Community Calendar for Oct. 20, 2021

Published 12:55 pm Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Events at the Bogalusa branch library

• Fair week schedule at the library — The library will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 23. On Thursday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Oct. 22, the library will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
• Check out the library’s Facebook page, “Bogalusa Branch Library,” for virtual Story Time with Jennifer Seals and for information about all the fun activities planned for kids.
• Patrons can now check out hotspots for seven days with current photo ID. Must have been a patron for at least 90 days, with an account in good standing. Coming soon are laptops, iPads and tablets for check out. The same requirements will apply.
• Patrons can take care of overdue fines with non-perishable items through the “Food for Fines” program. One item covers $3 in fines.
• “Tech Time” is every Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. Get help with your tech and device issues. Call for an appointment, which are from noon until 12:45 p.m.

Prevention on the Go

The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in partnership with Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, will host “Prevention on the Go” breast and colorectal cancer screenings on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Nielsen’s Pharmacy, located at 1619 S. Columbia St. in Bogalusa. Masks are required and the clinic will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. — appointments are required. For more information, call 985-287-5775.

Ask a Lawyer

Discuss your legal concerns with a lawyer for free on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Franklinton Branch Library. Get answers to your questions about bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, collection matters, custody, divorce, evictions, FEMA/disaster benefits, food stamps, foreclosures, housing, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI/SSDI, successions, taxes and wills. For more information, visit online at This clinic will not handle criminal matters. This event is being sponsored by Louisiana State Bar Association LEAP (Legal Education and Assistance Program).

Business on the Block Party

The Bogalusa Police Department is joining forces with Bogalusa’s Business on the Block Party to present “National Night Out” on Friday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. at Cassidy Park.

Riverside trunk or treat

Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton will have a drive-thru “trunk or treat” on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Drive Thru Trunk N Treat
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a Drive Thru Trunk N Treat on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Avenue B Sports Complex. Please use the back parking lot to enter the drive thru. Come early and enjoy lots of candy and learn how to have faith over fear, like the heroes from Hebrews 11. For more information, please call 985-516-0969 or go to the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church’s Facebook page.

October Fest

Pastor Wesley Quave and the New Life U.P.C. congregation at 1600 Jefferson St. in Bogalusa will be holding an October Fest on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Lots of fun activities for children will be available, as well as cake walks, jump houses, putt-putt golf and a general store with lots of goodies. Come join us for some friendly, fall fellowship.

Run for Veterans

There will be a run/walk for veterans to benefit Our Veterans Memorial Park. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at the park site in LSU Lee Forest, located at 54042 Dollar Road. There will be events for the whole family, including live music and food. The run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the other events will be from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Register online by visiting “Our Veterans Memorial Park” on Facebook and checking under “Events.” Please bring a chair.

Bingo temporarily suspended

There will not be bingo at the American Legion until further notice. FEMA will be using the facility to assist the community with any damages sustained during the hurricane.

4-H enrollment now open

Washington Parish 4-H enrollment is now open online. Use the link, Each family will only need one account to register all youth and adults who want to volunteer. Washington has been chosen as 1 of 17 parishes in the state to pilot this new registration system. So, while things make look a little different, we no longer have to worry about those paper copies being lost between school and home. All fees will be paid at school, as in the past. 4-H is offered in every public and private school in our parish, along with the Clover Explorers Homeschool Club. For questions, call the LSU AgCenter at 985-839-7855 and ask to speak with Beth Putnam.

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.

Ongoing services at the 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.