Around Livingston for Jan. 22, 2015 _lowres

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

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host its 2015 Casino Night Gala on Feb. 28. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and the program will start at 7:30 p.m. The music will be from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive.

Dress is semiformal to formal attire, organizers said. An open bar will be provided and a live auction, silent auction and ticket drop.

Art Association

The Denham Springs Fine Art Association meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Denham Springs Municipal Building, 941 Government Drive.

The Art Association is an organization of local artists committed to promoting art education, professional aid and encouragement to all arts at all levels, organizers said. For information, contact Sandra Middleton at (225) 664-9565.

Commodity pickup

The next St. Vincent de Paul commodities pickup will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday at 2151 Tower Drive in Denham Springs. Those not signed up must bring a picture ID, proof of Livingston Parish residence and proof of income. Call (225) 665-1623.

Tech help

Library patrons who wish to learn how to use a new tablet, download apps on a smartphone, set up an email address or check out Facebook can receive a 30-minute session with a library staff member who will walk them through the steps . Those attending are asked to bring in their device.

The program will be offered at the following libraries: from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Albany-Springfield Branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond; from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Watson Branch, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs; and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 the South Branch, 23477 La. 444, Livingston.

Registration is required by calling the preferred library or by registering online at

Health fair

The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Health Fair will feature doctors and nurses from Our Lady of the Lake who will be available to discuss diet, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and more from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Those attending can get their blood pressure checked for free and a flu shot. For information, call (225) 665-8118.

Volunteers needed

The Family Resource Clinic is creating a fundraising and marketing committee for 2015.

Volunteers are needed who are motivated, friendly, creative or energetic and like raising money to help others, organizers said.

The committee is open to all current volunteers, board members and staff members. The first meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Papi’s Fajita Factory Mexican Restaurant, S. Range Ave., in Denham Springs. To RSVP, send an email to

Financial peace

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 865 Hatchell Lane, in Denham Springs will present Dave Ramsey’s financial peace class preview at 7 p.m. Monday. For information, visit or call the church office at (225) 665-5359.

Business consulting

Small business owners can take advantage of free business consulting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Livingston Branch Library.

Those attending will receive a private, one-hour consulting session to learn about business plans, advertising plans, inventory control, financial projections and cost analysis. The event is sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Registration is required by calling LSBDC at (225) 664-6638.

Parent outreach sessions

The Winter Wonderland Parent Outreach will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd., in Walker.

Participants can learn about special education services and programs offered through Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas, organizers said.

The free program is for families of children ages 3-21 who receive special education services and/or in the gifted and talented program in Livingston Parish public schools.

Free pizza and children’s activities will be provided. No registration required. For information, call Kimberly Manuel at (225) 667-1098.

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