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Monday, January 14

Library storytimes

The Livingston Parish Library hosts storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that focus on developing early literacy skills. Schedule: Denham Springs-Walker Library: ages 0-2, Jan. 14, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Jan. 14 & 15, 10:30 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. South Library: ages 0-5, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.; For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Charity Crochet

Craft for a cause with plarn crochet. Learn how plastic yarn can be made from plastic bags and then crocheted into sleeping mats. This event is for all ages. Try the activity at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. or work independently and bring your plarn or mats to help with a community charity project. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, January 15

Sunny Side-Up Movie Day

Visit the Watson Library on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. for the Sunny Side-Up Inspirational Book Club Movie Day, where they will watch the inspirational movie “Wonder.” Synopsis: A 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity attends school for the first time when he begins the fifth grade. With the support of his parents, he learns how to make friends and adjust to his new environment. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Pizza Herb Garden

Nothing tastes better than freshly-picked herbs! Plant and decorate your very own pizza kitchen herb garden to take home! Visit the South Library on Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. or the Main Library on Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. to learn how to grow and care for herbs, dry and store herbs, and pick flavor and food combinations! Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Cookie Clash

Do you have what it takes to win Cookie Clash at the Library? Find out by visiting the Main Library on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. for three rounds of cookie competition! You won’t be making cookies, but you will be eating some! Ages 12-18. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Random Fandom

Do you totally geek out over your favorite movies, T.V. shows, or book series? Ages 12-18 are invited to celebrate their fandoms with other teens with discussions, trivia, games, crafts, snacks and more! Each month, there will be a different fandom. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Advanced Sign Language classes

Learn American Sign Language is hosting advanced sign language classes on Tuesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 19, from 7-9 p.m., at 8327 Lockhart Rd, Denham Springs. For more information, call (225) 290-7168.

Wednesday, January 16

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.

Feeding Young Minds

Visit the Main Library on Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m., or the Albany-Springfield Library on Jan. 17 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.

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, January 17

Denham Springs-Walker Book Club

The Denham Springs-Walker Book Club reads from all collections with a mission no more purposeful than the enjoyment of club members. The next meeting is Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Chamber Cheers

Skip the rush hour traffic while chilling with some of your chamber peers. There will be a members only event that allows you to talk shop with those in attendance on Jan. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Juban Crossing Movie Tavern. You can also purchase professional head shots with Amy K & Co. For more information, email staff@livingstonparishchamber.org.

LYP monthly meeting

The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, will meet on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Juban Crossing Movie Tavern. For more information, e-mail april@livingstonparishchamber.org.

LEGO Challenge

Bring your LEGO skills to the Albany-Springfield Library on Jan. 17 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.

Teen Anime Club

Are you an anime addict? Do you go mad for manga? Those in grades 7-12 are invited to visit the Watson Library on Jan. 17 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.

LEGO Fun Fest

Calling all LEGO lovers! There will be something fun for every age at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. as we enjoy LEGO-inspired games and activities. Bring the whole family and be ready to build. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, January 18

Calligraphy & Zentangle for Beginners

Ages 18 and up are invited to start the new year with a series of fun-filled classes that will blend the arts of Calligraphy and Zentangle drawing. No previous experience needed! The class will be held at the Albany-Springfield Library on Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Ribbon Cutting: A Door of Hope

The public is invited to celebrate the beginning of a new residential program at A Door of Hope, 12201 Florida Blvd., Livingston, on Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. There will be an Open House at 11:15 a.m. A Door of Hope is a faith based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to break the vicious cycle of life controlling issues and self-destructive behaviors such as abuse, addiction, eating disorders, depression, abortions, or self-harm through the love and power of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 686-7747 or visit adoorofhopela.com.

Saturday, January 19

Baseball Clinic

Crushers Baseball will host a Baseball Clinic on Jan. 19, 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at North Park in Denham Springs for boys ages 8-13. MLB’s Colin Rodgers, Dunham High School’s hitting coach Beau Brignac, and Crushers coaches Chris Steele and John Harvey will instruct sessions on hitting, pitching, fielding, and base-running. Boys will be grouped from beginner to advanced players. There will be something for all levels to learn and improve skills for the upcoming spring season. Drop-off starts at 8:30 a.m., and lunch and Gatorade will be provided. The clinic costs $75. To purchase tickets, visit Crushers Baseball on Facebook.

2019 Vaccine and Microchip Clinic

The Dog People of Livingston Parish will host their first vaccine clinic of the year with Dr. Allen from Vetagogo on Jan. 19 from 12-3 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. in Denham Springs. There will be vaccines, microchips, heartworm tests, ID tags, collars and leashes and flea and heart worm prevention. No appointment necessary.

The Christmas Debacle

Serenity Academy of Performing Arts will host “The Christmas Debacle” at North Park in Denham Springs on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to watch them continue the Christmas Spirit in January with dancing, singing, and comedy. To purchase tickets, visit Serenity Academy of Performing Arts on Facebook.

Grand Country Junction

The Grand Country Junction will have a 12th Anniversary Spectacular on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. This month will feature guest MC Roger Gill of 104.7 The Highway. The Junction will showcase The Powell Family Children from the Town of Livingston and many of your favorite Junction artists. Grand Country Junction is a country-western show that takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The show features a live band and talent from Livingston and surrounding parishes. The show is located at the Suma Crossing Theater at 28975 South Satsuma Road in Livingston. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Monday, January 21

Austin Baroque Orchestra

The Austin Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists will present “Carnevale Veneziano,” a concert of chamber music from 17th-century Venice, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. An informal pre-concert talk will begin 30 minutes before the program. The concert is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $15. The ensemble, founded and directed by Denham Springs native Billy Traylor, will be making its second appearance in south Louisiana. The program will aim to capture the sound world of such luminaries as Galileo, Carvaggio, Bernini, and St. Aloysius Gonzaga, with music by titans like Claudio Monteverdi, Giulio Caccini, and Antonio Vivaldi, as well as lesser-known names like Dario Castello, Sigismondo d’India, and Luzzascho Luzzaschi. St. Aloysius Catholic Church is located at 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge, LA, 70808.

Tuesday, January 22

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, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The classes take place at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive (off O’Neal Lane), in the Chapel on the first floor. All groups are provided to the public at no charge. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit https://hospicebr.org/bereavement or call Group Facilitator Christine Brasseaux at (225) 341-9703 or (225) 767-4673.

Wednesday, January 23

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2019 Annual Meeting | State of Business Address on Jan. 23 at Forrest Grove Plantation, with check-in at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m. The event, presented by Cox Business, will feature a keynote address by Celton Hayden Jr. President CEO | CC’s Coffee House. The Livingston Parish Businesses of the Year will be announced, and the Chamber board chair will be sworn in - John Blount passes the gavel to Candy Forbes. There will also be takeaways at each table and an opportunity to win the top prize at each table. For costs, to RSVP or for more information, visit livingstonparishchamber.org.

Saturday, January 26

Gumbo Cook-off

The 9th Annual Watson Bird and Sausage Gumbo Cook-off will be held at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 26. Gates open at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies slated to begin at 11 a.m. Tickets for the cook-off are $10 apiece, and all proceeds from the cook-off will be donated to Quad Area Vets & Mission 22.

Financial Aid/TOPS Workshop

The What’s Next? Program and College Tour was started in 1999 as an enrichment program for high school students to prepare them for the future and what’s next in their lives. They will offer a free financial aid/TOPS workshop on Jan. 26 from 12-2 p.m. at Roberts United Methodist Church, 201 Julia Street, Denham Springs. Register online at www.WhatsNextEducation.org.

Saturday, January 26

Drawing and Painting Art Classes

Instructor Kerry Curtin will host the Children’s Spring 2019 Drawing and Painting Art Classes for 2nd-6th graders at South Live Oak Elementary School in Room 602 (drive to the back of the school). Each session will consist of four class meetings on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. Schedule: Session 1 - Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19; Session 2 - Feb. 26, March 12, March 19, March 26; Session 3 - April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30. Students should bring #2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16”x20”. The class fee is $45 or $40 for ACLP members per session. Make payments to ACLP at the first class meeting for each session. For more information or to enroll, call Curtin at 954-2700. Sponsored by: The Arts Council of Livingston Parish.

Saturday, February 2

Livingston Parish Library Comic Con

Save the Date: The 2019 Livingston Parish Library Comic Con is coming! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 2 from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate your favorite fandoms.

Monday, February 4

ACT Tutoring

The What’s Next? Program and College Tour was started in 1999 as an enrichment program for high school students to prepare them for the future and what’s next in their lives. They will offer an eight-week ACT tutoring program beginning Feb. 4. The classes will take place at Roberts United Methodist Church, 201 Julia Street, Denham Springs, from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $50 per student, with pre-registration required. The class is limited to 15 students. Register online at www.WhatsNextEducation.org.

Tuesday, February 5

Hope Chests support group

Hope Chests, a support group for breast cancer patients and their families, will have their next meeting on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, 10310 The Grove Blvd., in the 4th floor lobby. There will be a tour of the new facility. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact sprescott@ochsner.org or call 761-5296. Sponsored by Ochsner Health Systems and generous donor gifts.

Saturday, February 9

Understanding the NCAA Clearinghouse

The What’s Next? Program and College Tour was started in 1999 as an enrichment program for high school students to prepare them for the future and what’s next in their lives. They will offer a free program called, “Student First! Athlete Second! Understanding the NCAA Clearinghouse” on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Denham Springs-Walker Library, 8101 Florida Blvd. Register online at www.WhatsNextEducation.org.

Saturday, February 23

Bonfire Party at the Fairgrounds

Jarreau Entertainment will host a Bonfire Party at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The bonfires will be professionally made, and there will be live music from Chase Tyler, Parish County Line, The Chris Leblanc Band and Downfall. There will also be a fireworks show as well as food and alcohol vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate, and there are VIP packages available. You can purchase tickets at Laguna Beach Daiquiris and Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill. For more information, visit www.jarreauentertainment.com or call 225-333-8305.

Saturday, March 30

Walker High Class of 1974 reunion

The Walker High School 1974 Class Reunion will be held in the Walker Freshman High auditorium, 13443 Burgess Ave., Walker, on March 30, 2019, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Graduates, staff members and administrators are invited. Those interested can reach out on Facebook – search “Walker High School Class of 1974 Reunion” or call Jesse Barksdale 504-231-3720 or Leanna Harris 225-505-4097.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VFW Travelers Florida trip

The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a trip to Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. The trip is scheduled for April 8-13, 2019. We will spend an entire day at the Holy Land Experience, a theme park about the Bible, and also visit Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Pier, Gatorland, Tiffany Chapel and Florida Natural Museum. The cost of the trip is $580 (double occupancy), which includes transportation, eight meals, admission to attractions and lodging. Our travel group is for adults 55 and older. For more information, call Debbie at (225) 665-2930 or Vi at (225) 665-1201. You can also visit our website at www.grouptrips.com, code “vfwtravelers.”

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.

Vision Rehab Services

The Lighthouse Louisiana mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy. Their Baton Rouge location on North Flannery Road now offers no-cost Vision Rehab Services. These services include a Low Vision Clinic, Daily Living Skills classes, and Assisted Technology Training. Lighthouse Louisiana is an Equal Opportunity\Affirmative Action employer to individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, females, and minorities. Call Lighthouse Louisiana at 225-275-1200 x 245 to maximize your current vision today!

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.

Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market

The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open on 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.

Walker Farmers Market

The Walker Farmers Market is held on the first and third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 9360 Florida Blvd., in front of Hebert’s Cajun Meats. Items include handmade jewelry and crafts, homegrown vegetables and fruits, local honey and bee products, fresh eggs, soap, lotions, bathbombs, homemade desserts and breads, quilts, purses, pot holders, jellies, pickles, sauces, candles, woodwork, signs and more! If you would like to be a vendor, email walkerfm@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/.

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.

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