Community

Ongoing -- September LifeShare blood drives

Thursday, 9/18 -- 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. @ Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital*
Saturday, 9/20 -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ the Post Exchange on Fort Polk*
Monday, 9/22 -- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Wal-Mart in Leesville*
Thursday, 9/25 -- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. @ Holiday Inn Express in New Llano*
Friday, 9/26 -- 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. @ Leesville Rehabilitation Hospital*
Sunday, 9/28 -- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Wal-Mart in Leesville*
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 -- Leesville High season football tickets on sale

Leesville High School football tickets for the season are on sale now. The cost is $35 per seat. Tickets are sold Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wampus Cats have their first home game on Sept. 19. Please purchase your tickets before then. For more information, call Christy at 239-3464.

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 through Sept. 21 -- Lagniappe Theatre show

The Lagniappe Theatre in Alexandria will present Mary Poppins live on stage through Sept. 21 at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Thursday through Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 55 and older, and $15 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 318-487-8243.

Ongoing -- Laser Tag in DeRidder

BeauCARE and the City of DeRidder introduce Laser Tag 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.

Through Sept. 27 -- Dinner theatre production at Showboat

The Showboat Theatre, at Fort Polk, will present "Murder on the Rerun," a comedic mystery in two acts. Performance-only shows will be Sept. 20 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. Dinner shows will be Sept. 19, 25 and 27, with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and performance at 7:30 p.m. Obtain a reservation by calling the box office at 531-2337. Performance-only tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Dinner tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.

Through Sept. 26 -- Pickering Elementary book fair

Pickering Elementary School will host the Scholastic Book Fair through Sept. 26 during school hours. It will also open Thursday, Sept. 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The goal is to put books in the hands of students and to promote a love for reading. Parents, encourage your kids to read and explore! For more information, call the school at 537-3394.

Sept. 18 -- "Sonic Night" for Leesville athletics

The Leesville High School Wampus Cat Gridiron Club invites you to join them Thursday, Sept. 18 at Sonic Drive In in Leesville from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can meet the 2014 Wampus Cat football team and cheerleaders. Ten percent of all sales during this time will go toward the Gridiron Club in support of all Leesville athletics. Sonic Drive In is located at 501 North 6th Street in Leesville, on U.S. 171.

Sept. 18 -- 'Ladies Only Night' at American Legion Post 145

American Legion Post 145 and their Ladies Auxiliary invite all women to their "Ladies Only Night" on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cover charge, but you can buy a ticket for $5 to take part in drawings throughout the night. All proceeds will go to the local "Adopt a Senior" program. There will be vendors, entertainment, information on self-defense, line dance classes and more.

Sept. 19-20 -- Slagle Trade Days

Slagle Trade Days will take place Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Slagle Senior Center on Hwy. 8 in Slagle. Activities will begin Friday and go through late Saturday.
Breakfast will be available Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Senior Center which provides activities for the community and also serves as an LSU classroom training center for area fire departments. There will be food, fun, singing and lots of vendors throughout the two-day event. For more information, call Juanita Bolton at 208-6133.

Sept. 19-21 -- Allen Parish Fair

The Allen Parish Fair will be Sept. 19-21 at the Allen Parish Fairgrounds in Oberlin. There will rides, livestock shows, a rodeo, vendors, food and more.

Sept. 19-20 -- Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival

The Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival is slated Sept. 19-20 in Marthaville, in Natchitoches Parish. The event celebrates the history of the town. There will be family fun, live music, food, vendors and more. For more information, visit http://www.natchitoches.net/events-and-festivals/marthaville-good-ole-days-festival/.

Sept. 20 -- Buddy Ball Tournament

Children and adults with disabilities are invited to participate in a Buddy Ball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Leesville softball/baseball complex. All donations and concession proceeds will benefit people with disabilities. Admission is free. Parents/guardians can contact Brad at 396-7010 or 353-6537 for more information.

Sept. 20 -- "Cruise In" in downtown Leesville

The City of Leesville will hold a "Cruise In" for car, truck and motorcycle lovers on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Leesville (on the north end of town). There is no entry fee. Owners are invited to come out and show off their rides. The public can browse and fellowship. Concessions will be available at retro prices. For more information, call 537-1800 or 208-2079.

Sept. 20 -- "Running For A Cure 5K"

"Running For A Cure 5K," benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, is set for 8 a.m. Sept. 20 in DeRidder. Basic entry is $25. Dedication entry is $30. You can register and find more information at www.active.com. You can also follow details at www.facebook.com/runningforacure1. This will be the third annual event.

Sept. 20 -- See You At The Pole rally

There will be a "See You At The Pole" rally on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Dry Creek Baptist Camp in Dry Creek. This is a student/youth fellowship. There is no charge. A love offering will be taken. Speaker will be Devin Stutes. Special music will be provided by Jeff and Deisha Richard. The rally starts at 5 p.m., and ends at 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper. For more information, call the camp at 328-7531.

Sept. 20 -- Poker run to benefit food bank

American Legion Riders Post 145 in Leesville will host a Poker Run to support the Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Adopt-a-Senior program in Vernon Parish on Sept. 20. The run will begin and end at the American Legion Post 145, and the ride starts at 11 a.m. The cost per rider is $20, and $5 per passenger. The Post 145 is located at 304 E. North Street in Leesville.This is the fourth year for this fundraising event which has raised more than $31,000 for the Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Adopt-a-Senior Program. For more information about the American Legion Poker Run, call Kenny Walker, 145 Riders president, at 337-353-8391 or 337-238-2606.

Sept. 20 -- "Hunt for Hope"

"Hunt for Hope" will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of God in Simpson. This will be a benefit for the IBC Network. IBC is Inflammatory Breast Cancer and it is very aggressive and hard to detect. "Hunt for Hope" is basically a scavenger hunt as teams compete to find items and earn points. There is no registration fee. T-shirts are $5. This group is seeking awareness for the cause. For more information, email Susan at hillman1219@hotmail.com or Terry at terry@theibcnetwork.org.

Sept. 23 -- Vernon Chamber 20K cash raffle

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce will host their 20K cash raffle on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Celebrations in downtown Leesville. You can buy a ticket for $200 (only 250 sold) and that gets you and a friend into the party with heavy appetizers and an open bar. There will be lots of fun and a chance to win $20,000. For more information, call the Chamber at 238-0349.

Sept. 23-25 -- Plant identification workshop

Allen Acres Native Ventures will host a plant identification workshop on Sept. 23-25. Participants will learn to identify up to 300 plants from Dr. Charles Allen, botanist and author of several books relating to native flora. For more information, call 337-328-2252.

Sept. 23-27 -- Sabine Parish Fair

The annual Sabine Parish Fair is set Sept. 23-27 at the Sabine Parish Fairgrounds in Many. There will rides, livestock shows, vendors, food and more.

Sept. 26 -- Catfish dinner benefit for LHS baseball team

The Leesville High School baseball team will be selling catfish dinners again this year on Friday, Sept. 26. They will cost $10 each and will consist of 1/2 pound of catfish, coleslaw, french fries, fried pistolet and a dessert. Please see a baseball player, coach Walter, Coach Smith or a Diamond Club member, if interested. If needed, please leave the club a message on Facebook and they will gladly take your order. Cash or checks should made out to LHS Baseball and will be accepted in advance. The club's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LHSDiamondClub?fref=ts

Sept. 26-27 -- 1941 Louisiana Maneuvers Commemoration

The Friends of DeRidder Army Air Base will host the 1941 Louisiana Maneuvers Commemoration on Sept. 26-27 at the Beauregard Regional Airport, home of the historic DeRidder Army Air Base. The public is invited to dress in period appropriate clothing for the two-day living history event which will feature documentary films, vintage aircraft and historic military vehicles, as well as a 1940s hangar dance on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and World War II battlefield re-enactments on Saturday. For more information, call Sharon-Hyde Beltz at 337-424-9880.

Sept. 26-27 -- "Butterfly Blast"

Allen Acres will host their annual Butterfly Blast in Cravens on Sept. 26-27. Dr. Charles Allen, botanist and author of several plant-related books, will lead the event. Those attending will learn where to find and identify butterflies of Louisiana. For more information, call 337-328-2252.

Sept. 27 -- Wounded Warrior Project Laser Tag Tourney

BeauCARE Inc. has rescheduled their inaugural Wounded Warrior Project Laser Tag Tournament. The event is now set for Saturday, Sept. 27 in two sessions. Four-player teams have a $60 entry fee until Sept. 13. After Sept. 13, the price is $80. There will be two sessions to include from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. From noon to 1 p.m., there will be an "Escape from the Arena" competition for $10 per player. All events take place at the Beauregard Covered Arena on U.S. 190 West. For more information, call 462-2273 or visit www.beaucares.org.

Sept. 27 -- "Saddle Up For St. Jude's Trail Ride"

The Annual "Saddle Up For St. Jude's Trail Ride" will be Saturday, Sept. 27 at Hodges Gardens State Park. Registration is open at 8 a.m. Riding out starts at 9 a.m. There is free entrance to the park for rides, volunteers and spectators. Lunch is served at $6. A negative Coggins test for your animal is required. For more information, call Peggy at 238-5428.

Sept. 27 -- "Healthy Baby Contest"

The decades-old "Healthy Baby Contest" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in DeRidder. Winners will be announced during the Beauregard Parish Fair, set Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. A "Parade of Babies" will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The contest focuses on babies’ health, not beauty.
Babies ages three to 24 months are eligible to enter.

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

The annual "Witch Way to Main Street" event will be held Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 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.

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.

How to send us your community events

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

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.
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