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Saturday, September 24

High School Equivalency   

Earn your high school equivalency diploma with a new “Fast Track” class being offered at the Livingston Parish Adult Education Center Walker location, located at 13330 Burgess Avenue. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Registration is open now. For more information, call 664-9427.

Be Your Own Workforce

Walker High School has partnered with Northshore Technical Community College to provide free training for home recovery at Walker High School: Flooring Installation Training Class on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon; Painting Training Class on Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m.; and Tile and Backsplash Recovery Class on Sept. 25 from 1-4 p.m. Registration required by calling 985-549-3165 - leave a voicemail with your name and phone number or email WFtraining@northshorecollege.edu.

Perkins Rowe Arts Festival

Enjoy an arts festival with face painting, pumpkin decorating, carnival games, live music, fine arts & crafts, balloon twisters, and stilt walkers at Perkins Rowe, 10156 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 25 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 25

Flood Relief Concert

The public is invited to the free Red Stick Together Flood Relief Concert for South Louisiana at Repentance Park in Downtown Baton Rouge on Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the biggest names in country music as well as popular Louisiana musicians will take the stage in front of the Baton Rouge River Center. The entertainment schedule is as follows: Joe El Sonnier, Allison Collins, Clifton Brown, Sheriff Bud Torres, Chad Brock, Ralph Innes, Jamie Oneal, Marty Raybon, John Conlee, Mickey Gilley, Aaron Tippin, John Schneider with a Cajun Navy Award from the Advocate, James Linden Hogg, LeRoux, Wayne Toups, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt and Lonestar. Bring your family and lawn chairs, but no ice chests or pets. There will be food, drinks and adult beverages available.

Believe, Become, Belong

Believe, Become, Belong. The Hope Center has a new meeting location at 10161 Florida Blvd., Walker. The Hope Center offers Bible study and fellowship every Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, call 225-380-5040.

Monday, September 26

Free Flu Shots

Ages 18 and up can get ready for flu season by getting a free flu shot at the following library branches, provided by Walgreens of Walker: South Library, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.; Main Branch Library, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.; Watson Library, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.; and Denham Springs-Walker Library, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. For more information, call your preferred library branch 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 to wiggle and groove on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. or the Main Branch Library on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. For more information, call 686-4130 or 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Introduction to Guitar

The Livingston Parish Library hosts an Introduction to Guitar class for Tweens and Teens (ages 10-18) at the Albany-Springfield Branch on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. In this course for beginners, learn how to properly hold and strum a guitar, how to tune your guitar, enough chords to play many songs, and how to change between chords. You must provide your own guitar. Register by calling 686-4130 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, September 27

Calling Teen Whovians

Calling all teen Whovians to a fun filled afternoon with Dr. Who themed activities! Ages 12-18 can visit the Watson Library on Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Register by calling 686-4180 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Must Love Dogs   

Do you have an unhealthy attachment to your dog? Join the Club! Ages 18 and up are invited to “Must Love Dogs” at the Main Branch Library (686-4160), Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; or the Denham Springs Walker Library (686-4140), Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Share dog stories and pictures, create fun artwork, and make dog treats. There will be dog silhouette art, so please bring a photograph of your dog that would work well as a silhouette and is less than 8x10 inches. Email dog stories or photographs to scolombo@mylpl.info, fill out the online form (http://www.mylpl.info/machform/view.php?id=18429) or bring them with you to the event. Register by calling your preferred library or register at www.mylpl.info.

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and the Watson Library on Oct. 6 at 5:30 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 686-4140 or 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Chris Dufour Meet and Greet

The public is invited to meet Chris Dufour, a candidate for Walker Police Chief, at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker on Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. Free jambalaya will be served.

Wednesday, September 28

Starting and Financing your Business

Ages 18 and up are invited to a workshop at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library on Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., that is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. Registration is required by calling 664-6638 or visiting https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=6360005. This program is sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Dominoes Club

Ages 18 and up are invited to play Dominoes every month at the Albany-Springfield Library. The next event is Sept. 28 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.

Thursday, September 29

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 Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 686-4170.

Catapult Art!

Ages 8-11 are invited to use their creative juices and engineering skills they didn’t even know they had with Catapult Art at the Watson Library (686-4180) on Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Build fantastic catapults out of everyday objects and paint a museum-worthy masterpiece together with your friends! Plan to get messy. Register by calling your preferred library branch or register at www.mylpl.info.

Genealogy 102

Are you an experienced genealogist, unsure how to research on the Internet?  New to genealogy and want to learn how to get started with genealogy websites?  Genealogy 102: Research on the Internet at the Main Branch Library on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. will introduce ages 18 and up to some vital genealogy sites, including free resources offered by the Livingston Parish Library such as Ancestry Library Edition. Learn about useful websites and get tips about how to search for your ancestors online. Register by calling 686-4160 or register at 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 Branch Library on Sept. 29 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.

Scott Innes’ 50th birthday party

Celebrate a 50th birthday while raising funds for the Challengers Special Needs Baseball Field in Walker. Scott Innes, radio personality, publisher and the voice of Scooby Doo, is having a “Still Rock’n at 50 birthday Bash” at the North Park Gymnasium on Eden Church Road in Denham Springs on Sept. 29. Doors open at 5 p.m. Performances include Bill Champlin, formerly of Chicago, Bobby Kimball, formerly of Toto, Mike Reno, lead singer of Loverboy, John Cafferty, lead singer of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, and Clifton Brown and the Rusty Bucket Band with special guest Nelson Blanchard of LeRoux. $100 VIP table tickets sold at Walker Pharmacy. The evening includes dinner, beverages and lots of cake. For more information, email scottinnes1015@hotmail.com or call 225-456-3082.

Rock N Rowe free concerts

Visit Perkins Rowe, 10156 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, on Thursdays at 6 p.m. for free concerts: Sept. 29 - Rusty Yates, Oct. 6 - United We Jam, Oct. 13 - Carbon Copy, Oct. 20 - Chase Tyler, and Oct. 27 - Clifton Brown.

Friday, September 30

Brews Arts Festival

Ages 21 and over are invited to the 7th annual Brews Arts Festival in downtown Hammond at the Morrison Alley Parking Lot off North Cypress on Sept. 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The festival is a signature fundraiser of the Hammond Regional Arts Center that supports its community efforts while promoting an appreciation of craft beer. Children can attend a child-friendly movie night at the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center while parents browse art and vendors. For more information, visit hammondarts.org or call 985-542-7113.

Saturday, October 1

Science Saturday

Ages 5-11 are invited to visit the Watson Library on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. to explore the world of science. The program is the first Saturday of every month. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Old South Jamboree returns

The Old South Jamboree returns on Oct. 1 with a Robert Reynolds’ production of 1950s music. The Old South building, 9554 Florida Boulevard, Walker, did not flood. The show is hosted by Carlton Jones and The Red Hot Country Band on the first Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 - 12, free for kids under 6. For more information, call 225-936-0349 or email carltonjones@cox.net.

Rural Life Harvest Days

Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800s at the LSU Rural Life Museum & Botanical Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, on Oct. 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will include open-hearth cooking, soap making, boat building, hands on activities for kids and wagon rides. For more information, visit lsu.edu/rurallife.

Sunday, October 2

Revival at New Beginnings

The public is invited to a revival with speaker Bro. Mike Smith at The New Beginnings Baptist Church of Walker, located at 9768 Florida Blvd. Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 3, through Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. For more information, call Bro. Charles Ray Smith at 445-4927.

Dulcimer Society Concert

All ages are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. for a free Lagniappe Dulcimer Society concert of beautiful mountain dulcimer music. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Monday, October 3

21st annual Golf Outing

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade for Children for the 21st Annual Golf Outing - For Business, Community, Chamber at Carter Plantation in Springfield on Oct. 3 with lunch at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing Christmas presents for children in needy families. Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to the luncheon to forget the flood just for a day. To register or for more information, visit www.livingstonparishchamber.org.

Adult Book Club meeting

The Albany-Springfield Adult Book Club reads fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. Their mission is to read selections that help club members grow. The next meeting will be at the Albany-Springfield Library on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Chess @ Your Library

Are you a chess player looking for new opponents? Or have you never played but want to learn? Teens and adults are invited to attend Chess @ Your Library at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. to play a few matches, brush up, or learn the basics. All skill levels are welcome. Register by calling 686-4140 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, October 4

Word Basics

Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. for a Word Basics class. Microsoft Word is a commonly-used word processing program. Students will learn the basic features of Word and how to type and format documents. Register by calling 686-4140 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Anime Club presents... Cosplay!

Do you love Anime and Manga? Do you love Halloween? Ages 12-18 are invited to visit the Main Branch Library on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. for a special edition of Anime Club this month when we create Cosplay costume pieces such as cat ear and Chobit ear headbands. Snacks provided. For more information, call 686-4160.

Family Fiesta

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. Help celebrate the library’s growing foreign language collection at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. by joining local Mexican restaurants Maria’s, El Rancho, Papi’s Fajita Factory, and Los Sombreros as they face off in a quesadilla tasting contest. Taste them all and vote for your favorite! There will be music and fun crafts for all ages. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, October 6

Learn to Play the Dulcimer

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society presents a fun and free six-part course for ages 18 and up to learn the basics of playing a mountain dulcimer at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Nov. 3 and 10, all at 10 a.m. Dulcimers will be provided with a $40 fully-refundable deposit, or you can bring your own dulcimer. Enjoy this time to learn a new skill and meet new people at the library! Register by calling 686-4140 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Young Writer's Club

The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Young Writer's Club meets Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. Open to ages 10-18, the club’s goal is to help each other become better writers, to provide inspiration, and to offer advice and support. Each meeting, members practice writing in many different styles and genres to fine-tune skills and challenge themselves. Writers of all genres are welcome. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Autumn Leaf Candle Holder Craft

Leaves are falling and the nights are cooler. Have some fun and meet new friends while creating a festive candle holder to kick start fall decorating at the Albany-Springfield Library on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Register by calling 686-4130 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Music Club

Do you have an instrument, but no one to jam with? Don’t have an instrument, but want a chance to try some out? Come to the Main Branch Library Music Club on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Bring your own instruments, or play the library’s guitar, bass, ukulele, accordion, or drum set. Work together to learn one song a month. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Writer’s Circle

Are you a writer who is looking for some feedback? Come to the Writer’s Circle at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Published and unpublished writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults, or children are welcome. The group provides a forum for sharing writing, a venue for learning more about the writing craft, and more. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, October 6

FOLLS Book Sale   

The Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS) is sponsoring a book sale open to the public at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. FOLLS supports the Livingston Parish Library by raising funds and helping to inform the public of the services provided by the libraries. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Sunday, October 6

Off the Hook Knit and Crochet 

Do you love to knit or crochet? Would you like to spend time with others who share your interest, share pointers, and socialize? Then join the Off the Hook Knit and Crochet Club for ages 18 and up, which meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. There will be music and snacks. Bring your project and questions. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, October 13

Maurepas Beauty Pageant   

The 12th Annual Maurepas Beauty Pageant will be held at the Maurepas High School Gymnasium on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. with five divisions: Division I - Petite Miss Maurepas (ages 4-5); Division II - Little Miss Maurepas (ages 6-8); Division III - Pre-Teen Miss Maurepas (ages 9-11); Division IV - Junior Miss Maurepas (ages 12-14); and Division V - Senior Miss Maurepas (ages 15 and up). Entry fee is $20 (no refunds). Contestants for Division I do not have to attend Maurepas School, but contestants for Divisions II, III, IV, and V must attend Maurepas School. Dresses for Divisions I, II, and III for this year only will be Sunday’s Best. Divisions IV and V will wear formal floor-length pageant dresses. For more information, contact Sue Olah or Cindy Stilley at 695-6111.

Friday, October 14

“Cry out America” rescheduled   

The Livingston Parish 2016 “Cry Out America” remembrance and prayer ceremony of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been postponed until Friday, Oct. 14. The event was previously slated for Sept. 9 but was postponed after The Great Flood of 2016. It will be held in the Livingston Parish Council Chambers, located at 20355 Government Blvd., Livingston, at 11:30 a.m. with Master of Ceremonies Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor. The public is invited to stop by for an hour to show appreciation and unity in our parish. For more information, call 225-936-9066.

Saturday, October 15

Discover Girl Scouts  

Girl Scout Unit 323 invites all girls ages 5 to 10 to sign up and make new friends in a Girl Scout Troop at an informational meeting at the Albany-Springfield Branch of the Livingston Parish Library on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Main Branch Library on Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Adult volunteers are also needed. For more information, email colemankatina@ymail.com. BE YOUrself. Be a Girl Scout! www.gsle.org.

Friday, October 21

Collin Raye concert fundraiser  

Country hit-maker Collin Raye will perform a Fallen Heroes concert at North Park on Eden Church Road in Denham Springs on Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Baton Rouge Fallen Heroes Fund to help the families of fallen officers. For more information, call 333-8305 or visit JarreauEntertainment.com.

Announcements  

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 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/.

13th Gate is open    

Midnight Productions presents The 13th Gate, Louisiana’s Ultimate Haunted House, located at 832 Saint Phillip St., Baton Rouge. Receive $5 off any ticket on select nights when you present an empty Dr. Pepper drink can at the gate. For dates and times or more information, call 389-1313 or visit www.13thGate.com.

Storytimes at the Library

Storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at all branches of the Livingston Parish Library focus on developing early literacy skills – those skills necessary in order to begin to learn to read. Storytimes are designed to reach and teach a multi-age audience from babies to 5 year olds. Storytimes feature stories read aloud and can include songs, finger plays, puppets, and crafts among other activities. 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. www.mylpl.info.

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. Call Vi Singleton at 665-1201

VFW Patriotic Contests

VFW Post 7017 of Denham Springs and the VFW Auxiliary 7017 will sponsor several patriotic contests in Livingston Parish. The contests are: The Voice of Democracy - grades 9-12, including home-schooled students, are to type and record a 3-5 minute essay on the theme “My Responsibility to America.” Deadline is Nov. 1. Patriot’s Pen - students in grades 6-8 are to type a 300-400 word essay on the theme “The America I believe in.” Deadline is Nov. 1. Patriotic Art is for grades 9-12. Students are to paint a patriotic picture. For more information on that, visit www.auxvfw.org. Deadline is March 3, 2017. Americanism has four categories: Kindergarten - coloring the American flag on 9”x12” paper; 1st and 2nd grades - drawing and coloring the American flag on 9”x12” paper; 3rd and 4th grades - drawing a historical event on 9”x12” paper; 5th and 6th grades - write an essay with 300 words or less on “How I honor veterans.” Deadline is 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. 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.

Branson Show Extravaganza

Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza on Dec. 4 - 10. Cost is $675 for seven shows plus lodging. For more information, call 225-380-5040.

Magnum Chapel Anniversary

Magnum Chapel United Methodist Church, 31366 Cane Market Road, Walker, is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Oct. 16, 2016. If anyone has pictures or information about the history of the church and would like to share, call Maxie at 686-2631 or Verna at 664-8310.

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.

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.

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.

TOPS support group

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a weight loss support group that meets on Wednesdays at Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs. Weigh in at 8:30 a.m. with meetings beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, call Michael Jones at 664-3004.

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.

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. For more information, call 664-4472.

Arts Council Beading Group

Join The Arts Council’s group to share and learn about jewelry designing with beads and beading. Bring a jewelry project you are working on or one that you may need a little help with. Some supplies may be available or you may bring your own. Meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Arts Council of Livingston Parish, located at 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs. There is a $5 fee for each meeting to cover classroom rental and is open to the public. Call 664-1168 to reserve a space.

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, go to www.mylpl.info or call 225-686-2436.

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.

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.

“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 strayed 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. Call 664-6126.

Veteran Benefit Services

In an effort to assist local veterans acquiring benefits, City of Denham Springs assisted in opening of new Disabled American Veterans office, 133 Hummell St., in offices formerly housing the Chamber of Commerce. Office will help any veteran seeking benefits, not just disabled vets. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday - Friday. Call Al Grimmer at 225-229-5465.

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. Call 225-686-7798.

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.

Exchange Student Families

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.

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.

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.

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.

Exchange student families

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.

Adult Education/GED

Livingston Adult Education offers the GED test for free and free classes to help pass the high school equivalency test, GED. All ages are welcome. Day and night classes are offered at the Walker Adult Education Center, 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Night classes are also offered at Denham Springs Freshman High School, 940 N. Range Ave. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Night classes are also at Albany High School, 1 Hornet Lane, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. To enroll or for more information, call 664-9427 or send an e-mail to gedstudent@lpsb.org.

Volunteer Firefighters

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

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. Call 926-0807.

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.

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. 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.

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.

DS athletics meeting

The Denham Springs Athletic Association meets the third Monday of the month at Big Mike’s at 7 p.m. Supporters of Yellow Jacket athletics are invited. Call Kevin Pope at 603-1649.

Amvets Post 68 meetings

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

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. Call 788-6940 or send an e-mail to LASPCA@aol.com. 

Firefighters needed

Fire District 5 is currently looking for volunteer firefighters, fire corps and cadets. Call 664-1679.

Shelter volunteers needed

The Denham Springs Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers ages 16 and up to walk dogs and spend quality time with 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. Call 664-4472.

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.

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. Call Charles Holdeman at 665-8615.

VFW meeting

The VFW meets the second Thursday of each month. Call Charles Holdeman at 665-8615.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Friday of each month at 2 p.m. Call Vi Singleton at 665-1201.

Auxiliary seeks new members

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8017 in Denham Springs is looking for new members. Those eligible include wives, mothers, foster and step-mothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, foster and stepdaughters, sisters, half-sisters, foster and step-sisters who attained that status prior to age 16 and for whom the duties of parent were performed. As an auxiliary, we assist and help promote VFW National Programs to better communities, youth, promote patriotism, help with Buddy Poppy Drives and keep legislators informed of veteran needs and volunteer to help veterans and their families. Call Vi Singleton at 665-1201.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program for all issues, is held each Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Amite Baptist Church, 7100 Amite Church Road. For more information, call 664-2072 or visit www.amitechurchcr.com.

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