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Thursday, January 19

Teen Anime Club

The Teen Anime Club is open to all fans of anime and manga. Club meetings are free and include previews of anime and manga movies, along with snacks, fan art, crafts and fan fiction. Clubs meet at the Watson Library (686-4180) on Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. and the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. For more information, call or visit www.mylpl.info.

Curious George’s Library Adventures

Uh oh… Curious George is loose in the library! What kinds of mischief will he get into? Ages 3-8 are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.; or the Main Library (686-4160) on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. for a puppet show, stories and more with everyone’s favorite little monkey. This program is recommended for ages 3-8, but children of all ages are welcome. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

Ages 18 and up are invited to the South Library (686-4170) on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.; or the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. to learn how to make a cute, homemade bird feeder out of an empty 2-liter soda bottle. Registration is required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Friday, January 20

Exercise for Seniors

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a workout led by a certified physical therapist that will keep up your heart health, maintain muscle tone, and increase flexibility. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Book Babies

Bring all the kids for a play date at the Watson Library on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. There are baby safe areas and big kid activities too. Enjoy stories, music, games, and more every third Friday of the month. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

LYP monthly meeting

The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, meets on the third Friday of most months to plan upcoming events. Their next meeting will be Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. For more information, e-mail april@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Saturday, January 21

Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market

The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with fresh, seasonal produce and fruit, grain-fed beef without added hormones, unprocessed honey, fresh yard eggs, homemade hot sauce, pastries, jellies, craft vendors with soy candles, goat milk and honey lotions, soaps, quilts, jewelry, clothes, plants, more. New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on Florida Blvd (Hwy. 190) across from McDonald’s in Denham Springs. For more information, visit the Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

Arts Council children’s class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host a Beginning Drawing & Watercolor Basics for Children class with instructor Kerry Curtin. Open to ages 8-12, the class will take place on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the ACLP Gallery, 133 Hummell St. Denham Springs. The class is free, and materials are provided by ACLP. Please register by Jan. 18 by phone, 225-664-1168, or email, artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org.

Spanish-English Conversation Club

Are you a native Spanish speaker who wants to improve your English or a native English speaker who wants to improve your Spanish? Ages 18 and up are invited to Livingston Parish’s Spanish-English Conversation Club at the Main Library on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. This is a no-pressure, fun group where we will switch off between English and Spanish to give everyone a relaxed environment in which to improve their language skills. Register by calling 686-4160 or register at www.mylpl.info.

LIGO Science Saturday

At the LIGO - Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can tour the control room, explore the exhibit hall, try hands-on demos of scientific principles, ask questions, watch videos and more. The public is invited to a “Colorful New Year” to celebrate the new year by learning more about the science of color. This will also be your first chance to experience some new exhibits on Light, Color and Vision. The center is located north of the town of Livingston on LIGO Lane. Free Science Saturday is every third Saturday of the month from 1-5 p.m. www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.

Junction anniversary

What a milestone! Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire, Team Toyota and The Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau proudly present Grand Country Junction’s 10-year Anniversary Show featuring the return of Glynn Fendlason, Duane Black, Ron Galbo and Greg Sullivan as the Junction Boys Quartet. Grand Country Junction wishes to thank you the public and invites you to a special night of celebration presenting Danny Harrell and the Nashville Edition Band backing up the original Junction Boys Quartet along with Brenda Harrell, Greg Manchester, Kristen Conatser, Jim Hawthorne and Clifton Brown as they celebrate 10 years of bringing quality “Branson style” family entertainment to south Louisiana. This show will be a variety show encompassing classic and new country hits. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 12, and children 3 and under are free. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Grand Country Junction is located just off of Interstate 12 at Exit 19 in Satsuma at the Suma Crossing Theatre. For more information, please contact Junction Director Greg Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit the website at www.grandcountryjunction.com.

Sunday, January 22

Understanding the End Times

Hope Center UPC, 10161 Florida Blvd. (Crossway Church Building), will host Prophecy Bible Study, a series for anyone interested in Bible prophecy, on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5, 12 and 19, all at 2 p.m. For more information, call 225-380-5040.

Monday, January 23

Quilting Guild

Come join us for a day of quilting and sewing fun! The Quilting Guild will meet at the Main Library on Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m. The guild meets on the third Monday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring all your sewing supplies for the day. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wiggle Worms

Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Book a Librarian - Computer Help

Ages 12 and up can Book a Librarian for help with the following topics: Internet Basics, Intermediate Internet, Email Basics, Intermediate Email, Publisher Basics or Power Point Basics at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 23 from 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Registration required by calling 665-8118. For more information, visit or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, January 24

Ask-A-Lawyer

Need legal advice? During the annual Lawyers in Libraries event, visit a representative from the Baton Rouge Bar Association at the Main Library’s free walk-in legal clinic on Jan. 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The clinic features two attorneys that will meet one-on-one with interested patrons for brief legal counseling and advice. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Computer Basics

Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. for a Computer Basics class. This class is for those who have little to no experience with computers. Turning on the computer, using the keyboard and mouse, and basic computer terms are covered. Register by calling 686-4140 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Get Organized

Did you make a new year’s resolution to get organized in 2017? Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Watson Library (686-4180) on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. to learn the basics of starting an organizational process You will learn various techniques such as the Marie Kondo “Spark Joy” method. You are encouraged to attend this event if you are someone needing help getting organized or an organizational buff who wants to share advice. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Miss Peregrine’s Hunt

Ages 12-18 are invited to become one of your favorite characters from the “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” series in the Livingston Parish Library’s role playing mystery card game at the Main Library (686-4160) on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. It’s wights versus peculiars – find out who is who before it’s too late! Players receive a commemorative character button and the chance to win an author autographed copy of the book! Registration is required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Ages 12-18 can suggest programs they would like to see, volunteer at the branch, and help choose books for the Young Adult section. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, January 25

Dominoes Club

Ages 18 and up are invited to play Dominoes every month at the Albany-Springfield Library. The next event is Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. Have fun with your friends playing Standard, Chicken Foot and Trains Dominoes. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Chamber awards luncheon

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual State of Business Address and Awards Luncheon at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs on Jan. 25 with check-in at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12 p.m. Speakers are Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar CEO Founder Brandon Landry and Jefferson Financial Federal Credit Union CEO Mark Rosa. There will also be a swearing-in of the 2017 Chamber Board of Directors and the announcment of the Business of the Year. RSVP required. $25/members, $30/non-members and at the door, $200 to reserve a table of eight. For more information, call 665-8155.

AutoCAD Learning Lab

Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Main Library at 3 p.m. every Wednesday to an open lab to learn AutoCAD, a computer-aided drafting software program used to create blueprints for buildings, bridges, and computer chips, among other things. Limited assistance will be available. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, January 26

LEGO LEGO LEGO

If you are a master builder or just love LEGO, come and check out this LEGO program at the Watson Library (686-4180) on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Ages 3-11 are invited to test your skills with building challenges and LEGO games. Registration is required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

South Branch Bookies Book Club

The South Branch Bookies motto is “Bet you’re going to like this next book!” Each month, this book club hosts a festive gathering for ages 18 and up with refreshments and sometimes costumes based on the book they are reading. The next meeting is Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 686-4170 or visit www.mylpl.info.

LPL Improv Group

Teens and adults are invited to learn and develop improvisational/sketch skills by participating in interactive activities and exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Visit the Main Library on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. for some acting fun that improves communication skills and provides a safe environment for creative learning and self-growth. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, January 28

VITA Tax Preparation

The Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library will host free tax preparation for participants with an income limit of $60,000 for 2016 on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or Jan. 31 from 5 - 8 p.m. Bring tax documents such as W-2s, 1099s, and information for deductions and credits along with a copy of last year’s tax return and a Social Security card for yourself, a spouse and dependents. You may also bring proof of a bank account for direct deposit. Volunteers will prepare most simple returns, but more complicated returns will not be processed. Co-sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Internal Revenue Service, this program is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

The Beatles: Band of the Sixties

Ages 18 and up are invited join Aaron Krerowicz, a professional Beatles scholar, to explore the music of the Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960’s: beginning with the band’s seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program, held at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m., will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members. Registration required by calling 686-4140 or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Bird & Sausage Gumbo Cookoff

The 7th annual Watson Bird and Sausage Gumbo Cook-off will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at Double-D’s Daiquiris, 32334 La. 16, Denham Springs. Cooking will begin around 7 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. The $10 admission fee for school-age and up covers all-you-can-eat gumbo and other dishes, with some provided by Duke’s Seafood. The event will also include live music, as well as attractions for kids. Proceeds will aid local homeless veterans. For more information, contact Bobbi Jo Guerin at (225) 337-0041.

Monday, January 30

Tickfaw campground reopening

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces the reopening of the campground at Tickfaw State Park, effective Jan. 30. Reservations for the campsites can be made, effective immediately. The park was closed in August due to historic flooding in the area. Many park structures and campground locations incurred severe water damage which require extensive repairs. Day-use of the park reopened on Dec. 1, 2016; repairs to the cabins and group camp continue. Tickfaw State Park is located 7 miles southwest of Springfield and about 40 minutes east of Baton Rouge, off I-12. For more information about Tickfaw State Park and other Louisiana State Parks, visit LaStateParks.com or follow Louisiana State Parks on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, January 31

Children’s Art Classes

Instructor Kerry Curtin is hosting his Spring drawing and painting classes in three sessions for grades 2-6 at South Live Oak Elementary School in Room 602 (drive to the back of the school). The classes will take place on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m., and each session is four classes. Fee is $45 per session for non-members ($40 for ACLP members). Students should bring #2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16”x20”. Session 1: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21. Session 2: March 7, 14, 21, 28. Session 3: April 4, 11, 25, May 2. The classes are sponsored by the Arts Council of Livingston Parish. Make payment to ACLP at the first class meeting for each session. For more information or to enroll, call 954-2700.

Saturday, February 4

Valentine Collage class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is in Love with Art. Celebrate the upcoming holiday with a free children’s class making Valentine Collages with instructor Lara Crafton on Feb. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Arts Council gallery, 133 Hummell Street, Denham Springs. The class is open to ages 8-12, and all materials will be provided. Registration required by Feb. 2. Call 664-1168, e-mail artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net or visit www.artscouncil.org.

Friday, February 10

COA Valentine’s Dance

Livingston Council on Aging will host a Valentine’s Dance featuring the Big River Band on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Denham Springs Senior Center, located at 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs. Tickets are $6 per person or $10 per couple. Dinner will be served. Come out and have some fun! No alcoholic beverages, please.

Saturday, February 11

ACLP February Exhibit

From Feb. 4-25, the Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host a watercolor exhibit from Denham Springs Fine Art Association artists Mary Jane Hunt, Lynne Jones and Chris Jones. Also on exhibit will be a selection of art from Lara Crafton’s Gator Art Club of Gray’s Creek Elementary School. The Arts Council Second Saturday Reception will be held on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell Street, Denham Springs. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org or call 664-1168.

Saturday, February 18

Friendship maintenance benefit

The Friendship Community Benefit Center will host its first plate lunch benefit of 2017 on Feb. 18, and it will raise funds for building and ground maintenance. Lunches will be served from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. No tickets will be sold, and purchases are drive-thru only. For more information, call (225) 571-8893.

Krewe of Diversion parade

The Krewe of Diversion will have its 23rd annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade featuring Grand Marshal WBRZ’s John “JP” Pastorek on Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. Registration will take place at Manny’s on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $35 per boat, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Make checks payable to LFACC (Louisiana Friends Against Childhood Cancer.) Food and St. Jude items will be sold at Manny’s starting at noon on the day of the parade. A live auction starts at 5:30 p.m. or after all participating parade boats are back at Manny’s. All donations are appreciated. For more information, call 225-939-2135 or 225-324-5695.

Denham Springs Mardi Gras

The Krewe of Denham Springs 2017 Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Pirates of the Cajun Navy.” The parade will start at Denham Springs High School on North Range Ave., work its way south along Range Ave., and disband on Veterans Blvd. Get on your thinking caps and come with a float idea for your entry. The Krewe hopes you will join them in parading this year and help make it the largest parade in the Krewe’s history. You can find the registration for on the Krew of Denham Springs Facebook page. Indicate on the form if you want your flat to be judged. If you have any additional questions, requests or concerns, call 2017 Parade Captain Lamy Chopin, Jr., at 225-665-7379 or Betty Burgess at 225-664-3705, or e-mail dsmardigrasparade@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 18

Hogg concert at Manship

Former Livingston Parish resident James Linden Hogg will be in concert at the Manship Theatre on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. Hogg will be performing new music on several instruments including a grand piano, and he is featured in a video filmed on location at the 13th-century Urquhart Castle, which sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. General admission tickets are $23 plus fees and are available at www.manshiptheatre.org. For more information about Hogg, visit www.JamesLindenHogg.com.

Saturday, March 25

A Door of Hope banquet

A Door of Hope Ministries will have their annual fundraising banquet, “The Power of Hope Event,” on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at North Park Recreation Center in Denham Springs. The event is free, but seating is limited. The organization has purchased a building to help with its mission to help girls and women break the cycle of life-controlling issues and self-destructive behaviors such as abuse, addiction, unplanned pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, and self-harm. They provide free services such as counseling, clothing, and food. With the purchase of the new building, they will also be able to provide baby formula, diapers, free pregnancy testing and free ultrasounds, and they will be able to house 12 women on site. For more information, call 225-686-7747 or visit www.ADOOROFHOPELA.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Library Art Galleries

Every month, the Livingston Parish Library offers a variety of art exhibits and displays featuring works of local and regional artists. The art showings at each library branch are as follows: Albany-Springfield Display Cases: Leland Gimnick Painted Saw Blades; Albany-Springfield Gallery: Leland Gimnick Mixed Media Art; Denham Springs-Walker Gallery: Artwork by Bonnie Smith Wilson; Main Branch Gallery: Paintings by the Magnolia Chapter of Decorative Painters and Selected Quilts by Lee DeMars & Friends; South Library Display Cases: South Branch Ongoing EventsSouth Library Gallery and Watson Library Display Cases & Gallery: Livingston Parish Library 70th Anniversary. For more information, visit www.mylpl.info.

Free Christmas CD

‘Tis the Season of Giving. South Walker Baptist Church (SWBC) has a free gift of Christmas praise for all to share. They hope those who assisted local communities with flood relief will accept this gift of gratitude. Visit the SWBC website, http://southwalkerbaptist.org/, to download the free “And Then Came Christmas” CD.

Walker Adult Education - day

Walker will begin a spring session for Adult Education day classes on Thursday, Jan. 5. Two sessions are offered with a morning session from 8:15-11:15 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:15-3:15 p.m. The classes will be held at 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker, LA 70785. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Albany Adult Education

Albany will begin a spring session for Adult Education classes to be held every Tuesday beginning Jan. 10 through May 16, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held in the library at Albany High School, located at 29700 One Hornet Lane, Albany, LA 70711. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Denham Springs Adult Education

Denham Springs will begin a spring session for Adult Education classes on Tuesday, Jan. 10, through May 16, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held in the 300 hall at Denham Springs Freshman High School, located at 940 Range Ave. NE, Denham Springs, LA 70726. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Walker Adult Education - night

Walker will begin a spring session for Adult Education night classes on Monday, Jan. 9. Sessions meet every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held at 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker, LA 70785. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Free computer classes

Every branch of the Livingston Parish Library offers free computer classes including One on One Tech Help, 3D Design, E-Mail Basics, Internet Basics, Intermediate Internet, PowerPoint Basics, Word Basics and Publisher Basics. For dates and times of classes, visit www.mylpl.info or call 225-686-2436.

Storytimes at the Library

All branches of the Livingston Parish Library offer storytimes for babies through age 5 that help develop pre-reading skills while children and their caregivers have lots of fun! They read books, present puppet shows, sing songs, play games, and make cool crafts. Schedule: Albany-Springfield Library, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4130. Denham Springs-Walker Library, ages 0-2, Mondays, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Mondays, 10:30 a.m.; ages 0-5, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; 686-4140. Main Branch, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4160. South Branch, Wednesdays 10 a.m.; 686-4170. Watson Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4180. For more information, visit www.mylpl.info/storytime.

VFW Patriotic Contests

VFW Post 7017 of Denham Springs and the VFW Auxiliary 7017 will sponsor several patriotic contests in Livingston Parish. Patriotic Art is for grades 9-12. Students are to paint a patriotic picture. For more information, visit www.auxvfw.org. Deadline is March 3, 2017. The other contests ended Nov. 1. Students who participate in these contests can win scholarships, U.S. savings bonds, trophies, a trip to Washington, D.C., and recognition on national, state and local levels. For more information, call Post Commander Robert Nolan at 603-4694 or Auxiliary President Vi Singleton at 665-1201.

VFW Aux Membership Changes

We now have some very brave women who have joined the military and have fought beside the men in the wars to help bring freedom to our country. This makes them eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The women and men veterans give VFW Auxiliary membership eligibility to their spouses, daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, stepchildren and step-grandchildren. To become a member of the Auxiliary, your sponsor must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National; must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and received an honorable or general discharge or be currently serving; and must have served on foreign soil or hostile waters. The DD-214 form will have this information. If the form cannot be found, we have a number to call to get the information. Our main purpose is to help, serve and honor our veterans. We send care boxes overseas, take food and gifts to the VFW Home in Jackson and fruit baskets to the veterans in nursing homes. We also collect and donate needed items and clothes for homeless veterans. We meet the first Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Post Home, 113 Centerville St., Denham Springs. We would welcome you to VFW Auxiliary 7017. For more information, please call Vi at 665-1201.

Silver Slipper Casino Trip

The VFW Travelers are planning a trip to Silver Slipper Casino on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The cost is $34 per person, and this price includes bus transportation, tip to driver, $20 free play and half off Buffet. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Debbie at 225-665-2930 or Vi at 225-665-1201.

Ark Encounter Trip

There will be bus trip to visit The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum from May 21-27. The trip will be seven days and six nights, and the cost of $699 includes motorcoach transportation, admission to sights and some meals. For more information or to request a flyer, call Jamie at 225-380-5040.

VFW Travelers future trips

Anyone 50 years and older is invited to join any or all of the upcoming VFW Travelers trips. Schedule follows. June 10-18, 2017: Niagara Falls and Toronto; August 26-September 3, 2017: Mackinac Island; October 8-14, 2017: Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains Show Trip. A $75 deposit is due now to reserve your spot. For more information, call Debbie at 225-665-2930 or Vi at 225-665-1201.

Cruise the Pacific Coastline

The VFW Travelers are sponsoring an eight-day, seven-night cruise on the Celebrity Infinity Sept. 17-24, 2017. Fly out of Baton Rouge to Vancouver, British Colombia, where you will board the ship. You will cruise south to Seattle, Wash., Astoria, Ore., San Francisco, Calif., Monterey, Calif., Santa Barbara, Calif., and Los Angeles, Calif., where you will board the plane for home. Roundtrip airfare, port charges, taxes, government fees and transfers to and from the ship are included in the price: inside cabin, $2,252.00; outside cabin, $2,492.00; balcony cabin, $2,892.00. For more information, call Vi Singleton at 665-1201.

History of Watson

A local committee is working on the history of Watson. Once the project is complete, a display will be shown at the Watson Library. Volunteers are welcome. Anyone who has old pictures, letters, etc., can call Shelly at 665-6057.

Road to Recovery Program

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program needs volunteer drivers in Livingston Parish to drive cancer patients to and from cancer treatments. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and carry insurance on their vehicle. Drivers must be willing to commit at least five hours a month and have flexible morning/day schedules. To volunteer or for more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Clothes for the needy

The Needy of Greater Baton Rouge has numerous drop boxes in Livingston Parish for residents to donate clothing and household items. The Needy of Greater Baton Rouge serves many parishes including Livingston. Drop boxes are located at all Carter’s Supermarkets, Winn Dixie in Walker and New Covenant Baptist Church in Denham Springs. For more drop box locations in LivingstonParish, visit needyofgreaterbr.com.

Help Challenger Field

The Pilot Club of Denham Springs is seeking help to make Challenger Field a reality. A new ADA compliant baseball field would be used by mentally and physically disabled children from throughout Southeast Louisiana. Learn how you can help by calling 225-304-6225.

Girl Scouts - Type 1 Diabetes

A Girl Scout Troop for girls with Type 1 diabetes is now being offered. The troop will offer a safe place for scouts to test themselves, count carbs, and calculate blood sugars. They are planning day trips, activities, and programs that are fun, educational, and will be focused on awareness. Troop is open to all ages. Scouts in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Watson, and Walker are encouraged to sign up. For more information on how to become a member, contact Lisa Martin at sonoma-irish@hotmail.com or (225) 405-2532.

Help for single moms

A new non-profit group, “Showing Moms a Little Love” is a team of volunteers ranging from electricians, carpenters and mechanics to help single moms with various home projects at no cost. Founder Darren Blevins invites the community to check out the “Showing Moms a Little Love” Facebook page to learn more. Contact Darren by sending an e-mail to showingmomsalittlelove@yahoo.com.

Cleaning for cancer patients

Guarantee Girls, Inc. & Cleaning for a Reason provide free home cleaning services to local cancer patients. Visit www.cleaningforareason.org or contact Ellen Folks at ellenfolks@stopguarantee.com, 756-3900.

Women’s support group

The Women’s Resource Clinic, 12201 Florida Blvd., Livingston, is offering a “Women of Grace” support group for women suffering from addictions, depression and abuse. Feel safe with an open forum for sharing and discussion, and an opportunity to visit the Hope Closet including receiving Hope Closet Shopping Bucks. Snacks will be provided. Group meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The next group meeting will be held Sept. 4. For more information, call 686-1123.

Volunteer for veterans

Veterans need volunteers to spend time with special veteran clients that are ending their life journey. They would appreciate someone to share and listen to their war stories. Contact Sue Hughes, Clarity Hospice, at 291-4700.

Child abuse hotline

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, a local volunteer-based organization needs volunteers for their KIDLINE, a toll-free crisis intervention hotline. Experience is not necessary and training will be provided. For more information, call 1-800-CHILDREN.

Rape crisis hotline

Scott M. Perrilloux, District Attorney, and the Tri-Parish Victim Assistance Rape Crisis Program have instituted a 24-hour, confidential, toll-free hotline for survivors of sexual assault at 1-877-748-6882.

Volunteer firefighters

Fire Protection District Five is looking for volunteer firefighters age 18 and older. Training and gear are all provided by Fire District 5. Stop by the station at Hwy. 190 and Eden Church Road or call 664-1679.

“Fix Your Cats”

Pet Aid is offering financial assistance to those who have a cat that needs to be spayed/neutered or those who are feeding stray cats that need to be spayed or neutered. In addition to the many health benefits, spaying or neutering your cat ensures that he or she won’t contribute to the feline overpopulation problem. For more information, call 664-6126.

Animal Shelter Volunteers

The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, 13525 Florida Blvd., Livingston, is seeking volunteers to play with dogs in yards, give them treats, and give them the love they need until they are adopted into loving homes. All volunteers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call 225-686-7798.

Volunteer at DS Shelter

Are you a dog or cat person? Do you have a few extra hours a week? The Denham Springs Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to work with the animals who would love to spend some one on one time with you. Ages 16 and up are also invited to walk dogs and spend quality time with the animals. Pet adoptions are available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Petco on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 664-4472.

Support Rescutopia

Rescutopia is an animal rescue management software provided for free to all nonprofit 501(c)(3) rescue organizations and animal shelters. Rescutopia will save organizations time and money by providing multiple means to organize animals, volunteers, fosters, medical records, shelter data, communications, adoptions, fosters, and many more items to be planned. Visit www.facebook.com/rescutopia or www.rescutopia.com.

Adoption day volunteers

The SPCA of Livingston is seeking dedicated volunteers to help with adoption events for cats. These events are held on Saturdays and Sundays at several locations throughout Denham Springs, Walker and Baton Rouge. If you would like to help, apply at www.livingstonspca.com.

SPCA Pet food donations

The SPCA of Livingston is in desperate need of pet food donations including dog, puppy, cat and kitten food, and cat litter. Donated items can be left at Friends Farm and Hardware on Walker South in Walker, directly across the street from Whitney Bank, or picked up by calling 788-6940.

SPCA members needed

The SPCA is seeking new volunteers. Volunteers do not need to foster animals, however foster homes are always needed. Donations of old towels, blankets and portable kennels for transporting animals to the vet and for rescuing are also needed. For more information, call 788-6940 or e-mail LASPCA@aol.com. 

Pet Adoptions at Petco

The Denham Springs Animal Shelter has many loving cats and dogs available for adoption at the Denham Springs Petco every Saturday and Sunday. The Denham Springs Shelter, 600 C Bowman St. off River Road, is open for adoptions seven days a week. For more information, call 664-4472.

Cat foster parents needed

The SPCA of Livingston needs experienced cat and kitten foster families. The SPCA provides all vet care, cat/kitten food, litter, litter pans, kennels and bedding if needed. All cats and kittens are tested for blood/saliva/fecal transmittable diseases prior to entering your home. You provide a safe haven and lots of love until felines are adopted to permanent homes. Kittens are fostered in pairs. Adult cats can be fostered individually. Help save some adorable cats and kittens in Livingston Parish by filling out an application at www.livingstonspca.com/volunteer/Form_Volunteer.html.

Aspect Foundation Exchange student

Become a volunteer host family for an Aspect Foundation international exchange student. You will learn about different cultures while forming lifelong friendships with a new member of the family. Students come from over 30 different countries to study in your local high school and become active members of the community. Contact Lori Lynn at 877-873-6757 or lori.lynn@aspectfoundation.org. For more information, go to www.aspectfoundation.org.

International Cultural Exchange Services

International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) is seeking local families interested in hosting international high school students, ages 15-18, from Europe, Asia, Latin and South America for the 2015 - 2016 School Year. Students have their own spending money and insurance, and a Local Coordinator provides supervision and support. The host family provides a loving environment and room and board. For more information, contact Sonya Aydell at saydell@icesusa.org or 225-603-6147.

MADD needs speakers

MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is seeking injured victims or their family members to tell their tragic stories at MADD’s Victim Impact Panels in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Gonzales. DWI offenders are ordered by the courts to attend these sessions. For more information, call 926-0807.

Marine Corps League

Marines or FMF Navy Corpsmen are invited to join the Detachment #778 Marine Corps League. Marines join together to preserve traditions and render aid and assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans. The league also provides funeral honors for fallen Marines, provides educational programs at local schools, participates in patriotic events, volunteers for community projects/events and supports local charities. Call Richard Ulrich at 225-235-8821 or Richard Branat at 225-272-1285. For additional information, go to www.mclbatonrouge.org.

Bingo at Amvets Post 68

Amvets Post 68, 26890 Hwy. 42, Springfield, holds Bingo every Friday night. Selling begins at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Two reception halls are also available for rent for special gatherings. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call 294-8968.

Bingo at American Legion

The American Legion Post 258, located on Hwy, 43 between Albany and Springfield, has Bingo on Saturday nights. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo Paper and Pull Tab sales begin at 6 p.m. Regular Bingo games are called at 7:30 p.m. with some early event games called prior to that. Ten regular Bingo game Jackpots, $175 each; Two Pickle Jar Games, $500; Blackout Jackpot, $500; and Progressive Jackpot, $2,000. Regular meetings of American Legion Post 258 is held the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. Now accepting new members. For more information, call 294-5838.

Play Bingo for Pet Aid

Play bingo for Pet Aid at Sportsman’s Paradise Bingo, 2603 Range Ave, Denham Springs, next door to the Pilot gas station, every Tuesday at noon, Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Pet Aid is a non-profit spay/neuter organization that funds the spay/neutering of all the dogs and cats at the Denham Springs no-kill Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at 600 C Bowman St. off River Road to adopt a pet.

Amvets Post 68 meetings

Amvets Post 68, 26890 Hwy. 42, Springfield, meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call 294-8968.

D.A.V. meeting

The D.A.V. (Disabled American Vets) meet the second Monday of each month at the American Legion Hall at 7 p.m. For more information, call Charles Holdeman at 665-8615.

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