Community Calendar for Dec. 22, 2021

Published 10:25 am Tuesday, December 21, 2021

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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. 22-26 (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.

Parish government closures

The Washington Parish government offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 27, and also closed on Friday, Dec. 31, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Choctaw Road Landfill will be closed only Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

Bogalusa Showcase 2022

The Bogalusa Showcase 2022 will be Friday, Jan. 15, 2022, starting at noon at Cassidy Park and Pocahontas Street in Bogalusa. It is free admission, and free to perform for musical artists. All genres and ages are welcome, and audience members can donate to their favorite artists while they perform. To book a performance slot, call 985-402-9449.

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.

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.