Community Calendar for April 20, 2022

Published 10:12 am Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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Senior citizen picnic

The Washington Parish Council on Aging is having its annual senior citizen picnic on Friday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. This event provides parish citizens with an opportunity to enjoy a day of food, fun and fellowship.

Franklinton clean-up day

Mayor Greg Route and the various organizations of Franklinton will meet on Saturday, April 23, at 8 a.m. at the Maintenance Building to get equipment and group off to clean the town. They will meet back up there at 11 a.m. for lunch. Everyone is asked to come out and help to keep their beautiful town clean.

Adams Cemetery meeting

The annual meeting of the Reuben Adams Cemetery will be held Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the cemetery. Donations will be received at this time for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a Reuben Adams Cemetery account is available at any Citizens Savings Bank location. For additional information, call 985-732-7401.

Chamber meet and greet

The Franklinton Chamber of Commerce will return to activity Friday, April 29, at noon at Sugar Shack, located at 1223 Washington St. in Franklinton. This event will be a “meet and greet” for citizens to re-connect and network with business associates and others.

Drug take-back day

Nielsen’s Pharmacy, located at 1619 S. Columbia St. in Bogalusa, will have a drug take-back day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Accepted items will include expired prescription drugs, unwanted prescription drugs, over-the-counter pills, controlled and non-controlled substances. Non-accepted items will include liquid products, injectable drugs and syringes.

Thomas reunion

The Big Thomas Reunion will be Saturday, April 30, at noon. Bible Baptist Church of Thomas will host with seating of 120-plus. Please bring food at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Bring all of your family and any pictures to display. Envelopes will be available for Thomas Cemetery donation; please include your name.

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.

Community Unity Day

ADAPT will be sponsoring a Community Unity Day on Saturday, April 30, at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to bring the community together to share resources, educate citizens and have a good time with family and friends. There will be a variety of vendors at the event, including Prevention, Human Resource Services, Arts and Crafts, and Food Vendors. Washington Parish has a wealth of resources that many of our residents do not know are available. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about services that may benefit you or someone you know. Education is one of the keys to success in life. Vendors will be teaching about substance use, sexual assault precautions, domestic violence, and other things. Activities will be plentiful for youth and adults to learn about areas of interest in a fun, informal way. Many of the vendors will be providing free giveaways, and will be onsite to sell some of their products. For more information, contact the ADAPT office at 985-735-0160.

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.

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.