Dec. 19 -- DHS emergency drill
DeRidder High School will have an "active shooter drill" on Thursday, Dec. 19. The exercise will involve local law enforcement personnel, first responders and school resource officers. The public should be aware that it is only a drill.
Dec. 21 -- Simpson Christmas Parade
The Town of Simpson will hold its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Dec. 21 -- Rosepine "Coats For Kids Drive"
Students from Rosepine are holding a "Coats For Kids Drive" on Saturday, Dec. 21 beginning at 8 a.m. at the red light in Rosepine. They are looking for donations of coats in all sizes. Items will be given to those in need. You may also drop off coats at First National Bank in DeRidder, Tractor Supply, Rosepine Family Pharmacy, McKee's Grocery and Rosepine High School
Dec. 25 -- Free gumbo dinner
A free community Christmas gumbo dinner will be held Dec. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at the old New Llano Town Hall building. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Carolyn Todd at 378-7607 or 238-7208. Volunteers to help with the food are also welcome.
Ongoing - Marine Reservists Toys For Tots Drive
Since 1947, the Marine Reserves have backed Toys For Tots impacting over 150 million American children. Locally, boxes are set up in the DeRidder and Leesville communities. Drop off points include DeRidder City Hall, Wal-Mart (LE/DE), Walgreens (LE/DE), Beauregard Electric, Dollar General, both Brookshire Brothers in DeRidder and Richard Floor Service (DE). Toys for all ages are needed. Applications for the program can be picked up at DeRidder City Hall, Dina's True Cuts on Hwy. 10 Sandy Hill and DeRidder Financial Services (Hwy. 190 West). For more information, call Karl St. Romain at 348-9586 or Herman Francisco at 375-4686
Ongoing -- Rosepine Angel Tree
The Town of Rosepine has an angel tree. You can stop by Rosepine Town Hall and get the name of a child who needs help this Christmas. For more information, call 463-8908.
Ongoing -- Alexandria Zoo Holiday Light Safari
The Alexandria Zoo is hosting visitors during the annual Holiday Light Safari, weekends through Dec. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. Cost is $6 per person for ages 4 and up. Enjoy the trolley, trains and exhibits, all full of holiday colors. There are several events planned for different age groups. Visit http://www.thealexandriazoo.com/
for more information.
Ongoing -- CASA Christmas Project
CASA of West Central LA is asking for help on their Christmas Project for 2013. CASA is working on providing gifts to the foster children in Vernon and Beauregard Parishes. Stop by CASA in Leesville or DeRidder and pick up a child's wish list or simply make a donation. You may drop off your unwrapped gift items at specially marked boxes at Merchants & Farmers Bank (LE), City Savings Bank (DE) or Curios Cargo (DE). For more information, call the CASA office in Leesville at 239-1970 or in DeRidder at 462-4667
Ongoing -- BeauCare Wrapping Presents
BeauCare Inc. will wrap presents for you! Until Dec. 19, bring your items to their office at 628 High School Drive in DeRidder Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. You may provide your own wrapping paper or choose from their selections. Donations only will be accepted and proceeds will benefit the after school and teen programs.
Ongoing -- LifeShare Blood Drives: December
Friday, Dec. 20: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 4th Brigade/10th Mtn. on Fort Polk
Saturday, Dec. 21: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Monday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Thursday, Dec. 26: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Ongoing -- Guns Galore Giveaway
The Leesville Civitan Club will sponsor another year in their Guns Galore Giveaway. Tickets are $50 and you will have 52 chances to win in the next year. Winners are tied into the Louisiana Lottery Pick 3 drawing every week. Selection of firearms is extensive and excellent. Tickets are available at the main branch of the Merchants & Farmers Bank, Star Gun & Archery, R&S Pools and AGS (Automotive Glass Specialties)
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
Jan. 13 -- Vernon Parish Library Musical Odyssey Series
The next concert in the Vernon Parish Library Musical Odyssey Series will be Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. with Richard Gilewitz (6 and 12 string guitar player). The show is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the performance. Seating is limited so come early.
Jan. 20 -- VerBeau African Violet Society
The VerBeau African Violet Society will not meet again until the 3rd Monday in January (Jan. 20). Happy Holidays from the VerBeau Violet Society. For information, call Eileen at 238-1584
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