Around Livingston for Jan. 22, 2015 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Karin Devendorf -- Christine Morgan Arceneaux.

Rep. Garret Graves will be the guest speaker at the Livingston Parish Rotary Club meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs. The Rotary Club meets on Fridays. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Leesha Gleber at (225) 907-7270.

Help for abused children

Livingston Parish needs court-appointed special advocates for approximately 75 children waiting for someone to be their voice, according to Child Advocacy Services. Child Advocacy Services’ Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Livingston Parish recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to be the voice for children in the community who have been victims of abuse or neglect. The next CASA volunteer training for Livingston Parish volunteers will begin on Monday. For information and application, call (800) 798-1575, email or visit

PARCC workshop

Parents of children in grades three to eight are invited to a free workshop with information regarding the upcoming PARCC assessment as well as LEAP/iLEAP. The workshop is for adults only, organizers said. The workshop will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd., Walker. To reserve a spot, email jennifer. or call (225) 667-1098. When registering, parents should provide the child’s school and grade level.

ACA seminar

Navigators For A Healthy Louisiana will present a forum for citizens to get answers to their questions about the Affordable Care Act and purchasing insurance through the federal health insurance marketplace. Hosted by the Denham Springs-Walker Library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, the session also will include one-on-one assistance to help participants choose the right insurance for themselves and their families. For information, call (225) 665-8118.

Sewing, art classes

The Livingston Parish Arts Council will host “Sew-N-Tell” for ages 9 and up from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 at 133 Hummel St., Denham Springs. Participants will complete a long or short denim skirt. For information, call the Arts Council at (225) 664-1168 or visit

The council also will host children’s drawing and painting art classes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting March 3 at South Live Oak Elementary School, 8400 Cecil Drive, Watson. The classes are open to students enrolled in grades second through sixth.

For information, visit a or call Kerry Curtin (225) 954-2700.

Casino night

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Gala and Casino Night from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 28 at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs. The theme of the event is “An Evening with the High Rollers of Livingston Parish.” To reserve a table, contact the chamber at (225) 665-8155.

Family night

Live Oak Middle School will hold its annual Family Night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 5 at the school. The night will feature an art show, entertainment, a book fair and food trucks. Those attending will have a chance to win a $50 gift card, meet administrators and guidance counselors and purchase yearbooks. The community is invited to attend. For information, email

WWII Museum

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Travelers will host a trip to the National World War II Museum on March 10. The cost of the trip will include the museum, lunch in the Canteen, “Beyond All Boundaries” movie, “Final Mission Submarine” attraction, motor coach transportation and gratuities. The cost of the day trip is $70 per person or $41 for World War II veterans. Call (225) 665-2930 or (225) 665-1201.

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