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Pageant raffle tickets on sale
May 17, 2008 at 10:56 am
DES ALLEMANDS - The Louisiana Catfish Festival is seeking girls ages 11-13 who are interested in selling raffle tickets to be eligible for the title of Junior Catfish Queen XXVI.

The Louisiana Catfish Festival children's pageant will be May 17. For information or to sell tickets, call Aimee Champagne at 985-306-0262.

Theater closes season with London play
May 16, 2008 at 12:11 pm
KENNER - The Rivertown Repertory Theatre closes the season with the Gulf South premier of the London hit musical comedy By Jeeves May 16 through June 1.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets prices are $25 for adults, $22 for students between the ages of 13 and 21 and seniors aged 55 and up, and $12 for children between 5 and 12.

An optional pre-performance buffet served by Messina’s is also available for $20 for adults and $12 for children. Reservations are required for the buffet. Group rates are also available.

The theater is located at 325 Minor St. in Kenner’s historical district. Call 504-468-7221 Tuesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for tickets and reservations.

Church screening could save lives
May 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm
LULING - The First Baptist Church of Luling will host a Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Screening in Luling on May 15. The site is located at 921 Paul Maillard Rd. in Luling with appointments beginning at 9 a.m.
Recommended baseline screenings include stroke/carotid artery, atrial fibrillation, abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease.

To schedule an appointment, call Joelle Reizes at jreizes@llsa.com.

Montz association holds meeting
May 15, 2008 at 1:52 pm
MONTZ- The Montz Civic Association will hold a meeting on May 15 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Norco Civic Hall on Goodhope Street.

World summit at Hahnville church
May 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm
HAHNVILLE - The Harvest Time Christian Center will host the 2008 Impacting Your World Summit on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the church located on River Road in Hahnville.

The program will feature guest speaker Dr. LaFayette Scales of the Rhema Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio and host pastors Rev. Eldridge and Dena Moll.

For more information, call 985-783-9825.

Put a green thumb up for plant sale
May 10, 2008 at 12:10 pm
BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter will host its annual Master Gardener’s Plant Sale on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burden Center on Essen Lane near I-10.
Contact Robert Tarwick at 225-389-3056 for more infromation.

River Region Ballet holds auditions
May 10, 2008 at 12:10 pm
DESTREHAN - The River Region Ballet will hold auditions for Company and Junior Company members for their 2008-09 season on Saturday May 10 at Images Dance Studio located at 105-A River Point Dr. in Destrehan.

Intermediate dancer auditions for Junior Company (ages 10 and older) will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Intermediate/advanced dancer audtiions for Company (ages 13 and older) will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Female dancers must perform on Pointe and all auditions must bring a resume. Talented dancers with dedication and the desire to perform are urged to audition.

For complete company policies and additional information, visit www.rrrpa.org or call 985-764-7678.

Bayou community band to perform
May 08, 2008 at 11:00 am
THIBODAUX - A performance of the Bayou Community Band will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Nicholls State University band room with a music presentation by the Bayou Saxophone Quartet.

The theme of this year’s concert is entitled, “Music of French Composers.”

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.

Murder victim found in burned car identified as Des Allemands native
Murder victim found in burned car identified as Des Allemands native
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Des Allemands native Lindsay Nichols has been identified as the woman found in a burning car at the intersection of Michoud and Lake Forest boulevards in New Orleans East on Sunday.

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