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Tarpon Rodeo replaced with Grand Isle fundraiser

The annual Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle, the oldest fishing tournament in the country, will be replaced this year by a new event: the Island Aid festival.

The event will feature several local and national acts, including Three Dog Night, LeAnn Rimes, The Topcats, The Wiseguys and Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys.

The festival will take place on Saturday, July 24, with gates opening at 10 a.m.

Admission is $10 per person at the gate. No presale tickets are available.

Although the sport fishing ban at Grand Isle has been lifted, the rodeo association decided to hold the fundraising event to avoid interfering with clean-up efforts in the Gulf.

No ice chests, umbrellas, video cameras, pets, food, beverages or bicycles will be allowed. There will also be no smoking allowed in the vendor area.

For more information visit www.tarponrodeo.org or call (504)736-6418.
July 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

CASA invites public to preview playhouse

DESTREHAN - Child Advocacy Services cordially invites the St. Charles community to a preview party of the 2010 Cottages for CASA Playhouse on July 23 at Ormond Plantation. The entertainment and silent auction begins at 7 p.m. along with refreshments.

Cottages for CASA is Child Advocacy Services’ second annual 2010 playhouse raffle. This year, a playhouse will be built and raffled in St Charles Parish. Tickets for the playhouse raffle will go on sale in August with the grand prize winner to be drawn in October 2010.

Be one of the first to see the 2010 playhouse at the preview party. For more information, call Amber at 985-785-5226.
July 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

HHS open for sports physicals

HAHNVILLE - Sports physicals will be offered on July 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hahnville High School Field house. The physicals will cost $10, cash only. A parent needs to be present to fill out the paperwork.Read More...
July 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Sign up now to participate, sponsor Fishing for Frankie

AVONDALE - The 2nd Annual Fishing for Frankie Bass Fishing Tournament is now looking for sponsors and is open for registration. The event is hosted by the Throw Me A Cure Relay Team, South Louisiana Trail and family and friends of Frankie. The event raises money for Frankie Champagne Jr., a native of Edgard and resident of Luling who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007 and has been unable to work since June 2009 due to the effects of the cancer treatment.

The tournament will be on August 28 at the Pier 90 boat launch, 10093 Hwy. 90 in Avondale. Check-in will be at 4:30 a.m. with weigh-in at noon. The entry fees are $100 per team and $10 Big Bass (optional). Entry forms are available at Outcast Marine, First National Bank USA, Majoria’s, Roussel’s Hunting and Fishing, Outdoor Express and Pier 90.

The tournament is also looking for sponsors to donate money or door prizes.

For more information on entry or sponsorship, contact Audrey Raziano at (985)703-0135 or (985)785-8411.
July 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Get your spike on at DHS volleyball camp

The Destrehan volleyball camp will be held July 19 - 23 in the Destrehan High School gym. The camp is open to any child grades Pre K - 8th. The cost of the camp is $75 per camper. For a registration form, go to www.stcharles.k12.la.us/destrehan and click on the Destrehan volleyball camp link.Read More...
July 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

Summer music fest begins July 19

The HHS Choir and St. Charles Parish music teachers will host the St. Charles Parish Summer Music Festival at HHS from July 19 to July 23.

The camp is open to students who will be in grades 3 through 9 in the fall of 2010. The cost is $85 for the week. Students can pick up applications from any St. Charles Parish choir teacher or download them from http://www.stcharles.k12.la.us/webpages/cmatherne2/. Read More...
July 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

Catholic Charities to host Girl-Power camp

ST. CHARLES PARISH - Catholic Charities will host its 4th Annual Girl Power Camp from July 19 to 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church on Lakewood Drive for girls ages 8-13.

Licensed social workers will lead the camp in all kinds of indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, and activities that build on self-esteem, healthy relationships, goal setting and teamwork skills. Catholic Charities Girl Power Camp is partly sponsored by the St. Charles Women’s Club. The cost of camp is $50, which includes lunch every day, craft supplies and a t-shirt.

Please contact Susan Fendlason at (985)785-2113 ext.22 or e-mail sfendlason@archdiocese-no.org for more information or for a registration form.
July 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

Compete in Spillway Classic Trail Run

NORCO - The 23rd Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run will take place on Sunday, July 18 starting at 8 a.m. at the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco. The 3-mile run will feature awards to the top 500 finishers and T-shirts. The field will be limited to the first 2000 entrants.

Entry fees are $25 if pre-registered by July 10, $20 for pre-registered New Orleans Track Club members by July 10, and $30 for all entrants after July 10 or on race day. Pre-register for the run can be done by mail or fax. Visit www.runnotc.org for more information or call (504)467-8262. Race day volunteers are still needed, please call (504)468-1488.
July 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

Time to register for fall rec sports

The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation will hold registration for the fall sports, including football, baseball, girls’ volleyball and cheerleading.

Registrations dates are from now until Aug. 4 at the Recreation Department Office from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Night registration will also take place on July 13 and July 21 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Landry Gym for the West Bank booster clubs and the Hurst Gym for the East Bank booster clubs. Read More...
July 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

Professional organizer offers library class

DESTREHAN - An organized environment enables busy people to work more effectively and live with less stress. In this program, you will learn a process to plan, execute and maintain a peaceful and productive environment.

Professional organizer Ellen Martin will conduct an organization workshop, “Organizing 101: How to Plan a Successful Organizing Project from Start to Finish,” at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library on Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
July 14, 2010 at 9:45 am

Sign up now for advocacy training

ST. CHARLES PARISH - The St Charles Parish CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program needs volunteers to be the voice for children in the community who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. CASA depends on volunteers to make a difference in the lives of these innocent children. There are currently five children in St Charles parish waiting for a CASA.

The next CASA training for St Charles parish volunteers will begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 12 at the Child Advocacy Services office located at 816 Paul Maillard Road in Luling. To participate in this training you will need to complete the CASA volunteer application. To obtain an application or for more information, please call our office at (985)785-5226 or contact Connie Stein at (225)647-2005 or e-mail cstein@childadv.net
July 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

Enjoy a brunch with the New Life center

BOUTTE - Spend Sunday afternoon with the New Life Family Worship Center for a special Gospel brunch on July 11 from noon to 3 p.m. The brunch will include a southern-style all-you-can-eat buffet and music.

Admission for adults will be $20 and children 10 years and younger will be $12. The brunch will be held at the center at 13228 Highway 90 in Boutte. Call (985)785-9465 for more information and for tickets.
July 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

Statewide “Tropical Delights” orchid show this weekend

BATON ROUGE - With the theme of “Tropical Delights,” the Baton Rouge Orchid Society will present its 31st annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale on July 10 - 11 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 3790 Independence Blvd. Orchid societies from Houma, Lafayette, and Alexandria, and others from across the Gulf South will stage awesome exhibits to carry out this theme.

The show is free and open to the public. Dates and times are Saturday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Further information is available at www.batonrougeorchidsociety.org or by calling
July 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hunter education classes offered

KILLONA - The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office will give Hunter Education Classes on the dates listed below. State Law requires that all individuals born on or after Sept. 1, 1969 to obtain a hunting license prior to hunting in Louisiana. Individuals must be 10 years of age or older to be certified. The course will cover such topics as firearm safety, survival, first aid, and wildlife identification.
Each student must pre- register and attend each day. The classes will be held at the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s firing range. The times for the two-day classes will be Fridays, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be two field days for individuals that have taken the course online with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The time for the field days are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Dates for full classes are:
July 9, 10, 30 and 31.

Dates for the field days are:
Aug. 14 and 28.

To pre-register call (985) 783-1173. For further information, call Sgt. Ted Adams at (504) 201-5222. Read More...
July 09, 2010 at 9:53 am

Willowdale pool open for Independence Day

LULING - The Willowdale Country Club pool will be open to the public for Independence Day, July 4. Come out and enjoy family, friends and fun in the sun. There will also be an inflatable waterslide for the kids to enjoy. The pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Read More...
July 04, 2010 at 9:53 am

Celebrate Independence Day with St. Charles

LULING - St. Charles Parish will host its 20th Annual Independence Day Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road.

The special anniversary event will feature a performance by the local band “The Wiseguys.” The band is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with fireworks to begin at 9 p.m. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a 20th anniversary keepsake pack. The event will also feature a patriotic balloon-twisting clown for the kids as well as a military flyover. The flyover will be part of the opening ceremony, which is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. Seven local groups will sell food and drinks at the event. Poppers, 3-D fireworks viewing glasses and glow necklaces will also be available. Vendors will be located in the West Bank Bridge Park’s concession stand and permanent shelters.

For more information on the event, contact Dwan Pitre at (985)783-5182 or dpitre@stcharlesgov.net.

I-310 southbound and northbound off ramps to LA 18 will be closed 15 minutes prior to the fireworks and throughout the show, and LA 18 will be closed from Ashton Plantation Boulevard to the School Board Office. Pets and glass bottles are NOT allowed within the West Bank Bridge Park. Ice chests and folding chairs ARE allowed.
July 03, 2010 at 11:19 am

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