The Coming Up column runs regularly in the lifestyle section as space permits and includes free announcements of special events occurring in Livingston Parish involving non-profit civic and other organizations. To place an announcement, email email@example.com.
Friday, October 21
LOM Cheer Haunted House
It’s time for the Live Oak Middle School cheerleaders to make YOU scream. Visit Watson’s scariest attraction, the LOM Cheer Haunted House, at the Live Oak Middle Football Field House on Friday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 28 or Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $5 per body, with proceeds helping LOM Cheerleaders attend national competition.
Collin Raye concert fundraiser
Country hit-maker Collin Raye will perform a Fallen Heroes concert at North Park on Eden Church Road in Denham Springs on Oct. 21 at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Baton Rouge Fallen Heroes Fund to help the families of fallen officers. For more information, call 333-8305 or visit JarreauEntertainment.com.
Dairy Queen is hiring
Dairy Queen in Denham Springs is searching for motivated and talented assistant managers. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by store.
Saturday, October 22
Autumn Leaf Candle Holder Craft
Leaves are falling and the nights are cooler. Have some fun and meet new friends while creating a festive candle holder to kick start fall decorating at the South Library on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. Register by calling 686-4170 or visiting www.mylpl.info.
Monday, October 24
Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to the Albany-Springfield Library on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Bass Pro Halloween schedule
Oct. 24-28 - 6-8 p.m. - crafts and free 4x6 picture (additional picture packages available for purchase); Oct. 29 - 12-5 p.m. - crafts, pictures, doggie costume contest (2 p.m.); Oct. 30 - 12-5 p.m. - crafts, pictures, kids' costume contest, trick or treat (3-5 p.m.); Oct. 31 - 4-8 p.m. - face painting (4-7 p.m.), trick or treat (4-8 p.m.), Orange Hot Chocolate (5-8 p.m.), kids' costume parade (6 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 25
Early Voting at Juban Crossing, Registrar’s Office
Due to flood damage, a temporary site for early voting will be open for the Nov. 8, 2016, Presidential and Congressional primary election. Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (except Sunday, Oct. 30) 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.
Fundraising Some Dough for LOUMC
Rotolo’s in Watson, 32334 La. Hwy. 16, will donate 20% of all associated sales, dine-in or carry-out, to the Live Oak United Methodist Church Student Ministry all day on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Mention the organization when you order. For more information, call 778-7497.
Paint Your Own Pumpkin
Get ready for fall with a craft at the Watson Branch of the Livingston Parish Library! Ages 18 and up invited to bring your own pumpkin and use the library's supplies to paint unique designs on Oct 25 at 6 p.m. Registration required by calling 686-4180 or visiting www.mylpl.info.
Teen Advisory Board
The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 25 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 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Do you have what it takes to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Test your wit and skills at an action-packed event for ages 12-18 at the South Library on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Zombie attire is welcome! Registration required by calling 686-4170 or visiting www.mylpl.info.
Swamp Stories Puppet Show
Visit the library for lightly spooky and very silly swamp fun for the whole family: Main Library (686-4160) on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. or the South Library (686-4170) on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome. For more information, call your preferred branch or visit www.mylpl.info.
Wednesday, October 26
Ages 18 and up are invited to play Dominoes every month at the Albany-Springfield Library. The next event is Sept. 26 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.
Autocad Learning Lab
Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Main Library on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. 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.
Life Church Walker, 9036 Florida Blvd., is hosting a Fall Family Glow-in-the-Dark Party on Oct. 26 with hot dogs, glow-in-the-dark activities, costumes (nothing scary), and more. Everyone is asked to bring a huge bag of candy. For more information, call 665-7209.
Thursday, October 27
Need legal advice? Join a representative from the Baton Rouge Bar Association at the Main Library’s free walk-in legal clinic on Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The clinic features two attorneys that will meet one-on-one with interested patrons for brief legal counseling and advice. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Learn to Play the Dulcimer
The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society presents a fun and free six-part course for ages 18 and up to learn the basics of playing a mountain dulcimer at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 27, and Nov. 3 and 10, all at 10 a.m. Dulcimers will be provided with a $40 fully-refundable deposit, or you can bring your own dulcimer. Enjoy this time to learn a new skill and meet new people at the library! Register by calling 686-4140 or register at www.mylpl.info.
Dr. Loren Scott to speak at LEDC
The Livingston Economic Development Council is hosting Dr. Loren Scott at its next quarterly meeting on Oct. 27 at Carter Plantation, 23475 Carter Trace, Springfield. Dr. Scott will be presenting his yearly economic forecast. Lunch is $18. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail email@example.com or call 225-686-3982 by Oct. 24.
Lawyers in Libraries: FEMA Questions
Join representatives from the Louisiana State Bar Association for a presentation about FEMA appeals and Estate Planning, to be followed by a question and answer session, at the Albany-Springfield Library on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Free Private Well Testing
Virginia Tech & LSU School of Public Health will be offering free well water testing to residents that were affected by the recent floods. Pick up a water sampling kit, collect unfiltered water from your kitchen sink first thing in the morning, then return this sample, which will be analyzed for metals and coliform bacteria. Your confidential water quality results will be mailed to your home. Pick up a kit in French Settlement from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 15710 La. Hwy. 16, or First Baptist Church, 16735 La. Hwy. 16, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3-7 p.m., or Friday, Oct. 28, from 3-7 p.m. Return your water samples on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-10 a.m. or Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-10 a.m. For more information, call 504-568-5942 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Professionals Mixer
The Livingston Young Professionals will host a Halloween-themed Baby Boomers Meet Millennials Mixer for ages 21 and up on the patio at La Carreta, 135 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs, on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. to reconnect and forget the flood for a while. Enjoy a complimentary drink, chips and salsa or purchase food from the full menu if you choose. No charge to attend. For more information or to RSVP, email email@example.com.
The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Oct. 27 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.
All ages are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy family-friendly pumpkin decorating with ribbon, paint, duct tape, and more – no carving required! Bring your own pumpkin and use the library’s craft supplies. Registration is required by calling 686-4140 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 with refreshments and sometimes even costumes based on the book they are reading. The next meeting will be Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 686-4170 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Stranger Things: Scary Fun for Adults
Are you a fan of Stranger Things and other scary stuff? Come to the Main Library’s scary fun night on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. dressed as your favorite horror movie/television/book character, play Stranger Things trivia, play the horror movie survival game, take our horror novel dating quiz to see which book is your perfect match, and make buttons. This event is for ages 18 and up. Registration required by calling 686-4160 or visiting www.mylpl.info.
Rock N Rowe free concerts
Visit Perkins Rowe, 10156 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, on Thursdays at 6 p.m. for free concerts: Oct. 27 - Clifton Brown.
Friday, October 28
Exercise for Seniors
Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class on Oct. 28 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.
Hungarian pulled pork fundraisers
The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society is holding their semi-annual Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser on Oct. 28 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum grounds on Hwy. 43 half a mile south of I-12. Dinners included smoked pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, roll and dessert. The $8 donation benefits the Hungarian Settlement Historical Museum Restoration Project. The society is in the final stages of completing renovations to their building. Once this museum is open in the later part of this year, it will provide educational opportunities for future generations. For more information, call 225-610-7475.
Saturday, October 29
“Take Down Blindness” Tourney
The Live Oak Wrestling Club is hosting its annual “Take Down Blindness” Tournament at Live Oak High School on Saturday, Oct. 29. Weigh-in is at 8 a.m., and wrestling beings at 9 a.m. The tournament format is double elimination. Awards are a T-shirt for each winner in their respective weight class. Admission is $5 per person, and all gate and entry fees will go to the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank to help fight corneal blindness.
Maurepas High Senior Beta Club will be hosting a Bike-A-Thon on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. to raise funds for the McLindon Family Foundation, a Louisiana non-profit organization which makes adaptive bicycles for children with special needs. All students, family members, and friends are invited to participate in this event. Route: depart from Maurepas High School to Whitehall Grocery then back to the school (approximately five miles round trip). Water and police escort provided. Registration fee of $15 includes T-shirt (if registered by Oct. 14) and refreshments. Each rider must have pledges and/or donations in order to participate. When your registration is turned in, you will receive a pledge form. Turn in your pledge form on or before the morning of the bike-a-thon! For more information or to download forms, visit https://app.oncoursesystems.com/school/webpage/11130321/1145020.
Christmas Card workshop
Launch Therapy Center is offering a Christmas Painting Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Launch Therapy Center, 865 Hatchell Lane. The workshop is for children with disabilities and their family members to create artwork that will be printed and transformed into Christmas cards. The Christmas cards may be purchased for $10 for a pack of 10. Proceeds from the card sales will be used to purchase materials and equipment for Launch. Launch Therapy Center is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide exceptional programs and services that provide support for children and their caregivers through individual and group therapy services, parent support groups and religious education. For additional information or to register for this workshop, call 238-1741.
Sunday, October 30
Fifth Sunday Singing
Historic Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy. 1036, Holden, will host Fifth Sunday Singing and dinner on the grounds on Oct. 30. Service will begin at 11 a.m. The Higginbotham Sisters will provide special music. For more information, call the pastor, Bro. Roger Dunlap, at 664-4448.
There will be a Trunk-or-Treat Bash at Maurepas Baptist Church on Oct. 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. The church is located at 24323 Hwy. 22, Maurepas. For more information, call 695-3120.
Family Fest 2016
Abundant Life Church, 206 Edgewood Dr., Denham Springs, is hosting a free Family Fest with food, games and inflatables for kids and adults on Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 665-7000.
Monday, October 31
Community Fall Festival
Live Oak United Methodist Church will host a Fall Festival and Trunk 'R' Treat on Oct. 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. for the Live Oak community. There will be carnival games, hayrides, inflatables, food, crafts, Trunk 'R' Treat, trunk decorating contest and more. For more information, email Liveoakkids1@gmail.com.
Trick or Treat will be held on Halloween night, Oct. 31, in areas that were not severely damaged by the flood. Unincorporated Livingston Parish, Walker, Livingston, French Settlement have set their hours for 6-8 p.m.
There will be Trunk or Treat events at various locations through out the parish, including: North Park and at South Park in Denham Springs on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m., and at The Hangout in Maurepas the evening of Oct. 31.
Fall Festival 2016
First Baptist Church of French Settlement, 16735 La. Hwy. 16, French Settlement, is hosting a free family Fall Festival on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. with candy, popcorn, cotton candy, a cupcake walk, an obstacle course, games, hayrides, spacewalks, face painting and refreshments. For more information, call 698-9994.
Free Fall Festival
Judson Baptist Church, 32470 Walker Road North, is hosting a free fall festival with food, games, hay ride, candy, and Ryan & Friends Show on Oct. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 665-5481.
Sunday, November 6
Walker Pine Tree Pageant
The 2016 Walker Pine Tree Festival Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, at Walker Freshman High on Burgess Avenue in Walker. The pageant has divisions for ages 17 and under, Miss Division ages 18-23, and a new Ms. Division for ladies ages 24 and up, single, married, divorced, or with children. To apply or for more information, visit Walker Pine Tree Festival on Facebook.
Tuesday, November 8
Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day, the presidential election and congressional primary. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information about the election, visit www.sos.la.gov.
Saturday, November 12
Carter House silent auction
Historic Carter House Society Inc. invites you to a Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. Please join us for a fun evening to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS) and restoration work on the Carter House. Auction items include art work, gift certificates, gift baskets, holiday items and Columbia Theatre tickets. Food, wine and beer will be served. Tickets are $23 for non-HCHS members in advance, $25 for non-HCHS members at the door and $18 for HCHS members. Purchase tickets by calling 225-747-0660, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a board member. All tickets purchased will be eligible for a door prize drawing. Only cash or checks accepted. Historic Carter House is located at 30325 Carter Cemetery Road, Springfield.
Saturday, November 19
Family Volunteer Day
Zach’s Lidz for Kidz is calling all families to kick off the holiday season with an act of kindness. Are you interested in spending time together while making a meaningful difference in the community? Then come participate in #FamilyVolunteerDay on Nov. 19 at Chick-fil-A Denham Springs! We will be putting together Thanksgiving baskets from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., thanks to support from GenerationOn and Disney to benefit St. Jude, Cancer Services of GBR Children's Programs and local needy families! Come by and fill a basket, make Thanksgiving card and fill treat bags. You can also drop off baskets you make at home with these items: two boxes of Stove Top Stuffing Mix, fruit, two cans of cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, can of chicken broth, box of cake or brownie mix, two jars of turkey gravy, two boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix, bag of marshmallows, box of mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes and holiday paper plates and napkins. Please refrain from purchasing perishable items. For more information, call 225-892-8842 or email email@example.com.
13th Gate is open
Midnight Productions presents The 13th Gate, Louisiana’s Ultimate Haunted House, located at 832 Saint Phillip St., Baton Rouge. Receive $5 off any ticket on select nights when you present an empty Dr. Pepper drink can at the gate. For dates and times or more information, call 389-1313 or visit www.13thGate.com.
Livingston Parish Library Free Book Day
The Livingston Parish Library regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2016 Livingston Parish Book Festival. As recently reported, property reassessment due to the extensive flooding experienced in our parish means a significant reduction in the library’s operating revenue. We are committed to serving our patrons’ needs and to do so, we must prioritize services through this next year. In place of our regularly scheduled book festival, Livingston Parish Library has worked with vendor and publishing partners Quality Books, Inc., Ingram Books, and Baker & Taylor to provide donations of books for a Free Book Day at all five library locations on Saturday, Nov. 12. Adults and children who visit any Livingston Parish Library location between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. may choose one general adult or youth book per household. Free Book Day is Livingston Parish Library’s way of helping the community rebuild their home libraries after the flood, one book at a time. As we make changes this next year due to the impact of the 2016 floods, Livingston Parish Library remains committed to its mission — to provide all members of our community with resources and programs to fulfill their information, educational, recreational, and cultural needs. We look forward to helping our community rebuild and come back stronger than ever.
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 or an application to join the market, call Market Director Ray Gill at (225) 505-3993 or find Livingston Parish Farmer's Market on Facebook.
High School Equivalency - Walker
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.
High School Equivalency - Albany
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 Albany location, 29700 One Hornet Lane, Albany, LA 70711. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4-7 in the library, which is located across from the main office. Registration is open now. For more information, call 664-9427.
High School Equivalency - Walker
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.
Free computer classes
Every branch of the Livingston Parish Library offers free computer classes including One on One Tech Help, 3D Design, E-Mail Basics, Internet Basics, Intermediate Internet, PowerPoint Basics, Word Basics and Publisher Basics. For dates and times of classes, go to www.mylpl.info or call 225-686-2436.
Every Dog Club Fall Show
The Every Dog Club is hosting its Fall 2016 Fundraising Dog Show at Albany High School near the baseball field on Nov. 12. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the show starts at 10 a.m. Rain-out date is Nov. 19. This event is a non-sanctioned; all breed; pedigree or mixed; breeder or shelter rescue; tiny or huge; short hair or long hair. Entry fee is $10 per dog, per class. Admission is free to watch. There will also be a dog costume contest which is always a crowd favorite! Youths, beginners and experienced dog handlers are welcome to participate in the dog show. Dog-related vendor space will also be available for $20 per vendor space. There are two optional “tips and practice” show training classes on October 15 and 29. Cost is $5 per dog per session that run about one hour each. The same material will be covered at each class, so there is no need to attend them both. Pre-registration is required for those training classes. Text or call (985) 277-9347 to register and location info or for further information. Since the 2016 flood, Every Dog Club agreed to donate a portion of our proceeds to an organization or organizations close to home who have taken care of dogs rescued from the flood or those still caring for those dogs. The recipient(s) will be announced in November. For more information, visit www.everydogclub.org or the Every Dog Club Facebook page. Bring your chairs and come out to have a "tail-waggin" good time!
The public is invited to a casting call for a new movie being filmed in the area. Visit Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs on Nov. 19 for a chance to earn $750 a day towards your flood relief efforts. For more information, call 380-4668.
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/.
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. The contests are: The Voice of Democracy - grades 9-12, including home-schooled students, are to type and record a 3-5 minute essay on the theme “My Responsibility to America.” Deadline is Nov. 1. Patriot’s Pen - students in grades 6-8 are to type a 300-400 word essay on the theme “The America I believe in.” Deadline is Nov. 1. Patriotic Art is for grades 9-12. Students are to paint a patriotic picture. For more information on that, visit www.auxvfw.org. Deadline is March 3, 2017. Americanism has four categories: Kindergarten - coloring the American flag on 9”x12” paper; 1st and 2nd grades - drawing and coloring the American flag on 9”x12” paper; 3rd and 4th grades - drawing a historical event on 9”x12” paper; 5th and 6th grades - write an essay with 300 words or less on “How I honor veterans.” Deadline is Nov. 1. Students who participate in these contests can win scholarships, U.S. savings bonds, trophies, a trip to Washington, D.C., and recognition on national, state and local levels. Call Post Commander Robert Nolan at 603-4694 or Auxiliary President Vi Singleton at 665-1201.
VFW Aux Membership Changes
We now have some very brave women who have joined the military and have fought beside the men in the wars to help bring freedom to our country. This makes them eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The women and men veterans give VFW Auxiliary membership eligibility to their spouses, daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, stepchildren and step-grandchildren. To become a member of the Auxiliary, your sponsor must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National; must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and received an honorable or general discharge or be currently serving; and must have served on foreign soil or hostile waters. The DD-214 form will have this information. If the form cannot be found, we have a number to call to get the information. Our main purpose is to help, serve and honor our veterans. We send care boxes overseas, take food and gifts to the VFW Home in Jackson and fruit baskets to the veterans in nursing homes. We also collect and donate needed items and clothes for homeless veterans. We meet the first Friday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Post Home, 113 Centerville St., Denham Springs. We would welcome you to VFW Auxiliary 7017. For more information, please call Vi at 665-1201.
Sundresses and Shrimp Boots
Sundresses and Shrimp Boots, a celebration for the Cottages for CASA raffle fundraiser program, has been rescheduled to Nov. 20 from 2-5 p.m. at The Cedar Post Barn, 30648 La. 43, Albany. The playhouse raffle drawing will be held at the close of the event, which will feature music, silent and live auctions, entertainment, food, libations and celebrity special guest emcees. Child Advocacy Services (CAS) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit umbrella agency providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) program, and other services supporting a mission to give voice, healing, and security to abused and neglected children. CAS offers advocacy, clinical services, and prevention education for children and families in 10 Southeast Louisiana parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, and Tangipahoa Parishes. To learn more about CASA or become a CASA volunteer and advocate for children, visit www.childadv.net or call 1-800-798-1575. Tickets are available at events.r20.constantcontact.com.
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 hotel room, round trip bus transportation, $25 free play, $10 food voucher, baggage fee and gratuity for the bus driver. 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. 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 strayed or neutered. In addition to the many health benefits, spaying or neutering your cat ensures that he or she won’t contribute to the feline overpopulation problem. Call 664-6126.
Animal Shelter Volunteers
The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, 13525 Florida Blvd., Livingston, is seeking volunteers to play with dogs in yards, give them treats, and give them the love they need until they are adopted into loving homes. All volunteers 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 225-686-7798.
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. Call 788-6940 or send an e-mail to 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. 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. 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. 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. Call Charles Holdeman at 665-8615.
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