Kids ages 4 to 8 can learn tips on decorating gingerbread men and women at a workshop set for 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Parkview Branch library in New Iberia.

The workshop, a holiday tradition at the library for more than 10 years, will be given by chef Blake Payne, of Mr. Lester’s restaurant at the Cypress Bayou Casino. Space is limited.

For more information or to register, call (337) 364-7024 or visit

Senior citizen supply drive

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a cleaning supply drive for the St. Mary Parish Council on Aging to distribute to seniors in need.

Cleaning supplies can be dropped off through Dec. 16 at the Sheriff’s Office on the fourth floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse in Franklin or at the Sheriff’s Office Morgan City office at 1455 Railroad Ave.

Christmas music festival

Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette will host a Christmas music festival at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Youngsville Mardi Gras

Youngsville is accepting applications for entry in the city’s Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 6.

Parade participants must pre-register by Jan. 29 at Youngsville City Hall from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Photo identification and proof of insurance is required.

For information, call (337) 856-4181.

SLCC commencement

Jennings businesswoman Alta S. Baker, founder of the construction and manufacturing company Safe Haven Enterprises, will be the keynote speaker at South Louisiana Community College’s Fall 2015 commencement at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Cajundome Convention Center.

More than 600 students are set to graduate.

Veterans wreath ceremony

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery in Lafayette will host a wreath laying ceremony at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12 to honor fallen veterans.

The ceremony is held in conjunction with similar events across the country as part of an effort to expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

For information, call (337) 981-7098.

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