The Depot Gallery of River Region Art Association will host an open market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

Market items include photos, paintings, carvings, jewelry and unique handcrafted pieces. In addition, artists will be on hand to take special orders in time for Christmas, a news release from the Art Association said.

After visiting the outdoor market, visitors can step inside the gallery to visit the annual Santa’s Shop, which includes art and craft items specially designed by association members, the release said. All items in the shop are priced no higher than $35. The gallery and shop are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the holiday season.

Offices closed

All Ascension Parish governmental offices and departments will be closed through Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

All parish governmental offices will resume normal business hours on Monday.

Christmas celebration

Dutchtown Baptist Church invites the community to its Community Christmas Celebration starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Members will present a living nativity with the narration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem throughout the evening, a news release from Dutchtown Baptist Church said. Participants can find Baby Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph, see the shepherds watching their flocks and watch as wise men arrive with gifts for Baby Jesus, the release said. The live nativity will be outdoors.

The event also will include free activities until 8 p.m. Those attending can decorate sugar cookies and show off their artistic talents with crafts such as Christmas cards and homemade ornaments. Christmas stories and refreshments will be shared.

Dutchtown Baptist Church is at 36495 C. Braud Road, Prairieville. Visit

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, ascension@ or Deadline: Noon Monday.

This file was altered Thursday, Nov. 27, to reflect correct day for Depot Gallery item.