Seventh Ward Elementary will celebrate its 100th birthday in the spring.

The celebration will start at 1 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school’s multipurpose building. A reception for former students and staff will be at noon. Anyone with memorabilia or photos is asked to contact Laura Dunlap at (225) 665-5815 or

Republican women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women’s group will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at Big Mike’s Sports Bar and Grill, 123 Aspen Square, Denham Springs. The forum will be with the Republican candidates for the 6th District congressional race. The public is welcome to attend. There is a charge for lunch, and reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Terri Day at (225) 931-9206 or

Science Saturday

The Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory will help youths get inspired with Science Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston.

The theme for the free event will be “Fall Into Science,” and attendees can learn about electromagnetism with hands-on activities. Participants also will explore gravity by conducting a balloon drop or stretching a spring in a gravity well, LIGO officials said in a news release. They also will discover Einstein’s theory of relativity by making Einstein’s toy and more.

Every Science Saturday, visitors can tour the facility and talk to a LIGO scientist or science specialist. Visitors can explore and interact with more than 40 LIGO science concept exhibits. For directions or information, visit or call (225) 686-3173.

Clay shoot

The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold a benefit clay shoot Friday.

Participants can spend the afternoon at Riverside Sporting Clays with 15 stations, 100 clays on a 11/4-mile course. Participants are asked to bring their own shotgun with 100 or more shells. Safety or shooting glasses are required, and no alcohol will be allowed until after the shoot, organizers said.

Participants can bring their ATV or golf cart if they don’t want to walk. The cost is $600 for a four-person team and $250 for shooting station sponsors. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. prior to the shoot. To register, request a form by contacting Vickie Davis at (225) 281-1034 or

Disaster training

First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs, 316 Centerville, is partnering with the American Red Cross to provide disaster relief training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event aims to recruit and train members from corporate and community organizations to serve as Red Cross volunteers in times of disaster or crisis. The training is free, and lunch will be provided. Sign up by calling the church office at (225) 665-8995 or by emailing Diane Carson at

Barbecue cook-off

The third annual Chiasson’s Barbecue Cook-off will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lagniappe Restaurant, 30161 La. 22, in Springfield.

Wristbands are $10 for all you can eat to be served at 1 p.m. To enter the competition, participants must turn in entry forms to the Killian Police Department, 28284 La. 22. The cost to enter is $50, and the deadline is Friday. The event will feature a car show, auction, raffle, space walk, water slide, music, face painting and more. Proceeds will go to the Killian Police Department and Dive Team. Sponsorships cost $150 and include a company name on the event banner and two wristbands. For information, call J.R. Chiasson at (504) 415-6685 or Jon McQueary at (225) 937-9999, or email

Fun day

Families are invited to a fun day at Circle Park in Livingston from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature carnival-style games; face painting; science, technology, engineering and math activities; a bake sale and more, organizers said. South Livingston Girl Scout Service Unit 323 will conduct experiments with the Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, grow lettuce with the Livingston Master Gardeners group, help save a life with a communitywide blood drive and more. Admission is free.

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