Community Calendar for Nov. 12-13, 2022

Published 10:45 am Friday, November 11, 2022

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Sneakers Drive drop-off locations needed

The Washington Parish Sexual Assault Center, a non-profit agency serving Washington Parish for over 30 years, would like your participation in this year’s Sneaker Drive. Your donations will help raise public awareness, support victims and survivors of sexual assault and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through multiple services including counseling and advocacy, and aid in prevention education. We will be collecting only tennis shoes or sneakers. There is a call for all types and brands of sneakers. The sneakers must be at least 4.5 inches long (size 4 infant and larger). They can be old, new, ragged or holey shoes with shoelaces. If you would like to be a participating drop-off location, or to donate, contact Leslie Holmes, victim services coordinator, at 985-332-2085.

Wellness Tailgate

Join St. Tammany Parish Health System and its Healthier Northshore community partners on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon at First Church, 14532 Highway 21 South, in Bogalusa, for a “Wellness Tailgate 2022.” This event will be a health fair featuring screenings, wellness tips, freebies and fun for the whole family. Free health services will include mammograms, blood pressure screenings, HIV screenings, vaccinations for COVID-19 and the flu, education and resources, health insurance enrollment, food trucks and kids’ activities. For more details about the initiative, visit online at

Retired Teachers

The Washington Parish Retired Teachers will meet Thursday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the annex of the school board office. Patty Alford from the Washington Parish Tourism Commission will be the guest speaker.

NAACP election

The 2022 election for Washington Parish NAACP officers will be Friday, Nov. 18, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. You will cast your vote for officers using your email or smartphone. The nominating committee is accepting applications for all positions. For more information, contact Raymond Tate at 985-718-8988 or Deidra Owens at 985-294-9934.

Animal shelter upcoming events

Washington Parish Animal Shelter, located at 23046 Yacc Road, has a number of events planned for the month of November. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the shelter will have “Decorating Day” from 8 a.m. until finished — help the shelter staff prepare for “Jingle Paws” by putting up lights, trees, decorations, pup stockings and much more. And then Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., will be “Jingle Paws” itself. Jingle Paws is Washington Parish’s yearly low-cost vaccine event, filled with fun, food, free Santa photos, paw prints, a raffle, vendors and much more. All events will require volunteers, and all volunteers who need them will receive service hours.

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.

Light Up Franklinton

Bring back the memories of loading up the family and going to look at the Christmas lights in the community. Light up Franklinton with us and create those memories with today’s generation! The Franklinton Christmas Festival is inviting all residents and businesses to celebrate the spirit of Christmas together. Decorate and light up your home and/or business from Nov. 26 through Dec. 3 and leave them up throughout the holiday season. Big or small … this is how you can get involved in our community.

Library pet supplies drive

The Washington Parish Library System will be accepting donations from now until Wednesday, Nov. 30, to help support the local animal shelter. Items that are needed include: blankets and towels; unopened pet food; nursing bottles; paper towels and toilet paper; toys and treats; leashes, collars and harnesses; animal beds and litter boxes; eco-friendly laundry detergent; pest prevention supplies; animal shampoos and brushes.