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Friday, December 2

Early Voting

Due to flood damage, a temporary site for early voting will be open for the Dec. 10, 2016, congressional general election. Early voting is scheduled for Nov. 26 through Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 29938 S. Magnolia St., Livingston, and at Juban Crossing, 10130 Crossing Way, Suite 360, Denham Springs. For more information, call the Clerk of Court’s Office at 686-2216, the Registrar of Voters Office at 686-3054, or the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Division at 800-883-2805.

School supply giveaway

The Way Church of Denham Springs with the help of the Piedmont Okefenokee Baptist Association will give away backpacks filled with school supplies on Dec. 2 from 2-6 p.m. and Dec. 3 beginning at 9 a.m. This is primarily for families that were affected by the August flooding. Each child will receive a school supply backpack, and a Christmas gift while supplies last. The church is located at 9270 Cockerham Rd. in Denham Springs.

Café Français

The West Baton Rouge Museum invites French speakers (and non-Francophones) for coffee and conversation on the first Friday of each month. The next meeting is Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Cafe Français is one of a few ways the museum is bringing more French exposure to West Baton Rouge Parish, which is on the periphery of Acadiana. The museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen, La., 70767. For more information, call 225-336-2422 ext. 19.

LPCC Christmas Concert

The Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs will host their 26th annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 2 at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson. Tickets are usually $5, but LPCC has decided to make this concert free for all who wish to attend during this post-flood season. Upcoming LPCC events include: The Chorale’s Christmas Recording Concert, a free event at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. (no small children, please); and the Denham Springs Train Station Christmas Concert, a free outdoor event featuring all choirs on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. (bring a lawn chair). For more information about these events, the Spring semester (begins Jan. 9), the LPCC Summer Choir Camp, donations or sponsorships, visit www.LPCCsing.org.

Santa at Bass Pro

Get a free 4x6 studio-quality photo of your child with Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs. Other photo packages and Christmas cards are available for purchase and instant print at the store. With every photo, get a free kid's entrée at Bass Pro Shops locations with a restaurant while supplies last. On Monday-Thursday only (Nov. 14-Dec. 15 or while supplies last), get your picture taken with Santa and get a free wooden picture frame. Limit one per family per visit. For more information, visit basspro.com/santa.

Saturday, December 3

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.

JADD Breakfast with Santa

The Denham Springs High School Jackets Against Destructive Decisions is hosting Breakfast with Santa for ages 3-12 at Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 5, 8098 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs, on Dec. 3 from 8 - 11 a.m. Cost is $20. Children will play games, make holiday crafts, learn fire safety and take pictures with Santa. Registration required. For more information, e-mail shannon.donze@lpsb.org.

Albany Breakfast with Santa

Albany High School FCCLA presents Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Kids are invited to wear their favorite pajamas and write a letter to Santa to be mailed to the North Pole. There will be hot cocoa for $1 and pictures with Santa for $3. For more information, call Maegan Howes at 567-9319 or e-mail maegan.howes@lpsb.org.

Louisiana Renaissance Festival

The annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond will open next month with shows, vendors, food, entertainment and more. Schedule: Weekend of Romance Dec. 3-4 and Fireworks Finale Dec. 10-11, all from 9:45 a.m. to dusk, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.larf.net or call 985-429-9992.

Adult Coloring

Coloring is a relaxing activity, even for adults. Ages 18 and up are invited to treat themselves to some free time to color, listen to music, and socialize at the South Library on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. The library will supply intricate coloring sheets and colored pencils. For more information, call 686-4170 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Music in the Village

Enjoy Christmas carols while you shop in the Denham Springs Antique & Arts Village on Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be 10 music stop locations throughout the day.

Science Saturday

Ages 5-11 are invited to explore the world of science every first Saturday of the month at the Watson Library. The next event is on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Walker Christmas Parade

The Walker Christmas Parade will be Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. with line up starting at 4 p.m. at Walker High School. The route has been changed. The parade will start at Walker High School then turn left on Hwy. 447 then right onto Ball Park Road to Sidney Hutchinson Park where the parade will end (all riders will need transporation from the park).Free entry, but registration required. For an entry form, visit http://www.walker.la.us/sites/default/files/images/Christmas%20Parade%20Entry%20Form.pdf.

Old South Christmas

The Old South is having A Country Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Old South Jamboree in Walker. The featured guests will be James Weatherford and Buck Grantham. Other performers include Ed Kinchen, Deb Carpenter, Mark Sanders, Robert Reynolds, Eddie Warren, Maxine Whitfield, Tommy Raborn, June Barker, Anita Leblanc, Larry Whitfield, the Ladies of the Old South, and Carlton Jones and The Red Hot Country Band. There will also be a Christmas Sing Along to favorites like “Silent Night,” “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells.” There is an Old South Jamboree Show on the first Saturday of every month, and it is hosted by Carlton Jones and The Red Hot Country Band. The shows start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30, and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 - 12 and free for kids under 6. For more information, call 225-936-0349 or visit http://oldsouthjamboree.webs.com/aboutus.htm.

Sunday, December 4

A Taste of French Settlement

The 8th Annual St. Joseph Catholic Church “Winter Wonderland” Food Festival will be on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the church, located at 15710 La. Hwy. 16 in French Settlement, to help raise the Village's spirits. There will be a selection of local favorites: chicken and andouille gumbo, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, chicken fettuccini, pastalaya, fried fish, seafood pistolettes, boudin balls, chicken tenders, hamburgers, french fries and a Sweet Shop with a large selection of homemade candy, cookies and cakes. There will also be craft booths with paintings by a local artist, jewelry, wreaths, LSU and Saints items, bows, purses, gift baskets and more; free activities for children and a visit with Santa; hay ride and train ride ($3 bracelet); a classic car and truck show; and Father Jason's Christmas Village, a tradition since 1991 with more than 500 major pieces this year. New this year is an opening act light parade at 5:30 p.m. with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Hogg Christmas concerts

Jim and James Linden Hogg will perform in concert during a Rural Life Christmas, which is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., at the LSU Rural Life Museum on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The Hoggs will also perform during the Creole Christmas & Holiday Fair, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1-6 p.m., at the Magnolia Mound Plantation on Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge. Formerly of Livingston Parish, the Hogg family has relocated to Ascension Parish after the Great Flood of 2016.

Carter House Christmas

The public is invited to the Christmas Open House at the Carter House hosted by the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS) on Sun., Dec. 4, and Sun., Dec. 11, from 2 - 4 p.m. both days. Rooms will be decorated in holiday décor from past and present, and Santa should be there for good girls and boys! On the tour you’ll learn some history about the plantation. It is on the National Register and was built between 1817 – 1820. Tickets sold at the door cost $5/person or $10/family, and each ticket will be entered in a drawing for a door prize. Proceeds go toward restoration work and repairs needed from damages caused by the Great Flood 2016 at the Carter House and properties. The Carter House is the only plantation in Livingston Parish, and it is a real education experience to take a tour. The house is located in Carter Plantation, 30325 Carter Cemetery Rd., Springfield, LA 70462. For more information, call 225-747-0660, e-mail carterhousesociety@gmail.com, or visit http://historiccarterhouse.org/.

WBR Museum Holiday Open House

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen, will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2–5 p.m., complete with live performances, refreshments, ornament making, and every child’s favorite, The Elf Scavenger Hunt. Special this year, visitors will enjoy an afternoon concert at the museum featuring Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys from 3-4 p.m. sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad and Manship Theatre. Steve Riley received a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys is a Cajun band from southern Louisiana. The band formed in 1988 and has since recorded over 10 albums. This museum holiday open-house concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call 225-336-2422 Ext. 15.

Caroling in the Park

The Town of Livingston’s 6th annual Caroling in the Park event at Circle Drive Park will be held Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. If you want to participate, help with set up, or would like to donate food/drink for this special night, contact Kerri McDonald at 686-7153.

Monday, December 5

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 Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 686-4130 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 Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 9 at 10:30 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.

Yuletide Ukulele

This six-week course for ages 10-18 held at the Albany-Springfield Library every Monday through Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. is designed to teach the basics of how to play a ukulele. At the end of the course, the class will perform one song with the library band, The Dewey Decibels, at the annual Christmas concert. Ukuleles will be provided to the patron for the duration of the course. Registration is required by calling 686-4130 or visiting 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 Dec. 5 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, December 6

Snowflake Craft Blizzard

Use beads, paper, foam and more to make beautiful snowflakes at the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m.; the Watson Library (686-4180) on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.; the South Library (686-4170) on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.; the Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.; or the Denham Springs-Walker (686-4140) on Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Every member of the family can craft together, with individual crafts for all levels from kid to adult. Put them all together to make a cool snowflake mobile. Registration is required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Wrapping Party and Cookie Swap

Do you have presents to wrap, but not enough space or privacy to wrap them out of the view of curious eyes? Do you have a great cookie that you’d like to share? Have your spouse watch the kids and bring your cookies and presents to the Wrapping Party and Cookie Swap at the Watson Library (686-4180) on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.; the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.; the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) or the Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Learn how to make beautiful bows and transform pine cones into decorative present toppers. The library will supply long tables, pine cones, glitter, scissors, tape, hot cocoa and holiday music. You’ll bring presents, wrapping paper, ribbon and any extra you’d like to swap, along with any cookies (and/or cookie recipes) you’d like to share/swap. If you’d like to make bows, please bring two feet of ribbon per gift. Registration required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Teen Anime Club

Are you an anime addict? Do you go mad for manga? Those in grades 7-12 are invited to the Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.; the South Library (686-4170) on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.; the Watson Library (686-4180) on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m.; or the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. to discuss anime and manga, learn about Japanese culture, eat snacks, play games and more. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, December 7

SNAP Application Assistance

Do you need assistance filling out a SNAP (Food Stamp) application? Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. for one-on-one assistance with a representative from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. If you can’t make it to the branch at that time, call (225) 287-8857 for assistance over the phone.

Livingston Parish Republican Women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, located at 123 Aspen Square in Denham Springs, just north of I-12 off of Range Ave. This Christmas meeting will have representatives from Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade and Assess the Need, both of which are in need of special attention because of recent parish flooding. The public is welcome to attend. There is a charge for lunch. Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Darla Steagall at 337-0490 or e-mail darlasteagall@gmail.com.

Community nutrition class

How much fruits and vegetables do you need daily? What counts as a cup of fruits and vegetables? Are you looking for tips to help you eat more fruits and vegetables? Let’s build a healthy eating style by making half your plate fruits and vegetables. If you are interested in learning the answers to these questions, make plans to attend this program on Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Adult Education Center, 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker. For more information, call 225-686-3020 or e-mail lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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.

LYP Christmas Party

Livingston Young Professionals is hosting a Christmas Party on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs. For admission, bring a Christmas stocking (green for men, red for women) full of personal items (deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, candy, slippers, gloves, etc.) for the Livingston Parish Council on Aging.

Thursday, December 8

Sunny-Side Up Book Club

The Watson Library Sunny Side Up Inspirational Book Club reads uplifting fiction and sometimes nonfiction that generates discussion among its diverse members. The next meeting will be Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Main Library Adult Book Club

The Main Branch Adult Book Club reads both fiction and nonfiction that is interesting in our modern world. The next meeting is Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Maurepas French Café

Maurepas High School is hosting its 5th grade French Café, a charity event to collect funds to buy Christmas presents for children of less fortunate families in the community, on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. This event grew from just a booth at the school’s 2005 Literacy Night to a school-wide event that raised more than $5,000 last year. Parents, teachers and friends of the school donate food, drinks and snacks for students to sell. All money raised on the café night will go to the cause. There will also be Christmas-themed booths upstairs: Raffle for a Gift Basket, Santa’s Little Work Shop, Picture with Santa, Silent Auction, An Ornament for a Donation and S“Elf”ie. For more information or to donate, call 225-695-6111 or email Frederic.Ledent@lpsb.org.

Dewey Decibels' Holiday Concert

The Dewey Decibels, the Livingston Parish Library band, are back with all your holiday favorites! All ages are invited to visit the South Library (686-4170) on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.; the Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; the Watson Library (686-4180) on Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m.; the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; or the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. for music, hot chocolate, and family photos with a green screen and holiday props. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Game Night for Adults

Bring your friends for a fun night of games at the Main Branch Library on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. with console, board, card, RPG, dice and interactive storytelling games. You can even bring your own games from home! This event is for ages 17 and up. Registration required by calling 686-4160 or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Holiday Button Blast

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons! Ages 12-18 are invited for a fun night of making holiday buttons, watching a holiday movie and drinking hot chocolate from a hot chocolate bar at the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.; the Watson Library (686-4180) on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.; the Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m.; the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.; or South Library (686-4170) on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. Registration required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Spine Tinglers Book Club

The Watson Library Spine Tinglers Book Club reads thrilling fiction with a good mystery and some spine-tingling suspense. The next meeting is Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Kiwanis Lighting of the Christmas tree

The Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs would like to invite you to attend the Lighting of the Christmas Tree with Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Train Station Park, located at 198 E. Railroad Avenue, Denham Springs. The program starts off with Mayor Landry reading a Christmas story to the children. The Young Artist Academy Gospel Choir and the Livingston Parish Children’s Choir will perform. Local merchants in the Antiques and Arts Village will remain open for shopping prior to the lighting. The colorful Coke truck, lit up with lights, will be there with Santa Claus. Christ Community Church will provide hot chocolate or lemonade, Chick-fil-A will provide cookies, and North Oaks Hospital will have a cookie decorating booth. There will also be a collection basket for Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade, and you are welcome to bring a new, unwrapped toy and place it under the tree prior to the lighting. Come Early, Stay Late, enjoy a true taste of Denham Springs!

Friday, December 9

Commodity Pick-Up

The next St. Vincent de Paul commodities pick-up will be held on Dec. 9 from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. at 2151 Tower Dr., Denham Springs. Bring picture ID for pick-up. Those who are not currently signed up must bring their picture ID, proof of Livingston Parish residence and proof of income. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, call 225-665-1623.

Livingston Christmas Parade

The Town of Livingston will have their Christmas Parade on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. with lineup at 5 p.m. The parade starts at Doyle Elementary School, travels south on Charlie Watts Rd., turns left onto Will Hughes Rd., turns left onto Hwy. 63 (Frost Rd.), turns right Hwy. 190 (Florida Blvd), then turns right and ends on Circle Drive. All floats, bands, dance groups, etc., who would like to participate are asked to fill out parade entry forms at Town Hall a week prior to the event. For more information, call Kerri McDonald at 686-7153.

Saturday, December 10

Sneauxman Skirmish

Have you ever wanted to make a Sneauxman but had no snow? Well then, sign up at the library to compete with other tweens to build the coolest Sneauxman ever with random objects for prizes! Contests will be held at the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Denham Springs Christmas Parade

The Denham Springs Christmas Parade presented by the Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs will be Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. with line up starting at 9 a.m. The parade begins at Denham Springs High School and travels down Range Ave. through the Antique District, turning right onto Florida Blvd. and ending at Veterans Blvd. Parade Fee $100. Entry forms and fees due Dec. 5 ($125 if turned in after Dec. 5). Entry forms: https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/789/File/2016DSParadeApplication.pdf. E-mail to denhamspringskiwanis@gmail.com or mail to PO Box 8, Denham Springs, LA 70727. For more information, call (225) 803-2234 or (225) 686-4982.

Santa in the Park

Bring the kids to the Santa in the Park event at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker on Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Access the park down Ball Park Road off Corbin.

Sunday, December 11

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 at the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. There will be music and snacks. Bring your project and questions. For more information, visit www.mylpl.info.

Monday, December 12

Papi’s toy fundraiser

Dine with Papi’s Fajita Factory to bring joy to others. Papi’s wants to thank the community for all of their support by sharing blessings with the less fortunate. On Monday, Dec. 12, the restaurant will use 50 percent of their total sales to buy toys for those affected by the Great Flood of 2016. The restaurant is located at 35055 LA Hwy 16 near Watson. For more information, call 271-8720.

Tuesday, December 13

LP Chamber turns 50

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years of incorporation in 2016. The event will be held Dec. 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Chamber's headquarters, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. RSVP requested. E-mail staff@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Cookbook Challenge

Calling all home cooks, amateur bakers and wannabe chefs ages 18 and up to the Main Branch Library on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Learn to cook, improve your skills or show off your kitchen talent in this new culinary book club. Each month they will decide on a cookbook from which everyone will choose a different recipe to make. The following month, participants will bring their cooked dish back for tasting. Registration is required by calling 686-4160 or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Main Library (686-4160) on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. and the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 27 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, December 14

Small Business Consulting

If you own a small business or are interested in starting one, take advantage of free business consulting at the Main Branch Library on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Receive a private, one-hour consulting session in areas including business plans, advertising plans, inventory control, financial projections, cost analysis, and much more. This event is sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University. Space is limited, so registration is required by calling (225) 664-6638.

Coloring and Coffee

Coloring is a relaxing activity, even for adults. Come out to unwind and treat yourself to coloring and coffee at the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. The library will provide intricate coloring sheets and supplies. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, December 16

Book Babies

Bring all the kids for a play date at the Watson Library on Dec. 16 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.

Saturday, December 17

Greystone Breakfast with Santa

Greystone Country Club is hosting two Breakfasts with Santa on Dec. 17. The first seating is at 8 a.m., and the 9:30 a.m. session is full. The menu will have scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon/sausage, grits, biscuits, fresh fruit, fountain drinks/coffee/tea/water. Contact Dawn to reserve your seat by calling 225-667-6744 or e-mailing dawn@greystonecountryclub.com.

Snow Stories Puppet Show

Visit the library for some snowy stories of the season, including “The Silver Pine Cones,” and decorate your very own pine cone ornament. Visit the South Library on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 686-4170 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Snacks with Santa & Polar Express PJ Party

Attention parents: Do you need to finish shopping or spend a night out with a special someone? What about both? Bring your kids ages 4-12 to Serenity Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) on Dec. 17 for the 1st annual “Snacks with Santa” (2-6 p.m.) and “Polar Express PJ Party” (6-11 p.m.). Attend one event for $30 or stay all day for $45. There will be crafts, cookies, popcorn, hot chocolate, pictures, games, movies and more. SAPA is located at 7755 Magnolia Beach Rd., Suite R, Denham Springs. For more information, visit www.serenityacademypa.webs.com or call 371-3377.

Amite River Christmas on the Bayou

There will be a Christmas boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 17, with Grand Marshal Kade Scivicque, the Maurepas Masher, a former LSU standout and current player with the Atlanta Braves. Deadline to register is Dec. 17 at noon, $25 per boat. All boats will meet at the public boat launch at 5 p.m., and the parade will roll at 5:30 p.m. The first stop will be Red’s Restaurant, and the last stop will be Manny’s Bar, and Santa will hand out stockings to all children at each stop. There will be food and games at Manny’s after the parade. To register or for more information, call Randy at 413-8524, Nicole at 910-1213 or Angela at 717-8350.

Sunday, December 18

Yoga for Adults & Teens

Relax your mind and body with a free yoga class at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. For ages 18 and up. Registration is required by calling 686-4140 or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Monday, December 19

Christmas Production Camp

Nothing beats watching “The Nutcracker” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” this time of year except watching your child perform in both of these productions. Serenity Academy of Performing Arts, 7755 Magnolia Beach Rd., Suite R, Denham Springs, is hosting a Christmas production camp with acting, singing, dancing, crafts, and fun on Dec. 19, 20 and 21. On the final day of camp, they will open the studio to friends and family to watch the students perform both tales. For prices and other information, call 371-3377 or visit www.serenityacademypa.webs.com.

Quilting Guild

Come join us for a day of quilting and sewing fun! The Quilting Guild will meet at the Main Library on Dec. 19 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.

Teen Book Club

Are you a teen that loves to read? Join the teen book club held monthly at the Denham Springs-Walker Library! The next meeting will be on Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments as you talk about books you have read. For more information, call 686-4140.

Tuesday, December 20

Young Writers Club

Calling all young writers! Open to ages 10-18, the club’s goal is to help members 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. The next meeting will be held at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

LEGO Robotics Club

Enthusiasts ages 8-18 are invited to join a group that meets monthly at the Albany-Springfield Library to learn more about how LEGO building and simple robots can be combined using Edison technology. The next meeting will be held Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Register by calling 686-4130 or register at www.mylpl.info.

Eclectic Book Club

The Denham Springs-Walker Library Eclectic Book Club for ages 18 and up reads both fiction and nonfiction books across a variety of genres. If you are looking for something different to read each month, this is the book club for you. The next meeting will be Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m., where the club will discuss “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans. For more information, call 686-4140.

Thursday, December 22

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. The club meets each month with a different theme, craft, and snack. LEGOs provided. Registration required by calling 686-4180 or visiting www.mylpl.info.

Friday, December 23

Exercise for Seniors

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class on Dec. 23 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.

Wednesday, December 28

Dominoes Club

Ages 18 and up are invited to play Dominoes every month at the Albany-Springfield Library. The next event is Dec. 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, December 29

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 Dec. 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.

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 and Watson Display Cases & Gallery: Livingston Parish Library 70th Anniversary; Main Branch Gallery: Literary Portraits by Kenneth Champagne; South Branch Display Cases: Handcrafted Bookmarks by Lynette Ernest; South Branch Gallery: Paintings by Louise Bankston. For more information, visit www.mylpl.info.

VFW Travelers future trips

Anyone 50 years and older is invited to join any or all of the upcoming VFW Travelers trips. Schedule follows. December 12-13, 2016: Paragon Casino overnight trip; 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.

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.

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/.

Casting call for kids, teens, young adults

Court 13 Films, a New Orleans based production company and nonprofit, announces a casting call for an upcoming movie, an adventure story about a group of Louisiana kids who journey off to a magical island. They need young adults between 13-24 as well as boys between 4-5 years old and girls 1-3 years old who are meant to portray the lead characters at different points in time. No acting experience required. In order to submit, people can send photos of their kids (or themselves if over 18) to c13auditions@gmail.com along with their location and contact number. The auditions will be on a rolling basis through November and possibly December, mainly in New Orleans, but some may be in Houma, Baton Rouge or Lafayette. The auditions usually take place on Saturday afternoons. After people send in their photos, the company will be able to determine whether or not they are a match for the lead actors. Anyone who is a match will be contacted about coming in to audition (those who are not will also be notified).

High School Equivalency - Walker day classes

Did you know that no one has ever received a GED? You are earning a high school equivalency diploma issued by the state of Louisiana. Earning a high school equivalency is more important than ever, whether you want to pursue a career, get a job promotion, or attend college, and the Livingston Parish Adult Education Center is here to help. Visit the Walker location at 13330 Burgess Avenue, Walker, LA. Day classes are 8:15-11:15 and afternoon classes are 12:15-3:15. Registration and orientation is every Friday, and we hope to see you there. For more information, call 664-9427.

High School Equivalency - Walker night classes

Need your high school diploma for a job or job promotion? 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.

Titlewish for Denham High

You donate, students win! Titlewish is an online donation program that allows a school to use 100% of donated funds to purchase materials to help rebuild. Every dollar raised goes directly to helping provide the best education possible for students. Help Denham Springs High School purchase new books, eBooks, audiobooks, DVDs, digital resources and more that the school needs. To donate today, visit titlewish.com and use the Find Your School bar to access the Denham Springs High School Titlewish site, which will be available from Oct. 10 through Dec. 31, 2016. Other Denham Springs schools are also listed on the website.

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 on that, 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.

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.

VFW Travelers - Paragon Casino

The VFW Travelers are planning an overnight trip to the Paragon Casino in Marksville, La., for Dec. 12-13, 2016. They will depart from the VFW in Denham Springs at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12. Pricing is as follows: Single - $82; Double - $56 per person; Triple - $47 per person; Quad - $43 per person. This includes round trip bus transportation, $25 free play, $10 food voucher, baggage fee and gratuity for the bus driver. You must bring your driver’s license or ID with you to the casino or you will not receive your free play money. Total price is due at time of booking. Cash or check only (make checks payable to Geauxing Places Travel). Payment is non-refundable. If we do not get at least 20 rooms (and at least 40 people) for the trip, money will be refunded. For more information or to book your spot, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930 or Vi Singleton 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 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. 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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