Thursday, December 13
Sweet Rolls Ribbon Cutting
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting for Sweet Rolls | Denham Springs, 730 S. Range Ave., on Dec. 13 at 9 a.m.
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 Dec. 13 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 Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 686-4160 or visit www.mylpl.info.
Slip stitch on over to the Crochet Club at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 13 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
Stop by the South Library on Dec. 13 at 5 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.
LYP Jingle & Mingle
The Livingston Young Professionals Jingle & Mingle will be held on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. at Islamorada at Bass Pro. Celebrate the holiday season with other young professionals that live, work and play in Livingston Parish! There will be two free drinks at Bass Pro, a tacky sweater competition and A Very Merry Trivia Game (with a prize!)
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 Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for fun and festivities, including movies, crafts, games, and activities for all ages. There will be a hot chocolate-sipping, bell-ringing fun showing of “The Polar Express.” Participants are encouraged to wear comfy PJs and bring their favorite blanket! For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Winter Wonderland Crafts
Visit the Albany-Springfield Library on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a winter wonderland of crafts! Families can create crafts together that are suitable for all ages. 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 Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The annual Kiwanis Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be held on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at Train Station Park in Denham Springs. They are also collecting toys for Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade and ask that you bring an unwrapped, new toy and place it under the tree in advance of the tree lighting.
Bass Pro Shops
Here is the Christmas schedule for Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs: Nov. 11-Dec. 24 - free crafts seven days a week, with a different craft each week; Nov. 12-Dec. 24 (Monday through Thursday only, 5-7 p.m.) - a free plush to the first 100 kids to have their photo taken with Santa, with a different plush each week. For more information, visit basspro.com/santa.
Friday, December 14
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 Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Your child and their favorite stuffed animal are invited to a pajama party! The Chick-fil-A in Denham Springs will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Dec. 14, with drop-off from 5-8 p.m. and pickup on Dec. 15 from 8-10 a.m. Restaurant staff will decorate mini sleeping bags and create name tags for each attendee. Once the kids leave, their stuffed animals will spend the night at the store and enjoy a night of fun activities. The staff will take great care of them and take tons of pictures. Stay for breakfast the next day when you pick up your cuddly friends! The event is free, but RSVP is required at www.eventbrite.com.
Stine Family Night with Santa
Stine Home + Yard, 29200 Walker South Road, Walker, will host a Family Night with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Bubbles the Camel on Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. The District 4 Fire Department and Smoothie King will also be there, along with Big Green Egg demos, crafts, Coca-cola and a sleigh ride.
Parent’s Night Out
The Way Church of Denham Springs will host Parent’s Night Out on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. There will be pizza, movies, crafts and fun for ages 2 months - 9 years old. Admission is $15 per child, with a $40 max per family. Registration required at www.thewaypdo.com.
Victory Baptist Living Nativity
There will be a Living Nativity at Victory Baptist Church, rain or shine, on Dec. 14 - 15. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The Living Nativity is 20 minutes long with three performances scheduled for 7 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Take a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus as a gift from Victory Baptist. The church is located at 31449 N. Corbin Rd. (Hwy. 449), in Walker, about 1.5 miles north of Hwy. 190. For more information, call 225-665-7677 - Pastor Chad Ward.
Saturday, December 15
Breakfast with Santa
The Denham Springs High School Jackets Against Destructive Decisions (JADD) will host Breakfast with Santa for ages 3-12 on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The children will be served breakfast, and each will get to take his or her picture with Santa. There will also be crafts, holiday safety activities, games, snacks and Christmas caroling. Admission is $20 per child, and $15 for each additional sibling. Pay online at https://osp.osmsinc.com/LivingstonLA/ and email the registration form to email@example.com by Dec. 12 to reserve your space.
Teen Advisory Board
The Livingston Parish Library’s Teen Advisory Board meets at the South Library on Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.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.
French Settlement Christmas Parade
The French Settlement Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade starts at the Moonlight Inn parking lot at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. The parade will end at French Settlement Elementary. A rainout date is set for Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
Holiday Cookie Decorating Class
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is hosting two Holiday Cookie Decorating Classes on Dec. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30- 3 p.m. with instructor Shelly Frederick. The fee is $25 for you and one child (ages 6 and up) and includes all supplies. You will leave with one dozen decorated cookies. The cost is $10 for each additional child and will include a half dozen more cookies. Registration is required as seating is limited. Deadline to register is Dec. 12. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Aprons/appropriate dress is suggested. The classes will be held at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Caroling in the Village
Organizers of the Denham Springs Antique Village’s 4th annual “Christmas in the Village” invite the public to participate in an old-fashioned Christmas Caroling in the Village. They are looking for small or large groups who would like to sing Christmas carols at 10 designated music stops in the Antique Village on three Saturdays: Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. You can participate on any one or more of the scheduled dates. It takes about an hour to complete all stops, generally singing two songs at each stop. You may play instruments or sing a capella. After you complete your 10 music stops, visit the Old City Hall on Mattie Street and receive a “Thank You” gift as appreciation for participating. To join, contact Al Bye at 225-931-0704 or email@example.com, and have at least two choices of times you would like to participate in the caroling. You will then be given a designated time and will be emailed the layout of the music stops. This activity is open to families, church groups, school groups, or friends.
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 theme for Dec. 15 is Science Potpourri. 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/.
Christmas Alive Nativity
The annual Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Christmas Alive Nativity will be held on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Train Station Park in Denham Springs.
Grand Country Junction
The Grand Country Junction will present a “Christmas at the Junction” show on Saturday, Dec. 15. Enjoy live classic Christmas music with your friends and family in a country-western show that takes place on the third Saturday of every month. The show features a live band and talent from Livingston and surrounding parishes. This month, performers include Greg Sullivan, Brenda Harrell, Brett Bostwick, Greg Manchester, Brett Sullivan, Toni Black, Brady Black, Carlie Jackson, Bill Cocoran, Kaleigh Sullivan, Brianna Black and the Junction Boys. They will be performing Christmas classics such as “Christmas in Dixie,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Grand Country Junction is located at 28975 South Satsuma Road in Livingston.
Monday, December 17
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, Dec. 10, 9:45 a.m.; ages 0-5, Dec. 10 & 11, 10:30 a.m.; Main Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; Watson Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; South Library: ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.; Albany-Springfield Library, ages 0-5, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.
Wednesday, December 19
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. Detailed information is available online at www.tops.org or by calling 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.
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, December 21
Live Petting Nativity
Hebron Baptist Church, 24063 La. Hwy. 16, Denham Springs, will host a Live Petting Nativity on Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m. Bring the whole family to visit the animals and take your picture with them as we celebrate the reason for the season.
Saturday, December 22
Coca-Cola Santa Truck
The Coca-Cola Santa Truck is coming to Rouses! Visit the Juban Crossing store on Dec. 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 4
The next St. Vincent de Paul commodities pick-up will be held on Jan. 4 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at 2151 Tower Dr., Denham Springs. Bring picture ID for pick-up. Those who are not currently signed up must bring their picture ID, proof of Livingston residence and proof of income. For more information, call 225-665-1623. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Saturday, January 5
Parish Photography League
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) is happy to welcome to our membership for the 2019 Parish Photography League. This organization is made up of local photographers who share their passion and skills with like-minded people and is open to new members. ACLP will be hosting a photography exhibit, “The Best of 2018,” in January and February from the Parish Photography League. The exhibit will begin on Jan. 5 and end on Feb. 23. Please join us at the opening reception on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the ACLP gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs. There is no fee. Photographers will be present, and light refreshments will be served.
Unicorn Acrylic Painting on Canvas
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish invites children ages 6-12 years old to an acrylic painting on canvas class on Jan. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. Join instructor Shelly Frederick at the gallery, 133 Hummell St. in Denham Springs, to paint a unicorn. The cost for the class is $10 and includes supplies. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org and select Book a Class. Register early, as space is limited. Please dress in appropriate clothing for a painting class! No outside food or drink allowed. For more information, call 225-664-1168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 30
Walker High Class of 1974 reunion
The Walker High School 1974 Class Reunion will be held in the Walker Freshman High auditorium, 13443 Burgess Ave., Walker, on March 30, 2019, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Graduates, staff members and administrators are invited. Those interested can reach out on Facebook – search “Walker High School Class of 1974 Reunion” or call Jesse Barksdale 504-231-3720 or Leanna Harris 225-505-4097.
VFW Travelers Florida trip
The VFW Travelers, a senior citizen travel group, invites you to join them on a trip to Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. The trip is scheduled for April 8-13, 2019. We will spend an entire day at the Holy Land Experience, a theme park about the Bible, and also visit Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Pier, Gatorland, Tiffany Chapel and Florida Natural Museum. The cost of the trip is $580 (double occupancy), which includes transportation, eight meals, admission to attractions and lodging. Our travel group is for adults 55 and older. For more information, call Debbie at (225) 665-2930 or Vi at (225) 665-1201. You can also visit our website at www.grouptrips.com, code “vfwtravelers.”
‘100 Under 100’ exhibit
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host a “100 Under 100” Exhibit for the months of November and December. Artists of various mediums will fill the gallery with 100 items priced under $100, as well as a few over, for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Now is the time to find the perfect gift of art for that art lover or that hard to buy for person while supporting local artists. The exhibit will begin on Saturday, Nov. 3 and end on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Arts Council is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. until noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The gallery is located at 133 Hummell Street in Denham Springs. For more information, email the Arts Council at email@example.com, visit www.artslivingston.org, or call (225) 664-1168.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Mattie Street Market
Shop from local artists and craftsmen and take a stroll through the Denham Springs Antique and Arts Village at the next Mattie Street Market, held on the first Sunday of each month from 1-5 p.m. Vendors will be at the intersection of Mattie Street and N. Range Ave. If you are a local artist or maker who is interested in participating, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/.
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