Community Calendar for July 9-10, 2022
Published 11:11 am Friday, July 8, 2022
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Oakhill/Redmond Heights 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 985-516-5817. They are looking forward to hearing from all of you.
School supply give-away
A school supply give-away will take place Friday, July 22, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Franklinton Town Hall. This give-away will be for ages pre-K through 12th grade. School supply donations can be dropped off at the Franklinton Town Hall, located at 301 11th Ave., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. This event is hosted by the Franklinton Social Planning Committee.
Riggins/Sampson Memorial Scholarship
The Riggins/Sampson Memorial Scholarship Award was started to honor the life and legacy of the late McClurie Sampson of Bogalusa, the late David Riggins of Vinton, and all past presidents and members of the Louisiana Municipal Black Caucus Association. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist first- and second-year undergraduate students across the state defray some of the cost of tuition for college and/or community college. Scholarship awardees are also asked to participate in public engagement events with local leaders. All applications must be electronically submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on or before Monday, July 25. Requirements are as follows: Eligible applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.50. Applicants must be a first- or second-year undergraduate student in good standing. If an applicant is a first-year student, a letter of acceptance must be attached to the application from the school of his or her choice. The institution of higher learning must be in Louisiana. Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words on a current event topic within their respective community, and further express in writing what steps they will take to improve their community upon completion of college. All applications must list the name of the LMBC-LEO Mayor or Council member that recommended them. Member/municipalities must be in good standing with LMBC-LEO, and only one submission is allowed per municipality/organization. Each submission subject line should read “2022-23 Riggins/Sampson Memorial Scholarship” and also include the applicant’s name, address, phone number, email address, and a copy of the institution of higher learning’s acceptance letter.
Free summer coding camp
A summer coding camp for kids will be held at the Northshore Technical Community College’s Sullivan campus, 1170 Sullivan Drive in Bogalusa, from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until noon. This camp is for 8-12 year olds — campers will learn the basics of programming with wearable Code Cubes for beginning coders. Campers learn block-based programming to create artistic animations, colors, and patterns that can play sounds or change as they move it around. The Coding Cube is theirs to keep at the end of camp. Snacks will be provided. This camp is provided free of charge through a grant from International Paper. To register, visit online at www.registerblast.com/ntcc-testing/Event/EventDetailStep/134.
Washington Parish Fair poster contest
The Washington Parish Fair Association invites Washington Parish artists to participate in the 2022 Fair Poster Contest. The entry deadline is Friday, July 29. Rules for poster entry are as follows: Entrants must be Washington Parish residents (or native college students) and at least 18 years old. The design should be 16 by 20 inches and not exceed 18 by 24 inches (portrait/vertical) on mat board, illustration board, canvas or heavy paper. Format is up to the artist. The poster design may contain “Washington Parish Fair 2022,” or the printer can add appropriate lettering digitally. Include a small sketch to indicate letter design and placement. The design may pertain to the Fair in general or to a specific part of the Fair. It must be non-commercial (not used for any other purposes such as T-shirts, cups, etc.). If an identifiable person is used, a letter of release to all publication rights and royalties must accompany the design. The theme for this year’s fair is “All Roads Lead to the Fair.” The poster can follow the theme and include the theme name but is not required. Individuals may enter more than one design. Previous entries may be considered. Each entrant must sign a release of rights and royalties of publication. Entries will be released back to the artist after the 2022 Fair concludes. The poster will not be included in the 2022 fair catalog. Poster designs can be entered from now until Friday, July 29, at Hancock Whitney in Franklinton or Bogalusa during regular business hours. Email email@example.com for more information.
Baby Let’s Cruise
The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will present “Baby Let’s Cruise” on Friday, Aug. 5. Cruise town like you’re a teenager again. Bring your teens along. Stop by the old fountain for food, karaoke and open mic fun. Dress your decade. Stop for some selfies. Don’t forget your Sonic cup. Stay tuned for more information about this fun planned event.
Foam party at Cassidy Park
Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission and Brilliant Mindz will present a “Foam Party” on Saturday, July 23, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the splash pad at Cassidy Park. This event is for ages 6-11.
Splatter beat party at Cassidy Park
The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will host “Splatter Beat” on Saturday, July 23, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the small stage at Cassidy Park. Wear white or neon that can be stained. This event is for youths ages 12-17. Dance and splatter to the beat of the DJ — there will be karaoke, as well.
The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will be presenting “Boo-galusa” on Saturday, Oct. 29. More details will be released soon.
Mark your calendar for 2nd balloon festival
The Bogalusa Balloon Festival has already announced its date for the second annual event. Mark your calendars now for June 2-4, 2023. Follow the festival on Facebook to stay updated.
American Legion bingo
Bingo is every Thursday at the American Legion. Doors open at 5 p.m. Great food. All jackpots pay out 100 percent, including the $1,000 blackout.
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.
Stay alert by enrolling in the Washington Parish Emergency Notification System. 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 www.hyper-reach.com/lawashingtonsignup.html.