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Thursday, July 27

Denham Springs Strong

The City of Denham Springs will hold a citywide recovery celebration on Aug. 18–20 at Train Station Park on Railroad Avenue in the Antique Village to reflect on the one year anniversary of the flood and to celebrate the community's future. Members of the public are invited to submit a design for the city T-shirt themed “Denham Strong.” The design should deal with flood recovery for the city. Submit an 8 x 10 colored design by Aug. 7, at noon. Submissions should be mailed in a legal-sized envelope or delivered Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. - noon or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 Hummell St., D.S., LA 70726. You may also deliver or mail to City Hall, 116 N. Range Ave, D.S., LA 70726. Emails can be sent to jclark@cityofdenhamsprings.com. Voting will take place by the community on Aug. 12 at the final Denham Strong community meeting. If any businesses would like to contribute either financially or in-kind, e-mail jclark@cityofdenhamsprings.com.

Uniform Assistance

Maurepas School opened its uniform supply closet to families in need on July 24. Families can schedule appointments for students to get fitted. If appropriate sizes are available, students will be given up to two sets of uniforms per child. Call the school office at 695-6111 to schedule an appointment.

Sit & Sew

Ages 18 and up are invited for four hours of uninterrupted sewing. Bring a sandwich along with a project or two to the Main Library on July 27 from 3-7 p.m. Spend some creative time with old and new friends. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on July 27 at 5:30 p.m. The club meets each month with a different theme, craft, and snack. LEGOs provided. Registration required by calling 686-4180 or visiting 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 July 27 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or www.mylpl.info.

City Hall meeting

There will be an informational City Hall meeting with attorney Josh Palmintier from the firm deGravelles & Palmintier on Thursday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at the Denham Springs City Hall, 116 N. Range Ave., to update citizens on the class action lawsuit regarding the I-12 barrier. The meeting is open to the public. Deaf Resources Center will be providing services to those in need.

“Twelfth Night”

Acorn Theatre will present “Twelfth Night: Or What You Will,” a comedy by William Shakespeare, as its 5th annual summer production. Several Livingston Parish performers will participate in one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies on July 27, 28, and 29 at McKinley Middle Black Box Theatre, 1550 Eddie Robinson Dr. in Baton Rouge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited, so arrive on time. Tickets are $15 available at the door. There will also be live violin music by Ruth Roland. For more information, call 454-9189 or e-mail shanestewart@cox.net.

Open Mic Night

Every Thursday through Sept. 7 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. For more information, visit www.movietavern.com/thetavern/ or call 960-4529.

Mighty Moms at the Library

The Livingston Parish Library and Mighty Moms have teamed up to combat childhood hunger in the Denham Springs area by providing children access to nonperishable snacks and meals throughout the summer. Every week from June 12, through Aug. 8, Mighty Moms will distribute a snack each Monday and a brown bag lunch each Tuesday in the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library’s East Meeting Room from 11 a.m. - noon. You can find the Denham Springs-Walker Branch at 8101 U.S. Hwy. 190, Denham Springs. For more information, call the library at (225) 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info. To learn more about Mighty Moms, visit www.mightymomsgo.org.

Summer Reading Program

Build A Better World…Read! Sign up for the Livingston Parish Library’s summer reading program anytime before July 31. The library offers different reading programs for children, teens, and adults. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info/summerreading.

Friday, July 28

Escape the Library

You and a few friends (four teams of no more than five people each, max 20) have been studying in the Livingston Parish Library. Inadvertently, you’ve angered the librarians and gotten yourselves locked in their secret room of doom. Unbeknownst to you, librarians aren’t merely the shushing public servants everyone has come to know and love. They are actually a malicious secret organization determined to take over the world through brainwashing! Luckily, a few good librarians have retained a small spark of humanity and have hidden clues and puzzles to aid in escape. Will your group be able to figure out who they are and escape, or will you succumb to the mind control that usually takes an hour or so to set in? Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Albany-Springfield Library on July 28 at 10 a.m.; or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on July 31 at 6 p.m. Registration required. For more information or to register, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Crafternoon

Visit the Main Library and enjoy an afternoon crafting, drinking coffee, eating snacks, and socializing on July 28 at 11 a.m. The library will provide coloring sheets and crossword puzzles - you just show up. Bring a craft project you’re working on if you like. Listen to music and chat. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, July 29

Free Kids Bike Race

All kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate in a FREE Bike Race hosted by Pelican State Credit Union on Saturday, July 29! The race will take place at Abundant Life Church, 206 Edgewood Dr. in Denham Springs. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the races begin at 10 a.m. There will be three races divided by age group: 5 and under, 6-9 and 10-12. Pelican State will also give away three parties for 10 at Area 51! All kids will be entered to win, and one winner will be drawn per age group. The bike race is completely free fun for the whole family. In addition to the races, medals of completion and goody bags for all race participants, there will be healthy refreshments, music, games, fire truck tours, a bounce house and face painting for the kids, as well as door prizes for parents. If you register your kids by Thursday, July 13, at 5 p.m., they will also receive a free shirt on the day of the race! For more information or to register, visit www.pelicanstatecu.com.

Back To School Bash

South Walker Baptist Church is hosting a Back To School Bash on July 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be snowballs, a water slide, games, hot dogs and lemonade. The church is located at 13719 Hammack Rd. For more information, call 665-0463 or visit www.southwalkerbaptist.org.

Amite River Poker Run

Amite River Christmas on the Bayou presents their first annual Poker Run on July 29, starting at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and welcomes cars, boats, trucks, jeeps and bikes. Cost is $40 per hand. Pre-registration will be July 22 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Rum Buoy’s, Manny’s and Black Lake Club; and on July 28 from 5-9 p.m. at Black Lake Club. Registration will also be held on July 29 at from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Black Lake Club. Stops for the poker run include Black Lake Club, Canal Bank, Red’s Restaurant, Rum Buoy’s, The Hangout, Manny’s Bar, Mooney’s Last Call and Lagniappe/Tiger Bar on the Diversion. For more information, visit www.livingstontourism.com or Amite River Christmas on the Bayou on Facebook.

Dogwood Cross concert

On July 29, the Dogwood Cross Religious singing group will put on a free concert at the koa Campground in Denham Springs from 2-4 p.m. They are returning from an engagement in Thailand.

Bass Pro Shops summer events

Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs offers a variety of free summer activities. On July 29, there will be a Boating Safety Class with Garret Kimble. For more information, visit http://ww8.basspro.com/shop/en/family-summer-camp.

Sunday, July 30

Jazz & Blues Brunch

Every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Movie Tavern guests can listen to jazz music while tasting Movie Tavern’s new brunch menu and create their own drinks at Bloody Mary and Mimosa stations. For more information, visit www.movietavern.com/thetavern/ or call 960-4529.

Macedonia Fifth Sunday

Macedonia Baptist Church, 34685 Hwy. 1036 in Holden, will host a Fifth Sunday Singing at 11 a.m. on July 30, followed by lunch. Guest singer will be Kristen Conaster. "You're always welcome at Macedonia." For more information, call Pastor Roger Dunlap at 225-664-4448.

Fall Soccer 2017

Get your kicks this fall with Live Oak Sports Complex LPRD #2 Fall Soccer. The season runs from September to October. Register at liveoaksportscomplex.com.

Free back-to-school haircuts

Christ's Community Church of Denham Springs will offer free back-to-school haircuts, uniform alterations, and gently used uniforms on July 30 from 3-6 p.m. The church is located at 26574 Juban Rd. For more information, call 791-9333 or visit www.cccds.net.

Gather at the Park

The Gathering Church will host Gather at the Park at North Park Recreation Center on July 30 from 4-7 p.m. The family-friendly event will include free food, inflatables, snocones, cotton candy, crafts, and more. It is open to the public. Go to the three pavilions near the kids’ playground on the corner of Eden Church and Lockhart. For more information, call 413-0195 or visit www.thegatheringchurch.net.

Tuesday, August 1

Search Engine Optimization

A Search Engine Optimization seminar is scheduled for Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Main Library. It is designed for business owners, marketing executives, and anyone looking to enhance their range of SEO experience. Participants will look at organic versus paid search traffic as well as Google products like Places, Plus and Business and how they affect your ranking. They will also discuss how to ensure your page is Google compliant. This program is sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. To register, visit https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=6370047 or call 225-664-6638.

Joyful Reads Book Club

Do you love uplifting tales of hope and faith? If so, visit the South Library on Aug. 1 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.

Teen Anime Club

Are you an anime addict? Do you go mad for manga? Those in grades 7-12 are invited to the Main Library on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. to discuss anime and manga and learn about Japanese culture. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, August 2

Republican Women meeting

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Aug. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, 123 Aspen Square in Denham Springs, which is just north of I-12 off of Range Ave. The March guest speaker will be Brian McNabb, assistant to Senator Bill Cassidy. The public is welcome to attend. There is a charge for lunch; reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Terri Day at 225-931-9206 or e-mail terriday@eatel.net.

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.

Thursday, August 3

The Art Studio: Cyanotype Prints

Ages 12-18 are invited to visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. to explore the fine art of creating blueprints using a light-sensitive ‘cyanotype’ developing process. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Young Writers Club

The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Young Writers Club meets Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. Open to ages 10-18, the club’s goal is to help each other become better writers, to provide inspiration, and to offer advice and support. Each meeting, members practice writing in many different styles and genres to fine-tune skills and challenge themselves. Writers of all genres are welcome. 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 Aug. 3 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.

Writer’s Circle

Are you a writer who is looking for some feedback? Come to the Writer’s Circle at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Published and unpublished writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults, or children are welcome. The group provides a forum for sharing writing, a venue for learning more about the writing craft, and more. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Christian Youth Theater

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is coming to Denham Springs! CYT is a national organization that started in San Diego, CA. Baton Rouge native Tonja Rainey brought CYT to this area in 2013. Since then, children in the local area have participated in classes such as acting, dance, and vocal performance, as well as theater tech. In addition, CYT Baton Rouge produces three high-quality, Broadway-style shows each year. Students ages 8-18 are eligible to audition for the shows, and there are classes for children as young as 4. Baton Rouge classes are currently held at Jefferson Baptist Church, but starting this fall, CYT will also meet at Amite Baptist Church in Denham Springs on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. beginning in August. For more information, visit cytbatonrouge.org.

Friday, August 4

Garfish Rodeo at Manny's

The 31st annual Garfish Rodeo will be held at Manny's on Hwy. 22 in Maurepas on Aug. 4-6. Cost is $75 per boat to enter. All proceeds will be donated to LFACC (Louisiana Friends Against Childhood Cancer) St. Jude. Sign up on Aug. 5 at 12 p.m. "Big Gar" is $1,000, and there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall weight and biggest trash fish (no sharks). There is a 10 gar/50 jug limit, and gar must be fresh. You can only fish in water accessible from Blind River. Turn in your card between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. For more information, call 324-5695.

Saturday, August 5

Photography Basics for Adults

Ages 18 and up are invited to learn photography basics and how to use what you learn with cell phones and other cameras. The class will be taught by Kristine Stone, a photographer for 10 years and the owner of Kristine Stone Photography. It will be held at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs, on Aug. 5 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cost is $35 per student with a 10-student max, and pre-payment is required. Bring your own camera and cell phone. Register by calling 225-664-1168 or e-mailing artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org.

Garfish Rodeo at Black Lake

Black Lake Club in Maurepas will have its 7th annual Garfish Rodeo Aug. 5-6. Registration is open now until Aug. 5. Weigh-in will be Aug. 6 before 12 p.m. For more information, call 695-6447.

Basketball Tournament

Club Outreach will host a Back to School Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Walker Freshman High School. The registration fee is $150 per team, and the registration deadline is July 29; guaranteed two games. All ages are welcome. There will be awards for 1st and 2nd place. Concessions and plate lunches will be available for purchase. Outdoor food or drinks will not be allowed. Security will be strictly enforced. Club Outreach is a non-profit organization. Proceeds will benefit children in the community with school supplies and school uniforms. For more information and or register, call Leroy Williams at 225-324-7237.

Assess the Need

Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, local volunteers and area businesses are teaming up again with the annual Assess the Need program, which provides school supplies for students in Livingston Parish. Volunteers will be outside Wal-Mart stores in Denham Springs, Walker and Watson on Aug. 5-6 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. to collect monetary donations and supplies for those in need. Donations can also be mailed to Assess the Need, P.O. Box 1802, Denham Springs, LA, 70727, given online at www.AssesstheNeed.com, or dropped off at the Livingston Parish Assessor’s office in the Town of Livingston during regular work hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Donations are eligible for tax deductions. For more information, visit Assess the Need on Facebook, Twitter or the web at www.AssessTheNeed.com.

Sunday, August 6

Back to School Bash

Abundant Life Church, 206 Edgewood Dr, Denham Springs, will host a Back to School Bash on Aug. 6. There will be a Blessing of the Students worship service at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Outreach Center and a Back to School Bash at 5 p.m. For more information, call 225-225-7000 or visit www.abundantlifechurch.tv.

Tickfaw River Regatta

The Tickfaw River Regatta, a benefit for TARC, will take place on Aug. 6 at Boopalu's in Killian starting at 10 a.m. This fun filled family day is a fundraiser for children and adults with special needs or disabilities. There will be a river scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. with celebrity judges, followed by the handmade, human powered Boat Regatta (no commercial hulls) at 1 p.m. Boat categories are cardboard and duct tape, anything goes, and canoes and pirogues, and there will be awards for the best in show as well as the ugly duckling. Cost is $25 per boat entered and $10 per person in the scavenger hunt. There will also be food, gold fish races, an anything goes costume contest and music by Bag of Donuts from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 985-345-8811, 225-268-7988 or visit TARC on Facebook.

Carter House Open House

The Carter House, 30325 Carter Cemetery Road in Springfield, will be open for tours on Aug. 6 and Aug. 27 from 2-4 p.m. The open house is sponsored by the Historic Carter House Society, Inc. Tours will be given at the open house, along with some of its history. The Carter House is the only plantation still standing in Livingston Parish, and the property dates back to 1804. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free, and a small fee of $5 will be charged for adults. The history of the house is quite an educational experience, so bring your children or grandchildren. Also, if you are looking for a place to host a special event, please come see the Carter House!

Tuesday, August 8

AARP Defensive Driving Class

The Livingston Council on Aging will host an AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 949 Government Dr. in Denham Springs. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. For more information or to register, call Stephanie at 664-0664 anytime between 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Retro Cinema at Movie Tavern

Just in time to beat the heat this summer, Movie Tavern has begun its Retro Cinema Lineup. The cinema eatery’s special programming series will feature beloved classics every other Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at select theatre locations. Upcoming retro movies include: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (Aug. 8 & 9), "Dirty Dancing" (Aug. 22 & 23) and "Back to the Future" (Sept. 5 & 6). Films will be played at several Movie Tavern locations, including Movie Tavern Juban Crossing – Denham Springs, Movie Tavern Citiplace – Baton Rouge, and Movie Tavern Northshore – Covington.

Wednesday, August 9

State of the Parish

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host the Future of Livingston Parish - State of the Parish luncheon on Aug. 9 at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. Confirmed speakers include Parish President Layton Ricks, Sheriff Jason Ard, Superintendent Rick Wentzel and Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry. The Leadership Livingston Class of 2018 will be introduced. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12 p.m. An RSVP is required to attend. Price is $25 for pre-paid members, $30 for late registrations and at the door and $35 for future members. Deadline to register is Aug. 7 at noon. For more information, call 665-8155 or e-mail staff@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Sunday, August 13

Flood Victors Celebration

Pastor Cary M. Carlin invites the public to Glory of God Worship Center to celebrate how God has brought the parish through the Great Flood of 2016. The service begins at 10 a.m., followed by lunch. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 1114 Rodeo Dr. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-791-4464. “We are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.”

Acadian Culture Day bus trip

The West Baton Rouge Museum is offering a day trip in conjunction with its current "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" exhibit. Celebrate the region's Cajun culture, history, music, and cuisine with a charter bus excursion departing from West Baton Rouge Museum on Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. Participants will meet at West Baton Rouge Museum at 9 a.m. for check in and a tour of the "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" exhibit. Enjoy lunch at the famed Pat's Fisherman's Wharf in Henderson followed by a visit to Vermilionville's Historic Village in Lafayette for the annual Acadian Culture Day celebration featuring live music, cooking and historic craft demonstrations, and optional boat tours. On the return trip back to West Baton Rouge Museum, you will make a stop at the legendary Whiskey River Landing Live Cajun & Zydeco Music Dance Hall known as "The place to be on a Sunday afternoon!" in Henderson to kick up your heels. (Must be 21+ to enter.) The cost of the trip is $75. Space is limited. Advanced, paid registration is required. Reservations can be made in person by visiting the West Baton Rouge Museum or mailing in contact information along with cash or check payment made out to West Baton Rouge Museum. For more information, call 225-336-2422 Ext.15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Monday, August 21

COA Senior Appreciation Day

The Livingston Council on Aging will host its Senior Appreciation Day with a Hawaiian Lulu theme on Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. There will be food, fun, games and a performance by Elvis. The COA is located at 949 Government St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call Stephanie at 664-0664.

Livingston Parish Fair concessions

The 80th Livingston Parish Fair will be auctioning off the concession stands and kitchen on Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. at the fair office. For more information, call Sharon at 985-974-0964.

CASA Training - Livingston Parish

There will be a CASA training session for Livingston Parish on Aug. 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Child Advocacy Services CASA and CAC, 1504 W. Church Street in Hammond. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a specially trained and supervised community volunteer, appointed by a hudge. CASAs help to secure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children by investigating and monitoring cases involving children in foster care. CASA volunteers are men and women who want to help the children in their community. They come from all walks of life, have a variety of backgrounds, young and old, working and retired, and they all have the same desire - to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. To become a CASA volunteer, a completed application is required. For more information, call Connie Stein at 1-800-798-1575.

Tuesday, August 22

H.O.P.E. Grief Support Group

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, Aug. 22 through Sept. 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. Please call Denise Domingue at the Hospice of Baton Rouge at (225) 767-4673 for more information or to reserve your spot. All groups are provided to the public at no charge.

Saturday, September 9

Christian Women’s Job Corps

Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) will host volunteer and mentor training at Judson Baptist Church, 32470 Walker North Rd., on Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CWJC is a non-denominational education program for unemployed or underemployed adult women where participants learn job, computer and life skills, as well as Bible study and relationship-building. Fall 10-week semester session begins on September 12 and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, or to register, contact Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association (ELBA), 32470 Walker North Rd. Walker, LA 70785-0305, call 225-664-9309, email info@elbamissions.org, or visit elbamissions.org.

Monday, September 11

Cry Out America Event

Never forget! All ages are invited and encouraged to attend the Livingston Parish 9/11 Remembrance, a Cry Out America event, on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Parish Council Chambers, 20355 Government Blvd., Livingston. Public officials, law enforcement, emergency services personnel, military, judiciary, clerics and local individuals will participate. This is a national event held in courthouses and public buildings across America. For more information, contact Carolyn Hatcher at (225) 936-9066, or email crhatcher1@att.net.

Sunday, September 24

Sundresses & Shrimp Boots

Come join the party! Sundresses & Shrimp Boots generates public awareness and funding for Child Advocacy Services to continue providing services through their mission to give voice, healing, and security to children. Sundresses & Shrimp Boots will be presented by RE-BATH of South Louisiana and will take place on Sept. 24 at The Cedar Post Barn in Albany, 30648 La Hwy. 43, from 2-5 p.m. The event will feature live music, food & libations, and silent and live auctions! Sponsors, partners, volunteers, and community supporters will be recognized for their work throughout the year for Child Advocacy Services. Tickets are $50 each and sponsorships are available. For more information, call 1-800-798-1575 or visit www.childadv.net.

Saturday, October 14

Bridge-to-Bridge Yard Sale

The annual Bridge-to-Bridge Yard Sale in French Settlement will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14. The yard sale is all throughout town at the residents’ homes. It is an opportunity to mingle with neighbors, welcome visitors and promote the annual Creole Festival, which is always the third Sunday in October. Check with local businesses or residents if you need a spot to set up. Also, there will be a St. Joseph Youth Fundraiser, where food, drinks and sweets will be available. For more information call, Freddye at 933-9339, Stacy at 572-6038, Stephanie at 335-4401 or Selena at 698-6503.

Sunday, October 15

Creole Festival

The annual Creole Festival given by the French Settlement Historical Society will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the pavilion located behind French Settlement Town Hall, 16015 Hwy. 16. All proceeds help maintain the Creole House Museum. There will be entertainment throughout the day, craft booths, food, a kids’ area, and various demonstrations, and the museum will be open all day. Anyone interested in helping can e-mail aydellk@phelps.com or call 225-975-0530.

Saturday, October 28

DSHS Class of 1997

The Denham Springs High School Class of 1997 will have its 20-year reunion at Restaurant IPO on Oct. 28 from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. For more information or to RSVP by Sept. 1, email dshsclass97@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ark Encounter & Creation Museum

Southern Belles and Gents presents The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum motorcoach trip! The 7-day, 6-night trip will take place Sept. 24-30, 2017, departing from Walker at 8 a.m. Cost is $669 per person, double occupancy. For more information or to make reservations, contact Jamie Andreas of Diamond Tours, Inc., at 225-380-5040.

VFW Travelers show trip

The VFW Travelers will host a Pigeon Forge & Smoky Mountains Show Trip from Oct. 8-14, 2017. The cost is $590 per person (double occupancy). A $75 deposit holds your spot. The balance is due Aug. 1. The price includes motorcoach transportation, six nights of lodging, six shows, a tour of Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg, free time at the Gatlinburg Craft Show and ten meals. For more information, call Debbie at 225-665-2930 or Vi at 225-665-1201 or visit www.grouptrips. Use the code “vfwtravelers” to see videos of this trip.

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.

Main Street requests your memoirs for flood exhibit

The Denham Springs Main Street volunteers are planning an exhibit for the Old City Hall (OCH) museum to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Great Flood of 2016 and needs your help. They are asking residents of Livingston Parish to write a short personal account of their experiences during the 2016 flood as well as any prior floods. These accounts will be kept at OCH permanently to record for history people’s experiences in the floods and will be made available for the public to read. Main Street is also asking for your photographs of flood scenes, especially those which show clearly recognizable landmarks. The loan of any items which survived the floods and have a history or unique story to tell about them would be greatly appreciated. The history of the Amite River and its part in the settlement and flooding of areas of the parish will also be included in the exhibit. The written personal accounts and photographs will be copied and originals returned to the owners immediately. Any other items will be returned at the conclusion of the exhibit. The exhibit is planned to open near the anniversary date of the flood which occurred August 13-17, 2016, so memoirs and items should be submitted by August 9. Email your memoirs and scanned photos to oldcityhall@cityofdenhamsprings.com or bring or mail them to Old City Hall, 115 Mattie St., Denham Springs, LA 70726. Old City Hall is a museum and welcome center in the heart of the antiques village. It was built in 1940 as the original town hall for the City of Denham Springs and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open each day except Monday. The Main Street program is run by local volunteers with an interest in preserving the city’s history and preserving and promoting the old downtown area. They have produced the exhibits for the OCH museum since the building was renovated and reopened in 2009. Call 225-667-7512 for more information about the exhibit or Main Street volunteer opportunities.

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.

Atchafalaya Basin exhibit

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to highlight Louisiana’s rich natural diversity with an exhibit dedicated to the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp. The exhibition, "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya," will be on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum from June 17 through October 29, 2017. Come celebrate Louisiana’s greatest natural resource through the art and lifestyle it inspires! "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" is dedicated to Greg Guirard, who passed away in early June. The exhibit features Guirard’s photography as well as that of C.C. Lockwood and Justin Patin. The exhibit also features original works by Louisiana native artists including Melissa Bonin, Rigsby Frederick, Keith Felder, Shane Seneca, and Kenny Greig. Visit the West Baton Rouge Museum to experience the beauty and diversity of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, America’s Foreign Country. The WBR Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call 225-336- 2422 Ext. 15.

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.

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. 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 http://oldsouthjamboree.webs.com/aboutus.htm.

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/.

Storytimes at the Library

All branches of the Livingston Parish Library offer storytimes for babies through age 5 that help develop pre-reading skills while children and their caregivers have lots of 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 0-2, 9:45 a.m. and 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. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info/storytime.

Big Kid Storytimes

This summer, the Livingston Parish Library offers storytimes for children ages 5-10 at the following branches: Albany-Springfield Library, every first Wednesday, 10 a.m., 686-4130; Denham Springs-Walker Library, every Monday, 2 p.m., 686-4140. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 are as follows: Albany-Springfield Branch Display Cases and Gallery: “Wildlife” Paintings and Wood Carvings by Jennie Pearson; Denham Springs-Walker Branch Gallery: Impossible Fantasy Studios by Sara Cavalier; Main Branch Gallery: Paintings by Marcia Arnold; South Branch Display Cases: 3D Models by Justin Woodring and Drawings by Maiah Woodring; South Branch Gallery: Haiku Poetry by local students; Watson Branch Display Cases: Small Watercolors by Amis Lynne Jones; Watson Branch Gallery: Paintings by Amis Lynne Jones. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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.

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 Friday 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.

Help Challenger Field

The Pilot Club of Denham Springs is seeking help to make Challenger Field a reality. A new ADA compliant baseball field would be used by mentally and physically disabled children from throughout Southeast Louisiana. Learn how you can help by calling 225-304-6225.

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.

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