Thursday, May 16

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 May 16 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Genealogy 101

Budding genealogy enthusiasts are welcome to join a free two-part course on research basics, led by guest instructor John Singleton on May 16 and 17 at 10 a.m. Basic online searching skills needed; please bring a bag lunch for each session. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Feeding Young Minds

Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on May 16 at 5 p.m., the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. or the Main Library on May 22 at 2:30 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. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Young Professionals Mixer

Make connections, build your professional network and meet new friends at the Livingston Young Professionals Mixer at Zea Rotisserie & Bar at Juban Crossing on May 16 at 5 p.m. LYP members receive a free drink, and there will be a cash bar. For more information or to RSVP, email chamber@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Free Play in May

Play, learn, and grow together at the library! Discovery centers will be available for your child to have free play while learning at several interactive stations at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. or the Watson Library on May 21 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

LEGO Challenge

Bring your LEGO skills to the Albany-Springfield Library on May 16 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 the Watson Library on May 16 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.

Friday, May 17

Wiggle Worms: Music and Movement

Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited wiggle and dance at the Main Library on May 17 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, May 18

LDWF Boater Education Certification

The Gonzales Boat Club is offering boater education at its clubhouse located at 13377 Diversion Canal Rd, St. Amant, LA, 70449, on May 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class is open to anyone 10 years or older. This certification is required for anyone born after January 1, 1984, to operate a boat with a motor of 10 HP or greater. You can register online at the LDWF website www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses (the password is GONZALES), or call Dean Coates at 225-505-0718.

LIGO Science Saturday

Visit the LIGO - Livingston Science Education Center for Free Science Saturday to learn about the Sounds of Science on May 18. 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

Attend the Grand Country Junction on May 18 for a Country Hits and Gospel Show featuring the Day 3 Trio from Mobile, Alabama. 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.

Sunday, May 19

The Town of Livingston will host "The Hardy Party Presented by Neighbors Federal Credit Union” Sunday night at Circle Drive Park, located at 20550 Circle Park Drive, Livingston, LA 70754, to support local American Idol contestant Laine Hardy. Laine and the Hardy family have been longtime members of Neighbors FCU. The event starts at 6 p.m. on May 19 and will feature live entertainment from The Band Giacomo and Barrett Morgan before the watch party starts at 7 p.m. There will be two jumbo screen televisions available for watching the season finale of American Idol. 

Monday, May 20

Golden Age Movie Club

Do you long to return to the good old days? Maybe you can’t really go back to a simpler era, but you can visit it for a few hours. Come enjoy movies from the 50’s and 60’s with your peers at the South Library on May 20 at 9 a.m. Get down with Elvis and Ann Margaret or draw down in the Old West with the Duke. There’s always fun at the Golden Age Movie Club. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Medicare 101

If you are 65 or turning 65 soon, your mailbox is likely full of Medicare information. Come to this informative session and learn the basics of Medicare enrollment, including learning your Medicare A, B, C, and D’s at the Albany-Springfield Library on May 20 at 2 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 21 at 10 a.m. A Q & A period will follow the presentation. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Intermediate Word

Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. for an Intermediate Word class. This class is for students that have completed the Microsoft Word Basics class. More advanced features of Word will be covered. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, May 21

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 21 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.

Idea Lab Create: Calming Candles

Traffic, family, and money are common sources of stress, and unaddressed stress can cause mental and physical problems for anyone. If your daily routine is making you feel stressed out, visit the South Library on May 21 at 6 p.m. as they Go Green in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Have fun creating a calming candle, and learn ways to optimize your mental health with tips from Mental Health Americas. #BreakTheStigma #AddressYourStress Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, May 22

Library storytimes

The Livingston Parish Library hosts storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that focus on developing early literacy skills. Schedule: Watson Library: ages 0-5, May 22, 10 a.m. 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.

First Place 4 Health

First Place 4 Health, a Christ-centered total-wellness program, is starting a new session on May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Denham Springs. An informational meeting will be held on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at FBCDS. Find out how to achieve emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. For more information, contact Janice David at (225) 937-4577 or jan.david@charter.net.

Thursday, May 23

Council on Aging Annual Meeting

The Livingston Council on Aging will hold its annual meeting in the Senior Center at 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 8 a.m. Board members from the Livingston Parish area will be elected. Board members are chosen based upon interest in the aging. Anyone desiring to serve on the board should notify the Livingston Council on Aging, P.O. Box 658, Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. Board meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 10 a.m. The COA will also celebrate being in business and helping the seniors of Livingston Parish for the past 46 years. There will be food, activities, music and door prizes to celebrate this occasion. The COA thanks to all of its sponsors from businesses here in Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas. This function is sure to be a huge success. Attend the event to celebrate and join in on all of the festivities.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27 at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum, 1710 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs. The event is presented by VFW Post 7017. For more information, call Vance Sutton at 225-665-2930.

Saturday, June 1

Louisiana Photographic Society at ACLP

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will feature photographs by members of the Louisiana Photographic Society (LPS) from June 1 through July 27. The mission of LPS is to advance and promote the art of photography in the River Parishes of south Louisiana. An opening reception will take place on June 15 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Arts Council is located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Monday, June 3

Bears Basketball Camp

Girls and boys going into grades 1-8 can attend a Bears Baseball Camp on June 3-6 at the North Corbin Junior High School Gym from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cost is $70 (pre-registration), $35 for each additional camper, and the price increases to $85 at the door. To pre-register, send a check made payable to Rudy Smith to 32725 North Corbin Road, Walker, LA 70785. Include the camper’s name, parent’s name, a phone number, an emergency contact, the grade the camper will be in next school year and the camper’s and T-shirt size. For more information, call or text 225-921-1387 or email rudy.smith@lpsb.org.

Summer theater camp

A summer theater camp will be held for students in grades 2-12 in which students will learn the art of acting and have the opportunity to perform for friends and family on the last day of camp. The camp runs June 3-6 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at South Walker Elementary. It will conclude with a final showcase at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The price for the camp is $135 per student, which includes materials, and there is a discount for siblings ($120 per sibling). Checks must be made payable to Fabiola Reno, the organizer of the camp. Parents interested in a registration form are encouraged to email Reno at fabby225@gmail.com or fabiola.reno@lpsb.org. Registration is now open.

Club OutReach June Fest

Club OutReach will have its annual June Fest summer camp June 3-14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for ages 5-15. The camp will be held at the Club OutReach Center, 30277 Sunset St. in Walker. Registration fee is $25. The registration date is May 24 at the center from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, T-shirts and a field trip will be provided. They are accepting donations to sponsor this camp to provide a fun, learning and safe haven for the youth. They are also renovating the building, which will create a more relaxed environment. For more information, call Rose Pittman at (225) 665-4341 or Mary Maiden at (225) 664-1907.

Tuesday, June 4

ACLP Summer Dance Camp

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish welcomes children ages 6 – 9 years old to a Summer Dance Camp. It will be held June 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. Dancers will learn classical ballet terminology and the fundamentals of jazz through musical theater style from instructor Misty Bibby-Hardy while learning dances to The Greatest Show. There will be a 30-minute lunch break in between the two sessions from 12-12:30. Bring a bag lunch. If possible, students are encouraged to wear proper dance attire: leotard, tights, and ballet and jazz shoes. Otherwise, students should wear comfortable clothes they can move in. Ballet and jazz shoes in various sizes will be available to be used during camp. There is no guarantee of specific shoes size availability. The cost for the camp is $60. Prepayment is required to register. For more information, call 225-664-1168, email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Saturday, June 8

VFW Travelers 2019 trips

You are invited to join one or two of the VFW Travelers’ 2019 motorcoach trips. There will be a Colorado Trip June 8-16, 2019, for $800, and a Myrtle Beach Show Trip October 20-26, 2019, for $705. These prices include motorcoach transportation, lodging, most meals, and admission to all attractions. To join a tour or for more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930, or visit their website, www.grouptrips.com, and use their code - vfwtravelers.

Sunday, June 9

Magnolia Baptist Church VBS

Magnolia Baptist Church, 21445 La. Hwy. 442, Holden, will present Vacation Bible School, “VBS Superheroes,” on June 9-12 from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m. for children in Kindergarten - 5th grade. June 13 is family night starting at 5:30 p.m. All are invited!

Tuesday, June 18

Visual Arts Summer Camp

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 8-12 to participate in their Visual Arts Summer Camp. Instructor Dena Olinde will teach the children how to do foil and sharpie ocean sunsets on cardstock bases the first day of camp. On days 2 and 3, the students will make multi-media sun shines with scrap book paper and acrylic paint on cardboard or pizza boxes. The camp will be held June 18-20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. The cost is $30 and includes supplies. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. Dress in appropriate clothing for painting. No outside food or drinks allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Monday, June 24

Children’s Summer 2019 Drawing and Painting Art Classes

Instructor Kerry Curtin is hosting his children’s Summer 2019 drawing and painting art class in for grades 2-6 at South Live Oak Elementary School in Room 602 (drive to the back of the school). The class will take place on four consecutive evenings, June 24-27, from 6-7:30 p.m. Fee is $45 per session for non-members ($40 for Arts Council of Livingston Parish members). Students will focus on the elements of art and the principles of design as they create drawings and paintings. Exercises using pencil, charcoal, and watercolor will be completed during the sessions. Students should bring regular No. 2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16”X 20” (optional). The classes are sponsored by the ACLP. Make payment to ACLP at the first class meeting for each session. For more information or to enroll, call 954-2700.

Tuesday, June 25

“Images of Summer” Visual Arts Summer Camp

Instructor Kerry Curtin will teach students ages 8-12 acrylic painting, watercolor and drawing lessons with a focus on images of summer. The cost for the camp is $30; all art supplies are included. It will be held June 25-27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. No outside food or drinks allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, July 23

ACLP Theatre/Drama Camp - Middle School Monologues

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites middle school students in grades 5-8 to learn how to read, select, prepare, and perform monologues. Students will work on acting skills, line interpretation, characterization, emotional and facial expression, and body language speech. The class will conclude with each student performing a monologue for the class. The class will take place at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S., July 23-25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The camp will be taught by Livingston Parish Talented Arts Program Theatre Teacher Melani Glascock. Cost for the camp is $30. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

ACLP Theatre/Drama Camp - High School Improv Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites high school students to an improv class taught by Livingston Parish Talented Arts Program Theatre Teacher Melani Glascock. The camp will be held July 23-25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. Students will develop knowledge and skill in improvisation via games, exercises, and acting activities. Cost for the camp is $30. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Exchange families needed

CIEE, the world leader in international exchange, is looking for families in Livingston Parish to host international high school students during the upcoming school year. Host families come in all shapes and sizes – kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, etc. In return for hosting, families learn about a different culture, enjoy lifelong friendships with students, fulfill the dream of a young person, and become global ambassadors in their own communities! Contact the local coordinator for Livingston Parish, Sonya Aydell, at sonya.aydell@gmail.com with any questions. For more information about becoming a host family, visit http://www.ciee.org/host. You can start a host family application at any time at the application page: http://usahs.ciee.org/hostapply.

Hungarian Settlement cookbook

The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society, which is dedicated to the historical preservation of the Hungarian community in Albany, Louisiana, recently released its first-ever cookbook, which is on sale for $20 apiece. Books can be purchased at the Hungarian Museum, located at 27455 La. Hwy. 43, during regular hours of operation. They can also be ordered online by visiting www.hungarianmuseum.com. Featuring Hungarian dishes as well as a wide variety of American recipes from local chefs, the “Hungarian Settlement Historical Society Cookbook” is comprised of approximately 283 pages, 675 recipes and 135 contributors as well as many helpful cooking tips throughout.

Denham Springs Fine Art Association

The Denham Springs Fine Art Association, better known as DSFAA, meets on the first Monday of every month at the Denham Springs-Walker Library at 7 p.m., unless Monday is a holiday or there is a specially planned location change. DSFAA is an independent organization of artists and of anyone who loves art and seeing new art forms or learning techniques from local and guest speakers. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Mighty Moms Food Pantry

Visit the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Pavilion on the second Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m. for the Mighty Moms Food Pantry.

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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