Briefs for Nov. 29, 2012

Christmas activities set in Gonzales

The city of Gonzales will hold its 21st annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonzales Civic Center, 219 S. Irma Blvd.

Santa will be at the civic center to give a gift to all children in the fifth grade or younger, while hot chocolate and cookies will be served to everyone.

Jambalaya will be provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association, while the Center Stage Performing Arts Academy will provide entertainment. Girl Scout troops also will be on hand to spread good cheer.

The city also will host its annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at the civic center. The party will feature Santa, music and holiday cheer, as well as a meal and gift for each senior citizen present.

Physician speaks on exercise for elderly

The monthly “Ask the Doctor” series sponsored by the Ascension Parish Council on Aging and the Gonzales Senior Center continues at 11 a.m. Wednesday with a presentation by St. Elizabeth Hospital gerontologist Dr. Mohammad Saeed.

The board-certified internist will speak about the potential benefits and effects exercise and being active can have on seniors.

The presentation will be given at the Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales.

After the brief presentation, Saeed will answer questions from the audience.

St. Elizabeth’s Physicians and the Council on Aging host the free monthly seminars to present health-related information to seniors in laymen’s language.

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call (225) 621-5750.

Dutchtown church plans living Nativity

Dutchtown Baptist Church will transition its campus from present-day Ascension Parish into ancient Bethlehem for its Community Christmas Celebration on Dec. 8.

Church members will present a living Nativity scene along with the narrative of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. at the church, 36495 C. Braud Road, Prairieville.

Other activities for the evening include stories such as “The Legend of the Candy Cane and the Crippled Lamb” and crafts such as Christmas cards; ornament painting; and cooking, decorating and building replica gingerbread houses.

Refreshments also will be available throughout the evening.

Eatel hotline takes wish list orders

Children in Ascension Parish can get a direct line to the North Pole this holiday season.

Santa uses technology in a variety of ways — listening to Christmas carols on the latest MP3 player, using GPS to plot out his Christmas route, checking the weather conditions on his smartphone app. He also listens to voicemail messages to make sure he doesn’t miss a single wish.

That’s why he’s partnered with Eatel Corp. this holiday season on a free “holiday hotline.” Children can call (225) 621-4646 and leave their Christmas wish list on Santa’s private voicemail.

The holiday hotline will be open until Christmas Eve.