3rd Annual Southwest Louisiana All Veterans Reunion & Festival
This Saturday, May 18 the 3rd Annual Southwest Louisiana All Veterans Reunion & Festival is taking place in Downtown DeRidder from 3pm-9pm. Veterans from all services and eras will be honored and remembered during ceremonies throughout the day. Opening remarks and a performance by the Victory Belles from the WWII Museum in New Orleans will take place at 3pm. Also country singer Gyth Rigdon and a Tina Turner look-a-like revue will perform and the evening will end with a giant fireworks show downtown. There will be tons of vendors, including food & beverages, and activities for the kids. The War Memorial Civic Center will also host activities for Veterans. KVVP will be live on location from 2pm-5pm, our live coverage made possible by Sabine State Bank and Extreme Machines.
Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetary Memorial Ceremony
The Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetary on University Parkway in Leesville will honor those who served in a special ceremony Friday, May 24 at 11am with special guest speaker Maj. Daniel A. Wilson Jr. (USAF Ret.). The public is invited to attend and any service organization that would like to place a wreath during the ceremony can contact Carol Martin at 238-6405
LifeShare Blood Drive-May
Saturday, May 11: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Wednesday, May 15: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Friday, May 17: 9am-2pm at Fort Polk Emergency Services/Bldg. 2395
Saturday, May 18: 1pm-4pm at Fort Polk Exchange/Bldg. 850
Sunday, May 19: 1pm-4pm at Company A 3rd of the 156th Infantry/Bldg. 8553
Monday, May 20: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Tuesday, May 21: 9am-4pm at 4th Brigade/10th Mountain Division Bldg. 1070 Classroom
Thursday, May 23: 9am-1pm at Vernon Parish Sherrif's Office/Downtown
Friday, May 24: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Saturday, May 25: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Tuesday, May 28: 8:30am-4pm at CUBIC on Fort Polk/Bldg. 7005
Wednesday, May 29: 8:30am-4pm at CUBIC on Fort Polk/Bldg. 7005
Thursday, May 30: 1pm-4pm at Post Command on Fort Polk/Bldg. 350
Friday, May 31: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Leesville
Friday, May 31: 9am-4pm at 88th BSB on Fort Polk in 1st MEB Gym
Friday, May 10: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Many
Tuesday, May 14: 11am-4pm at Sabine Medical Center
Saturday, May 18: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Many
Tuesday, May 21: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Many
Wednesday, May 22: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Many
Thursday, May 23: Noon-6pm at Wal-Mart in Many
Memorial Day in Jasper, TX
The Honor and Remember Chapter of Texas will host a special Memorial Day weekend in Jasper, TX Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25. You are invited to join as tribute is paid to fallen war heroes from Texas and Louisiana. Flags of rememberance will be presented to family members. For information on these ceremonies call 409-698-4089
Donations Being Accepted for Fire Victim
An account is available at the Vernon Bank for donations to assist Ms. Suzi McLain, who recently lost her belongings in a trailer fire. Ms. Suzi is a longtime employee of Thriftyway Pharmacy. Monetary donations are welcome and other household items can be taken to Thriftyway Pharmacy near Byrd Regional. For more information call the pharmacy at 239-3474
Benefit Poker Run for Emily Studer
A benefit poker run for cancer patient Emily Studer will be held on Saturday, May 25 gathering at the Endex Bar on Hwy 10 on Sandy Hill. Registration at 9:30am with bikes out at 11am. When you return there will be music with a DJ and BBQ plates. For information call 537-6884
Lamar Salter Shadow Camp
Central Louisiana Technical Community College's Lamar Salter campus will hold a Shadow Camp for teens ages 14-19 June 12th-14th from 9:30am-2pm daily. Teens can shadow a current student and attend classes in a number of fields. For information call 537-3135 ext 2202
"Ride For The Bear" Motorcycle Run
The annual "Ride For The Bear" motorcycle run to benefit the Lindsay Foundation will be Saturday, May 18. Registration at 8am with kickstands up at 9am leaving the Park Terrace Shopping Center in DeRidder. Ride packages start at $35 and includes t-shirts, food & drink, door prizes and ride patches. All proceeds benefit children with special needs. For information call Laurie at 353-3400
Alexandria Zoo Summer Safari
The Alexandria Zoo is holding their 2013 Summer Safari for grades K-8th, as well as a class for "Zoo Cubs" ages 4-5 and a "Babes and Beasts" class for 2-3 year olds. They promise an entertaining, educational time for you children. For information call the zoo at 318-441-6814 or go to their website www.thealexandriazoo.com
Wagon Wheel Riding Club
The Wagon Wheel Riding Club holds a club show every third Saturday of the month. Lots of age categories to participate in and great family fun! Find out more about the Wagon Wheel Riding Club by calling Dusty at 208-6436
VPSO - Project Loved One
Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office
Project Loved One
Spring 2013 Registration - March 18-28
Project Loved One has been established by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide services to persons who suffer from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any mental impairment.
The service is free of charge to the public and will not only assist local law enforcement, but any law enforcement agency that may come into contact, with a person who has previously registered for the program. This service is available to all age groups.
The program was designed to assist any person or family with a loved one who for any reason may become lost or wonder away from where they are supposed to be. A family member of the person, or a concerned adult, can contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-238-7248 to schedule an appointment to register their loved one. All registrations will be conducted by appointment.
Once an appointment is scheduled the individual will be fingerprinted, photographed, and a detailed summary of their medical history, and emergency contact information will be obtained.
This information will be kept on file with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in case the person becomes lost while traveling or wonders away from their residence.
BeauCare Marietta Jenkins Scholarship
BeauCare Inc. presents the Marietta Jenkins Scholarship, a one time $500 award available for two Beauregard Parish seniors. Application details can be found online at www.beaucares.org or call 462-2273 for more information.
Ongoing - Leesville Tax Aide
Leesville Tax Aide is in need of volunteers. These are non-paid volunteer positions. Tax preparation training materials are free and provided for you. For more information, call Jeanne before 5:00pm at 423-7281.
Ongoing -- Recycling Center open
The Vernon Parish Recycling Center, a partnership between the Vernon Parish Police Jury, the City of Leesville, and IESI, is now open. It accepts paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans and tin cans. The center is located at 129 Red Town Rd., across from Wal-Mart in Leesville. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is closed on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Residents are not paid for their recyclables.
How to send us your community events
All community events are welcome. E-mail announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at 337-537-4152.