Thursday, April 20

Senior Crime Expo

The 21st Annual Senior Crime Expo will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Church Outreach Center in Denham Springs. Health and senior information will be available through local agencies during the Expo. The Expo is sponsored by Livingston Parish SALT (Seniors and Lawmen Together) Council. For more information, call Sandra Cavalier at 686-3811 ext. 205.

Community Clothing Swap

Visit the South Library on April 20 between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to browse a selection of gently-worn clothing donated by members of the community as part of Closet Revival, a great way to recycle all of the pieces of clothing that you never wear or that no longer fit. For more information, call 686-4170 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Movie Tavern VIP Experience

Celebrate the return of Movie Tavern at Juban Crossing during the complimentary Movie Tavern VIP Experience with appetizers, cocktails, dinner and movies on April 20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting is at 6 p.m. and first seating is at 6:30 p.m. RSVP required by 5 p.m. on April 18.

Watson Teen Anime Club

The Watson Library’s Teen Anime Club for ages 12-18 meets April 20 at 5:30 p.m. The Teen Anime Club is open to all fans of Anime and Manga. The club meetings are free and include previews of Anime and Manga movies, along with snacks, fan art, crafts and fan fiction. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Do you love library programs and think your stuffed animal would too? Drop off your stuffed animal overnight, then join back up for this fun-filled program where you’ll find out all the wild things that the animals get up to at night. Parents, you can bring your child’s stuffed animal to the youth desk at your library, dropping it off two days before the program date, up to three hours before the library closes on the evening before the program. If you have any questions, call your local branch and ask for the youth services desk. Registration is required. There is a limit of one stuffed animal per child. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on April 20 at 6 p.m. or the Main Library (686-4160) on April 25 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

COA membership drive

The Livingston Council on Aging is hosting the 2017 Membership Drive until Thursday, May 11, 2017. Anyone interested in becoming a member can sign up at the Council on Aging office at 949 Government Dr., Denham Springs, La., or call the office at (225) 664-9343. Only registered members can vote at the Annual Meeting held in May. Those interested in becoming a member must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Livingston Parish.

Friday, April 21

LYP monthly meeting

The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, meets on the third Friday of most months to plan upcoming events. Their next meeting will be April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. For more information, e-mail april@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Lagniappe Festival

The 2017 Lagniappe Festival will be held April 21-22 next to Lagniappe Restaurant on Hwy. 22 in Springfield. The Whiskey River Band will open the festival on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, festival grounds will open at 10 a.m. Several bands will be playing throughout the day Saturday, including The Eddie Smith Band, Chris LeBlanc, Floyd Brown and New Orleans LaRoux. For more information, visit livingstontourism.com.

Exercise for Seniors

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class on April 21 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a workout led by a certified physical therapist that will keep up your heart health, maintain muscle tone, and increase flexibility. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Book Babies

Bring all the kids for a play date at the Watson Library on April 21 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 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, April 22

Advanced Cake Decorating

Do you like to decorate cakes, but want to take it to the next level? Visit the Main Library on April 22 at 1 p.m. to learn fondant techniques, chocolate modeling, and flower-making. The library will provide all the tools you need. Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Glitz and Glam Fashion Expo

Exposure Spotlight Magazine is hosting a Glitz and Glam Fashion Expo on Saturday, April 22, at the North Park PARDS Community Center at 6 p.m. Seeking aspiring models of all ages (female and male) No experience necessary! All those interested, call (225) 369-5626 or email exposurespotlightmagazine@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 23

Carter House Open House

The Carter House, 30325 Carter Cemetery Road in Springfield, will be open for tours on Sunday, April 23, and Sunday, April 30, from 2 - 4 p.m. The open house is sponsored by the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS), the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is restoring the house. 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!

Monday, April 24

Wiggle Worms

Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to the Albany-Springfield Library on April 24 at 10 a.m. Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Mountain Dulcimer classes

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society is holding a series of classes entitled “Learn to Play the Mountain Dulcimer.” The sixweek series starts Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and ends on June 5. The classes will be held at the Community Bible Church Fellowship Hall in Baton Rouge. They are offering both beginner and novice classes, and you don’t have to have a dulcimer to attend as some loaner dulcimers are available. Community Bible Church is located at 8354 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. For more information, to get directions or to sign up for the classes, call Peggy Broussard at 225-261-6696 or 225-329-4018, or Helen Bankston at 225-753-7917, or e-mail hmbankston@cox.net.

Blood drive, fundraiser for Fitzgeralds

A 2016 Live Oak High alumni, Michael Fitzgerald, was involved in a car accident and is currently in the TNCC at Our Lady of the Lake with injuries. The blood center at OLOL is accepting donations in his name (Michael Andrew Fitzgerald) to help defray medical costs and to help the blood bank. Also, Sombreros in Walker is offering 10% of their profits to Michael and his family on April 24. The Fitzgerald family is very grateful for the love and support that has been showed so far, so please continue to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

FC Galaxy Soccer info meeting

FC Galaxy Soccer will be hosting an information meeting for the 2017-2018 LCSL tryouts and Player Groupings at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library, located at 8101 Florida Blvd. For more information, visit www.fcgalaxysoccer.com.

Tuesday, April 25

LHSAA Golf Regionals

Carter Plantation Golf Course in Springfield will be hosting the 2017 LHSAA Boys Regional Golf tournament with several competitors from around the state on April 25. Report time is 7:30 a.m. and tee time is 8:30 a.m. There will be a coaches' meeting at 8 a.m. Green fees are $25 on tournament day. Practice round is $25 (walk), $35 (ride) on weekends after 1 p.m. For more information, call 225-294-9855 or visit livingstontourism.com.

Golf Travel Writers Tour

On April 25-26, there will be a Golf Familiarization Tour around the state, and Carter Plantation in Springfield was asked to participate. There will be eight travel writers, including “Golf Georgia,” the official golf publication of the Georgia State Golf Association; “Golf Oklahoma,” the official golf publication of the Oklahoma Golf Association; “Chicago District Golfer,” the official golf publication of the Chicago District Golf Association; “Kansas City Tee Times”; “Lonestar Golf,” the official golf publication of the Texas Golf Association; and more. There will be a tour of Carter Plantation, dinner at a local restaurant, breakfast in the Carter Plantation Clubhouse, three tee times for 18 holes of golf at Carter Plantation and box lunches on the course before the group departs for Marksville at 1:30 on April 26. For more information, visit livingstontourism.com.

Free Garage Sale - drop off days

Are you spring cleaning or trying to declutter? Need some new items but don’t want to spend money? Check out the library's Free Garage Sale. The Albany-Springfield Library library will be accepting donations Tuesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Any items you want to get rid of will be put into the Free Garage Sale. On Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., attend the Free Garage Sale and see what items were donated. Anything you find that you like, you get to take for free. You do not have to donate in order to get items. Let’s celebrate Earth Day by “freecycling” our items and sharing with others. Please consider donating any gently used items such as household decorations, cookware, small furniture, toys, and electronics. The library will not be accepting clothing, anything with a strong odor, large furniture, or broken items. They will accept re-usable parts of electronics. If you are considering donating a large item, please call the branch first to schedule a drop off time. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info. There will be another drop-off at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on April 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., with a sale on April 29 at 9 a.m.

Make Emoji Eggs

Ages 8-11 are invited to visit the library to hang out and make Emoji Eggs! Whether Emojis make you have the Tears of Joy face or whether you are interested in a fun seasonal craft, you won’t want to miss this. This event will be held at the Watson Library (686-4180) on April 25 at 5:30 and the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on April 27 at 5:30 p.m. 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 Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on April 25 at 6 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.

Children’s Art Classes

Instructor Kerry Curtin is hosting his Spring drawing and painting classes in three sessions for grades 2-6 at South Live Oak Elementary School in Room 602 (drive to the back of the school). The classes will take place on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m., and each session is four classes. Fee is $45 per session for non-members ($40 for ACLP members). Students should bring #2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16”x20”. Session 3: April 4, 11, 25, May 2. The classes are sponsored by the Arts Council of Livingston Parish. Make payment to ACLP at the first class meeting for each session. For more information or to enroll, call 954-2700.

Financial Peace University

Immaculate Conception Church will again host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. The classes start on April 18 and continue each Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Church’s Faith Formation Center on Hatchell Lane. Come and join us for this life-changing money-management series. For more information, email facilitator Melinda Mayeux at garlic.eater@hotmail.com or visit http://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1039213.

Chronic pain support group

Tired of being alone, have no one to talk to, or no one understands you? Join the new support group for fibromyalgia, chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. The next meeting will be held at Wholly Ground Coffee House on Walker South Road on April 25 from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call Brenda at 225-324-5175. At this time seating is limited due to the flood. Please call to make sure seating is available.

Wednesday, April 26

Dominoes Club

Ages 18 and up are invited to play Dominoes every month at the Albany-Springfield Library. The next event is April 26 at 11 a.m. Have fun with your friends playing Standard, Chicken Foot and Trains Dominoes. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, April 27

Edible Book Day

Do you love books AND food? Library staffers do to! They will host an Edible Book Experience at the Main Library on April 27 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Join in the festivities by entering the second annual Edible Book Contest and/or voting in the competition. Ages 18 and up are invited to participate in this event, which will feature artistic, edible creations inspired by book covers, characters, themes, etc., of any size, shape or ingredient. If it’s edible, you can use it. Just bring in a book creation on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 creations in both public and staff categories. Library users will vote on staff entries and staff will vote on public entries. Schedule: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Edible Book Contest entry drop-off/set-up; 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Public viewing and voting. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on April 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 April 27 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 686-4170 or 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 Branch Library on April 27 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 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, April 28

Crafternoon

Visit the Main Library and enjoy an afternoon crafting, drinking coffee, eating snacks, and socializing on April 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 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Hungarian pork dinners

The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society is holding their semi-annual Smoked Pulled Pork Dinner Fundraiser on April 28 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 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 smoked 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. They are presently in the final stages of completing the renovations of the museum building. It is through community support that the project was so successful. The Museum will be open in the later part of this year, and it will provide educational opportunities for future generations. 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 or 225-610-7474.

Saturday, April 29

Springfest 2017

Although Fall Fest was canceled in 2016 due to the Great Flood, organizers have announced that Spring Fest will take place at the end of April. Don’t miss the Denham Springs Spring Festival! Join in the family atmosphere in Downtown Denham Springs on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors can expect a wide variety of vendors, games, kiddie rides, food booths, antique stores, art exhibits, Old City Hall exhibit tours and music at the Old Train Station. Country music superstar Doug Stone along with Grammy winner Jo'el Sonnier, John Schneider, Clifton Brown & The Rusty Bucket Band, Jim & James Linden Hogg, Rosie and the Swingin' Riveters and special guest Doug Owens, Layton Ricks, and Cowboy Ralph Innes will take the state between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Browse the main street area, rest at the sitting areas and “people watch,” sample restaurant fare, and visit comfort stations and “pass a good time” in the safe security of festival time in Denham Springs. The Antique Village hosts two festivals a year. Over 150 vendor booths line up in the middle of Range Ave. to sell antiques, art, greenery, crafts and many more items. There is plenty of food such as jambalaya, hamburgers, funnel cakes, and much more. Come stroll down Mattie Street a.k.a. “Art Avenue” and hear live music at Train Station Park. All of the stores are open in the village with plenty of sales, so come and enjoy the day in the Antique Village.

Kid’s Fishing Rodeo

Amite River Christmas on the Bayou presents a Kid’s Fishing Rodeo on April 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Black Lake Club Bait and Tackle in Maurepas. Age groups are 1-5, 6-10, and 11-15. Categories include Biggest Fish and Most Fish. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners in each category. No entry fee. Children must wear a life jacket when fishing, and parents must accompany their children at all times. You must supply your own fishing gear and bait. Bank fishing only; all fish must be caught at Black Lake. For more information, visit Black Lake Club Bait and Tackle on Facebook.

Sunday, April 30

Macedonia Fifth Sunday

Historic Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy. 1036, Holden, will host a Fifth Sunday Service on April 30 beginning at 11 a.m. Matthew Morgan will be giving his testimony and presenting special music. Service will be followed by lunch. For more information, call the pastor, Bro. Roger Dunlap, at 225-664-4448.

Victory Baptist fish fry

There will be a free fish fry and gospel music at Victory Baptist Church on April 30 at 6 p.m. This event is for VBC members, family members, guests, and the general public. The event will feature Sandra Kelly’s gospel music. Interim Pastor Fred Dyess invites everyone interested to come to the fellowship hall for food, music, and fellowship. VBC is located at 31449 North Corbin Road, about 1.5 miles north of Hwy. 190. For more information, call 667-2487.

Tuesday, May 2

Business & Community Expo

The 2017 Livingston Parish Business & Community Expo / Job Fair will be held on May 2 from 3-6 p.m. at the Suma Hall Community Center in Satsuma. More than 100 businesses and community participants will showcase what makes Livingston Parish a great place to do business and connect with the community. For more information, call 665-8155 or e-mail staff@livingstonparishchamber.org.

H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups

The Hospice of Baton Rouge will host the H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups, a six-week support group session that provides a safe place for sharing and growth through grief on Tuesdays, May 2-June 6, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Group Facilitator is Christine Brasseaux, LMSW, THBR Social Worker. The 2017 sessions will be held 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.

Wednesday, May 3

DSFAA show at Arts Council

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will feature an exhibit with members of the Denham Springs Fine Art Association in May. The exhibit will begin on May 3 and end on May 31. Visitors are welcome to attend a reception on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served. The Arts Council is located at 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs, LA. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Republican Women meeting

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 3, 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. Guest speaker will be Gerard Landry, Mayor of Denham Springs. They will also be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a worthy recipient, Jessica Litolff from Holden High School. 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-mailing terriday@eatel.net.

Thursday, May 4

Tickfaw 200

The 2017 Tickfaw 200 will be held from May 4-6, and all money raised on the water stays on the water - all proceeds go to the sheriff’s marine division. This year the Sheriff’s office is boiling crawfish, and the money raised from that will go to the children’s Christmas fund. There will be band all three nights. Uncle Joe will be on Spoons and Aunt Ruby on Horns. The event is hosted by Blood River Landing in Springfield, and it will feature a two-day 200-mile power boat poker run. For more information, call 294-3876 or e-mail Tickfaw200@bloodrivermarina.com.

Saturday, May 6

Adam’s Lemonade Stand

Adam’s Lemonade Stand will be open for business on Saturday, May 6, at 8 a.m. on the corner of S. Range & Del Orleans at DSLD Homes. Seven-year-old entrepreneur Adam plans on using his profits to purchase items for the Denham Springs Animal Shelter. Adam is the son of Travis & Alli Castle of Watson.

Basics in Food Photography

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) will host “Camera, Lights, Action, The Basics in Food Photography” on May 6 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. You will begin by talking about cameras and lenses, how to light your photography, and end with composition and food styling. This is not just a lecture, but also a hands-on demonstration. You will make a tool and instructor Kristine Stone will guide you through lighting with natural and artificial lights. Stone is an award winning food photographer in Denham Springs, LA. She has been a photographer for 10 years and a food photographer for 4 years. She has taught photography classes and enjoys sharing the craft with others. The cost is $75 ($70 for members of ACLP). Bring your own camera. Registration required by May 4. Call 225-664-1168 or e-mail artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net. The Arts Council is located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs.

DSHS Class of 1957 reunion

The 1957 Class of Denham Springs High School will have their 60th reunion on May 6 at 5 p.m. at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge. For more information, please call Nolia Davis at 665-5517 or Ann Garrison at 772-9043.

Sunday, May 7

Revival at New Beginning

The New Beginning Baptist Church Of Walker, located at 9768 Florida Blvd., Walker, will hold revival services May 7-10 at 7 p.m. each evening. Bro. Craig James will be speaking. For more information, call Bro. Charles Ray Smith at 445-4927.

Friday, May 12

Girl’s Night Out

The annual Girl’s Night Out will be held on May 12 from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Denham Springs Antique Village. The $30 ticket includes dinner, dessert and more than $90 worth of gifts. Organizers will give away 60 door prizes, and there will be drawings for two $100 gift certificates and a grand prize valued over $400. For tickets, call 225-791-1116 or stop by Mothers and Daughters.

Thursday May 25

COA annual meeting

The Livingston Council on Aging will hold its annual meeting in the Senior Center at 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 8 a.m. Board members from the Livingston Parish area will be elected. Board members are chosen based upon interest in aging. Anyone desiring to serve on the board should notify the Livingston Council on Aging at P.O. Box 658, Denham Springs, LA 70727. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. Board meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 10 a.m. The organization will also be celebrating being in business and helping the seniors of Livingston Parish for the past 44 years. There will be lots of foods, activities, music and plenty of door prizes to celebrate this occasion. The COA would like to thank all of the sponsors from businesses here in Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas. This function is sure to be a huge success. So come out and celebrate with us and join in on all of the festivities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OCH seeks flood memorabilia

Old City Hall (OCH) is planning an exhibit to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Great Flood of 2016 and needs your help. They are asking all members of the public to write a short personal account of the events of the day of the flood. These accounts will be kept at OCH permanently and made available to the public. OCH is also asking for interesting photographs of flood scenes, especially those which show clearly recognizable landmarks, and for any items which survived the flood and which have a history or something interesting to tell about them. The written personal accounts and photographs will be copied and originals returned to the owner. The other items will be returned to the owners at the conclusion of the exhibit. For more information, call OCH at 667-7512 or Jenny at 324-0223. Old City Hall is a museum and tourist center owned by the City of Denham Springs and located at 115 Mattie Street. It is open every day except Monday.

Talented Visual Art Show

The Livingston Parish Public Schools annual Talented Visual Art Show will be held at the Watson Branch of the Livingston Parish Library from April 4-30. The library’s hours are Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

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/.

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 Display Cases & Gallery: Irish Culture from the Cullen Family Collection; Denham Springs-Walker Display Cases: Brain Injury Awareness Campaign by Pilot Club; Denham Springs-Walker Gallery: Artwork by Bonnie Smith Wilson; Main Branch Gallery: Paintings by the Magnolia Chapter of Decorative Painters; South Library Display Cases: 3D Printing Display; South Library Gallery: Paintings by Lelan Gimnick; Watson Library Display Cases & Gallery: Livingston Parish Library 70th Anniversary. For more information, 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.

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, ages 0-2, Mondays, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Mondays, 10:30 a.m.; ages 0-5, Tuesdays, 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, visit www.mylpl.info/storytime.

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, please call Vi at 665-1201.

Ark Encounter Trip

There will be bus trip to visit The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum from May 21-27. The trip will be seven days and six nights, and the cost of $699 includes motorcoach transportation, admission to sights and some meals. For more information or to request a flyer, call Jamie 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.

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.

Walker Adult Education - day

Walker began a spring session for Adult Education day classes on Thursday, Jan. 5. Two sessions are offered with a morning session from 8:15-11:15 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:15-3:15 p.m. The classes will be held at 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker, LA 70785. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Albany Adult Education

Albany began a spring session for Adult Education classes to be held every Tuesday beginning Jan. 10 through May 16, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held in the library at Albany High School, located at 29700 One Hornet Lane, Albany, LA 70711. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Denham Springs Adult Education

Denham Springs began a spring session for Adult Education classes on Tuesday, Jan. 10, through May 16, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held in the 300 hall at Denham Springs Freshman High School, located at 940 Range Ave. NE, Denham Springs, LA 70726. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

Walker Adult Education - night

Walker began a spring session for Adult Education night classes on Monday, Jan. 9. Sessions meet every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The class will be held at 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker, LA 70785. For more information, call the office at 225-664-9427 or the director at 225-791-5685.

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