Sunday, December 16

Cookies & Milk with Santa and Mrs. Claus

CURVE Appeal Boutique, LLC, 9775 Florida Blvd Ste F, Walker, will host Cookies & Milk with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Ages 2-10 will receive a Christmas Cookie Kit supplied by Belle’s Cookie Jar that will contain six cookies, red, green and white buttercreme icing and sprinkles. Mrs. Claus will be on hand to help the kids with their cookies (moms are encouraged to help as well) from 2-3 p.m. Santa will arrive at 3 p.m. to visit with the kids until 4 p.m. Bring your cameras for pictures. Each child will get a small toy from Santa. The cost for this event is $20. Seating limited to 10 kids. Reserve your spot by calling 225-503-6402, payment by phone will be $21 for the card processing. You can also purchase your tickets at the store.

DSHS Winter Concert

The Denham Springs High School Winter Concert will be held on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the school. United Sound musicians join the band for the winter concert. United Sound is a non-profit organization that provides musical performance experiences to students with special needs.

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; 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. For more information, visit basspro.com/santa.

Monday, December 17

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, Dec. 17, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Dec. 17 & 18, 10:30 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.; South Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Benefit for Princess Ashlynn

Ashlynn was diagnosed in June with Stage 4 Wilms Tumor. Her mother, Kim, is her sole/primary provider, and needs help. Dine at Sombreros in Walker on Dec. 17, starting at 11 a.m., and the restaurant will donate 15% of sales to the family.

Ugly Sweaters, Christmas Crusade & Santa

Kayla & Krewe is hosting an online Ugly Sweater Party along with free Santa pictures with any donation to Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade. Santa will be at Covington & Associates Real Estate, LLC, 1110 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs, from 2-5 p.m. for pictures.

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 Dec. 17 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, December 18

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 18 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.

Winter Wonderland Crafts

Visit the Watson Library on Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. for a winter wonderland of crafts! Families can create crafts together that are suitable for all ages. 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 Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The annual Kiwanis Lighting of the Christmas Tree was rescheduled to Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at Train Station Park in Denham Springs. They are also collecting toys for Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade and ask that you bring an unwrapped, new toy and place it under the tree in advance of the tree lighting.

Wednesday, December 19

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

Stop by the Main Library on Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Albany-Springfield Library on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m., the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. or the Watson Library on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. for a free meal sponsored by Mighty Moms in partnership with LPPS School Food Services. Feeding Young Minds is an initiative working to stop childhood hunger in Livingston Parish.

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, December 20

LEGO Challenge

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

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 Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. to watch anime and discuss manga and learn about Japanese culture. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, December 21

Live Petting Nativity

Hebron Baptist Church, 24063 La. Hwy. 16, Denham Springs, will host a Live Petting Nativity on Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m. Bring the whole family to visit the animals and take your picture with them as we celebrate the reason for the season.

Parent’s Night Out

The Way Church of Denham Springs will host Parent’s Night Out on Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. There will be pizza, movies, crafts and fun for ages 2 months - 9 years old. Admission is $15 per child, with a $40 max per family. Registration required at www.thewaypdo.com.

Saturday, December 22

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. The final event will be held Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. 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.

Coca-Cola Santa Truck

The Coca-Cola Santa Truck is coming to Rouses! Visit the Juban Crossing store on Dec. 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 27

LEGO Club

The Watson Library will host LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m. The club meets every month with a different theme. LEGOs provided. Registration required. 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 Library on Dec. 27 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, January 4

Commodity pick-up

The next St. Vincent de Paul commodities pick-up will be held on Jan. 4 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at 2151 Tower Dr., Denham Springs. Bring picture ID for pick-up. Those who are not currently signed up must bring their picture ID, proof of Livingston residence and proof of income. For more information, call 225-665-1623. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Saturday, January 5

Parish Photography League

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) is happy to welcome to our membership for the 2019 Parish Photography League. This organization is made up of local photographers who share their passion and skills with like-minded people and is open to new members. ACLP will be hosting a photography exhibit, “The Best of 2018,” in January and February from the Parish Photography League. The exhibit will begin on Jan. 5 and end on Feb. 23. Please join us at the opening reception on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the ACLP gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. There is no fee. Photographers will be present, and light refreshments will be served.

Unicorn Acrylic Painting on Canvas

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 6-12 years old to an acrylic painting on canvas class on Jan. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. Join instructor Shelly Frederick at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs, to paint a unicorn. 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. Please 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.

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.”

‘100 Under 100’ exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host a “100 Under 100” exhibit until Dec. 22. 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 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.

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.

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 vegetables, fruit, jelly, sauces, spices, honey, homemade soaps & lotions, woodworking, quilts, art, farm animals, fresh eggs and more. If you would like to be a vendor, email walkerfm@yahoo.com.

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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