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Thursday, May 24

COA Annual Meeting

The Livingston Council on Aging will hold its Annual Meeting in the Senior Center at 949 Government Dr., Denham Springs, on May 24 at 8 a.m. Board members from the Livingston Parish area will be elected. Board members are chosen based upon interest in the aging. Anyone desiring to serve on the board should notify the Livingston Council on Aging, P.O. Box 658, Denham Springs, LA 70727. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. Board meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 10 a.m. They will also be celebrating being in business and helping the seniors of Livingston Parish for the past 45 years. There will be food, activities, music and door prizes.

SRP Kick Off Day

Visit the Livingston Parish Library to kick-off the 2018 Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! Sign up on Kick-Off Day at your favorite branch on May 24 between 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. to get a sneak peek of the library’s summer activities, play games, and more! For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Challenger Field Grand Opening

The Grand Opening celebration for Challenger Field, a baseball field designed for youths with special needs, will be held May 24 at 5 p.m. at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker.

Big Dog Saloon Entertainment

Entertainment at Big Dog Saloon is as follows: every Wednesday, 8 p.m. - “Hall of Fame” Blues Jam; every Thursday, 5 p.m. - DJ “Rooster” and Ladies Night (Ladies $4 Call Brands Drinks). Special shows: May 25, 9 p.m. - “Jolly Roger” Karaoke; May 26, 9 p.m. - Box Wine. Big Dog Saloon is located at 7857 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs East. For more information, call 225-998-1920 or 225-650-3111.

Friday, May 25

Storywalk

Enjoy a stroll outside with an amazing book. Explore the library’s outside spaces while reading the pages of a storybook along the way. Leave your mark on the last post to let others know you enjoyed the book! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Visit the Watson Library on May 25 at 10:30 a.m., the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 29 at 9:45 a.m., the Main Library on May 30 at 9 a.m., or the Albany-Springfield Library on May 30 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Arts Council classes

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is offering dance, acting and visual art camps for children this summer. All four camps will be held in the month of June at the ACLP gallery, located in the Denham Springs Antique Village at 133 Hummell Street. It is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each of the four camps cost $40 to attend, which includes a T-shirt, and registration must be completed by May 25. For more information, call the ACLP at 225-664-1168, email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net, or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day ceremony

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park beginning at 10 a.m. on May 28. Evergreen Memorial Park is located at 1710 S. Range Avenue in Denham Springs, directly behind Seale Funeral Home. Please join us to honor our deceased veterans.

Tuesday, May 29

Kids Jamboree

Music…Dance… Paint! Shake, sway, jump and jitter! Ages 3-8 are invited to visit the South Library on May 29 at 10 a.m. to move in the library and create a giant mural. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Classical Garden Party

Indulge in a fantasy garden fête, with activities inspired by classical music themes full of gnomes, fairies, and trolls. Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on May 29 at 2 p.m. or the Main Library on June 1 at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Paint by Sticker

Sticker coloring is a fun way to create bright artwork to hang up or show off! Tweens (ages 8-11) are invited to pick from several colorful images and get started at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 29 at 2 p.m. or the Watson Library on May 29 at 5:30 p.m. No experience or supplies necessary. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, May 30

TOPS meeting

The local Denham Springs chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at Amite Baptist Church, located at 32728 Hwy. 1019, Denham Springs, in Bldg B, Room 116. Weigh-in begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a meeting at 9 a.m. Interested individuals are welcome to attend a free meeting before joining. TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support and wellness organization open to both men and women. TOPS is affordable with low annual fees and monthly chapter dues. Detailed information is available online at www.tops.org or by calling 1-800-932-8677.

After School

Ages 12-18 are invited to hang out at the Main Library every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Enjoy technology, video games, movies, and snacks. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Virtual Wednesdays

Escape your Wednesday by exploring virtual worlds at the library! Bring yourself, your family, and your friends to take turns on a variety of games on the HTC VIVE at the Denham Springs Walker Library on May 30 at 5 p.m. The library also has VR headsets that you can use with your smartphone to try out even more virtual realities! For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, May 31

Congressman Graves General Meeting

Congressman Garret Graves will provide an update on the flood recovery impacts to date and the funds dedicated to recovery and Livingston Parish on May 31 at 11:30 a.m. at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. Price is $25 for pre-paid for members, $30 for late registration/at the door and $35 for future members. RSVP is required to attend. Deadline to register is May 29. For more information or to RSVP, call 665-8155 or email staff@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Sharpie Tie Dye

Ages 5-11 are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 31 at 2 p.m. for Tie-Dye fun with Sharpie Tie Dye - a new spin on making colorful and dazzling designs on fabric. Bring your own shirt or piece of fabric and the library will provide the rest. For best results, please bring cloth made of natural, washable fabrics (such as cotton). Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit 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 May 31 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Teen Star Jewelry

Accessorize like a rock star with your choice of DIY wrapped wire earrings, pendant necklace, or wrist cuff. Craft your own with all materials and instruction provided at the Main Library on May 31 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, June 1

Wiggle Worms: Music and Movement

Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited wiggle and dance at the Main Library on June 1 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Dinosaur Park

Ages 0-7 are invited to visit the Watson Library on June 1 at 10:30 a.m. for Dinosaur Park, which will have dinosaur-related activities for a range of ages. Dig around in the library's “bone”-filled sensory bin, free-play with dinosaur puppets, make dinosaur crafts, and more! Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, June 2

Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer

On June 2, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., the Live Oak Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer will hold a camp for all ages at Live Oak High School. Special guest speakers will be there to speak to the kids. Everyone is invited to have the kids attend. You do not have to be committed to the Mustangs to attend. The fee will be $35 and that price includes a T-shirt. You can register online at www.liveoakmustangs.com. We look forward to seeing all the kids from the surrounding area come to learn and have a good time.

Benefit for Kitten Hill

There will be a Jambalaya Cook-off Benefit for Kitten Hill on Saturday, June 2, from 12 p.m.-till at Sheri's Daiquiris, 17065 Black Mud Rd. in Livingston. Cost is $10 per plate or $15 all you can eat on site. There will also be an auction, a cochon de lait, and live music from Nelson Nevilles & The Sizzlin' Band. There will be free entry for the cook-off competition, which will be open to 1-2 man teams. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kitten, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. She is working with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to establish a course of treatment. For auction donations and other information, call Andrew Breau at (225) 405-3436 or Sheri Summers at (225) 615-6637.

Live Oak Class of 1988

The Live Oak Class of 1988 is having their 30 year reunion on Saturday, June 2, from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. at the Anthony "Tony" Dugas Recreational Center, 30372 Eden Church Rd.

Monday, June 4

Club OutReach June Fest

Club OutReach will have its annual June Fest summer camp June 4-14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for ages 5-17. The camp will be held at the Club OutReach Center, 30277 Sunset St. in Walker. Registration fee is $40, and the registration date is May 18 at the center from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, T-shirts and a field trip will be provided. For more information, call Rose Pittman at (225) 665-4341 or Mary Maiden at (225) 664-1907.

Wednesday, June 6

“Anything Goes” Exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host an “Anything Goes” Exhibit for ACLP Juried Artists during the months of June and July. Artists will consist of painters, photographers, fiber artists, sculptures, jewelry artists, and pottery. The exhibit will begin on Wednesday, June 6, and end Wednesday, July 25. Second Saturday receptions will be held on June 9 and July 14, both from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Artists will be present, and light refreshments will be served. The gallery is located in the Denham Springs Antique Village at 133 Hummell St. For more information, email the Arts Council at artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Livingston Parish Republican Women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs, just north of I-12 off of Range Ave. The guest speaker will be Jamie Setze, Executive Director of the Capital Region Planning Commission. The public is welcome to attend. There is a charge for lunch; reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Terri Day at 225-931-9206 or e-mailing terriday@eatel.net.

Thursday, June 7

Palms at Juban Lakes ribbon cutting

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting event for The Palms at Juban Lakes, 11020 Buddy Ellis Road, Denham Springs, on June 7 at 4 p.m.

Friday, June 8

Rainforest Festival

New Covenant Baptist Church, 215 Florida Ave., Denham Springs, will host a Rainforest Festival on June 8 from 5-8 p.m. There will be two inflatables, food, backpack and school supplies giveaways, photo opportunities, a game for the youngest children and a craft for the older students. Parents will also be able to pre-register their children for the church's Amazon Expedition starting July 8 (see below).

Monday, June 11

New Bethlehem Baptist Church VBS

New Bethlehem Baptist Church, 37818 Reinninger Road (Hwy. 1023), Denham Springs, will hold Vacation Bible School June 11-15 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The age group for VBS includes all students entering K-4 through the sixth grade next school year. The theme of this year’s VBS is “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus.” Students participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make crafts, and devour yummy treats. They will also experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures and collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love. For more information, call the church at 243-8161 or e-mail nbbcwatson@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 8

New Covenant FME

Are your kids going bananas looking for summertime fun? In July, New Covenant Baptist Church, 215 Florida Ave., Denham Springs, will host Amazon Expedition: The Ultimate Trek Through Time – it’s a Family Mission Experience. Pastor Keith Zachary said organizers will transform the church into a lush Amazon rainforest. There will be activities for children 3 years old through fifth grade, and there will be youth and adult classes. Each night participants will come together for singing and then explore off the beaten paths through the amazing Amazon, experiencing breathtaking beauty, the wilderness wonder, and the dreadful danger of remote areas of the rainforest. Behind every bend and high in every tree, new treasures are just waiting to be discovered – the 7 Cs of Biblical history uncovered, tropical snacks shared, some rainforest recreation enjoyed, and Amazon crafts to complete. Zachary said Amazon Expedition is an exciting way for everyone to learn more about God’s plan, man’s need, and Jesus’ sacrifice. Amazon Expedition will take place July 8-12 from 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. Rainforest Festival, a pre-registration event, is scheduled for June 8 at 5 p.m. There will be fun activities, food, and back pack with school supplies giveaways. For more information, call 225-664-0858, visit at www.NewCovenantDS.com, or check the church’s Facebook page.

Friday, July 20

Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a free summer camp for girls age 13-17, and it will be held July 20-21. Camp Hope, is the youth ministry of A Door of Hope Ministries in Livingston. Campers will discuss various topics, including healthy relationships, abuse awareness, self-esteem, identity, peer pressure and bullying. There will be hands-on team building activities, bonfires, and “Girl Talk” at the end of each day. This will be a time to grow lasting relationships with the other campers and enjoy many fun activities. The main focus is to empower girls to be unique, bold, and confident in who God has created them to be. For more information, call 225.665.HOPE or email LeAnne at leanne@adoorofhopela.com.

Friday, July 20

Graham Family Reunion

There will be a Graham Family Reunion on July 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the new South Park Pavilion off Vincent Road in Denham Springs. There will be a pot of jambalaya and drinks provided for all guests, but guests are also asked to bring a small or medium dish to share. No drinking or crawfish are allowed. For more information, contact host Audrey Hughes at (225) 503-5271 or email chantellewalker24@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 28

Karts and Christ Manna Fest

Come meet former AMA Super Bike Champion and Yamaha Wall of Champions inductee Jamie James at The Way Church of Livingston's 1st Annual Karts and Christ Manna Fest on July 28 at 10 a.m. There will be racing karts, hot rods, a police motorcycle demonstration, a bouncy house, live music, jambalaya and fun for the whole family! Visit 34301 Weiss Rd. in Walker. For more information, email tim@thewaychurchds.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LPCC Summer Choir Camp

The Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs will host the LPCC Summer Choir Camp July 16-19, 2018, from 2:30-6 p.m. each day with a camp concert July 19 at 6:30 p.m. All children entering K-6th grade are welcome. Camp tuition of $60 includes a T-shirt and a daily snack. The camp will be held at Revival Temple Church, 28445 Walker Road South near I-12. Register online at www.LPCCsing.org. For more information, email BarbaraWalker@LPCCsing.org or call 225-247-8555.

Maison de Fleur tours

The public is invited to visit Maison de Fleur Independent and Assisted Living to enjoy lunch and a tour of the facility. Come see what the residents are raving about. Great staff, food, activities and outings. Let us help you continue your story. Visit 559 Rushing Rd. West, Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-238-1919.

Passion Play & River Cruise

Join Jamie Andreas on the Oberammergau Passion Play & the Romantic Danube River Cruise. The trip will last 12 days - June 4-15, 2020. AMA Waterways. For more information, contact Jamie Andreas - Holiday Travel at 225-380-5040 or Jmesue10@suddenlink.net.

VFW Travelers - D.C.

The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a Washington, D.C., trip. The trip is Sept. 19-27, 2018. The cost of the trip is $810 with a double occupancy. A $75 deposit is needed to hold your spot on the bus. Included in the trip fee is motorcoach transportation, lodging, 14 meals, and all tours and attractions. To see the trip plans, visit www.grouptrips.com (the code is vfwtravelers). For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930.

2nd chance AA meetings

2nd chance AA meetings are hosted on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Faithway Baptist Church, located at 31740 Pete Bankston in Holden. For more information, call Jason at 985-402-4306.

Work Ready U (WRU) Center

The Livingston Parish Adult Education Work Ready U (WRU) Center offers free classes to help you pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), along with free practice HiSET assessments. Additionally, they can help you build your academic skills to help your kids with homework, earn your HiSET diploma, improve job opportunities, or prepare for college. All of their services are free. Day and night sessions are offered at the Walker Adult Education Center, 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker. Daytime classes are Monday through Thursday from 8-11:15 a.m. and 12:15-3:15 p.m. Orientation/registration is every Friday at 8 a.m. Night classes are from 5-8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Other night classes are offered at two satellite locations every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.: Denham Springs Freshman High School, 940 N. Range Ave. (Rm. 307); and Albany High School, 1 Hornet Lane (in the library). To enroll or for more information, call 664-9427.

New Zealand Cruise

There will be a 13-day cruise to New Zealand aboard the Princess ship Majestic starting Dec. 30, 2018. The cruise departs from and returns to Sydney, Australia. Rates are per person, two per cabin, and include cruise, port charges, taxes and transfers. Air available - price will be based on date of booking. Pre or post nights available. Travel insurance is optional but very highly recommended. This will be a sell out - book now! Agent Jamie Andreas, Holiday Travel, 3020 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601. For more information and reservations, call 225-380-5040, visit www.gowithholidaytravel.com or e-mail jmesue10@suddenlink.net.

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.

Mattie Street Market

Shop from local artists and craftsmen and take a stroll through the Denham Springs Antique and Arts Village at the next Mattie Street Market, held on the first Sunday of each month from 1-5 p.m. Vendors will be at the intersection of Mattie Street and N. Range Ave. If you are a local artist or maker who is interested in participating, email mattiestreetmarket@yahoo.com.

Old South Jamboree

Visit the Old South Jamboree in Walker on the first Saturday of every month for a show that includes many local singers. The show starts at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $10, $5 for kids 6 - 12, and free for kids under 6. Refreshments available including hot dogs, cold drinks, and more. For more information, call 225-936-0349 or visit oldsouthjamboree.webs.com.

V. Watts Trade Day

Visit V. Watts Trade Mart, 13060 Florida Blvd., Livingston, on the second Saturday of every month for Trade Day, with vendors inside and outside selling antiques, collectibles and more. For more information, call 225-686-2791 or visit V. Watts Trade Mart on Facebook.

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 every third Saturday of the month. 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 songs. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free. Doors 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 Director Greg Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit www.grandcountryjunction.com.

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. For more information, visit www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.

Tavern Trivia Night

Every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. the Juban Crossing Movie Tavern will host six rounds of trivia, awarding prizes throughout the evening. Prizes include gift cards, movie tickets and film collectibles. Guests can also enjoy drink and food specials. For more information, visit www.movietavern.com.thetavern or call 960-4529.

Open Mic Night

Every Thursday from 8-11 p.m., singers and songwriters will perform in the Juban Crossing Movie Tavern bar area while attendees enjoy food and drink specials. No movie ticket required. For more information, visit www.movietavern.com/thetavern/ or call 960-4529.

Storytimes at the Library

Every week, the Livingston Parish Library offers storytimes for babies through age 5. Storytimes help develop pre-reading skills while children and their caregivers have 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, Mondays, ages 0-2, 9:45 a.m., and ages 0-5, 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays, ages 0-5, 10:30 a.m.; 686-4140. Main Branch, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4160. South Branch, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4170. Watson Library, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; 686-4180. NOTE: They will not host storytime from Dec. 25 through Jan. 4. Storytime will resume the week of Jan. 8 at regular times. For more information, call your preferred library or visit www.mylpl.info/storytime.

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.

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 for the month of May are as follows: Albany-Springfield Branch Gallery: Photography by Wade Sickinger; Albany-Springfield Branch Display Cases: Musical Instrument Collection by Chris Shipp; Denham Springs-Walker Branch Gallery: Denham Springs Fine Art Association Spring Juried Show; Main Branch Gallery: Sierra Bobo; South Branch Gallery: Amber Law; Watson Branch Display Cases & Gallery: Interdisciplinary Art by Sarah Dee Starkey. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Animal Shelter needs volunteers

Are you looking for a way to help the shelter animals? The Denham Springs Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers on Friday afternoons to bathe and walk the dogs that will be going to Petco on Saturdays and Sundays. They also need dog walkers/bathers on Mondays and Tuesdays for the dogs that will be spayed or neutered. Volunteers are also welcome any day of the week, preferably in the afternoon. If you are 18 or older, visit the shelter and sign a waiver. If you are under 18, you must have an adult with you. The shelter is located at 600 Bowman St. in Denham Springs For more information, call 225-664-4472.

Hospice volunteers needed

At Life Source Hospice, our mission is to provide care to the patients and families facing terminal illness. Our goal is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs for the terminally ill by providing compassionate and individualized care using integrity, heart and knowledge. Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice! Life Source Services volunteers are members of a dedicated group of loyal and sensitive individuals who give of themselves to help ensure the mission of hospice care. Each volunteer brings something special to hospice to help fulfill our mission. Life Source Services is always looking for committed volunteers to become a part of our hospice team. Volunteering with our program can be a rewarding experience – one that is appreciated by so many. There are many patients in the Livingston Parish area that can benefit from having a caring volunteer like you! If you want to bring joy and comfort to our patients by serving as a Hospice Volunteer, call us at 225-291-9421.

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 Tuesday 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, call Vi at 665-1201.

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.

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.

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