Thursday, May 17

The Power of Story

Most leaders, marketers, salespeople and managers are ignored. It’s not because they aren’t smart, hard-working or likeable; it’s because they aren’t communicating clearly. 5 Stones helps companies understand what customers are looking for so they can tell their story in such a way people listen. The human brain is drawn to CLARITY and away from confusion. If customers are confused about what you offer, they’ll look past you for somebody who can say it clearly. Once you clarify your message, your company will begin to grow! Visit the Main Library on May 17 at 10 a.m. This program is sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. Registration is required. To register, visit https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=6380019 or call 225-664-6638.

Feeding Young Minds

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 17 at 3:30 p.m., the Main Library on May 23 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.

LYP monthly meeting

The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, will meet on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. For more information, e-mail april@livingstonparishchamber.org.

After School Presents: Interactive Movie: School of Rock

School may be ending but Rock-n-Roll never does! Ages 12-18 are invited to hang out at the South Library on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. for an interactive experience while watching School of Rock. Props and instructions will be provided. 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 17 at 5:30 p.m. to watch anime and discuss manga and learn about Japanese culture. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Secret Science of Ice Cream

Discover ‘changes of matter’ tastes really sweet and create your own favorite treat! Ages 3-7 are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 17 at 6 p.m. and get the scoop on the secret science of ice cream! Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, May 18

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

Saturday, May 19

Steak Cook-Off

The 5th Annual Steak Cook-Off at Juniors Meat Market, 17050 High Water Road, French Settlement, will be held May 19. Cooking will start at 6 a.m., and turn in for potato salad is at 11:30 a.m., chicken 12 p.m., ribs 12:30 p.m. and steak 1:15 p.m. There will be trophies for the Top 3 in each category, and there will be a monetary prize for 1st place in each division. There will be celebrity judges. Plate lunches will be sold to the public, and beer and soft drinks will be available. There will also be raffles all day. For more information, call (225) 698-0871 or (225) 328-6735.

Crawfish Cook-off for Deputy Nick Tullier

There will be a Crawfish Cook-Off benefiting Deputy Nick Tullier on May 19 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Denham Springs. For participants, cost for teams is $500, and cost for corporate teams is $1,000. Admission is $50 per ticket for all you can eat, and kids 11 and under are admitted free. There will be celebrity judges. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Tullier, a wounded law enforcement officer who continues to undergo rehabilitation in Houston.

Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors

During the Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Event and Sale this weekend, visitors can learn from experts: Kayaking, May 19, 11 a.m.; Paddle Sports Accessories, May 19, 2:30 p.m.; Table Top Grilling, May 19, 3:30 p.m.; Fryers, May 20, 1:30 p.m.; Dutch Ovens and Camp Cookware, May 20, 3 p.m. There will be Kids Activities next weekend, May 26-27: Catch and Release Pond, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free Photo Download, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Free Kids’ Craft, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Flossie’s Funnel Cake Samples, 1 - 4 p.m.; Kids’ Workshop, 1:30 p.m. (Discovering Nature- 4 Winged Wonders). Also on May 26, there will be BBQ Sampling from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and there will be discounts for law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel.

Blessing of the Fleet

The 2018 J.W. & Ross Grand Memorial Blessing of the Fleet will be held at Warsaw Marina Inc. Bar & Grill, 31800 Tetanne Dr., Springfield, on May 19 at 12 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Springfield Fire Department. There will be vendor booths, food, raffles, auctions and more.

Rainbow Astronomy at LIGO

The public is invited to explore Rainbow Astronomy at LIGO on May 19 from 1-5 p.m. Come tour the world's first successful gravitational wave observatory. At the LIGO - Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can take tours, 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. For more information, visit www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.

Grand Country Junction

On May 19, Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire and Team Toyota proudly present the Louisiana Saturday Night Variety Show featuring “The Singing Sheriff” Bud Torres. The show will include a classic and new country tunes. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. 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 Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit www.grandcountryjunction.com.

Sunday, May 20

Seafood Crawl

There will be a Seafood Crawl benefiting the Springfield High School softball and baseball programs on May 20 starting at 11 a.m. Stops include: Midway, Daiquiri Shack, Warsaw Marina, Lagniappe, Sharp's tavern, Boopalus and Roadhouse. There will be three or more cooks per stop, and there will also be a raffle. $20 meal tickets, 25+ dishes. For more information, call Sheri at 225-223-9480 or email nicktullierstrongfoundation@yahoo.com or Jamie at 225-316-7502 or email jfelder@LPSO.org.

Revival

Glory Baptist Church, 28450 Red Oak Rd., Livingston, will host a revival May 20-25 with Evangelist Bro. Paul Taylor from Pine Grove Baptist Church. Times are Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday - Friday at 7 p.m. For more information, call Bro. Joe Farrister Jr. at 225-276-4553.

Monday, May 21

Pre-K and kindergarten registration

The Livingston Parish Public Schools system has released the registration dates for local children to enroll in either Pre-K or kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to register a child for Pre-K or kindergarten, parents must bring a certified birth certificate, a Social Security Card, a complete immunization record and four proofs of Livingston Parish residence. The child must turn 5 years old before Sept. 30, 2018, to register for Kindergarten. The child must turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2018, to register for Pre-K. Registration will be held at the schools on the following dates and times: Lewis Vincent Elementary, Kindergarten, May 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22

Albany Middle Awards Day

Albany Middle School Faculty and Staff cordially invite you to the annual Awards Day Ceremony to honor their students’ academic, attendance, and civic achievements on May 22. Schedule: 8th Grade Awards – 7:30 a.m., 6th and 7th Grade Awards – 9 a.m., 5th Grade Awards – 10 a.m. The Awards Programs will be held in the AMS Cafeteria.

Retirement reception

Denham Springs Elementary is inviting the community to attend a retirement reception for longtime kindergarten teacher Sarah Scott, who will retire at the conclusion of the school year after 50 years of teaching. The reception will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. It will be held at the school, located at 713 Hatchell Lane next to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

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 May 22 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, May 23

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.

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 May 23 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, May 24

COA Annual Meeting

The Livingston Council on Aging will hold its Annual Meeting in the Senior Center at 949 Government Dr., Denham Springs, on May 24 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, LA 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. They will also be celebrating being in business and helping the seniors of Livingston Parish for the past 45 years. There will be food, activities, music and door prizes.

SRP Kick Off Day

Visit the Livingston Parish Library to kick-off the 2018 Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! Sign up on Kick-Off Day at your favorite branch on May 24 between 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. to get a sneak peek of the library’s summer activities, play games, and more! For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, May 25

Storywalk

Enjoy a stroll outside with an amazing book. Explore the library’s outside spaces while reading the pages of a storybook along the way. Leave your mark on the last post to let others know you enjoyed the book! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Visit the Watson Library on May 25 at 10:30 a.m., the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 29 at 9:45 a.m., the Main Library on May 30 at 9 a.m., the Albany-Springfield Library on May 30 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, May 29

Kids Jamboree

Music…Dance… Paint! Shake, sway, jump and jitter! Ages 3-8 are invited to visit the South Library on May 29 at 10 a.m. to move in the library and create a giant mural. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Classical Garden Party

Indulge in a fantasy garden fête, with activities inspired by classical music themes full of gnomes, fairies, and trolls. Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on May 29 at 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Paint by Sticker

Sticker coloring is a fun way to create bright artwork to hang up or show off! Tweens (ages 8-11) are invited to pick from several colorful images and get started at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 29 at 2 p.m. or the Watson Library on May 29 at 5:30 p.m. No experience or supplies necessary. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, May 31

Sharpie Tie Dye

Ages 5-11 are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 31 at 2 p.m. for Tie-Dye fun with Sharpie Tie Dye - a new spin on making colorful and dazzling designs on fabric. Bring your own shirt or piece of fabric and the library will provide the rest. For best results, please bring cloth made of natural, washable fabrics (such as cotton). Registration is 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 May 31 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Teen Star Jewelry

Accessorize like a rock star with your choice of DIY wrapped wire earrings, pendant necklace, or wrist cuff. Craft your own with all materials and instruction provided at the Main Library on May 31 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, June 2

Benefit for Kitten Hill

There will be a Jambalaya Cook-off Benefit for Kitten Hill on Saturday, June 2, from 12 p.m.-till at Sheri's Daiquiris, 17065 Black Mud Rd. in Livingston. Cost is $10 per plate or $15 all you can eat on site. There will also be an auction, a cochon de lait, and live music from Nelson Nevilles & The Sizzlin' Band. There will be free entry for the cook-off competition, which will be open to 1-2 man teams. All proceeds from the event will benefit Kitten, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. She is working with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to establish a course of treatment. For auction donations and other information, call Andrew Breau at (225) 405-3436 or Sheri Summers at (225) 615-6637.

Live Oak Class of 1988

The Live Oak Class of 1988 is having their 30 year reunion on Saturday, June 2, from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. at the Anthony "Tony" Dugas Recreational Center, 30372 Eden Church Rd.

Monday, June 4

Club OutReach June Fest

Club OutReach will have its annual June Fest summer camp June 4-14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for ages 5-17. The camp will be held at the Club OutReach Center, 30277 Sunset St. in Walker. Registration fee is $40, and the registration date is May 18 at the center from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, T-shirts and a field trip will be provided. For more information, call Rose Pittman at (225) 665-4341 or Mary Maiden at (225) 664-1907.

Wednesday, June 6

“Anything Goes” Exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host an “Anything Goes” Exhibit for ACLP Juried Artists during the months of June and July. Artists will consist of painters, photographers, fiber artists, sculptures, jewelry artists, and pottery. The exhibit will begin on Wednesday, June 6, and end Wednesday, July 25. Second Saturday receptions will be held on June 9 and July 14, both from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Artists will be present, and light refreshments will be served. The gallery is located in the Denham Springs Antique Village at 133 Hummell St. For more information, email the Arts Council at artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Thursday, June 7

Palms at Juban Lakes ribbon cutting

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting event for The Palms at Juban Lakes, 11020 Buddy Ellis Road, Denham Springs, on June 7 at 4 p.m.

Friday, July 20

Camp Hope

Camp Hope is a free summer camp for girls age 13-17, and it will be held July 20-21. Camp Hope, is the youth ministry of A Door of Hope Ministries in Livingston. Campers will discuss various topics, including healthy relationships, abuse awareness, self-esteem, identity, peer pressure and bullying. There will be hands-on team building activities, bonfires, and “Girl Talk” at the end of each day. This will be a time to grow lasting relationships with the other campers and enjoy many fun activities. The main focus is to empower girls to be unique, bold, and confident in who God has created them to be. For more information, call 225.665.HOPE or email LeAnne at leanne@adoorofhopela.com.

Saturday, July 28

Karts and Christ Manna Fest

Come meet former AMA Super Bike Champion and Yamaha Wall of Champions inductee Jamie James at The Way Church of Livingston's 1st Annual Karts and Christ Manna Fest on July 28 at 10 a.m. There will be racing karts, hot rods, a police motorcycle demonstration, a bouncy house, live music, jambalaya and fun for the whole family! Visit 34301 Weiss Rd. in Walker. For more information, email tim@thewaychurchds.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LPCC Summer Choir Camp

The Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs will host the LPCC Summer Choir Camp July 16-19, 2018, from 2:30-6 p.m. each day with a camp concert July 19 at 6:30 p.m. All children entering K-6th grade are welcome. Camp tuition of $60 includes a T-shirt and a daily snack. The camp will be held at Revival Temple Church, 28445 Walker Road South near I-12. Register online at www.LPCCsing.org. For more information, email BarbaraWalker@LPCCsing.org or call 225-247-8555.

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.

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. To see the trip plans, visit www.grouptrips.com (the code is vfwtravelers). For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 for the month of May are as follows: Albany-Springfield Branch Gallery: Photography by Wade Sickinger; Albany-Springfield Branch Display Cases: Musical Instrument Collection by Chris Shipp; Denham Springs-Walker Branch Gallery: Denham Springs Fine Art Association Spring Juried Show; Main Branch Gallery: Sierra Bobo; South Branch Gallery: Amber Law; Watson Branch Display Cases & Gallery: Interdisciplinary Art by Sarah Dee Starkey. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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.

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 jamie@lpn1898.com.

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