Around Livingston for Oct. 15, 2012

French Settlement hosts fest

The French Settlement Creole Festival, sponsored by the French Settlement Historical Society, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the French Settlement Town Hall Pavillion, located behind the Town Hall at 16015 La. 16. The festival will feature folk life demonstrations, craft booths, a children’s activity area, and entertainment throughout the day, organizers said. All proceeds will benefit the Creole House Museum.

Neck, back pain seminar

Participants can learn how to recognize and treat chronic neck and back pain with Dr. J. George Jiha of the Spine Diagnostic and Pain Treatment Center in Baton Rouge at a seminar hosted by the Denham Springs-Walker Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jiha is a double board certified and fellowship trained pain management specialist, organizers said. Co-sponsored by Dutch Physical therapy, the seminar is free. Registration is required by calling (225) 588-2068 or email

Current drug trends

The Livingston Parish Public School Family Resource Center will host a free workshop for parents along with their children entitled, Beware: Current Drug Trends. The workshop is suggested for middle school to high school aged students. Parents and guardians must be present, organizers said. The workshop will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required by calling (225) 667-1098.

Food, gifts for the needy

St. Vincent de Paul is offering holiday food baskets and a gift program for the needy. Those interested in applying must attend a screening session at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. For more information about what documentation to bring to the screening, call (225) 665-1623.

Annual taste and craft fair

The Fourth annual Taste Fair, Craft Extravaganza and Silent Auction will be Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs. All proceeds will go to the Family Resource Clinic in Livingston. The Taste Fair will have two seatings with the first from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the second from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets are $20 on the day of the event. To rent a craft booth, purchase Taste Fair tickets, or for more information, call (225) 686-1123 or email

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