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Staff Report - October 4, 2007

Get your $20 flu shot at parish health clinic

LULING - The St. Charles Community Health Center, located at 843 Milling Ave., is administering flu shots for $20 as long as supplies last.

Appointments are not required and walk-ins are welcom.

Clinic hours are: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Manage diabetes with these classes

LAPLACE - The River Parishes Hospital is currently holding diabetes education classes to help those who have been diagnosed with the disease or who have been struggling to better manage blood sugar levels.

Class dates are as follows: Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital’s medical pavilion in suite 309, and on Nov. 5 at the hospital’s old gift shop.

For more information, call 985-652-8730.

Self-help program ground breaking

KILLONA - Family Resources of New Orleans’ self-help program will hold a ground breaking ceremony in St. Charles Parish on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. on the 100 block of Post St. and River Road in Killona.

For more information, call Paula Pete at 504-722-9497.

Craft fair and auction on tap this weekend

DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will hold a craft sale and auction on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Father Mac Community Center.

The sale will feature handmade crafts, woodwork, baked goods and children’s activities. A choice of jambalaya or gumbo will be served for lunch.

For more information, call Sharon Cortez at 985-758-2137.

Self-defense and child fingerprinting offered by sheriff

ST. CHARLES - The St. Charles Sheriff's Office along with the St. Charles Parish School's Community Education is offering the following classes:

Self Defense Workshop for kids ages 6 to 14 at Destrehan High on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Child fingerprinting on at Destrehan High on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7p.m.

Self Defense for Women & Teenagers on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Destrehan High.

To register, contact Susie Breaux at 985-783-1355.

Grant applications NOW being accepted

LAPLACE - The River Region Arts & Humanities Council is taking applications for its grant funding program for 2008.

Deadline: Oct. 6. Applications can be downloaded from or by writing to RRAHC P.O. Box 1411 LaPlace, LA 70069.

Writing group meets monthly on Tuesday

LAPLACE - The River Parishes Writing Group meets 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the central branch of the St. John Library on New Highway 51 in LaPlace.

The next meeting will be on Oct. 8. For information, call 985-703-2251 or contact

Pumpkin patch is back this October

THIBODAUX - The United Methodist Chruch Pumpkin Patch is back again this fall.

The church’s grounds located at 1255 Canal Blvd. in Thibodaux have become a sea of orange and the patch officially opens on Oct. 6 and is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Call Gary D. Smith at 985-447-4287 with questions.

Republican women hold October meet

LULING - The next general meeting of the Republican Women of St. Charles will be held on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Brenda Thompson at 513 Maryland Dr. in Luling.

The meeting program will be a meet and greet social with all Republican candidates who are running for parish-wide offices, including Kennilyn Schmill and Wendy Benedetto.

For more information and directions, call Martha Laque at 985-331-8598.

Plantation's tour celebrates tradition

VACHERIE - St. Joseph Plantation announces its second annual Mourning Tour featuring the customs and rituals of 19th century Creole Louisiana now through Saturday, Nov. 3.

The house will be dressed in full deep mourning - according to the old prescribed protocol of mourning.

The plantation is located along River Road in Vacherie with daily tours Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on SUndays at noon and 4 p.m.

Tickets: $10. For information, visit

Bayou Gauche home on solar tour list

DES ALLEMANDS - The Petit home on Grand Bayou Road in Bayou Gauche is just one of the hundreds of homes nationwide to be featured on the National Solar Tour on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you want to see what conserving energy is all about, call 985-758-5229 to schedule a tour.

First-time homebuyer workshop this month

NEW ORLEANS - Family Resources of New ORleans invites the community to attend a 12-hour home buyers education program to learn the ins and outs of buying a home.

The workshop will be on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 817 N. Claiborne Ave.

For more information, call 504-822-8519.

Big top circus coming to town this month

METAIRIE - The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will set up shop at Zephyr Field on Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14 with shows ar 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets on sale at High IQ Toys located at 5101 W. Esplanade Ave. or log onto

Call 1-800-796-5672 or visit

B-I-N-G-O: Try your luck at Sacred Heart

NORCO - The Sacred Heart School Parent Teacher Cooperative Club is having a Fall Super Bingo Night on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the school at 985-764-9958 for $10 and $12 at the door. Food and refreshments will be sold.

Women’s association starts member drive

LAPLACE - The LaFlambeau Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association kicks off its membership drive with a dinner and program on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Armand’s Restaurant at the Quality Inn in LaPlace beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of the dinner is $16. For more information and to make reservations, call Greta Duhe at 985-536-7439 or Melissa King at 985-536-4601 by Friday, Oct. 12.

Art guild holds oil painting workshop

LULING - The St. Charles Art Guild will hold an oil painting workshop called “The Effects of Light and the Atmosphere of Color” hosted by Mary Lou Liberty on Oct. 22 through the 25.

For more information, call Evelyn Dupuy at 985-785-0257.

Church’s art festival geared for children

HOUMA - St. Matthew’s Episcopal School in Houma would like to announce the school’s 17th annual Just Kids At Art Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 on school grounds located at 243 Barrow St. in Houma from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free admission. Call Jennifer Strigner at 985-991-7007 with questions.

Christmas parade needs participants

NORCO - The Norco Christmas parade is looking for participants as it celebrates “Christmas through the years - celebrating the St. Charles Parish Bicentennial.”

The Norco Civic Association is looking for floats, bands, marching groups, horse groups and antique cars as it ushers in the Christmas season for the River Parishes.

For more information, call 985-764-2808 or 985-764-9424. Space is limited.

Genealogical society holds meet

NORCO - The German-Acadian Coast Genealogical and Historical Society will host guest speaker Jane Boddie, curator of Evergreen Plantation, and will present “Evergreen Plantation and Allied Becnel and Songy Families” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 the group will hold a special dinner with guest speaker Gerald F. Patout - head librarian at the Williams Research Library of the Historic New Orleans presenting “Researching the Origin of Creole Cooking” at La Maison Magnolia located at 950 First St. in Norco. Paid reservations: $23.

SPOOKTAKULA & fun Halloween kid event

DESTREHAN - The United Methodist Church - Ormond Recreation Field on Ormond Blvd. in Destrehan will hold a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 27.

This is sponsored by the St. Charles Recreation Department and the Special Olympics Young Athlete Program.

All kids ages 2 1/2 to 7 year olds are invited to participate.

Presbyterian church holds parish-wide recycling drive

LULING - First Union Presbyterian Church will hold at recycling drive on Saturday, October, 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. Charles Plaza along Highway 90 and at the New Sarpy Annex.

Acceptable materials include: plastic containers, paper, cardboard, paperboard, shredded pager in bags, newspapers, magazines, phone books and metal containers such as aluminum and steel. Please, no glass.

For more information, call the church at 985-785-8486.

Fall pageant set for November 3

NORCO - The River Parishes Fall Festival Queen of Hearts Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart School Auditorium 546 Apple St. in Norco.

For more information call directors: Doreen at 985-764-1466, Celeste at 985-652-4961, Kerri 985-536-9500.

Thibodaux fall fest seeks craft vendors

THIBODAUX - The Thibodeauxville Fall Festival - an arts, crafts, food and music festival - will be held in historic downtown Thibodaux on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Booth space is available for arts and crafts and food vendors. All arts and crafts must be original work and hand made.

Interested vendors should contact the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce at 985-446-1187 or log on to