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LIVINGSTON PARISH
Work-Ready Center
The Livingston Parish Adult Education Work-Ready Center offers free classes to help you pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), along with free practice HiSET assessments. Additionally, they can help you build your academic skills which will allow you to help your kids with homework, earn your HiSET diploma, improve job opportunities, or prepare for college. All services are free.
Day and night sessions are offered at the Walker Adult Education Center, 13330 Burgess Ave., Walker. Daytime classes are Monday through Thursday, 8-11:15 a.m. and 12:15-3:15 p.m. Night classes are 5-8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Other night classes are offered at two satellite locations: every Tuesday 5-8 p.m. at Denham Springs Freshman High School, 940 N. Range Ave. (Rm. 307); and Albany High School, 1 Hornet Lane (library).
To enroll or for more information, call 225- 664-9427.

Second Chance Alcoholics Anonymous
AA meetings are hosted on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Faithway Baptist Church, 31740 Pete Bankston, Holden. For more information, call Jason at 985-402-4306.

LIGO hosts visitors for Science Saturday
At the LIGO /Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can tour the control room, explore the exhibit hall, try hands-on demos of scientific principles, ask questions, watch videos and more. The center is north of the town of Livingston on LIGO Lane. Free Science Saturday is on the third Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m. www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.

Watts Trade Day Feb. 10
Visit V. Watts Trade Mart, 13060 Florida Blvd., Livingston, on the second Saturday of every month for Trade Day, with vendors inside and outside selling antiques, collectibles and more. For more information, call 225-686-2791 or visit V. Watts Trade Mart on Facebook.

Grand Country Junction on 3rd Saturdays
Come out for a night of great entertainment as Danny Harrell and the Nashville Edition Band back up the Junction cast as they present some of your favorite country songs. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free.
Garry Lewis Properties in conjunction with the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau presents Grand Country Junction every third Saturday of the month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Grand Country Junction, your “Hometown Branson-style Show,” is located just off of Interstate 12 at Exit 19 at Satsuma in the Suma Crossing Theatre. For more information, call Director Greg Sullivan at 985-507-9432 or visit www.grandcountryjunction.com.

Old South Jamboree on 1st Saturdays
Visit the Old South Jamboree in Walker on the first Saturday of every month for a show that includes many local country music singers. Admission for adults is $10, $5 for kids 6 – 12, and free for kids under 6. Refreshments available including hot dogs, cold drinks, and more. For more information, call 225-936-0349 or visit oldsouthjamboree.webs.com.

BAKER
BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo to host “I Heart My Zoo Day”
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host “I Heart My Zoo Day” on Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30am – 4pm (grounds close at 5pm). The event will be a true Valentine’s Extravaganza that includes Safari Amphitheater programs featuring the sometimes strange and amazing “birds and bees” facts as they apply to our affectionate animals. Animal enrichments will take place throughout the day, along with special keeper chats. Visitors will also make a valentine for their favorite person or animal! Regular zoo admission applies.
About BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L’aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation.
The Baton Rouge Zoo is at 3601Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge (Baker area); www.brzoo.org.

POINTE COUPEE
Pointe Coupee Historical Society raffles gazebo
Raffle of custom Victorian gazebo (must be moved and re-installed by winner); Chances available through Feb. for $5 donation from any Historical Society Member or at the Julien Poydras Museum & Arts Center, 500 West Main Street, P. O. Box 462, New Roads, LA 70760; 225.638.6575

Pointe Coupee Parish 2018 Mardi Gras Schedule
Parade dates and contact info for participants:

Livonia Carnival Association
Feb. 11, 1pm, Livonia; 225-937-1144

Lundi Gras
Feb. 12, 11am, Batchelor; 225-492-3474, 225-603-2645; mail@oldriverlanding.com

Community Center of Pointe Coupee
New Roads; Feb. 13, 10:30am; 225-603-2645

New Roads Lions Club
Feb. 13, 1:30pm; New Roads; 225-638-3311 or 225-603-7478

LIVINGSTON PARISH
Livingston Parish Libraries present numerous events for adults, children and teens. Visit their website for a complete listing.
* For reserved events, register at the online calendar or call the host branch.
* Note: All libraries now use a 686 phone number exchange:
Main/Livingston 225.686.4160
Albany-Springfield 225-686.4130
Denham Springs-Walker 225.686.4140
South 225.686.4170
Watson 225.686.4180
All libraries: www.mylpl.info

Inspired by Winter Olympic Games
In recognition of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, ages 3-8 and their families are invited to indoor fun activities inspired by figuring skating, skiing, and more, plus a story and craft. Registration required, opens two weeks before the event. Albany-Springfield: Feb. 22, 6pm; Main: Feb 26, 10am.

Teen Random Fandom
Do you totally geek out over your favorite movie, T.V. show, or book series? Celebrate your fandoms with other teens at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library with discussions, trivia, games, crafts, snacks and more. Each month, the focus is on a different fandom. Register online on event calendar or call host branch. Denham Springs-Walker: Feb. 27 at 5pm.

Stargazers peruse the evening sky
Lift your eyes to the wonders of space with activities exploring constellations, nebulae, and other wonders right above us.Registration required, opens two weeks before the event. Main Branch: Feb. 20, 5:30pm.

Mardi Gras Bead Art
Wonder what to do with left over Mardi Gras beads? Ages 18 and up can learn how to make a mosaic using a few simple materials and Mardi Gras beads. The library provides all materials, but you are welcome to bring any beads you wish. Registration required, opens two weeks before the event. Denham Springs-Walker: Feb. 22, 10am; South, Feb. 27, 5pm.

LPL Improv Group
Ages 12-18 are invited to learn and develop improvisational/sketch skills Participate in interactive activities and exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Join us for some acting fun that improves communication skills and provides a safe environment for creative learning and self-growth. Main Branch: Feb. 22, 6pm.

Cupcake Wars
Do you have what it takes to win Cupcake Wars? We won’t be baking any cupcakes, but we will be eating some! Find out all about it during three rounds of cupcake-filled competition. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event. Albany-Springfield Branch Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Teens, do you love trivia?
Show your knowledge of random facts at Teen Trivia Night! For ages 12-18. Registration required, opens two weeks before the event. Albany-Springfield, Feb. 19, 4:30 pm; Main: Feb. 27, 3pm.

Wiggle Worms: music and movement to
enhance literacy development
Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Join this fun and creative program for babies to age 5 and their caregivers. Albany-Springfield: Feb. 26, 10am.

Joyful Reads book club
Do you love uplifting tales of hope and faith? If so, join us for coffee and a lively discussion at the new Joyful Reads Book Club. Each month has a different inspirational book to read and discuss. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month, 10:30 am at South Branch. 225-686-4170.

Young Writers’ Club
Calling young writers ages 12-18 to the Denham Springs-Walker Branch for this club meeting. Each meeting, members practice writing in many different styles and genres to fine-tune skills and challenge themselves. The club’s goal is to help members become better writers. Writers of all genres are welcome. Denham Springs-Walker: Feb. 20, 5pm.