Community Calendar for Dec. 8, 2021

Published 1:08 pm Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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No Parish Republican Women meeting
The Washington Parish Republican Women will not have a December meeting.

Christmas in the Park
Celebrate the magic of Christmas as you stroll through Bogalusa’s forested Cassidy Park. Warm up by the Yule log or with a cup of hot chocolate from the café. Santa Claus visits the park every night and he wants to hear your child’s Christmas list. The park’s half-mile circular road is closed to traffic so you and your family can enjoy the beauty of over 1 million colored lights and the music, as you stroll at your own pace past the Cajun village and the lake filled with jumping fish, an alligator, turtles and a swan. Christmas in the Park, celebrating its 28th annual presentation, is a well loved family tradition. The event will be open Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 17-26 (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Drive-through hours are 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., and walk-through hours are 7 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. In case of rain, drive-through will be required regardless of time. Admission is $5 for adult walkers, $1 for student walkers, and $10 per vehicle for drive-through. For more information, call the City of Bogalusa at 985-732-6214 or Washington Parish Tourism at 985-839-5228 (or online at “Christmas in the Park” is also on Facebook.

Cookies with Santa at the Y
The Bogalusa YMCA is hosting “Cookies with Santa,” a memorable experience for your child. It will be Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the cost is $25 per child. Make Christmas magical this year and give the gift of decorating cookies and spending some time with Santa Claus. The Y is located at 411 Ave. B. Call 985-732-3741 for more information.

Teddy Bear Tea
The Varnado Store Museum’s annual Teddy Bear Tea will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Annex Building at the museum at 2 p.m. Youngsters will be treated to crafts, games, stories, gifts for Mom and Dad, and tea party refreshments. The price is $10 for foundation members and $12 for non-members. So put on your Christmas finery and join in the fun. Ages 5 to 10 years are welcome. Each child will choose a teddy bear to take home and might be surprised by a visit from a queen and Jolly Ole St. Nick. They will also tour the Museum’s “Holiday Time” exhibit, now on display. As seating is limited, reservations should be made in advance by calling Mary Jo Poole at 985-839-2261.

Heart of Pine Christmas Festival
Come join for a day of family fun at the Heart of Pine Christmas Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Pine. There will be food, friends, games and fun. Vendor openings are available. Contact Brittney at 985-516-8202 or Chrissy at 985-335-0450. For parade information, contact Amy at 985-205-7094 or Danny at 985-750-3636. There will also be a visit from Santa and his elves, hot cocoa, tree lighting, a bake sale and cookie decorating.

Calvin’s Drive-thru Christmas Carnival
Calvin’s Drive-thru Christmas Carnival — bringing the community together in love, peace and unity — will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon until 3 p.m. at the Just Us Family Group Home, located at 824 E. Seventh St. in Bogalusa. Please wear a mask and remain in your car, as this is a contact-free event. There will be family, faith, fun and a free gift give-a-way. For more information, call Rhonda Arinde at 985-570-4198.

Christmas Give-a-way with Santa
Please join for the seventh annual “Christmas Give-a-way with Santa” for children 8 and under who reside in District A. However, if you reside outside the district, no child will be turned away. The event will be Saturday, Dec. 18, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Poplas Quarters Recreational Center at Dobbs and 1-JJ Piper (next to the Coach Michael “Mike” Harrington Baseball Field). All may wear Christmas attire for the Christmas pageantry. Please bring along personal cameras for photos. Parents should accompany their children. This event is sponsored by Gloria W. Kates, Bogalusa City Council member for District A.

First annual “Christmasgiving”
The Good News Works Foundation will have the first annual “Christmasgiving” on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, located at 1640 Charlevoix St. in Bogalusa. The event will feature the feeding of the citizens of Bogalusa, and the goal is to feed at least 300 or more families, have a toy giveaway and accept donations. For more information, email

Christmas Festival
Come join for a Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Life Center at Bethlehem Baptist Church, located at 837 E. Seventh St. in Bogalusa. There will be foods, games, bounce houses, prizes and fun.

Franklinton city decorations
The Franklinton Social Committee, Mayor Greg Route and staff invite everyone to pass by and view the Christmas decorations at Franklinton Town Hall. They encourage every business and resident to follow suit in making the town the prettiest ever.