Community Calendar for July 7, 2021

Published 1:24 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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New exhibit at museum
The Varnado Store Museum is assembling a new exhibit to be displayed during July and August. The exhibit is called “Community Heroes Through the Years.” If you have photos, scrapbooks, documents, stories, clothing or other items about those individuals or groups who have given unselfishly to benefit our communities during hard and good times, please share them on loan to the museum for this special exhibit. We wish to honor soldiers, guardsmen, firemen, policemen, medical persons, charitable groups, disaster teams, teachers, etc., who have become our heroes in the past and the present. The museum will be open on the weekends (except for the Fourth of July weekend) and staff will be working in the museum on Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8. Bring any items you wish to display by the museum at one of those times.

Vaccination event
The Louisiana Department of Health will be hosting two COVID-19 “Back to School” community vaccination events on Saturday, July 10. Both will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The locations are Franklinton High School gym, located at 1 Demon Circle, or the Pine High School gym, located at 28315 Louisiana Highway 424. This event is by appointment or by walk-in. Schedule a vaccination time by calling 985-543-4880.

Washington Parish Republican Women
The Washington Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Maria’s Restaurant on Austin Street. The business meeting will begin at noon. We will continue to social distance.

School supply give-away
There will be a school supply give-away on Friday, July 30, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Town of Franklinton town hall, for students in pre-K through 12th grade. School supply donations can be dropped off at the town hall, 301 11th Ave., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Monetary donations can be made out to “Cash” or by calling the following phone numbers: 985-515-0268, 985-516-0001 or 985-515-7827. This event is hosted by the Franklinton Social Planning Committee.

Tourism commission
The Washington Parish Tourism Commission is seeking interested citizens to fill an open commission seat. Consider spending a few hours each month evaluating matter that helps shape the future of tourism in our community. Commission Members serve a three-year term. Applicants must be a resident of Washington Parish at least 18 years of age. The Commission is seeking candidates from the Enon, Isabel, Plainview areas as a priority. All interested persons should still submit a resume. This is a volunteer position. Send your resume to or mail to Washington Parish Tourism, 1950 Washington St., Franklinton, LA 70438. The deadline is Saturday, July 31.

Master Gardener classes
Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer training courses are scheduled for Aug. 11 through Nov. 17 in Washington Parish, and Aug. 12 through Nov. 18 in Tangipahoa Parish. Class members will read specified materials, watch videoed lectures, and attend in-person meetings. In-person meetings/laboratories are scheduled for Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Franklinton, and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Amite. To get an application or ask questions, contact Horticulture Agent Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson ( or 985-277-1850). Applications are due by Friday, July 2. A fee of $185 and a background check will be required for those who are accepted and choose to enroll.

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