Ascension Parish briefs for June 13, 2013

Residents’ input asked on sewer plan

Ascension Parish residents will have two chances next week to provide input on a proposed parish-wide sewer project, a parish official said.

Meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gym, at 9039 St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, and Tuesday at Dutchtown High School cafeteria, 13165 La. 73, Geismar.

“These will be informational gathering sessions,” Parish Councilman and utilities committee chairman Benny Johnson said.

Rabbi Weinstein to address GOP forum

Rabbi Barry Weinstein, will be the featured speaker at the Ascension GOP Roundtable at 11:30 a.m. June 20 at Kamal’s Kafe, 13091 U.S. 61, Gonzales.

The roundtable is sponsored by Ascension Republican Women.

Weinstein, a student and teacher of Judaism for many years, studied at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati for four years, a news release from the group says.

Cost for the buffet style lunch is $15.

The roundtable is open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. Call (225) 644-5728 or email or


Dancing for a Cause tickets now on sale

Tickets for the July 12 Dancing for a Cause fundraiser are on sale for $20 through June 21.

The ticket price increases to $30 after June 21, organizers said.

The event, similar to the popular Dancing with the Stars television show, is a fund raiser for Community Opportunities — The Arc of East Ascension, a nonprofit group raising awareness and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through services and advocacy that support choice, independence and dignity.

This year’s dancers include State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, Attorney and Cosmopolitan Man of the Year Ryan Chenevert, Rubicon’s Mark Dearman, Postlethwaite and Netterville’s Sally Diez, Kyle Hanna and Allison Hudson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Gwen Price with the Ascension Parish School Board, Attorney Matt Pryor, Toni Schexnaydre, Marian Walsworth with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, and Dr. Dawn Zitman.

This year’s honorary chairperson is 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin.

Tickets are available from any LeBlanc’s Food Stores location or from the ARC of East Ascension office, 1122 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd., Gonzales.

Call (225) 621-2000.

Host families sought for exchange

Members of the Gonzales Committee for Cultural Affairs are looking for area families to host French visitors this summer as part of the Nacel Open Door, Inc., a news release from the group says.

The visiting students range in age from 14 to 17.

There is also a male chaperone in need of a host family.

For details, call Carole Whitesell, group coordinator, at (225) 287-2190.