Throughout March -- LifeShare blood drives
Tuesday, March 11 -- Pickering High School, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the gym.
Thursday, March 13 -- Wal-Mart from noon to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18 -- Wal-Mart from noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19 -- Leesville High School, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the annex gym.
Thursday, March 20 -- VPSO from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, March 21 -- Simpson High School, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the gym lobby.
Monday, March 24 -- Hicks High School, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m., in the auditorium lobby.
Monday, March 24 -- Wal-Mart, from noon to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25 -- Pitkin High School, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the auditorium lobby.
Saturday, March 29 -- Wal-Mart, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, March 31 -- Faith Training Christian Academy, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the gym.
Saturday, March 15, at The Exchange, from 0900-1500
Monday, March 17, Network Enterprise Center, from 0900-1400
Thursday, March 27, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, from 0900-1500, at Building 1056 with 2/4 Infantry
Thursday, March 27, BJACH, from 0900-1630
Friday, March 28, at 1st MEB, from 0630-1400, at 1st MEB Gym
Through March -- Exhibiting artist at JSG
The Joseph Sisters Gallery will present Jenga Garcia, a self-taught gothic/fantasy artist from DeRidder, as their March exhibiting artist. For more information, call 337-378-5055. More on upcoming gallery events HERE
Friday, March 14 -- Free jazz concert
The Southwest Jazz Ensemble, made of up area band directors and other local musicians, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the Wooten Theater in DeRidder. Admission is free. Around 20 musicians will perform jazz standards.
March 14 -- Cancer survivors, caregivers brunch
Beauregard Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and Beauregard Parish Relay for Life, will host the 2nd Annual Survivor's Brunch on Friday, March 14 to honor all cancer survivors and their caregivers. The event will be at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. Pre-registration is required. If you or someone you know is interested, contact the hospital public relations office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 337-462-7418. Find more hospital events HERE
March 15 -- "Forest Day" in Kisatchie
The U.S. Forestry Service will hold "Kisatchie National Forest Day" on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Kincaid Lake Recreation area, just west of Alexandria. You can pack a picnic lunch and bring your family for a day of outdoor fun. It's all free and family-oriented. For more, call Amy at 318-473-7025.
March 15 -- Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Poker Run
The "Bayou Chapter" of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club will host a benefit poker run on Saturday, March 15. All proceeds will go toward a college scholarship fund to support local military, veterans and their families. Register at VFW Post 3106 in Leesville (the run also ends there). Registration will be from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., with kickstands up at 11 a.m. Cost is $20 per biker and $5 for extra rider. Great food and fellowship! Lots of door prizes and raffles. All area riders are welcome to ride and enjoy.
March 15 -- Relay for Life pageant
The 5th annual Beauregard Parish Relay for Life Beauty Pageant to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, March 15 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds in DeRidder. Entry is $55. Categories range from infant to 19 years old. For more information, call Tina at 396-9288 or 462-3384.
March 15 -- Rhinestone Roundup
Country music artist Neal McCoy will perform at BeauCARE's "Rhinestone Roundup" on Saturday, March 15 at the Beauregard Parish Covered Arena. Details HERE.
March 15 -- Art 4 the Park flea market
The Art 4 the Park organization will hold its annual community flea market on Saturday, March 15 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Magnolia Park in Leesville, across from West Leesville Elementary School. Vendors can get a 10x10 space for $25. A food booth is $50. Proceeds will go toward improving Leesville's parks with artwork. For more information, call 424-1496 or 238-9463.
March 15 -- Beginning beekeepers' field day
There will be a beginning beekeepers' field day on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at 4456 Hwy. 27, 6.5 miles south of DeRidder. Richard Hebert, board member of the SWLA Beekeepers Association, will be leading novice and aspiring beekeepers in the basics of beekeeping in an active beeyard. The topics discussed will be the colony, hive components, hive tools and protective gear, beekeeping terms, getting started, pest and diseases, and honey harvesting. If weather permits, a hive will be opened up. Space is limited to the first 20 people. The fee is $25 for individuals and $40 for couples. Checks can be made payable to: SWLABA, P.O. Box 609, DeRidder, LA 70634. For more information, contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006 or Richard Hebert, 337- 462-0336.
March 15 -- VPSO Bass Tournament
The 12th annual Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Bass Tournament is set March 15. Entry fee will be $25 per person with a five fish limit per boat. Pre-paid contestants will be able to launch from anywhere on Vernon Lake, however, those registering on the day of the tournament must do so prior to 7 a.m. at Bevins Landing. The tournament will run from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. when fish will be weighed in. More HERE
March 17 -- 'Orphan Train' presentation at Vernon Parish Library
The Vernon Parish Library will host "Riders on the Orphan Train" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 17. This is a multimedia presentation on the Orphan Train and their Young Riders. The train came through Louisiana decades ago. For more information, call the library at 337-238-0666.
March 20 -- 'Orphan Train' presentation at Beauregard Library
The Orphan Train Riders, a unique historical show that is both entertaining and informative, will be at the Beauregard Parish Library in DeRidder on Thursday, March 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. Those attending should come early. For more information, call Celise at 337-463-6217. The show is for all ages. More on the event HERE
March 20 -- DeRidder 'Arts Parade' concert series
The line-up for the City of DeRidder's 6th Annual Arts Parade Concert Series has been released and ticket sales are underway. Tickets are $40 per person and the fee covers all three concerts this year. They can be purchased at DeRidder City Hall or Curious Cargo. The shows will take place at the Wooten Theatre at 7 p.m. for the three dates. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with fingerfoods and fellowship. Musicians will have a New Orleans flavor this year. March 20 will feature Charlie Miller & the Jazz Masters, April 24 will feature St. Cecilia's Asylum and May 16 will feature The Victory Belles. For more information, call Misty Clanton at 337-462-8900.
March 21-22 -- Ride for Autism
The 11th Annual "Ride of Autism," an overnight motorcycle poker run, will take place March 21-22 starting at Cajun Harley-Davidson in Scott, La., (near Lafayette). The ride is $45 per hand and includes T-shirts, ride pin, meals, door prizes and more. The ride goes to Galveston and back. For more information, visit www.projectindependence.org
or call 985-237-0429. All rides and bikers are welcome.
March 22 -- Ranita Bolton benefit
A benefit for Pickering native Ranita Bolton will be held Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rosepine High School gym. This is a senior project from Rosepine High School senior Chelsi Martin. Entry is $10 per person. You can enjoy Zumba classes, raffles, a silent auction, bake sale and several guest speakers. For more information, call Chelsi at 397-3792 or Nancy at 397-3592.
March 22 -- "Play for Clay"
A benefit 3-on-3 basketball tournament, "Play for Clay," will be held Saturday, March 22 at Rosepine Elementary School. Cost is $50 per team. Signup begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds raised will go to a scholarship for a graduating Rosepine High School senior in memory of the late Clay Harbison. For more information, call Lanie at 396-9798.
March 22 -- 7th Annual GatorRama
Louisiana Slow Rollers will host their 7th Annual GatorRama on Saturday, March 22 in downtown DeRidder. The event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds go to God's Food Box. There is free registration for active military, and of course, browsing is free! For more information, call Daryl Smith at 337-463-8989 or Cal Hodnett at 337-462-2376. Pre-registration is $25, and registration the day of the show is $30. Vendor spots are available.
March 26 -- Free computer classes
The Vernon Parish Library will host free computer classes beginning March 26. Each class is two hours in length. Call the library to reserve your spot. Each class is limited to 15 students. If you need help with computer basics, Word, Windows 8, using the Internet, or a tablet, one of these classes is for you. For more information, call the library at 337-238-0666.
March 27 -- Education symposium
Residents are invited to an education symposium at Fort Polk's Bayou Theatre on Thursday, March 27. Those attending will hear about how area schools compare nationally. They'll also learn more about Common Core State Standards, school technology and a draft plan aimed at improving area schools. Participation is free. More HERE.
March 27; April 3; and April 10 -- "Downtown at Sundown"
The City of DeRidder invites the public to the "Downtown at Sundown" concert series. You can unwind with free live music and food from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Amerisafe Pavilion in downtown DeRidder. Events are held Thursday, March 27; Thursday, April 3; and Thursday, April 10. Events are free.
March 27-29 -- Merryville Heritage Festival
The Merryville Heritage Festival will be March 27-29 in Merryville. The festival offers entertainment and food, on the grounds of the Merryville Historical Society Museum. The event celebrates the unique history of "No Man's Land" with skits, entertainment, demonstrations and attractions reminiscent of the 1800s and early 1900s. The event draws around 3,500 visitors each year. For more information, call 337-396-3467 or 337-825-0101, or visit http://www.merryvilleheritagefestival.com/
March 28 -- Spring 2014 Artwalk
The Arts Council of Central Louisiana will hold its Spring 2014 Artwalk on Friday, March 28 in the downtown Alexandria Cultural Arts District from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free event. Over 75 artists will participate. There will be food, vendors and art demonstrations. For more information, including vendor details, visit www.louisiana-arts.org
March 29 -- 24th Annual Spring Open Fishing Tourney
The 24th Annual Spring Open Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the Fort Polk Community Bassmasters, is Saturday, March 29 on Toledo Bend at the U.S. Army Recreation Site. This is a trailer tournament so you can launch anywhere on the lake. Cost is $60 per boat. You can fish from safe light until 3 p.m. Cash payback and tons of door prizes. Everyone is invited. For more, call Fermin at 718-6068 or Shawn at 353-7242.
March 29 -- Benefit poker run for Hope Village
The American Legion Retired Post 387 in New Llano and its motorcycle riders invite all area riders on a big benefit poker run for the Hope Village project in DeRidder on Saturday, March 29. Sign in is at 9 a.m. Kick stands go up at 10 a.m. The last bike will be in at 2 p.m. There will be cash prizes for best and worst hands. Lots of fun for a good cause. Also, a raffle will take place with some nice prizes. For more, call Sam at 375-6582.
April -- Computer classes
The Beauregard Parish Library will hold computer classes for beginners on Saturdays in April. Classes start at 10 a.m. and seating is limited so sign up today or call 463-6217. Classes will be April 5 in DeRidder; April 12 in Merryville; and April 26 in Ragley.
April 5 -- "Week of the Young Child" event
Vernon Parish LA 4/8(g) Preschool Program, Vernon Parish Head Start, Local Childcare Centers, Vernon Parish Special Education Department and many community organizations will be having a celebration on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vernon Parish Head Start Building. The event is to promote the "Week of the Young Child" where officials will be making families aware of birth to 5-year-old learning standards, early registration for PreK and kindergarten, and what community organizations/businesses have to offer in order to serve the young children of Vernon Parish. Today's Country 105.7 will be live from this event.
April 5-6 -- Leesville Lions golf tournament
The Leesville Lions Club will hold their 31st Annual Don Jackson Memorial Golf Tournament on April 5-6 at the Oak Wing Golf Club in Alexandria. This is open to the public. There will be a two-person scramble format with an entry fee of $200 per player ($225 after March 28). This includes all fees, cart, food and beverages. For more information, call Rand Alford at 239-3811 or the golf course at 318-561-2770.
April 12 -- 5th Annual Thad Bailes 4-H Golf Tourney
The 5th Annual Thad Bailes 4-H Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be held April 12 at the Warrior Hills Golf Course at Fort Polk. A four-person scramble will be $50 per player. Checks can be made payable to: Vernon Parish 4-H. The fees include golf cart use, green free and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Thad Bailes was a great believer and support of the youth of Vernon Parish and the 4-H program. For more information on this event, call Ray Ortiz at 337-208-7329 or Kem Johnson at 337-208-2058.
April 12 -- Bill Bailey Memorial Golf Tourney
The 11th Annual Bill Bailey Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Leesville Rotary Club, is Saturday, April 12 at the Links on the Bayou course in Alexandria. There will be a two-person scramble at $70 per player. That includes all fees, cart, a meal, drinks and door prizes. Active-duty military get a break on the rate ($50). For more information, call Jenny at 239-3128 or Connie at 718-6156.
April 12 -- Anacoco Lions 5K and 10K
The Anacoco Lions Club will hold their annual Tailtwisting 5K and 10K runs on April 12. All proceeds raised will benefit the Louisiana Lions Camp. The entry fee is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. Entry forms are available at the camp on U.S. 171 north of Leesville.
April 12 -- Kiwanis of Vernon Pageant
The 4th annual Miss Kiwanis of Vernon Pageant will be held on Saturday, April 12 at the St. Michael's Center in Leesville. The pageant is open to everyone from ages 0 to 23 years of age. The Lady Miss Division will be for ages 17 and up and will be open to women who are married, divorced or with children. More HERE
April 21 -- Author visit
The Vernon Parish Library will host David Vince, author of, "When Life Throws you Curves, Keep Swinging" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21. For more information, call the library at 337-238-0666.
April 23 -- Many Rotary Club fashion show
The Rotary Club of Many will present their 3rd annual fashion show and luncheon on Wednesday, April 23 at the Many VFW Post 4858. Tickets are $25 and includes lunch as well as a chance at door prizes. For more information, call Anita at 318-256-3555 or any Many Rotarian.
May 2-3 -- Mayfest
Mayfest, an annual live music festival held in historic downtown Leesville, will be held on May 2-3. You can enjoy live music, art, food, vendors and more along Third Street. For more information, call 337-238-0783. Mayfest applications vendor are ready! If you're interested in becoming a vendor, contact Jordan at (337) 238-0783 or email@example.com
May 3 -- Treasure Fest
Treasure Fest, DeRidder's mile-long garage sale, will be held on Saturday, May 3 in DeRidder's West Park. If you are interested in a space for your garage sale, call 337-463-5534 or stop by the commission's office at 204 W First St in DeRidder (the old DeRidder Post Office). A $20 refundable deposit is required for each space that is reserved. This event is sponsored by the Beauregard Tourist Commission and the City of DeRidder. Deposits are refunded on the day of the event and no city permits are required to participate.
Ongoing -- Free tax help for seniors, low income families
AARP will again offer free tax preparation help for senior citizens and low income families in the area. The program began Feb. 1 and will continue each Saturday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 12. Federal and state taxes will be calculated and filed electronically. For details, contact Ann at 208-4380. The service is offered at the old New Llano Town Hall, next to the fire station.
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 -- 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 -- 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.
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