Thursday, May 9

Sunny-Side Up Book Club

The Watson Library Sunny-Side Up Inspirational Book Club reads uplifting fiction and sometimes nonfiction that generates discussion among its diverse members. The next meeting will be May 9 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Main Library Adult Book Club

The Main Branch Adult Book Club reads both fiction and nonfiction that is interesting in our modern world. The next meeting is May 9 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Crochet Club

Slip stitch on over to the Crochet Club at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 9 at 2 p.m., which will have a new project every month. All experience levels are welcome, from beginner to expert. Stay in the loop with us, and we will unravel the mysteries together. Get hooked on creating! Bring your own supplies if you have them; yarn will be provided. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Feeding Young Minds

Visit the South Library on May 9 at 5 p.m. or the Main Library on May 15 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. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Family Fun Fest

Need ideas for activities to do as a family? Look no further than the South Library! Bring the whole family to the Family Fun Fest on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. for Slime Time. There will be fun, messy activities involving everyone’s favorite goop: slime. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Free Play in May

Play, learn, and grow together at the library! Discovery centers will be available for your child to have free play while learning at several interactive stations at the Main Library on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. or the South Library on May 13 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Spine Tinglers Book Club

The Watson Library Spine Tinglers Book Club reads thrilling fiction with a good mystery and some spine-tingling suspense. The next meeting is May 9 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Friday, May 10

Council on Aging Membership Drive

The Livingston Council on Aging is hosting the 2019 Membership Drive until Friday, May 10, 2019. Anyone interested in becoming a member can sign up at the Council on Aging office at 949 Government Dr. Denham Springs, or call the office at (225) 664-9343. Only registered members can vote at the Annual Meeting held in May. Those interested in becoming a member must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Livingston Parish.

Litter Free LP - 10 on the 10th

Wherever you are in Livingston Parish, show your love for LP by getting dirty cleaning up your business, home or school. Everyone can do their part to make Livingston Parish better. Be sure to share photos of your efforts with hashtag #litterfreelp and #10onthe10th. For more information, visit www.livingstonparishchamber.org/litter-initiative/.

May Flowers

We’ve had the April showers, so now it’s time for the May flowers. Visit the Main Library on May 10 at 10 a.m. to learn about the art of growing flowers, and decorate a pot for planting your own future blooms. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 10 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Girls Night Out

The annual Girls Night Out event in the Denham Springs Antique District, organized by Mothers and Daughters Gift Shoppe, will be held May 10 at 6 p.m. The evening will include shopping, prizes, food and fun. For more information, call 791-1116.

Saturday, May 11

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, visit V. Watts Trade Mart on Facebook.

Purple Martin and Garden event

Krista Adams and her family are happy to host the 1st Annual Purple Martin and Garden Event. This family-friendly educational event will be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at North Park on May 11. Come learn how to create the ultimate backyard wildlife habitat from the experts. The Adams Family will be set up at their Purple Martin conservation site located adjacent to the walking path. With May being a peak nesting time, the birds will be on full display. Krista looks forward to sharing information about Purple Martins and why they are one of America’s most well-loved songbirds. Other groups that will have information on display about gardening and nature include The Denham Springs Garden Club, Louisiana Master Gardener, Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge, The Greater New Orleans Iris Society and Live Oak High School Environmental Club. Bird photography and elementary school artwork will be on display too. Also joining in on the fun will be the Livingston Parish Library and its book mobile. This event is a great way to spend time with the family and celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend.

Mother’s Day Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 8-12 years old to a Mother’s Day Class. Children will design, draw, and color a Mother’s Day spring floral picture using a chalk pastel and water technique with instructor Sara Smith. The class will be held on May 11 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. The cost for the class is $10, and that includes supplies. Please register at www.artslivingston.org by selecting Book a Class. Space is limited. Please dress appropriately, as chalk pastels can get messy. No outside food or drinks allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or e-mail artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Monday, May 13

Tabletop Gaming Night

Are you a fan of role-playing or adventure games? What about strategy or board games? Bring your friends and family to the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 13 at 5 p.m. to learn new tabletop games or to play your old favorites. Ages 12 and up. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, May 14

Teen Advisory Board

The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the Main Library on May 14 at 4:30 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.

Life Size Aladdin Clue

Genie’s lamp has been stolen! Team Princess, Team Prince, Team Street Rat and Team Viziers are invited to search the city of Agrabah, complete challenges and decipher the clues to help Aladdin find the missing lamp in this large as life spin on the game of “Clue” at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on May 14 at 5 p.m. Ages 12-18. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Idea Lab Create: Calming Candles

Traffic, family, and money are common sources of stress, and unaddressed stress can cause mental and physical problems for anyone. If your daily routine is making you feel stressed out, visit the Albany-Springfield Library on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. as they Go Green in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Have fun creating a calming candle, and learn ways to optimize your mental health with tips from Mental Health Americas. #BreakTheStigma #AddressYourStress Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Cookbook Challenge

Calling all home cooks, amateur bakers and wannabe chefs! Learn to cook, improve your skills or show off your kitchen talent in the Main Library’s culinary book club. Each month, they will each choose a recipe from the designated cookbook. The following month, participants will bring their cooked dish back for tasting. The next meeting will be May 14 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, May 15

Library storytimes

The Livingston Parish Library hosts storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that focus on developing early literacy skills. Schedule: Watson Library: ages 0-5, May 15, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

After School

Ages 12-18 are invited to hang out at the Main Library every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Enjoy technology, video games, movies, and snacks. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Virtual Wednesdays

Escape your Wednesday by exploring virtual worlds at the library! Bring yourself, your family, and your friends to take turns on a variety of games on the HTC VIVE at the Denham Springs Walker Library on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. The library also has VR headsets that you can use with your smartphone to try out even more virtual realities! For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Thursday, May 23

Council on Aging 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 23, 2019, at 8 a.m. Board members from the Livingston Parish area will be elected. Board members are chosen based upon interest in the aging. Anyone desiring to serve on the board should notify the Livingston Council on Aging, P.O. Box 658, Denham Springs, Louisiana 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 COA will also celebrate being in business and helping the seniors of Livingston Parish for the past 46 years. There will be food, activities, music and door prizes to celebrate this occasion. The COA thanks to all of its sponsors from businesses here in Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas. This function is sure to be a huge success. Attend the event to celebrate and join in on all of the festivities.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27 at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum, 1710 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs. The event is presented by VFW Post 7017. For more information, call Vance Sutton at 225-665-2930.

Monday, June 3

Summer theater camp

A summer theater camp will be held for students in grades 2-12 in which students will learn the art of acting and have the opportunity to perform for friends and family on the last day of camp. The camp runs June 3-6 from 9 a.m. until noon daily at South Walker Elementary. It will conclude with a final showcase at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The price for the camp is $135 per student, which includes materials, and there is a discount for siblings ($120 per sibling). Checks must be made payable to Fabiola Reno, the organizer of the camp. Parents interested in a registration form are encouraged to email Reno at fabby225@gmail.com or fabiola.reno@lpsb.org. Registration is now open.

Club OutReach June Fest

Club OutReach will have its annual June Fest summer camp June 3-14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for ages 5-15. The camp will be held at the Club OutReach Center, 30277 Sunset St. in Walker. Registration fee is $25. The registration date is May 24 at the center from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, T-shirts and a field trip will be provided. They are accepting donations to sponsor this camp to provide a fun, learning and safe haven for the youth. They are also renovating the building, which will create a more relaxed environment. For more information, call Rose Pittman at (225) 665-4341 or Mary Maiden at (225) 664-1907.

Tuesday, June 4

ACLP Summer Dance Camp

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish welcomes children ages 6 – 9 years old to a Summer Dance Camp. It will be held June 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. Dancers will learn classical ballet terminology and the fundamentals of jazz through musical theater style from instructor Misty Bibby-Hardy while learning dances to The Greatest Show. There will be a 30-minute lunch break in between the two sessions from 12-12:30. Bring a bag lunch. If possible, students are encouraged to wear proper dance attire: leotard, tights, and ballet and jazz shoes. Otherwise, students should wear comfortable clothes they can move in. Ballet and jazz shoes in various sizes will be available to be used during camp. There is no guarantee of specific shoes size availability. The cost for the camp is $60. Prepayment is required to register. For more information, call 225-664-1168, email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net or visit www.artslivingston.org.

Saturday, June 8

VFW Travelers 2019 trips

You are invited to join one or two of the VFW Travelers’ 2019 motorcoach trips. There will be a Colorado Trip June 8-16, 2019, for $800, and a Myrtle Beach Show Trip October 20-26, 2019, for $705. These prices include motorcoach transportation, lodging, most meals, and admission to all attractions. To join a tour or for more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930, or visit their website, www.grouptrips.com, and use their code - vfwtravelers.

Sunday, June 9

Magnolia Baptist Church VBS

Magnolia Baptist Church, 21445 La. Hwy. 442, Holden, will present Vacation Bible School, “VBS Superheroes,” on June 9-12 from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m. for children in Kindergarten - 5th grade. June 13 is family night starting at 5:30 p.m. All are invited!

Tuesday, June 18

Visual Arts Summer Camp

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 8-12 to participate in their Visual Arts Summer Camp. Instructor Dena Olinde will teach the children how to do foil and sharpie ocean sunsets on cardstock bases the first day of camp. On days 2 and 3, the students will make multi-media sun shines with scrap book paper and acrylic paint on cardboard or pizza boxes. The camp will be held June 18-20 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. The cost is $30 and includes supplies. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. Dress in appropriate clothing for painting. No outside food or drinks allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Monday, June 24

Children’s Summer 2019 Drawing and Painting Art Classes

Instructor Kerry Curtin is hosting his children’s Summer 2019 drawing and painting art class in for grades 2-6 at South Live Oak Elementary School in Room 602 (drive to the back of the school). The class will take place on four consecutive evenings, June 24-27, from 6-7:30 p.m. Fee is $45 per session for non-members ($40 for Arts Council of Livingston Parish members). Students will focus on the elements of art and the principles of design as they create drawings and paintings. Exercises using pencil, charcoal, and watercolor will be completed during the sessions. Students should bring regular No. 2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16”X 20” (optional). The classes are sponsored by the ACLP. Make payment to ACLP at the first class meeting for each session. For more information or to enroll, call 954-2700.

Tuesday, June 25

“Images of Summer” Visual Arts Summer Camp

Instructor Kerry Curtin will teach students ages 8-12 acrylic painting, watercolor and drawing lessons with a focus on images of summer. The cost for the camp is $30; all art supplies are included. It will be held June 25-27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. No outside food or drinks allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Tuesday, July 23

ACLP Theatre/Drama Camp - Middle School Monologues

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites middle school students in grades 5-8 to learn how to read, select, prepare, and perform monologues. Students will work on acting skills, line interpretation, characterization, emotional and facial expression, and body language speech. The class will conclude with each student performing a monologue for the class. The class will take place at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S., July 23-25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The camp will be taught by Livingston Parish Talented Arts Program Theatre Teacher Melani Glascock. Cost for the camp is $30. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

ACLP Theatre/Drama Camp - High School Improv Class

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites high school students to an improv class taught by Livingston Parish Talented Arts Program Theatre Teacher Melani Glascock. The camp will be held July 23-25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. D.S. Students will develop knowledge and skill in improvisation via games, exercises, and acting activities. Cost for the camp is $30. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Space is limited. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration

Livingston Parish Public Schools Kindergarten registration dates and Pre-K application dates for the 2019-2020 school year will be held as follows: Freshwater Elementary, Kindergarten, May 3, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Southside Elementary, Kindergarten, May 6, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; North Corbin Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, May 9, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Gray’s Creek Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, May 10, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Lewis Vincent Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, May 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. All parents must bring a certified birth certificate, Social Security card, complete immunization record, and four (4) proofs of residence to register their child. Parents applying for Pre-K must bring all items listed above, plus proof of income. For Kindergarten, the child must turn five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2019. For Pre-K, the child must turn four (4) years old on or before September 30, 2019. For more information, see the Pre-K/Early Childhood link at www.lpsb.org.

Exchange families needed

CIEE, the world leader in international exchange, is looking for families in Livingston Parish to host international high school students during the upcoming school year. Host families come in all shapes and sizes – kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, etc. In return for hosting, families learn about a different culture, enjoy lifelong friendships with students, fulfill the dream of a young person, and become global ambassadors in their own communities! Contact the local coordinator for Livingston Parish, Sonya Aydell, at sonya.aydell@gmail.com with any questions. For more information about becoming a host family, visit http://www.ciee.org/host. You can start a host family application at any time at the application page: http://usahs.ciee.org/hostapply.

Hungarian Settlement cookbook

The Hungarian Settlement Historical Society, which is dedicated to the historical preservation of the Hungarian community in Albany, Louisiana, recently released its first-ever cookbook, which is on sale for $20 apiece. Books can be purchased at the Hungarian Museum, located at 27455 La. Hwy. 43, during regular hours of operation. They can also be ordered online by visiting www.hungarianmuseum.com. Featuring Hungarian dishes as well as a wide variety of American recipes from local chefs, the “Hungarian Settlement Historical Society Cookbook” is comprised of approximately 283 pages, 675 recipes and 135 contributors as well as many helpful cooking tips throughout.

Denham Springs Fine Art Association

The Denham Springs Fine Art Association, better known as DSFAA, meets on the first Monday of every month at the Denham Springs-Walker Library at 7 p.m., unless Monday is a holiday or there is a specially planned location change. DSFAA is an independent organization of artists and of anyone who loves art and seeing new art forms or learning techniques from local and guest speakers. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Mighty Moms Food Pantry

Visit the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Pavilion on the second Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m. for the Mighty Moms Food Pantry.

Denham Springs Lodge #297

As most of you know, the Flood of 2016 was devastating to our area. The Masonic Lodge, which was established in 1905, took nearly eight feet of water, and everything inside the building was a loss. Included in this loss were all the 5x7 pictures of the Masters of the Lodge. We are now trying to reach out to the families and get as many or all of the pictures back. We are hoping that someone in the families may have a picture or can get us a copy. It doesn't matter if it's color or black and white; it just needs to be a 5x7. Listed below is a list of each Master and the year they served. On these pictures, we ask that you write the name on the back so we can make sure we get it in the appropriate order, especially some of the early years, as most of us at the lodge would not know them. Pictures can be sent to the lodge or given to Mrs. Florence Crowder, Marshal Joe Shumate, Ronnie Coon PM/Secretary, or any member of the Masonic Lodge. For more information, call 225-963-0274 or email rcoon3@cox.net.

Vision Rehab Services

The Lighthouse Louisiana mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy. Their Baton Rouge location on North Flannery Road now offers no-cost Vision Rehab Services. These services include a Low Vision Clinic, Daily Living Skills classes, and Assisted Technology Training. Lighthouse Louisiana is an Equal Opportunity\Affirmative Action employer to individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, females, and minorities. Call Lighthouse Louisiana at 225-275-1200 x 245 to maximize your current vision today!

Maison de Fleur tours

The public is invited to visit Maison de Fleur Independent and Assisted Living to enjoy lunch and a tour of the facility. Come see what the residents are raving about. Great staff, food, activities and outings. Let us help you continue your story. Visit 559 Rushing Rd. West, Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-238-1919.

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.

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.

Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market

The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open on 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.

Walker Farmers Market

The Walker Farmers Market is held on the first and third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 9360 Florida Blvd., in front of Hebert’s Cajun Meats. Items include handmade jewelry and crafts, homegrown vegetables and fruits, local honey and bee products, fresh eggs, soap, lotions, bathbombs, homemade desserts and breads, quilts, purses, pot holders, jellies, pickles, sauces, candles, woodwork, signs and more! If you would like to be a vendor, email walkerfm@yahoo.com.

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. The show starts at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. 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/.

The Coming Up column runs regularly in the lifestyle section as space permits and includes free announcements of special events occurring in Livingston Parish involving non-profit civic and other organizations. To place an announcement, email jamie@lpn1898.com.

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