Thursday, February 15
VITA Tax Preparation
Co-sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Internal Revenue Service, this event offers free tax preparation for participants with a low to moderate income for 2017. Sessions will be held at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 15 or Feb. 22 from 12:15 - 5:15 p.m. or Feb. 17 from 9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. or the Main Library on Feb. 17 or Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bring tax documents such as W-2s, 1099s, and information for deductions and credits along with a copy of last year’s tax return and a Social Security card for yourself, a spouse and dependents. You may also bring proof of a bank account for direct deposit. Volunteers will prepare most simple returns, but more complicated returns will not be processed. This program is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, call the branch hosting your preferred event, or visit http://www.cauw.org/vita/appointments.
Feeding Young Minds
Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 15 or Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m., the South Library on Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m., the Watson Library on Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., the Main Library on Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library on Feb. 21 at 3:30 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.
Slingin’ Iron re-grand opening
The public is invited to the Re-Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Slingin’ Iron CrossFit on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. Enjoy food, family, fitness and fun! The facility is located at 11013 Hwy. 190 in Walker.
LYP monthly meeting
The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, will meet Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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 Feb. 15 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.
Lift your eyes to the wonders of space this evening, with activities focusing on constellations, nebulae, and features to appreciate right above us. Ages 8-11 are invited to visit the South Library on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., the Main Library on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
In recognition and celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, children and their families are invited to the library’s very own unofficial Winter Games! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., the Albany-Springfield Library on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., or the Main Library on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. for indoor fun including activities inspired by figuring skating, skiing, and more. There will also be a story and craft. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Fellowship and Bible study
Hope Center will host a Fellowship and Bible study on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. The church is located at 10161 Florida Blvd. in Walker, in the Crossways Fellowship Hall. For more information, call 225-380-5040.
Arts Council of Livingston Parish exhibit
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host an exhibit featuring the work of 15 members of the Louisiana Photographic Society through January and February at its office in the Denham Springs Antique Village. The gallery, located at 133 Hummell Street, is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. The exhibit features an open theme and 55 family-friendly photos. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org or call 225-664-1168.
Ark Encounter last call
This is the last call for the Diamond Tours bus trip: The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum on April 23 - 28, 2018. The trip cost is $648. The group will depart from Walker at 8 a.m. For more information, call Jamie Andreas at 225-380-5040.
Saturday, February 17
FOLLS Book Sale
The Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS) is sponsoring a book sale at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. FOLLS supports the Livingston Parish Library by raising funds and helping to inform the public of the services provided by the libraries. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info. For more information on how to join FOLLS, visit www.folls.org.
Fallen Riders Polar Run
Fallen Riders Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps motorcycle riders and their families when the rider is injured or killed. The 2nd Annual Fallen Riders Foundation Polar Run is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. It is a 65-mile motorcycle ride with four stops throughout Livingston Parish. Registration is 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Feb. 17 at The Red Rooster, 18054 Florida Blvd., Holden. First bike out at 10 a.m., and last bike in at 2 p.m. Riders are $20 and passengers are $10. There will be door prizes, an auction, a 50/50 raffle and a Polar “Bare” Dunk. The stops are as follows: D’s Place, Double “D” Daiquiris, T’s Country and Sky’s Place. Come ride, have fun and support Fallen Riders Foundation!
In/Visible Science at LIGO
Come tour the world’s first successful gravitational wave observatory and learn about invisible science, invisible forces and visible interactions. 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/.
Grand Country Junction
Grab your sweetheart and come out for a night of great family fun and entertainment as the Junction Cast backed by Danny Harrell and the Nashville Addition Band proudly welcome Kyle Daigle to the Junction Stage. This will be a spectacular night of country music with a sprinkle of love. Others performing will be Brenda Harrell, Greg Sullivan, Kristen Conatser, Jim Hawthorne, Toni Black, Greg Manchester, Brett Bostwick and the Junction Boys Quartet. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under get in for free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. The Grand Country Junction is located just off Interstate 12 at Exit 19 in Satsuma at the Suma Crossing Theatre. For more information, please contact Junction Director Greg Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit the website at www.grandcountryjunction.com. Grand Country Junction thanks it sponsors Garry Lewis Properties, Team Toyota, Tire Engineers, Attorney Sherman Mack, Walker Pharmacy, Elite Chiropractic, Five Star Printing, Line7 Entertainment, Livingston Mower Supply and Home Center, Bear Creek Western Store, Faithful Companions Pet Grooming, Subway of Livingston and Satsuma, and Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor.
Sunday, February 18
Do you have what it takes to win Cupcake Wars at the Library? Find out by visiting the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. for three rounds of cupcake-filled competition. There will not be any baking, but you will be eating cupcakes. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Monday, February 19
Teen Trivia Night
Do you love trivia? Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m., the Watson Library on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m., or the South Library on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. to show off your knowledge of random facts at Teen Trivia Night. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Tuesday, February 20
Business Briefing & Breakfast
The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Briefing & Breakfast will be held on Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs. Guest speaker will be LABI’s Stephen Waguespack, President of the State Chamber of Commerce. Hear what is in store for Louisiana as the new year and the new session begins. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. RSVP required by Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. The cost is $20 pre-paid and $25 at the door or future members. For more information, call 225-665-8155 or e-mail email@example.com.
Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 20 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.
Young Writers Club
The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Young Writers Club meets Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Open to ages 12-18, the club’s goal is to help each other become better writers, to provide inspiration, and to offer advice and support. Each meeting, members practice writing in many different styles and genres to fine-tune skills and challenge themselves. Writers of all genres are welcome. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Eclectic Book Club
The Denham Springs-Walker Library Eclectic Book Club for ages 18 and up reads both fiction and nonfiction books across a variety of genres. The next meeting will be Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m., where the club will discuss “A Land More Kind Than Home” by Wiley Cash. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
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. 23, through March 6, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The group will not meet on Mardi Gras. The classes take place at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive (off O’Neal Lane), in the Chapel on the first floor. Please call Denise Domingue 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, February 21
Dining with Diabetes
Dining with Diabetes is a program that helps adults at risk or with Type 2 diabetes learn how to manage their condition through meal planning, label reading and portion control. The five-part educational series will be held March 14, 21, 28, and April 4. The date for a follow-up reunion class will be announced at a later time. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the North Oaks Livingston Parish Medical Complex, located at 17199 Spring Ranch Road in Livingston. The program will be conducted by Layne Langley, M.S., Area Nutrition Agent, with the LSU AgCenter and Dietetic Interns with North Oaks Medical Center. Participants will receive all information discussed at each class, tools to help successfully manage their condition and the opportunity to sample tasty, healthful diabetic-friendly dishes. The cost to attend the series is $40, which covers food and supplies. You should plan to attend all five classes to get the information presented as each class is a different topic. To attend this series of classes, please register online at store.lsuagcenter.com, then click Events & Seminars to register for “Dining with Diabetes- Livingston.” Seating is limited. Registration ends on Feb. 21. For more information, call Lanye Langely at 225-686-3020.
Get Your Business Found
The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host Google’s “Open for Business Free Workshop for Business” on Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. The free event is part of the Chamber’s partnership with Google. Attend to learn how to create a positive online experience for your customers to grow your business. For more information, call 225-665-8155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thursday, February 22
Mardi Gras Bead Art
Ever wonder what to do with all those left over Mardi Gras beads? Learn how to make a mosaic using a few simple materials and Mardi Gras beads at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. The library will provide all materials, but you are welcome to bring any beads you wish to get rid of. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Feb. 22 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 Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
LPL Improv Group
Teens and adults are invited to learn and develop improvisational/sketch skills by participating in interactive activities and exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Visit the Main Branch Library on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. for some acting fun that improves communication skills and provides a safe environment for creative learning and self-growth. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Friday, February 23
Senior Matter of Balance workshop
The Livingston Council on Aging at the Livingston meal site in Livingston will host a free Matter of Balance workshop in partnership with the Capital Area Agency on Aging called “Managing Concerns about Falls.” Join the COA for a free two-hour workshop, held one day a week (Fridays) for eight weeks, led by trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves. Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The workshop will be held at the Livingston senior meal site, located at 20170 Ohio St. in Livingston, starting on Feb. 23 from 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. To register or for more information, call (225) 686-7889 or 922-2525. There are only 15 slots available, and registration is first come first serve.
CJ Brown Ribbon Cutting
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting for CJ Brown, 1113 S. Range Suite 140, Denham Springs, on Feb. 23 from 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, February 25
Love Is In The Air Bridal Show
Carter Plantation in Springfield will host its first ever bridal show on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Tour the facilities, meet vendors, sample food and drink selections, and enter to win door prizes. There will also be a bridal fashion show and incentives for booking your big day at Carter Plantation.
Adverse Childhood Experiences training
Do you work with children? Do you work with the general public? Are you an educator? A health care provider? A law enforcement officer? Scout leader? Social worker? Church youth leader? Child care provider? Need LA-ADRA clock hours or CEUs? Just curious? Attend a free training session on Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at North Oaks –Livingston Parish Medical Complex. LP SADD is partnering with the Bureau of Family Health, Diversity Management, and Florida Parishes Human Services Authority to bring an Adverse Childhood Experiences training to Livingston Parish. Adverse childhood experience can cause social, emotional, and cognitive impairment. They are correlated to disability, disease, and early death. Sixty-Seven percent of the population has at least one ACE, and one in eight have more than four ACEs. Let’s make Livingston Parish strong by addressing this issue. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or get more information. Seating is limited. The training is free; however, there is an optional $1 certificate fee for LA-ADRA (6 clock hours) and a $35 money order for 3 CEUs from Southern. Neither is required.
Saturday, March 3
Arts Council new exhibit
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will welcome its 2017 Artist of the Year, Elizabeth Harman, along with talented art students from Albany and Holden for the month of March. The exhibit will begin Saturday, March 3, and will run through Thursday, March 29. The gallery is located in the Denham Springs Antique Village at 133 Hummell Street and is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A second Saturday reception will be held March 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Harman and student artists will be present to visit with. Light refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, March 8
CYT Baton Rouge
Tickets are on sale for Christian Youth Theater’s upcoming performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The Broadway-style musical will be held March 8-11 at the LSU Shaver Theatre in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children if purchased in advance at cytbatonrouge.org. The price at the door is $20. Ticket discounts for groups of 15 or more are $15 each. Tickets should be purchased online in order to select seating in advance. The 81-member cast, which includes many from Livingston Parish, will put on six productions of “The Little Mermaid” over a four-day span. For showtimes, visit cytbatonrouge.org.
Sunday, March 11
Special Event & Wedding Expo
Event Magazine’s Special Event & Wedding Expo will be held at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs on March 11 at 1 p.m. The expo features all types of events, including wedding, corporate, special occasion, holiday party, and more. Attend for a stress-free way to plan your event.
“Home in the Dome”
Abundant Life Church in Denham Springs will celebrate the grand re-opening of its 65,000-square-foot dome sanctuary on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. During the Great Flood of 2016, the dome sustained 5 feet of water. This hour long service will be an evening of hope and community, and local leaders and dignitaries will be in attendance.
Wednesday, March 21
AARP Driving Class
There will be an AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving Class for seniors on March 21 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 members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 664-0664 or 664-9343.
Saturday, April 7
Fill A Tummy 5K
Join Integrity Insurance in their race against childhood hunger in Livingston Parish at the Fill a Tummy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on April 7 at 8 a.m. at Circle Drive Park in the Town of Livingston. Proceeds go to the Mighty Moms Full Tummy Project. For more information, call 225-686-1217 or visit www.wegotyoucovered.org or www.getmeregistered.com.
Sunday, April 22
Evening of Memories
A.P. Foundation presents An Unforgettable Evening of Memories, an autism and special needs event. There will be a day of pampering from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Denham Springs Country Club with hair, make-up, nails, dress/suit fittings, face painting, a space walk and a photo booth, followed by the formal dance at North Park Recreation Center from 6:30 - 10 p.m. There will also be a golf tourney - 2-man scramble for $150 - with food, drinks and a raffle. Call to register. Organizers need volunteers, donations, beauticians, hair/make-up artists, manicurists, and donated dresses, shoes and suits for participants. For more information, or to register or volunteer, call DSCC at 225-665-6437, Rufus at 225-937-4852 or Valerie at 921-3113.
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 - Colorado
The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a Colorado trip. The trip is June 23-July 1, 2018. The cost of the trip is $910 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 informatino, call Debbie Sutton at 225 665-2930.
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. A special night is planned at all the Memorial Walls. To see the trip plans, visit www.grouptrips.com (the code is vfwtravelers). For more informatino, call Debbie Sutton at 225 665-2930.
Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest
Vfw Post 7017 Auxiliary announces its kick-off for the annual Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships. Students must submit an original piece of artwork on paper or canvas. For more information on this opportunity, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930, or visit VFWAuxiliary.org and click Scholarships.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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. 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.
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 are as follows: Albany-Springfield Branch Display Cases: Granite and Speckle Ware from the collection of Marc Bowman; Albany-Springfield Branch Gallery: Quilts by Lee DeMars and Friends; Denham Springs-Walker Branch Gallery: Selections by DeLou Glass and Gallery; Main Branch Gallery: Paintings by Melissa Basham; South Branch Gallery: Paintings by Kim Pierson; Watson Branch Display Cases & Gallery: Marlin Spike Knotting and Wood Carvings by Jesse Eaves. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
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.
Help Challenger Field
The Pilot Club of Denham Springs is seeking help to make Challenger Field a reality. A new ADA compliant baseball field would be used by mentally and physically disabled children from throughout Southeast Louisiana. Learn how you can help by calling 225-304-6225.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.