Community Calendar for June 12-13, 2021
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Summer food program
The City of Bogalusa School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children, without charge. Acceptance and participating requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for any prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows: meals will be available during the month of June, from Monday, June 7, through Wednesday, June 30, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Sites and times include: Byrd Avenue — breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., Central Elementary — breakfast from 7:15 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., and Bogalusa High — breakfast from 7 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. For more information, call Lorene Randazzo at 985-281-2124.
The Bogalusa YMCA will be offering the WSI course on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13. This is about how to teach swimming lessons and is open to ages 16 and up. There will also be a stroke clinic to be held Saturday, June 19, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., open to ages 7 to 17. Clinics are $30. For more information, call the Bogalusa YMCA at 985-732-3741.
Remembering COVID-19 victims
A special event will be held to remember those who lost their lives to COVID-19. The event will be Monday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the veterans’ memorial and flag pole in Franklinton. All families can bring a photo of their loved one. There will also be a special recognition of all first responders and health care workers. The Franklinton Social Planning Committee is hosting this event.
Bogalusa City Schools kids’ summer camp
The Bogalusa City Schools kids’ summer camp will be held through Wednesday, June 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 www.bogschools.org or call 985-281-2100.
Housing resource fair
The Bogalusa Rebirth fifth annual housing resource fair will be held Saturday, June 26, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at ESM United Methodist Church, located at 510 Ave. B in Bogalusa. Topics to be discussed include: Learn how to become a first-time home owner; Financial programs for low- to moderate-income families; Housing counseling programs; Down payment assistance programs; Learn how to get a clear title on heir property; Home repair programs if you already own your home; and Learn about fair housing rights.
“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 www.believecamp.com. 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.
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 www.hyper-reach.com/lawashingtonsignup.html. Citizens can also download the Hyper Reach Anywhere app to any smartphone. This alert system is completely free.
Fourth of July parade planned
There will be a Fourth of July parade held this year. More information will be released soon.
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.
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 distributes 35 to 40 pounds of food to each client each month, serving over 400 families each month. These distributions include canned goods, meat, dry beans, peanut butter, fresh fruit and vegetables, and more. New clients can apply each week. They must provide the following to determine qualification: name of head of the household; driver’s license or ID; address; number of persons in the household and ages; and SNAP or SSI printout, or proof of income of all in the household. Donations are always very much needed and are very much appreciated. For more information, BHC may be reached at 985-735-6404 every Wednesday.
Ongoing services at the Bogalusa library
• The Bogalusa branch of the Washington Parish Library offers a variety of services throughout the year. Faxing is available for $1 per 20 pages, and copies can be made for 20 cents each (black and white) or 50 cents each for color. There is also free computers for use — the first five copies are free, and it is 10 cents a copy after the first five.
• If you are an E-book reader, check out the selections offered by the Washington Parish Library in partnership with four other library systems.
• Patrons have free access to ancestry.com at any Washington Parish Library, and free access to heritagequest.com from any home or personal device, as well as a large selection of genealogy materials at the Bogalusa and Franklinton branches.
• The Bogalusa branch receives current copies of local and national newspapers, as well as popular magazine publications. The public is invited to sit in the comfortable reading center to enjoy their favorites.