Around Livingston for Dec. 10, 2012

Women Outreaching Women is collecting old cellphones. WOW’s goal is to collect 100 cellphones before Saturday and needs 84 more to reach that goal.

Bring old cellphones to Women Outreaching Woman, 26876 4-H Club Road, in Denham Springs.

WOW is a nonprofit organization for battered women and their children that operates the only battered women’s shelter in Livingston Parish.

Business of the Year

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2012 Business of the Year.

Each year, the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce honors businesses and professionals that have distinguished themselves through excellence in community, chamber and business engagement, Chamber officials said.

Nominations and applications are being accepted for awards in small, medium and large business categories.

To nominate a business, call (225) 665-8155.

Tree lighting

The lighting of the Denham Springs Christmas tree will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Train Station Park and will include a mini concert by the Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs and the Denham Springs High School band.

There will be free hot chocolate served by Christ Community Church.

The event is co-sponsored by the city and the Kiwanis Club, which will collect unwrapped toys for the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Christmas Crusade for Kids.

Breakfast with Santa

Denham Springs High School’s Jackets Against Destructive Decisions will host the sixth annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1000 N. Range Ave., in Denham Springs.

Children will have a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus and spend the day playing games, making crafts, singing carols as well as lots of other fun.

This is a great time for parents to drop off the kids and get some Christmas shopping done. Cost is $15 per child and $10 for each additional child. For information, contact Shannon Donze at shannon.donze@lpsb.org.

Christmas in Walker

Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker has been transformed into the Walker Wonderland with thousands of lights and animated displays and nightly Movies Under the Stars featuring family-friendly movies on the big screen, city officials said.

The park is open for tours and movies from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31.

Admission is free.

On Saturday, visitors can view the Country Christmas Festival beginning at 4 p.m., stroll through the Walker Wonderland, sing along with caroling choirs, hop aboard the Polar Express for a train ride around the park, bounce around or slide down inflatables, drink free hot chocolate, dine on festival cuisine and await the arrival of Santa Claus.

Contact the Florida Parishes Bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058, by fax at (225) 6649710 and by email at florida@theadvocate.com.