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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To publicize your event in a specific way on certain days, call 824-3011 to speak to an advertising representative.
Christmas Wish program
The Jennings Fire Department (JFD) is seeking donors and sponsors for its annual Christmas Wish Program. The program benefits children ages 12 and under only. For more information, call the JFD at 821-5507.
CADA Adopt a Family
Communities Against Domestic Abuse’s (CADA) annual Adopt a Family program, which benefits women and children living in CADA’s local safe house, is seeking donors and sponsors until Friday, Dec. 7. Sponsors will be given wish lists of the family they adopt. People can also donate money or food to provide for families. Donors should have gifts to the CADA office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 12. Call 616-8418 for more information.
December 4 American Legion Meeting James O. Hall Post 19 of the American Legion will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted at the American Legion Hall located at 111 N. Market Street here in Jennings. 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 Carl Benoit at 824-0698 or Glenn McFarlain at 824-5556.
Library Board Meeting A public meeting to review the 2013 budget for the Jeff Davis Parish Library Board will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the McBurney Memorial Branch located at 301 South Sarah Street in Welsh. The regular board meeting will follow at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
December 5 Christmas Social Our Lady Help of Christians Altar Society is having their annual Christmas Social at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the St. Mary Center. All members are invited and are asked to bring finger food. Members may also bring a guest.
Food Net Food Drive
The annual Food Net Food Drive will be held from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Jeff Davis Parish Fairgrounds Arena in Jennings. All non-perishable items are needed. All products will benefit citizens of all ages in Jeff Davis Parish. For more information or to volunteer for the day, call Kaly Gist at 368-7426.
Last day to signup for Toys for Tots The last chance to signup to be a recipient of the Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive will be from 12-5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the National Guard Amory located at 108 N. Cary Avenue in Jennings. Those signing up should bring proof of income and a birth certificate. For more information, call (337) 302-7051.
LHS Homecoming Lacassine High School is seeking graduates from the classes of 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003 to participate in 2012-13 Homecoming Activities. The homecoming game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7., with an alumni reception scheduled for 5 p.m. upstairs in the new gym. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boy’s game will follow. After the boys game the 2012-13 Homecoming Queen will be announced. For more information, call the school at (337) 588-4206.
Second Saturday Flea Market The Second Saturday Flea Market will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park in Jennings. The monthly event allows local vendors to sell their wares. Booths set up at 6 a.m. and the market opens to the public at 7 a.m. until. All vendors are welcome to set up booths at the event for $5 per booth, and a donation of $1 per shopper is requested at the gate. All proceeds benefit Communities Against Domestic Abuse. Call 616-8418 for more information.
Relay for Life Fundraiser A fundraiser for the Acadia Parish American Cancer Society Relay For Life from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mee Mee’s Café located at 330 S. Jackson Ave. in Morse. Jambalaya dinners will be sold for $7 each and there will be a live Auction. DJ Rosco, DJ Crak Louisiana Sounds, Pat Richard, Ronnie Matthews and Cajun Heat with special guest Colby Latiolais will provide music and entertainment throughout the day. The bracelets for entertainment will cost $10 each.
Christmas on the Lake The town of Lake Arthur will host its annual holiday celebration, “Christmas on the Lake,” on Saturday, Dec. 8 starting with a gumbo cook-off at 12 p.m. with judging at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Miss Lake Arthur will be announced around 1 p.m., and a parade down Arthur Avenue will start at 6 p.m. with lineup beginning at 5 p.m. Immediately following the parade there will be a fireworks show. For more information, call city hall at 774-2211.
First Presbyterian Cantata
The First Presbyterian Church of Welsh will hold its Christmas cantata, “Shout Out the Good News,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the church’s home at 305 W. Hudspeth Street. The public is invited to attend.
Holiday Shopping Market The second annual Holiday Shopping Market in Welsh will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Welsh Community Center. All admission proceeds will benefit Welsh Christmas Basket Fund and can a donation of cash, canned goods, non-perishable foods or toiletry items. Concessions will benefit Rachael Vanicor and include jambalaya, burgers, nachos and drinks. To purchase jambalaya dinners in advance call Allie Miller at (337) 794-3611 or Selena Bryant at 802-3842. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. For more information contact Celeste Richard (337)734-3359.
Bulk Trash Pickup Allied Waste will begin their monthly scheduled “white goods,” yard waste and bulky items trash collection on Monday, Dec. 10. Residents should place their bulky trash, limbs and white goods items by the curbside by, Sunday, Dec. 9. For more information Allied Waste toll free at (888) 676-1668 or the City of Jennings Water Revenue office at (337) 821-5502.
Book Club The Jeff Davis Parish Book Club discussion group will meet at the Carnegie Library in Jennings on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. to discuss the book “At Home In Mitford” by Jan Karon. Everyone is invited to join. The club meets every two weeks. For more information, call Elia Richard at (337) 734-2534.
Vietnam Veterans of America The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1058 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 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.
Tourist Commission Board Meeting The Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission Board Meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Hampton Inn in Jennings.
AARP Safety Program
The AARP Driver Safety Program will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at LTC Morgan Smith Campus in Jennings. Cost is $12 for AARP members (card required) and $14 for non-members. Four-hour course, no written or driving tests. Participants could possibly receive up to three years in auto insurance savings. Call instructor Frances Byler at 774-5167 or 370-1163 to register.
Economic Development Board Meeting The Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development Board meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the board room at Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative in Jennings.
COA Entergy Christmas Party
The annual Jeff Davis Parish Council on Aging Christmas Party, sponsored by Entergy, will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Welsh Community Center on Palmer Street in Welsh. Doors open at 8 a.m. There will be food and prizes. Even is free and open to all senior citizens of Jeff Davis Parish. For more information, call Kim Benoit at 824-5504.
Welsh Community Choir Cantata
The Welsh Community Choir will host is annual Cantata, “Oh Holy Night: A Ready to Sing Christmas” at 9 a.m. at First United Methodist Church and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 16. The public is invited to attend.
From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, Louisiana Senior Rx will be at the Jeff Davis Parish Council on Aging to assist seniors with enrollment for Senior Rx-finding affordable or free medications and counseling regarding Medicare parts A, B, C and D. Please bring proof of income for each member of household (current tax form, Social Security benefit letter or current check stub, pension or retirement); list of medications (including dosages, directions and prescribing doctor); copy of most recent tax return if filing taxes; Copy of ID, Medicare card, insurance cards (front and back); and a copy of Medicaid denial or acceptance letter (if you have applied for assistance). Call Kim Benoit at 824-5504 for more information.
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