Community Calendar for Feb. 5-6, 2022

Published 11:25 am Friday, February 4, 2022

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YouthBuild Bogalusa

YouthBuild Bogalusa (YBB) is enrolling students for its program. To gain entry in the program, a student will need to be between the ages of 16-24, and have not graduated from high school or earned his or her HISET. The new applicant will take the TABE placement test, in order to gain entry in the program. There will be testing for placement, Monday through Thursday every week from 9 a.m. until noon. YBB offers opportunities in educational aid in passing the HISET, Carpentry Skills (NCCER Certification/OSHA 30), mentoring, AmeriCorps (educational stipend/award), CNA, and welding, along with life skills (community involvement/leadership skills). YBB provides monetary incentives to learn — up to $500 every two weeks. YBB also has a full-time Case Manager and Counselor on staff. If you have any interest in the program or know of any one that will benefit from the program, visit YBB at 1242 Austin St. in Bogalusa, or call 985-545-1622.

Career opportunity fair

Keasha Hodges, Job Developer at YouthBuild Bogalusa (YBB), is excited to announce a Career Educational Opportunity Fair on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 a.m. at the YBB building at 1242 Austin St. in Bogalusa. YBB has invited and will host the Bogalusa Fire Department, Bogalusa Police Department, Geaux Jobs and several others. For more information, call 985-545-1627.

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.

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.

Washington Parish Republican Women

The Washington Parish Republican Women will meet Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Maria’s Restaurant on Austin Street at 11:30 a.m. The business meeting will begin at noon. Marshall “Buddy” Jenkins and Parish Councilman Joe Culpepper will present and discuss the proposed redistricting of the parish. Social distancing will continue.

Varnado Store Museum quilt seminar

The D.A. Varnado Store Museum’s annual quilt seminar will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the museum annex. The museum and annex will be opened at 9:30 a.m. to sign in and view the quilt exhibit. Quilting demonstrations will begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The seminar cost will be $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information, call Jackie Smith, quilt chairperson, at 985-839-9756 or Mary Jo Poole at 985-839-2261.