Meetings that appear in this column are open to the public. If your club no longer meets, please call 352-3618. To include your upcoming meeting, call 352-3618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be upcoming public forums with Q&A session with the Natchitoches Parish Presidential Candidates. The candidates as of now are Nicholas Wright, John Richmond and Lee Waskom. The south forum location is Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. Provencal Jr. High School’s auditorium. The north forum location is Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at Lakeview High School’s auditorium. Submit questions to Jackie Colston at (318) 228-5607 or Facebook Messenger (Jackie.colston.1293)
The Natchitoches Lions Club meets on the second, third and fourth Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at noon in the Listach Conference Room, across the hall from the cafeteria in the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center on Keyser Avenue. Anyone interested in learning what the Lions Club is all about is welcome to attend a meeting and have lunch with the club.
PAL support group now meets at Westside Baptist Church on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. This is a group for parents with a son or daughter battling addiction and offers hope through education and support. For more information on PAL and to obtain helpful resources, visit www.palgroup.org.
The Natchitoches Truth or Consequences Group (NTC) of Alcoholics Anonymous meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at 220 Amulet St., Saturday at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. at 220 Amulet St. and Sunday at 212 Medical Drive at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The district level website is https://www.aanatchitoches-district6.org and lists all the meetings in Natchitoches and Sabine parishes. For more information, call (318) 357-1331.
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.
The Natchitoches Hope for Paws meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Waskom Brown & Associates, located at 816 University Parkway. For more information, email Hope For Paws at email@example.com. The meetings are open to the public.
The Natchitoches Police Department set up a “Safe Transaction Zone” in the parking lot of the headquarters located at 400 Amulet Street. The “Safe Transaction Zone” will give citizens a safe place to complete online transactions. Residents will be able to meet up buyers or sellers to show or purchase property in a safer way. The parking lot is monitored by surveillance cameras 24 hours a day but the NPD requests that transactions take place during daylight hours. To report suspicious activity or an emergency contact the NPD at 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.
The Natchitoches 911 Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Parish Council room on the second floor of the courthouse.
The Powhatan Volunteer Fire Dept. Dist. 10 meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
The Master Gardeners of Natchitoches meet at the Arts Center the second Wednesday of every month. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with refreshments at 9:30.
The Natchitoches Recycles Group will meet the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, located at 716 Second St.
The Natchitoches Kiwanis Club meets Thursdays at noon at the NSU Recreation Complex at 6604 Hwy. 1 Bypass.
The Natchitoches Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at noon at Northwestern Hills Recreation Complex. For information call 357-8573.
The Col. Samuel D. Russell Camp 1617, Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the second Tuesday each month at the Natchitoches Arts Center at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in war between the states can attend. For more information, call Robert E. Porter at 352-7941.
Cane Country Fly Casters meet the second Tuesday of each month at Westside Baptist Church in the Family Life Center. CCFC is a non-profit organization founded in 2010. The club is dedicated to the education of fly-fishing as well as warm, cold and saltwater fishing. For more information, call Burley Johnson at 471-5049.
Natchitoches Chapter No. 13, Order of the Eastern Star meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, January through October and the second Tuesday of the month in November and December at 7 p.m. A potluck supper begins at 6 p.m.
The Professional Civil Law Notaries Association (PCLNA) meets the second Tuesday at the Southern Hills Business Association Conference Center at 9701 Baird Road in Shreveport. Sign in starts at 6 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. For more information call 742-8330.
The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging holds senior bingo Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the COA Office. Quilting is every Thursday at 9 a.m. Chair aerobics is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. The third Saturday of every month a senior dance is held from 8-11 p.m. in the Senior Center Building at COA. Admission is $5 for the dance. The second Tuesday of every month a senior breakfast is held at 9 a.m. Call 357-3250 for details.
The Natchitoches Humane Society (NHS) will meet the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center Building, 716 Second St.
Robinsons Rescue, a low-cost spay and neuter provider in Shreveport, will participate in SSNIP, a program that provides financial assistance to low-income families who cannot otherwise afford to spay and neuter their pets. All Natchitoches, Caddo, Bossier and Sabine parish residents meeting income requirements are eligible. Household income documentation, evidence of parish residency and a photo ID are required. For more information, call 861-0181.
The Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday at noon in Alliance Compressor conference room.
The Natchitoches Parish Council seeks seniors 55 or older to serve as volunteers in the community. Contact The Natchitoches Parish Council Office of Community Service Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Call 357-2203 for more information.
Items for deployed military troops can be dropped of at any of the four Bank of Montgomery Branches. The project continues year-round with boxes to be prepared for Halloween and Christmas. The Shreveport Chapter of Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) needs help with their on-going collection of items that can include instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea, tuna in foil packs, instant oatmeal/grits, Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soup in any flavor except pork, chocolate candy, especially Hershey’s Kisses, white tube socks, artwork made by school children and notes or letters.