It was 1976. The country had bicentennial fever and disco was king.

I was a senior at Denham Springs High School and despite the school colors of purple and gold, I remember the colors red, white and blue were everywhere. We were the “Spirit of ’ 76.”

We’re hoping to relive some of those glory years this summer when we get together for our 40th class reunion.

I have to admit that I’ve never attended a class reunion. Over the years, work, family and other obligations prevented me from taking part in the festivities hosted by my class.

But this year, I’m committed to reconnecting with some of the people who helped shape my future.

Plans call for a reunion party on July 9 at Lafleur’s Seafood Restaurant in Denham Springs.

Organizers have received contact information from about half the class and are looking for more classmates. So, if you graduated from DSHS in 1976, please email with your contact information.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by mailing a check or money order by June 11 to Class of ’ 76, c/o Jackie Hunstock Bentley, 8135 Violet Drive, Denham Springs, LA 70726; or Karen Sullivan St. Cry, 307 Garden Lane, Denham Springs, LA 70726.

Tickets are $50 per person and will cover the cost of a seafood buffet, entertainment, a group photo and other costs. There’s even talk of a round of golf.

It sounds like organizers are putting together a spirited reunion.

If any of my classmates would like to share photos or memories, please email me at

I’ve already pulled out the yearbook and realized that I look quite different from my yearbook photos. Hopefully, someone will recognize me.

Livingston Relay for Life

The Relay for Life of Livingston Parish starts at 5 p.m. Friday at Denham Spring High School.

Stop by through 11 p.m. for food and activities to raise money for cancer research.

To register or for information, call Sarah Gibson at (225) 767-4558 or email

Kidz Korner reopens

Kidz Korner Playground, at 979 Government Drive, Denham Springs, was closed Saturday for a spring cleaning but is back open.

For information about playground hours, call (225) 665-8121.

Eat your words

Do you love books and food? So do the folks at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library.

They’re hosting an Edible Book Experience on Monday. Ages 18 and up are invited to participate in the Edible Book Contest, which will feature artistic, edible creations inspired by book covers, characters, themes, etc., of any size, shape or ingredient.

Stop by from noon to 3 p.m. to drop off your entry for public viewing. Voting starts at 5 p.m. and the library will host a cake decorating demonstration at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three creations in both public and staff categories at 7 p.m. and then cake will be served.

Registration is required for the cake decorating demonstration only. Call the Denham Springs-Walker Branch at (225) 665-8118 for details.

Spring Fling set for April 16

The Saturday Artists Academy is hosting its Spring Fling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 at Luke 10:27, 536 Centerville St. E. in Denham Springs.

The event will showcase students in a benefit for the academy.

Tickets are $10 available at the church. Dinner, music and the arts will be featured.

Contact Community Sections Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email,