What’s New in Livingston Parish – May 12 | Coming

Council on Aging Membership Campaign

The Livingston Council on Aging is hosting the 2022 Membership Drive through Friday, May 10, 2022. Anyone interested in becoming a member can register at the Council on Aging office at 949 Government Dr. Denham Springs, La. Or call our office at (225) 664-9343. Only registered members can vote at the annual meeting held in May. Those interested in membership must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Livingston Parish.

Aging Advice Garage Sale

A garage sale will be held at the Livingston Council on Aging on May 13 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. All donations and funds raised will go towards our “Fun Day” for seniors. The Livingston Council on Aging is located at 949 Government Drive in Denham Springs.

Unity awakening

Unity Revival invites people to “Come Celebrate Life” with services May 13-15. The programs will take place on May 13 at 7 p.m.; May 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and May 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The programs will take place at Tickfaw State Park, located at 2722 Patterson Road in Springfield. Free entry.

Charity BBQ

The City of Walker Parks and Recreation is hosting a Taste of Walker Backyard Charity BBQ in conjunction with its monthly Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition is open to all amateur cooks. Competitors can cook the meat of their choice. Donations will be made to the winner’s chosen charity. The BBQ Cook off and Farmer’s Market will be held at Sidney Hutchinson Park in the Challenger’s Field parking lot.

Explore Nature 2022

The Explore Nature event will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2021 at North Park, located at the corner of Lockhart and Eden Church Road in Denham Springs. This family educational event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will be located in the middle of the park next to the walking path. Free entry. Explore Nature is an outdoor educational event sure to please everyone. Various nature and gardening groups will be on hand to provide information promoting the enjoyment of nature-centered activities. Kids activities and face painting will make this event fun for all ages. Visitors are invited to join avian biologist Katie Percy this morning for a birding walk around North Park. Learn the basics of birding or practice your skills in the field. Meet at 8:30 a.m. under the covered pavilion on the footpath. All ages are welcome. Upon arrival, children must stop at the Bibliobus to pick up a treasure hunt paper because those who visit all the kiosks will receive a special surprise. The following groups will also participate: Purple Martin Conservation Initiative, Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana, Capital Area Beekeepers Association, Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary, Louisiana Amphibian and Reptile Enthusiasts ( LARE), Nature to Geaux, Livingston Parish Master Gardener, Livingston Parish Library, Live Oak High School Environmental Club and Katie Percy, Avian Biologist.

American Daylily Society

Region 13 of the American Daylily Society has chosen the Baton Rouge Daylily Society to host its 2022 Region 13 business meeting. As part of this event, five gardens will be open to the public. Although daylilies are grown in gardens, these gardens are far from being gardens just for daylilies. There will be plenty of companion plants, fountains, garden art and other interesting features that will interest even the most novice gardener. Please note that with the exception of the Baton Rouge Botanical Garden, these are private gardens and do not provide public restrooms or ADA access. The garden’s visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022. The garden’s address is: 901 West Colorado Street, Hammond, Louisiana, 70401; The Baton Rouge Botanical Garden, 7950 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, 70806; 14510 Brenda Street, Gonzales, Louisiana, 70737; 5875 Forsythia Ave., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808; and 1500 Ellis Drive, Hammond, Louisiana, 70401.

spring in the south

The Livingston Parish Arts Council will host a ‘Spring in the South’ art exhibit and Spring Marketplace through the end of May with a reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 21. Visit www.artslivingston.org for more information.

Free garage sale

A free community garage sale will be held Saturday, May 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13035 Arnold Road near the fire station and Avants Road. All items are free. Just share the Love of Jesus.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum, located at 1710 S. Range Avenue in Denham Springs. The event is presented by VFW Post 7017.

Community music school

The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School hosts a series of summer programs for young musicians. The 2022 summer programs include a middle school orchestra camp, a chamber music workshop and seven weeks of individual lessons, said community music school principal Jivka Duke. Summer Camps provide a way for school-aged musicians to get a taste of Southeastern’s wonderful college music programs. Camps are filled with fun and friendships, while dramatically improving participants’ instrumental and musical skills. College Music Camp is scheduled for June 20-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Friday, with a concert at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 24. Lunch is served Monday through Thursday. Tuition for the camp, scheduled at the Pottle Music Building on the Southeastern campus, is $250. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to entries mailed after May 20. Coordinated by Robert Schwartz, the camp is open to students in grades five through ninth during the 2021-22 school year, although high school students are also welcome. Camp activities include concert band, private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, improvisation lessons and theory lessons. The Chamber Music Workshop is scheduled for 9am-12pm, July 25-29, with a concert at 11:30am July 29. Tuition for the workshop is $170. Registration is open until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to entries mailed after June 20th. The CMS will also be offering private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 6 to July 21. The courses are scheduled according to the availability of the instructors and taking into account the family holidays of the students. . Prices for individual lessons vary depending on the qualifications of the instructor. For more information about any of these programs, go to www.southeastern.edu/cms or call 985-549-5502.

Introduction to stained glass

The Livingston Parish Arts Council will host an introductory stained glass class with artist instructor Kerry Curtin. The course is for people aged 16 and over. Students will learn the process of making a stained glass window using the lead technique. Practice using stained glass tools, cutting, fitting, soldering, puttying and cleaning/finishing glass. The first class will be June 23, 2022, 6-7pm (instructor’s talk reviewing equipment and supplies). Students will receive information on where to purchase glass and other supplies needed to start production at the next class meeting. The other classes will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 7, 14, 21 and 28. The lesson will take place at South Live Oak Elementary School. There is a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 10 students. The class fee is $125. The estimated cost of supplies is $75 (glass, lead, tools… to be purchased by the student). To register, visit www.artslivingston.org under Book A Class or call 225-664-1168.

VFW Travelers

The VFW Travelers is a travel group for people aged 50 and over. The group is now registering for their 2022 trips. The group will have four trips to choose from. A deposit of $75 per trip will allow you to reserve your place on the tourist bus. Covid injections are required. Seniors can choose one or more of our trips. Trips for 2022 are: Mount Rushmore June 24-July 4; Pigeon Forge, September 5-10; and Myrtle Beach, October 9-15. For more information, see www.grouptrips.com/vfwtravelers or call Vance and Debbie Sutton (225) 665-2930 or (225) 333-2790.

Summer Art Classes for Kids

Summer Art Classes for Kids under the direction of Kerry Curtin will take place June 27-30. Classes will be held at South Live Oak Elementary and are intended for students in grades 2-6. Session fees are $45 or $40 for CALP members. Students will focus on the elements of art and the principles of design as they create drawings and paintings using images of summer as a subject. Exercises in pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolor will be carried out during the sessions. Students should bring regular #2 pencils and a drawing pad no larger than 16″ X 20″ (optional). People can make payment online at CALP or at the first class meeting. To register, visit www.artslivingston.org under Book A Class or call 225-664-1168.

Gray’s Creek Baptist Church Anniversary

On Saturday, June 26, 2022, Gray’s Creek Baptist Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Morning worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. with former staff member Reverend Tim Buford preaching and Greg Sullivan leading the music. Lunch will be served after worship. The birthday celebration service will be led by current pastor, Reverend David Brown and former pastor, Reverend Carl Sullivan, beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. During the celebratory service, we will review the history of the church and recognize former staff and members. The Church History Committee will display historical memorabilia. Everyone is invited to come reconnect and visit “long lost” friends while celebrating the church’s milestone anniversary! Gray’s Creek Baptist Church is located at 21039 LA Hwy. 16, Denham Springs, LA.

VFW Travelers Travel to Alaska

VFW Travelers invite you to sign up for their next Alaska cruise. We will be sailing May 12-19, 2023 on the Celebrity Solstices. Price includes airfare, cruise, port fees, government fees, taxes, transfers, beverage package, gratuities and Wifi. The ocean view exterior is $2,599. The balcony cabin costs $3,159. COVID vaccines and passports are mandatory. Call Debbie Sutton for more information at (225) 665-2930.

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