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St. Tammany Around the Neighborhoods for April 18, 2018

The New Orleans Advocate - 4/18/2018

LAWN CARE: The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Master Gardeners will present a program on lawn care and maintenance from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd., (985) 646-6470. The program will be repeated from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Causeway Library, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville, (985) 893-6280.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BREAKFAST: The fourth annual Special Olympics Champions Together Breakfast, benefiting Special Olympics athletes on the north shore and in surrounding parishes, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Benedict's Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Some of the athletes will talk about how the program has affected their lives. Tickets are $100; call Mary Louise Prudhomme at (225) 505- 7093 for more information.

BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.April 20-21 at Hadden Hall, 106 S. Jahnke Ave., Covington. Payment is by cash or check only. For information, email Debbie Reed at

FREE BOATING CLASS: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer a free boating class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St. Students who complete the course will be issued a vessel operators certification card. Registration includes lunch. To register, visit

PAPER SHREDDING DAY: Keep Covington Beautiful is sponsoring a paper-shredding opportunity from 9 a.m. to noonApril 21 in the employee parking lot of Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave. Covington-area residents are invited to bring up to three boxes (about 10 inches by 12 inches by 18 inches) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site. The shredded paper will be recycled. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands. Items that will not be accepted include phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes and video tapes.

GEAUX NATIVE: The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Master Gardeners will present the Geaux Native Garden Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., (985) 893-6280.

BRCA-THON: The BRCA-Thon walk and bike ride to promote cancer awareness will begin at 8 a.m.April 21 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. The event is organized by Hannah's Klozèt, a nonprofit cancer awareness organization founded by Corinne Villavaso in 2016 in memory of a cousin who died of breast cancer. Participants will cycle and walk along the Mandeville lakefront and the Tammany Trace, then gather for a reception with refreshments and live music. Also, the Hannah's Klozèt Foundation will honor state Rep. Julie Stokes, of Kenner, with its Perseverance Award. The registration fee is $25 for individuals, $60 for families, or $100 for teams of up to five adults. For information or to register, visit or call (504) 905-2892.

ROCK THE BLOCK: The West 30s Task Force of Covington will present a community block party from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Peter Atkins Park, 701 N. Tyler St. There will be free food, music, local talent, speakers, games for youth and community resources.

MEN OF VALOR: The Alexis Keoka Marie Wilkins Scholarship Foundation will honor 18 outstanding men in the community as Men of Valor during a program at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Trinity Banquet Hall, 1000 Caruso Blvd., Suite 201, Slidell. The speaker will be Bishop Eugene Wellington, pastor of El Bethel Apostolic Church. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling Greta Richardson at (985) 607-8931 or Shirley Wilkins at (504) 782-9014. The 2018 Men of Valor are: Anthony Alfred, Joseph Allen Jr., George Blackwell Sr., Charlie Bowman, Donald Burris, Freddy Drennan, Roderick Ducre, Kevin Dupuy, Orlando Green Sr., Joseph Holmes, Willie Jeter, Alton Johnson, Daniel Laurant, Bruce McClue III, Anthony Pressley, Robert Thomas, Byron Williams and Wilbert Williams, with honorary recognition for Ray Dupuy.

DOGGIE DASH: The St. Tammany Humane Society will be the beneficiary of the Doggie Dash fun run April 21 at Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne St., Mandeville. Registration is $20 and includes dog bandanas, food and prizes. The fun run will be a 2-mile course through Old Mandeville with watering holes along the way for pups. The event is being organized by Rehab Dynamics physical therapy. To register, visit

ANTIQUES AND UNIQUES: The Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. Admission is free. For information, visit or email

GIRL SCOUT CAMP: Girl Scouts Louisiana East will hold an open house at Camp Whispering Pines in Independence from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.April 22. Registration is not required, and participants need not be in Girl Scouting. Resident camp sessions at Camp Whispering Pines and at Camp Marydale in St. Francisville will run from June 3 to Aug. 3, and fees range from $100 to $410. To register, visit, or register during open house for a $25 discount. For information, contact Lauren Vance at or (225) 635-3112.

WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP: Master watercolorist Paul Jackson will present a "Painting the Night" watercolor workshop April 23-26 at Abbey Art Works at St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road, Covington. The cost of the workshop is $450, with accommodations in the Christian Life Retreat Center available for $112.50 per night, meals included. To register, contact Jane Brown at (985) 373-2305 or

ST. TAMMANY COMPUTER ASSOCIATION: The St. Tammany Computer Association is presenting beginning and intermediate classes on using Windows 10 at the St. Tammany Parish Military Road Complex, 61134 N. Military Road, Slidell. The classes are free to paid members; dues are $20 per year. If you have a laptop, bring it, but you don't need one. Guests may visit twice before deciding to join. For information, email or call (985) 863-2906.

MARRIAGE AND MONEY: Bennett Blackledge, of Gulf Coast Bank, will present a free financial education workshop on marriage and money from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave. Topics will include talking openly about money, defining shared goals, respecting each other's money skills, supporting each other through ups and downs, and performing regular financial checkups. To register, visit or call the library at (985) 893-6280.

FLOWER SHOW: The Madisonville Garden Club will host its annual flower show, "This is the Life," April 25 at Otis House Museum, featuring a reception with refreshments from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. under the oaks in the front yard of the museum, 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville. Visitors touring the house will vote for their favorite arrangement, and ribbons will be awarded at 3 p.m. The flower arrangements will remain on display through Saturday, April 28. Otis House Museum tours are $4 for people ages 13 to 61; others are free. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment Tuesdays through Thursdays. For information, call (985) 792-4652.

RÉSUMÉ WORKSHOP: The St. Tammany Business and Career Solutions Center will present a Workforce Wednesday program on résumés at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. The event is free; registration is recommended at or (985) 646-6470.

SLIDELL REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB: Attorney John B. Wells, a retired Navy commander, will discuss veterans' issues when the Slidell Republican Women's Club meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Pinewood Country Club, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell. The cost of the meal is $23. To make a reservation, email Betty Hooper at by April 24.

CAR AND MOTORCYCLE RALLY: The St. Tammany Alzheimer's Association and NAMI will be the beneficiary of the Magic of Memories street rod, classic car and motorcycle rally from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington. The registration fee for competitors is $25; spectators will be admitted free. The event is sponsored by Lakeview Volunteer Auxiliary. For information, call Ricky Quigley at (985) 237-9134 or Cindy Quigley at (985) 273-8579. The rain date is June 2.

EMERGING YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: The Emerging Young Professionals group of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Fatty's Seafood Restaurant, 1300 Gause Blvd. A-1, Slidell. For information, call (985) 643-5678.

HEADS IN THE CLOUD: A free class providing an introduction to cloud storage will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Madisonville Branch Library, 1123 Main St. To register, visit or call the library at (985) 845-4819.

ST. LUKE LADIES CLUB: The Spring Fling fashion show of the St. Luke Ladies Club will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, at the St. Luke Family Life Center, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell. The cost is $30, which includes a lunch buffet. Tickets are available from the church office and from Ladies Club members. Call the church at (985) 641-6429.

KEEP COVINGTON BEAUTIFUL: Information about the Landmark Tree Program and the Live Oak Preservation Project will be presented during a National Arbor Day event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. The Landmark Tree Program is sponsored by the Covington Tree Board, and the Live Oak Preservation Project is sponsored by Keep Covington Beautiful, which is organizing the Arbor Day event. To volunteer, sign up for training by emailing

NATURE'S NOTEBOOK: A training session for volunteers interested in recording long-term observations of plant and animal life stages will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, in the Conservation Room at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Nature's Notebook is a national program of phenology, which examines the timing of biological events such as flowering, leafing, hibernation, migration and reproduction. Both the Big Branch Marsh and Bayou Sauvage national wildlife refuges have sites along the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail. To register, email Gail Bishop at

PROJECT GRADUATION: A volunteer meeting for Project Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Fritchie Park gym, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. The Project Graduation parties will be held in the Fritchie Park gym in Slidell from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.May 2 for Pearl River High School, May 3 for Salmen High School, May 5 for Northshore High School, May 7 for Slidell High School, and May 8 for Pope John Paul II High School.

LEADERSHIP ST. TAMMANY: Applications are being accepted through April 30 for the Leadership St. Tammany Class of 2019, which will include about 30 emerging and established community leaders who will be offered an in-depth look into the inner workings of government, business, civic and cultural organizations in St. Tammany Parish. To apply, visit The program will begin with a mandatory retreat Aug. 24-26. Participants will then meet monthly, typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, from September through May. The cost is $1,250, with some partial scholarships available.

HENRY J. CALAMARI MEMORIAL RUN: The Henry J. Calamari Memorial 2-mile run/walk will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, beginning and ending in the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 400 Westchester Place, Slidell. The event is in connection with the parish's Bayou Bash to be held May 4-6. The registration fee is $15. Registration forms are available from the school office. For information, contact Henry P. Calamari at (985) 707-8905 or

SLIDELL LITTLE THEATRE: Registration is open for the summer YATS program at the Slidell Little Theatre. The Mini YATS program is for children from age 4 through third grade; its sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the weeks beginning May 28, June 4 and June 11. The cost for the Mini YATS program is $135 for Slidell Little Theatre members and $165 for others. Applications are due at by May 9. The Young Juniors program is for grades four and five, the Juniors program for grades six and seven, the Young Seniors program for grades eight and nine, and the Seniors program for grades 10 through 12. Audition preparation workshops for Juniors and Young Juniors will be May 21, with auditions May 23. Audition workshops for Seniors and Young Seniors will be May 22, with auditions on May 24.

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY: Free classes for people 16 and older seeking to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly GED) are being offered by Northshore Technical Community College in Slidell, Lacombe, Hammond, Greensburg, Bogalusa and Franklinton. Day and evening classes are available. In St. Tammany Parish, intake and placement testing will be May 9 and orientation will be May 11. For more information and to register, visit

OLD MANDEVILLE HISTORIC ASSOCIATION: The architecture of Old Mandeville, from 1850 to the present, will be highlighted during the Old Mandeville Historic Association'sMothers Day home tour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.May 13. The cost is $20. For information, visit the OMHA Facebook page.

ANCHOR CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will be the beneficiary of the Anchor Classic Golf Tournament, which will tee off at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Carter Plantation in Springfield, in Livingston Parish. The tournament will be in a four-man scramble format, with a fee of $125 per player. To register or become a sponsor, visit or call Anchor Classic coordinator Carol Bell at (985) 845-9200.

NEW HEIGHTS GARDEN PARTY: The New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center will be the beneficiary of a garden party from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Summergrove Polo Farm, 82302 Holliday Road, Folsom. For information, call (985) 796-4600 or visit

NORTHLAKE-MANDEVILLE ROTARY CLUB: The Sunday with Scholars fundraising banquet supporting Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club scholarships will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville. The club will award $12,000 scholarships to two north shore graduating high school seniors, providing each with $1,500 per semester for eight semesters. Sponsorships start at $250 for two tickets. For information, visit

CRAWFISH BOIL: The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce will hold a family-friendly crawfish boil from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club, 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children 12-20 at, including crawfish, beer, wine, soft drinks and water. One child 12 or younger will be admitted with each paid ticket; the cost for additional children 5 and older will be $25.

ST. TAMMANY COLLECTORS CON: A costume contest and visits from celebrity guests will be among the highlights of the St. Tammany Collectors Con from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.April 28 at the Clarion Inn, 501 N. U.S. 190, Covington. General admission is $3, with children 6 and younger admitted free.

ROUX-GA-ROUX RACE: Bogue Falaya Fitness will present a three-part Roux-Ga-Roux Race on May 19, beginning at Bogue Falaya Fitness, 319 E. Gibson St., Covington. Heats will begin on the half-hour from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The first leg of the race is a 1.5-mile run through downtown Covington to Bogue Falaya Park for the obstacle course, which will be followed by a half-mile upstream paddle to the Chimes of Covington, 19130 Rogers Lane.

NAMIWALKS ST. TAMMANY: The NAMIWalks St. Tammany 5K will begin at 10 a.m.May 19 on the Mandeville lakefront. To register, contact Stacy Gilmore at (985) 626-6372 or, or visit

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Covington-Mandeville branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications through May 25 for a $1,500 scholarship for a local woman attending or planning to attend community college. The applications must be from women in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa or Washington parishes attending or planning to attend Delgado Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, Baton Rouge Community College or Nunez Community College. Guidelines and the applications are available at The winner will be announced June 30.


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