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Thursday, August 17

LYP Trivia Night

Think you know the 90s? Prove it! The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, will host its first Trivia Night at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs. Winners get bragging rights! Spots are limited, an RSVP is recommended. For more information, visit cm.livingstonparishchamber.org.

Teen Anime Club

The Teen Anime Club is open to all fans of Anime and Manga. Club meetings are free and include previews of Anime and Manga movies, along with snacks, fan art, crafts and fan fiction. Visit the Watson Library (686-4180) on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library (686-4140) on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Bend and Stretch Stories

Ages 3-11 are invited to bend and stretch, see a puppet show, and make a craft at a yoga-inspired story-filled event. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. There is no yoga experience necessary, but dress to bend and stretch! Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Beneath the Weight

Overeating starts in the mind. Get in touch with what’s happening in your mind when you overeat at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Aug. 17, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. New approach to discarding excess weight. Participants help each other in small groups to end stress eating using a series of self-focused activities. No products sold. Sponsored by SelfCare Health Initiatives, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit healthcare organization. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Doily Paint Art

The South Library invites ages 18 and up to create beautiful art. Spray paint a canvas using doilies as stencils to create a masterpiece for your home on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. Because participants will be working with spray paint, you should wear old clothing due to possible staining. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4170 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.

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.

Friday, August 18

Exercise for Seniors

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class on Aug. 18 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 the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Iberville Bank Flag Pole Dedication

Iberville Bank, 1441 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs, invites the public to attend a Flag Pole Dedication Ceremony. They will raise the flag in front of their Denham Springs branch on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, August 19

Free Practice ACT

Are you dreading the ACT? Find out how much preparation you need by taking a free ACT Practice Test given by the Princeton Review at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Take the test and see how you did in order to prepare for the real thing. Registration required. For more information or to register, visit www.princetonreview.com.

A Time of Appreciation

There will be a Denham Strong: A Time of Appreciation event at First Pentecostal Church on Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. There will be food, music and guest speakers. It will be a time to say thanks to the National Guard, the Cajun Army and Navy, the first responders, the military and the veterans for saving lives. The church is located at 1020 S. Range Ave. in Denham Springs.

Belk Job Fair

Belk Juban Crossing in Denham Springs will host a job fair on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Please fill out an application and assessment prior to attending the job fair. Bring your resume and be prepared to interview. For more information, visit www.belk.com.

Bass Pro fall hunting seminar

The Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs will host Fall Hunting Classic Seminars on Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. to Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Seminars include: Archery Insights: Improving Your Aim; Stealth & Scent Control; and Bag a Bigger Buck: Tips & Tactics on Aug. 19; and Hone the Harvest: Archery Fine Tuning; and From the Field to the Freezer on Aug. 20. There will also be a free women’s hunting workshop on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. The first 25 women ages 18 or older will receive a free Bass Pro Shops tumbler. For more information, visit basspro.com/denhamsprings.

LIGO Science Saturday

On Aug. 19, visit LIGO to learn all about the science of shadows in celebration of the upcoming solar eclipse! A limited number of eclipse glasses will be available, but staff members will also be on hand to demonstrate how to view the eclipse safely through shadows. 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/.

Denham Springs Strong

The City of Denham Springs will hold a citywide recovery celebration on Aug. 19–20 to reflect on the one year anniversary of the flood and to celebrate the community’s future. On Saturday, at Train Station Park, there will be two concerts: Surrender All at 3 p.m. and Chase Tyler at 6 p.m. There will also be rides and inflatables from 3-8 p.m. and a cook-off at 3 p.m. On Sunday, at Denham Springs High School, there will be a hot dog cookout at 5:30 p.m. and a church service at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.denhamstrong.com or facebook.com/cityofds or call 665-8121.

Blessing of the Jeeps & Drive-in Movie

Woodland Baptist Church, 27929 Hwy. 1037, Springfield, will host a Blessing of the Jeeps and Kids Backpacks and a drive-in movie on Saturday, Aug. 19. A Jeep convoy will leave Bass Pro Shops at 4 p.m. and conduct a backroads tour of southern Livingston Parish before arriving at Woodland Baptist around 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a prayer and blessing of the food, followed by the backpack blessing at 7 p.m. and Jeep blessing at 7:30. They will show “The Lion King” on the big screen at 8 p.m. Snacks and meals will be sold as a church fundraiser. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

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. On Aug. 19, there will be a Country Roads Show Featuring Jon and Jared. 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.

Sunday, August 20

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.

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.

Homeschoolers Meet and Greet

Gear up for your best school year ever with help from the library! Visit the Albany-Springfield Library (686-4130) on Aug. 21 at 4:30 p.m. or the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. to see demonstrations of the many resources the library has to offer, meet other homeschooling families, and discuss how the library can best meet your educational needs. You are welcome to bring your children, who will be able to try out a sampling of the library’s hands-on resources. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.Teen Book Club

Are you a teen that loves to read? Join the teen book club held monthly at the Denham Springs-Walker Library! The next meeting will be on Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments as you talk about books you have read. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 judge. 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

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Aug. 22 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.

The Art Studio: Cyanotype Prints

Ages 12-18 are invited to visit the Main Library on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. to explore the fine art of creating blueprints using a light-sensitive ‘cyanotype’ developing process. Registration required. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.

Bass Pro fly tying class

The Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs will host a Fly Tying Class on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. The class will take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Participants should bring their tools. Bass Pro will provide the materials. For more information, visit basspro.com/denhamsprings.

Girl Scouts information nights

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, which serves girls, grades K – 12, and adults in 23 parishes of southeast Louisiana, will be holding information nights throughout August and September for families who may not be familiar with the Girl Scouts. They will also showcase a new volunteer toolkit and program offerings, which includes 23 new STEM-related badges. Livingston Parish meetings scheduled so far include: Live Oak United Methodist Church (Admin Building), 34890 LA-16, Watson, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m.; Live Oak Baptist Church, 35603 Coxe Ave., Denham Springs, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m.; Hebron Baptist Church, CAC Dining Hall, 24063 LA-16, Denham Springs, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.; First United Methodist Church, 30167 Stump St., Walker, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m.; Northside Baptist Church, 200 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m.; The Way Church, 9270 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m.; Walker High School, Rm 112 (Admin Bldg), 12646 Burgess Ave., Walker, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.; and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Admin Bldg, 865 Hatchell Ln., Denham Springs, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.

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.

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: “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 23

Leads & LEARN for Lunch

Leads & Learn for Lunch is an event for Chamber members to introduce themselves and meet others and learn more about your peer chamber members and their businesses. Members are invited to stand and address the group briefly and are encouraged to bring information for the share table. The next lunch, sponsored by Regions Bank, will be at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs on Aug. 23 at 11:30 a.m. Deadline to RSVP is Monday, Aug. 21 at 12 p.m. Cost is $20 for members/pre-paid, $25 for late registration/at the door, or $30 for future members. For more information, e-mail staff@livingstonparishchamber.org.

After School

Ages 12-18 are invited to hang out at the Main Library every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. Enjoy technology, video games, movies, and snacks. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 24

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The club meets each month with a different theme. LEGOs provided. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Basic Photo Editing

Didn’t take the perfect digital photo? Learn some basic editing skills using free software to enhance your photos at the Albany-Springfield Library on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. Basic computer skills and registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, August 26

Bass Pro Next Generation Weekend

The Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs will host a Next Generation Weekend on Aug. 26 - 27 from 12 - 4 p.m. It is vitally important that today’s youth get involved in the outdoors so they can become the stewards and conservationists of tomorrow to insure the maintenance and well-being of our natural resources. There will be an Archery Range Challenge, where the first 100 kids will receive a patch. There will also be a free hanging owl craft and a free photo download. The first 200 kids who get their punch cards completed will receive a giveaway each day. For more information, visit basspro.com/denhamsprings.

Back to School Bash

Bethlehem Baptist Church, 29785 Old CC Rd., Albany, will host a Kids Back to School Bash on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. to welcome kids age kindergarten - 6th grade to the new school year. There will be swimming, an inflatable and a meal. Bring a swimsuit and a towel to join in the fun. For more information, call 567-3666 or visit www.bbcalbany.com.

Sunday, August 27

Hunter Plake concert

Celebration Church - Denham Springs, 33135 Hwy. 16, will host a Hunter Plake concert during their 9 a.m. service on Aug. 27. Plake, the fifth finalist of NBC “The Voice” Season 12, will be joined by his brother Dakota Plake. For more information, visit celebrationchurchla.com.

Carter House Open House

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

Monday, August 28

Nick Tullier fundraiser

Visit Sombreros in Walker on Monday, Aug. 28, for a fundraiser in support of Deputy Nick Tullier, who was injured in the Baton Rouge shootings in 2016. Sombreros will give 25% of sales to help with Tullier’s medical expenses. Order take out or eat at the restaurant for lunch or dinner between 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 6

Fiber Artists at Arts Council

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host the “The Art of Fiber III - Hidden Dreams” exhibit by the Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana during September and October. It will begin on Sept. 6 and end on Oct. 28. The gallery is open Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be two Second Saturday Receptions for this exhibit, on Sept. 9 and Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the gallery, located at 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 664-1168, visit www.artslivingston.org or e-mail artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Thursday, September 7

Real Estate Forecast Conference

The GBRAR Livingston Council of REALTORS® invites you to attend the 2017 Livingston Parish Real Estate FORECAST Conference on Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Suma Hall Community Center in Satsuma. The conference will be comprised of real estate related educational presentations, LP mapping system segment, community forecast, and an address from the Chairman of the National Association of REALTORS® Flood Insurance Committee, David McKey, on the immediate outlook for renewals of the NFIP and the future of flood insurance. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

Saturday, September 9

Bass Pro concealed carry class

The Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs will host a Concealed Carry Class with Gordon Hutchinson on Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. For more information and registration, call Gordon Hutchinson at 225-335-1571.

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.

Wednesday, September 13

Women’s Leadership Special Event

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host a Livingston Parish Women’s Leadership Special Event on Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. This inaugural event is open to professional women, women in leadership, women in business, women in management and working women, as well as men who know work with and are inspired by women. The cost for the brunch is $30 for members pre-paid and $40 for future members/at the door. For more information or to RSVP, visit livingstonparishchamber.org.

Thursday, September 14

Council on Aging Craft Fair

The Livingston Council on Aging will host a Craft Fair for all seniors age 60 and older on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Denham Springs Senior Center, 949 Government Dr, Denham Springs. There will be free refreshments and fun, so come out and help the seniors raise money for their needs. Booths are free. Call Stephanie at 664-0664 to participate.

Saturday, September 16

Ladies Conference with LeAnn Hart

Woodland Baptist Church, 27929 Hwy. 1037, Springfield, will host a Ladies Conference featuring LeAnn Hart on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hart will share God’s Word and speak of His grace and mercy at work in her life. The ladies ministry will spend the day refreshing and renewing their spirts with praise and worship. Donuts, coffee and lunch will be served. Tickets are free but required. For more information and tickets, call Donna Wild at 225-532-9443, Missy Wall at 225-241-2786 or Karen Hoyt at 985-320-8848.

DSHS Class of 1996 reunion

The Denham Springs High School Class of 1996 is searching for classmates for their upcoming 21st reunion. There will be a Family Field Day at North Park at 10 a.m. and a Reunion Celebration at Greystone Country Club at 7 p.m. Classmates can send contact information to denhamhigh96@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: Denham Springs High School - Class of 1996. You can also register at eventbrite.com.

Sunday, September 24

NBEF Certification Course

The Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs will host a National Bow Hunter Education Foundation (NBEF) Certification Course on Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The NBEF Certification Course is a safety and education course for archery hunting. This course is mandatory in many states. The course is free of charge, and attendees will receive a certification that is recognized worldwide. The course will cover the following subjects: History of Archery Hunting, Hunting Ethics, Animal Recovery Techniques, Tree Stand Safety, Outdoor Survival, Advanced Shooting Techniques, Advanced Hunting Techniques, Advanced Scouting Techniques, Biological Data on Deer, Deer and Habitat Management, Archery Equipment Care and Tuning, Game Field Care, Boone & Crockett Antler Scoring, Deer aging and scoring in the field. To pre-register for this class, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov and click Hunter Education. Walk-ins will be welcome as long as seating is available.

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

Homecoming Dress Drive

The Main Attraction is hosting its 2nd Annual Homecoming Dress Drive this year. They are accepting donations of the following items only: homecoming dresses (NO long prom dresses), dress shoes and accessories. Items can be dropped off at or shipped to The Main Attraction, 34619 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs, LA 70706. All local homecoming girls are invited to come try on the donated dresses, choose one and take it free of charge. “Our parish has come a long way since the Flood, but we still see the struggles our residents face. We hope this drive once again helps relieve financial burdens.” - Deanna Dickson, owner.

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.

Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza

Southern Belles and Gents presents the Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza on Dec. 10-16, 2017. The price for the seven day, six night trip is $675 per person, double occupancy. Travelers will depart from Walker at 8 a.m. For more information and reservations, contact Jamie Andreas at 225-380-5040. Diamond Tours - bringing group travel to a higher standard.

New Zealand Cruise

There will be a 13-day cruise to New Zealand aboard the Princess ship Majestic starting Dec. 30, 2018. The cruise departs from and returns to Sydney, Australia. Rates are per person, two per cabin, and include cruise, port charges, taxes and transfers. Air available - price will be based on date of booking. Pre or post nights available. Travel insurance is optional but very highly recommended. This will be a sell out - book now! Agent Jamie Andreas, Holiday Travel, 3020 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601. For more information and reservations, call 225-380-5040, visit www.gowithholidaytravel.com or e-mail jmesue10@suddenlink.net.

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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