Community Calendar for March 12-13, 2022

Published 11:51 am Friday, March 11, 2022

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Open Road Cruisers

The Open Road Cruisers monthly “Cruise-In” will be held the second Thursday night of each month, from March through August, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the parking lot of Zesto’s Drive-In, located at 100 Richmond St. in Bogalusa. There is a $1,000 cash giveaway each month. For more information, call Jeff at 985-516-0643 or Robert at 985-750-2112.

Recipes needed

The Mile Branch Settlement Cookbook Committee has begun collecting recipes for its newest fund-raiser project. You are invited to submit your favorite recipes, including those related to canning, freezing, and freeze-drying to preserve foods. Forms necessary for submitting recipes are available on the Mile Branch and Washington Parish Free Fair Facebook pages. You may also obtain email or hard copy forms by emailing Printed forms will be available through local civic organizations, businesses and churches in your area. Printed forms should be mailed to: “Mile Branch Cookbook c/o Washington Parish Free Fair, P. O. Box 574, Franklinton, LA 70438.” Deadline for submission of recipes is Saturday, April 30.

Free gas giveaway

Bethlehem Baptist Church pastor Christopher Matthews invites the community to participate in a “Community Outreach Free Gas Giveaway” on Saturday, March 12, starting at 8 a.m. at the “Nore Stop and Shop,” located at 304 Georgia Ave. in Bogalusa. The first 100 customers will receive $35 in gas for free. First come, first serve, one per family.

Open house

The Eager Scholars Early Learning Center will hold its open house and grand opening on Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 1004 Bene St. in Franklinton. Enroll your child today, from ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. For more information, visit online at

Knights of Columbus Lenten dinners

The Knights of Columbus at Annunciation Catholic Church will be serving Lenten dinners on Friday, March 18, and Friday, April 8, at the pavilion behind the church. The dinners will be sold from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. each night.

Washington Parish Watermelon, Fruit and Vegetable Association

The association will have a critically important meeting on Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. They will be discussing any and all plans for having a watermelon festival this year. The public and interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend. Committee report updates are needed and committees are encouraged to meet 15 minutes prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held at Franklinton Town Hall, located at 301 11th Ave. in Franklinton.

Paper Queen information meeting

If any local student is interested in participating in this year’s Paper Queen Pageant, she must be a junior with a 2.0 grade-point average residing in Washington Parish. If any student meets those requirements, they should attend the first meeting at the American Legion Post 24, located at 63349 Louisiana Highway 10 in Bogalusa, on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. This meeting will be to pass out tickets and explain the rules. Contact the Paper Queen Committee for more information at 985-516-2084 or 985-516-2668.

Walk with the Mayor

“Walk with the Mayor,” sponsored by the Franklinton Social Planning Committee, will be held Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds in Franklinton.

Bogalusa Balloon Festival

The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will be presenting the “Bogalusa Balloon Festival” from May 20-22 at George R. Carr Memorial Airfield, located at 401 Walker St. in Bogalusa. More information will be released in the future.