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.
St Joseph Fish Fry
St Joseph Catholic Church in Evangeline is sponsoring a fish fry dinner followed by a cake bingo at the Family Life Center on Sunday, Dec. 1. Dinners are $8 and will feature fried fish, jalapeno cornbread, coleslaw and fries. Serving will be from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with bingo from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take out or dine in. For tickets or more information call 824-4995. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Book Club The Jeff Davis Parish Book Club discussion group will meet in Jennings on Tuesday, Dec 3rd at 10 a.m. to discuss the book “Love, Anthony” by Lisa Genova. Everyone is invited to join. The club meets every two weeks. For more information or to find out meeting location, call Elia Richard at 734-2534.
James O. Hall Post 19 of the American Legion, Department of Louisiana, will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 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.
OLI Open House
Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School will host its Fall Open House on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All of those interested in a new school family, whether for next school year or for the remainder of this academic year, are invited to attend.
Welsh Christmas Parade
The annual Welsh Christmas Parade will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Activities will also include hot chocolate and lighting of the town Christmas tree outside town Hall, as well as a gumbo cook-off in the former Dollar General Building across from town hall. For more information or registration forms, call town hall at (337) 734-2231.
The annual Purple Stride pancreatic cancer fundraiser walk will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Prien Lake Park in Lake Charles. The event raises funds for pancreatic cancer research and awareness. For more information on signing up as a team or individual, visit www.purplestride.org/lakearea.
December 9 Bulk Trash Pickup Allied Waste will begin their monthly scheduled “white goods,” yard waste and bulky items trash collection on Monday, Dec. 9. Residents should place their bulky trash, limbs and white goods items by the curbside by, Sunday, Dec. 8. For more information Allied Waste toll free at (888) 676-1668 or the City of Jennings Water Revenue office at (337) 821-5502.
Caregiver Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Associations Support Groups will meet on Dec. 11, 2013, 10 a.m. at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings 1 Hospital Drive, Jennings, LA 70546. The Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings.
Scrapbooking class will be held at Jefferson Davis Parish Library, 118 W. Plaquemine St., Jennings at 5:30. Create your very own Christmas scrapbook page in this hands-on class taught by artist Carolyn Sirmon. Scrapbooking enthusiast or beginner will leave with the knowledge to organize your pictures into a work of art! You will need to bring: 1-5 Christmas photos and a pair of paper cutting scissors. Supply fee $5.
The Jeff Davis Council on Aging will host its annual parish-wide Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building in Jennings. The event is open to Jeff Davis Parish senior citizens only. Doors will open at 8 a.m. There will be bingo, food, prizes and fellowship. For more info, call Kim Benoit at 824-5504.
December 14 Food Pantry
LHCC/Giving Grace Food Pantry, 539 New Orleans Ave., Lake Arthur, distributes emergency food to low income families of Jeff Davis Parish. The next scheduled date is Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Open the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
Caregiver Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Associations Support Groups will meet on Dec. 17, 2013, 6 p.m. at the Jennings American Legion Hospital, Education Room, 2nd Floor. The groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings.
Women of Connection The Women of Connection will be meeting every Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. at Faith Life Church at 123 West Division Street in Jennings. This is women reaching out to the needs of other women, having an open ear and being prayerful to their hurts and needs. Discussion topics and time of sharing are all welcome. For more information, contact Theresa Shelvin at 824-7367. Time for Change Narcotics Anonymous Time for Change Narcotics Anonymous are a group of addicts who meet regularly. Narcotics Anonymous has many years experience with literally hundreds of thousands of addicts and is here to share freely with any addict who wants to recover. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Time for Change Narcotics Anonymous group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Jennings United Methodist Church, 702 Cary Avenue.
Book Club The Jeff Davis Parish Book Club discussion group will meet in Jennings on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 10 a.m. to discuss the book “The Noticer Returns” by Andy Andrews. Everyone is invited to join. The club meets every two weeks. For more information or to find out meeting location, call Elia Richard at 734-2534.
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