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Ongoing in October -- "Day of the Dead" exhibit

Gallery One Ellleven, in downtown Leesville, will host a "Day of the Dead" exhibit that will run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 1. The gallery invites all interested artists to submit work for this exhibit with the work being delivered to the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 4 by 1 p.m. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The "Day of the Dead" alter will be held at the "Witch Way to Main" Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 31 in downtown Leesville. For more information, contact Paula Sche-Baldwin at paulaschebaldwin@yahoo.com.

Ongoing through fall -- Main Street Market

The Main Street Market, on Leesville's 3rd Street, where you can buy fresh, local produce, will be open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Main Street Market will also begin accepting credit cards and the Louisiana Purchase Card, thanks to Market Umbrella Corporation, the Rapides Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, and Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. In addition, in order to encourage healthy eating and to support local farmers, the Main Street Market will now match up to $20 in cash for those who use their Louisiana Purchase Card, while supplies last. 

Ongoing this fall -- "Upward Basketball" at Cooper Baptist

Cooper Baptist Church is currently having registration for Upward Basketball. The registration cost per child is $60 dollars. Deadline for registration is Nov. 1. This for boys and girls K5-6th grade. Basketball shorts are optional at a cost of $14. Evaluations will take place Saturday, Nov. 8 between 10 a.m and 2 p.m at the Family Life Center. Everyone must attend one basketball evaluation. First practice will be Saturday, Dec. 13. First game will be Saturday, Jan. 3. Awards Celebration will be Saturday, Feb. 28. For more information, call the church office at 537-3735 or go online at cooperbaptist.org.

Ongoing -- September LifeShare blood drives

Tuesday, 9/30 -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ 2nd BN/4th Infantry (classroom) on Fort Polk*
*T-shirts only for donors. All other dates' donors receive T-shirts and a $5 Outback Steakhouse gift card.

Ongoing -- Laser Tag in DeRidder

BeauCARE and the City of DeRidder have made Laser Tag available to the local public. It features the latest in Laser Tag technology. Day-time fee is $2 per player for 30 minutes, and $5 per player for an hour. The cost is $25 for an unlimited day-time pass. Night-time fee is $5 per player for 30 minutes, and $10 per player for an hour. For more information, call BeauCARE at 462-2273.

Sept 30-Oct. 4 -- Beauregard Parish Fair

The annual Beauregard Parish Fair will be Sept. 30-Oct. 4 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds. There will rides, livestock shows, vendors, food and more. Check for updates on the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds' Facebook page. Find a full schedule HERE.

Oct. 1-5 -- West Louisiana Forestry Festival

The West Louisiana Forestry Festival will be Oct. 1-5 at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds in Leesville, off Nolan Trace. There will rides, livestock shows, a rodeo, vendors, food and more. For more information, visit www.vppjla.com.

Oct. 2-4 -- Leesville Lions Club Pro Rodeo

The Leesville Lions Club will sponsor their annual rodeo on Oct. 2-4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The event will be held in the covered West LA Forestry Festival Rodeo Arena at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds. Riders from all over the country will compete for prizes and for national points. For more information, call 208-6028 or 424-9528.

Oct. 2 -- Leesville Lions Club Rodeo Parade

The Leesville Lions Club will hold their annual Rodeo Parade at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. The parade will travel along Third Street in downtown Leesville. For more information, call 239-3190 or 239-3119.

Oct. 3-4 -- DHS class reunion 1971 through 1975

The DeRidder High School class of 1974 is celebrating their 40th reunion and they are inviting the classes of 1971 through 1975 to join them on Friday, Oct. 3 for a gathering at Steamboat Bill's at 4 p.m. to visit and eat. Then on to the game. A dance is set Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall. "Majestic Heat" will reunite for a one-time encore performance. Cost is $15 at the door. Beer, wine coolers and set-ups will be sold at the VFW, anything else is BYOB. No coolers allowed in the hall. Those attending are asked to bring a snack, however, there won't be any provisions to keep food cold or hot.

Oct. 4 -- Alexandria Lions Club yard sale

The Alexandria Lions Club will host their 2nd annual yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dunbar Plaza parking lot on Parliament Drive in Alexandria. You can shop for clothing, furniture, dishes, books and much more.

Oct. 4 -- "Painting in the Park" at Hodges

"Painting in the Park" is set Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hodges Gardens State Park. Participants will paint a "Fall Tree." Kimberly Remedies will lead this event, at 1 p.m. in the park's gift shop. Supplies will be provided, including canvas. The fee is $15. Call 318-586-7002 to reserve your spot.

Oct. 4 -- Heritage Family Association Meeting

The Heritage Family Association will meet Saturday, Oct. 4 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Vernon Parish Library. Gene Haymon and others will present the upcoming 2014 Heritage Reunion, updates on placing on headstones on unmarked graves, Heritage Park and the Turkey Shoot. Heritage families are needed to present family pictures, heirlooms and stories during the 2014 Heritage Reunion.

Oct. 4 -- Vernon Historical and Genealogical Society meeting

The Vernon Historical and Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Vernon Parish Library. Members will elect the 2015 officers. Skip Cryer will present the upcoming 2014 Heritage Reunion, which is scheduled to begin Friday evening, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 2 at Folk Polk. Visitors are welcome.

Oct. 6 -- SWLA Beekeepers Association meeting

The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. A graduation of the inaugural class of the "SW Bee School" will be held. Twenty-one people have achieved the "basic" level for becoming a Louisiana Master Beekeeper and will receive their certificates. State Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek, will convey congratulations to the graduates. There will also be discussion regarding the labeling exemption for honey, outlined under state law. Hill will address questions and listen to comments regarding this issue. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Beauregard County Agent Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.

Oct. 6-Nov. 15 -- BMH "outdoor boot camp"

Beauregard Memorial Hospital's Fitness Center will host a six-week outdoor bootcamp starting Oct. 6. 18 sessions are planned at a cost of $100. The training grounds are located at the DeRidder High School football stadium. The bootcamp runs through Nov. 15  -- Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of each week. For more information, call 337-462-7426.

Oct. 6 -- BJACH breast cancer awareness luncheon

A breast cancer luncheon, hosted by the Bayne-Jones Army Community  Hospital, is slated Monday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Warrior Community Center at Fort Polk. The dress is pink and casual. The cost of the meal will be $10. This event will honor breast cancer survivors. All are welcome. Find more information at www.polk.amedd.army.mil. Click under "BJACH Health  Promotion Current Events." You can also call 337-531-6880.

Oct. 9-11 -- Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

The annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta will take place Oct. 9-11 in Zwolle. This is a celebration of the area's Spanish and Mexican heritage. There will be music, dancing, food, rides, a pageant, contests and more. For more, visit http://www.zwolletamalefiesta.com/.

Oct. 10 -- Fall Family Festival and Gumbo Cook-Off

Faith Training Christian Academy, in Leesville, will hold a Fall Family Festival and Gumbo Cook-Off  on Friday, Oct. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. on the school's grounds at the end of Mechanic Street in Leesville. Families can enjoy live music, a silent auction, cake walks, jump houses and a basketball shoot-out. Pulled pork dinners will be for sale as well as fall pumpkins. Family photos will also be available. To participate in the cook-off or contribute to the event, contact the school at 392-1569.

Oct. 11 -- Merryville High School Homecoming Parade

The Merryville High School Homecoming Parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in Merryville. Lineup is at 9 a.m. Those interested in entering should call Sara Sellers at 396-2043.

Oct. 11 -- Hand in Hand Autism meet up

Hand in Hand Autism Services Inc. will hold a meet up on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Leesville Cafe. Everyone is welcome. The cafe is located at 114 South 3rd Street in Leesville.

Oct. 11 -- Movies on Main

Leesville's "Movies on Main" is starting up at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct.  11. The family-friendly fun night, in downtown Leesville at the Polk Theater, will feature music, concessions and bounce houses. The movie will begin at dark. "You're in the Army Now," a classic comedy, was the very first movie ever shown at the Polk Theater. In the spirit of recreating the event, attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s garb.

Oct. 14 through the month -- "Harvest Park Pumpkin Patch" in DeRidder

The Harvest Park Pumpkin Patch will open in DeRidder, at Mahlon Street across from the First United Pentecostal Church of DeRidder, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Operating hours will be Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Family Fun Days are slated from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and on Oct. 25. Family Fun Days include fun jumps, slide, horse and buggy rides, food, music, face painting, photo opportunities and more. All free, except concessions and pumpkins.

Oct. 16-Nov. 11 -- Fall "SAGE" program in DeRidder

McNeese State University will kick off its fall DeRidder SAGE program in October. SAGE offers a series of short lectures and discussions centered around a specific theme each fall and spring. This fall’s theme is “Louisiana: Our State.”Open to all ages, the lectures are held at the Historic First Street School at 401 W. First St. in DeRidder. Lectures are open to the public and cost is $45 for the series. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit www.mcneese.edu/leisure. See the full schedule HERE.

Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31 -- "Hearts 4 Paws" haunted house

Hearts 4 Paws, an animal rescue organization, will hold a Halloween event to raise money for its operation. "Night of Horror" will take place in the gym of the old state school in Leesville, located on Nolan Trace. It will be a walk-through haunted house with different rooms and themes. Dates are Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31. Hours will be from 7 p.m. to midnight. The admission fee is $10 per person, with all money going to the rescue dogs that Hearts 4 Paws has in foster care, and future rescues that are up for adoption for their vetting and care, organizers said. Find out more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1394210774152914/

Oct. 17 -- Leesville Homecoming Parade

The annual Leesville Homecoming Parade, which is one event in a host of others for the homecoming weekend, will start at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 and will travel down 3rd Street through historic downtown Leesville. For more information, visit wampuscats.org.

Oct. 17 -- Book release and Christian "Happy Hour"

DeRidder author LaDonna Jarden will hold a book release and a Christian "Happy Hour" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. Jarden has authored several books. Her latest is, "Removal of the Mask." This event will also feature a local artist, Corey Dotson. Everyone is invited. The Civic Center is located at 250 West 7th Street. For more information, and to RSVP, call Jarden at 396-7127.

Oct. 18 -- Pancake breakfast at VFW Post 3619 in DeRidder

The VFW Post 3619 in DeRidder, located on La. 27, will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 18. All orders must be received by 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Pickup for the breakfast will be between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. All proceeds will go toward the VFW and helping area people and programs in need. Cost is $6 per plate which will include two pancakes, eggs, bacon and your choice of milk, orange juice or coffee. Delivery is available for orders over five plates. For more information, call 463-3977.

Oct. 18 -- Historic Fullerton Sawmill Day

Kisatchie National Forest will host their annual Historic Fullerton Sawmill Day at the Fullerton Lake Recreation Complex in Vernon Parish on Oct. 18. For more information, call 318-793-9427.

Oct.18 -- "Red Ribbon Week" Parade

The Fort Polk Army Substance Abuse Program, in conjunction with the City of Leesville and the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, is hosting an inaugural Red Ribbon Week Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 to kick off national "Red Ribbon Week" observed Oct. 23-31. To participate, contact Dena Perkins at: dena.c.perkins.civ@mail.mil or call 337-531-9493.

Oct. 18 -- 2nd Annual St. Michael's Ladies Auxiliary Craft Fair

The 2nd Annual St. Michael's Ladies Auxiliary Craft Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at St. Michael's Church at 604 South 5th Street in Leesville. There will be lots of local vendors with a variety of products to choose from. There will be crafts, handmade goods and decorations. There will also be boudin, served fresh and hot, from T-Boy's in Mamou. This will be a good time to get a head start on holiday shopping! For more information, call 239-2656 or call Tara Rindahl at 353-4448.

Oct. 25 -- Louisiana State Championship Soapbox Derby

The Lulu Street Racers will host their annual soapbox derby event on Oct. 25 in downtown Leesville. The event has received an official designation as the state derby championship. Racers from across the state are expected to take part. For information on how to participate, call Harry at 208-6580.

Oct. 25 -- "Go for the GIRLS" motorcycle poker run

"Go for the GIRLS," a Motorcycle Poker Run in support of breast cancer survivors of Vernon Parish,  will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the American Legion Post 145 in Leesville. This is open to the public. Registration will start at 9 a.m. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 registration; $5 per rider. There will be best/worst hands, raffles, an auction, survivors' recognition and more. A meal will be provided to participants. According to organizers, this fundraiser will contribute funds to provide prosthesis, wigs and support for women and men in Vernon Parish undergoing treatment for breast cancer. For more information, contact Jen Roberts at 337-353-5540. Donations will also be accepted, and event volunteers are welcome.

Oct. 25 -- "5Kostume Fun Run and Walk"

The Kiwanis of Vernon's "5Kostume Fun Run and Walk" will be Saturday, Oct. 25 in downtown Leesville. Registration is at 4:30 p.m., and the race begins at 5:30 p.m. at Polk Theatre, at 109 East Texas Street.Costumes are encouraged but are not required. More information HERE.

Oct. 25 -- 6th Annual Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk -- Zombie Gleaux

BeauCARE will host the 6th Annual Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk -- Zombie Gleaux on Saturday, Oct. 25 starting at 6:45 p.m. This will take place starting at the BeauCARE parking lot at 628 High School Drive in DeRidder. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. The course will be entirely on asphalt. It will start and end at BeauCARE. The entry fee is $25. The deadline to pre-register is Oct. 17. Age divisions for the 5K will be 13 and under; 14-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; and 50 and over. Medals will be awarded to all first and second place runners in each division. Organizers invite participants to wear a creative costume. The best overall costume will  win a door prize. Participants also must wear some type of "gleaux." For more information, visit www.beaucares.org, or call 337-462-2273.

Oct. 31 -- "Witch Way to Main Street"

The annual "Witch Way to Main Street" event will be held Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for old-fashioned family fun. Third Street will be lined with businesses, handing out goodies for the kids. There will also be games and family fun. For more information, call 378-4038.

Nov. 22 -- Leesville First UPC Christmas Bazaar

The Leesville First United Pentecostal Church's annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Bazaar will be Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Family Life Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Dec. 13 -- "It's a Wonderful Christmas" festival

Leesville Main Street will host their third annual "It's a Wonderful Christmas" festival on Third Street in downtown Leesville. For more information, call 378-5055.

Ongoing -- "Tee Off Tuesdays"

The City of Leesville has announced that "Tee-Off Tuesday" will be held every Tuesday at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course. Registration begins at 4 p.m., with tee-off at 4:30 p.m. The cost for this event is only $20, which includes 9 holes of golf, riding cart, snacks, a chance at prize money and, of course, bragging rights. The winners will be announced and 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded immediately after the last golfer turns in score card each week. More HERE.

Ongoing -- Central Louisiana Orchid Society meetings

The Central Louisiana Orchid Society meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. in Alexandria. If you would like to learn how to grow orchids or you need orchid questions answered, you are invited. Those interested in knowing more can visit www.centrallouisianaorchidsociety.org.

Ongoing -- Free computer classes

Free computer classes are being offered at the Vernon Parish Library, taught by certified trainers. There will be a variety of classes to suit your skill level and introduce you to new operating systems. For more information, call the www.vernon.lib.la.us or call 239-2027.

Ongoing -- Beauregard Parish Library story times

The Beauregard Parish Library hosts story time every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in DeRidder. It's also held on the first Saturday at the Merryville branch and on the second Saturday at the East Beauregard branch.

Ongoing -- LHS Diamond Club

A booster club has been formed to support the Leesville High School Baseball Program. The LHS Diamond Club charges $25 for a yearly membership and $500 for a Lifetime Membership. For information, call Heath at 353-8879 or Kimberly at 210-275-1362

Ongoing -- LA Poultry Fanciers swap meet, sale

Louisiana Poultry Fanciers holds its meeting, swap meet and sale every third Saturday of each month -- rain or shine -- at the Sabine Parish Fairgrounds in Many from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.louisianapoultryfanciers.com or email nanachicken@wildblue.net.

Ongoing -- Mother Goose story hour

Mother Goose story hour is held at the Vernon Parish Library from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each Wednesday.

Ongoing -- Eagle hike at South Toledo Bend State Park

South Toledo Bend State Park holds an eagle walk on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Eagle Nest Trail next to cabin 19. The interpretive ranger takes attendees on an easy walk with gentle slopes to the end of the trail. The nest is no longer there due to the winds and rains of Hurricane Rita, however, eagles can still be seen in the area. Those with questions can call Sunny at 337-286-9079 or 337-286-9075.

Ongoing -- "Freegal" music service at Vernon Parish Library

The Vernon Parish Library now has access to "Freegal" Music Service, offering patrons a chance to download free MP3 files from over 28,000 music labels from 85 different countries. Libraries all over the world use this service and it includes access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. Visit the library for more information.

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All community events are welcome. E-mail announcements to elonaboggs@aol.com or fax us at 337-537-4152.
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