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1. Christmas Crusade: On Saturday, December 9, Sheriff Wiley and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office will host the annual Christmas Crusade toy giveaway to families in need, made possible by donations from over the past couple months. In Gonzales, the program will begin at 8 a.m. at the courthouse located at 828 S. Irma Boulevard. In Donaldsonville, the program will begin at 8 a.m. at the Donaldsonville Police Substation located at 1201 Maginnis Street. Moreover, the Donaldsonville Substation Park will host Christmas in the Park at 2 p.m. This event will feature Santa Clause, photo opportunities and candy giveaways.

2. Health - Al-Anon Meeting: On Tuesday, December 5, 12, 19 & 26. If you are bothered by someone's drinking, Al-Anon Groups may be able to help. We are a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength and hope in order to solve our common problems. Meets Every Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sr. Linda Conference Room. FREE! Call 225-924-0029 for more information.

3. Cookie Swap Jolly Candleholders: Colorful lights line the streets, the sweet sound of carolers fills the air, and it’s getting chilly outside. The holiday season is finally here, and that means it’s time for one of our favorite traditions: the annual Cookie Swap at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville. This year, join family and friends as we come together for the 10th anniversary of this event to create jolly candleholders. Bring your most delicious homemade cookies and recipes to share, and sample treats from others, too. All the fun happens Saturday morning, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. Registration is required to attend, and seats are sure to go quickly. Call the library at 473-8052 to reserve your spot, today!