Community Calendar for May 15-16, 2021

Published 12:39 pm Friday, May 14, 2021

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Movie Night event
There will be a free “Fun to Learn Family Movie Night” in Bogalusa on Saturday, May 15. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Poplas Quarters Recreational Center, located at 1-JJ Piper Drive in Bogalusa. Everyone is invited to come join the outdoor movie from their cars, or by bringing chairs to sit outside. The movie will be “Overcomer,” a film filled with a powerful mixture of faith, humor and heart. In addition to the free movie, there will also be free popcorn, free drinks and free snacks.

Solar panel farm meeting
There will be a Washington Parish Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held Tuesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom at the Washington Parish Courthouse in Franklinton. Most of the discussion will focus on the solar panel farm off State Highway 16, along with other proposed solar panel farms. Immediately following the meeting, the Infrastructure Committee of the Washington Parish Council will meet to consider possible further action.

Memorial Day event at the Varnado Store Museum
The Varnado Store Museum will host a Memorial Day celebration on Cleveland Street behind the museum on Sunday, May 30, at 2 p.m. The American Legion Post 24 will present a program including speakers, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Inside the museum, visitors can view the present exhibit, “A Salute to the Military,” which features photos, scrapbooks, uniforms, weapons, flags, maps and memorabilia from all branches of the military and all wars. The exhibit will remain in place through the months of May and June. Museum hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sundays.

40 & 8 officer elections
The Forty & Eight of the American Legion Post 24, Bogalusa, will be voting for post officers at their regular meeting on Monday, May 24, at 6 p.m.

Zumba with the Franklinton mayor
Let’s work out together! Come “Zumba with the Mayor” on Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds stage in Franklinton. This event will be hosted by the Franklinton Social Planning Committee.

Yoga/meditation classes
Riverstone Gallery and Holistic Art Center, located at 415 S. Columbia St., offers a variety of yoga classes throughout the week. Tuesdays is “Gentle Yoga” at noon — this is perfect for beginners, seniors or anyone who wants to take it slow. Tuesdays also has “Yoga Flow” at 6 p.m. — this class focuses on the breath, and is slow to moderately paced. Thursdays is “Meditation Yoga” for all ages and abilities. Saturdays is “Gentle Yoga” at 11 a.m. — an easy-going pace, with a focus on flexibility and relaxation. Classes are $12 each, or purchase a four-class pass for $40. For more information, call 985-516-6919, or message the center on Facebook.

Bogalusa City Schools kids’ summer camp
The Bogalusa City Schools kids’ summer camp will be held June 7-30 at Byrd Avenue Primary School, Central Elementary School and Bogalusa High School. This camp is for grades pre-K through 12th. There will be music, art, sports, cooking, dance, and much more. For more information visit online at or call 985-281-2100.

“Believe” performing arts camp
The “Believe” five-day performing arts camp will be returning to Bogalusa this summer. The camp includes singing, dancing and acting, taught by internationally experienced professionals from Los Angeles and New York City. The cost is $120 per student, and limited spaces are available. Register online at This camp is open to third-grade through 12th-grade students. It will be held at Bogalusa High School on Monday, July 5, through Friday, July 9, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccines available
Rural Behavioral Health Services, located at 59448 Highway 10 W. in Bogalusa, has COVID-19 vaccines. Call 985-732-0253 for appointments. Walk-ins welcome. To receive your vaccine, bring a photo ID, proof of insurance (if applicable) and know your date of birth. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon and 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Public wi-fi locations
The Washington Parish Library System recently acquired state funding to boost their existing public wi-fi in order to further assist the students of Washington Parish who must do class work virtually. The signal at each branch has been strengthened considerably and usage is unlimited by any number of people. Each branch also has Hot Spots to check out to patrons who have limited access to internet at home or live in rural areas with little internet access. For more information, contact any branch: Bogalusa at 985-735-1961, Franklinton at 985-839-7805, Enon at 985-839-9385 or Thomas at 985-848-7061.

Bogalusa Help Center
Bogalusa Help Center, the local food bank, is now a drive-through operation located at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. It is open from 8 a.m. until noon every Wednesday (except the fifth Wednesday of a month), providing food to those in need in our community. Since partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank/USDA, and with generous donations from our community, BHC now serves over 400 families each month. Donations are always very much needed and are very much appreciated. For more information, BHC may be reached at 985-735-6404 every Wednesday.