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Through Nov. 20 -- Food Bank of Central Louisiana/Suddenlink food drive

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana and Suddenlink are teaming up with their 8th annual food drive taking place now through Nov. 20. Eleven parishes will benefit from the items collected. Locally, you can drop off items at the Suddenlink office located on U.S. 171 North in Leesville.

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 "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. For more on the history and traditions associated with "Day of the Dead," click HERE.

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 -- 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.

Ongoing, November through December

The Heritage Family Association will hold a series of turkey shoots on and off Fort Polk, raising money for "The Boot Campaign." Fort Polk will be the site of the first shoot on Saturday, Nov. 15 (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Outdoor Recreational Complex; on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the fairgrounds in Leesville; and then again on Fort Polk on Saturday, Dec. 6 and at the fairgrounds in Leesville on Sunday, Dec. 7. For more information, call Gene Haymon at 238-3788 or Vernon Smith at 713-723-0738.

Through Nov. 15 -- BMH "outdoor boot camp"

Beauregard Memorial Hospital's Fitness Center will host a six-week outdoor bootcamp, which started 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.

Various dates in October -- "Haunted Museum" at Rebel SHS

Rebel State Historic Site in Marthaville (near Natchitoches) is hosting a Haunted Museum Program the weekends of Oct. 24-25 and Friday, Oct. 31. There will be loads of fun for all ages. A trunk-or-treat will be held on Halloween night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the state historic site is $4 for ages 13-61, 62 and older, and under 12 are admitted free of charge. For more information, 318-472-6255.

Through October -- "Harvest Park Pumpkin Patch" in DeRidder

The Harvest Park Pumpkin Patch, at Mahlon Street in DeRidder, across from the First United Pentecostal Church of DeRidder, is open through the month. 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. A 'Family Fun Day' is slated from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

Through 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. 24-35 -- "Zoo Boo"

"Zoo Boo" at the Alexandria Zoo is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is $6 for ages one and up. There will be trick-or-treating, puppets, magic acts, a hay maze, music and more.

Oct. 24-25 -- "Endless Nightmares Haunted House" to benefit Relay For Life

The "Endless Nightmares Haunted House" to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is Oct. 24-25 from 7 p.m. to midnight. This is sponsored by Double Dragon MMA and Fitness Center. The event will take place at 2559 Hwy. 190, west of DeRidder. Admission is $10. Parental guidance is suggested for children under the age of 12.

Oct. 24 -- Town of New Llano "October Fest"

The Town of New Llano will host its annual "October Fest" on Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the New Llano Park on Stanton Street. Fire and police departments from the town and surrounding areas will compete in a chili cookoff. There will be free hot dogs and chili for everyone. The New Llano Baptist Church will have a cake walk and games for children. New Llano merchants will also have booths and will be giving out treats to children. The New Llano Fire Department's mascots, Sparky and Axe, will also be on hand. For more information, call 239-0889.

Oct. 24 -- Hicks High School Fall Festival

Hicks High School will hold its fall festival on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a hayride, live music by "The Old Man Band," food, vendors and the "Haunted Halls of Hicks High School." Call Somer Wilt at (318) 201-6910 for more information on the events or on signing up to be a vendor.

Oct. 24 -- Drive-thru flu shot clinic

There will be drive-thru flu shots given at the Vernon Parish Office of Public Health, at 406 West Fertitta Boulevard in Leesville, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. This is for anyone older than six months. There is a $10 maximum out-of-pocket expense. There will be no out-of-pocket expense for Medicaid and Medicare with card. Please bring other insurance cards if you have one. Officials ask that you wear short sleeve clothing to assist with the immunization.

Oct. 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. 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. 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 -- Benefit motorcycle run for DeRidder officer

A benefit motorcycle run and BBQ will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 for DeRidder City Police Officer Vinita Dewaine. All bike riders are welcome. Cost is $20 per riders, and $10 for co-riders. A meal ticket is included in your entry. The run begins at the First United Pentecostal Church in DeRidder at 8 a.m. Kickstands are up at 9 a.m. You'll return between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Blue Knights will escort the ride. There will also be a BBQ sale at the pavilion in downtown DeRidder. Cost is $10 per plate. For more information on the events, call Mickey at 370-8956.

Oct. 25 -- National Association of University Women's annual golf tourney

The National Association of University Women's annual golf tournament will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course. This is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start. Cost is $40 per player. This will include a golf cart, food, drinks and door prizes. For more information, call Laura Clark at 239-3533 or the Leesville Golf Course at 239-2526.

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 -- Fort Polk Retiree Appreciation Day

The 39th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day at Fort Polk is set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lots of activities and opportunities for those who attend, including a health fair, golf tournament and more. For more information, call 531-0363 or 531-0402.

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. 25 -- "Print-A-Thon" at Marble Slab Creamery in Leesville

KlaasKids, Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies will host "Print-A-Thon" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Marble Slab, 2501 McRae Road, in Leesville.This service is free to families, and is sponsored by several local businesses. During the event, parents immediately receive an 8.5 x 11-inch Bio-Doc, featuring forensic quality, magnified fingerprints, updated photograph and blank form fields for personal and identifying information. For more information, click HERE.

Oct. 29 -- Fall Festival at East Leesville Baptist

East Leesville Baptist Church will host a Fall Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the church's Family Life Center. Everyone is welcome. It's free family fun. There will be pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and more. There will also be a cookie decorating station, carnival games and drawings for gifts. For more information, call Ursula at 424-8471.

Oct. 30 -- "Downtown at Sundown" concert series

"Downtown at Sundown," a free live music event in DeRidder, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the downtown area at the Amerisafe Pavilion. This event will feature the LA Sideman Band. "Pumpkin Glow" will be sponsored by the DeRidder Main Street. You can bring your carved/decorated pumpkin for the pumpkin contest. There will be games for all ages. There will be free food. Drinks will be sold for $1.

Oct. 30 -- LifeShare blood drive at VPSO

There will be a blood drive at the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the LifeShare bus. Those donating will get a free T-shirt. A photo ID is required for donating.

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.

Oct. 31 -- "Trick-or-Treat Trail" in DeRidder

The City of DeRidder and Mayor's Youth Council "Trick-or-Treat Trail" will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at P.W. West Park in DeRidder. This is for ages infant to 12 years old.

Oct. 31 -- Heritage Reunion

The Heritage Reunion, for Fort Polk heritage families and friends, will begin Friday, Oct. 31, in the Fort Polk Main Post Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Come out to socialize and view booths from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Charles Allen will present an "Edible Native Plant Seminar" at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Room of the Main Post Chapel. At 5:45 p.m., Cheryl Perkins will lead the "Millcreek Centennial" discussion. At 6:15 p.m., Ted Hammerschmidt will present the Heritage Park - Trail discussion. Friday evening's event will end at 7 p.m. Booths will consist of heritage family exhibits, a Peason Ridge Museum display, Slagle quilters, a Fort Polk Military Museum display and a children's booth and more.

Oct. 31 -- City of Leesville trick-or-treating

Trick-or-treating hours in the City of Leesville will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 this year throughout the city limits. Trick-or-treaters are also welcome on Main Street during those hours as merchants plan to line the streets and offer a variety of games and treats for children of all ages during the annual "Witch Way to Main Street" event. For more information on that, call the Main Street office at 378-4038.

Oct. 31 -- Halloween at Hodges Gardens

Hodges Gardens State Park will host Halloween activities from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. At 7 p.m., "Monsters, Inc." will be showing at the lakefront stage. This movie, for all ages, is sponsored by James and Meriget Turner with Friends of Hodges Gardens. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will a "Haunted Garden Tour" for ages 8 and up. You can watch the gardens come alive! This event is not appropriate for children under age 8, however.

Starting Nov. 1 -- Hodges Gardens Evening Barge Tours

See the gardens and islands from a different perspective on a barge tour at Hodges Gardens State Park. These tours will be Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can meet up at the Willow Point Pier for a nice evening ride around the lake on a pontoon boat. Regular park admission applies. For more information, call 318-586-3523.

Nov. 1 -- Beauregard Country Club tourney

The Beauregard Country Club will hold an inaugural BMH Lights Gold Outing on Saturday, Nov. 1 starting at 4 p.m. There will be nine holes at day, and nine holes at dark -- four-person scramble. Cost is $30 per player. There will also be door prizes, night golf balls, dinner and refreshments. Proceeds will go toward golf camps for area youth. This event is sponsored by Beauregard Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 463-4444.

Nov. 1 -- Heritage Reunion Saturday activities

The prelude to the Heritage Reunion will begin at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Main Post Chapel. Following the invocation and administrative announcements, Gene Haymon will speak as the president of the Heritage Family Association. Then, Brig. Gen. William B. Hickman will deliver the welcoming remarks. At 9:45 a.m., there will be a group photo opportunity. At 10 a.m., there will be fellowship, entertainment, exhibits, demonstrations and music. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be self-guided tours of the Environmental Learning Center Rock Shop. Those attending will also be able to view exhibits and more. The Vernon Historical & Genealogical Society and the Heritage Family Association will not hold their Nov. 1 meetings at the Vernon Parish Library. The VH&GS and the HFA will be participating in the Heritage Reunion.

Nov. 1 -- Hicks High School Alumni basketball games

Hicks High School will host alumni basketball games on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men). Both games will feature a 3-point contest during halftime for $1 per shot, and the men's halftime will include a split-the-pot drawing for $1 per ticket. Admission is $3, and children under 5 will be admitted free. All proceeds raised will go to the Hicks High School junior class.

Nov. 1 -- "Van Gogh Gala" at River Oaks

The River Oaks Square Arts Center, in Alexandria, will host the annual Van Gogh Gala on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The center is located at 1330 Second Street in downtown Alexandria. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. You can enjoy cocktails, food, live and silent auctions, and more. "Day of the Dead" attire is encouraged. For more information, call 318-473-2670.

Nov. 3 -- "Runaway Home" at Vernon Parish Library

The Vernon Parish Library will present, "Runaway Home," an Acoustic-Americana band, flavored with folks, bluegrass and country overtones, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. The performance will be the second show in the library's annual "Musical Odyssey XI" series. Admission is free. For more information, call 238-2027.

Nov. 3 -- SWLA Beekeepers Association meeting

The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association will meet Monday, Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. The topic of discussion will be "Planning for honey bee nuisance calls and emergencies." Everyone is welcome. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to give advice for those starting out. For more information, call Beauregard County Agent Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.

Nov. 8 -- Veterans Day program in Merryville

A Veterans Day program will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church in Merryville. Special guest will be David Tanner. Music will be provided by the Antioch Baptist Church Choir. There will be an honor guard presentation and free gumbo, provided by Stu's in Merryville. There will also be door prizes. Those attending are asked to RSVP by calling 825-8740.

Nov. 8 -- "Shop With A Cop" fundraiser

The "Shop With A Cop" fundraiser will be a BBQ sale on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wal-Mart in Leesville. Sandwiches are $3, and plate lunches are $7. "Shop With A Cop" is a long-standing event that helps fund Christmas giving for local needy children, ages 4-12. To register a child for the program, stop by Helping Hands in downtown Leesville on Thursday, Nov. 13 or Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 238-3832.

Nov. 8 -- Affordable Care Act information session

There will be an Outpatient Medical Center outreach and enrollment event, educating the community on "The Affordable Care Act" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Martin Luther King Center, at 1003 North Gladys Street in Leesville. There will also be children's activities, entertainment and refreshments. For more information, call 238-1274.

Nov. 8 -- Sabine Parish veterans event

The Sabine Historical Society and others will host a special day for veterans on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historical museum at the KCS Depot in Many. There will be a complimentary lunch for veterans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All others can enjoy lunch at a cost of $6. There will be special speakers and exhibits from the early days of Fort Jesup to the wars in Afghanistan. For more information, contact Many City Hall.

Nov. 9 -- 15th Annual Veterans Day event at East Beauregard

The 15th Annual Veterans Day Celebration at East Beauregard will be held Sunday, Nov. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at the football stadium at East Beauregard High School. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. William Hickman, of Fort Polk.This is free and open to the public. There will be complimentary food, drinks, live music and more. There will also be static displays from the Army and Coast Guard, flyovers from various warbirds and the Remax Jump Team will do precision sky-jumping.

Nov. 15 -- "A Round To Remember" golf tourney

"A Round To Remember," a golf event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course.Registration will be $40 per player. Those participating should make a check for $25 payable to "A Round To Remember." The remainder of the fee -- $15 -- will go to the Leesville Municipal Golf Course.There will be a 16-player limit. The registration deadline is Nov. 1. For more information, call 337-239-2526. More HERE.

Nov. 21 and 22 -- Free child safety fair in Leesville

The Keeping Kids Safe Project will be hosting a free child safety fair in Leesville on Nov. 21 and 22, to provide children with free fingerprints and photographs. The child safety organization will take a child’s fingerprints and send them home directly with parents. Parents can use the record to turn directly over to authorities anywhere in the world to instantly aid in an investigation. There will also be community organizations present to provide safety information and entertainment for families. Join them at the Hixson Autoplex of Leesville auto dealership at 11981 Lake Charles Hwy. in from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

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.

Nov. 22 -- "Free Birds" outdoor movie at Hodges

Hodges Gardens State Park will host an outdoor movie, "Free Birds," at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 on the lakefront stage. The movie, sponsored by Crittenden's Garage, is hailed as the greatest turkey movie of all time. Regular park admission applies. For more, call 318-586-3523.

Nov. 28-30 -- Big Buck Contest

The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk will host their annual "Big Buck Contest" on Oct. 25-26, and Nov. 28-30. Three prizes will be awarded on Dec. 10 -- one for the Biggest Buck Harvested Youth, ages 9-15; one for Biggest Buck Harvested Adult, ages 16 plus; and one Biggest Doe Harvested for any age group. For more information, call 531-1971.

Nov. 29-Dec. 30 -- Hodges Gardens Christmas lights

Hodges Gardens State Park Christmas lights will glitter and shine from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30 at the park from 5:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 318-586-3523.

Dec. 1 -- SWLA Beekeepers Association meeting

The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers Association will meet Monday, Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. There will be nomination of officers. The topic of discussion will be "Why pollinators matter" and "Getting started in beekeeping." Everyone is welcome. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to give advice for those starting out. For more information, call Beauregard County Agent Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.

Dec. 6 -- Elegant Affair

The Museum of West Louisiana will host their annual "Elegant Affair" on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Auditorium. The night will be filled with music, dancing and art. There will also be heavy hors d'oeuvres and Al's famous egg nog. For more information, call the museum at 239-0927.

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.

Dec. 13 -- Wreaths Across America

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a "Wreaths Across America" ceremony at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery at 3348 University Parkway in Leesville at 10:55 a.m. on Dec. 13. The ceremony is open to the public. For more information on parking or to sign on as a sponsor, call 238-6405.

Dec. 13 -- Annual Vernon Parish Christmas Parade

The Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in downtown Leesville. The parade's theme is "Candy Canes and Christmas Carols." The entry deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. All parade participants must be registered. The entry fee is $20 per entry.  Lineup will be from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 13. Marching units/drill teams, churches, civic organizations, non-profits, schools, clubs, automobiles, businesses and marching bands can participate. For more on rules, regulations and to obtain an official entry form, call the Chamber at 238-0349, or stop by the office at 1309 North 5th Street in Leesville.

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 -- 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 -- "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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