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Thursday, May 18

Animal Stories Puppet Show

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4160) to see how the clever Rainbow Bird stands up to a bully during this puppet show for all ages on May 18 at 6 p.m. Then enjoy more animal stories and a craft at this fun family program. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, May 19

LYP Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Livingston Young Professionals will be at the Chamber Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs, on May 19 at 1 p.m. Each month the group gets together to connect, plan, discuss and implement ideas. The LYP Program is for young professionals age 21 to 40. New participants welcome. For more information, e-mail april@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Saturday, May 20

ACLP children’s art class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) invites children ages 8–12 years old to a “Butterfly” painting class. The class will involve painting with acrylics on canvas with instructor Michelle Conques. It will take place on May 20 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Arts Council gallery, located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. There is no fee for the class, and all materials are provided by ACLP. Please register by Thursday, May 18, by phone - 225-664-1168 - or email - artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org.

End of School Burger Bash

The Killian Police Department will host the End of School Burger Bash with the 2nd annual Kids BBQ Cook-Off on May 20 at 11 a.m. at Tin Lizzy's Landing in Springfield. Age groups are 5-10 and 11-17. Prices are: Combo $4 – burger, drink, and chips; extras: $3/burger, $1/drink, $1/chips. Proceeds go to Maurepas School’s baseball and softball teams. For more information, call Susie Duplessis at 985-320-9769 or Brittany Hill at 225-290-6218. To download the entry form and flyer, visit http://livingstontourism.com.

Space-Time at LIGO

The LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston will be hosting its monthly Free Science Saturday on May 20. They will be open to the public from 1 - 5 p.m. with lobby activities all about space, time and space-time. Come take the time to explore space, and the staff will give you the space to spend time. Visitors can tour the control room, explore the exhibit hall, try hands-on demos of scientific principles, ask questions, watch videos and more. Tours are conducted every 30 minutes from 1 - 4 p.m. Groups of 15 or more are required to fill out a tour request form. 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/.

Lupus Awareness Gala

The LA Lupus Foundation Denham Springs Chapter presents its 2nd annual Paint the Town Purple Lupus Awareness Gala on May 20 from 7 - 10 p.m. at the LM Lockhart Center, 290 Martin Luther King Dr., Denham Springs. The semi-formal affair will feature good food, good company and entertainment. For more information, call Wanda at 225-304-2915.

Fabulous 50s at the 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 to the Junction on Saturday, May 20, for The Fabulous 50s featuring The Junction Ladies and The Junction Boys Quartet along with the Junction Cast all backed by Danny Harrell and the Nashville Edition Band. Enjoy a great night of music from one of the greatest eras of all time – the 1950s. Featured performers will be Brenda Harrell, Greg Sullivan, Kristen Conatser, Jim Hawthorne, Debra Carpenter, Clifton Brown, Glynn Fendlason, Duane Black, Greg Manchester, Tommy Smith and Bill Corcoran. 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.

Sunday, May 21

Carter House open house

The Carter House, 30325 Carter Cemetery Road in Springfield, will be open for tours on Sunday, May 21, 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!

Revelations Quartet

The Revelations Quartet will be singing on Sunday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. at The New Beginnings Baptist Church of Walker, located at 9768 Fla. Blvd, Walker. For more information, call Bro. Charles Ray Smith at 445-4927.

Monday, May 22

Wiggle Worms

Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Visit the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) for this fun and creative program for babies to age 5 and their caregivers on May 22 at 10 a.m. Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. Come wiggle and groove! 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 six-week 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.

Tuesday, May 23

Sit & Sew

Visit the Main Library for four hours of uninterrupted sewing! Bring a sandwich along with a project or two to the library on May 23 from 3-7 p.m. Ages 18 and up can spend some creative time with friends. For more information, call 686-4160 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 May 23 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.

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 24

Dominoes Club

Visit the Albany-Springfield Library each month to play dominoes! Have fun with your friends - both old and new - on May 24 at 11 a.m. Play Standard, Chicken Foot, and Trains Dominoes. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.

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.

SRP Kick-Off Day

Build A Better World…Read! Sign up for Livingston Parish Library’s summer reading program on a special Kick-Off Day, Thursday, May 25, at your favorite library branch all day long. Get a sneak peek of summer activities, play games, and much more. For more information, call your library or visit www.mylpl.info.

South Branch Bookies Book Club

The South Branch Bookies motto is “Bet you’re going to like this next book!” Each month, this book club hosts a festive gathering for ages 18 and up with refreshments and sometimes costumes based on the book they are reading. The next meeting is May 25 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 at the Main Library on May 25 at 6 p.m. Participate in interactive activities and exercises to get the creative juices flowing as well as 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.

Church Academy open house

The Church Academy in Livingston, a K3-K school that uses the Montessori method with a biblical worldview, now has open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. There will be an open house on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at The Church in Livingston, located at 26490 S. Frost Rd. For more information or to register, e-mail info@tca.fm.

Friday, May 26

Crafternoon

Ages 18 and up are invited to the Main Library to enjoy an afternoon crafting, drinking coffee, eating snacks, and socializing on May 26 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. Visitors will listen to music and chat. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, May 27

Code Around the World

Learn how to code alongside children from Ghana, Africa! This four-week workshop for ages 8-11 hosted by the Watson Library will teach you how to code in Scratch and how to share creations with new friends. The workshop begins on Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Monday, May 29

VFW Memorial Day Service

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Memorial Day Service hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7017, Denham Springs, La. The service will be held on Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m., at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum behind Seale Funeral Home. For more information, call Vance Sutton at 225-665-2930.

Tuesday, May 30

Seussville

Oh, the things that are possible to achieve in the Albany-Springfield Library’s village! Build a house out of green eggs and bacon, stack turtle towers, and more on Tuesday, May 30, at 2 p.m. For ages 3-7. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Minecraft Mania

Whether you are a master Minecraft builder or just starting out, ages 5-11 are invited to visit the Watson Library for crafts and games involving all things Minecraft on May 30 at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4180 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic beasts are loose in the Denham Springs-Walker Library! Teens (ages 12-18) are invited to visit the library on May 30 at 5:30 p.m. to help locate the Fantastic Beasts and compete against each other to see if their beast will have what it takes to survive an awesome obstacle course. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4140 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, May 31

Spingineering

The Albany-Springfield Library invites ages 8-11 to learn to make simple twirling motors from batteries, colorful paper spinning tops, and whirligigs on May 31 at 2 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4130 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Monday, June 5

Maker Fun Factory VBS

Satsuma Baptist Church invites children to a summer event called Maker Fun Factory VBS: Created by God, Built for a Purpose, which will be held from June 5, 2017, to June 9, 2017. Kids will discover that God made them—and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Kids will also learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Funshop Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time from 7:39 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kids at Maker Fun Factory VBS will join a missions effort to fund the digging of effective clean water wells for remote villages in Peru. Maker Fun Factory is for kids from 4 years old to 5th grade and will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. For more information, call 225-686-2563.

Monday, June 19

VBS at New Bethlehem

New Bethlehem Baptist Church, 37818 Reinninger Road (Hwy. 1023), Denham Springs, will hold Vacation Bible School from June 19 through June 23 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The age group for VBS include all students entering K-4 through the sixth grade next school year. The theme of this year’s VBS is “Over the Moat, Drawbridge to the King.” Students will experience medieval life, complete with a castle, knights, and royalty. Through the lessons, they’ll see God’s sovereignty, love, and faithfulness demonstrated in the life of David, and will learn to praise the King of the Universe. At the castle, they will enjoy stories, games, songs, crafts, and refreshments together at Over the Moat VBS! It will be an exciting time, so make plans to attend! For more information, please call the church at 664-7532.

Tuesday, June 20

Camp HOPE

A Door of Hope will once again host a camp for girls ages 13-17. Camp HOPE is a free prevention and awareness program that will take place June 20-22. A Door of Hope is a non-profit organization that provides women in crisis a safe haven and invaluable support. For more information about the camp, call 225-686-7747 or e-mail LeAnne@adoorofhopela.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.

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.

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: Mixed Media Art by Andrew Benton, Tiffany Nesbit, and Akilah Spears; Denham Springs-Walker Gallery: exhibit cancelled in anticipation of construction; Main Branch Gallery: Paintings by Pat Delk; South Library Display Cases: 3D Printing Display; South Library Gallery: Paintings by Lelan Gimnick; Watson Library Display Cases & Gallery: Mixed Media and Paintings by Mike Perault. 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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