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By Staff Report -   July 19, 2007

Warm up your running shoes for the largest trail run in the south

NORCO - The 20th Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run will be held on Sunday, July 22 in Norco starting at 8 a.m. The 3-mile trail run is the largest in the south and is sponsored by the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency.

Packet pickup and race-day registration opens at 7 a.m.

This senic and challenging route is also the second largest trail run in the United States and commemorative aards will be given to all finishers.

For more information on the race, call 504-467-8626 and to volunteer, call 504-468-1488 or visit www.runNOTC.org.

Chuck George of the New Orleans Track Club is race director.

TODAY: Dow grant deadline is here

HAHNVILLE - Dow St. Charles Operations in Hahnville will accept applications through today for the 2007 Dow Community Grant Program.

The St. Charles Operations has allocated $50,000 for community service projects in St. Charles Parish.

Grants will be selected on a competitive basis, with a maximum of $5,000 awarded per selected project.

For more info, call Karen Davis at 985-783-4500.

Local salon hosting Locks of Love benefit

DESTREHAN - Niki Walker Salon will hold a Locks of Love benefit Sunday, July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at the new salon located at 1970 Ormond Blvd., Suite C in Destrehan.

Stylists will provide free haircuts to people who donate 10 inches of hair or more, and others will receive haircuts for a monetary donation to the organization.

The non-profit organization provides human hairpieces to disadvantaged children who suffer hair loss because of diease or medical therapy.

For more information, call Traci Woodward at 985-764-6977.

Parish kids on stage at Westwego theatre

WESTWEGO - The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will stage a production - with the help of several St. Charles Parish third and seventh graders - of Lil’ Abner at the Westwego Performing Arts Center located at 177 A Sala Ave. July 19 through 22.

All performances start at 7:30 p.m., except for July 22 - the curtains open at 2 p.m. Cost: Adults - $12, seniors - $10 and children - $8.

For more information, contact the JPAS at 504-885-2000 or 504-371-3330.

Annual variety show on at adult center

NORCO - Norco Adult Day Care will hold its annual variety show on Friday, July 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart School auditorium located at 453 Spruce St. in Norco. Tickets: $2.

ENCORE! Historical play on stage - again

DESTREHAN - The River Road Historical Society announces an encore performance of The Voices of Louisiana play and dinner at the Destrehan Plantation Mule Barn on Saturday, July 28 with a Cajun-style buffet dinner at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids 17 and under. Reservations and advance payment is required.

To order tickets call the Destrehan Plantation business office at 985-764-9315 or visit the plantation gift shop at 13034 River Rd. in Destrehan.

Volunteer firefighters needed in Paradis

PARADIS - The Paradis Volunteer Fire Department is seeking members. Those interested may attend training each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the station, 807 Barber Road. For information, call 985-758-1544.

Luling church hosts back to school bash

LULING - The Luling United Methodist Church will hold a 2007 Back to School Bash on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on church grounds located at 1001 Paul Maillard Road. For registration information, call the church office at 985-785-6868. Priority will be given to those who preregister by Friday, Aug. 3.

Parish networking group meets montly

DESTREHAN - The St. Charles Networking Group for businesses meet each Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Mochaccino’s second-floor meeting room on Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan.

For information, call Cory Faucheux at 504-251-5726 or Diane Rattray at 985-703-2251.

Church holds Bible school this summer

DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will hold vacation Bible school July 23 through 27.

Free summer theatre workshop this month

GOOD HOPE - The River Region Drama Guild’s Summer Theatre Workshop for kids ages 12 to 18 will be held July 23 through July 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center located at 15146 River Rd. in Good Hope and continues July 30 through Aug. 2 at the performing arts center located at 15146 River Rd. in Norco.

For more information, call Henry Sorbet at 504-904-1129.

Parish’s annual kids pageant on tap

NORCO - The 10th Annual St. Charles Parish of Plenty Pageant for children will be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 375 Spruce St. in Norco starting at 10 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the St. Charles Festival Pageant Scholarship Fund and winners will be announced at the festival that evening at Destrehan High School.

The dress is Sunday best for all divisions with an entry fee of $40, which includes the photogeneic category.

The deadline to register is Friday, July 27, although registration will be accepted at the door with a $5 late entry fee.

Please also bring a photo and arrive 30 minutes prior to your child’s division time to check in.

All girls are invited to be a contestant in the St. Charles Parish Festival Queen’s Contest on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. in the Destrehan High School auditorium.

All contestants must be a resident of St. Charles Parish and be between the ages of 13 to 16 yesrs of age for the Teen Pageant and 17 to 23 for the Miss Pageant.

The entry is $75 for the Teen Pageant and $100 for the Miss Pageant. There is also an optional photogenic category and the entry fee is $10.

Girls ages 3 to 12 years old wanting to be a sweetheart escort for the contestants - contact Leslie Cambre at 985-785-1732.

For more info and division information, call Doreen Landry at 985-764-1466, Celeste Stein at 985-652-4961 or Kerri Roussel at 985-536-9500.

Humanities groups holds annual tea

DESTREHAN - The River Region Arts and Humanities Council will hold its annual member and guests tea and fashion show on Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at Ormond Country Club in Destrehan.

Tests that can help save you from stroke

DESTREHAN - Life Line Screening for stroke and carotid artery, abdominal aortic anerysm, ankle brachial index and osteoporosis will be held at the St. Charles Borromeo Church on Aug. 8. The church is located at 13396 River Rd. in Destrehan and appoinments begin at 9 a.m. Cost: $129 for all four tests. For more info, or to scheldule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit us on the web at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Mothering matters at MOPS group event

LULING - Mothers of Preschoolers of St. Charles Parish will kick-off its 2007-2008 year on Thursday, August 2 at Mochaccino’s in Luling from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to all mothers including women who are pregnant and with children ranging in age from newborn to 5 years of age.

The organization’s commitment is to nurture mothers by providing them with creative and educational opportunities for personal growth as a mother.

MOPS has been part of the St. Charles Parish community since 2000 and is a faith-based group sponsored by The Bible Center Church located at 422 Barton Ave. in Luling.

Bi-monthly meetings are held from September through May. On the first Thursday meetings begin at 6 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.

For more information, visit www.mops.org or call the Bible Center Church at 985-785-0557.

Free glacouma eye screening set for July

MANDEVILLE - The Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation and Lions/LSU Regional Low Vision Center in partnership with Allergan, Inc. is hosting a free glaucoma check-up and screening event at the Castin Center llocated at 63350 Pelican Dr. in Mandeville. on Thursaday, July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

The biggest seafood cook-off in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - The 4th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off is Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans in the Louisiana Foodservice Expo and the Gulf Coast Seafood Pavillion.

Competitors from 19 states will go head to head in the event sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.

The top-scoring chefs will compete in a Day 2 lagniappe cook-off event, preparing a quick and easy seafood dish to consumers on the go.

The event is open to the public. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

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