Community Calendar for Aug. 7-8, 2021

Published 1:26 pm Friday, August 6, 2021

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Position vacancy at Thomas Library
The Washington Parish Library is seeking people interested in applying for part-time work for up to 27 hours per week at the Thomas Branch Library. Schedules will vary. Requirements are a high-school diploma, some retail and clerical work experience and to love to work with the public. If you are interested, please contact the library at 985-839-7806 or leave a resume in person at branch nearest you. A cover letter and resume may be submitted online to

Sixth-annual District A school supply give-away
The sixth-annual District A Back-to-School supply giveaway will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last. The drive-thru venue to pick up the supplies will be The Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, located at 1104 Poplas St. in Bogalusa. Drive thru only. Participants cannot leave their cars and no walk ups will be allowed. Parents, please accompany your children; therefore, the child must be in the car to receive the supplies. No exceptions. Masks are required. All are welcomed. This project is a joint effort of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Rural Heath Behavior, Minority Health Access and sponsor Gloria Kates, Bogalusa City Council member for District A.

Civil rights trail marker unveiling
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and other dignitaries will participate in a Louisiana Civil Rights Trail marker unveiling on Monday, Aug. 9. The marker will commemorate the civil rights march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge, and will take place at A.Z. Young Park (800 Third St. in Baton Rouge) starting at 10:30 a.m. Young was a civil rights activist from Bogalusa. A reception will follow at the Pentagon Barracks. RSVP to COVID-19 compliance will be enforced.

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

Blood drive
The town of Franklinton will have a blood drive on Friday, Aug. 20, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the town hall. This event will be hosted by the Franklinton Social Planning Committee.

Barber/Warren family reunion
The Barber/Warren family (descendants of Sam Warren and Ira Barber) reunion will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Pine Masonic Lodge. Bring a covered dish, old photos and enjoy the day with family. For any questions, call Lois Warren Tynes at 985-848-5986.

Cupcakes and Canines
The Washington Parish Animal Shelter and Tractor Supply Company are hosting “Cupcakes and Canines,” an event that includes free pupcakes (cupcakes for your pets), low cost vaccinations, microchipping, paw print painting, and local vendors. Most of all, dogs and cats will be available for adoption. The event will be on Friday, Sept. 3, at the animal shelter, located at 23046 YACC Road, from noon until 6 p.m.

Bogalusa Open Market
The Bogalusa Parks Recreation and Culture Commission will be holding the Bogalusa Open Market on Saturday, Oct. 2. This event will be similar to the city-wide garage sale in Abita Springs. The market will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bogalusa Sports Complex on Avenue B. Opportunities include garage sale booths, vendor booths, food booths and interactive map advertising. For more information or an application, visit “Bogalusa Open Market” on Facebook or email The deadline to sign up to participate is Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Fair poster contest
The Washington Parish Fair Association invites Washington Parish artists to participate in the 2021 Fair Poster Contest. Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 6. Rules for poster entry are as follows: Entrants must be Washington Parish residents (or native college students) and at least 18 years old. The design should be 16 by 20 inches and not exceed 18 by 24 inches (portrait/vertical) on mat board, illustration board, canvas or heavy paper. Format is up to the artist. The poster design may contain “Washington Parish Fair 2021,” or the printer can add appropriate lettering digitally. Include a small sketch to indicate letter design and placement. The design may pertain to the fair in general or to a specific part of the fair. It must be non-commercial. If an identifiable person is used, a letter of release to all publication rights and royalties must accompany the design. The theme for this year’s fair is “Country Nights Carnival Lights”. The poster can follow the theme and include the theme name but is not required. Individuals may enter more than one design. Previous entries may be considered. Each entrant must sign a release of rights and royalties of publication. Entries will be released back to the artist after the 2021 Fair concludes. The poster will not be included in the 2021 fair catalog. Poster designs can be entered from now until Monday, Sept. 6, at Hancock Whitney in Franklinton or Bogalusa during regular business hours. Contact Poster Chairman Jaimee Jenkins or Amber Cooper at 985-839-9821 for more information.

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.

Bogalusa Help Center
It’s easy to smile when someone cares, and Bogalusa Help Center, our local food bank, cares. It is now a drive-through operation, located at 350 Martin Luther King Drive in Bogalusa. It is open from 8 a.m. until noon every Wednesday (except the fifth Wednesday of the month) providing food to those in need in our community. Since partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank/USDA, and along with generous donations from our community, BHC now distributes 35-40 pounds of food each month to over 400 families. These distributions include canned goods, meat, dry beans, peanut butter, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc. New clients can apply each week. They must provide: 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 appreciated. For more information, BHC may be reached at 985-735-6404 every Wednesday.

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