Police host ‘Night Out’

The Livingston Parish “National Night Out” against crime will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Livingston Square Shopping Center, 730 South Range Ave., Denham Springs.

The event will be in the shopping center where Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, CVS and Baskin-Robbins are located.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Denham Springs Police Department.

The free event will include children’s activities, rides, food and drinks, and booths and demonstrations on crime prevention. Numerous law enforcement agencies will be present to meet folks, including the Livingston Parish Police Department, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, federal law officers and representatives from the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information, contact Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones at (225) 667-0000 or send an email to sjones@dspd.net.

Community meeting

All residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the city of Walker are invited to offer ideas and express their ambitions for the city’s future at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of the Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd., Walker.

The city has arranged the open meeting as an early step in preparing its long-range plan. The strategy — known as “Blueprint of a City” — will guide the future decisions of the mayor and the City Council regarding the types, patterns and directions of future growth; the location and timing of annexation; water, wastewater and drainage improvements; and quality of life enhancements, which includes parks, sidewalks and community beautification.

The plan will run through 2030. The evening will be de-voted to citizen comments regarding future land use, community growth and infrastructure, transportation improvements, community character, beautification and amenities. Participants will be asked to consider such questions as:

• How much and where should Walker grow?

• How do residents preserve the uniqueness and valued small-town atmosphere?

• What street and other infrastructure improvements are needed?

• Are new parks, trails and green spaces desired and where?

Arts camp for kids

A Taste of Louisiana, a visual and performing arts camp for youth in third through sixth grades, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Hebron Baptist Church, 24063 La. 16, Denham Springs.

The cost is $50 per child. Youth will interpret musical selections from “The Frog Princess.” Children will create projects and art based on items found in and around Louisiana. The camp instructors will be Destry McFearin, Paulette Ferguson and Ann Thames.

Junior Ranger Day

Tickfaw State Park, 27225 Patterson Road, Springfield, will host Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday for children 8 to 12 years old. The program will include an animal show, guest speakers and other activities geared toward increasing knowledge of the natural world and state parks.

The cost is $1 for each participant. Reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, call (225) 294-2218.

To submit news, contact the Florida Parishes Bureau office by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; or by email at Flor-ida@theadvocate.com. Deadline is noon Thurs-days.