The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office was busy spreading a little holiday cheer recently to nearly 200 children and a few hundred nursing home residents.

With the help of several local businesses, industry leaders and community groups, the Sheriff’s Office orchestrated a toy drive, purchasing gifts for 79 families — including 193 children, according to a news release.

The gifts, along with 25 tricycles, were donated to the parents and guardians on Dec. 20 at the Iberville Parish Courthouse.

The following day, Sheriff Brett Stassi and a group of his employees visited several local nursing homes and sang Christmas carols and handed out more gifts to 225 senior citizens in the parish.

“I believe that community involvement is vital to a good Sheriff’s Office, and this is one of my favorite annual programs,” Stassi said in the news release.

“It’s another way we are making the effort to reach out and help our community.”

Pride of West Baton Rouge

The West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for the 24th annual Pride of West Baton Rouge Award.

The awards recognize people working in the community toward a better quality of life for residents and the development of the parish.

Qualifications encompass actions that promote civic, business, educational or cultural attributes of the parish and is open to individuals, organizations or groups that fit the criteria.

The official nomination form is available at the Chamber Office, 7520 La. 1 South, Addis, or download the form by visiting www.wbrchamber.org.

The deadline for submissions is noon Jan. 20.

This year’s Pride of West Baton Rouge banquet will be held Feb. 2.

Museum offers holiday break

The West Baton Rouge Museum is offering the public a break from the holiday shuffle by encouraging folks to stop by and stroll through its current exhibit, “The Portrait, the Artist and the Patron: 19th Century Louisiana Portraiture.”

The exhibition will be on display at the museum through Jan. 17.

The exhibit features master works from the Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana State Museum, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum, as well as private collections from several American and European artists.

Also, the museum is still celebrating “A Charlie Brown Christmas Turns 50,” the exhibit featuring the artwork and creations of talented artists and illustrators from the Baton Rouge Cartoonist Society.

Peanuts items and artifacts on loan from local visitors will also be on display.

The public is invited to watch the animated film “A Charlie Brown Christmas” during special viewing Sunday and Jan. 3.

For information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.