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‘Afternoon of Roses’ planned for April 27
April 27, 2008 at 10:55 am
BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter invites you to an “Afternoon of Roses” at its Burden Center in Baton Rouge on April 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to the public.
Activities include a presentation from horticulture professor Dr. Allen Owings, guided tours of the rose garden and light refreshments.

For more information, call 225-578-2263.

Blood drive held for Terry Vitrano
April 26, 2008 at 10:56 am
BOUTTE - A blood drive to collect replacement blood for Terry Vitrano, who is awaiting a liver transplant surgery will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-mart Super Center located at 13001 Highway 90 in Boutte.

The Ochsner bloodmobile will be on hand and all donors will receive a blood bank T-shirt, blood type identification, a mini physical and a cholesterol test.

All donors must have a picture ID.

Recreation camp registration April 26
April 26, 2008 at 10:56 am
DESTREHAN - The St. Charles Recreation Department will begin registration this week for its young recreation summer camp. For information, call the department at 985-783-5090.

Registration for the summer track program will be held April 26 at 10 a.m. at Destrehan High School.

Norco drama club presents play
April 26, 2008 at 10:54 am
NORCO - The drama club at Sacred Heart School in Norco will present three performances of Once Upon A Mattress to be held April 24 through 26 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Tickets are now on sale in the school office or may be purchased at the door.

Adult tickets are $6 and student tickets are $3.
For more information, call Tina Tardo or Sue Brennan at 985-764-3358.

Des Allemands church holds dance
April 26, 2008 at 10:54 am
DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will host their monthly dance on Saturday, April 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Father Mac Community Center in Des Allemands.

Music by Seabrook. Tickets are $15 per couple.
For more information, call 985-758-7542.

Hospital hosts grand opening celebration
April 19, 2008 at 9:22 am
LULING - On Saturday, April 19 St. Charles Parish Hospital will host a Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication Ceremony for the David J. Vial, M.D. Patient Care Centré.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to tour the new facility, have fun with family oriented activities and celebrate an important medical expansion for our community.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. and includes a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, tours, food and entertainment featuring St. Charles Parish Hospital's award winning jambalaya, and children's activities including a Teddy Bear Clinic where kids can bring their teddy bears in for a check-up, fire department safe houses and "Sparky" the Fire Dog.

The celebration will be held on Milling Avenue behind St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling. Parking will be available near the hospital with shuttle transportation.

For more information, call 985-785-3607.

Fundraiser on tap for travel softball team
April 19, 2008 at 9:21 am
HAHNVILLE - The 16U Louisiana Interrogators girls travel softball team will hold a fundraiser on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Hymel’s Restaurant located at 15805 River Rd. in Hahnville.

Plate lunches including fried catfish, white beans and rice, potato salad and bread will be on sale for $5. The meals are take-out only.

For tickets, call Gena Schmill at 504-599-0996. Tickets are also on sale at the restaurant.

Calling all moms! Club holds meeting
April 18, 2008 at 9:20 am
DESTREHAN - The MOMS Club of Kenner, Destrehan and LaPlace is holding an open house on Friday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kenner City Park located on the corner of Loyola Avenue and Vintage street in Kenner.

The club will have a bounce house, treasure hunt and refreshments. The Kenner Fire Department and Kenner Police Department will be there to perform car seat checks and fingerprinting.

For more information call Melanie Kennedy at 504-458-1226.


Get your GED for free
April 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm
Spring forward and complete your education for free.
Be a part of the NEW “FASTTRACK GED PREPARATION” class. Learn the academic and test taking skills you need to be successful on the GED test.

This special four week class will be held at the Boutte Adult Learning Center.

Registration and testing: Friday, April 11th (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or Monday, April 14 (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Instruction begins Tuesday, April 15.

Call the Boutte Adult Learning Center at 985-785-1902 during the hours of 8 am or 3:30 pm for more information.

It’s ‘Food for Fines’ month at libraries
April 15, 2008 at 1:07 pm
LULING - St. Charles Parish Libraries are holding Food for Fines during the month of April.

In an effort to give something back to the community, the libraries will collect non-perishable foods which will be donated to the parish’s food bank.

Patrons are encouraged to bring in food items to clear their fines, which can be for overdue items or for accrued overdue charges.

The library is asking that you donate one item for every dollar you have in fines.

The following items are specifically needed: canned fruit, canned milk, cereals, small jars of jelly and small cans of meat.

For more information, call 985-785-8471.

Spring orchid show scheduled in Houma
April 15, 2008 at 9:22 am
HOUMA - The Terrebonne Orchid Society will hold their annual Spring Orchid Show April 15 through 17 at the Southland Mall located at 5953 West Park in Houma. Hours are: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The event is free to the public. For more information, call Linda Bellanger at 985-447-6404.

Destrehan drama kids perform musical
April 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm
DESTREHAN - The Destrehan High School music, art and drama departments are teaming together this semester to put on a full-out musical.

The students will be performing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with performances on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m., on Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. and Monday, April 14.

Tickets are $8 and are on sale at the school.

‘Walk for Autism’ slated for April 12
April 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The Greater New Orleans Autism Society of America will hold its annual Walk for Autism Awareness on Saturday, April 12 at La Salle Park located at 6600 Airline Dr. in Metairie.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the the walk to follow at 9:30 a.m.

Events include: music, food, children’s activities, a parade of prizes and a silent auction.

For more information, call Lynn at 504-388-4114, Sue at 504-231-4386 or Cissy at 504-256-1287. Visit the organizations online at www.autismsociety.org/chapter168.

DHS Class of 1958 holds 50th reunion
April 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm
NORCO - The class of 1958 is celebrating its 50th class reunion on April 12 at the La Maison Magnolia from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, contact Emily Matherne at 985-764-6698.

American Legion hall sponsors blood drive
April 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm
HAHNVILLE - The American Legion #131 will sponsor a community blood drive with Ochsner Blood Bank on April 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish Courthouse located at 15045 River Rd.

All donors will receive a New Orleans Hornets Blood Bank T-shirt, a mini physical, blood typing, cholesterol test and blood assurance package. A free meal will be served to participants and all donors can register to win two AMC movie passes.

Spring garden show set for April 5 & 6
April 06, 2008 at 1:53 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The 2008 Spring Garden Show in New Orleans will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden on April 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patrons can browse through gardens and meet with plant and garden product vendors.

The show will also feature a Q & A tent where LSU AgCenter specialists will answer questions relating to tree and plant health, and soil samples can be brought in for analysis.

Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter free.

For more information, contact Karen Blackburn at 504-838-1170 or send an email to kblackburn@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Giddy up! Horseshow at Houma Air Base
April 05, 2008 at 1:05 pm
HOUMA - The Terrebone Livestock Association will present a horseshow on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Houma Air Base Arena located at 221 Moffet Rd.

Admission is free to spectators. Concessions are sold.
For more information, contact Ray Allemand at 985-991-1005 or Veronica Songe at 985-665-1005.


Get ready to run!
April 05, 2008 at 1:03 pm
LULING - Grab your running - or walking shoes - and head on over to the East Bank Bridge Park on Saturday, April 5 for the United Way’s annual 5K marathon that will take you across the Hale Boggs Mississippi River Bridge and lead you to the finish line at the West Bank Bridge Park.

Late registration forms are now being accepted for a fee of $25 through the day of the race along with a $20 no T-shirt entry.

The 3.1 mile course offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Mississippi River from the Hale Boggs Bridge. And race organizers have left nothing to chance - there’s an alternate ground-level course that may be used in the event of hazardous conditions or weather on the bridge.

Packet pickup and late registration information is Friday, April 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park. Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day at the East Bank Bridge Park.

The 5K runners will fire off at 8:30 a.m. with race walkers and fitness walkers following at 8:32 a.m.

Awards will be given in seven divisions and a $4,000 prize money purse. Commemorative medallions will also be presented to the 1st and 2nd place male and female in each age group.

Post race festivities include: music by The Wiseguys, food and refreshments, face painting, inflatables, dunking booths, St. Charles Parish bookmobile, pony rides, raffles and a 50/50.

For more information, visit www.runNOTC.org, www.uwaysc.org, or call NOTC at 504-467-8626 and United Way at 985-331-9063.

St. Rose trapper has gained fame by clearing out parish’s hogs
St. Rose trapper has gained fame by clearing out parish’s hogs
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Not too many animal trappers can boast the resume of St. Rose’s John Schmidt, who not only cleared out thousands of animals to improve the safety of the Louis Armstrong International Airport, but also helped clear out the hog population in St. Charles Parish.