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Festival of Charities holds pageants and butterfly extravaganza

DESTREHAN - The Festival of Charity, Inc. will hold its annual pageants and butterfly extravaganza on Sunday, April 11 at Ormond Plantation in Destrehan. The theme this year is “Beauties in Bloom.”

Pageant contestants can register at the door 30 minutes prior to each division. There will be pageant divisions for baby and youth boys ages 0-18 months and 18-36 months, and baby and youth girls ages 0-7 months, 8-14 months, 15-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years and 8-9 years. All divisions accept special children as princes and
princesses. There will also be a pageant for junior, teen and miss divisions for girls ages 10-12 years old who are Louisiana residents, have never been married or conceived a child.

For more information or entry forms, please call Nancy at (504)400-0289 or Denise at (985)785-9553 or visit www.freewebs.com/festivalofcharities.
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April 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm
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French Quarter Fest free music

NEW ORLEANS - The free three-day French Quarter Festival will take place from April 9-11 throughout the French Quarter and will feature over 250 hours of free music across 18 stages.

The festival also features the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” which are the festival food booths operated by nearly 60 local chefs and restaurants each day.
Find out more about the festival by visiting www.fqfi.org.
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April 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm
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Botanical Garden Show at City Park

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans 2010 Spring Garden Show will be at the City Park Botanical Garden April 10-11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.

“This is always a fun event featuring garden product exhibits and sales throughout the garden,” said Brent Jeansonne, the LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Jefferson Parish. “We have a great lineup of educational speakers.”

Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may bring soil samples for analysis by the LSU AgCenter’s Soil Testing Lab. The cost for each one-pint soil sample is $10, payable by check or money order.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free.

More information about the spring garden show is available from Jeansonne at (504)838-1170 or Russell Harris at (504)284-5564.
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April 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm
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Farmers’ Market fruit tasting, book sale

DESTREHAN - Saturday, April 10, the east bank location of the German Coast Farmers’ Market, at Ormond Plantation, will feature a representative from the St. Charles Parish Library who will discuss library programs, sell an assortment of used books, and give away free gifts.

Deniese Zeringue will also be on hand for “Taste of the Season,” sponsored by the LSU Cooperative Extension Service, to promote healthy eating and the tasting of fruits & vegetables that are in season. Arts and crafts will also be featured. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon.
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April 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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Tet Dur band plays at St. Gertrude dance

DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will hold a dance on Saturday, April 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Father Mac Community Center. Music will be performed by “Tet Dur” and the cost is $15 per couple.
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April 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm
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Spring Saturday morning playgroup

LULING - Creative Family Solutions Playgroup,13101 River Road in Luling, is offering spring play groups on Saturday mornings. Through creative play, children develop their skills and bring books and language into their daily lives. Geared for children 0-5 years.

Saturday Mornings: April 10, 17, 23, May 8, 15, 22-Join us for our spring sessions from 9-10 a.m.

Call 331-1999 for more information or to sign up for spring session. Free Program. Funded by United Way.Read More...
April 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
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United Way hosts 5k bridge run/walk

ST. CHARLES PARISH - United Way of St. Charles is hosting their 14th Annual 5K Bridge Run/Walk and Festival on Saturday, April 10, presented by Motiva Enterprises and Valero St. Charles Refinery.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the East Bank Bridge Park in Destrehan and crosses the Hale Boggs Bridge to the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling. Winners of the 5K Bridge Run will receive a combined prize purse of $5,000 and custom race medallions.

Pre-registration is available for $25 per person until April 2. After April 2, race registration is $30 per person.

To register for the race, visit www.uwaysc.org or register in person at the United Way office, 13207 River Road in Luling. On-site registration is also available Friday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bridge Park in Luling and on race day, Saturday, April 10, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Bridge Park in Destrehan.

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April 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
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Kindergarten registration begins soon

Kindergarten registration for St. Charles Parish Schools will be April 6-9. Children who register should be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2010. It is not necessary that the child be present at registration. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Please register your child at the school in your attendance area:

West bank:
Allemands Elementary (985)758-7427
Luling Elementary (985)785-6086
A. A. Songy Kindergarten (985)785-0299

East Bank:
New Sarpy Elementary (985)764-1275
Norco K-3 (985)764-2787
St. Rose Elementary (504)464-9254

For more information, call the school or the School Board Office at (985)785-6289.
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April 06, 2010 at 9:34 am
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HHS 8th grade scheduling

HAHNVILLE - Hahnville High School 8th Grade scheduling meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 6th and Wednesday, April 7th.

On Tuesday, April 6th, the scheduling meeting will be held for J. B. Martin students with last names beginning with A-R and on Wednesday, April 7th for J. B. Martin students with last names beginning with S-Z and R. K. Smith students.

Both meetings will be at Hahnville High School in the auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

All 8th grade students who are planning to attend Hahnville High School and at least one parent or guardian are requested to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting scheduled for the school the student attends, you may attend the other meeting to hear the information being discussed.
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April 06, 2010 at 9:34 am
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Farmers’ Market Easter celebration

ST. CHARLES PARISH - An Easter Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 3, at the East Bank location of the German Coast Farmers’ Market, featuring a visit by the Easter Bunny, music by Blanch Newsome, pony rides by Pony Tales, advice from master gardeners, unique Easter gifts, Easter lunch fixin’s, and fresh fruits and vegetables, including delicious greenhouse tomatoes.
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April 03, 2010 at 9:33 am
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Dig for diamonds

KENNER - This Easter weekend, real diamond jewelry could cost you only a little bit of your time! At The Blood Center’s annual “Digging for Diamonds” blood drive, donors will be invited to “dig” for diamonds and other prizes donated by Esplanade merchants. All blood donors will also receive a Blood Center t-shirt, family blood coverage and a cholesterol check.

The annual “Digging for Diamonds” blood drive will take place at The Esplanade Mall, Thursday, April 1, Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 from noon to 7 p.m., on the lower level near the elevators. Read More...
April 03, 2010 at 9:32 am
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Norco Knights of Columbus fish fry

NORCO - The Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fries are here again!

Red Church Council #3634 Knights of Columbus will be serving a “Louisiana” catfish dinner at the church hall at 375 Spruce Street in Norco each Friday during Lent - Feb. 19 through April 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The dinner is $7 and includes catfish fillets, french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw and cake squares.

A fried “onion mum” with dipping sauce will be available for $5.

Your favorite beverages will also be available.
For special orders for take-out, call the Knights of Columbus at (985)764-1944. Read More...
April 02, 2010 at 9:40 am
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Soles for Christ walk

NEW ORLEANS - Soles for Christ, a nine-church walk will take place on Good Friday, April 2, beginning at the Center of Jesus the Lord, 1236 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, at 8 a.m., with live Stations of the Cross and music.

Registration required. Nominal fee includes t-shirt and song booklet. Churches visited are St. Mary, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Patrick, St. Theresa of Avila, St. John the Baptist, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe (St. Jude Shrine), St. Augustine, and Center of Jesus the Lord.
Contact Center of Jesus the Lord (504) 529-1636 for more information. Download registration form at www.centerofjesusthelord.org.
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April 02, 2010 at 9:33 am
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Annual fishing rodeo coming up

NORCO - St. Charles Council on Aging, Inc. & St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation invite you to attend Annual Fishing Rodeo on Friday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bonnet Carre Spillway Park Pavilion, Norco.

Call 783-6683 to reserve a spot.

Fishing poles and bait supplied. Bring a hat and a lawn chair!
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March 26, 2010 at 9:45 am
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Search on for WWII-era locals

ST. CHARLES PARISH - Are you a part of St. Charles Parish’s Greatest Generation? If so, you are a treasure and we need you!

American History teachers at Destrehan High School are currently seeking individuals who lived in St. Charles Parish during WWII. Classes will be interviewing and collecting oral histories on March 25 and 26 in the Wildcat Banquet Room. If you lived or worked in the parish during WWII or know someone who did, please contact Nicole Hall to set up an interview or if you have any questions Nicole Hall - (985)764-9946 or email at nhall@stcharles.k12.la.us.
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March 25, 2010 at 9:44 am
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Sheriff to hold Seniors luncheon

ST. CHARLES PARISH - Sheriff Greg Champagne will be holding his Annual Senior Citizens Easter Luncheon on Thursday, March 25. All senior citizens of St. Charles Parish are invited to attend. It will be held at the Shriner’s Hall on Ormond Blvd. in Destrehan. Lunch will be served between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. Special presentation will be handed out for the oldest female and male, along with door prizes. The Shriner’s Dance Band will be performing. For more information, contact Susie Gauthier at (985)783-1355.
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March 25, 2010 at 9:42 am
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