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Sunday, November 18

Thanksgiving Service

The West Livingston Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs will join together for their annual Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Roberts United Methodist Church in Denham Springs. The public is invited to attend.

Bass Pro Shops

Here is the Christmas schedule for Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs: Nov. 11-Dec. 24 - free crafts seven days a week, with a different craft each week, and Nov. 11-18 will feature a 20” tall Christmas drawstring bag; Nov. 12-Dec. 24 (Monday through Thursday only, 5-7 p.m.) - a free plush to the first 100 kids to have their photo taken with Santa, with a different plush each week; Nov. 10-20 - $5 Christmas Card package with 8 4x6 Christmas cards. For more information, visit basspro.com/santa.

Monday, November 19

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, Nov. 19, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Nov. 19 & 20, 10:30 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.; South Library: ages 0-5, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, November 20

Random Fandom: Sarah J. Maas

Are you obsessed with the fantasy novels of Sarah J. Maas? Test your knowledge in trivia games, enjoy delicious refreshments, and have fun with other members of the fandom at the Main Library on Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. Ages 12 –18. Registration 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 Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Hearth & Home Finger Knitting

Learn to knit without needles by using only your fingers. You don’t even need to know how to crochet or knit! Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Spy School

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next James Bond? Go undercover at the South Library on Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and test your skills at the Livingston Parish Library’s Spy School to earn your Secret Agent status. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, November 21

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.

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.

Friday, November 23

Christmas in the Village

The City of Denham Springs will host several events in the Antique Village during the Christmas season, beginning with the Lighting of Old City Hall on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. The evening will also feature a radio show of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. at Old City Hall. On Nov. 24, there will be a Christmas Open House in the downtown Denham Springs Antique District from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The annual Chef’s Evening and Wine Tasting, a ticketed event, will be held on Nov. 29 from 7-9 p.m. in the Denham Springs Antique District. The Denham Springs Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Christmas Parade starting at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, followed by the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Train Station Park on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. On Dec. 15, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will put on a Live Nativity at Train Station Park, starting at 6 p.m. There will also be Christmas Caroling in the Village on Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 27. The Antique Village Toy Drive will run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 8. For more information, visit www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.com.

Saturday, November 24

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day to show support for locally-owned businesses in your community by “shopping local” on Nov. 24. You are encouraged to take selfies and tag Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce with these hashtags: #LPChamber #ShopLivingstonParish #LoveLivingstonParish If you are a small business located in Livingston Parish, call the Chamber office at (225) 665-8155 to find out how you can participate.

Thursday, November 29

Girls Night Out

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting a Girls Night Out on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Join Artist Instructor Shelly Frederick at the ACLP Gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs, to use acrylic paints and paint a snowman on canvas. Grab a girlfriend and enjoy a night of fun! There is a $35 supply fee. Reserve your space soon as seating is limited. Registration deadline is Nov. 27. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Guys Only Chorus

Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs (LPCC) is starting a “changed voice” male chorus open to all ages with free tuition. It is not too late to join, and no prior experience is needed. Rehearsals will be held at Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd, Walker, on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. A final rehearsal will be held at Live Oak United Methodist Church, 34890 La. Hwy. 16, Watson, on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. The annual LPCC Christmas Concert will be held at LOUMC on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Founder Regina Walker wrote a TTB arrangement of “Silent Night,” which she will conduct at the concert on Dec. 7. For more information, call 225-247-8555 or email info@LPCCsing.org.

Saturday, December 1

Breakfast with Santa

Come visit with Santa and Oakley, the Live Oak Eagle, at the Live Oak High School cafeteria on Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. There will be breakfast, games, crafts, music, fun, prizes, face painting and visits with special guests. Advance tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at www.liveoakhigh.org (click Online Payments). Children age 1 and under are free. A portion of the ticket proceeds will help others in need this holiday season through 4-H community service projects. For more information, call 225-271-3757 or email delanea.buffalo@lpsb.org.

Christmas Watercolor Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 6-12 years old to a Watercolor Painting Class on Dec. 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. Join instructor Shelly Frederick at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. Students will watercolor paint a Christmas design. The cost for the class is $10 and includes supplies. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Register early, as space is limited. Dress in appropriate clothing for a painting class. No outside food or drink allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Walker Christmas Parade

The City of Walker annual Christmas Parade will be Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. You may enter to participate in the parade by filling out an entry form at www.walker.la.us and email it to lisa.frey@walker-la.gov. Line-up starts at Walker High School at 10 a.m. The parade travels down Burgess Avenue, turns right onto Hwy. 447, turns right onto Florida Blvd. to Palmetto, then ends at Walker High. Santa will be in the park at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 2

St. Joseph Winter Wonderland

The 10th annual St. Joseph Catholic Church “Winter Wonderland” Food Festival - A Taste of French Settlement will be held Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Local favorites on the pavilion will include chicken and andouille gumbo, seafood gumbo, pistolettes, fried fish, jambalaya, chicken tenders, hamburgers and more. There will also be a Sweet Shop with a large selection of homemade candy, cookies, cakes and soft serve ice cream treats. Other activities include craft booths (paintings, jewelry, wreaths, LSU and Saints items, bows, gift baskets, more), free activities for children (Santa, hay ride, crafts) and a classic car and truck show. The 3rd annual Light Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. with prizes. Visitors will also be able to tour Father Jason’s famous miniature Christmas Village, which includes New York City, Disney World, London and other landmarks. 

Monday, December 3

Kids’ Orchestra

Kids’ Orchestra is proud to present the Winter 2018 Neighborhood Concert Series. Attend for an evening of music and fun performed by talented youths from 27 East Baton Rouge Parish schools. These concerts allow students to showcase their skills and celebrate the culmination of their hard work throughout the semester. All performances begin at 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Schedule: Dec. 3 – Mayfair Laboratory School; Dec. 4 – Westdale Heights Academic Magnet; Dec. 5 – Park Ridge Academic Magnet School; Dec. 5 – LaSalle Elementary; Dec. 6 – The Dufrocq School; Dec. 10 – Claiborne Elementary; Dec. 10 – First United Methodist Church (Kids’ Choir at 6 p.m.); Dec. 11 – Ryan Elementary; Dec. 12 – Greenbrier Elementary. Kids’ Orchestra, a privately-funded nonprofit, is the largest after-school music program for elementary-age students in the nation. To learn more visit kidsorchestra.org.

Wednesday, December 5

Livingston Parish Republican Women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, 123 Aspen Square in Denham Springs, which is just north of I-12 off Range Ave. There will be representatives from The Christmas Crusade, Assess the Need, and Make a Wish Foundation. Bringing an unwrapped gift would be greatly appreciated. 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-maillinf siscarlin@bellsouth.net.

Thursday, December 6

Christmasville Spectacular

First Baptist Church of Denham Springs will present Christmasville Spectacular on Dec. 6, 7 & 8. Everyone is invited to start a new family tradition that will give you the Christmas experience of a lifetime. Start indoors and sing along with family and friends your favorite Christmas carols. You can then transition outdoors where you will encounter carolers and interactive story cabins where cast members and actors invite you into the stories surrounding the first Christmas. Enjoy authentic sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas as you enter our Christmas Wonderland Gym to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and taste the freshly baked pastries. Inside you will also find Santa and his helpers busy at work. With all this going on, don't forget to stop by the petting zoo and catch a ride on the Bayou Express Train. This is a fun and interactive experience for the whole family. Please visit firsdenham.com/connect/christmasville for more information.

Christmas in the Pines

Historic Macedonia Baptist Church, 34685 Hwy. 1036, Holden, will hold their 10th annual Christmas in the Pines on Dec 6. Service will begin at 6 p.m. This is an old-fashioned celebration of Christmas with special music and congregational singing. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this great way to start the Christmas season. For more information, call the pastor, Bro. Roger Dunlap, at 225-664-4448 or 225-939-7720.

Saturday, December 8

Denham Christmas Parade

The annual 2018 First Guaranty Bank Christmas Parade presented by Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs will be held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Line up starts at 9 a.m. The theme this year is “Christmas on the Bayou.” The parade will start at Healing Place Church on Florida Blvd., then go west on Florida Blvd, turn left on Veterans to Range Ave., turn left onto Range Ave. to Florida Blvd., then turn left on Florida Blvd. and end at Healing Place Church. For more information, call 225-803-2234 or 225 -791-7964.

Saturday, December 15

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting two Holiday Cookie Decorating Classes on Dec. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 3 p.m. with instructor Shelly Frederick. The fee is $25 for you and one child (ages 6 and up) and includes all supplies. You will leave with one dozen decorated cookies. The cost is $10 for each additional child and will include a half dozen more cookies. Registration is required as seating is limited. Deadline to register is Dec. 12. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Aprons/appropriate dress is suggested. The classes will be held at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

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

Christmas Caroling in the Village

Organizers of the Denham Springs Antique Village’s 4th annual “Christmas in the Village” invite the public to participate in an old-fashioned Christmas Caroling in the Village. They are looking for small or large groups who would like to sing Christmas carols at 10 designated music stops in the Antique Village on three Saturdays: Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. You can participate on any one or more of the scheduled dates. It takes about an hour to complete all stops, generally singing two songs at each stop. You may play instruments or sing a capella. After you complete your 10 music stops, visit the Old City Hall on Mattie Street and receive a “Thank You” gift as appreciation for participating. To join, contact Al Bye at 225-931-0704 or aabye@cox.net, and have at least two choices of times you would like to participate in the caroling. You will then be given a designated time and will be emailed the layout of the music stops. This activity is open to families, church groups, school groups, or friends.

ACLP call for entries

Former and current residents of Livingston Parish are invited to submit their original traditional and contemporary art for possible exhibition and possible publication in a coffee-table style book entitled “Preserving the Culture of Livingston Parish.” Juried entries of fiber art, paintings, photographs, pottery, sculptures, and woodworking pieces as inspired by life in Livingston Parish will be considered. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 30. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org.

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.”

‘100 Under 100’ exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host a “100 Under 100” Exhibit for the months of November and December. Artists of various mediums will fill the gallery with 100 items priced under $100, as well as a few over, for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Now is the time to find the perfect gift of art for that art lover or that hard to buy for person while supporting local artists. The exhibit will begin on Saturday, Nov. 3 and end on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Arts Council is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The gallery is located at 133 Hummell Street in Denham Springs. For more information, email the Arts Council at artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net, visit www.artslivingston.org, or call (225) 664-1168.

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.

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/.

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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