Our streets are safer and our neighborhoods a friendlier place when we know each other. Every December an Annual Membership Meeting is held to give residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors and learn about what is going on in the community.
MWCA periodically conducts a neighborhood-wide “Fire Ant Funeral” to keep the fire ant population in our neighborhood at bay. The product that is used prevents fire ant queens from reproducing and is safe for children, animals, and beneficial insects. Volunteers distribute packets of sterilant and spreading instructions to Magnolia Woods residents who choose to participate. This effort requires a high degree of coordination and cooperation from our neighbors. Please consider lending a hand.
The civic association sponsors neighborhood-wide garage sales each year. The MWCA advertises the sale for several days in the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. All residents need to do to participate is to display a sign or balloons in their yards to alert shoppers that they’re “open for business.”
Each Halloween the association hosts a party for neighborhood families just before trick-or-treating begins. This annual celebration of autumn includes lots of traditional activities: contest contests for children of various age levels, a family costume competition, treats, Halloween crafts and games, and refreshments for all.
This party gives neighbors of all ages a chance to get to know each other and have fun together.
Each month, the Magnolia Woods Garden Club selects a winner and two runners-up for the Garden of the Month award. Recipients are chose by Garden Club members based on criteria established by the club.
The MWCA hosts occasional programs and workshops, sometimes in collaboration with other groups such as the Magnolia Woods Garden Club. Recent programs have included:
Residents who have lived in Magnolia Woods for several decades remember a different environment than that which exists today. Our yards and streets were once much shadier and cooler than they are now. Many more large shade trees graced our yards from the beginning of the neighborhood because the people who chose to live here wanted to live in a forest not a cow pasture and took pains to preserve as many trees as possible. There was a “forest ethic”, an understood value of trees shared by those early residents.
Over time a series of hurricanes, Betsy, Andrew, Katrina and Gustav took their toll on our magnificent trees. Old age and disease have, too. Many of the original residents have passed away or moved, replaced by a new generation unaware of the forest ethic of Magnolia Woods. Still, many beautiful trees remain and continue to draw people to the park-like setting we enjoy, and often take for granted. Although they often outlive us, trees, like all living things are mortal and in order to maintain and even increase the benefits they provide we must continue to replant.
The Magnolia Woods Civic Association began a reforestation program in fall 2012, working with the LSU Ag Center’s forestry specialists and the Hilltop Arboretum to select native Louisiana tree species that are storm and drought resistant. The association began by offering trees first to those whose yards were stripped bare by the storms and has continued thereafter on a first come first served basis. Residents who are able bodied are asked to plant the trees they select but MWCA members and other volunteers assist those who need help. The first year, 25 trees were placed. By December 2014, more than 80 trees had been planted.
In 2014, the MWCA switched the project from spring to winter to give the young trees a better chance to become established before having to withstand the heat of summer. The Magnolia Woods Reforestation Project will continue each fall with the goal of maintaining and restoring the natural beauty of our neighborhood.
Twice annually, the civic association organizes a volunteer effort to scour the neighborhood and remove litter and debris from curbsides. With unsightly litter recycled or disposed of, our neighborhood is cleaner, which boosts neighborhood pride, protects your investment in your home and aids in a faster turn on homes for sale.