THURSDAY

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.

PINCH A PICTURE FOR TEENS: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. The library provides a glitter-painted frame to decorate with sequins and jewels. Call (225) 647-3955.

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.

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.

FRIDAY

A CRIMSON CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Pelican Point Golf Club, 6300 Championship Court, Suite 201, Gonzales. The Ascension Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting a holiday fundraiser to support its major program of the sorority, including a scholarship fund. The requested attire is semi-formal to formal. Tickets are $50 and are available at eventbrite.com.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY

NEW WAVE RODEO FINALS: 7 p.m. Friday night is Youth Rodeo with 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday performances, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Mutton busting Saturday with Junior Bull Jack Pot that night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, 5 and under get in free. newwaverodeo.org.

SATURDAY

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

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.

KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN HOLIDAY EXPRESS: 4 p.m., Felix Ave., Gonzales. The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company's U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. kcsouthern.com/corporate-responsibility/giving/holiday-express 

COUNTRY KITCHEN OPEN FOR KCS HOLIDAY EXPRESS: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Country Kitchen, 615 E. Ascension St., Gonzales. Come on out and enjoy a home-style meal and do some Christmas shopping at Ginger's Attic while you enjoy the beautiful sights of the Christmas train.

MONDAY

TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT EDUCATION CLASS: 9:30 a.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Monthly classes are held to provide an opportunity to meet others electing to have knee or hip replacement surgery and to meet the team of health professionals at St. Elizabeth Hospital who will guide patients through each step of the process from pre-admission to rehabilitation. (225) 621-2906.

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.

TUESDAY

SCORE's FREE SMALL-BUSINESS COUNSELING & MENTORING: 9 a.m. to noon, Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. This two-hour seminar is designed for adults who want to learn what it takes to start and run a successful small business. The program will focus on helping participants learn how to obtain a small-business loan. Registration is required by making an appointment; call (225) 215-0080.

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.

GONZALES CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jambalaya Park, 1013 E. Cornerview St., Gonzales. Visit with Santa, hot chocolate will be served, jambalaya provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association, entertainment, and a gift will be given to all children up to fifth grade.

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.

THRIVING WITH DIABETES: 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Diabetes is the most common known cause of gastroparesis. People with uncontrolled diabetes have high levels of blood glucose. Over time, high levels can damage the vagus nerve, which can delay gastric emptying. Learn how to prevent and manage complications associated with diabetes. Dr. Elizabeth Bollinger is the speaker. (225) 621-2906.

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.

WEDNESDAY

RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY: 11 a.m., Wash 'N Roll Car Wash, 15020 La. 44, Gonzales. Celebrating the opening of Wash 'N Roll Car Wash with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

KOKUSAIKA: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch. If you're interested in cosplay, anime, manga, Wii U, etc., then this is the club for you. For teens ages 12-18. Cosplay is welcome. Gonzales (225) 647-3955.

GLUTEN-FREE SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales. Gluten-free living can be overwhelming at first. Dr. Elizabeth Bollinger will discuss gluten-free living for patients with celiac disease and nonceliac gluten sensitivity. She will focus on navigating the grocery store, how to transition the family to a gluten-free lifestyle and how to prepare in advance for eating out. (225) 621-2906.

STARTING WEDNESDAY

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.

Dec. 7

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.

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.

ONGOING

SHADRACK CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND: Dusk to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and dusk to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. A drive-through LED Christmas show that is a combination of synchronized elements that move with music being transmitted through car radios with large animated displays. Cost $25 per car, $40 for activity vans and small buses and $80 for school/tour buses. On display through Jan. 7.