Community Calendar for May 26, 2021

Published 1:19 pm Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Memorial Day remembrance at the museum
The Varnado Store Museum will host a Memorial Day remembrance 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.

Support veterans
Help support the American Legion Post 24. Display your loved one’s name on a “soldier silhouette” during the Memorial Day celebration. The cost is $25. There will be silhouettes on display that day, with your loved one’s information. The ceremony will be Monday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at the Ponemah Cemetery veterans’ plot. The attached tags can include information such as name, branch, years of service and rank. The silhouettes can be purchased for any grave, not just those in the veterans’ plot. The American Legion and the Forty & Eight sponsor a variety of activities, including nursing scholarships, flags for first graders, Ponemah Wreath Society, helping needy veterans and more. For more information, call Bobby Latino at 985-516-0055, Donnie Kuhn at 985-516-9927, Mike Henley at 985-515-0184 and Jimmy Burdette at 713-817-5133.

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.

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.

“Believe” 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.

American Legion bingo
Bingo is back at the American Legion building every Thursday. Masks are not required. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Washington Parish alert system
Stay alert by enrolling in the Washington Parish Emergency Notification System. This alert system provides rapid notification of emergencies, critical events and urgent situations. The alert system can send notifications through the following methods: phone call, text, email or TTY/TTD service for the hearing impaired. Landline phones are automatically entered for the alert system. To receive alerts through a mobile phone or email, a citizen must register through one of the following options: call 985-282-2620, text “Alert” to 985-282-2620, or sign up online at Citizens can also download the Hyper Reach Anywhere app to any smartphone. This alert system is completely free.