Around Ascension for Dec. 21, 2012

The Donaldsonville Christmas Parade will roll down Railroad Avenue starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Parade organizer Darryl Hambrick said that after the parade, the Street Legal Riders Motor Bike Club will host “A Christmas to Remember” in Louisiana Square. Santa will be on hand for photographs and toys will be distributed.

Call Hambrick at (225) 910-3302.

Toys giveaway Saturday

Toys will be distributed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Howard-Johnson American Legion Post hall in Gonzales, event organizer Gwen Hilliard said.

Hilliard and the Respectable Gentlemen Club are joining forces in distributing the free toys.

Call Ken Barrow at (225) 402-8252.

Fundraiser to help teen

Two Keys Self Defense is hosting a fundraiser Saturday at the Flea Market of Louisiana in Prairieville to help with the medical expenses of a 15-year-old girl receiving medical care for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, event organizers said.

Michael Davila, of Two Keys Self Defense, said “Team Davila,” which is made up of students from different martial arts schools, will demonstrate karate and self-defense techniques to raise money for Cassie England.

Members of Alpha Bast Garrison, a “Star Wars” fan club, will be on hand to take photographs, and several items will be raffled off.

Davila will attempt to break six stacks of flaming boards, he said.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the flea market, 15545 U.S. 61, Prairieville.

Call (225) 235-9728.

Parish sets holiday hours

All Ascension Parish government offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holidays, parish officials said.

All offices reopen Wednesday. Offices again close Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All offices reopen Jan. 2.

Tribute to troops planned

Tickets are on sale for “A Musical Tribute For Our Troops” set for Jan. 3 at the Gonzales Civic Center, organizer Brent Gautreau said.

Gautreau, a U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm and commander of the Gonzales Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, said the event is a fundraiser to provide supplies to members of the Louisiana Army National Guard’s Gonzales-based 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion, on its next deployment.

The USO-style show, which is sponsored by the newly formed Ascension Veterans Association, will feature performances by Center Stage Performing Arts Academy and music Ned Fassulo and the Fabulous Big Band.

The concert, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will also include an auction.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Gautreau at (225) 485-7875 or emailing,

Sponsorships are also available, he said.

Tickets will not be sold at the door, but will be available until show time, Gautreau said.

Contact Darlene Denstorff: phone, (225) 336-6952; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, Deadline: Noon Wednesday.