Coming Up!

Thursday, September 20

Americanism contests

VFW Post and Auxiliary 7017 of Denham Springs will sponsor the Americanism Program, which is open to students from Kindergarten through 5th grade and is based on three patriotic picture contests and one essay contest as follows: Category 1- Kindergarten - Color the American flag on 9x12-inch paper; Category 2 - 1st and 2nd grade - Draw and color the American flag on 9x12-inch paper; Category 3 - 3rd and 4th grade - Draw and color a historical event on 9x12-inch paper; Category 4 - 5th grade - Write or type an essay in 500 words or less on the topic “How I Honor Veterans.” Please include the student’s name, the school name and the teacher’s name on every entry in all categories. Deadline for all entries is Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.vfw.org or call Vi Singleton at 665-1201.

Patriot’s Pen

Calling all junior high students in grades 6-8: Do you want to win a possible $5,000? Enter the Patriot’s Pen Contest and write a patriotic essay on the topic “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The national winner wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930 or email vss2930@cox.net.

Voice of Democracy

Calling all high school students in grades 9-12: Do you want to win a possible $30,000 scholarship? Enter the VFW and Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Contest and submit a patriotic audio essay on the topic “Why My Vote Matters.” Call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930 or Carl Karnish at 225-916-7157. You can also email Debbie at vss2930@cox.net.

COA Craft Fair

The Livingston Council on Aging will host a Craft Fair for all seniors age 60 and older on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Denham Springs senior center, 949 Government Dr. There will be free refreshments and fun, so come out and help the seniors raise money for their needs. Craft booths are free. Call Sheri at 664-0664 to participate.

MIA/POW Remembrance

VFW Post and Auxiliary 7017 Denham Springs will honor in remembrance men and women who are Missing in Action and Prisoners of War (MIA­/POW) by setting a missing person’s table at the Denham Springs-Walker Library from Sept. 20-24. The public is invited to drop by and visit the table.

Women’s Leadership Special Event

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host the 2nd Annual Livingston Parish Women’s Leadership Special Event on Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. Guest speakers will be 21st Judicial District Juvenile Judge Blair Edwards and Lori Steele, the Public Information Officer for Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard. There will also be a Women’s Expo with seven informational booths for women’s health, stress management, finances and more. Admission is $30 for members pre-paid, $40 for future members/at the door or $240 for a table of 8 members. For more information or to RSVP, visit livingstonparishchamber.org.

Free Flu Shots

Ages 18 and up can get ready for flu season by getting a free flu shot at the following library branches, provided by Walgreens of Walker: the South Library, Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m.; the Main Library, Sept. 25, 4-6 p.m., or the Watson Library on Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Feeding Young Minds

Stop by the Albany-Springfield Library on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m., or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m., the Main Library on Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m., or the Watson Library on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. for a free meal sponsored by Mighty Moms in partnership with LPPS School Food Services. Feeding Young Minds is an initiative working to stop childhood hunger in Livingston Parish.

LEGO Challenge

Bring your LEGO skills to the Albany-Springfield Library on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. for new, fun challenges! LEGOs are provided. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Prime Time

PRIME TIME offers a set of unique, humanities-focused, and outcomes-based programs designed to engage underserved children and families. Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in 1991, PRIME TIME programs are proven to generate long-term improvements in family engagement and student academic achievement. PRIME TIME programs support children and families in inter-generational family reading and discussion. Programs partner with libraries, schools, museums, and other community service agencies to directly engage children, parents, teachers, educational administrators, and their communities in high-quality family-focused learning experiences. Visit the Main Library on Sept. 20 or 27 at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information, visit www.primetimefamily.org.

Teen Anime Club

Are you an anime addict? Do you go mad for manga? Those in grades 7-12 are invited to the Watson Library on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. to watch anime and discuss manga and learn about Japanese culture. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Game Night for Adults

Bring your friends for a fun night of games at the South Library on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. with console, board, card, RPG, dice and interactive storytelling games. You can even bring your own games from home! Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Pirate Island

Arrr you ready for some swashbuckling fun? Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. for this pirate-themed event with games and a craft! Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

‘Fragile Grounds’ discussion

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, “Water/Ways,” which will be on display through Sept. 22 at Old City Hall in Denham Springs, there will be a variety of events throughout the city. On Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., the Arts Council, located at 133 Hummell Street, will present a community book club discussion on “Fragile Grounds: Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries” by Jessica H. Schexnayder and Mary H. Manhein, with moderator John Cavalier. For more information, visit www.denhamspringsmainstreet.org.

Saturday, September 22

Livingston Founder’s Day

The Town of Livingston will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on Sept. 22 at Circle Drive Park, located across the street from Town Hall. The Founder’s Day event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include a special park dedication sponsored by McLin Construction, Stewart Family Medicine and the Town of Livingston at 9 a.m. There will also be food, live bands, games, snowballs, face painting, door prizes and raffles, as well as a variety of vendor booths. For more information on getting a vendor booth, call Kerri at 225-686-7153 or email kmcoxe@townoflivingston.com. There will also be a jambalaya cook-off. Participants must cook 3-5 gallons of jambalaya with any combination of pork, chicken and sausage. There will be monetary awards for the top three competitors - $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place – and they will each receive a plaque. There is no entry fee for the participants, but the jambalaya will be sold to the public to raise funds for repairs, renovations and improvements to the park. Anyone interested in participating in the cook-off can call Jessie at 225-313-9526 or email glascocj@bellsouth.net.

Fall children’s art class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 8-12 years old to a multi-media Fall Children’s Class on Sept. 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join instructor Sara Smith at the ACLP gallery, located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. The cost for the class is $10 and includes materials. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited, and we ask that no outside food or drink be brought in. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

First Pentecostal Church fundraiser

We at First Pentecostal Church of Livingston will be having a fundraiser to help build a separate facility for the children’s ministry on our campus, which is located at 29586 S. Frost Rd., Livingston, LA 70754. It is our greatest intention to reach the children of our community with Jesus before drugs, alcohol and crime reach them. These children need a good, safe place to have fun, be fed breakfast, play games, and to also hear the word of God taught to them! We are having a Bar-B-Q fundraiser to help expenses for the building on Sept. 22 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch plates include a BBQ leg quarter, baked beans, potato salad and a drink. The price is $7. Please RSVP by Sept. 15 by calling (225) 347-1376. Donations also can be sent to P.O. Box 508, Livingston, LA 70754.

Sunday, September 23

Greater St. Mark Baptist Church

The Greater St. Mark Baptist Church, 13590 Dunn Street, Walker, will host a 20th Year Pastoral Celebration Service for Rev. Edgar L. and First Lady Marvette C. Thomas at 2 p.m., on Sept. 23. Bishop Charles E. Wallace, pastor of Oasis Christian Church in Baton Rouge, will be the guest speaker. All are welcome!

Monday, September 24

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 Albany-Springfield Library on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Intermediate Excel

Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. for an Intermediate Excel 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 basic features of Excel along with entering, sorting, and computing data. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, September 25

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Ages 12-18 can suggest programs they would like to see, volunteer at the branch, and help choose books for the Young Adult section. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Random Fandom: TCG

Are you a fan of tabletop games? Ages 12-18 are invited to play games like Lightseekers, Magic: The Gathering, Ticket to Ride and more! Feel free to bring your personal decks of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh to play with others. Visit the Watson Library on Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Learn to Play Magic: The Gathering!

Looking for a new hobby or game to learn? How about Magic: The Gathering! - a long running popular trading card game entering its 25th year. Ages 13 and up are invited to visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. to shuffle up and learn to play, or, if you’re a veteran, stop by for a casual game with staff. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, September 26

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.

Hearth & Home Series: Botanical Soap-Making

Ages 18 and up are invited to add some bloom to your home and learn a new skill by making decorative soap filled with dried flowers, buds, and essential oil. The library will provide all supplies for this DIY activity. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 Wednesdays 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, September 27

Teen Reads: Star Wars Cantina

Celebrate your favorite literary hits every 4th Thursday of the month with a new theme each event. Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. for the Star Wars Cantina with Root Beer floats, galactic pour painting, and trivia. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. The club meets each month with a different theme. LEGOs provided. Registration 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 Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wild Crafts

This fall, the Livingston Parish Library is wild about crafts! Make an owl out of clay. Stamp a card with a bird stamp you made yourself. Catch light through a “stained glass” insect or bird you make. Come and create wild critters at the library! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, September 29

Hungarian Harvest Dance Celebration

The Hungarian Harvest Dance Celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the American Legion Hall, located on Hwy. 43 in Springfield, Louisiana. The festive event will feature Hungarian singing, the traditional Harvest Dance and a wine auction. People will dance to the musical talents of Ernest Breaux and his Poo-Yai Band. There will also be Hungarian Cabbage rolls, cabbage noodles, Kolbasz (Hungarian sausage) poboys and Hungarian pastries for sale. Advance tickets for adults are $12 or $15 at the door; advance tickets for children ages 6-12 are $7 or $10 at the door; and all children 5 years or younger get in free of charge. Doors open at 5 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Nichole McMorris at (985) 974-8045, Julia Ourso at (225) 567-3224, or Pauline Frisbie at (225) 294-3797. You can also visit our website, www.magyars.org.

Sunday, September 30

Fifth Sunday Singing

Historic Macedonia Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 1036 in Holden, will hold Fifth Sunday Singing on Sunday, Sept 30. The service will begin at 11 a.m. Following the service, there will be dinner on the grounds. For more information, contact the pastor, Bro. Roger Dunlap, at 225-664-4448.

Tuesday, October 2

H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups

The Hospice of Baton Rouge will host the H.O.P.E. Grief Support Group, a six-week support group session that provides a safe place for sharing and growth through grief, on Tuesdays, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The group facilitator is Christine Brasseaux, LMSW, THBR Social Worker. The classes take place at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive (off O’Neal Lane), in the Chapel on the first floor. Call Lauren Richard at the Hospice of Baton Rouge at (225) 767-4673 for more information or to reserve your spot. All groups are provided to the public at no charge.

Wednesday, October 3

Republican Women meeting

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Oct. 3, 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 Representative J. Rogers Pope. The public is welcome to attend. There is a charge for lunch; reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Edith Carlin at 225-324-3120 or e-mailing siscarlin@bellsouth.net.

Arts Council goes ‘Back to Nature’

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host the Contemporary Fiber Artists Exhibit “Back to Nature” for the month of October. This exhibit will feature both two- and three-dimensional works in fiber in a variety of genres. It will begin on Oct. 3 and end on Oct. 27. A reception will take place on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. Artists will be present, and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 5

Commodity pick-up

The next St. Vincent de Paul commodities pick-up will be held on Oct. 5 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at 2151 Tower Dr., Denham Springs. Bring picture ID for pick-up. Those who are not currently signed up must bring their picture ID, proof of Livingston residence and proof of income. For more information, call 225-665-1623. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Sunday, October 7

Victory Baptist Church homecoming

Victory Baptist Church, 31449 North Corbin Rd. in Walker, will celebrate 10 years of ministry on Oct. 7 with a special service at 10:30 a.m. and lunch for all in the Fellowship Hall immediately afterward. Their new pastor, Chad Ward, asked Founding Pastor Fred Dyess to bring the message for this day of celebration. Dyess served as pastor for eight years. Victory Baptist Church met on Sundays in the North Corbin Elementary School cafeteria for 3 1/2 years, and on Wednesday nights, they met in the pastor’s home. God then provided 14 acres of land and a new 12,000 square-foot building built with volunteer laborers from all over the United States. All members, former members, and the general public are invited to attend this special service and stay for lunch.

Plainview Baptist Church homecoming

Plainview Baptist Church, located at the corner of Walker South Rd. and Joe May Rd., will have their 71st Homecoming on Oct. 7. Services will start at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited for special singing, and Bro. Tommy Shipp will bring the morning message. Homecoming meal will follow in the fellowship hall. All past and present members, neighbors and friends are invited. For more information, call 225-235-0974.

‘The Nutcracker’ auditions

Auditions for Livingston Parish’s production of “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Tri-Parish Ballet and the Orlando Ballet, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Odyssey Academy of Dance, located at 31342 Hwy. 16 in Denham Springs. Auditions are open to all dancers 7 years old and older. Audition times are as follows: boys ages 7 and older, 12:30-1 p.m.; girls ages 7-10, 1-2 p.m.; girls ages 11-14, 2-3 p.m.; advance dancers (if in pointe bring shoes): 3-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10

AARP defensive driving class

An AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving class for seniors will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 1 - 5 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 AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information, call Sheri at 664-0664 or 664-9343.

Friday, October 26

Denham Springs COA Open House

The Livingston Council on Aging will host an Open House at the Denham Springs meal site, located at 949 Government Dr., on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attend for fun, food, door prizes and blood pressure checks. Flu shots will be available (insurance cards needed). All seniors 60 years of age and older are welcome to attend.

Saturday, October 27

Paws Party 2018

Paws Party 2018 is all about the animals! The event will be held on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Train Station Park in Denham Springs. There will be a costume contest, a bow tie contest, a float contest and a parade. Bring your pet or adopt a new one. On the day of the event, many shelters and rescues will be on site. The event will include vendors, demonstrations, vaccinations, chips, hot dogs, face painting and professional pictures with your dog. For more information, call 225-665-5176. To purchase tickets, visit https://app.etickets.to/buy/?e=16443.

Fall Arts & Crafts Fair

The Central High School Fall Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 10200 East Brookside in Baton Rouge in the school’s gym. Vendors interested in a booth can e-mail madalynncouillon@yahoo.com or anavarre@centralcss.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Denham Springs Lodge #297

As most of you know, the Flood of 2016 was devastating to our area. The Masonic Lodge, which was established in 1905, took nearly eight feet of water, and everything inside the building was a loss. Included in this loss were all the 5x7 pictures of the Masters of the Lodge. We are now trying to reach out to the families and get as many or all of the pictures back. We are hoping that someone in the families may have a picture or can get us a copy. It doesn't matter if it's color or black and white; it just needs to be a 5x7. Listed below is a list of each Master and the year they served. On these pictures, we ask that you write the name on the back so we can make sure we get it in the appropriate order, especially some of the early years, as most of us at the lodge would not know them. Pictures can be sent to the lodge or given to Mrs. Florence Crowder, Marshal Joe Shumate, Ronnie Coon PM/Secretary, or any member of the Masonic Lodge. For more information, call 225-963-0274 or email rcoon3@cox.net.

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.

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.

Big Kid Storytime

This summer, enter the world of Big Kid Storytime, designed for children grades K-2. Enjoy longer stories and amazing crafts! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on June 4 at 2 p.m. To see more library storytimes for babies, toddlers and children of all ages, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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: 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.

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.

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 jamie@lpn1898.com.

If you have an event you'd like to list on the site, submit it now!

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

  • To view our latest e-Edition click the image on the left.