Parish residents are invited to participate in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s shopping night for the Christmas Crusade for Children program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gonzales Wal-Mart.

Volunteers should meet at the grocery entrance, where they will receive family cards listing children’s ages and requested gifts. At checkout, those items are tagged by APSO deputies and paid for with funds raised from the program.

The APSO also is accepting monetary donations and new toys for the program.

Call Deputy Janet Fontenot at (225) 621-8318 or Deputy Jodie Delaune at (225) 621-8374 for information.

Holiday happenings

There’s something going on everywhere you look in Ascension Parish this month.

SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., River Region Art Association’s Art Gumbo Market, Houmas House Plantation in Darrow

TUESDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gonzales Senior Citizen Christmas Party, Gonzales Civic Center; and 6 p.m., Sorrento Christmas tree lighting, Sorrento Community Center

Teen snow globe crafting

Teens can make their own slow globes during crafting sessions at several Ascension Parish Library branches. Materials will be provided.

Stop by the Donaldsonville Branch at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Galvez Branch at 6 p.m. Tuesday or the Dutchtown Branch at 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Joint replacement class

A total joint replacement class for anyone considering knee or hip replacement surgery will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday in the Sister Linda Conference Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Call (225) 621-2906.

Look Good … Feel Better

The Look Good … Feel Better program, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, will be in Gonzales from 10 a.m. to noon Monday.

Experienced cosmetologists will be on hand in the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Education Building at 721 E. La. 30 to teach cancer patients beauty tips to help minimize the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

The program is free, but advance reservations are required. Call (225) 621-2906.

Courtyard caroling

The Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales will celebrate Christmas a little early with its annual Carols in the Courtyard at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Listen to some favorite holiday songs, then warm up with cookies, hot chocolate and plenty of cheer.

Free cancer screenings

Community Sisterhood will sponsor free screenings for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at First Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 11453 La. 73, Geismar.

Cholesterol screenings, blood pressure screenings and HIV testing also will be offered.

An appointment is required for the breast cancer screening. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (225) 1234 or (888) 616-4687.

Santa in St. Amant

Santa Claus will visit the St. Amant Fire Department on Stringer Bridge Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 14-18.

Boys and girls will get to take photos with Santa and enjoy milk, cookies and games.

Parents who bring one new, unwrapped toy for the Christmas Crusade for Children will receive a free photo of their child with Santa. Additional photos will be available for $5.

No canned goods will be collected this year.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.