Sunday, April 14
Children’s Unbeatable Egg Hunt
First United Methodist of Denham Springs, located at 319 Mattie Street, will host the Children’s Unbeatable Egg Hunt on April 14 from 12-2 p.m. This is a family-friendly event with games, an egg hunt and hot dogs. Before the event, the church will also hold Palm Sunday services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Easter Bunny pictures
That rabbit is at it again, and he’s about ready for pictures! Bring your cameras for a free picture with the Easter Bunny at Circle Drive Park in Livingston at the Old Post Office on April 14 from 2-5 p.m. and April 19 from 1-5 p.m. There will also be a Good Friday Service under the pavilion in the park given by First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on April 19.
Easter at the Park 2019
The Way Church of Denham Springs, The Way Church of Livingston, Judson Baptist Church and Christ’s Community Church of Denham Springs will host Easter at the Park 2019 at Sidney Hutchinson Park on April 14 from 3-6 p.m. There will be several Easter egg hunts divided by age groups/special needs, a worship service, drawings, food, games, face painting, cotton candy and more.
Monday, April 15
The Livingston Parish Library hosts storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that focus on developing early literacy skills. Schedule: Denham Springs-Walker Library: ages 0-2, April 15, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, April 15 & 16, 10:30 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, April 17, 10 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, April 17, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, April 17, 10 a.m.; South Library: ages 0-5, April 17, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
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 April 15 at 5 p.m. to learn new tabletop games or to play your old favorites. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Tuesday, April 16
Are you a young adult or new adult worried about the basic skills you need to survive on your own? Adulting 101 is a new series at Livingston Parish Library designed to help you learn to successfully adult. Sessions can range from cooking and housework to landing the job and managing money. All sessions are independent, so you can just attend the ones you need! The session at the Main Library on April 16 at 5 p.m. will have the theme: Debunking Diets and Healthy Meal Ideas. Ages 15-22. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
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 April 16 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Alternative TV Viewing Options
Visit the Albany-Springfield Library to learn about the choices available for your TV viewing on April 16 at 5:30 p.m. The library will provide handouts and detailed instructions. You will also learn how to gain access to streaming devices and antennas. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Wednesday, April 17
The local Denham Springs chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at Amite Baptist Church, located at 32728 Hwy. 1019, Denham Springs, in Bldg B, Room 116. Weigh-in begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a meeting at 9 a.m. Interested individuals are welcome to attend a free meeting before joining. TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support and wellness organization open to both men and women. TOPS is affordable with low annual fees and monthly chapter dues. For more information, visit www.tops.org or call 1-800-932-8677.
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.
Feeding Young Minds
Visit the Main Library on April 17 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.
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.
Friday, April 19
Easter Drama Drive Thru
First United Pentecostal of Holden will host an Easter Drama Drive Thru on April 19 and 20 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Park and Pavilion, 25555 Softball Field Road, Holden. Stay in your vehicle and drive through scenes from “The Passion of the Christ.” For more information, call 985-320-4276.
Monday, April 22
Free Garage Sale
Freecycle, upcycle, recycle. Whatever you call it, the Livingston Parish Library will help you do it! In honor of Earth Day, the library is hosting a free garage sale. Donate gently used household decorations, cookware, small furniture, toys, and electronics/re-usable parts at the Main Branch April 22-25. Do not bring clothing, large furniture, or broken items. Call the branch first to schedule a drop off time for larger items. The garage sales will be held on April 26. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Glory Baptist Church, 28450 Red Oak Rd., Livingston, will host a revival April 22-26 with evangelist Bro. Marvin, and The Wilsons will be singing nightly. Times are Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday - Friday at 7 p.m. For more information, call Bro. Joe Farrister Jr. at 225-276-4553.
Wednesday, April 24
Ollie’s Denham Springs Grand Opening
Celebrate the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet grand opening on April 24 at 9 a.m. The new store is located in the Livingston Square shopping center, 730 S. Range Ave. You’ll save up to 70% on the best brands in housewares, flooring, books, clothing, food, bed & bath, and more.
Saturday, April 27
Spring Fest will be held in the Denham Springs Antique Village on April 27 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Join in the family atmosphere in Downtown Denham Springs with hundreds of vendors, games, kiddie rides, food booths, antique store sales, art exhibits, Old City Hall exhibit tours and lots of music at the Train Station Park. More than 150 vendor booths line up in the middle of Range Ave. to sell antiques, art, greenery, crafts and many more items. There is plenty of food, including jambalaya, hamburgers and funnel cakes. Stroll down Mattie Street a.k.a. “Art Avenue,” and let the kids enjoy the free kids zone. For more information, visit www.denhamspringsantiquedistrict.net.
Friday, May 3
Tracks Through Time fundraiser
Denham Springs Main Street is hosting a fundraising gala, “Tracks Through Time,” on May 3 at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. There will be cocktails from 6-7 p.m., and dinner from 7-9 p.m. Eric Baskin will provide entertainment, and there will be a live and silent auction. Cocktail attire. Tickets are $75 per person. They may be purchased at the Old City Hall or on the website, denhamspringsmainstreet.org. All proceeds will benefit the establishment of a permanent museum at the Old City Hall on Mattie Street in Denham Springs. For more information, call Pat Genre at 225-933-2867.
The Compassion Journey
Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which works to release children from poverty globally, will bring its “The Compassion Journey” event to First Baptist Church of Livingston May 3-5. The event will educate visitors about the realities of life in extreme poverty and provide an opportunity to experience elements of another culture and a chance for visitors to discuss the experience through break-out style discussions. Visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the daily life of Kevin, a child sponsored by Compassion International who is growing up under the weight of poverty in the nation of Kenya. The experience includes 1,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring interactive elements highlighting the challenging circumstances Kevin faces around food security, education, shelter and safety as well as the help and hope that Compassion provides through the sponsorship program. The event is free and was created with families in mind, so children are welcome. Visitors are encouraged to register for a time to attend and find more information about the event at journey.compassion.com. The Compassion Journey is highly interactive, using individual iPods and headsets to offer visitors a sense of what life is like in extremely poverty-stricken areas around the world where more than 1.4 billion people are living on less than $1.25 per day 1 (USD). Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 7,000 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 2 million babies, children and young adults. Its child sponsorship program has been validated through independent, empirical research. For more information on Compassion and its programs, visit compassion.com or worldbank.org.
Saturday, May 4
The Fundamentals of Photography – Part 3
Part 3 of a 3 part Fundamentals of Photography series, The Process will provide an introduction to processing and editing digital images, and some of the major software packages used in photo editing. Local photographer Adin Putnam will teach the class on May 4 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. Registration is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Register online at www.artslivingston.org. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email email@example.com. Space is limited. No one under 16 years of age, please.
Friday, May 10
Purple Martin and Garden event
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.
Saturday, May 11
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Registration is now open.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.artslivingston.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Holden School, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 18, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Levi Milton Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Seventh Ward Elementary, Kindergarten, April 18, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Springfield Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 18, 8 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.
ACLP Wonders of the World
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites everyone to visit their new exhibit, “The Wonders of the World” in celebration of Earth Day. The focus of the exhibit will be celebrating our earth’s beauty through different mediums. Participants will be juried artists of the ACLP. The exhibit will begin on April 3 and end on May 25. For more information call 225-664-1168 or visit www.artslivingston.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 email@example.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.
VFW Freedom Depot Box
The VFW Post 7017, 113 Centerville Street, Denham Springs, would like to remind the public of our Freedom Depot Box. The box is designed for anyone to place their American Flag for disposal in it. All worn and torn Flags will be disposed of by a Boy Scout Troop in a proper ceremony. The box is located outside the Post’s front door. If you have any questions, call Vance Sutton at 225-665-2930.
VFW Travelers Colorado trip
The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on an exciting motorcoach trip to Colorado. The trip is scheduled for June 8-16, 2019. The cost of the trip is $880, which includes motorcoach transportation, most meals, lodging and attractions. A $75 deposit holds your spot. For more information, call Debbie at 225-665-2930. You can also visit www.grouptrips.com (code “vfwtravelers”) or visit Denham Springs VFW Travelers on Facebook.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.