Here’s a few more events to add to your holiday calendar:
SATURDAY: 9 a.m. to noon, A Cajun Family Christmas Festival, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, tickets are $10; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., River Region Art Association’s Art Gumbo Market, Houmas House Plantation in Darrow; and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Volunteer Ascension’s free Christmas Movie Night at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales, featuring “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.”
SUNDAY: 1 p.m., JFA Christmas Parade in Gonzales; and 4:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Holiday Brass Christmas Concert at Houmas House
Preteen boys and puberty
“Growing Up: Boys, a Class for Preteen Boys” will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sister Vernola Conference Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.
The class, for boys ages 10 to 12 and their moms or dads, will discuss the physical and emotional changes preteen boys experience as they go through puberty.
Cost is $15 and preregistration is required. Call (225) 621-2906.
Repitcon stops in Gonzales
If snakes and repitles are your thing, visit the Repitcon Repitle Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 ages 5 to 12, free for 4 and younger.
Cookies and crafting
The Donaldsonville Branch of Ascension Parish Library will hold its cookie swap and stemware snow globes craft time at 10 a.m. Saturday. Bring in your homemade seasonal goodies, sample everyone else’s and exchange recipes, then create a holiday stemware snow globe that doubles as a candle holder. Call (225) 473-8052 to register.
Teen Book Club to meet
Ascension Parish Library’s Teen Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Galvez Branch.
The club is open to all teens in grades 6-12. There is no required reading — just come discuss the book you’re currently into. Call (225) 622-3339 for information.
Volunteer tax prep
River Parishes Community College, in partnership with Capital Area United Way, will offer free income tax return preparation to local residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program beginning Jan. 25.
RPCC is recruiting volunteers for training as tax preparers. No accounting experience is required and minimal computer skills are helpful, a news release said. Volunteers should call (225) 241-5161 or email Lynda.D.Denton@irs.gov.
Training will take place through Jan. 7.
Qualified taxpayers can get free income tax return preparation on both federal and state tax returns from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6, March 5 and April 16. Refund will be received within approximately seven to 10 business days after filing electronically with direct deposit.
Editor’s Note: This story was change on Dec. 11 to reflect the time change for the Gonzales Christmas Parade.