Thursday, October 25

Teen Reads: Agatha Christie Mysteries

Celebrate your favorite literary hits every fourth Thursday of the month with a new theme each event. Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. for Agatha Christie Mysteries with Poirot-inspired refreshments, trivia, and a miniature book craft. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Kids’ Orchestra Open House

Kids’ Orchestra will host a Lights On Afterschool Open House at Greenbrier Elementary School, 12203 Canterbury Drive in Baton Rouge, on Oct. 25 from 4-6 p.m. Attend for a tour of the Greenbrier 21st Century Community Learning Center Teaching Site, meet the teachers and staff, view student performances and watch learning take place. There will also be carnival games and STEM-focused activities. Kids’ Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the largest after-school music program for elementary-age students in the nation. Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide series of rallies for afterschool organized by the Afterschool Alliance. Donate at kidsorchestra.org.

Feeding Young Minds

Stop by the Watson Library on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. or the Main Library on Oct. 31 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.

Rotolos Pizzeria

Here are some upcoming events for Rotolos Pizzeria: On Oct. 25, the Walker and Denham Springs locations will host a Doggy Costume Contest from 5-10 p.m. Bring your pets to compete in costume contest and win prizes. On Oct. 30, the Denham Springs location will host a fundraiser for the Denham Springs High School Boys Soccer team.

Scary Stories Puppet Show

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. for a spooky night of fun and stories, including shadow puppet shows adapted from two classic fairy tales: “The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” After the show, stick around and create your own shadow puppet! 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 Oct. 25 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 Library on Oct. 25 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.

“Fleur de Lis” Mixed Media Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting a mixed media painting class on Oct. 25. Join artist Shelly Frederick at the ACLP Gallery, 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs, from 6-8 p.m. to explore the world of mixed media and paint a Fleur de Lis on canvas. Seating is limited. Cost is $40 or $35 for ACLP members. All supplies are included in class fee. To reserve your space, visit www.artslivingston.org or call 664-1168.

Friday, October 26

Denham Springs COA Open House

The Livingston Council on Aging will host an Open House at the Denham Springs meal site, located at 949 Government Dr., on Friday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attend for fun, food, door prizes and blood pressure checks. Flu shots will be available (insurance cards needed). All seniors 60 years of age and older are welcome to attend.

Hungarian pork dinners

The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society is holding their semi-annual Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hungarian Settlement Museum, located on Hwy. 43, 1/2 mile south of Exit 32 off 1-12. An $8 dinner ticket includes pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, a roll and dessert. You can dine on site, pick up or get delivery (minimum of 5 dinners for delivery). All proceeds to benefit the Hungarian Settlement Museum. For advanced tickets sales, call 225-294-5732 or 225-610-7475. For delivery orders on the day of the event, call 225-610-7475.

Bass Pro Shops

Here is the October schedule for Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs: Oct. 26 - Halloween Event: 5-7 p.m. Free Photo and Craft; Oct. 27 - Halloween Event: 12-5 p.m. Free Photo, Craft and Pumpkin Toss, 3-5 p.m. Trick or Treat, 4 p.m. Costume Parade (meet at front entrance); Oct. 28 - Halloween Event: 12-5 p.m. Free Photo, Craft and Pumpkin Toss; Oct. 29-30 - Halloween Event: 5-7 p.m. Free Photo and Craft; Oct. 31 - Halloween Night: 4-8 p.m. Free Photo, Craft and Pumpkin Toss, 5-8 p.m. Trick or Treat, 5-7 p.m. Cookie Decorating, 6 p.m. Costume Parade (meet at front entrance).

Saturday, October 27

Paws Party 2018

Paws Party 2018 is all about the animals! The event will be held on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Train Station Park in Denham Springs. There will be a costume contest, a bow tie contest, a float contest and a parade. Bring your pet or adopt a new one. On the day of the event, many shelters and rescues will be on site. The event will include vendors, demonstrations, vaccinations, chips, hot dogs, face painting and professional pictures with your dog. For more information, call 225-665-5176. To purchase tickets, visit https://app.etickets.to/buy/?e=16443.

Fall Arts & Crafts Fair

The Central High School Fall Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 10200 East Brookside in Baton Rouge in the school’s gym. Vendors interested in a booth can e-mail madalynncouillon@yahoo.com or anavarre@centralcss.org.

Livingston Parish Book Festival

The 5th annual Livingston Parish Book Festival will be held at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be local authors, free books, live music, free food, and fun for all ages. All other branches will be closed today. For more information, call 686-4100 or visit www.mylpl.info/bookfestival.

DSHS Class of 1967 reunion

The Denham Springs High School Class of 1967 is having their class reunion on Oct. 27 from 12-3 p.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs.

DSHS Class of 1966 reunion

The Denham Springs High School Class of 1966 is having a class reunion on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alvin Fairburn building, 1289 Del Este Ave. in Denham Springs. For more information, contact Dr. Doug Strickland at 225-788-2825.

Candy Land

Victory Baptist Church, located at 31448 N. Corbin Road in Walker, will host a night of fun-filled activities for the entire family when Candy Land comes to town from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission is free for this event, which invites people of all ages to enjoy games, free hot dogs and candy. The church is also asking for visitors to bring canned god to fill the community food pantry.

Satsuma Baptist Church Fall Festival

Satsuma Baptist Church, 29880 S. Satsuma Rd., will host its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. There will be a bounce house, games, a cake walk, hot dogs with homemade chili, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, and Elsa as a special guest. Come have family fun!

Parents Night Out

Denham Springs High students are giving parents the night off. The school’s Jackets Against Destructive Decisions (JADD) Club will host a “Halloween Parents Night Out” from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The night of activities will be held in the DSHS cafeteria and invites children ages 3-12 to enjoy pizza, games, crafts, trick-or-treating and more. Children will be allowed to wear costumes during this one-night event four days before Halloween. Admission is $20 per child, and registration forms can be emailed to shannon.donze@lpsb.org by Friday, Oct. 26. Admission will be collected at the door. Cash and checks will both be accepted.

Rosie and the Swingin’ Riveters

The Spotlight Theatre Players will present a music show starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Old South Jamboree in Walker. Admission for “Through the Decades: A Musical Journey” is $10 per person, with tickets available at the door. The featured band will be Rosie and the Swinging’ Riveters, a 10-piece swing band from Denham Springs, along with members of The Spotlight Theater Players. All will perform music from the 1950s through the 1970s. There will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing as a fundraiser for Spotlight Theatre’s spring production. The Old South Jamboree is located at 9554 Florida Blvd. in Walker.

Sunday, October 28

Open Door Family Fest

Open Door Baptist Church invites you to our annual Family Fest on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-6 p.m. The evening will include trunk-or-treat, pony rides, inflatables, food, and much more. The event is free and full of fun. Children are encouraged to dress up in their not-so-scary costumes. There will be prize drawings throughout the afternoon. For more information, call (225) 667-4679 or visit opendooronline.com.

First UMC Fall Festival

First United Methodist of Denham Springs, 316 Centerville St. NW, will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 28 from 4-6 p.m. It will be family friendly with games, snacks, crafts, and Trunk-or-Treat. There will also be contests for best pre-carved pumpkin, best costume and best truck, as well as a cake walk.

Monday, October 29

23rd Annual Golf Outing

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host its 23rd Annual Golf Outing on Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Carter Plantation in Springfield. Witches’ brew, party stops, best decorated and best party hole will keep the fun going all day, and there will be prizes, winners and a party on every hole. Check-in and the pre-event mixer is at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 12 p.m.

Intermediate Word

Ages 12 and up are invited to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Oct. 29 at 2 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, October 30

Fall Foliage Painting

Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. for a very simple but interesting painting class using four colors of acrylic paints. You can already feel the coming of fall in this beautiful, frameable piece of art! Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Think You YouTube?

So you’re obsessed with all things YouTube? Visit the Watson Library on Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. for a night of YouTube fun filled with challenges, dances, trivia and more. Ages 12-18. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Backyard Composting class

The LSU AgCenter is offering a Trash to Treasure - Backyard Composting class at Main Library on Oct. 30 from 6-7 p.m. The class will be taught by Jessie Hoover, an LSU AgCenter Horticulture Agent with responsibilities in East and West Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information or to get on an e-mail list to learn about future events, contact LSU AgCenter Horticulture Agent Mary Helen Ferguson at 225-686-3020 or mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu). For accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact her at least one week before the class.

Wednesday, October 31

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 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.

Trick-or-Treat

Hours for Trick-or-Treat in Livingston Parish are as follows: Denham Springs - Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.; Walker - Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.; Livingston - Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.; French Settlement: Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.; Springfield - Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.; Albany - Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; and unincorporated Livingston Parish - Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

South Park Trunk-or-Treat

R.C. “Bubba” Harris, District 5 Parish Councilman, will host the 3rd Annual Trunk-or-Treat event at South Park on Vincent Road in Denham Springs on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. This year, organizers will give away prize baskets for the Top 3 best decorated trunks, thanks to Raising Cane’s, Don’s Seafood and Chili’s.

Juban Crossing Trick-or-Treat

Visit Juban Crossing in Denham Springs for the inaugural Trick-or-Treat event on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Attend for a great time! There will be candy and fun for all, as well as a costume contest and face painting. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. AT&T is hosting the event, and participants should start there for a treat bag. Other participating stores are: European Wax Center, Cato, Carter’s/Oshkosh Bigosh, Rouses Market, Kirklands, Forever 21, Old Navy, GNC-Livewell, Verizon, Maurice’s, Belk, Kay Jewelers, Bed Bath & Beyond, Juban Crossing Modern Dentistry, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Marble Slab Creamery/Great Amercian Cookie, Walk On’s, Burgersmith, Pot & Paddle, Chicken Salad Chick, Cafe Americain, Torrid, Movie Tavern, Michael’s, Sprint, Shoe Carnival, Dress Barn, Ulta, and PetSmart.

“Jump for a Cause”

Airborne Extreme Trampoline Park, 730 S. Range Road, will host “Jump for a Cause” from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 31 for the special-needs community, and children with special needs will be able to Trick-or-Treat from 6-8 p.m.

SLU Fall Carnival

Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern Louisiana University’s 14th annual Fall Carnival on Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. on the lawn of the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at 1350 N. General Pershing. The free event will include all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a safe, carnival atmosphere. Although children of all ages are invited, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, a balloon artist, and more. Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 985-549-5703 or email multicultural@southeastern.edu.

Thursday, November 1

Southern Fabworks ribbon cutting

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for Southern Fabworks LLC, 30035 Industrial Park Drive, Walker, on Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Spy School

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next James Bond? Go undercover at the Albany-Springfield Library on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. and test your skills at the Livingston Parish Library’s Spy School to earn your Secret Agent status. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Watson Library on Nov. 1 at 5:30 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.

Friday, November 2

Livingston COA Open House

The Livingston Council on Aging will host an Open House at the Livingston meal site, located at 20170 Ohio St. in Livingston, on Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Attend for fun, food, entertainment and door prizes. All seniors 60 years of age and older are welcome to attend.

COA Barn Dance

The Livingston Council on Aging will host a themed Barn Dance for senior citizens 60 years or older at the Denham Springs meal site, located at 949 Government Dr., on Nov. 2 from 6-9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Dinner will be served, and live music provided. Attend for a fun-filled evening.

Saturday, November 3

‘100 Under 100’ exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host a “100 Under 100” Exhibit for the months of November and December. Artists of various mediums will fill the gallery with 100 items priced under $100, as well as a few over, for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Now is the time to find the perfect gift of art for that art lover or that hard to buy for person while supporting local artists. The exhibit will begin on Saturday, Nov. 3 and end on Saturday, Dec. 22. Please join our artists for an opening reception that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the gallery. It is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided. 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.

Midway Baptist Church Fall Fest

Visit Midway Baptist Church, 27284 S. Satsuma Road, Livingston, for the 2018 Fall Fest on Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be live music, free food, and games for all ages. Bring your entire family out for a time of fun. All activities will be free. They look forward to spending the day with you and your family.

Watercolor Scarecrows

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 8-12 years old to a Watercolor Painting Class on Nov. 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. Join instructor Shelly Frederick at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. Students will watercolor paint a fall scarecrow design. The cost for the class is $10, which includes supplies. To register, visit their website, 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.

Tuesday, November 6

Hope Chests support group

Hope Chests, a support group for breast cancer patients and their families, will have their next meeting on Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, 9001 Summa Ave., in the 3rd floor lobby. Attend for adult coloring and a time of reflection. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact sprescott@ochsner.org or call 761-5296. Sponsored by Ochsner Health Systems and generous donor gifts.

Thursday, November 8

Communicating “bad” news in a good way

Dr. Michael Gibney will host a seminar called “Communicating ‘Bad’ News in a Good Way” at Our Lady of the Lake, 5000 O’Donovan Blvd., Walker, in the community room on the second floor, on Nov. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Organizers will lead a discussion on why communication of “bad” news concerning health is important, describe a 6-step guide for delivering bad news, develop a mental protocol of what to do at each step and practice some useful expressions and show that learning to communicate “bad” news to parishioners is a critical skill. There will be light refreshments.

Saturday, November 10

Run 4 Color...Run 4 Hope 5K

A Door of Hope will host their 5K Run 4 Color...Run 4 Hope on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The run starts at 9 a.m. There will be a 1K fun run for kids and their parents as well as games and face painting. For adults, there will be a program on the stage bringing awareness to several issues representing each color: addiction, child abuse, domestic violence, abortion, mental illness, etc. Testimonies will be shared. There will be music and food. The public is invited to help break the cycle of life-controlling issues and raise funds to do so. To register, visit EventBrite and type: Run 4 Color...Run 4 Hope!

Immaculate Conception Christmas Bazaar

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will host a Christmas Bazaar in the main hall on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Jambalaya and tamales will be for sale both days. There will also be a homemade bake shop and sweet shop, plenty of arts and crafts, Christmas ornaments, Christmas decorations, toys and gifts, miscellaneous items and a little of everything! The church is located on Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs.

Brice Harris Memorial Golf Tournament

The 6th annual Brice Harris Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Nov. 10 at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs. Check-in starts at 11 a.m., and tee-off is at 1 p.m. Team rules: $390 per three-man team. Price includes entry into “Red Blast” and one mulligan per player. The first 36 team entries will be accepted, and there will be prizes for Top 5 teams as well as door prizes. Justin Harris and Johnny Stockton will be providing jambalaya. Sponsorship: $50 donation for a banner ad; $5 raffle for two Yeti Ice Chests. Food and drinks will be provided thanks to the sponsors. Lunch will be served before the tournament begins. Thank you for supporting the Brice Harris Endowment & Harris Family!

Santa at Bass Pro Shops

Santa will arrive at Bass Pro Shops on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. The event starts with a parade down Bass Pro Blvd., and it will include hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas carolers, lighting of the Christmas Tree, and opening of Santa’s Wonderland with several activities for kids to enjoy. There will also be a free 4x6 photo and a free stocking craft to decorate. Visitors can also register for a gift card giveaway.

Saturday, November 17

Freedom Bash

The Veterans Help Foundation presents the 1st Annual Freedom Bash with Craig Morgan and The Chase Tyler Band. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.etix.com and searching “freedom bash.”

Saturday, December 1

Walker Christmas Parade

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

Thursday, December 6

Christmasville Spectacular

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

Saturday, December 8

Denham Christmas Parade

The annual Denham Springs Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., beginning at Denham Springs High School. The theme this year is “Christmas on the Bayou.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanksgiving/Christmas help

St. Vincent de Paul Care Center is offering Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and a gift program for the needy. To apply, you must attend a screening at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located at 865 Hatchell Lane, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. First come, first served for 150 Thanksgiving or 150 Christmas food baskets and/or gifts for 100 families. Those applying for the gift program for kids 12 and under must have custody and bring a birth certificate, a Social Security Card or a report card for each child. You must also provide a picture ID, utility bill, rent receipt (or mortgage statement for your address in your name), and proof of income (food stamp report works well) for all in your household. Those unable to stand for a long time are asked to bring portable chairs. For more information, call 665-1623.

ACLP call for entries

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

VFW Travelers Florida trip

The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a trip to Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. The trip is scheduled for April 8-13, 2019. We will spend an entire day at the Holy Land Experience, a theme park about the Bible, and also visit Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Pier, Gatorland, Tiffany Chapel and Florida Natural Museum. The cost of the trip is $580 (double occupancy), which includes transportation, eight meals, admission to attractions and lodging. Our travel group is for adults 55 and older. For more information, call Debbie at (225) 665-2930 or Vi at (225) 665-1201. You can also visit our website at www.grouptrips.com, code “vfwtravelers.”

Americanism contests

VFW Post and Auxiliary 7017 of Denham Springs will sponsor the Americanism Program, which is open to students from Kindergarten through 5th grade and is based on three patriotic picture contests and one essay contest as follows: Category 1- Kindergarten - Color the American flag on 9x12-inch paper; Category 2 - 1st and 2nd grade - Draw and color the American flag on 9x12-inch paper; Category 3 - 3rd and 4th grade - Draw and color a historical event on 9x12-inch paper; Category 4 - 5th grade - Write or type an essay in 500 words or less on the topic “How I Honor Veterans.” Please include the student’s name, the school name and the teacher’s name on every entry in all categories. Deadline for all entries is Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.vfw.org or call Vi Singleton at 665-1201.

Patriot’s Pen

Calling all junior high students in grades 6-8: Do you want to win a possible $5,000? Enter the Patriot’s Pen Contest and write a patriotic essay on the topic “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The national winner wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930 or email vss2930@cox.net.

Voice of Democracy

Calling all high school students in grades 9-12: Do you want to win a possible $30,000 scholarship? Enter the VFW and Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Contest and submit a patriotic audio essay on the topic “Why My Vote Matters.” Call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930 or Carl Karnish at 225-916-7157. You can also email Debbie at vss2930@cox.net.

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.

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.

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.

Big Kid Storytime

This summer, enter the world of Big Kid Storytime, designed for children grades K-2. Enjoy longer stories and amazing crafts! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on June 4 at 2 p.m. To see more library storytimes for babies, toddlers and children of all ages, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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: 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.

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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