Around Livingston for March 11, 2013

Corporate and community leaders, civic organizations and the public are invited to learn more about efforts to establish a community college and technical campus in Livingston Parish at a forum hosted by the Livingston Economic Development Council.

The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Lake Livingston, 5000 O’Donovan Blvd., Walker. The gathering will be in the Community Room on the second floor, organizers said.

Organizers will unveil plans for a community and technical campus adjacent to the existing Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. The proposed institution would bring needed workforce development and technical training to Livingston Parish.

Preliminary plans call for new facilities on the same site that houses the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, complementing the courses now offered at the site by the Livingston Parish School System and Southeastern Louisiana University. The shop building is intended to house technical courses and hands-on training in such fields as welding. The other building would consist of conventional classrooms.

Meeting canceled

The regular meeting of the Livingston Parish Retired Teachers that was set for Tuesday has been canceled, organizers said.

Halting domestic violence

Women Outreaching Women will host its semi-annual domestic violence training program for students, volunteers and community leaders interested in learning more about domestic violence and becoming part of the solution.

The training will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the WOW Office, 26876 4-H Club Road, Denham Springs. A 20-hour course is available for those not directly working with clients, and a 40-hour course is available for those interested in working with clients, WOW officials said. There is a $20 per 20 hours materials fee to participate in the training, but scholarships are available.

WOW is a domestic violence program based in Denham Springs, which offers support groups, education and shelter for survivors fleeing domestic violence. For information, contact (225) 791-3940 or send an email to assistant@womenowomen.com. WOW’s 24-hour Crisis Hotline is (225) 665-9100.

Science Saturday

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory invites youths to “Get Inspired” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at LIGO Science Education Center in Livingston.

The topic will be “PRESSing Science.” Participants will learn the science of pressure: How it is measured in solids, liquids, and gases, and why it’s important, organizers said.

Every Science Saturday visitor has an opportunity to tour the facility and talk to a LIGO scientist or science specialist. In addition, visitors can explore and interact with more than 40 LIGO Science Concept exhibits. The event is free. For directions or information, go to http://www.ligo-la.caltech.edu/SEC.html or call (225) 686-3173.

Contact the Florida Parishes Bureau at (225) 664-9058, by fax at (225) 664-9710 or by email at florida@thead
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