Around Ascension for April 12, 2013

The Dutchtown High School Class of 1943 is holding a reunion at noon Saturday at the Grand Wall Restaurant in Gonzales.

The 70th reunion celebration will be attended by the surviving graduates and two teachers, organizers said.

For information, call (225) 622-1823.

Pageants fundraiser

Crowns will be handed out April 20 in the Heart Project II, a fundraiser for the Heart Association, and River Region Royalty III pageants.

Registration is underway for both pageants, organizer Pam Hughes said.

The pageants will be held at the Grand Pavilion on U.S. 61 in Gonzales.

Each contestant will receive a heart tiara.

For more information, or an emailed entry form, email louisianapageantqueens@gmail.com; or call (225) 603-3378. Entry forms can be picked up at Debbie’s Bridal in Gonzales.

Crime prevention session

Sgt. Joey Meyers, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, is set to talk to area seniors about crime prevention during an 11 a.m. Wednesday presentation at the Gonzales Senior Center, 536 Irma Blvd.

Lunch, which costs $1.10 for residents age 60 and older, will be served. Call ahead for lunch reservations at (225) 621-5750.

GOP Roundtable planned

Lionel Rainey III will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Brew-Bacher’s Grill, 909 E. Ascension St., Gonzales.

The roundtable is sponsored by Ascension Republican Women.

Rainey, of LR 3 Consulting, is set to talk about the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit against the state of Louisiana and a number of state agencies and officials alleging that Louisiana’s governmental agencies “were not registering recipients of state benefits to vote with sufficient vigor,” a news release from the ARW says.

Cost for the meal is $14.

The Roundtable is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested.

Call (225) 644-5728 or email ARWrUS@aol.com.

Jambalaya benefit lunch

Jambalaya is on the menu Wednesday at a fundraiser for the Treasures of the Arc, 108 E. Ascension St., Gonzales.

The nonprofit resale shop, operated by Community Opportunities — The Arc of East Ascension, will be selling $5 jambalaya lunches from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association.

Call (225) 644-2919 or (225) 276-3173.

Park concert set

Registration is underway for the Gospel in the Park concert May 4 in Jambalaya Park.

The concert is a benefit for the River Road African American Museum.

“The purpose of the event is to unite the local communities in a day of praise through song,” organizer Darryl Hambrick said.

Businesses and groups wishing to sponsor the event are asked to call Hambrick at (225) 910-3302.

Contact Darlene Denstorff: phone, (225) 336-6952; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.