Families can spend time together while learning the basics of cooking at the Albany-Springfield Library, 26941 La. 43, Hammond.

Participants will learn to cook with quinoa, a nutritious grain full of protein and fiber, at 10 a.m. Friday. Anne Milneck, owner and certified chef from Red Stick Spice Co., will teach participants how to cook a quinoa salad with summer vegetables and Mediterranean quinoa. All ingredients will be provided. Registration is required by calling (225) 567-1441 or by visiting the online event calendar at www.mylpl.info.

Paracord braclets

Ages 18 and up can learn how to make a paracord bracelet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Albany-Springfield Library.

Paracord bracelets are made from parachute cords and were originally used by soldiers and adventurers as an easy way to carry extra cord in case of an emergency, library officials said. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required by calling (225) 567-1441 or by visiting the online event calendar at www.mylpl.info.

Independence Day

The town of Springfield will hold its seventh annual Independence Day celebration starting at 5 p.m. June 29.

The event will feature a car, bike and jeep show. Entries cost $10 per vehicle. Prizes will be awarded in each category. The children’s playland will cost $5 for unlimited play. Live music will be provided by the Potters Wheel. A craft sale will be held also and booths are available for $25. The booths must be set up before 4:30 p.m., town officials said. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Those interested in attending can bring lawn chairs and watch the show along Vine Street and Carter Cemetery Road. These roads will be closed throughout the event, town officials said.

Republican Women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. July 2 at Big Mike’s, 123 Aspen Square, just north of Interstate 12 off of Range Avenue. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mike Strain, commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry. There is a charge for lunch; reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Terri Day at (225) 931-9206 or email terriday@eatel.net.

Round table

A public meeting will be held for residents to express their concerns over issues for Watson and Central and to discuss this year’s legislative session.

“It’s important for me to hear from you, your voice is essential in helping me to best represent our district,” said Rep. Valarie Hodges, District 64. “I look forward to meeting and working with you to achieve our goals for our community.”

For information, call (225) 791-2199 or send an email to hodgesv@legis.la.gov.

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