Community Calendar – February


The Hospice of Natchitoches and Many will host the Lighting the Survival Candle Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Second Street. This event will honor lost loved ones by coming together and lighting survival candles. To RSVP, contact Lisa at (318) 214-0944.

The next Pick Up Your Brush painting class is Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon on the second floor of South Hall. In the class, participants will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece. No special or prior skills are required. Students will take home a completed painting at the end of every class. Children ages 7 – 12 years old are allowed to enroll, but a parent must accompany the child the entire class. The parent does not have to enroll unless they participate.  All supplies are included. In the class, the students will paint lovebirds.

The annual APHN luncheon will be Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Mariner’s Restaurant. Author Patricia Austin Becker will discuss her new book, “Cane River Bohemia,” which focuses on Cammie Henry and her circle at Melrose Plantation. Tickets are $28.

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.

Cub Scout Pack 20 invites the community to assist with planting Christmas trees Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1-5 p.m. at the City of Lights Christmas Tree Farm, 136 Mount Olive Church Road.

The Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:15 p.m. at the Natchitoches Visitor Information Center. For more information, contact the commission at (318) 352-8072.

City Bank and Trust Company will host Bunco for a Cure Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. from their St. Denis Street location. Tickets may be purchased from Jan. 22-Feb. 15 at this location.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will host NSU Professor Dr. Susan Dollar, as she discusses the role Louisiana played in preparation for the United States’ entry in World War II. Dollar will share “behind the scenes” stories from central Louisiana on how mobilizing for the impending fight impacted its citizens. This event will be Saturday, Feb. 16 from 2-3 p.m.

CLTCC will host a blood drive Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the campus, 6587 Highway 1 Bypass.

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

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.

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

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will host Dr. Randall Keator II, as he talks about the life and career of his father, 2nd Lt. Randall Keator, in World War II. Lt. Keator of Campti became a national hero during the war, ultimately being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service. His time spent in the Philippines is commemorated in “The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II” exhibit currently on display through March 15. This event is Saturday, March 9 from 2-3 p.m.

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.

The Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club 17th Fourth Annual Dream Run will be Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 on the Natchitoches Parish Fairgrounds. There will be crawfish, music and a wheel of fortune. On Saturday, the Dream Run – KSU will begin at 10:30 a.m. It is $20 per ride, $10 for passengers. The BKMC 17 BBQ plate lunches will be sold Saturday. Net proceeds will only benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport. For vendor information, contact Whit Maxey at (318) 663-8468 or Mark Waskom at (318) 332-9870. For more information, visit or visit their Facebook page.

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.