This column is normally filled with activities from around Livingston Parish. This week it is not. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do.

Make plans to attend a church service. Area churches have them at all times of the day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Find a group still accepting donations for Christmas gifts and help people who are still hurting after 2016's floods. Or reach out to people in Houston who suffered similar losses in Hurricane Harvey.

Check on people in your neighborhood or at work who don't have family nearby or may not be able to do something special for the holidays.  

Invite people to share Christmas Day in your home or offer to drop off a meal for someone who can't get out. Find a group that is helping feed people and join them for a few hours. 

Get some rest. Play games with your family. Go for a walk, by yourself or with loved ones. Remember that things don't have to be perfect.

Most importantly, enjoy your holiday. 

Library hours and events

All branches of the Livingston Parish Library will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. Also, story times will not be held until Jan. 8.

However, be sure to visit to check the calendar. A few events will be held to keep kids busy during their school break.

For example, Thursday, the Teen Anime Club meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Watson Branch and there will be Snow Stories for ages 3-11 at 6 p.m. at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch.

On Friday, an Emoji Gift Grab for ages 8-11 will be at 2 p.m. at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch. 

And on Dec. 28, the Emoji Gift Grab will be at 2 p.m. at the Albany-Springfield Branch. Other events that day include the Lego Club for ages 5-11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Watson Branch and the LPL Improv Group for ages 12-18 at 6 p.m. at the Main Branch. Visit the website to find more information and to register for the events.

Let it snow — in art 

Children ages 8–12 years old are invited to make a winter snow scene with instructor Lara Crafton at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20. The class will be using glue, paint and shaving cream to make their own puffy paints. So children need to dress appropriately. The fee is $10, with all materials provided. The class is at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish gallery, 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs. Prepayment is required. Register by calling the Arts Council of Livingston Parish at (225) 664-1168. Visit or for information.

Elvis will be in the building

The Spotlight Theater Players present Elvis tribute artist Jay Dupuis at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. at the Old South Jamboree, 9554 Florida Blvd., Walker. Admission is $10. For information, call (225) 315-3776.

Send news, events and photos for Livingston Parish to by 2 p.m. Friday or call (225) 388-0215.