Community Calendar for July 20, 2022

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, July 19, 2022

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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. Pafford Medical Service, covering southeastern Louisiana, will also be at the give-away to give COVID-19 shots for ages 5 through adults, along with booster shots. 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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

Back to School activity

Pastor Christopher Matthews and the Bethlehem Baptist Church invite the community youth to its sixth annual “Ready-Set Back 2 School Summer Fest.” The event is given to assist the youth, pre-K through 12th grade, with free school supplies for the coming 2022-23 school session. The fun activity is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Church Family Life Center. All pre-registered youth will have backpacks tagged to avoid a line to receive their supplies. Youth are asked to pre-register to ensure safety and adequate supplies, or they may choose to register on-site. There will be empowering speakers, music with DJ AP from Leesville, and a variety of brochures. The youth will be able to cool with Cool Stop snow cones, water slide fun with permission-signed waivers and sprinklers. The youth will have an opportunity to have pictures made at the photo corner. An evening meal of chili dogs, chips, and drinks will be served to all. Each youth member will have an opportunity to receive gift cards and certificates throughout the activities.

Back to School fun day

Greater Bogalusa Community Center and Better Bogalusa will present a “Back to School Fun Day and Supply Drive” on Saturday, July 30, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Avenue B Ball Park, located at 900 Ave. B in Bogalusa.

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.