Community Events – January (UPDATED)

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Undenominational Bible talks will be Sunday afternoons (Jan. 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 will be taken and everyone is welcome.

The Annual Legacy Lunch will be Jan. 21 from noon – 3 p.m. at the Ben D. Johnson’s Legacy Café. Plates are $10 and consist of red beans and rice, cracklin’ cornbread, a dessert and drink. For more information, visit www.bdjcenter.org or call (318) 657-0300.

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.

A free yoga class for all ages, hosted by Kick Back Fitness Natchitoches, will be Sunday, Jan. 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Natchitoches City Park. The class will practice simple yoga stretches and mediation.

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 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and History Museum will host Mardi Gras mask making for children 6 and up Saturday, Feb. 2 from noon – 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Uncover legends and celebrate culture at the Bicentennial Celebration of Louisiana’s No Man’s Land Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many. The event will include living history demonstrations, cast-iron cooking, music, and children’s activities.

CRNHA will host a docent training seminar at Los Adaes State Historic Site Friday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The site is searching for adults who can staff Los Adaes State Historic Site for two to four hours a day, Wednesdays-Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. and provide museum tours and answer questions for visitors. If interested, call (318) 356-5555 to reserve a spot.

The heritage garden at Los Adaes State Historic Site has been tilled and needs help to put in crops. Guests will learn the “farm to table” history of what was grown by the Spanish and Adai at Los Adaes Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. While learning about what was originally grown on site, guests must be willing to get their hands dirty and build mounds needed for planting corn, beans and squash.

The CASA Awareness Social, with special guest First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards, will be Tuesday, March 12 from 6-9 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. For reservations, call 239-2446.

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.