How to Get Involved in Central

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An Editorial by Dave Freneaux

    As I watch the many articles, announcements and schedules get placed in Central Speaks for publication each day on the internet and each week in the printed newspaper, I realize how much activity there is in our small town.  Yes, Central is the 12th largest City in Louisiana, but Central is still a small town by any national standard.  In spite of that there is almost always something going on.  In fact, if you are not careful, it is easy to get committed to too many things.

    So, here are the best ways I know of to find out what is happening and get plugged in.  I will go ahead and admit my bias and start with the information readily available from Central Speaks.  Read Central Speaks each Thursday.  It is mailed to 8,000 homes and available free in retail outlets throughout Central.  Be sure to check the week's events on the calendar which is always on page 2 of Central Speaks.  News and events from around Central are posted daily on our website at www.CentralSpeaks.com.  You can click on the "Subscribe" link on the right side of any web page and have the daily news emailed to you.  Click on the CentralSpeaksTV icon at the top of any page to view City Council and School Board meetings a day or so after they happen.  Visit the Facebook Page "CentralSpeaks.com" and discuss Central news and events with others on Facebook.

    In addition to Central Speaks, pay a regular visit to the City website at Centralgov.com, and the School System website at CentralCSS.org.  Attend a City Council meeting every second and fourth Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Kristenwood at 14025 Greenwell Springs Road near Sullivan.  Attend School Board meetings every second and fourth Monday, also at Kristenwood at 6:00 PM.  Become a part of any number of charitable and service organizations, including Cooking in Central, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, CCA, CCAF and many more.  They are always looking for new volunteers.  In fact, all of these and others are listed, along with their contact information, on the "Service" page (page 12 in the front glossy section) in the Chamber of Commerce Directory and Phone Book mailed to every home in Central this past April.

    So, if ball practice, dance lessons, work, homework, vacations and yard work ever fail to fully entertain you, and you live in Central, there is plenty to do.