Community Calendar for June 11-12, 2022

Published 11:30 am Friday, June 10, 2022

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Joint Rotary meeting and legislative update

The Bogalusa Rotary and Franklinton Rotary clubs will be holding a joint meeting on Tuesday, June 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Bogue Chitto State Park meeting room, located at 17049 State Park Blvd. in Franklinton (turn on Bullock Road once inside the state park). Outdoor dining will begin at 5:30 p.m. There is a $20 donation per person and donations will be split between both clubs. Club members are encouraged to invite a friend to come to this event for a state legislative update from District 12 State Sen. Beth Mizell, District 75 State Rep. Malinda White and District 74 State Rep. Larry Frieman.

Watermelon weed management demo

Weed management is one of a multitude of challenges that vegetable growers face. LSU AgCenter weed scientist Dr. Ron Strahan and research associate David Sexton have applied different herbicide treatments to plots in Perry Talley’s watermelon field in the Rio community of Washington Parish to demonstrate their comparative effectiveness. A demonstration of the results of these treatments will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 16. Those who would like to view these plots and discuss watermelon weed management are welcome to attend. If you plan to come, please contact horticulture agent Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson ( or 985-277-1850) for directions to the field or for accommodations for persons with disabilities. The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment. Note that Talley’s farm is wholesale only and does not offer watermelon sales to individuals.

PAL support group

A PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved ones) support group will begin Friday, June 17, at Varnado United Methodist Church, located at 25651 Washington St. in Varnado. The meetings will then be held every Friday from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. PAL is a support group for parents and others who are in a relationship with someone who is an addict. Participants must be 18 or older to attend.

Civil War re-enactors at museum

The Tiger Rifles Unit of the Washington Rifles Camp 2211 will be setting up an encampment on the grounds of the Varnado Store Museum on Saturday, June 25. They will display a tent with the materials that would have been used by Confederate soldiers through the 1880s. There will be a Howitzer cannon on site. The re-enactors will spend the day in and around the museum to talk with visitors about what they do. Billy Watts Jr., camp adjutant, invites everyone to come by anytime that day to share in this event.

Gerald family reunion

The 2022 Gerald Family Reunion has been set for Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It will be held at the Pine Masonic Lodge. Please bring a covered dish and old family photos to share.

Redmond Heights/Oakhill reunion

It’s time for a Redmond Heights Housing Projects and Oakhill Housing Projects Reunion. (Canceled in 2016 due to Mrs. Sampson’s medical condition) A time to gather nieces, nephews, grandparents and all members of a family. A time where everyone sees each other to catch up on what’s happened since you’ve visited last. Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 10, for the next meeting, at 4:30 p.m. at Poplas Quarters Recreational Center, located at 1-JJ Piper Drive in Bogalusa (Next to the Coach Mike Harrington Baseball Field) For former residents of Redmond Heights Projects during the 50s, 60s and 70s, contact Glady “Cookie” Robinson Lampton at 985-732-5745 and for former residents of Oak Hill Projects during the 50s, 60s and 70s, contact Ann Washington Sampson at 985-516-8517.