Livingston-Tangipahoa Briefs for Jan. 17, 2013

Barbecue contest slated for Saturday

The Yellow Jacket Bar-B-Que Throwdown will be Saturday at Denham Springs High School, 1000 N. Range Ave.

Participants can enjoy pulled pork sandwiches and listen to music, while they stroll past an array of competing barbecue cooks.

Twenty-five teams from across the state will compete for more than $3,000 in prize money at the Yellow Jacket Bar-B-Que Throwdown. Cookers will begin to arrive at the Denham Springs Fieldhouse parking lot on Friday to prepare for the International Bar-B-Que Cookers Association competition on Saturday morning. Some of these cooks have competed in national competitions such as the Jack Daniels Cook-Off and American Royal.

A Student Q (youngsters’ barbecue contest) will feature some area students perfecting their barbecue skills, organizers said.

The craft show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hornsby Gym. The event will also feature a car show. Registration for the car show will begin at 9 a.m. with the show starting at 10 a.m. Spectators can vote for their favorite car for “the people’s choice award,” which will be announced at 3 p.m.

Barbecue winners will be announced around 4:30 p.m., organizers said. Spots are still available for the Student Q contest, craft show, and car show.

Contact Jamie Manotas at Jamie.Manotas@lpsb.org or (225) 963-0278.

Free social media marketing event set

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in cooperation with the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar entitled “Social Media Marketing Made Simple.”

The free event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Franklinton Town Hall on 11th Street.

Participants will learn how they can turn social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter into powerful business tools, organizers said.

“In this introductory session, we cover strategies and best practices for businesses to get the most out of their social media activities,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Southeastern Small Business Development Center. “We will discuss how social media outlets can interact together, ways to leverage their inherent strengths, and tools to evaluate the best use of them for your business or organization.”

For more information or to register, contact LSBDC Southeastern at (985) 549-3831, lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org, or go to http://www.lsbdc.org. Participants can register online at http://www.lsbdc.org.

Club OutReach sets King Day event

Club OutReach will have its annual Martin Luther King Program on Jan. 21 at the Club OutReach Center, 30277 Sunset St., Walker.

The march will begin at 9:15 a.m from the center and the program will begin at 10 a.m. Judge John Michael Guidry will be the guest speaker and a skit with the re-enactment of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented, organizers said.

For more information, contact Velva Trask at (225) 665-5660 or Mary Johnson at (225) 664-1907.