The Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, 13525 Florida Blvd., Livingston, will host the 2015 Livingston Parish Pet Fest Adoption Event/Pet Education Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Animals will be available for adoption, and several groups will be available to answer questions and help pet owners.

John Schneider will sign autographs for the owners of all adopted dogs, organizers said.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit will show pet owners how dogs can learn basic obedience commands, and 10 percent of the proceeds from all book sales by New Orleans author and illustrator Michelle Hirstius’ “Juju the Good Voodoo” will go to the shelter, organizers said.

Dog People of Livingston will offer microchips for $20, and a representative of Dodge City Veterinary Hospital will answer health-related questions.

Other participants will include Denham Springs Animal Shelter; Tail Waggin Kisses; Swampy Paws Canine Rescue; Walker Animal Shelter; Don’t Be Cruel Animal Sanctuary; Labs 4 Rescue; Lulu’s Groom and Board; The Pit Stop Rescue; Jades Flowers; Rescue Me; Tater Tott Large Dog Rescue; and a representative from Nature’s Select Premium Pet Food of Southeast Louisiana.

Senior dance

The Livingston Council on Aging will host a Valentine’s Dance for people 25 and older from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Denham Springs Meal Site, 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs. The cost is $6 per person or $10 a couple. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given out. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, organizers said.

Arts Council classes

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host “Sew-N-Tell” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at 133 N. Hummell St., Denham Springs. The class will sew heart-shaped pillow sachets, a news release from the Arts Council said. The class is for ages 9 and up. For information, call the Arts Council at (225) 664-1168 or visit

The Arts Council also will host its spring 2015 children’s drawing and painting art classes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24, at South Live Oak Elementary School, 8400 Cecil Drive, Watson. The program is open to students enrolled in grades two through six, the release said. For information, call Kerry Curtin (225) 954-2700.

Ambassadors needed

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is looking for participants for its ambassadors program. An informational meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5 at the chamber office, 248 Veterans Blvd., Denham Springs.

Attendees are not obligated to sign up for the program, chamber officials said in a news release.

The purpose of the program is to support and assist the chamber in recruiting new members and retaining current members, the release said. Ambassadors inform members and the community of chamber programs, opportunities, events and advocacy of the business community at large, the release said. Ambassadors also provide customer service and engage members. For information, call the chamber at (225) 665-8155.

Hope event

A Door of Hope will host the Power of Hope event, featuring guest speaker Stephen Baldwin, at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive, Baton Rouge. A Door of Hope is a nonprofit organization whose focus is to help girls and women break the cycle of life-controlling issues and self-destructive behaviors through the love and power of Jesus Christ, a news release from the organization said. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. To register, visit or call (225) 665-4673.

Contact the Florida Parishes Bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; and by email at