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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. It will officially debut to the public on July 25-26.
July 25 -- from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Park, and also from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at West Park.
July 26 -- from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park, and also from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Veterans Park.
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.

Sunday, July 27 -- Noon to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Wednesday, July 30 -- Noon to 6 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
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.

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 July 26, 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 -- Gallery One Ellleven competition

Gallery One Ellleven, in downtown Leesville, is preparing for their 5th annual 2014 competition exhibition. This is a juried competition with cash prizes in several categories of work. All artists who wish to enter and compete must be 18 years old. A $35 entry fee is required and covers up to three entries. Additional entries are $5 each. The deadline to enter is July 31. For details, go to the gallery, located at 111 South 3rd Street, or email them at galleryoneellleven@gmail.com.

Through July 26 -- Gallery One Ellleven show

Gallery One Ellleven member artist Kim Wallace and Maria Manemann, an Alexandria artist, will have a two-person exhibit in July at Gallery One Ellleven in downtown Leesville from July 9-26.

July 25 -- Summer concert in DeRidder

The third in a series of summer concerts by Beauregard's Courtesy will be held on Friday, July 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Wooten Theatre in downtown DeRidder. This event is hosted by the Impromptu Players. It's free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

July 26 -- Dulcimer Day at Rebel State

Rebel State Historic Site, in Marthaville, will hold a Dulcimer Day on Saturday, July 26. Sessions and workshops will be held. A first time/beginner session for both mountain and hammered instruments will be at 9 a.m.; a mountain dulcimer session will be at 10:10 a.m. and a hammered session will be at 11:30 a.m. At 2 p.m., there will be a mixed instrument session. Peggy Carter, dulcimer teacher and musician from Houston, will lead the workshops. In addition to the workshops, there will be a mountain dulcimer contest at 3:30 p.m. and a hammered dulcimer contest at 4:15 p.m. A concert featuring Carter will follow at 5:15 p.m. The contests’ awards will be presented at 5:45 p.m., with an open jam session after. Those interested in attending should call Sandy Neal at 1-888-677-3600.

July 26 -- "Ride for the Heroes"

American Legion Post 145, in Leesville, will host their "Ride for the Heroes" poker run on July 26 starting at 9 a.m. The event will also include a bike show, vendors, auction, a dunking booth, bikini contest, bike wash, bike games and arm wrestling. It is open to the public -- both riders and non-riders. Proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Heroes Project. For more information, call 337-718-0050 or 337-208-4267.

July 26 -- Jaryd Lane/Black Water Bridge in concert

Country performer Jaryd Lane and Black Water Bride will be live in concert on Saturday, July 26 at the Forestry Festival Lions Arena in Leesville. Doors open at 8 p.m. Suggested adult donation is $15. Kids 12 and under will be $8. BYOB ($20 for small ice chest/$40 for large). Proceeds will benefit the 927th (Sappers) Engineering Company from Baton Rouge. Tickets are available at Jilly Beans in Leesville, DeRidder Sports and La Maison Spa in DeRidder as well as Chill Factor in New Llano. An after party is set at Drafts Sports Bar.

July 26 -- "Pushups For Charity"

"Pushups for Charity," a fundraiser for the troops, will be held Saturday, July 26 at the Leesville High School stadium. The event is being sponsored by the Military Affairs Committee of the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce. It's part of the national, non-profit Boot Campaign. Activities will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Through "Pushups for Charity," Americans can show their support for the 1.4 million men and women who are serving in the armed forces by doing as many pushups they can in 90 seconds. The effort's goal is to have Americans complete 1/4 million pushups and raise $1 million to serve the troops through the Boot Campaign, which helps veterans with jobs, housing, wellness and education. For more information, call the Chamber office at 238-0349.

July 26 -- "Dining and Dancing with the Stars"

"Dining and Dancing with the Stars," a Beauregard ARC fundraiser, returns to the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in DeRidder on Saturday, July 26 starting at 6 p.m. There will be music, dancing, food, a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are $25 each. Proceeds benefit the newly donated building for ARC. Enjoy talent performing tunes by Tina Turner, Elvis, Dolly, Taylor Swift, the Blues Brothers and more. For more information, call 202-1908.

July 28-31 -- 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.

July 28-31 -- 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 29-31 -- Pickering High "Back-to-School Days"

PICKERING -- Pickering High School will hold "Back-to-School Days" on Tuesday, July 29 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:
Tuesday, July 29:
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (SGA)
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- Seniors, high school football players
11 a.m. to noon -- (Juniors, band)
Wednesday, July 30:
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Sophomores)
10 a.m. to noon -- (Freshmen)
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 30 -- LDVA veterans' town hall meeting

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a series of town hall meetings to discuss various aspects of veterans care. A meeting is set in Leesville at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 at the VFW Post 3106 on Harriet Street. This is open to all veterans and their families. The LDVA will be collecting comments to present the federal VA officials regarding care.

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 -- 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. 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. 16-17 -- 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.

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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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