Thursday, February 16
VITA Tax Preparation
The Livingston Parish Library will host free tax preparation for participants with an income limit of $60,000 for 2016 at the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Feb. 16, Feb. 18, or Feb. 23 from 9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.; the Main Library (686-4160) on Feb. 16, Feb. 21 or Feb. 23 from 5-8 p.m. or Feb. 18 or Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Feb. 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. Bring tax documents such as W-2s, 1099s, and information for deductions and credits along with a copy of last year’s tax return and a Social Security card for yourself, a spouse and dependents. You may also bring proof of a bank account for direct deposit. Volunteers will prepare most simple returns, but more complicated returns will not be processed. Co-sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Internal Revenue Service, this program is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Anime Club Presents: Doomed Valentines
Not feeling the love? No problem! Ages 12-18 are invited to come celebrate not so happily-ever-afters with Anime, crafts, and a “sunk ship” game about characters who should never be shipped. Visit the Watson Library (686-4180) on Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m.; or the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Registration required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.
Calling all home cooks, amateur bakers and wannabe chefs! Ages 18 and up can learn to cook, improve their skills, or show off their kitchen talent in the Main Library’s new culinary book club. The next meeting is Feb. 16 at 6 p.m., and the theme is Soup. New members are always welcome. Each month, members will each choose a recipe based on a theme. The following month, participants will bring their cooked dish back for everyone to sample. Registration opens two weeks before the event. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Treasure! Family Storytime
Don't miss this family storytime event featuring stories of treasures - in a chest, from the sky, and found with friends! The event will include stories both read and told, and a craft. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Friday, February 17
Exercise for Seniors
Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class on Feb. 17 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.
Bring all the kids for a play date at the Watson Library on Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. There are baby safe areas and big kid activities too. Enjoy stories, music, games, and more every third Friday of the month. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.
LYP Monthly Meeting
The next meeting of the Livingston Young Professionals will be at the Chamber Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs, on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. Each month the group gets together to connect, plan, discuss and implement ideas. The LYP Program is for young professionals age 21 to 40. New participants welcome. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hebron Marriage Conference
The Art of Marriage: Marriage Conference will be held Feb. 17-18 at Hebron Baptist Church, 24063 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs. Cost is $50 per couple (includes study materials and refreshment both days). Register at the Church's Welcome Center or call the church office. For more information and a full schedule, visit http://www.hbcdenham.org/marriage-conference.html.
Saturday, February 18
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.
Disaster Recovery Resource Fair
There will be a Disaster Recovery Resource Fair for homeowners, renters and survivors of Louisiana's March and August 2016 floods at the North Park Auditorium, 30372 Eden Church Road, Denham Springs, on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with information on housing resources, ownership and title issues, flood insurance, rebuilding safer and stronger, treating mold, foreclosure, mortgages, disaster tax relief, legal services and more. There will also be a Kid's Corner available for those bringing young children.
Friendship maintenance benefit
The Friendship Community Benefit Center will host its first plate lunch benefit of 2017 on Feb. 18, and it will raise funds for building and ground maintenance. Lunches will be served from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. No tickets will be sold, and purchases are drive-thru only. For more information, call (225) 571-8893.
Fairy Tale Storytime, Puppet Show
Don't miss a program of fairy tales, featuring the clever fox, a giant beanstalk, and more! This storytime will include exciting stories both read and told, a hilarious puppet show, and a craft. Visit the South Library on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 686-4170 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Krewe of Diversion parade
The Krewe of Diversion will have its 23rd annual Mardi Gras Boat Parade featuring Grand Marshal WBRZ’s John “JP” Pastorek on Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. Registration will take place at Manny’s on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $35 per boat, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Make checks payable to LFACC (Louisiana Friends Against Childhood Cancer.) Food and St. Jude items will be sold at Manny’s starting at noon on the day of the parade. A live auction starts at 5:30 p.m. or after all participating parade boats are back at Manny’s. All donations are appreciated. For more information, call 225-939-2135 or 225-324-5695.
Spanish-English Conversation Club
Are you a native Spanish speaker who wants to improve your English or a native English speaker who wants to improve your Spanish? Ages 18 and up are invited to Livingston Parish’s Spanish-English Conversation Club at the Main Library on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. This is a no-pressure, fun group where we will switch off between English and Spanish to give everyone a relaxed environment in which to improve their language skills. For more information, call 686-4160 or register at www.mylpl.info.
LIGO Science Saturday
At the LIGO - Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can tour the control room, explore the exhibit hall, try hands-on demos of scientific principles, ask questions, watch videos and more. The theme this month is “Attraction.” 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. For more information, visit www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.
Denham Springs Mardi Gras
The Krewe of Denham Springs 2017 Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Pirates of the Cajun Navy.” The parade will start at Denham Springs High School on North Range Ave., work its way south along Range Ave., and disband on Veterans Blvd. Get on your thinking caps and come with a float idea for your entry. The Krewe hopes you will join them in parading this year and help make it the largest parade in the Krewe’s history. You can find the registration for on the Krew of Denham Springs Facebook page. Indicate on the form if you want your flat to be judged. If you have any additional questions, requests or concerns, call Betty Burgess at 225-664-3705, or e-mail email@example.com.
Grand Country Junction
Love is in the air at the Grand Country Junction! Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire, Team Toyota and the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau proudly present Grand Country Junction’s Country Love Songs on Feb. 18. Come out for a night of great entertainment as Danny Harrell and the Nashville Edition Band back up the Junction cast as they present some of your favorite country love songs. Featured performers will be Brenda Harrell, Greg Manchester, Kristen Conaster, Jim Hawthorne, Clifton Brown and Junction Director Greg Sullivan. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Grand Country Junction, your “Hometown Branson Show,” is located just off of Interstate 12 at Exit 19 in Satsuma at the Suma Crossing Theatre. For more information, call Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit www.grandcountryjunction.com.
Sunday, February 19
Understanding the End Times
Hope Center UPC, 10161 Florida Blvd. (Crossway Church Building), will host Prophecy Bible Study, a series for anyone interested in Bible prophecy, on Feb. 19, all at 2 p.m. For more information, call 225-380-5040.
Yoga at the library
Relax your mind and body with this free yoga session. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 19 from 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Monday, February 20
Juban Point Urgent Care
Juban Point Urgent Care Clinic is pleased to announce their opening on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. They are located at 25905 Juban Road, Denham Springs. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 225-243-5169 or 225-380-0075. “We look forward to serving this great community!”
Sit & Sew
Ages 18 and up are invited for five hours of uninterrupted sewing. Bring a sandwich along with a project or two to the Main Library on Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Spend some creative time with old and new friends. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.
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 Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments as you talk about books you have read. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Tuesday, February 21
Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. for an Excel Basics class. Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that is used to create invoices, ledgers, and other financial or mathematical data. This class will teach the student the basic features of Excel along with entering, sorting, and computing data. Register by calling 686-4140 or register at 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 Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. Register by calling 686-4130 or register at www.mylpl.info.
Young Writers Club
The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Young Writers Club meets on Feb. 21 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.
Brain Tease and Logic Extravaganza!
So, you think you've got the brain-power to tackle logic puzzles? Come work together as a team and test your wits against our assortment of challenges! Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Main Library (686-4160) on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Registration required by calling the library or visiting www.mylpl.info.
Children’s Art Classes
Instructor Kerry Curtin is hosting his Spring drawing and painting classes in three sessions for grades 2-6 at South Live Oak Elementary School in Room 602 (drive to the back of the school). The classes will take place on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m., and each session is four classes. Fee is $45 per session for non-members ($40 for ACLP members). Students should bring #2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16”x20”. Session 1: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21. Session 2: March 7, 14, 21, 28. Session 3: April 4, 11, 25, May 2. The classes are sponsored by the Arts Council of Livingston Parish. Make payment to ACLP at the first class meeting for each session. For more information or to enroll, call 954-2700.
Attention book lovers! Want to learn about future bestsellers before they become bestsellers? How about a chance to read excerpts of books before they are published? Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 21 at 6:30 to meet a representative from Penguin Random House who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on fall 2017 titles. Attendees will receive excerpt samplers, book catalogs, free tote bags, and door prizes. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.
New Support Group
The first support group meeting for those with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will be held at Wholly Ground Coffee House, 28245 Walker Road South, Walker, on Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m. At this time, due to the flood, space is limited, so please call to make sure seating is available. For more information, call Brenda Bostwick at 225-324-5175.
Wednesday, February 22
Create a Mardi Gras Centerpiece
Are you ready to deck your house out for Mardi Gras? Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. to learn how to make an easy and festive Mardi Gras centerpiece using recycled wine bottles and Mardi Gras Beads. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own special beads or medallions. Register by calling 686-4140 or register at www.mylpl.info.
Ages 18 and up are invited to play Dominoes every month at the Albany-Springfield Library. The next event is Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. Have fun with your friends playing Standard, Chicken Foot and Trains Dominoes. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Leads & Learn for Lunch
Leads & Learn for Lunch is an event for Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce members which gives them the opportunity to introduce themselves and meet others and learn more about your peer chamber members and their businesses. The next event will be on Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs. Cost is $20 for members pre-registered; $25 for late registration or $30 at the door for non-members. Registration required by Feb. 20. For more information or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 23
The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Feb. 23 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.
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 Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 686-4170 or 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 Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. for some acting fun that improves communication skills and provides a safe environment for creative learning and self-growth. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Saturday, February 25
ACLP Children’s Class
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 8–12 years old to a “Sweet Art” class. The class will involve painting with acrylics on canvas with instructor Michelle Conques. It will be held on Feb. 25 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the ACLP Gallery, located at 133 N. Hummell St. in Denham Springs. There is no fee for the class, and all materials will be provided. Register by Thursday, Feb. 23, by phone (664-1168) or email (email@example.com). For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org.
“Swirl and Sip” at Launch
Launch Therapy Center is hosting “Swirl and Sip,” an event that includes a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and the painting of the “Character Tree,” on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wines from the Traveling Vineyard Company will be available for participants to sample and purchase. This event costs $40 per person, which includes the wine-tasting event, the canvas, painting materials and artist instruction. Proceeds from the event will be benefit the Launch scholarship fund to provide services to children and families who need Launch services but are unable to afford them. Anyone who wishes to participate in this event must pre-register, and space is limited. For more information or to register for this art class, visit www.Launchpeds.com or call Launch at 225-238-1741.
Saturday, March 4
Private water well training
If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice? Attend a free private water well owners training program to get answers to your questions. It will be at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library on March 2 from 5-7 p.m. Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr-pcbhpwn6&oeidk=a07edt3uqcr12a84d57. For more information, call 318-542-6614, 318-899-5001 or 504-568-5942.
Friendship Community Benefit Center
Friendship Community Benefit Center will hold a benefit for Kris Rutland. Rutland will be age 33 on July 25, and he has a wife and two sons. He developed an anticoagulant blood disease at about 5 years old. He has had multiple blood clots since then, causing him to lose his left foot. When that healed, the leg was removed below the knee. Because of the flood in 2016, two scheduled benefits for Kris had to be canceled (8-20-16 and 9-24-16). The tickets for these dates will be honored at the new scheduled date of March 4, 2017. To help with medical expenses, jambalaya, spaghetti and pastalaya lunches will be served at the Friendship Community Benefit Center from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Center is located at the corner of Walker North Road (Hwy. 447) and Springfield Road (Hwy. 1019) behind the Fire Station. For more information, call Teresa Rutland at 978-2477.
Stafford Strong Fundraiser
There will be a Stafford Strong Fundraiser Cook-off benefiting traumatic brain injury survivor Adam Stafford on March 4 at Crazy Dave’s Daiquiri Bar and Grill, 28293 South Frost Road in Livingston. Cook-off rules: $20 rib cook-off entry fee, three rack minimum, St. Louis-style ribs, must provide one side; $15 jambalaya/pastalaya cook-off entry fee, no minimum pot size. All food must be cooked on site. Plates to be turned in at 11 with judging at 11:30. For cook-off information, call JJ at 572-2355. There will also be an auction, entertainment by Joel Galloway from 1-4 p.m. and a horseshoe tournament. For horseshoe tournament information, call Mike at 936-7649. Visit www.facebook.com/PrayingStaffordStrong.
LPS at Arts Council of LP
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will feature photographs by members of the Louisiana Photographic Society (LPS) from March 4 through March 30. The mission of LPS is to advance and promote the art of photography in the River Parishes of south Louisiana. The reception and mini-lecture series will take place on Saturday, March 11, and will include presentations by LPS members Ashley Herrick and Mahdi Moinul. The keynote speaker will be Lisa Langell, an award-winning, professional wildlife photographer who resides in Scottsdale, Ariz. Reception doors will open at 10 a.m. and presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The Arts Council is located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or visit www.artslivingston.org.
Tuesday, March 7
H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups
The Hospice of Baton Rouge will host free H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups, a six-week program that provides a safe place for sharing and growth through grief with group facilitator Christine Brasseaux, LMSW, THBR Social Worker. The group will meet on Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive (Off O’Neal Ln.) in Baton Rouge in the Chapel on the first floor. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Denise Domingue at (225) 767-4673.
Thursday, March 9
Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete
The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society, a group of mountain dulcimer enthusiasts in Baton Rouge, will host their 16th annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete on March 9-11 at the West Baton Rouge Community Center, 749 North Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Whether you want to learn to play a new instrument, listen to wonderful acoustic folk music, participate in an acoustic music instrument jam or purchase a dulcimer, you are welcome to attend this weekend Fête with a patriotic theme, “Yankee Doodle Dulcimer.” For more information, visit www.lagniappedulcimerbr.org.
Saturday, March 18
LPLTC Car Show
The Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center will hosts its 3rd annual Car Show, a fundraiser for the automotive class, on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be live music, jambalaya, door prizes and a 50/50 Raffle. There will also be $4 green screen pictures with a variety of backgrounds available for purchase. The $20 vehicle entry fee includes one lunch ticket. The Center is located at 9261 Florida Blvd. in Walker. For more information, call 667-5268.
Pioneer Day will be held at Train Station Park in Denham Springs on March 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be an 1800s working gristmill, handmade cypress boats, chair caning, quilters, Louisiana Gold Honeybee observation deck, Pelican Woodcarvers Club, handmade soap, bears made from old quilts, birdhouses, glass birdfeeders, antique doors, handmade furniture, 1800s ship knot-tying display, covered wagon, pine needle baskets and more. Jambalaya, jams and jellies, and kettle corn will be served. A military exhibit will be present and there will be live entertainment. All local stores will be open that day also. For more information, call 665-4666.
Hogg concert at Manship
Former Livingston Parish resident James Linden Hogg will be in concert at the Manship Theatre on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. Hogg will be performing new music on several instruments including a grand piano, and he is featured in a video filmed on location at the 13th-century Urquhart Castle, which sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. General admission tickets are $23 plus fees and are available at www.manshiptheatre.org. For more information about Hogg, visit www.JamesLindenHogg.com.
Saturday, March 25
A Door of Hope banquet
A Door of Hope Ministries will have their annual fundraising banquet, “The Power of Hope Event,” on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at North Park Recreation Center in Denham Springs. The event is free, but seating is limited. The organization has purchased a building to help with its mission to help girls and women break the cycle of life-controlling issues and self-destructive behaviors such as abuse, addiction, unplanned pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, and self-harm. They provide free services such as counseling, clothing, and food. With the purchase of the new building, they will also be able to provide baby formula, diapers, free pregnancy testing and free ultrasounds, and they will be able to house 12 women on site. For more information, call 225-686-7747 or visit www.ADOOROFHOPELA.com.
Wednesday, March 29
AARP Driving Class
There will be an AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving Class for seniors on March 29 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Livingston Council on Aging, located at 949 Government Dr. in Denham Springs. The cost of the class will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 664-0664 or 664-9343.
Free Christmas CD
‘Tis the Season of Giving. South Walker Baptist Church (SWBC) has a free gift of Christmas praise for all to share. They hope those who assisted local communities with flood relief will accept this gift of gratitude. Visit the SWBC website, http://southwalkerbaptist.org/, to download the free “And Then Came Christmas” CD.
Walker Adult Education - day
Walker will begin a spring session for Adult Education day classes on Thursday, Jan. 5. Two sessions are offered with a morning session from 8:15-11:15 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:15-3:15 p.m. The classes will be held at 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker, LA 70785. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.
Albany Adult Education
Albany will begin a spring session for Adult Education classes to be held every Tuesday beginning Jan. 10 through May 16, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held in the library at Albany High School, located at 29700 One Hornet Lane, Albany, LA 70711. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.
Denham Springs Adult Education
Denham Springs will begin a spring session for Adult Education classes on Tuesday, Jan. 10, through May 16, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held in the 300 hall at Denham Springs Freshman High School, located at 940 Range Ave. NE, Denham Springs, LA 70726. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.
Walker Adult Education - night
Walker will begin a spring session for Adult Education night classes on Monday, Jan. 9. Sessions meet every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held at 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker, LA 70785. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.
Free computer classes
Every branch of the Livingston Parish Library offers free computer classes including One on One Tech Help, 3D Design, E-Mail Basics, Internet Basics, Intermediate Internet, PowerPoint Basics, Word Basics and Publisher Basics. For dates and times of classes, visit www.mylpl.info or call 225-686-2436.
Storytimes at the Library
All branches of the Livingston Parish Library offer storytimes for babies through age 5 that help develop pre-reading skills while children and their caregivers have lots of fun! They read books, present puppet shows, sing songs, play games, and make cool crafts. Schedule: Albany-Springfield Library, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4130. Denham Springs-Walker Library, ages 0-2, Mondays, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Mondays, 10:30 a.m.; ages 0-5, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; 686-4140. Main Branch, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4160. South Branch, Wednesdays 10 a.m.; 686-4170. Watson Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4180. For more information, visit www.mylpl.info/storytime.
VFW Patriotic Contests
VFW Post 7017 of Denham Springs and the VFW Auxiliary 7017 will sponsor several patriotic contests in Livingston Parish. Patriotic Art is for grades 9-12. Students are to paint a patriotic picture. For more information, visit www.auxvfw.org. Deadline is March 3, 2017. The other contests ended Nov. 1. Students who participate in these contests can win scholarships, U.S. savings bonds, trophies, a trip to Washington, D.C., and recognition on national, state and local levels. For more information, call Post Commander Robert Nolan at 603-4694 or Auxiliary President Vi Singleton at 665-1201.
VFW Aux Membership Changes
We now have some very brave women who have joined the military and have fought beside the men in the wars to help bring freedom to our country. This makes them eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The women and men veterans give VFW Auxiliary membership eligibility to their spouses, daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, stepchildren and step-grandchildren. To become a member of the Auxiliary, your sponsor must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National; must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and received an honorable or general discharge or be currently serving; and must have served on foreign soil or hostile waters. The DD-214 form will have this information. If the form cannot be found, we have a number to call to get the information. Our main purpose is to help, serve and honor our veterans. We send care boxes overseas, take food and gifts to the VFW Home in Jackson and fruit baskets to the veterans in nursing homes. We also collect and donate needed items and clothes for homeless veterans. We meet the first Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Post Home, 113 Centerville St., Denham Springs. We would welcome you to VFW Auxiliary 7017. For more information, please call Vi at 665-1201.
Silver Slipper Casino Trip
The VFW Travelers are planning a trip to Silver Slipper Casino on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The cost is $34 per person, and this price includes bus transportation, tip to driver, $20 free play and half off Buffet. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Debbie at 225-665-2930 or Vi at 225-665-1201.
Ark Encounter Trip
There will be bus trip to visit The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum from May 21-27. The trip will be seven days and six nights, and the cost of $699 includes motorcoach transportation, admission to sights and some meals. For more information or to request a flyer, call Jamie at 225-380-5040.
VFW Travelers future trips
Everyone is invited to join any or all of the upcoming VFW Travelers Trips. Schedule follows. June 10-18, 2017: Niagara Falls and Toronto; August 26-September 3, 2017: Mackinac Island; October 8-14, 2017: Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains Show Trip. A $75 deposit is due now to reserve your spot. For more information, call Debbie at 225-665-2930 or Vi at 225-665-1201.
Cruise the Pacific Coastline
The VFW Travelers are sponsoring an eight-day, seven-night cruise on the Celebrity Infinity Sept. 17-24, 2017. Fly out of Baton Rouge to Vancouver, British Colombia, where you will board the ship. You will cruise south to Seattle, Wash., Astoria, Ore., San Francisco, Calif., Monterey, Calif., Santa Barbara, Calif., and Los Angeles, Calif., where you will board the plane for home. Roundtrip airfare, port charges, taxes, government fees and transfers to and from the ship are included in the price: inside cabin, $2,252.00; outside cabin, $2,492.00; balcony cabin, $2,892.00. For more information, call Vi Singleton at 665-1201.
History of Watson
A local committee is working on the history of Watson. Once the project is complete, a display will be shown at the Watson Library. Volunteers are welcome. Anyone who has old pictures, letters, etc., can call Shelly at 665-6057.
Road to Recovery Program
The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program needs volunteer drivers in Livingston Parish to drive cancer patients to and from cancer treatments. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and carry insurance on their vehicle. Drivers must be willing to commit at least five hours a month and have flexible morning/day schedules. To volunteer or for more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Clothes for the needy
The Needy of Greater Baton Rouge has numerous drop boxes in Livingston Parish for residents to donate clothing and household items. The Needy of Greater Baton Rouge serves many parishes including Livingston. Drop boxes are located at all Carter’s Supermarkets, Winn Dixie in Walker and New Covenant Baptist Church in Denham Springs. For more drop box locations in LivingstonParish, visit needyofgreaterbr.com.
Help Challenger Field
The Pilot Club of Denham Springs is seeking help to make Challenger Field a reality. A new ADA compliant baseball field would be used by mentally and physically disabled children from throughout Southeast Louisiana. Learn how you can help by calling 225-304-6225.
Girl Scouts - Type 1 Diabetes
A Girl Scout Troop for girls with Type 1 diabetes is now being offered. The troop will offer a safe place for scouts to test themselves, count carbs, and calculate blood sugars. They are planning day trips, activities, and programs that are fun, educational, and will be focused on awareness. Troop is open to all ages. Scouts in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Watson, and Walker are encouraged to sign up. For more information on how to become a member, contact Lisa Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Fire Protection District Five is looking for volunteer firefighters age 18 and older. Training and gear are all provided by Fire District 5. Stop by the station at Hwy. 190 and Eden Church Road or call 664-1679.
“Fix Your Cats”
Pet Aid is offering financial assistance to those who have a cat that needs to be spayed/neutered or those who are feeding stray cats that need to be spayed or neutered. In addition to the many health benefits, spaying or neutering your cat ensures that he or she won’t contribute to the feline overpopulation problem. For more information, call 664-6126.
Animal Shelter Volunteers
The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, 13525 Florida Blvd., Livingston, is seeking volunteers to play with dogs in yards, give them treats, and give them the love they need until they are adopted into loving homes. All volunteers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call 225-686-7798.
Volunteer at DS Shelter
Are you a dog or cat person? Do you have a few extra hours a week? The Denham Springs Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to work with the animals who would love to spend some one on one time with you. Ages 16 and up are also invited to walk dogs and spend quality time with the animals. Pet adoptions are available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Petco on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 664-4472.
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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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