Community Calendar

Calendar Guidelines Items for Community Calendar must be submitted in writing during regular weekday business hours at least two weeks prior to the day of the event. We will make every effort to run the item twice before the event, though it should be noted all events run in the order of their posted dates and only as space allows. Events more than two weeks away may not run until closer to the event. Each event should feature no more than two contact phone numbers. Community Calendar is offered as a public service bulletin for Jeff Davis Parish community and non-profit events. Send entries to jenn...@bellsouth.net. To publicize your event in a specific way on certain days, call 824-3011 to speak to an advertising representative.

June 30 Freedom Fest Lake Arthur will host its 2nd annual Freedom Fest Independence Day celebration on Saturday, June 30. Gates open at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per person for ages 6 and older. There will be boat races, live music performances, a fireworks display and tons of activities for children. For more information or to get a contest entry form visit http://www.lakearthurfestivals.com or contact City Hall at 774-2211.

Jennings Farmers Market Each Saturday, rain or shine, the Main Street Farmers Market in Jennings is open from 7-10 a.m. in Founders Park. Some items available are fresh vegetables and produce, crafts, baked goods, fresh eggs, canned goods and more. To qualify as a vendor for the Main Street Farmers Market you must make, raise, or grow what you intend to sell. No store bought or import items are allowed. There is no fee to be a vendor, but you must fill out a participation form at the Farmers Market. For more information call Joann at 821-2723.
JHS Class of 1982 Reunion The Jennings High School class of 1982 will host their 30-year reunion at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jennings. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, call Julie Fruge at 824-1982 or Julie Richard at 275-0291.

Benefit Poker Run
A benefit poker will be held to raise money for the family of Julie Lyon Daigle who was killed in a car accident in April. Money raised will be used for funeral expenses and headstone. Registration will be at 9 a.m. at the Dirty Rice Saloon in Iowa, with the first bike out at 10 a.m. The last bike in will be at 2 p.m.. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and free food. The Crystal Creek band will be playing.
Independence Day Boat Parade The Lake Arthur Boat Club will host its eighth annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Saturday, June 30. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at the boat club and travels to Lake Arthur Park where judging will be held at 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. for each category at the boat club. For more information, contact Cruise Chairman Brad Durkes at (337) 224-9242.

July 1 Patriotic Rosary The Catholic Daughters of St. Lawrence are holding a Patriotic Rosary at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Hathaway. Everyone is invited to come out and pray together for the nation and elected officials. For more information, call 824-1874 or 824-3350.

July 3 Stars and Stripes Celebration Jennings will hold its 21st annual Stars and Stripes Celebration starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park. Admission is $3 children under 12 years old get in free. The event will feature six fun jumps, bungee jumping, face painting, live music, food and craft vendors and more followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m. No alcohol or ice chests will be allowed. Call (337) 821-5532 for more information. Belly Dancing The Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) will hold a belly dancing class for senior citizens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, contact the COA at 824-5504.

Welsh Farmers Market
The Welsh Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the grounds of Welsh City Hall. Local residents and farmers sell their homegrown produce and homemade goods. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Welsh City Hall at 734-2231.

American Legion Meeting James O. Hall Post 19 of the American Legion will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 3, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted at the American Legion Hall located at 111 N. Market Street here in Jennings. At this meeting the Post will install its officers for 2012-13. The Post’s Ladies Auxiliary will also meet on the same date and at the same time and location. Any military veteran who is considering joining the Legion is invited to attend the Post’s meeting in order to find out more about this patriotic organization. Questions regarding the Legion can be directed to Post’s Vice Commander Glenn McFarlain at 824-5556. July 5 Free Alzheimer’s Seminar Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) and La. Hospice and Palliative Care of Jennings invite the public to attend a free Alzheimer’s Seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 5 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, call Brenda at 824-5504.

Credit Union Meeting
South Jennings Catholic Federal Credit Union will host its regular annual meeting Thursday, July 5, at 7 p.m. in John Windt Hall of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Regular business as well as election of officers will be conducted. Drawing for share prizes will also be held. For more information, call 824-4453.

Teen Writing Workshop
The Jefferson Davis Parish Library is calling all teens to join our community of writers and illustrators in reading and reviewing works by other teens. Renee Grantham will show teens how to share their work at www.teenink.com. Teen Ink is a magazine with articles by teens for teens. This program will be Thursday, July 5 at 2:30 p.m.

July 7
Jennings Farmers Market Each Saturday, rain or shine, the Main Street Farmers Market in Jennings is open from 7-10 a.m. in Founders Park. Some items available are fresh vegetables and produce, crafts, baked goods, fresh eggs, canned goods and more. To qualify as a vendor for the Main Street Farmers Market you must make, raise, or grow what you intend to sell. No store bought or import items are allowed. There is no fee to be a vendor, but you must fill out a participation form at the Farmers Market. For more information call Joann at 821-2723.

July 9-12
New Jerusalem VBS
New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Welsh and Pastor Nathan Stevens announce the 2012 vacation Bible school from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 9, through Thursday, July 12. Last day to register is Sunday, July 1, 2012. Ages 3-25 years. This year’s theme is “Get Connected!”

July 9-13 First Church of Christ VBS The First Church of Christ will hold their annual Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. the week of July 9-13 at the church. Children in pre-k to 6th grade are invited to attend. The church is located on the corner of May and Florence streets in Jennings. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday night. For more information, call 824-3462 or Christy Doucet at 824-2525.

July 9-20 ZAM Summer Art Camp The Zigler Art Museum will hold a Summer Art Camp from 9-11:30 a.m. on weekdays July 9-20. Students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to attend. The cost of the camp is Grades $90 per student for members and $100 per student for non-members. Discounts are available for additional children. For more information, contact the museum at (337) 824-0114.

July 10 Book Club The Jeff Davis Parish Book Club discussion group will meet at the Carnegie Library in Jennings on Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. to discuss the book “Your Heart Belongs to Me” by Dean Koontz. Everyone is invited to join. The club meets every two weeks. For more information, call Elia Richard at (337) 734-2534.
Belly Dancing The Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) will hold a belly dancing class for senior citizens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, contact the COA at 824-5504.

Welsh Farmers Market
The Welsh Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the grounds of Welsh City Hall. Local residents and farmers sell their homegrown produce and homemade goods. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Welsh City Hall at 734-2231.

Veterans Vietnam Veterans of America The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1058 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at the National Guard Armory. The VVA meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact VVA Vice President Mike Smith at (337) 580-0598.

July 12 Legal Aid Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) will offer free legal aid for senior citizens on Thursday July 12 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, contact the COA at 824-5504.
July 17 Belly Dancing The Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) will hold a belly dancing class for senior citizens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, contact the COA at 824-5504.

Welsh Farmers Market
The Welsh Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the grounds of Welsh City Hall. Local residents and farmers sell their homegrown produce and homemade goods. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Welsh City Hall at 734-2231.
July 19 FYI Class: Hair Bows The Jeff Davis Parish Public Library will hold its next FYI Class at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at the Jennings Branch. Learn to make hair bows with Keesha Suydam. A $5 materials fee will be assessed. Class may exceed one hour. Seating is limited. Must register. Call 824-1210.

July 21 Mitch Durio Benefit A cake bingo for Mitchell “Mitch” Durio to help defray funeral expenses will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on La. 102 in Jennings. The auction will be held from 2-4 p.m. Raffle tickets will also be sold and food is available. For more information, call Terry at 616-8146 or Patricia Durio at 275-1837.

July 24 Book Club The Jeff Davis Parish Book Club discussion group will meet at the Carnegie Library in Jennings on Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. to discuss the book “When Madelyn Was Young” by Jane Hamilton. Everyone is invited to join. The club meets every two weeks. For more information, call Elia Richard at (337) 734-2534.

Welsh Farmers Market
The Welsh Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the grounds of Welsh City Hall. Local residents and farmers sell their homegrown produce and homemade goods. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Welsh City Hall at 734-2231.

July 24 Belly Dancing The Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) will hold a belly dancing class for senior citizens at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, contact the COA at 824-5504.

JHS Class of ’92
The Jennings High School Class of 1992 will celebrate their 20-year reunion Saturday, July 28. The reunion will be held from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Jennings Country Club. Class fees are being collected as well as t-shirt orders for the games. For more info, contact Jessica Manuel at (337) 246-0198 or jess...@hotmail.com, jess...@facebook.com or Monika Lacombe Hebert at (337) 824-2456, (337) 789-3141, pppr...@cs.com or moni...@facebook.com.

July 28
New Jerusalem Musical
New Jerusalem Baptist Church of Welsh would like to invite everyone to their Pastor’s Pre-Anniversary Musical on Saturday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend and anyone interested in participating in the musical. Please contact Sis. Mary Handy at 368-2083. Please come back for pastor’s 22nd anniversary on Sunday , July 29, 2012, at 3 p.m. Guest speaker for this awesome occasion is Rev. Freddie Jack, pastor of
St John Baptist Church of Ville Platte and Mount Pilgrim Bpatist Church of Elton.

July 30
Elton Elementary Registration
Elton Elementary pre-k, kindergarten and new student registration will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 30. In order to register for pre-k, your child must be four years old by Sept. 30. In order to register for kindergarten, your child must be five years old by Sept. 30. Please bring the child that is registering, their birth certificate, shot record, Social Security card and any legal documents for custody (if applicable) for registration. For more information, call (337) 584-2892 or go by the school.

July 31
Welsh Farmers Market
The Welsh Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. on the grounds of Welsh City Hall. Local residents and farmers sell their homegrown produce and homemade goods. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Welsh City Hall at 734-2231.

August 2
Meet and Greet
Welsh-Roanoke Jr. High School will hold its back-to-school Meet and Greet on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. in the WAR Gym. There will be a special meeting prior to this at 5:30 p.m. for all seventh and eighth grade parents regarding opportunities for Carnegie credit during this school term.

August 3 Free Alzheimer’s Seminar Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) and La. Hospice and Palliative Care of Jennings invite the public to attend a free Alzheimer’s Seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 3 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, call Brenda at 824-5504.

August 4-5
Co-ed Softball Tourney A Relay for Life Co-Ed Softball Tournament will be held Aug. 4-5 at Dickie Chapman Memorial Baseball Complex in Lake Arthur. The cost is $150 per team. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Jeff Davis Parish. For more information call Sammy Lejeune at 329-0537 or Elizabeth Landry at 329-2878.

August 7 Book Club The Jeff Davis Parish Book Club discussion group will meet at the Carnegie Library in Jennings on Tuesday, August 7 at 10 a.m. to discuss the book “The People of The Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Everyone is invited to join. The club meets every two weeks. For more information, call Elia Richard at (337) 734-2534.

August 9 Legal Aid Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) will offer free legal aid for senior citizens on Thursday August 9 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, contact the COA at 824-5504.

August 14
Veterans Vietnam Veterans of America The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1058 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the National Guard Armory. The VVA meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact VVA Vice President Mike Smith at (337) 580-0598.

September 6

Free Alzheimer’s Seminar Jeff Davis Council on Aging (COA) and La. Hospice and Palliative Care of Jennings invite the public to attend a free Alzheimer’s Seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the COA Senior Center located at 210 South State Street. For more information, call Brenda at 824-5504.
Sept. 10 FYI Quickies On Monday Sept. 10, the McBurney Library in Welsh will offer FYI Quickies on “Backpack Safety,” which includes information and a handout, as well as “After School Snack Ideas,” which includes recipes for chocolate covered bananas with peanut butter. Recipe books and craft ideas will be on display. Call the library for more information at 734-3262.

 

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