City announces events and activities

Franklin’s Office of Development is lining up events and activities for the upcoming year.
Director Arlana Shields reported that “Mardi Gras on the Bayou” will take place after the parade along the Bayou Teche Tuesday, Feb. 17. Children will be able to go on a 40-foot slide, and DJ Fab, the number one DJ in Louisiana, will entertain the crowd from 2-5 p.m. at the Pavilion on Teche Drive.
Vendors are still needed for the event. There are spaces available for 18 food vendors and 10 spaces are available for games.
Nonprofit organizations, churches, school groups, social organizations and Relay for Life teams are wanted to provide and supervise children’s games and offer prizes. Carnival games are suggested such as sack races, darts, ring toss, hula hoop contests and horseshoes.
Organizations that agree to host a game must supply their own materials and prizes. Additionally, the organizations must have a sign with its name and the cost to play the games. Organizations that would like to participate as game hosts must complete a game host application. The deadline to apply to be a game host is Friday, Feb. 6 at noon.
Restaurants, caterers and nonprofit organizations are needed to provide food and non-alcoholic drinks to the crowd. Restaurants, caterers and nonprofit organizations will have to complete a vendor application. Additionally, restaurants and caterers will have to provide copies of their 2015 occupational license and liability insurance.
Each restaurant, caterer and nonprofit organization must have its own materials to set up along the Bayou Teche. Each must have a sign with its name, menu items and prices. The deadline to apply to be a vendor is Friday, Feb. 6 at noon.
For more information or to complete a game host application or a vendor application, contact the Office of Community Development at 337-828-6345 or at
The Sixth Annual Art Walk will be Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. and it is one of the many activities planned with the Juvenile Officers Conference in mind.
“We hope that the citizens of Franklin will come out that night and make the conference attendees feel welcome,” said Mayor Raymond Harris.
The Art Walk will take place downtown and the list of venues, artists and authors will be revealed after all of the entries have been received.
Artists and authors can pick up a brochure at City Hall, or one can be e-mailed to them by sending a request to
All entries are due Friday, Feb. 6 at noon.
The Bayou Beaux Arts and Dance Summer Art Program will feature beginner and intermediate art classes.
Students who have never taken art classes, have little experience and those who have not taken part in the summer art program are encouraged to take the beginner classes. On the other hand, students who have taken art classes or have participated in the summer art program are encouraged to take the intermediate classes.
Registration for the summer 2015 Bayou Beaux Arts and Dance Program begins Monday, Feb. 2 at City Hall. It will end Friday, May 1 at 12 p.m. or when the classes are filled.
Forms can be picked up in the Tax Department. Registration forms must be completed and returned to the Office of Community Development. Students will be enrolled in the order in which the applications are received.
Classes will be considered closed once the open and the wait-list spots are filled. Students on the waiting list will be contacted only if someone on the open list has decided not to participate.
The Bayou Beaux Arts and Dance Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and by a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.

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