Thursday, January 3

Cookie Clash

Do you have what it takes to win Cookie Clash at the Library? Find out by visiting the Albany-Springfield Library on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m., the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. or the South Library on Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. for three rounds of cookie competition! You won’t be making cookies, but you will be eating some! Ages 12-18. 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 Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m. or the Main Library on Jan. 8 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.

Create with Us: Bullet Journaling

Do you have New Years’ Resolutions? Do you want a fun and creative way to keep track of them? Visit the Main Library on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. for a Bullet Journaling program! Bring your favorite journal, and the library will provide the rest. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Gumbo Cook-off Registration

The 9th Annual Watson Bird and Sausage Gumbo Cook-off will be held at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 26. Gates open at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies slated to begin at 11 a.m. Tickets for the cook-off are $10 apiece, and all proceeds from the cook-off will be donated to Quad Area Vets & Mission 22. Registration for the cook-off will be from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Crazy Dave's Daiquiri Bar & Grill. The cost is $50 per four-person team. Rules and regulations will be available.

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.

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 Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Book Babies

Bring all the kids for a play date at the Watson Library on Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m. There are baby safe areas and big kid activities too. Enjoy stories, music, games, and more every third Friday of the month. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, January 5

Livingston Parish Farmers Market

The Livingston Parish Farmers Market will be closed Dec. 29, 2018, and will reopen Jan. 5, 2019. The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with fresh, seasonal produce and fruit, grain-fed beef without added hormones, unprocessed honey, fresh yard eggs, homemade hot sauce, pastries, jellies, craft vendors with soy candles, goat milk and honey lotions, soaps, quilts, jewelry, clothes, plants, more. New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on Florida Blvd. (Hwy. 190) across from McDonald’s in Denham Springs. For more information, visit the Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

Walker Farmers Market

The next Walker Farmers Market will be held Jan. 5 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 9360 Florida Blvd., in front of Hebert’s Cajun Meats. Items include handmade jewelry and crafts, homegrown vegetables and fruits, local honey and bee products, fresh eggs, soap, lotions, bathbombs, homemade desserts and breads, quilts, purses, pot holders, jellies, pickles, sauces, candles, woodwork, signs and more! If you would like to be a vendor, email walkerfm@yahoo.com.

Parish Photography League

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

Unicorn Acrylic Painting on Canvas

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 6-12 years old to an acrylic painting on canvas class on Jan. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. Join instructor Shelly Frederick at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs, to paint a unicorn. The cost for the class is $10 and includes supplies. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Register early, as space is limited. Please dress in appropriate clothing for a painting class! No outside food or drink allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Winter Junior Golfer Prep Series

Are you a Junior Golfer preparing for PGA Junior League or the high school golf season, or are you just looking to improve? The Greystone Golf & Country Club 2019 Winter Junior Prep Series is for you. This series is open to juniors from 8 years old to 18 years old. The PGA Professionals at Greystone will get you ready for 2019 competition. All aspects of the game of golf will be covered with low teacher to student ratios. You will meet every Saturday for eight weeks, weather permitting, from Jan. 5 - Feb. 23. Groups will be broken into two age divisions and come at two different times. The PGA Junior League Division, ages 8-13, will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. The High School Division, ages 14-18, will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. Each age division will receive 12 hours of instruction, and rain outs will be made up! The cost of $325 per child includes instruction from PGA Professionals, equipment evaluation and re-fitting if necessary, Flightscope swing assessment and golf club yardages fine-tuned. For more information, call 225-667-6744.

Rouses Kids Cooking Class w/ Chef Sally

Rouses Markets at Juban Crossing will host a Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally on Jan. 5 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Children ages 5-14 will decorate their own mini king cake with traditional icing and purple, green and gold sanding sugar. They’ll also learn how to make an Alphabet Chicken Noodle Soup. The kids will get sent home with a recipe for the Alphabet Chicken Noodle Soup. Each child will have the option to enjoy their delicious creations or take them home to enjoy later. Space is limited. Sign up today! The cost is $10, and tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

Sunday, January 6

St. Francis Feast of Lights

St. Francis Episcopal Church at 726 Maple St., Denham Springs, invites you and your family to experience the Feast of Lights, an Epiphany celebration that will follow a rhythm of music, scripture reading, prayer, silent reflection and meditation. A King Cake party will follow immediately after. Bring a friend, and share this special service with all. St. Francis Episcopal Church will hold the service on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m., in the Open Doors, Open Hearts series, where all are welcome, all are loved and all are accepted. For more information, visit stfrands.org.

Monday, January 7

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, Jan. 7, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Jan. 7 & 8, 10:30 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, Jan. 9, 10 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, Jan. 9, 10 a.m.; South Library: ages 0-5, Jan. 9, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Adult Book Club meeting

The Albany-Springfield Adult Book Club reads fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. Their mission is to read selections that help club members grow. The next meeting will be at the Albany-Springfield Library on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tabletop Gaming Night

Are you a fan of role-playing or adventure games? What about strategy or board games? Bring your friends and family to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. to learn new tabletop games or to play your old favorites. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, January 8

Joyful Reads Book Club

Do you love uplifting tales of hope and faith? If so, visit the South Library on Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and a lively discussion at the Joyful Reads Book Club. On the first Tuesday of every month, they will have a different inspirational book to read and discuss. 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 Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, January 9

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.

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 Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. The library will supply intricate coloring sheets and supplies. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Networking Hope Luncheon

A Door of Hope Ministries will host the inaugural Networking Hope Community Luncheon on Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at Sarita's Grill & Cantina, 151 Bass Pro Blvd. in Denham Springs. This will be an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and leaders in the community to connect and build relationships, as well as, learn more about how you can become a Hope Investment Partner. Each guest has thirty seconds to share about their business, ministry, and/or event. Tickets are $20 pre-paid or $25 at the door. For more information, call 225-686-7747.

Coloring & Cocoa

Treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon break of coloring therapy and cozy hot cocoa at the Albany-Springfield Library on Jan. 9 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

Visit the Main Library on Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. or the South Library on Jan. 10 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 beginning Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Find out how to achieve emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. For more information, contact Janice David at (225) 937-4577 or jan.david@charter.net.

Thursday, January 10

Sunny-Side Up Book Club

The Watson Library Sunny-Side Up Inspirational Book Club reads uplifting fiction and sometimes nonfiction that generates discussion among its diverse members. The next meeting will be Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Main Library Adult Book Club

The Main Branch Adult Book Club reads both fiction and nonfiction that is interesting in our modern world. The next meeting is Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Crochet Club

Slip stitch on over to the Crochet Club at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., which will have a new project every month. All experience levels are welcome, from beginner to expert. Stay in the loop with us, and we will unravel the mysteries together. Get hooked on creating! Bring your own supplies if you have them; yarn will be provided. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Family Fun Fest

Need ideas for activities to do as a family? Look no further than the South Library! Bring the whole family to the Family Fun Fest on Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. for fun and festivities, including movies, crafts, games, and activities for all ages. Calling all LEGO lovers! There will be something fun for every age as we enjoy LEGO-inspired games and activities. Bring the whole family and be ready to build. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Spine Tinglers Book Club

The Watson Library Spine Tinglers Book Club reads thrilling fiction with a good mystery and some spine-tingling suspense. The next meeting is Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, January 11

Calligraphy & Zentangle for Beginners

Ages 18 and up are invited to start the new year with a series of fun-filled classes that will blend the arts of Calligraphy and Zentangle drawing. No previous experience needed! The class will be held Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, January 12

Teacher Takeaway

Decorations, games, props, and more… We are cleaning out our closets. Teachers and educators are welcome to take items to use in their classrooms or day care centers. Everything must go! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, January 22

H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups

The Hospice of Baton Rouge will host the H.O.P.E. Grief Support Group, a six-week support group session that provides a safe place for sharing and growth through grief, on Tuesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The classes take place at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive (off O’Neal Lane), in the Chapel on the first floor. All groups are provided to the public at no charge. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit https://hospicebr.org/bereavement or call Group Facilitator Christine Brasseaux at (225) 341-9703 or (225) 767-4673.

Wednesday, January 23

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2019 Annual Meeting | State of Business Address on Jan. 23 at Forrest Grove Plantation, with check-in at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at 12 p.m. The event, presented by Cox Business, will feature a keynote address by Celton Hayden Jr. President CEO | CC’s Coffee House. The Livingston Parish Businesses of the Year will be announced, and the Chamber board chair will be sworn in - John Blount passes the gavel to Candy Forbes. There will also be takeaways at each table and an opportunity to win the top prize at each table. For costs, to RSVP or for more information, visit livingstonparishchamber.org.

Saturday, February 2

Livingston Parish Library Comic Con

Save the Date: The 2019 Livingston Parish Library Comic Con is coming! Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 2 from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate your favorite fandoms.

Saturday, February 23

Bonfire Party at the Fairgrounds

Jarreau Entertainment will host a Bonfire Party at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The bonfires will be professionally made, and there will be live music from Chase Tyler, Parish County Line, The Chris Leblanc Band and Downfall. There will also be a fireworks show as well as food and alcohol vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate, and there are VIP packages available. You can purchase tickets at Laguna Beach Daiquiris and Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill. For more information, visit www.jarreauentertainment.com or call 225-333-8305.

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.”

Denham Springs Lodge #297

As most of you know, the Flood of 2016 was devastating to our area. The Masonic Lodge, which was established in 1905, took nearly eight feet of water, and everything inside the building was a loss. Included in this loss were all the 5x7 pictures of the Masters of the Lodge. We are now trying to reach out to the families and get as many or all of the pictures back. We are hoping that someone in the families may have a picture or can get us a copy. It doesn't matter if it's color or black and white; it just needs to be a 5x7. Listed below is a list of each Master and the year they served. On these pictures, we ask that you write the name on the back so we can make sure we get it in the appropriate order, especially some of the early years, as most of us at the lodge would not know them. Pictures can be sent to the lodge or given to Mrs. Florence Crowder, Marshal Joe Shumate, Ronnie Coon PM/Secretary, or any member of the Masonic Lodge. For more information, call 225-963-0274 or email rcoon3@cox.net.

Vision Rehab Services

The Lighthouse Louisiana mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy. Their Baton Rouge location on North Flannery Road now offers no-cost Vision Rehab Services. These services include a Low Vision Clinic, Daily Living Skills classes, and Assisted Technology Training. Lighthouse Louisiana is an Equal Opportunity\Affirmative Action employer to individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, females, and minorities. Call Lighthouse Louisiana at 225-275-1200 x 245 to maximize your current vision today!

Maison de Fleur tours

The public is invited to visit Maison de Fleur Independent and Assisted Living to enjoy lunch and a tour of the facility. Come see what the residents are raving about. Great staff, food, activities and outings. Let us help you continue your story. Visit 559 Rushing Rd. West, Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-238-1919.

Passion Play & River Cruise

Join Jamie Andreas on the Oberammergau Passion Play & the Romantic Danube River Cruise. The trip will last 12 days - June 4-15, 2020. AMA Waterways. For more information, contact Jamie Andreas - Holiday Travel at 225-380-5040 or Jmesue10@suddenlink.net.

2nd chance AA meetings

2nd chance AA meetings are hosted on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Faithway Baptist Church, located at 31740 Pete Bankston in Holden. For more information, call Jason at 985-402-4306.

Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market

The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with fresh, seasonal produce and fruit, grain-fed beef without added hormones, unprocessed honey, fresh yard eggs, homemade hot sauce, pastries, jellies, craft vendors with soy candles, goat milk and honey lotions, soaps, quilts, jewelry, clothes, plants, more. New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on Florida Blvd. (Hwy. 190) across from McDonald’s in Denham Springs. For more information, visit the Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market on Facebook.

Walker Farmers Market

The Walker Farmers Market is held on the first and third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 9360 Florida Blvd., in front of Hebert’s Cajun Meats. Items include handmade jewelry and crafts, homegrown vegetables and fruits, local honey and bee products, fresh eggs, soap, lotions, bathbombs, homemade desserts and breads, quilts, purses, pot holders, jellies, pickles, sauces, candles, woodwork, signs and more! If you would like to be a vendor, email walkerfm@yahoo.com.

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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