Happy New Year!

As part of your resolutions, consider putting "contact the Livingston section of The Advocate" on your list. 

We would love to hear about activities from schools, nonprofit groups, churches, clubs and neighborhoods in the parish.

Remember to answer the question in any write-up: who, what, when, where, why and how. Include a way for us to contact you if we have questions.

Photos need to be high-resolution jpg files. We can use cellphone photos if they are sent at "actual" or "full" size. We need to know first and last names of people in the photos, as well as what is happening in the photos.

Send all the items to livingston@theadvocate.com within two weeks of the event.

If you would like to promote an event, send the information to us a couple of weeks ahead of the event.

All items are used on a space-available basis.

Chamber gatherings

Chamber Cheers is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Chamber of Commerce office. It is a chance for fellow members to get to know each other. Also, a photographer will be offering a chance for head shots at a special rate. 

The Chamber's Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs. People interested in decorating a table and other sponsors are sought. Reservations for the event must be made by Jan. 15.

Visit livingstonparishchamber.org to register or for information on either event.

Library hours and events

All branches of the Livingston Parish Library will be closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Story times will not be held until Jan. 8. However, other groups will be meeting in the first days of the new year. Here's a sampling.

  • A new Teen Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Main Branch of the Livingston Parish Library. This book club reads fiction and nonfiction books across a variety of genres. Their mission is to read new and current selections that help club members stay active in their literary pursuits. Please call the Main Branch at (225) 686-4160 for details.
  • How about the New Novel New Year kickoff party at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch. Local authors will be there. People are encouraged to bring their favorite book. Coffee and tea will be available. Call the branch at (225) 686-4140 for details.
  • A Writers Circle to provide feedback on attendees' work will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch. Published and unpublished writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults or children are welcome. Call the branch at (225) 686-4140.
  • Ages 12-18 can experience classic games in supersized proportions at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Albany-Springfield Branch of the Livingston Parish Library. A cereal bar will be available.  Call Albany-Springfield Branch at (225) 686-4130 or visit the online event calendar to register.

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