Community

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.

July -- Blood drives in Vernon for LifeShare

All donors receive a T-shirt and a $5 gift certificate from Outback Steakhouse.

Thursday, July 31 -- 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Byrd Regional Hospital in Leesville

July -- Helping Hands Storefront sale

Helping Hands Storefront Ministries will hold a clothing sale all month of July. It's located on Third Street, across from the Farmers' Market in Leesville. Most everything will be 25 cents. Formals are $15, and wedding dresses are $25.

Various dates in August -- Pickering Elementary orientation

Parents of students in grades first through the sixth may come to Pickering Elementary on Thursday, Aug. 7 for orientation. First grade through third grade should come at 5:30 p.m., and fourth grade through sixth grade, at 6:30 p.m., to meet their child's teacher, drop off supplies and receive other important information. Parents should go directly to their child's classroom upon arrival. Kindergarten and LA-4 orientations are also set. More HERE.

Through Aug. 23 -- Hearts 4 Paws benefit fishing series

A fishing tournament series to benefit Hearts 4 Paws, an animal rescue group in DeRidder, is set Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 at Big Bass Marina at Toledo Bend. A few events have been held. The series features 80 percent payback. Entry fee is $100 per team, $10 big bass. Tournament hours are from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Trailering is allowed. Proceeds to toward spaying/neutering, rabies shots and medical care for dogs that are in foster from local animal shelters. You can follow the Hearts 4 Paws Facebook page to see what dogs are available for adoption in the area.

Through July 31 -- Faith Training basketball skills camp

Faith Training Christian Academy, in Leesville, will host an ELITE Skills Camp for boys and girls in grades 6-12 on July 28-31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. This is a great basketball opportunity for kids. For more information, call 1-800-919-1220. You can go online to register at www.camps.possibletraining.com/leesville.

Through July 31 -- Junior Golf Clinic

A Junior Golf Clinic, for kids ages 7-12, will be hosted at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course on Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31. The clinic is free. You must register at the golf course's pro shop or call them at 239-2526. The class is limited to the first 15 who register. This event is sponsored by GEICO, Sabine State Bank and the Leesville Municipal Golf Course Friends.

July 31 -- Pickering High "Back-to-School Days"

PICKERING -- Pickering High School will hold "Back-to-School Days" through Thursday, July 31. Students may pay school fees, receive schedules, obtain locker assignments and pick up text books during this time. The schedule for the days is as follows:

Thursday, July 31:
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Eighth grade)
10 a.m. to noon -- Seventh grade
For more information, call the school at 537-1555.

July 31 -- Leesville stop on Demon Football's "Victory Tour"

Northwestern State University Demon Football coaches, players, cheerleaders, athletic staff and others will be at Mexico Lindo in Leesville on Thursday, July 31 starting at 6 p.m. to greet fans and supporters. This is part of the NSU Demons' 2014 "Victory Tour." Everyone is welcome for this evening of sports. For more information, click HERE.

Aug. 1-2 -- Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday

Louisiana will hold its 2014 Annual Sales Tax Holiday on Aug. 1-2 across the state. The first $2,500 of merchandise you purchase will be sold without the state tax added. This applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. Local taxes still apply. You can find a list of eligible purchases at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxholiday.

Aug. 2-3 -- "Grand Slam" softball tourney

Hooters and the Marine Corps Reserve will hold the first-ever Hooters Grand Slam Co-Ed Softball Tournament to benefit the Toys for Tots campaign. Tourney dates are Aug. 2-3 at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Sports Complex. Cost is $250 per team. You must register by July 25. There will be lots of prizes, giveaways and Hooters gals. To register, go to toysfortotsswla@yahoo.com.

Aug. 2 -- DeRidder school supplies event

C & B Community Organization will host a Back-to-School supplies event on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Veterans Park in DeRidder, starting at 5 p.m. This is for students, grades K-12. There will be free school supplies and refreshments. Students must be present to receive supplies. For more information, call Carlos Archield at 348-6054 or Billy Spikes at 348-1132.

Aug. 2 -- Benefit poker tourney

The Merryville Historical Society and Museum will hold a benefit Texas Hold Em tournament on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 3619 in DeRidder. There is free registration. An $80 buy-in gets you $16,000 in chips. There is free food as well as beverages for players. Also, there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Registration the day of the event, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is $10. To register, call Eddie at 401-9015 or go to www.merryvilleheritagefestival.com. The tournament will be conducted by Texas Hold Em Consultants LLC.

Aug. 4 -- SWLA Beekeepers' meeting

The SWLA Beekeepers' Association will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. Those attending will learn how honey and wax is processed for personal use and resale. For more information, contact Beauregard County Agent Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.

Aug. 5-6 -- Rosepine "Back to School Days"

Rosepine High School will host "Back to School Days" on Aug. 5-6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Students can pick up schedules, pay fees and get new ID cards. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, grades 9-12 will report. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, grades 7-8 will go through. Students new to Rosepine's school district will have to register in the school office beginning on Aug. 4. For more information, call 463-6079. An open house is set for Aug. 7, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Aug. 7 -- Vernon Middle School orientation, open house

Vernon Middle School will hold orientation and open house for the 2014-2015 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7. Fifth graders will attend from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sixth graders will attend from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parents are welcome. Come hear about classes and activities as well as meet the faculty and staff. Fifth graders should report to the cafeteria for classroom information. Sixth graders should report to the gym for classroom information. Those attending are asked to arrive a few minutes early.

Aug. 7 -- Pickering High orientation

Pickering High School will hold parent orientation on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a time for parents and students to tour the school and meet their teachers. All parents of students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend.

Aug. 14 -- Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day

Your neighborhood Dairy Queens will participate in the 9th Annual Miracle Treat Day to support the Children's Miracle Network on Thursday, Aug. 14. On that day, $1 or more from every Blizzard treat sold will be donated to the cause in support of children's hospitals nationwide. Dairy Queens in Louisiana and Texas are participating in the event.

Aug. 15-17 -- Lily Orchid Days

Allen Acres will host their annual Lily Orchid Days on Aug. 15-17 at the Allen Acres Bed and Breakfast in Cravens. Dr. Charles Allen, botanist and author of several books on Louisiana plants, will lead the event. For more information, call 337-328-2252.

Aug. 16 -- "Emily's Fight Like A Girl" pageant

"Emily's Fight Like A Girl" pageant and silent auction will be held Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in DeRidder. Emily Mikkelson is a fifth grader at Rosepine Elementary School. She is battling Acute Lymphoblastic  Lymphoma for the second time. Family and friends have united to host this benefit to assist Emily's family  with their expenses. The pageant entry fee is $40.  Online registration -- and more information -- is available at http://missbeauregardindependence.vpweb.com/Emily-s-Pageant.html.

Aug. 16 -- "Beauty of Vernon" photo contest reception

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce's "Beauty of Vernon" photo contest organizers have moved back their opening reception from Saturday, Aug. 9 to Saturday, Aug. 16. Organizers say there were so many entries, that the contest jury needs to see all of the photos. The public is invited to attend and see all the photos on Aug. 16.

Aug. 16-17 -- U.S. Army Soldier Show

The 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16-17 at Bayou Theater at Fort Polk.

Aug. 21 -- Community Pregnancy Center fundraiser

"An Evening with Abby Johnson," a fundraiser for the Community Pregnancy Center in DeRidder, is set Thursday, Aug. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of DeRidder. There are several types of ticket options available. View them all, plus more information on Johnson, at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-abby-johnson-tickets-9077363639?aff=rss. The Community Pregnancy Center (Beauregard/Vernon Crisis Pregnancy Center) is a Christian pregnancy resource center in DeRidder.

Aug. 21 -- Wildlife food plot workshop

There will be a wildlife food plot workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. O'Neal's Feeder Supply and the LSU AgCenter are presenting this workshop about establishing wildlife food plots. Dr. Don Reed, wildlife biologist, will describe the optimal food plots to attract deer and other wildlife to a hunting site. This program charges no fee. For more information, contact Beauregard County Agent Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.

Aug. 23-24 -- Plant identification workshop

Allen Acres Native Ventures will host a plant identification workshop on Aug. 23-24. 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.

Aug. 27 -- Hiring Our Heroes military spouse fair

The Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Opportunity Fair will be held at Fort Polk on Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the youth gym at 1882 16th Street, Building 2070. This event is open to all military spouses. There will be a networking reception the night before the fair at Fort Polk as well. That will be held at the Showboat Theater at 7090 Alabama Avenue. Both events are free. You can register at www.hiringourheroes.org.

Sept. 8 -- SWLA Beekeepers' Association meeting

The SWLA Beekeepers' Association will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. Mr. Alan Duquette, an experienced beekeeper from the Piney Woods Beekeepers of East Texas, will speak about the top bar hive and its construction. Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. For more information, contact Beauregard County Agent Keith Hawkins at 463-7006.

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. 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. 26-29 -- "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.

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 Jim Williams at 208-1940.

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.
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