Community Calendar: January

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Undenominational Bible talks will be Sunday afternoons (Jan. 6, 13 and 20) at 3:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Municipal Building by the fire station. This is one hour of scriptural messages and hymns upholding the life and teachings of Christ. No collection taken and everyone is welcome.

The Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation Inc. quarterly meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Amulet Street. This meeting is open to the public.

Family Doctors

The Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District will have its monthly meting Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse.

The NSU basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 9 will honor local law enforcement members in light of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. $5 tickets are available for all law enforcement men and women and their families, as well as a free meal. Members of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Police Department will participate in a half-time basketball battle for a L.E.A.D. trophy.

The Natchitoches Humane Society (NHS) will host an adoption event Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Natchitoches.

First United Methodist Church will host the Financial Peace University every Sunday from Jan. 13-March 17 at 5 p.m. nightly. Topics include how to deal with debt and live in peace with family finances. This is open to high school students, college students and the community. Through a grant from the United Methodist foundation, each household that completes the 10-week course will receive $333 towards their emergency savings fund. You must fill out an application and there will be scholarships available. Everyone must fill out an application at tinyurl.com/drfinancepeace19. There is a $109 cost to the class but scholarships are available. Scholarship applications can be found at tinyurl.com/drfpscholarship.

Mansfield State Historic Site will host a guided battlefield tour Saturday, Jan. 19 from 2-3 p.m. This ranger-guided program will lead guests on an in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where some of the most significant action of the battle occurred. Appropriate footwear and clothing is recommended.

The Natchitoches Parish Library will host a blood drive Thursday, Jan. 24 from 1-5 p.m. on the third floor of the main library branch. For more information, call 357-3280 or email info@natlib.org.

The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Award Banquet will be Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Award winners will be announced in Small, Mid-Size, Large and New Business categories, Non-Profit of the Year, Town Favorite, Lifetime Achievement, Ambassador of the Year and the NYP 4 Under 40.

Brew Sync, a lip-sync competition and fundraiser for the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, will be Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Cane River Brewing Co.

The inaugural Steel Magnolia Run, a run to show support for breast cancer detection for every steel magnolia in the community, March 16. For more information and to sign up, contact Tom Matuschka at 214-4841 or tom.matushka@nrmchospital.

A grief support group for those in the community who have lost a loved one will meet every second Thursday of each month at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe place where people can learn about the grieving process, share their feelings and experiences and learn way to cope and heal.

The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center hosts breast cancer support group meetings, called Bosom Buddies Support Group, the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group meetings are for all breast cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers. The NLCC is located at 221 Medical Drive in Natchitoches.

Kiwanis hosts Give Back Night the first Thursday of the month at Chili’s starting at 4 p.m. Mention Kiwanis to your server and Chili’s will donate 15 percent of the event day sales.

Natchitoches Hope for Paws (NHFP) hosts Chili’s Give Back Night every third Thursday of the month from 4-10 p.m. Tell your server you’re there to support NHFP and Chili’s will donate 15 percent of the total of your bill to NHFP.