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Annual historical seminar Aug. 9
August 09, 2008 at 1:52 pm
THIBODAUX - The Lafourche Heritage Society will hold its 32 annual seminar on history and genealogy Aug. 9. It will be held in the banquet room at the Envie Restaurant at the Howard Johnson.

This year’s speakers will include Jay Schexnaydre, who will speak on the “Historic Cemeteries of the River Parishes,” Bobby Freyou on “Historical Land Title Records in the state of Louisiana,” Augusta Elmwood on “the French Colony of Saint Domingue: Migrations and Sources,” and a presentation on the cypress logging industry by Hugh Brown and JoAnne Plessala.

Seminar participants who pre-register will be included in a count for a buffet lunch. Same-day registration will be accepted at the door, but will not include lunch.

Registration and coffee will be from 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will end around 3:30 p.m.
To pre-register, send names to be received before Aug. 6 with checks payable to Lafourche Heritage Society for $28 per participant to P.O. Box 913, Thibodaux, LA 70302.
Book Vendors will need to reserve a table in advance.
For more information, contact Clifton Theriot at 985-448-4621 or Elton Oubre at 985-446-8662.

Annual historical seminar Aug. 9
August 09, 2008 at 12:30 pm
THIBODAUX - The Lafourche Heritage Society will hold its 32 annual seminar on history and genealogy Aug. 9. It will be held in the banquet room at the Envie Restaurant at the Howard Johnson.

This year's speakers will include Jay Schexnaydre, who will speak on the "Historic Cemeteries of the River Parishes," Bobby Freyou on "Historical Land Title Records in the state of Louisiana," Augusta Elmwood on "the French Colony of Saint Domingue: Migrations and Sources,” and a presentation on the cypress logging industry by Hugh Brown and JoAnne Plessala.

Ultimate fighting in Houma Aug. 8
August 08, 2008 at 12:31 pm
HOUMA - Ultimate Fighting Renaissance MMA7 will take the stage at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center Aug. 8 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $55. Floor seating is available for $65. Tickets are on sale at the civic center box office and all Ticketmaster locations.
For more information, call 985-850-4657.

Farmers’ Market gears up for back-to-school bash
August 06, 2008 at 1:54 pm
After the success of last year’s event, the German Coast Farmers’ Market will play host to the second annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 16.

The bash will take place at the East Bank site of the farmers’ market, near the Ormond Plantation. Blanche Newsome will perform at the event, which will also include door prizes, back to school gift bags, face painting and a display by the parish library.

More importantly, however, will be the food. Fresh produce, pastries, breads, rotisserie meats, seafood and dairy products, such as creole cream cheese, will all be available during the bash. As will kettle corn, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions, homemade salad dressings, wine, pastalaya and stuffed crabs.

“We came up with the idea of a back to school bash because we really wanted to push healthy eating habits for kids,” Ann Montgomery said. “We want to show that you don’t have to travel far to get fresh food and vegetables.”

Door prizes at the bash will include little coolers that kids can use with their meals, while the gift bags will have honey soap, which is made in little animals to promote hygiene. There will also be plenty of honey samples around and kids will learn that a drop of honey on a cracker might be tastier - and healthier - than butter.

The Back to School Bash will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon.

On Aug. 9, the farmers’ market will also celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week. The Sonny Bee Show will be on hand to supply live music and visitors will be able to sample various vegetables and recipes. The event will also take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

“The market is just a one-stop shop that is right in the neighborhood, which is important with the high cost of gas,” Montgomery said. “It’s a place where you can get your dinner, groceries, snacks and gifts like wine and soap.”

Traveling art exhibit at libraries
August 04, 2008 at 12:31 pm
The Traveling Showcase, created at the St. Charles Art Guild’s Kids Camp, is now on display through Aug. 2 at the East Bank library in Destrehan and will travel to the West Regional Library for display from Aug. 4 through 18.

Emergency shelter and food program
August 04, 2008 at 12:27 pm
EAST BANK - Beginning Aug. 4, emergency food and shelter federal funds are available for East Bank residents of St. Charles Parish to assist in paying utility bills, mortgage or rent assistance.

Residents who applied for assistance in 2007 are not eligible for 2008 help.

Eligible residents meeting the following criteria may qualify: 1. Must be facing an emergency crisis, such as loss of income due to illness, reduction of work hours, etc. and 2. Must be a resident of St. Charles.

All residents qualifying for utility assistance must provided their current bill and disconnect notice.
All residents qualifying for mortgage or rent assistance must provide past due, foreclosure or an eviction notice.
Residents meeting these guidelines may call the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at 985-764-7944 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids fishing rodeo in St. James
August 03, 2008 at 12:28 pm
ST. JAMES - Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still time to use those fishing poles.

The St. James Boat Club will hold their "Annual Jr. Choupique Rodeo" on Aug. 3, 2008, on the Blind River Point Area and Boat Launch Areas. All participants, both male and female, up to 15 years old in the fishing rodeo are asked to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

The fishing times start at 8 a.m. and end at noon. The fishing time has changed, but the registration fee is still 25 cents, so please be sure to get registered before fishing. Fishing is restricted to the banks of the Blind River Point and Boat Launch Areas. Awards will be given at close of rodeo. Refreshments will be sold at the Point Area.
For more information, call Craig Calcagno at 225-206-2476.

Traveling art exhibit at libraries
August 02, 2008 at 1:22 pm
The Traveling Showcase, created at the St. Charles Art Guild’s Kids Camp, is now on display through Aug. 2 at the East Bank library in Destrehan and will travel to the West Regional Library for display from Aug. 4 through 18.

LSU author speaks at East Regional
August 02, 2008 at 1:21 pm
LULING - Bud Johnson, author of “The Perfect Season: LSU’s Magic Year - 1958,” will read from his book and share his memories of LSU’s historic 1958 football season at the the East Regional Library on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.
The library is located at 100 River Oaks Dr. in Destrehan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $24.95.

For more information, call 985-764-2366.

LSU author speaks at East Regional
August 02, 2008 at 12:28 pm
LULING - Bud Johnson, author of “The Perfect Season: LSU’s Magic Year - 1958,” will read from his book and share his memories of LSU’s historic 1958 football season at the the East Regional Library on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m.

The library is located at 100 River Oaks Dr. in Destrehan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $24.95.

For more information, call 985-764-2366.

Booster clubs hold registration
July 31, 2008 at 12:27 pm
The Des Allemands Booster Club will hold cheerleader registration on July 31 at the Des Allemands ball field from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The booster club will also hold football registration on Aug. 14 at the ball field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Aug. 20 at Landry Middle School.

Boys 6 years and older may participate this year if they turn 6 by Aug. 1.

The Des Allemands Booster Club will also have a free football clinic for Des Allemands, Bayou Gauche and Paradis players on Aug. 4 through 8 at 5 p.m. at the Des Allemands ball field. Contact Tim Perrin at 504-417-6973 for more information.

The Mimosa Booster Club will hold its football and cheerleading registration Aug. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Elementary cafeteria.

HHS sets textbook, fee schedules
July 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm
BOUTTE - Hahnville High School has announced its schedule for paying fees, picking up textbooks and physical education uniforms, taking identification pictures and requesting schedule changes for the 2008-09 school year.
If more than one child in the family attends HHS at different grade levels, parents should choose one of the assigned times to come for both.

Students must bring their schedule with them and wear a uniform shirt to take their identification card picture.
Seniors report July 30 from 8 a.m. to noon. Freshmen report July 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. Juniors report July 31 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sophomores report Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If students do not pick up textbooks, pay fees, take ID pictures and get PE uniforms on their scheduled day, they should do so Aug. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. or stay after school Aug. 14. No books will be issued during the regular school day.

St. Charles Parish Assessor's Millage Meeting
July 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm
The St. Charles Parish Assessor's office will hold a public hearing on July 30 at 2 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish Courthouse in Hahnville to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval.

Another plan calls for the adopting of the adjusted millage rate and rolling forward to a millage that would not exceed the prior year's maximum. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, which impacts the amount of property taxes residents are charged annually. For more information prior to the meeting, residents can contact the Tax Assessors office at 985-783-6281.

River Parish kids take the stage
July 28, 2008 at 1:20 pm
LAPLACE - Children in the River Parishes will have the opportunity to take to the stage July 28 through Aug. 2 when the Missoula Children's Theatre makes its annual visit to St. John Theatre in Reserve.

The internationally known theater company, based in Montana, travels throughout the country presenting acting workshops and plays to involve children in the arts.
The troupe, along with local children, will work on a production of "The Little Mermaid" at the theater, 115 W. Fourth St.

The cost is $50. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade may audition for roles on July 28 at 9 a.m. Preregistration will not be accepted, and participation is limited.

For information, visit the theater's Web site at www.stjohntheatre. com

Bayou Gauche church holds VBS
July 28, 2008 at 1:19 pm
DES ALLEMANDS - Life Fellowship Community church in Bayou Gauche will hold its annual vacation Bible school July 28 through Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Boys and girls, ages 5-12, are invited to attend. Visit www.lifefcc.com to register.

Also, the MPact girls club and Royal Rangers will kick off the 2008-09 session beginning on Aug. 6. Call the church at 985-758-7526 for details.

Dance Unlimited registration
July 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm
PARADIS - Dance Unlimited of the River Parishes Paradis studio will hold registration for the 2008-09 session on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information, contact Duanne Cazalot at 985-764-0625.

Food distribution at health center
July 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm
LULING - The St. Charles Community Health Center in Luling and Second Harvest will sponsor a food distribution July 26 from 9 a.m. to noon across the street from the center at 853 Milling Ave.

Participants must bring a photo ID and proof of income in the form of a pay stub, letter from Medicare, tax returns or other documentation. Call 985-785-5800 for more information.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the food distribution. Two crews are needed to work from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

‘Gary T.’ headlines monthly dance
July 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm
DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church will hold their monthly dance on Saturday, July 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Father Mac Community Center in Des Allemands.

Music by “Gary T.” Tickets are $15 per couple. Bring your own liquor.

Call 985-758-7542 for more information.

Board fed up with school choice law
Board fed up with school choice law
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St. Charles Parish School Board members are decrying a new law that will allow students attending failing schools in outside parishes to attend St. Charles Parish Public Schools this year.