Community Calendar for Sept. 14, 2022

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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New contact information for Council on Aging

There is new contact information for the Franklinton office of the Washington Parish Council on Aging. Beginning Sept. 19, 2022, the Franklinton office will be located at 703 14th Ave. in Franklinton, the Magee’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. fellowship hall. The phone number for each department is as follows: main office number (985-335-8816), transportation (985-335-7043) and nutrition department (985-335-6942). For home delivery meals, requesting information or services, call 985-335-7387. You may contact the Bogalusa office at 985-732-6869 or 985-732-6868.

Blood drive at PRCC

Pearl River Community College students in the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are hosting a blood drive on the Poplarville, Miss., campus. The drive will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot by Marvin White Coliseum and the Wildcat Den. Mississippi Blood Services will be sending two “blood mobiles” to accommodate donors. All participants will receive a $10 pre-paid VISA card after their donation. Students, staff, and community members are invited to be a part of the blood drive.

Scrabble at the Franklinton library

Join the Franklinton Branch Library for Scrabble and coffee on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. Bring a friend. Call to RSVP at 985-839-7805.

“True Crime Review” at the Franklinton library

Fascinated by the true crime stories of the past? Check out the “True Crime Review: The Menendez Brothers” at local libraries in September. Join this review of the facts behind this headline-making true crime story of the 1980s and 1990s. It will be offered at the Franklinton Branch Library on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. The event is free and no library card is required for admittance.

Stanford family reunion

Relatives, descendants and friends are invited to celebrate the annual Stanford Family Reunion at the Southwest Events Center in Tylertown, Miss., on Sunday, Sept. 18. The reunion festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m. with lunch following at 1 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a favorite covered dish and beverage, as well as any family pictures and memorabilia. The Stanford Family History Book will be available for purchase at the reunion and will cost $5. For information and directions, contact Loyd Stafford at 985-238-0133, Kenneth Gerald at 985-848-5347, Karen Varnado on Facebook, Sherry Sumrall at 601-810-6755, J.W. Stafford at 601-551-0042 or Alma Castleberry at 601-795-4214. Descendants of William Bill and Martha Rosana (Rose) Evans Stanford and daughters, Mary Adeline Stanford Parker Carroll, Laura Stanford Baughman, Marthey Stanford Gerald, Emmer Louise (Lou) Stanford Carroll Easman, Rhoda Stanford Gerald, Della (Sug) Sugar Stanford Stafford Holmes and Posey Stanford Miley invites all family members, friends and any others connected with the family to come and enjoy a day of fellowship, eating and renewing of friendships.

Washington Parish Retired Teachers Meeting

The Washington Parish Retired Teachers Meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. The meeting will be held at the Washington Parish School Board office’s board room. Mrs. Linda Crain, the president of the organization, urges all members to attend as well as any retirees who wish to become a member.

Varnado Store Museum membership meeting

The Washington Area Museum Foundation/ Varnado Store Museum’s annual membership meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at the museum annex building. Reports on the past year’s progress and finance plans as well as election of board members will make up the agenda. All members of the museum foundation and anyone interested in supporting the history and preservation of our parish’s unique cultural heritage are invited to attend. Please make a special effort to be a part of this important meeting.

National Night Out

The Bogalusa Police Department and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering “National Night Out 2022” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. There will be activities for kids, including an obstacle course and jumpers. More information will be available soon.


The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will be presenting “Boo-galusa” on Saturday, Oct. 29. It is $10 to enter motorcycles, classic cars, golf carts, ATVs and trucks/trailers. This will be a lighted parade, either fall or Halloween themed.

Electrical box art contest

Design and paint an electrical box in the city of Bogalusa. There is a $100 cash prize once the painting is complete. Two winners are chosen, and the painters must be in grades seven through 12, and must have an address in the 70427 ZIP code. The theme is “Bogalusa: Past, Present and Future.” The design should include all four sides of the box. The boxes are located across from Butler Park on Eighth Street. Designs are due by Monday, Oct. 31.

Balloon Festival Queen pageant

The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission and the Bogalusa Balloon Festival Queen’s Committee will present the Bogalusa Balloon Festival Queen’s Pageant on Saturday, Nov. 12, at George R. Carr Memorial Airfield (the Bogalusa airport). The pre-teen and teen pageant will be held at 2 p.m. and the Miss Pageant will be held at 4 p.m. Information and an application is available on the Bogalusa Balloon Festival’s Facebook page.

Bogalusa Open Market

The Bogalusa Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will present the Bogalusa Open Market on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Avenue B Ballpark/Bogalusa Sports Complex. Garage sale booths are $10, vendor and food booths are $25, and interactive map spots will be $5. There will be live entertainment. For more information, email or visit “Bogalusa Open Market” on Facebook.

Christmas on Austin Street

The Bogalusa, Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission will present the fourth annual “Christmas on Austin Street” on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. There will be free activities, festival-style games and booths, Santa Claus, food and vendor booths and more.

K of C Assembly 2206 raffle

Knights of Columbus Patriotic Degree Assembly 2206 members are selling raffle tickets. The first prize is a Henry Big Boy Wildlife Edition II 44 Magnum Rifle, second prize is a Charbroil 6 burner gas grill and third prize is a $100 Walmart gift card. Tickets are $5 each and are available through members of the assembly and can be ordered in Bogalusa by calling Bob Ricca at 504-460-8887 or in Franklinton by calling Joe Aucoin at 985-335-8710. The drawing will be done just before Christmas, in December of this year.

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.

Narcotics Anonymous

A new Narcotics Anonymous meeting series, led by Bro. Ruben Watts, will be held Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Brown’s Soul Kitchen in Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. The New Life NA Group will meet from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will be led by Watts, a deacon at Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church.

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.