Santa and the Galvez-Lake firefighters will be caroling and collecting canned goods, new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the following neighborhoods:

THURSDAY: Henderson Bayou, Norwood Road, Norwood Lakes Subdivision and Stonehedge

FRIDAY: Shadows of Ascension, Parker Estates, Rustling Oaks and Shirleyville

Green and red reminder signs will be placed at the entrance of each subdivision or street on the morning of the scheduled route. In case of rain, Santa will be at Galvez-Lake Fire Department.

For information, call Sherri LeBourgeois at (225) 715-0783 or Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department at (225) 622-2490.

Ribbon cutting

The official ribbon cutting for the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at 615 E. Worthey Road in Gonzales.

Holiday garbage pickup

Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the following garbage pickup dates are in place:

THURSDAY: normal schedule.

DEC. 25: no pickup.

DEC. 26: will pick up as replacement for Dec. 25.

DEC. 31: normal schedule.

JAN. 1: no pickup.

JAN. 2: will pick up as replacement for Friday.

RPCC joins Amazon Smile

River Parishes Community College joined the Amazon Smile program, which allows online Amazon shoppers to designate a portion of their purchase price to go toward supporting the college, a news release said.

Log onto, choose River Parishes Community College Foundation, then shop as usual. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from eligible purchases to the RPCC Foundation. Purchase price excludes shipping, handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes and service charges or rebates.

Lego Club to meet

Ascension Parish Library’s Lego Club for children of all ages meets at 4 p.m. Friday at the Donaldsonville Branch. Legos are provided, including Duplo Blocks and Mega Bloks for younger children, but materials and creations must stay at the library. Call (225) 473-8052 for information.

Wrapped up for holidays

Wrap your gifts away from prying eyes at Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown Branch from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. There will be cocoa, company and Christmas cheer.

Call (225) 673-8699 for information.

Open-air art market

River Region Art Association’s Art Gumbo Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Houmas House Plantation, 40136 La. 942 (River Road) in Darrow. The monthly arts and crafts event is free and open to the public.

Coffee and crafts

The Galvez Branch of Ascension Parish Library will have a coffee and crafts gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Make snowman ornaments using recycled incandescent light bulbs and other materials, which will be provided. Registration is limited; call (225) 622-3339.

Closed for Christmas

All branches of Ascension Parish Library will be closed Dec. 24-25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

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