobias.

Deadline to enter pageant is Friday

The first Teen and Miss Ascension Parish Relay for Life Pageant will be held Feb. 2 at Remax First, 4750 Sherwood Common, Baton Rouge.

The deadline to enter the pageant is Friday.

Teens through age 16 will compete for the teen title and ages 17 to 23 will vie for the Miss Ascension title, Kim Myers said in a news release.

For more information, call Toni Hunter, pageant director, at (225) 715-3305 or email her at toni.hunter@lpnt.net, or email detillier@yahoo.com.

Free-throw meet open to youth

All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to compete in the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship on Jan. 27 in Gonzales.

The local competition will be held at 1 p.m. at the St. Theresa Catholic School gym on Burnside Avenue.

All youth taking part are required to provide proof of age and written parental consent.

Entry forms can be obtained the day of the event.

Call Larry Gainey at (225) 931-1446.