Livingston-Tangipahoa community briefs for July 25, 2013

Country Market celebrates 40 years

The public is invited to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Ponchatoula Country Market.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

There will be a program with area dignitaries and current board members.

To notify former Ponchatoula residents and board members, organizers are asking the public’s help in sending contact information to

The Country Market is in the train depot in downtown Ponchatoula. It is owned and operated by Ponchatoula Country Market Inc., a nonprofit organization responsible for its maintenance and usefulness to the community.

Agricultural center
set for expansion

Tangipahoa Parish government broke ground Monday for the new Agricultural Event Center.

The center is an addition to the Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 Central Ave., Amite.

Dardenne to speak at lunch meeting

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be the keynote speaker at the Livingston Economic Development Council’s quarterly membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, Denham Springs.

The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $18 per person. To reserve a spot, call Kaylynn Wheat at (225) 686-3982 or send an email to

Center seeks youths for talent show

The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, 113 N. Cypress, Hammond, will host a talent show from 11 a.m. to noon or from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Interested youths must register.

They can sing, dance or perform magic tricks.

To register, call (985) 340-9150 or send an email to

Coffee house hosts ‘Cinderella Stories’

The next production of The Teen Spotlight Players will be “Cinderella Stories,” a collaboration of Cinderella tales from around the world.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Wholly Ground Coffee House, 27988 Walker South Road, Walker.

A “princess party” will follow the Saturday matinee performance. All ages are encouraged but not required to wear their favorite princess or prince costumes and enjoy refreshments with the Cinderella cast.

Tickets are $10 per person for performances only. Special Saturday matinee “cast party tickets” are $15 per person. There also will be princess merchandise for sale at each show.

Tickets are on sale and available at Wholly Ground Coffee House or by calling (225) 315-3776.

Meals, activities offered for children

Breakfast and lunch will be served free to children 18 and younger at the Louise Lockhart Center through July 31. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Supervised activities for children are also provided. Volunteers are needed to help. Children need not be on public assistance to eat. Call (225) 445-1469 to volunteer.