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The St. Charles Parish Community Band holds free concert at HHS
May 06, 2008 at 12:12 pm
BOUTTE - The St. Charles Community Band will perform a free concert on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Hahnville High School auditorium.

Musical selections will include a John Philip Sousa march, musical selections from the movie Chicago, highlights from the Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof, as well as a Dixieland arrangement combining Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus with When the Saints Go Marching In.

The St. Charles Community Band, directed by David Rosenthal, is made up of mostly adult members from both the East and West Banks of St. Charles Parish as well as a few musicians from neighboring parishes and several high school musicians from the Hahnville and Destrehan Bands.

Residents urged to collect recyclables
May 03, 2008 at 11:00 am
Curbside recycling went by the wayside in St. Charles Parish after Hurricane Katrina, but parish residents still have the chance to turn in recyclable materials during bi-monthly drop-off events through the end of the year.

The next event, conducted by the Recycling Foundation of Baton Rouge, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on May 3 at the St. Charles Plaza on Highway 90 and at the Allen Arterbury Building on River Road in New Sarpy.

Recycling is free to the public and no parish funds are used to conduct the drop off.

Parish officials are seeking volunteers for the drop-off events. Interested persons can call 985-783-5000 to sign up.

River Region Arts & Humanities Council holds Denim & Diamonds fundraiser May 3
May 03, 2008 at 10:59 am
Get ready to raise that bid with hand painted fans designed by Destrehan High school seniors Skye Jenkins and Johnna Hurd, talented art students. The cowboy hat "bidding" fans will be used during the auction at the River Region Arts & Humanities Council fundraiser, Denim & Diamonds, May 3 at the Destrehan Plantation Mule Barn on River Road in Destrehan beginning at 6:30 p.m.

So, shine up your belt buckles, bolas and boots. Dust off your finest cowboy hats and blue-jean jackets and get ready to party for a cause.

Thanks to the supportive residents of the area, the River Region Arts & Humanities Council has raised over $250,000 since 2001 to support arts and humanities enrichment in the area.

Under the direction of event chair, Sandra Chaisson, a fun-filled evening is planned. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers, a signature drink the Bourbon Spur and music by Gal Holiday, a western swing rockabilly headliner. A chuck wagon style dinner will be served at 7:45 p.m. followed by a live auction, raffles, door prizes and more music.

You won't want to miss the opportunity to raise your "fan" during the auction featuring custom-made chandeliers, cowboy hats decorated by local "quick draw"artists (hats will be judged by Yvonne LaFleur), a condo stay in Aspen, Colorado including airfare for two and transportation from the airport to the condo, a portrait sitting worth over $2,400, a trip to the Kentucky Derby, a hat donated by Yvonne LaFleur suitable for wearing at the Derby, themed baskets and other exciting items. There will also be a "wagon train" of prizes and a raffle for a Coach purse valued at almost $500.

The price for an evening of western fun is $50.00 per person. For more information, contact Anita Hymel at 985-703-0831.

Please also consider becoming an event patron to support the arts and humanities in addition to being recognized in the Denim & Diamonds invitation and program.

Patron levels are:
•Marshal - $1000 - Recognition in the invitation and program, souvenir gift, preferred seating at a private table for six.

•Stetsons - $750 - Recognition in the invitation and program, souvenir gift, preferred seating for four.

•Chaps - $450 - Recognition in the invitation and program, preferred seating for four.

•Spurs - $250 - Recognition in the invitation and
program, preferred seating for two

For additional information about patron levels, please call Judy Mackles at 985-652-2261, Paul Aucoin at 224-265-7906 or Sandra Chaisson at 985-764-9596.

Adult day care seeks local talent for annual summer variety show
May 01, 2008 at 4:29 pm
Norco Adult Day Care is planning its 16th annual Summer Variety show to be held at Sacred Heart School Auditorium in Norco.

Special emphasis is on local talent - students and adults who would like free public exposure.

Honored guests will be the clients of Norco Adult Day Care, and the public is invited to attend.

The date for the show is July 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in donating their time is asked to call Kathy at 985-764-7223.

The variety show is the annual fund raiser for Norco Adult Day Care. Tickets for the show will be on sale at the center, which is located at 425 Spruce St. or from staff and volunteers at Norco Adult Day Care.

Tickets are $2 each. Door prizes will also be given away at intermission.

Winners of door prizes do not have to present to collect their prize. Refreshments will also be available.

Courthouse hosts national prayer day
May 01, 2008 at 12:09 pm
HAHNVILLE - St. Charles Parish participants will commemorate 2008's National Day of Prayer from noon to 1 p.m. May 1 at the Courthouse at 15045 River Road.
Ceremony coordinator Brenda Chiasson of the West St. Charles Baptist Church in Boutte invites the public to attend.

Chiasson is inviting pastors from area churches to speak about the virtues of prayer. Other guest speakers will include members of law enforcement, EMTs and St. Charles Parish Hospital officials. Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, Jr. will introduce the ceremony with a prayer.
Congress designated the National Day of Prayer in 1952 as a time for all Americans, regardless of faith, to come together and pray in their own way. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill calling for the observance every first Thursday of May. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, based in Colorado, organizes many observances around the country.

For more information, please contact Chiasson at (985) 785-0659.

Senior groups hosts hurricane conference
May 01, 2008 at 10:59 am
LULING - The St. Charles Parish Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will host a Hurricane Conference for senior citizens at 10 a.m. May 1 at the VFW Hall, 140 Angus Drive in Luling.

The conference will focus on what seniors need to know to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, RSVP Director Fay Caire said.

Presenters will include the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center, the St. Charles Sheriff's Department, local fire departments and the Department of Animal Control. A light lunch will be provided.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. For more information, call Caire at 785-1037.

Spaghetti dinner on tap at Paradis church
April 27, 2008 at 10:57 am
PARADIS - The St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will sponsor a spaghetti dinner April 27 at noon in the parish hall.

Preparation day will be held April 26. Volunteers are needed. To help, call Rica Soudelier at 985-758-2510.

Local schools need your UPC labels
April 27, 2008 at 10:55 am
BOUTTE - Boutte Christian Academy and Allemands Elementary schools are collecting General Mills Box Tops for Education and Community Coffee UPC labels.

Boutte Christian Academy is also collecting empty printer cartridges, old cellular phones and fax machines.
To donate to Allemands Elementary, drop off tables will be at the school located on WPA road in Des Allemands or at Frank’s Supermarket.

‘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.

Turnovers plague Destrehan championship loss
Turnovers plague Destrehan championship loss
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The Destrehan Wildcats fell 23-7 to the Acadiana Rams Friday (Dec. 13) in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 5A football championship at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome.