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Fri
08
Dec

Fort Polk religious services, activities slated for holiday season

FORT POLK, La. — The Fort Polk Main Post Chapel announces the following holiday schedule for Catholic and Protestant services on the installation and at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Leesville:

Catholic services

• Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m., Communal Penance Service, St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Leesville

 

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Fri
08
Dec

Parents, kids come together for music class with holiday twist

Parents dance with their kids at the Rocking Around the Christmas Tree Holiday Parent and Me Music Class, hosted by Child and Youth Services, Dec. 6 at bldg 744. The class features Christmas songs so Fort Polk moms and dads and their kids can play instruments, dance and sing along.

 

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Fri
08
Dec

Snowflake Fest ival brings Christmas spiri t to Fort Polk

FORT POLK, La. — Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves made a trip down from the North Pole to Fort Polk for the Snowflake Festival Dec. 2 at the Main Post Exchange.

The event, hosted by the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation, featured a carousel, Christmas cookie decorating, Trees for Troops, inflatables and more fun holiday activities.

Soldiers and Families also got to witness the installation tree lighting ceremony.

 

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Fri
08
Dec

Scout celebrates 50 years of volunteering

By ANGIE THORNE

FORT POLK, La. — Chris Krygowski is passionate about Girl Scouts. She has spent the last 50 years enmeshed in the organization’s concept of teaching girls courage, confidence and character, first as a Girl Scout herself and then as a leader and mentor.

To celebrate a lifetime of dedicated volunteering, Krygowski was honored by Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general, during a Girl Scout meeting held at the Fort Polk Girl Scout Hut Nov. 29. Brito spoke to the Brownies and Girl Scouts, who ranged from second to ninth graders, and participated in a question and answer session.

 

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Fri
01
Dec

Exchange hosts holiday sweepstakes

By COLLEEN BOWERS

FORT POLK, La. — The nation’s military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency have joined forces to put some jingle back in military shoppers’ pockets by picking up the tab on their Military Star cards with the “Your Holiday Bill Is On Us” sweepstakes.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has offered the sweepstakes to its customers for the past three years. Now, in its fourth year, the Exchange is partnering with the entire military resale community to offer Military Star shoppers a chance to enter everywhere the card is accepted, including AAFES, Navy Exchange, Marine Corps Exchange, Coast Guard Exchange and commissaries, and online at shopmyexchange.com and mynavyexchange.com. The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 31. Each transaction counts as one entry.

 

Fri
01
Dec

Polk team walking challenge set to kickoff in January

By CATHERINE HUSBAND

FORT POLK, La. — It will be Installation Management Command versus Medical Command, Soldiers versus Families, civilians versus active duty, one unit versus another unit for bragging rights in the 10K a Day Team Walking Challenge!

The challenge tasks individuals to meet their personal goal of walking 10,000 steps a day and then exceed it as their fitness improves. Past challengers have reported weight loss, lowered blood pressure and lowered averaged blood sugars by simply participating in the challenge and increasing their daily activity levels for the 90-day reporting period.

Take this time to organize your teams. The challenge begins on Jan. 22 — right after the New Year when many people resolve to live healthier and shed a few pounds.

 

Fri
01
Dec

Head to Louisiana Renaissance Festival for novel holiday fun

HAMMOND, La. — Take a break from the hectic pace of the holiday season and enjoy a different kind of celebration as you take a step back, relax and enjoy the Louisiana Renaissance Festival, 46468 River Road, Hammond.

The festival is part theme park, theatre production, holiday shopping destination and educational experience all rolled into one great adventure.

Every autumn the La Ren-Fest creates the 16th century English "Village of Albright," a fun, clean, safe and informative place filled with more than 600 artisans, entertainers and educational demonstrators.

 

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Fri
01
Dec

Acadian Village transforms into winter wonderland for holidays

LAFAYETTE, La. — Lafayette’s quaint Acadian Village becomes a jolly holiday extravaganza during Noel Acadien au Village today through Dec. 23 from 5:30-9 p.m. (weather permitting), located at 800 West Broussard, Lafayette.

Noel Acadien au Village features 500,000 lights, including the fully lit chapel, new displays for Acadian home porches, lighted holiday displays, live entertainment, carnival rides, local cuisine, photos with Santa, holiday shopping in the Christmas Store and more.

Live entertainment includes Dustin Dale Gaspard performing Friday at 6 p.m., Mrs. Santa Claus Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and the Babineaux Sisters Band Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. For a full list of performers visit www.acadianvillage.org/entertainmentschedule.

 

Wed
22
Nov

Graduation rates climbs in Vernon Parish

By JIM BUTLER

LEESVILLE, La. — The latest report of The Education Initiative, a partnership of Fort Polk Progress, Vernon Parish schools, the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, and community stakeholders, notes the graduation rate for the total student population has climbed almost 10 percent, to nine out of 10, during the three most-recent years measured.

“Moving Vernon Parish Schools from Good to Great!” is the initiative motto and the 30-page report is packed with data that seems to affirm that is the direction the system is going.

The report is through the 2016-17 school year. It shows a student population at 19 schools on 16 sites of just under 9,000, with 74 percent civilian; 26 percent military dependent.

 

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Wed
22
Nov

Natchitoches light festival offers tons of festive holiday fun

FORT POLK, La. — Enjoy the fun and fervor at the 91st annual Natchitoches Festival of Lights taking place Saturday through Jan. 6 withmore than 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 riverbank set pieces lighting up the Natchitoches skyline each night.

Louisiana’s premiere holiday event is filled with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the riverbank of Cane River Lake. Events take place in downtown Natchitoches and the riverbank of Cane River Lake unless otherwise specified. Times and dates are subject to change. Concerts take place on the downtown riverbank.

 

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