What's Happening

Chamber offers annual seminar
July 23, 2008 at 2:18 pm
NORCO - The River Region Chamber of Commerce will hold their 3rd Annual Women’s Seminar on Wednesday, July 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at LaMaison Magnolia Reception Hall located at 950 First St. in Norco.

The seminar will feature information regarding safety, self-defense techniques and briefings on the following healing modalities: Reiki, AURO-SOMA, Flower Essence Therapy and Holographic Memory Resolution.

Lunch will be provided along with a goodie bag to take home.
Prices: $25 for chamber members and $40 for non-chamber members.

RSVP is required. Call 985-359-9777 or visit www.riverregionchamber.org.

Club holds dance in Norco July 20
July 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm
NORCO - The Oldies But Goodies Dance Club will hold a dance on Sunday, July 20 at the Knights of Columbus home in Norco.
Line dancing lessons from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and general dancing will follow.

Music provided by DJ Matherne. Admission is $5. Bring your own liquor.

IHOP turns 50 at Zephyrs game
July 19, 2008 at 2:12 pm
KENNER - In celebration of IHOP Restaurant’s 50th birthday, the IHOP Discover America Road Tour is crossing the nation to celebrate two American classics – pancakes and baseball.
An IHOP-branded RV will travel more than 8,500 miles to visit Minor League Baseball parks in 27 cities bringing cheer, games and giveaways.

The RV will make a stop in New Orleans on July 19 at 6 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m., entertaining fans as the New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Albuquerque Isotopes.

Zephyr Field is located at 6000 Airline Highway in Kenner.

Library offers free ACT practice test
July 19, 2008 at 1:44 pm
LULING - St. Charles Parish Library invites teens to attend a free ACT practice test at West Regional Library Saturday, July 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Practice tests will be proctored, timed, and evaluated with results sent to each participant.

This is a great free warm-up for the actual testing. Please call 1-800-2Review (1-800-273-8439) to register, or register online at www.PrincetonReview.com/events.

The West Regional Library is located at 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. Call 985-785-8471 for more information.

Banquet held to benefit scholarship
July 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm
BOUTTE - The annual D.R.E.A.M. Inc. banquet, held in honor of Don Raymond - a former Hahnville High School student, will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Glen Dorsey Multi-Purpose Building located at 13665 Old Spanish Trail in Boutte.

The event is the main fundraiser for the Don Raymond scholarship which is awarded to a St. Charles Parish student each May.

Musical entertainment by the Worship Squad and the People of Praise is scheduled along with guest speaker Rev. Torin Sanders of the Sixth Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Visitors will also get a sneak peek preview of Glenn Singleton’s Don Raymond documentary.

Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door. Ticket prices include dinner.

For more information or to purchase a ticket in advance
call David at 504-914-8478.

AgCenter hosts citrus workshop
July 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm
LULING - Local residents interested in learning more about citrus greening disease including proper identification, treatments and sampling of the Asian citrus psyllid can attend the workshop.

It is scheduled for Thursday, July 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Extension County Agent’s Office located at 1313 Paul Maillard Rd., Ste. E in Luling.

For more information, call 985-785-4473.

Register to vote, learn how to use new machines at parish post offices
July 17, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Next week is Voter Education Week, and the Registrar of Voters will conduct registration drives at post offices around the parish.

The office will also demonstrate how to use the voting machines used for early voting and will mail informational postcards to all households for the upcoming fall elections. The registration drives will be held on July 15 at the Boutte Post Office, July 16 at the Destrehan Post Office and July 17 at the St. Rose Post Office.

Registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each location.

Voter Education Week is held to remind voters of the major changes going into effect for the fall elections. During the week of July 14-18, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will join election officials throughout the state in spreading the message of closed congressional primaries and the importance of accurate voter registration.

Louisianians will vote in closed primaries for the first time in decades beginning with the Sept. 6, 2008 1st Party Primary for all seven Congressional Districts and the U.S. Senate race. The 2nd Party Primary will follow on Oct. 4, the same day as voters will choose many local leaders, such as district attorneys and judges, in open primaries.

Anyone interested in registering, or changing their voter registration, can contact the Registrar of Voters at 985-783-5120 or visit www.stcharlesgov.net/departments/rov.html. Additionally, they can call the Secretary of State's election hotline at 1-800-883-2805 or visit www.geauxvote.com.

Barton Avenue church hosts VBS
July 14, 2008 at 1:22 pm
LULING - The Bible Center Church located at 422 Barton Ave. in Luling invites children ages 5 to 12 to our “Power Lab” where we will be "discovering Jesus' Miraculous Power."
Kids will experience songs, games, snacks, electrifying Bible adventures and much more.

Children will also participate in a missions project by collecting school supplies for two local elementary schools.

“Power Lab” begins July 14 and continues through July 18 at the church each day at 9 a.m. until noon.

For more information or to register your children, call the church at 985-785-0557 or send an email at biblecentervs@bellsouth.net.

Church hosts Bible school in Boutte
July 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm
BOUTTE - It's time for vacation Bible school at West St. Charles Baptist Church.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are admitted free from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 14 through 18.
In this one-week adventure, kids will hear Bible stories, participate in cool crafts, listen to motivating music, eat snacks and play games.

Call 985-785-0967 or visit weststcharlesbaptist.org for more information.

Catfish Festival needs volunteers
July 13, 2008 at 1:22 pm
DES ALLEMANDS - The Louisiana Catfish Festival committee is seeking volunteers to help with the festival July 11-13 on the St. Gertrude Grounds in Des Allemands.

The plant booth is accepting donations. Plants, pots and soil are needed. To help, call Jamie Hue at 985-758-1936.
The country store needs all donations, except clothes.
To donate, call Peachy Rogers at 985-758-2319.

The sweet booth needs fudge, pralines, cakes, candy and other sweets. To donate, call Patsye Lunk at 985-758-7406.

Market holding preserves contest
July 12, 2008 at 1:43 pm
DESTREHAN - The German Coast Farmer’s Market The Best of Preserves Contest is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 on the grounds of Destrehan Plantation.

Your goal will be to retain valuable vitamins and minerals, while keeping the product pretty and tasting good. Information booklets are available at both Markets provided by the LSU Ag Center.

There are seven categories and contestants are allowed to enter more than one category.

Judging criteria will include quality or appearance of product.

Products must be labeled to include the name of the preserve along with the month and year that the preserve was made.

Market holding preserves contest
July 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm
DESTREHAN - The German Coast Farmer’s' Market The Best of Preserves Contest is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 on the grounds of Destrehan Plantation.

The goal will be to retain valuable vitamins and minerals, while keeping the product pretty and tasting good.
Information booklets are available at both Markets provided by the LSU Ag Center.

There are seven categories and contestants are allowed to enter more than one category.

Judging criteria will include quality or appearance of product.

Products must be labeled to include the name of the preserve along with the month and year that the preserve was made.

Entry is to be self preserved by the contestant and participants are to sign up at the Market prior to the contest date.

For more information, call Ann Montgomery at 985-764-9762.

Revival scheduled at church July 11
July 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm
BOUTTE - Co-pastor Cyntrell Janeau and the Women of the Word Ministry of Changing A Generation FGBC in Boutte will be hosting a “One Night Revival” on Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at 14271 Highway 90.

The theme is “Women Empowered to Conquer.” Guest speaker Pastor Fran Love will also be in attendance.
For more information, call 504-417-1236.

Sheriff offers hunter education
July 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm
KILLONA - The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer two hunter education course sessions to the public on the following dates:

•Friday, July 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Friday, July 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The course is designed for young hunters seeking to obtain their first hunting license as well as hunters who seek to acquire an out of state license.

All classes will be held at the Richard Benoit Memorial Firearms Range located behind the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in Killona.

Participants will be required to complete one weekend class for certification purposes.

Register by calling Shelly Harrison at 985-783-1173 or Sgt. Ted Adams at 504-329-0689.

Drama guild stages Beauty & the Beast
July 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm
DESTREHAN - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be performed at Destrehan Auditorium, 1 Wild Cat Lane in Destrehan for a limited engagement beginning Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Other performances will be held on July 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and July 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

To order tickets or for more information, contact Marcia Peyton at 985-764-1969.

Middle school needs your help
July 06, 2008 at 12:54 pm
PARADIS - J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis is asking families to save the pull tabs of canned drinks.

The tabs will be redeemed to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The tabs can be delivered to the school, beginning in August.

Call 985-758-7579 with questions.

Microchipping for pets discounted
July 06, 2008 at 12:53 pm
LULING - St. Charles Parish Animal Control is offering $15 microchipping for dogs and cats through hurricane season, which ends on Nov. 30

Microchipping is available at the shelter, located under the Luling Bridge on the West Bank, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parish hosts 4th of July celebration
July 03, 2008 at 12:51 pm
LULING - A fireworks extravaganza will once again cap off St. Charles Parish’s Independence Day Celebration, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road.

Those include a patriotic musical performance by the St. Charles Parish Community Band under the direction of David Rosenthal. There will also be a red, white and blue clown with balloon animals for the kids as well as an F-15 flyover.

Opening ceremonies, including the national anthem and a 21-gun salute, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will help countdown to the flyover shortly thereafter. A DJ will entertain the crowd throughout the night.

Local nonprofit groups will sell food and drinks, including jambalaya, hamburgers, hot dogs, snowballs and baked goods.

Ghosts invade nature trail on haunted hike
Ghosts invade nature trail on haunted hike
The ghosts of Native Americans, French explorers and pirates will inhabit Norco’s Wetland Watcher Park on Saturday, transforming the serene nature trail into an eerie walk through history.