Thursday, December 6

Christmasville Spectacular

First Baptist Church of Denham Springs will present Christmasville Spectacular on Dec. 6, 7 & 8. 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.

Get Your Elf On! Interactive Movie: Elf

Do you like to smile because smiling is your favorite? Would you like to spread cheer by singing loud for all to hear? Join other “cotton-headed ninny-muggins” at the Albany-Springfield Library on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. for an interactive experience of the movie “Elf.” Props and instructions will be provided. For ages 12 to 18. 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 Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. 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 Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. and the Main Library on Dec. 11 at 4:30 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.

Winter Wonderland Crafts

Visit the Main Library on Dec. 6 at 5:30 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.

Christmas in the Pines

Historic Macedonia Baptist Church, 34685 Hwy. 1036, Holden, will hold their 10th annual Christmas in the Pines on Dec. 6. Service will begin at 6 p.m. This is an old-fashioned celebration of Christmas with special music and congregational singing. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this great way to start the Christmas season. For more information, call the pastor, Bro. Roger Dunlap, at 225-664-4448 or 225-939-7720.

Stations of Christmas

St. Francis Episcopal Church is inviting the public to experience the Christmas story like never before. “The Stations of Christmas,” the first in a series of Open Doors and Open Hearts worship services, will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. The special candlelight celebration will recall the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. The service will include Scripture readings, time for reflection, and worship. Refreshments will follow. People are invited to bring their families, friends and neighbors to the special service. St. Francis Episcopal is located at 726 Maple Street in Denham Springs.

Friday, December 7

Community Nativity Celebration

The public is invited to “O Holy Night,” the 2nd annual community nativity celebration and open house. Take a walk-through Bethlehem and view a beautiful display of more than 100 nativities from around the world as you listen to Christmas music performed by musicians in our community. Take a photo in nativity costumes. Admission is free for all. Visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25367 Riverton Dr., Denham Springs, on Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m. and Dec. 8, from 12-6 p.m. For more information, call Donna at 225-936-6265 or email dscommunitynativity@gmail.com.

Livingston Christmas Parade

The Town of Livingston Christmas Parade will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, starting at 6:30 p.m., with the line-up beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will head out from Doyle Elementary School and travel south on Charlie Watts Road before turning left onto Will Hughes Road. After that, the procession will turn left onto Frost Road, turn right onto Florida Boulevard, then turn right and end on Circle Drive.

LPCC Christmas Concert

The 28th Annual Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs Christmas Concert will be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson. Tickets are $5, and there will be a free nursery.

Christmas Gospel Concert

Join host Mike Vaughn on Friday, Dec. 7, for a Christmas Gospel Concert at Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, located at 13101 Hwy. 442W, Tickfaw, La. Special guests will be Tim and Missy Kinchen of Chronicle. This is a free concert, but a love offering will be taken for special guests. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and singing starts at 6:30 p.m. A concession stand will be available with plate lunches, hot dogs, nachos, and special southern desserts. For more information, call 985-974-0507 or email mvmgoodnews@aol.com.

Saturday, December 8

Christmas in the Village

The City of Denham Springs will host several events in the Antique Village during the Christmas season. The Denham Springs Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Christmas Parade starting at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, followed by the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Train Station Park on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. On Dec. 15, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will put on a Live Nativity at Train Station Park, starting at 6 p.m. There will also be Christmas Caroling in the Village on Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 27. The Antique Village Toy Drive will run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 8. For more information, visit www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.com.

Denham Christmas Parade

The annual 2018 First Guaranty Bank Christmas Parade presented by Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs will be held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Line up starts at 9 a.m. The theme this year is “Christmas on the Bayou.” The parade will begin at Healing Place Church and end at the corner of Range Avenue and Veterans Boulevard. Floats and vehicles must enter from Government Street. For more information, call 225-803-2234 or 225 -791-7964.

Sunday, December 9

“Emmanuel: Forever God is With Us”

Riverside Baptist Church, 36890 La. Hwy. 16 in Watson, will conduct a special Christmas worship service, "Emmanuel: Forever God is With Us," on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend this traditional celebration of the birth of Jesus through scripture and song. For more information, visit their website at riversidebc.com or call 225-664-1278.

Christmas Open House Plantation Style 2018

The public is invited to the Christmas Open House at the Historic Carter House on Dec. 9, from 2-4 p.m. both days. This event is hosted by the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS), the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managing the property. Each room will be decorated in holiday décor with decorations from the past and the present. Plus, Santa should be there for good girls and boys! Tours will be given so guests can learn about the history of the plantation, the only plantation in Livingston Parish. In 1979, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was built between 1817 and 1820. Tickets sold at the door will cost $5 for adults, with children under the age of 12 admitted free, as are HCHS members. Each ticket will be entered in a drawing for a door prize. Memberships are available, open to those who would like to help preserve a piece of history. The fees are $30/individual and $40/family and are renewed on an annual basis. The proceeds from memberships and the open house will go toward restoration work to the Carter House, located in Carter Plantation, 30325 Carter Cemetery Rd., Springfield, LA 70462. The house is available for special events, and you can schedule special tours. For more information, call 225-747-0660, e-mail carterhousesociety@gmail.com, follow them on Facebook or visit their website, http://historiccarterhouse.org/.

Monday, December 10

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. 10, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Dec. 10 & 11, 10:30 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; South Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Albany Christmas Parade

The Town of Albany will hold its annual Christmas Parade on Monday, Dec. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. The parade will begin and end at Albany High School.

Tuesday, December 11

Beaded Snowflake Ornament

Let it snow! Brighten your holiday with a lovely beaded snowflake. We may live in South Louisiana but you can take home a bit of the frozen north by weaving a beautiful snowflake with pearls and beads. Visit the Watson Library on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Cookbook Challenge

Calling all home cooks, amateur bakers and wannabe chefs! Learn to cook, improve your skills or show off your kitchen talent in the Main Library’s culinary book club. Each month, they will each choose a recipe from the designated cookbook. The following month, participants will bring their cooked dish back for tasting. The next meeting will be Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Cricut Ornaments & Dipped Candy Canes

‘Tis the season for sophisticated homemade ornaments and chocolate dipped candy canes! Give your own style to each in this crafty holiday program at the Albany-Springfield Library on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, December 12

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.

Small Business Consulting

If you own a small business or are interested in starting one, take advantage of free business consulting at the Main Library on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Receive a private, one-hour consulting session in areas including business plans, advertising plans, inventory control, financial projections, cost analysis, and much more. This event is sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University. Space is limited, so registration is required by calling (225) 664-6638.

Coloring & Coffee

Coloring is a relaxing activity, even for adults. Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library to unwind and treat yourself to coloring and coffee on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. The library will supply intricate coloring sheets and supplies. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Coloring & Cocoa

Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon break of coloring therapy and cozy hot cocoa at the Albany-Springfield Library on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Enjoy good company, browse magazines, and don’t bring a thing! Registration is required. 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.

Feeding Young Minds

Stop by the Main Library on Dec. 12 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.

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, will be offered at First Baptist Church of Denham Springs. Find out how to achieve emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Actual meetings will begin on Jan. 9, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Janice David at (225) 937-4577 or jan.david@charter.net.

Saturday, December 15

French Settlement Christmas Parade

The French Settlement Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade starts at the Moonlight Inn parking lot at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15. The parade will end at French Settlement Elementary. A rainout date is set for Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting two Holiday Cookie Decorating Classes on Dec. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 3 p.m. with instructor Shelly Frederick. The fee is $25 for you and one child (ages 6 and up) and includes all supplies. You will leave with one dozen decorated cookies. The cost is $10 for each additional child and will include a half dozen more cookies. Registration is required as seating is limited. Deadline to register is Dec. 12. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Aprons/appropriate dress is suggested. The classes will be held at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

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 on three Saturdays: Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. You can participate on any one or more of the scheduled dates. 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.

Grand Country Junction

The Grand Country Junction will present a “Christmas at the Junction” show on Saturday, Dec. 15. Enjoy live classic Christmas music with your friends and family in a country-western show that takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The show features a live band and talent from Livingston and surrounding parishes. This month, performers include Greg Sullivan, Brenda Harrell, Brett Bostwick, Greg Manchester, Brett Sullivan, Toni Black, Brady Black, Carlie Jackson, Bill Cocoran, Kaleigh Sullivan, Brianna Black and the Junction Boys. They will be performing Christmas classics such as “Christmas in Dixie,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Grand Country Junction is located at 28975 South Satsuma Road in Livingston.

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, 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 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. 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.

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/.

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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