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Have You Heard – June

hurricaneThe Louisiana Small Business Development Center has launched an all-new mobile emergency alert system that delivers immediate updates via SMS text messaging. By texting READY to (318) 769-9921, small businesses can access information about potential hurricanes, floods or other emergencies that may impact their business. There is no charge for the service, however standard message rates apply.

By signing up for emergency mobile alerts, small businesses will receive information such as steps they can take to get ready and where to find help if needed.

If the president declares a state of emergency, the LSBDC will send a list of locations and contact information for state and local emergency assistance agencies including the LSBDC, U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development.

Small businesses can customize their subscription to only receive alerts pertaining to their geographic area within the state. When subscribers select this custom setting, the LSBDC will only send notifications when an imminent threat approaches their area. More details are available at www.lsbdc.org/READY.

LEDC offers disaster preparation classes for businesses

The Livingston Economic Development Council along with the Southeastern University Small Business Development Center is once again hosting the 4th annual disaster preparation class. The session will be held July 11 at the Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Some topics that will be covered are: Crisis Communications, Insuring Your Company’s Survival, Creating a Business Continuity Plan, Discussions with Livingston OEP, and Data Security and Records Management.

This class is free  but registration is required. You can register online at: https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=6330035

AT&T announces job recruiting event

AT&T will conduct a recruiting fair June 24 at the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Baton Rouge Business and Career Solutions Center, 1991Wooddale Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The company is seeking to hire permanent wire technicians and temporary outside plant technicians.  To apply for these positions, candidates can go to connect.att.jobs/baton-rouge and enter “454465” for wire technician or “454466” for outside plant technician. AT&T requires testing for these positions, and study guides are available on the company’s website.

For more information about the recruiting fairs, contact LWC Business Services Representative Fannie Carter, fcarter@lwc.la.gov, 225-925-4347. LWC services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers. To learn more, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage, www.laworks.net.

Eat at Roltolo’s Pizzeria June 24 to help “Assess the Need”

Rotolo’s Pizzeria has agreed to help “raise some dough” for “Assess the Need.” On June 24 from 4-9  p.m., all of the Rotolo’s locations in Livingston Parish (Walker, Bass Pro & Watson) will donate 10% of their proceeds to the group which provides school supplies to children in need.  Invite all of your family and friends to eat at Rotolo’s (dine-in or takeout) that night to get the drive off to a good start.

Don’s Seafood Cookbook offered by popular demand

donsDon’s new cookbook is now available at all locations, including Don’s Seafood Hut at 136 Rushing Road, Denham Springs; 225-664-1192. Cost is $24.99.

Waldo hiding out in Denham Springs again!

Last year’s “Find Waldo” campaign hosted by Cavalier House Books in the Antiques & Arts District was so “super successful” that they are doing it again. Waldo will be hiding out in Denham Springs businesses throughout July as part of a month-long scavenger hunt for kids to find Waldo in various businesses.

The event promotes the importance of shopping local, and is an excellent family activity. Children’s prize will be given away during the Waldo celebration party at the end of the event.

Go by Cavalier House Books, 100 N Range Ave. in the Denham Springs Antiques Village, or call 225-664-2255 for information on how to participate.

Seniors traveling to Branson for Christmas season

The VFW Travelers are planning a motorcoach trip to Branson Nov. 10-16, for senior citizens age 45 and up to enjoy Christmas shows and Veterans Week activities. The fee of $630 includes motorcoach transportation, 6 nights lodging, 10 meals, 7 Branson shows, Little Rock Old State House museum, and 2 shopping trips.

To register, call Vi at 225-665-1201 or Debbie at 225-665-2930. You do not need to be a VFW member to join them on the trip.

Tickfaw State Park offers summer outdoor activities

Tickfaw State Park offers a water splash park, camping, picnicking, canoeing, walking tours, videos, nature talks, demonstrations and activities for kids all summer. Call 225-294-2218 for scheduled activities.

Quilt Mania takes over Old City Hall

Bead Town was a huge success, and it has now moved on to Natchitoches. The new exhibit at the Old City Hall Welcome Center & Museum, Quilt Mania …Yesterday and Today, opens June 24. It is an exhibition of beautiful quilts, quilting and sewing items and sewing machines. The museum is at 115 Mattie Street, Denham Springs, in the heart of the Antiques District and is open seven days a week: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4p.m, and Sun. 1-4 p.m. 225-667-7512.

Volunteer as firefighter to help Fire District 5 

Fire District 5 in Denham Springs is currently looking for people to volunteer as firefighters, fire corps and cadets. For more information, call 225-664-1679.

North Oaks Medical Center relocates ER Entrance

As of May 20, the Emergency Room (ER) entrance at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond was permanently relocated to the back (west) of North Oaks Medical Center on Emergency Services Drive.

To access emergency services from Hwy. 51 or Club Deluxe Road, take North Oaks Drive to Emergency Services Drive. Once on Emergency Services Drive, the ER entrance is on the left, in the rear of North Oaks Medical Center. Public parking is directly across from the new ER entrance. The current ambulance route will remain the same, and the new ambulance drop-off location will be adjacent to the public ER entrance on Emergency Services Drive, across from the helipad.

Community outreach to help others:

• School uniform drive – The Walker Police Department will hold its annual school uniform drive, now through July 19 for children in Livingston Parish in need of assistance. School uniforms that your child has grown out of may be dropped off in donation barrels at the following locations in Walker: Walgreens, Quick & Handy Cleaners, Wholly Ground Coffee House, Carter’s Grocery (formerly LeBlanc’s), Stine Lumber, Walker Baptist Church, Walker City Hall and Winn Dixie. Cash or gift card donations, as well as uniforms, can be dropped off at the Walker Police Department.

• Masonic Lodge garage sale – A garage sale June 22,  6 a.m. Denham Springs Masonic Lodge, 313 Benton Street, one block off Range Ave. next to the Antique Village, will host a garage sale on Proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

• Domestic violence support meeting – Women Outreaching Women will hold a support group meeting June 25 at 6 p.m. in Denham Springs. Meetings are open to women currently involved in domestic violence and/or survivors of domestic violence. For location or more information, contact Brenda at 225 791-3940 or e-mail assistant@womenowomen.com.

• Blood drive at Shady Bower – Shady Bower Church on Walker North Road will hold a blood drive in the Bloodmobile on June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit www.unitedbloodservices.org and click on Health History Questionnaire to complete and quick self-interview on the same day you donate blood. Donors will receive a free cholesterol test and a Life is Good – Summer Lifesaver T-shirt.

• Substance abuse services available for addictions – Livingston Youth and Family Counseling is licensed by the State Department and Health and Hospitals in collaboration with the Florida Parishes’ Human Services Authority to provide intensive outpatient services for ages 12 – 17 with addictive disorders. If you suspect the abuse of drugs or alcohol of a loved one, call 665-7242 to schedule an appointment.

• Charity raffling LSU football season tickets – Charity raffle tickets are $20 each for a chance at (2) pair of LSU 2013 Football Season Tickets, an iPad mini, and a 50” TV. Comment to buy or call (225)665-7242. All proceeds benefit Livingston Youth & Family Counseling. The drawing will be held Aug. 10; you do not need to be present to win. To purchase tickets, send an e-mail to Brittney@LYFCounseling.org or call 665-7242. Tickets may also be purchased at Livingston Youth & Family Counseling, Monday-Friday, 8:30-5.

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