Community Calendar for Feb. 2, 2022

Published 10:42 am Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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Rainbow trout stocking at state park

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Community Fishing Program will begin stocking the water at Bogue Chitto State Park with rainbow trout, beginning Thursday, Feb. 3. For more information, visit online at

Art gallery exhibition

The Riverstone Gallery, located at 415 S. Columbia St. in Bogalusa, is excited to present its first exhibit of the year with Louisiana artist and photographer, Patrick Lera, on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. “Through My Lens” tells the story of Patrick’s journey as a photographer with a disability that changed his world. View this stunning 25-piece black and white life long collection, from Italy to Germany to Louisiana — from historical sites to pavement cracks, this compelling collection is a stunning representation of Lera’s skill in the darkroom and unique eye for composition. Lera will be sharing his story and revealing techniques, as well as offering guests the opportunity to ask questions. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served. Entry is $15 per person. PayPal at, or message the gallery on Facebook for other payments. RSVP required, up to the day of the event. Masks will be required for entry. The gallery will be limiting the number of guests — reservations are first come, first serve. Donations to Riverstone are accepted though PayPal, cash or check. Please message the gallery on Facebook for more information. Doors will open at 6 p.m., the artist talk and Q&A will be at 7 p.m., music and mingling will be at 7:45 p.m., and acknowledgements will be at 9 p.m.

District A drive-thru mask giveaway

On Saturday, Feb. 5, there will be a limited giveaway of facemasks at the Poplas Quarters Recreation Center, located at I-JJ Piper Drive (next to the Coach Mike Baseball Field) in Bogalusa. The giveaway will begin at noon. It is drive-thru only. Participants cannot leave their cars, and no walk-ups will be allowed. Facemasks are required. This event is via partnership of the United Way of Southwest Louisiana and Bogalusa City Council member Gloria Kates. Giveaway distribution will begin with churches — which will receive 100 masks each, while supplies last. The masks will be distributed to church members by pastors/leaders or by their representatives. If supplies last, there will be distribution made to the public — one box per household/car.

COVID-19 testing locations

To help lessen the burden at hospitals and clinics, Washington Parish citizens may also schedule a COVID-19 test at the following locations: Washington Parish Health Unit, 626 Carolina Ave. in Bogalusa, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., appointment is recommended (drive-up only), call 985-732-6615; Washington Parish Health Unit, 120 11th Ave. in Franklinton, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., appointment is recommended (drive-up only), call 985-839-5646, ext. 1; Walgreens, 217 Superior Ave. in Bogalusa, by appointment only and drive-thru only, visit online at or call 985-735-6434. Please note that most locations are experiencing a higher than normal request, and therefore the rapid test may not be available. Additional locations can be found online at and then click on the specific parish.

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 This alert system is completely free.

Legion bingo returns

Bingo is back at the American Legion building every Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and outstanding food will be served also.