THURSDAY

INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Participants will become familiar with and practice using the basic tools of Microsoft Publisher 2016. Call (225) 647-3955.

TAI JI QUAN — MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Registration required. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Call (225) 621-2906 to register.

LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: Noon to 1 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Anyone interested in attending a book club meeting at any location may call to see if space is available. Registration is required. (225) 473-8052.

ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Monday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

TAKING OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Carpenters Chapel, 41181 La. 933, Prairieville. Weight support group meets every Thursday night. Weigh-in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call Sylvia Triche at (225) 313-3180.

FUN WITH MRS. CLAUS: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Join Mrs. Claus and Jingle the Elf for a Christmas story, then sing and dance to favorite holiday tunes. There will also be a fun and easy craft, and letter-writing to Santa that Mrs. Claus will hand deliver. Parents, be sure to bring cameras. For children of all ages and their families.

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda conference room, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. For anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. Facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help with the grieving process. Meets every Thursday. For information, email diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906. Meets every Thursday.

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown, Gonzales and Galvez branches. Registration is required. For more information, call Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, Gonzales at (225) 647-3955 and Galvez at (225) 622-3339.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

"MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET": 7 p.m. nightly, Ascension Community Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. The play is based on the holiday classic movie. Tickets are $10-15 available at actgonzales.org. Runs through Dec. 16.

FRIDAY

LIBRARY STAFF MEETING: All locations closed.

SATURDAY

CHRISTMAS GIVE-A-WAY: 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. Get to Cabela's early Saturday morning and be one of the first 250 customers in line to receive a give-a-way card. 

621 MARKET: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., La. 621 and K.C. Road, Gonzales. The 621 Farmers Market and Craft Show.

COOKIE SWAMP: JOLLY CANDLEHOLDERS: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Join family and friends as we come together for the 10th anniversary of this event to create candleholders. Bring homemade cookies and recipes to share, and sample treats from others, too. Registration is required to attend, call (225) 472-8052. 

CUMULUS KIDS AND FAMILY CHRISTMAS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. A fun day of shopping and holiday entertainment, free pictures with Santa, carnival rides for the kids, live music, give-a-ways and face painting. For more information, contact kendra.norwood@cumulus.com.

GIVE THE GIFT OF FOOD: DIPS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. Sample dips and sauces.

PICTURES WITH PAPA NOEL: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. Each child will get one free photo with Papa Noel. There will be crafts and activities for children of all ages. cabelas.com. (225) 743-3400.

SWAMP LIFE WITH BREC'S BLUEBONNET SWAMP: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cabela's, 2200 W. Cabela's Parkway, Gonzales. Learn about Papa Noel's home in the swamp and conservation. This hands-on experience with live animals is fun for all ages. (225) 743-3400.

CRAZY RALPH'S SANTA SLAM MECA: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Crazy Ralph's Car Stereo, 720 N. Airline Highway. Concert car showdown and SPL Smackdown with Dueling Demos. facebook.com/groups/MECALouisiana

CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT: 6 p.m., Jambalaya Park Amphitheater, Gonzales. Featuring "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" and "Mickey's Twice a Christmas." Free admission with a canned good and gifts for the first 50 families. Concessions for sale.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY

WEEKEND CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, This, That and More, 43123 Weber City Road, Gonzales. Annual Christmas open house with refreshments and great fun with savings of 10 percent storewide.

SUNDAY

JFA CHRISTMAS PARADE: 1 p.m., beginning along Worthey Road, Gonzales. The parade route will continue down Burnside Avenue ending before Airline Highway. This years theme will be "Louisiana Christmas."

MONDAY

ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Monday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

JOB SEARCHING ON THE INTERNET: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Learn how to use the internet as a vital tool in a job search. Gonzales (225) 647-3955.

TUESDAY

SENIOR CITIZEN CHRISTMAS PARTY: 10 a.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. 

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: 10:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Monthly supportive meetings for caregivers to network with one another. (225) 621-2906.

TAI JI QUAN — MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Registration required. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Call (225) 621-2906 to register.

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

TOWN OF SORRENTO CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sorrento Community Center. Santa will come riding in on a fire truck and his helpers will be handing out a small gift to all children in attendance, while supplies last. Free jambalaya, sodas, hot chocolate, cookies, face painting and a craft project for the kids to do as well as the Christmas tree lighting.

AL-ANON MEETING: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Sister Linda conference room. Free. Call (225) 924-0029 for information. Meets every Tuesday.

CAROLS IN THE COURTYARD: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Meet in the courtyard and sing favorite holiday tunes, then warm up with cookies and hot chocolate. Gonzales (225) 647-3955.

WEDNESDAY

COFFEE AND CRAFTS: CLOTHESPIN WREATHS: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown branch. Unleash the festive side and make holiday clothespin wreaths guaranteed to turn Rudolph's nose green with envy. Call (225) 673-8699 to register.

Dec. 14

TAI JI QUAN — MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Registration required. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Call (225) 621-2906 to register.

ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Monday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

TAKING OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Carpenters Chapel, 41181 La. 933, Prairieville. Weight support group meets every Thursday night. Weigh-in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call Sylvia Triche at (225) 313-3180.

DISCOVERING EMAILS: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. The workshop will cover a brief history of email, discuss its uses, cover the various types of email, discuss the features found in email and feature hands-on email practice. Gonzales (225) 647-3955.

LOSS AND GRIEF EDUCATION AND SUPPORT MEETING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sister Linda conference room, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. For anyone who has experienced loss of any kind. Facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help with the grieving process. Meets every Thursday. For information, email diane.hodges@steh.com or call (225) 621-2906. Meets every Thursday.

ADULT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT GROUP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ascension Counseling Center, 1112A S.E. Ascension Complex, Gonzales. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday. (225) 450-1016.

TEEN STAR WARS PARTY: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville branch. Trivia contest, make a lightsaber keychain and transform rocks into the galaxy's most notorious scavengers-Jawas. For teens in grades 6 and up. Cosplay is welcome, but not required. (225) 473-8052.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ASCENSION CHRISTIAN STRINGS ENSEMBLE: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown branch. The youth strings ensemble, under the direction of Borislava Iltcheva, concert master of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and Aaron Farrell, principle violinist II, will perform traditional holiday carols in celebration of the season. (225) 673-8699.

PAJAMA STORY TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. Put on some favorite PJ's for a pajama story time that's all about the zoo. For children ages 7 and younger and their families. For more information, call Gonzales at (225) 647-3955.