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Thursday, April 19

Pre-K and kindergarten registration

The Livingston Parish Public Schools system has released the registration dates for local children to enroll in either Pre-K or kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. In order to register a child for Pre-K or kindergarten, parents must bring a certified birth certificate, a Social Security Card, a complete immunization record and four proofs of Livingston Parish residence. The child must turn 5 years old before Sept. 30, 2018, to register for Kindergarten. The child must turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2018, to register for Pre-K. Registration will be held at the schools on the following dates and times: South Live Oak Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Springfield Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 20, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Frost School, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 20, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Northside Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 20, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Doyle Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; South Fork Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Albany Lower Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 24, 9 a.m.; North Live Oak Elementary, Kindergarten, April 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Freshwater Elementary, Kindergarten, April 27, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Gray’s Creek Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, April 27, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; North Corbin Elementary, Kindergarten and Pre-K, May 9, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Lewis Vincent Elementary, Kindergarten, May 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Feeding Young Minds

Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on April 19 or 26 at 3:30 p.m. or the Main Library on April 25 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.

LYP monthly meeting

The Livingston Young Professionals, a group for those age 21-40, will have a meeting on April 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business Office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs. For more information, e-mail april@livingstonparishchamber.org.

Doctor Whodunit?

Love Doctor Who? Simply dying for a good mystery? Ages 12 -18 are invited to visit the Albany-Springfield Library on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. or the Main Library on April 24 at 6 p.m. for a night of intergalactic adventures. Registration required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Teen Anime Club

Are you an anime addict? Do you go mad for manga? Those in grades 7-12 are invited to the Watson Library on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. to watch anime and discuss manga and learn about Japanese culture. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Upcycling

Ages 5 -11 are invited to upcycle their room organizers at the Denham Springs-Walker Library on April 19 at 6 p.m. or the Albany-Springfield Library on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. All materials will be provided, but bring your imagination. It’s DIY fun! Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

“Our Town”

Students in the Livingston Parish Talented Theatre program will perform Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, at the Suma Crossing Theatre, located just off I-12 Exit 19 in Satsuma. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. “Our Town” is a metatheatrical three-act play that follows the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. For moreinformation, contact director Melani Glascock at melani.glascock@lpsb.org.

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.

Friday, April 20

Free Garage Sale

Do you need some new items but don’t want to spend money? The Albany-Springfield Library will host a Free Garage Sale on April 20 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. In honor of Earth Day, visitors can take items for free as a part of this freecycling program. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

COA Spring Fling

The Livingston Council on Aging will host a Spring Fling dance for senior citizens 60 and older at the Springfield meal site, 27265 Hwy. 42, on Friday, April 20, from 6-9 p.m. Music will be provided by Ernie Breaux and his band, Poo-yai. Dinner and refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 per person.

“High School: Another Day, Another Test”

The Denham Springs High School theatre department will present four showings of the original, student-written play “High School: Another Day, Another Test” with two casts April 20-22. Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. The play will be held in Jacket Gym, and tickets can be purchased at the door: $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Saturday, April 21

Every Dog Club Conformation Dog Show

The Every Dog Club will host the Spring 2018 CKC Sanctioned Conformation Dog Show on April 21 at 10 a.m. at the AmVets Post 68 in Springfield, 26890 LA-42. Cost is $25 per dog. First-timers welcome. Register online at everydogclub.org/events or the day of the event starting at 8 a.m. Visit everydogclub.org for more information and rules.

Community Crawfish Boil

There will be a free community crawfish boil sponsored by 10 local businesses on April 21 at 11:45 a.m. at the North Park Fitness and Aquatic Center on Eden Church Road in Denham Springs. The event will feature more than 1000 pounds of crawfish, space walks for kids and a live DJ.

“God’s Princess Tea Party”

Calling all princesses and their royal court! Abundant Life Church is excited to bring back its “God’s Princess Tea Party,” the most royal occasion of the year. This will be their eighth year hosting this royal event. The tea is for girls ages 3 and up. It will be held on April 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Outreach Center. Come dressed in your sparkly best with ribbons and boas and glitter galore! Previous years' attendance was awesome, with more than 300 princesses. The tables this year will be themed with beautiful princess finery such as Frozen, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Paris Design, Fashion Dress-up, Minnie Mouse, Moana, and more. The princesses will be royally served tea and tasty delights by the royal maidens in the royal court. There will be lots of fun, princesses, activities, games, gifts, and a Royal Story. If you would like your princess to attend, visit their website, abundantlifechurch.tv/princesstea, to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $15 each. Princesses ages 3-5 need to have a parent present. Come expecting your princess to be blessed, encouraged, and treated “Royally!”

Rock & Roll at LIGO

The public is invited to explore Rock & Roll Science at LIGO on April 21 from 1 - 5 p.m. At the LIGO - Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can take tours, 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. For more information, visit www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.

Grand Country Junction

On April 21, Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with Treads and Care Tire and Team Toyota proudly present the Grand Country Junction’s Legends Impersonators Show featuring The Junction Boys as The Statler Brothers. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. 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 Sullivan at (985) 507-9432 or visit www.grandcountryjunction.com.

Sunday, April 22

St. Francis Episcopal groundbreaking ceremony

After 40 years of talking about it and a blessing in the form of the Great Flood of 2016, St. Francis Episcopal will be breaking ground on its new Church on April 22 at 2 p.m. They would like to invite everyone to this milestone event in their flood recovery. The church is located at 726 Maple St. in Denham Springs. For more information, visit www.stfrands.org.

Beginning Ukulele

Do you want to learn how to play the ukulele? Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on April 15, 22, 29 and May 6 at 3 p.m. to take a free ukulele class. The library will provide ukuleles, or you can bring your own. You will learn how to play chords, strum, and read tabs. Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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.

Monday, April 23

Wiggle Worms

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 April 23 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Tuesday, April 24

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 April 24 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Birdhouse in a Bottle

Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Watson Library on April 24 at 5:30 p.m. to build a fun and easy birdhouse from a two-liter bottle. Registration is required. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Wednesday, April 25

TOPS meeting

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.

One Stroke Painting

Ages 18 and up are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on April 25 at 10 a.m. for a very simple, but interesting, one-stroke painting class using 3 to 4 colors of acrylic paints. The result is a beautiful, frameable piece of art you will be proud to display! Registration is required. 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 April 25 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, April 26

Free Garage Sale - drop off days

Are you spring cleaning or trying to declutter? Need some new items but don’t want to spend money? The Denham Springs-Walker Library will be accepting donations of gently used items (decorations, cookware, small furniture, toys, and electronics) from April 26-27 for a Free Garage Sale on April 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visitors at the Free Garage Sale can take items for free. Celebrate Earth Day by “freecycling” items and sharing with others. The library will not be accepting clothing, anything with a strong odor, large furniture, or broken items. They will accept re-usable parts of electronics. If you are considering donating a large item, please call the library first to schedule a drop off time. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

LEGO Club

The Watson Library hosts LEGO Club for ages 5-11 on April 26 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.

Puppet Play Workshop

Ages 5-11 are invited to visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. to learn basic puppeteering skills, make a cool paper bag puppet, and even put on your own show! No acting experience required. Bring your friends and family! Registration is 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 April 26 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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 April 26 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.

Saturday, April 28

Free Garage Sale

Do you need some new items but don’t want to spend money? The Denham Springs-Walker Library will host a Free Garage Sale on April 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. In honor of Earth Day, visitors can take items for free as a part of this freecycling program. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

Spring Fling (K)Nigthts

Knights of Columbus Council 6326 will host Dance Dance Dance Spring Fling (K)Nights on April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church Main Hall, 865 Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs. There will be music by Big River Express from 7 - 10 p.m. Jambalaya, beer, wine, water and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. To purchase tickets, call Olin Hall at 590-4634 or Henry Pulizzano at 938-6493, or stop by the church office.

Sunday, April 29

Fifth Sunday Singing

Historical Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy. 1036, Holden, will host a Fifth Sunday Singing on April 29. Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by dinner on the grounds. Music will be provided by the gospel blue grass group Fair River Station. For more information, contact the pastor, Bro. Roger Dunlap, at 225-664-4448.

Tuesday, May 1

Livingston Parish Expo

The annual Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Expo will be held on May 1 from 4-7 p.m. at the Suma Hall Community Center, 28975 South Satsuma Road. More than 100 businesses and community members will showcase what makes Livingston Parish a great place to do business and connect with the community. There will also be a Restaurant Challenge with Porky’s, Walk-On’s and more. For more information, visit livingstonparishchamber.org.

Wednesday, May 2

Republican Women meeting

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on May 2, 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 Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard. 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.

Friday, May 4

LPCC Spring Concert

The Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs will present their 27th annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at Live Oak United Methodist Church, located at 34890 La. Hwy. 16 in Watson. Tickets are $5 each, and there is a free nursery. This concert is being sponsored by North Oaks Livingston Parish Medical Complex.

Saturday, May 5

Walker Arts and Crafts Fair

There will be an arts and crafts fair at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker on May 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event is a charity fundraiser to support the Walker Animal Shelter and A Door of Hope. There will be local crafters and vendors.

Friday, May 11

COA Membership Drive

The Livingston Council on Aging is hosting the 2018 Membership Drive until Friday, May 11, 2018. Anyone interested in becoming a member can sign up at the Council on Aging office, 949 Government Dr., Denham Springs, or call (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.

Girls Night Out

The annual Girls Night Out event will be held in the Denham Springs Antiques and Arts Village on Friday, May 11, from 6-10 p.m. It will be an evening of food, gifts, door prizes, shopping, sales and fun. Admission is $30. Call or visit Mothers and Daughters Gift Shoppe, 215 N. Range Ave., (225) 791-1116, to purchase tickets.

Saturday, May 12

Music and Mudbugs

The Robert A Bogan Fire Museum Board of Directors presents Music and Mudbugs: Fighting and Feasting for a Fireproof Future, a Louisiana Firefighter Appreciation Day, on May 12 from 6 - 10 p.m., at 427 Laurel Street in Baton Rouge. There will be all you can eat boiled crawfish, a silent auction, antique fire exhibits, desserts from Ms. Betty Webber, games and live music by Damn Jam Band. Admission is $35, and proceeds benefit the Robert A. Bogan Fire Museum, a 501(c)3 organization whose missions are to restore the Bogan Fire Station, to educate the public on early firefighting efforts in Baton rouge and to provide a place where children can tour and learn firefighting safety. Tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com, keywords Music and Mudbugs. For more information, email mk745@yahoo.com.

Thursday, May 24

COA Annual Meeting

The Livingston Council on Aging will hold its Annual Meeting in the Senior Center at 949 Government Dr., Denham Springs, on May 24 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, LA 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. They will also be celebrating being in business and helping the seniors of Livingston Parish for the past 45 years. There will be food, activities, music and door prizes.

Saturday, June 2

Live Oak Class of 1988

The Live Oak Class of 1988 is having their 30 year reunion on Saturday, June 2, from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. at the Anthony "Tony" Dugas Recreational Center, 30372 Eden Church Rd.

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. To see the trip plans, visit www.grouptrips.com (the code is vfwtravelers). For more information, call Debbie Sutton at 225-665-2930.

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.

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.

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/.

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.

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.

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 for the month of May are as follows: Albany-Springfield Branch Gallery: Photography by Wade Sickinger; Albany-Springfield Branch Display Cases: Musical Instrument Collection by Chris Shipp; Denham Springs-Walker Branch Gallery: Denham Springs Fine Art Association Spring Juried Show; Main Branch Gallery: Sierra Bobo; South Branch Gallery: Amber Law; Watson Branch Display Cases & Gallery: Interdisciplinary Art by Sarah Dee Starkey. For more information, call the library or visit www.mylpl.info.

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.

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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Alan Ray Jones, a lifelong resident of Walker, passed away at …