Fort Polk Things to Do - June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019

By the Fort Polk Public Affairs Office

Commissary hours for July 4: Please note that the Fort Polk commissary will observe its normal hours of operation for Thursday, July 4: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

July 3: Toastmasters, noon- 1 p.m. Fort Polk Education Center, room 208. For info call (337) 208-8557.

July 3: Legos Duplo at Fort Polk's Allen Memorial Library, ages 0-4. Builds fine motor skills and creativity. 4:30 p.m. Register at the library. For more info call (337) 531-2665.

July 3: Fireworks over Buhlow (Buhlow Lake near Alexandria). Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Live music. Bring your lawn chairs. Fireworks start around 9:35 p.m.

July 4: Old-fashioned Fourth of July, DeRidder. Live concert by Gyth Rigdon, from the Voice. Downtown Washington Street area.  Free hamburgers and watermelon from 7-9 p.m. For more info call (337) 462-8900.

July 4: Red, White, Blue and You, Lake Charles Civic Center. Celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a star-spangled paraded. Also available are concessions, face-painting and patriotic program beginning at 6:45 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.

July 8-12: History camp at Kent Plantation House in Alexandria. Ages 7-10; $125 per camper. Topics: Louisiana plantation Life in the 1800s, Louisiana culture, the Civil War, Native American traditions, archaeology, and life on a farm. https://www.kenthouse.org/events.html

July 9: Story time and a movie at Allen Memorial Library, "The Lion King." Story and craft, too. Registration required. Call (337) 531-2665.

July 12: Fort Polk four-person golf scramble, Warrior Hills Golf Course, shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Save $5 if you register by July 10. Price includes golf, range balls, cart, lunch and prizes. Call (337) 531-4661.

July 12-13: Red River Balloon Rally. Admission begins at $10. Colorful, hot air balloon smackdown. Live music, food and more. http://redriverballoonrally.com

July 12-14: Cajun Posse Cowboy Mounted Shootings state match. DeRidder Arena, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (sounds interesting) Event that pairs the speed of a horse with the accuracy of its rider. Rider shoots single action .45s from his/her mount while maneuvering through an obstacle course of barrels and balloon targets. The balloons get popped with black powder ammo which keeps it safe for horse, rider, and spectators. https://www.louisianatravel.com/la-events/cajun-posse-cowboy-mounted-shootings-state-match

July 13: Summer Pops -- the Music of Abba. Lake Charles Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. www.lcsymphony.com

July 13: Cardboard Boat Regatta, 9 a.m. Boat inspections begin at 8:30 a.m. Build a boat using only cardboard and tape and race to see if it will survive the water. Toledo Bend Rec Site. (318) 565-4235.

July 19-20: Cajun Music and Food Festival, Burton Complex, Lake Charles. https://www.louisianatravel.com/la-culinary-events/cajun-music-food-festival

July 19: Paint and Sip at Fort Polk's Arts and Crafts Center, 6-8:30 p.m. Showboat Theatre. Register and prepay by July 17. (337) 531-4348.

July 23: Three on three basketball tournament, 6 p.m., Warrior Fitness Center. 3-4 player teams. Register at evenbrite.com. For info call (337) 531-2056. Open to active duty, Family members, retirees and DoD civilians 18 and over.

July 24: Legos at the Library, ages 5-12. 4 p.m. Lego free play, challenges, games. Allen Memorial Library. Call (337) 531-2665.

July 25: Military Community and Spouse Hiring Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fort Polk's Youth Services Gym, 1882 16th Street, bldg. 2070. Attendees can network with vetted employees, community leaders, senior military spouses and other job seekers. For more info or to register: hiringourheroes.org/events

July 26-27: 40th Annual Northwestern State University Folk Festival. Prather Coliseum. The festival includes traditional crafts, folk foods, kids festivities, three stages of live music, narrative sessions, and a Cajun fiddle workshop. A must see is the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship The festival includes traditional crafts, folk foods, kids festivities, three stages of live music, narrative sessions, and a Cajun fiddle workshop. A must see is the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. https://www.louisianatravel.com/la-events/annual-natchitochesnorthwestern-state-university-folk-festival

July 26-27: Marshland Festival, Lake Charles Civic Center. The two-day festival features numerous zydeco, Cajun, and country bands along with a variety of exhibits, games, arts & crafts booths and food. https://www.louisianatravel.com/la-events/marshland-festival-2

July 27: Movie night, "Mary Poppins Returns." Warrior Field (across from Headquarters). Free. Concessions begin at 8 p.m. Movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Hosted by DFMWR.

July 30: Intramural Sports Dodgeball tournament, 6 p.m. Warrior Fitness Center. Teams of up to 8 players. For info call (337) 531-2056. Open to active duty, Family members, retirees and DoD civilians 18 and over.

Aug. 1: Cafeteria Conversations, 5-7 p.m. at Parkway Elementary School, 3585 University Parkway in Leesville. Vernon Parish School District and local agencies present their resources, programs and educational opportunities. In addition, the Back to School Brigade offers eligible Families free school supplies during the event. Register at OperationHomefront.org/event.list the third week in June. For more info about Cafeteria Conversations, call (337) 531-1392.

Aug. 1: Ark-La-Tex Heritage Music Fest, 5-11 p.m. Festival Plaza in Shreveport. Features more than 70 local and regional talents covering a wide range of musical genres including country, jazz, rock and gospel. Admission is free. https://www.louisianatravel.com/la-events/ark-la-tex-music-heritage-festival