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Thursday, February 22

Mardi Gras Bead Art

Ever wonder what to do with all those left over Mardi Gras beads? Learn how to make a mosaic using a few simple materials and Mardi Gras beads at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. or the South Library on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. The library will provide all materials, but you are welcome to bring any beads you wish to get rid of. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

VITA Tax Preparation

Co-sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Internal Revenue Service, this event offers free tax preparation for participants with a low to moderate income for 2017. Sessions will be held at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 or March 1 from 12:15 - 5:15 p.m. or on March 3 from 9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. or the Main Library on Feb. 24 or March 3 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bring tax documents such as W-2s, 1099s, and information for deductions and credits along with a copy of last year’s tax return and a Social Security card for yourself, a spouse and dependents. You may also bring proof of a bank account for direct deposit. Volunteers will prepare most simple returns, but more complicated returns will not be processed. This program is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, call the branch hosting your preferred event, or visit http://www.cauw.org/vita/appointments.

Feeding Young Minds

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 or March 1 at 3:30 p.m. or the Main Library on Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. for a free meal sponsored by Mighty Moms in partnership with LPPS School Food Services. Feeding Young Minds is an initiative working to stop childhood hunger in Livingston Parish.

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on Feb. 22 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.

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 Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Stargazers

Lift your eyes to the wonders of space this evening, with activities focusing on constellations, nebulae, and features to appreciate right above us. Ages 8-11 are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. or the Watson Library on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Stories of Segregation in Livingston Parish

In honor of Black History Month, Indivisible Livingston Parish would like to invite people of all ages to come listen to stories of what it was like to live as an African American during segregation in Livingston Parish. “The Way It Was: Stories of Segregation in Livingston Parish” will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Denham Springs-Walker Library, located at 8101 U.S. Hwy. 190. The evening will include a panel of speakers and a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity to learn history straight from those that lived through it.

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 Library on Feb. 22 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 the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Winter Games

In recognition and celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, children and their families are invited to the library’s very own unofficial Winter Games! Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., or the Main Library on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. for indoor fun including activities inspired by figuring skating, skiing, and more. There will also be a story and craft. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Fellowship and Bible study

Hope Center will host a Fellowship and Bible study on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. The church is located at 10161 Florida Blvd. in Walker, in the Crossways Fellowship Hall. For more information, call 225-380-5040.

Arts Council of Livingston Parish exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host an exhibit featuring the work of 15 members of the Louisiana Photographic Society through January and February at its office in the Denham Springs Antique Village. The gallery, located at 133 Hummell Street, is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. The exhibit features an open theme and 55 family-friendly photos. For more information, visit www.artslivingston.org or call 225-664-1168.

Ark Encounter last call

This is the last call for the Diamond Tours bus trip: The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum on April 23 - 28, 2018. The trip cost is $648. The group will depart from Walker at 8 a.m. For more information, call Jamie Andreas at 225-380-5040.

Friday, February 23

Senior Matter of Balance workshop

The Livingston Council on Aging at the Livingston meal site in Livingston will host a free Matter of Balance workshop in partnership with the Capital Area Agency on Aging called “Managing Concerns about Falls.” Join the COA for a free two-hour workshop, held one day a week (Fridays) for eight weeks, led by trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves. Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The workshop will be held at the Livingston senior meal site, located at 20170 Ohio St. in Livingston, starting on Feb. 23 from 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. To register or for more information, call (225) 686-7889 or 922-2525. There are only 15 slots available, and registration is first come first serve.

CJ Brown Ribbon Cutting

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting for CJ Brown, 1113 S. Range Suite 140, Denham Springs, on Feb. 23 from 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, February 24

Drive-Thru Prayer Line

The First Pentecostal Church of Livingston is having a Drive-Thru Prayer Line on Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. If you need a deliverance, healing or miracle please come! Visit 29586 Frost Rd. in Livingston.

Sunday, February 25

Love Is In The Air Bridal Show

Carter Plantation in Springfield will host its first ever bridal show on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Tour the facilities, meet vendors, sample food and drink selections, and enter to win door prizes. There will also be a bridal fashion show and incentives for booking your big day at Carter Plantation.

Adverse Childhood Experiences training

Do you work with children? Do you work with the general public? Are you an educator? A health care provider? A law enforcement officer? Scout leader? Social worker? Church youth leader? Child care provider? Need LA-ADRA clock hours or CEUs? Just curious? Attend a free training session on Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at North Oaks –Livingston Parish Medical Complex. LP SADD is partnering with the Bureau of Family Health, Diversity Management, and Florida Parishes Human Services Authority to bring an Adverse Childhood Experiences training to Livingston Parish. Adverse childhood experience can cause social, emotional, and cognitive impairment. They are correlated to disability, disease, and early death. Sixty-Seven percent of the population has at least one ACE, and one in eight have more than four ACEs. Let’s make Livingston Parish strong by addressing this issue. Email divy@lpsadd.org or eleblanc@lpsadd.org to register or get more information. Seating is limited. The training is free; however, there is an optional $1 certificate fee for LA-ADRA (6 clock hours) and a $35 money order for 3 CEUs from Southern. Neither is required.

Monday, February 26

Wiggle Worms: Music and Movement

Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Research shows that music and dance activities enhance life-long learning and neural development. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited wiggle and dance at the Albany-Springfield Library on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, February 27

Teen Trivia

Do you love trivia? Visit the Main Library on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. to show off your knowledge of random facts. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Random Fandom

Do you totally geek out over your favorite movies, T.V. shows, or book series? Ages 12-18 are invited to celebrate their fandoms with other teens with discussions, trivia, games, crafts, snacks and more! Each month, there will be a different fandom. Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. 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 Group, a six-week support group session that provides a safe place for sharing and growth through grief, on Tuesdays, Jan. 23, through March 6, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The group will not meet on Mardi Gras. 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.

Wednesday, February 28

Leads & LEARN for Lunch

Leads & Learn for Lunch is an event for Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce members which gives them the opportunity to introduce themselves and meet others. Network with other Chamber members and get updates on their businesses. Members are invited to stand and address the group briefly and are encouraged to bring information for the share table. Kimberly Sanders, CPA, MBA, will present on the new tax laws and what they will mean for you. The next event will be held Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs. RSVP required. E-mail staff@livingstonparishchamber.org. Cost is $20 for members prepaid or $25 for late registration or at the door.

Thursday, March 1

Young Writers Club

The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Young Writers Club meets March 1 at 5 p.m. Open to ages 12-18, the club’s goal is to help each other become better writers, to provide inspiration, and to offer advice and support. Each meeting, members practice writing in many different styles and genres to fine-tune skills and challenge themselves. Writers of all genres are welcome. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Watson Library on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Ages 12-18 can suggest programs they would like to see, volunteer at the branch, and help choose books for the Young Adult section. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Vex Robotics Build

If you love building robots, visit the Albany-Springfield Library on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. for a Vex Robotics Build. Team up at the library to construct a working piece of engineering. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Astronomy Lovers

Visit the Main Library on March 1 at 6 p.m. to discover and discuss the wonders of the cosmos with a guest presenter from the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society (BRAS). Enjoy the presentation and stay for a telescope viewing on the grounds (weather permitting). For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Writer’s Circle

Are you a writer who is looking for some feedback? Come to the Writer’s Circle at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Published and unpublished writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults, or children are welcome. The group provides a forum for sharing writing, a venue for learning more about the writing craft, and more. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, March 2

Book Babies

Bring all the kids for a play date at the Watson Library on March 2 at 10:30 a.m. There are baby safe areas and big kid activities too. Enjoy stories, music, games, and more every third Friday of the month. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Learn Calligraphy

In this four-part series, learn the basics of calligraphy and make a unique project to show off your new skill. Visit the Main Library on March 2 at 11 a.m. Space is limited so registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Saturday, March 3

Friendship Community Benefit Center

A benefit has been scheduled for the Friendship Community Benefit Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The facility is located at the corner of Walker North Rd. (Hwy. 447) and Springfield Rd. (Hwy. 1019). No tickets will be sold – drive-thru only. For questions, please call Paul Kelly at 225-571-8893.

Arts Council new exhibit

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will welcome its 2017 Artist of the Year, Elizabeth Harman, along with talented art students from Albany and Holden for the month of March. The exhibit will begin Saturday, March 3, and will run through Thursday, March 29. The gallery is located in the Denham Springs Antique Village at 133 Hummell Street and is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A second Saturday reception will be held March 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Harman and student artists will be present to visit with. Light refreshments will be provided.

CHAOS Texas Holdem Tourney

The 11th annual CHAOS Texas Holdem Tournament will be held on March 3 at the JMAC (Ben McDonald’s Gym), located at 8880 Harris Road, Denham Springs. Registration and food start at 6 p.m., and play begins at 7 p.m. Entry cost is a $100 contribution or donation, and all proceeds benefit the CHAOS 17U Baseball Program. Prizes include autographed items from Alex Bregman, Cal Ripken Jr., Jake Arrieta, Adrian Beltre, Ozzie Smith, a 2018 LSU package, a hunting package from Synergy Outdoors, gift cards from Bowie’s Outfitters, Don’s Seafood Hut, Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, Smoothie King, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Walk-On’s, Movie Tavern, Chris’s Specialty Meats, Sport-N-Center and more. There will be pastalaya cooked by Justin Harris and appetizers by Don’s Seafood Hut. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Wednesday, March 7

LP Republican Women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill in Denham Springs, just north of I-12 off of Range Ave. The guest speaker will be Loren Spivak, author and speaker on economics and small government. 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, March 8

CYT Baton Rouge

Tickets are on sale for Christian Youth Theater’s upcoming performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” The Broadway-style musical will be held March 8-11 at the LSU Shaver Theatre in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children if purchased in advance at cytbatonrouge.org. The price at the door is $20. Ticket discounts for groups of 15 or more are $15 each. Tickets should be purchased online in order to select seating in advance. The 81-member cast, which includes many from Livingston Parish, will put on six productions of “The Little Mermaid” over a four-day span. For showtimes, visit cytbatonrouge.org.

Sunday, March 11

Special Event & Wedding Expo

Event Magazine’s Special Event & Wedding Expo will be held at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs on March 11 at 1 p.m. The expo features all types of events, including wedding, corporate, special occasion, holiday party, and more. Attend for a stress-free way to plan your event.

“Home in the Dome”

Abundant Life Church in Denham Springs will celebrate the grand re-opening of its 65,000-square-foot dome sanctuary on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. During the Great Flood of 2016, the dome sustained 5 feet of water. This hour long service will be an evening of hope and community, and local leaders and dignitaries will be in attendance.

Monday, March 12

Retired Teachers meeting

The Livingston Parish Retired Teachers will meet on Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at the Livingston Parish School Board office in Livingston. Kenny Sharpe, county agent with the LSU Cooperative Extension Service in Livingston Parish, will be our guest speaker. He will share information on spring gardening. All retired teachers are invited to attend this meeting.

Saturday, March 17

Art Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is inviting children ages 8-12 years old to “Paint like O’Leary.” Local artist Liz Harman will instruct students to paint a landscape picture like artist Connor O’Leary. The class will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 10:30 am until noon at the gallery located at 133 Hummell Street in the Denham Springs Antique Village. Prepayment of the class is required to register. The fee is $10 and all supplies are included. The class can get messy, so please dress accordingly. We also ask that no outside food or drink be brought in. For more information, call the ACLP at 225-664- 1168, email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net, or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Sunday, March 18

Revival

The New Beginnings Baptist Church of Walker, located at 9768 Florida Blvd., will hold a revival March 18-21. Two services will be held Sunday, March 18, at 10:30 and 7 p.m. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Chalk Art Evangelist Scotty McDowell will be speaking. For more information, please call Bro. Charles Ray Smith at (225) 445-4927.

Wednesday, March 21

AARP Driving Class

There will be an AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving Class for seniors on March 21 from 1-5 p.m. at the Livingston Council on Aging, located at 949 Government Dr. in Denham Springs. The cost of the class will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 664-0664 or 664-9343.

Wednesday, April 4

Camp Conquer

Camp Conquer, Bereavement Camp for Kids, sponsored by The Hospice of Baton Rouge, will hold its next camp April 4-6 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for all grieving children aged 6-16 years. It will be held at the Family Youth and Service Center in Baton Rouge, located at 1120 Government Street. Camp is offered at no charge to the kids. Register online at www.hospicebr.org/camp-conquer. For more information, contact Denise Domingue at (225) 767-4673 or DDomingue@hospicebr.org.

Saturday, April 7

Fill A Tummy 5K

Join Integrity Insurance in their race against childhood hunger in Livingston Parish at the Fill a Tummy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on April 7 at 8 a.m. at Circle Drive Park in the Town of Livingston. Proceeds go to the Mighty Moms Full Tummy Project. For more information, call 225-686-1217 or visit www.wegotyoucovered.org or www.getmeregistered.com.

Tuesday, April 17

Children’s grief support groups

The Hospice of Baton Rouge provides children’s grief support groups for ages 8-12 years. A session will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Family Youth and Service Center in Baton Rouge, located at 1120 Government Street. It’s free and open to all bereaved children 8-12 years of age. Conducted by certified, licensed social workers. For more information or to reserve your child’s spot, contact Denise Domingue at (225)767-4673 or email her at DDomingue@hospicebr.org.

Sunday, April 22

Evening of Memories

A.P. Foundation presents An Unforgettable Evening of Memories, an autism and special needs event. There will be a day of pampering from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Denham Springs Country Club with hair, make-up, nails, dress/suit fittings, face painting, a space walk and a photo booth, followed by the formal dance at North Park Recreation Center from 6:30 - 10 p.m. There will also be a golf tourney - 2-man scramble for $150 - with food, drinks and a raffle. Call to register. Organizers need volunteers, donations, beauticians, hair/make-up artists, manicurists, and donated dresses, shoes and suits for participants. For more information, or to register or volunteer, call DSCC at 225-665-6437, Rufus at 225-937-4852 or Valerie at 921-3113.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Passion Play & River Cruise

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

VFW Travelers - Colorado

The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a Colorado trip. The trip is June 23-July 1, 2018. The cost of the trip is $910 with a double occupancy. A $75 deposit is needed to hold your spot on the bus. Included in the trip fee is motorcoach transportation, lodging, 14 meals, and all tours and attractions. To see the trip plans, visit www.grouptrips.com (the code is vfwtravelers). For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225 665-2930.

VFW Travelers - D.C.

The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a Washington, D.C., trip. The trip is Sept. 19-27, 2018. The cost of the trip is $810 with a double occupancy. A $75 deposit is needed to hold your spot on the bus. Included in the trip fee is motorcoach transportation, lodging, 14 meals, and all tours and attractions. A special night is planned at all the Memorial Walls. To see the trip plans, visit www.grouptrips.com (the code is vfwtravelers). For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225 665-2930.

Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest

Vfw Post 7017 Auxiliary announces its kick-off for the annual Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships. Students must submit an original piece of artwork on paper or canvas. For more information on this opportunity, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930, or visit VFWAuxiliary.org and click Scholarships.

2nd chance AA meetings

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

Work Ready U (WRU) Center

The Livingston Parish Adult Education Work Ready U (WRU) Center offers free classes to help you pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), along with free practice HiSET assessments. Additionally, they can help you build your academic skills to help your kids with homework, earn your HiSET diploma, improve job opportunities, or prepare for college. All of their services are free. Day and night sessions are offered at the Walker Adult Education Center, 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker. Daytime classes are Monday through Thursday from 8-11:15 a.m. and 12:15-3:15 p.m. Orientation/registration is every Friday at 8 a.m. Night classes are from 5-8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Other night classes are offered at two satellite locations every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.: Denham Springs Freshman High School, 940 N. Range Ave. (Rm. 307); and Albany High School, 1 Hornet Lane (in the library). To enroll or for more information, call 664-9427.

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.

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 oldsouthjamboree.webs.com.

V. Watts Trade Day

Visit V. Watts Trade Mart, 13060 Florida Blvd., Livingston, on the second Saturday of every month for Trade Day, with vendors inside and outside selling antiques, collectibles and more. For more information, call 225-686-2791 or visit V. Watts Trade Mart on Facebook.

Grand Country Junction

Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire, Team Toyota and the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau proudly present Grand Country Junction every third Saturday of the month. Come out for a night of great entertainment as Danny Harrell and the Nashville Edition Band back up the Junction cast as they present some of your favorite country songs. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Grand Country Junction, your “Hometown Branson Show,” is located just off of Interstate 12 at Exit 19 in Satsuma at the Suma Crossing Theatre. For more information, call Director Greg Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit www.grandcountryjunction.com.

LIGO Science Saturday

At the LIGO - Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can tour the control room, explore the exhibit hall, try hands-on demos of scientific principles, ask questions, watch videos and more. The center is located north of the town of Livingston on LIGO Lane. Free Science Saturday is every third Saturday of the month from 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.

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.

Open Mic Night

Every Thursday 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. No movie ticket required. For more information, visit www.movietavern.com/thetavern/ or call 960-4529.

Storytimes at the Library

Every week, the Livingston Parish Library offers storytimes for babies through age 5. Storytimes help develop pre-reading skills while children and their caregivers have 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 0-5, 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. NOTE: They will not host storytime from Dec. 25 through Jan. 4. Storytime will resume the week of Jan. 8 at regular times. For more information, call your preferred library or visit www.mylpl.info/storytime.

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: Granite and Speckle Ware from the collection of Marc Bowman; Albany-Springfield Branch Gallery: Quilts by Lee DeMars and Friends; Denham Springs-Walker Branch Gallery: Selections by DeLou Glass and Gallery; Main Branch Gallery: Paintings by Melissa Basham; South Branch Gallery: Paintings by Kim Pierson; Watson Branch Display Cases & Gallery: Marlin Spike Knotting and Wood Carvings by Jesse Eaves. 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.

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.

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.

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 Tuesday 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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