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Historic churches book signing

DESTREHAN - Author George Gurtner and photographer Frank H. Methe will be on hand at the German Coast Farmers’ Market at Ormond Plantation on River Road in Destrehan on Saturday, Oct. 24 to sign their book, “Historic Churches of Old New Orleans,” which captures in words and magnificent color photos, the incredible history of 50 of the oldest Catholic Churches in New Orleans.

All proceeds from the sale will go to restore the historically significant St. Alphonsus Church in the Irish Channel of New Orleans.
The book signing will begin at market’s opening at 8 a.m. and will continue until closing at noon.
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October 24, 2009 at 8:58 am
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Historic churches book signing

DESTREHAN - Author George Gurtner and photographer Frank H. Methe will be on hand at the German Coast Farmers’ Market at Ormond Plantation on River Road in Destrehan on Saturday, Oct. 24 to sign their book, “Historic Churches of Old New Orleans,” which captures in words and magnificent color photos, the incredible history of 50 of the oldest Catholic Churches in New Orleans.

All proceeds from the sale will go to restore the historically significant St. Alphonsus Church in the Irish Channel of New Orleans.
The book signing will begin at market’s opening at 8 a.m. and will continue until closing at noon.
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October 24, 2009 at 8:58 am
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Fall book sale in Hahnville Oct. 23

HAHNVILLE - The Friends of the St. Charles Library will hold their fall book sale on Oct. 23 from 9 .m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Book Nook next to the Hahnville library.
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October 23, 2009 at 9:01 am
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SCP Girl Scouts invited to Trail Day

NEW ORLEANS - St. Charles Parish Girl Scouts are invited to discover the historic city of New Orleans by participating in Girl Scouts’ Heritage Trail Day on Sunday, Oct. 18 in the heart of the city, the French Quarter.

The walking tours include a program guide and map with detailed listings of what can be seen and completed at various stops along the way. Many of the participating museums and businesses will have special projects or presentations specifically designed for Girl Scouts.

A Heritage Trail commemorative patch is included as part of the $3 registration fee. To register for this event, call 504-733-8220 or visit gsle.org.
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October 18, 2009 at 10:49 am
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Fall garden show in N.O. Oct. 17-18

NEW ORLEANS - The 2009 Fall Garden Show will be held at City Park botanical garden Oct. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Vendors, including horticulture services companies, will be offering a variety of plants and garden products.

Louisiana Master Gardeners and horticulture experts from the LSU AgCenter will be available to answer homeowners questions. Visitors are asked to bring soil samples for testing by the center’s soil testing lab.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter free.
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October 17, 2009 at 9:01 am
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Learn how to save energy Oct. 16

NEW SARPY - The St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services will present a household energy conservation workshop at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Arterbury Building, 14565 River Road.

The public is invited to attend, but space is limited, so an RSVP is required. Those interested should call 985-764-7944.

Demonstrations will include information about energy-efficient light bulbs and the value of caulk to seal window and doorway leaks. Residents will also learn simple tips of fan usage to cut back on air conditioning and daily energy usage. Attendees will receive promotional items at the close of the workshop.Read More...
October 16, 2009 at 10:48 am
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‘Wizard of Oz’ at Hahnville Oct. 14

BOUTTE - Hahnville High School is proud to present the beloved children’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Oct. 14 and 15 in the HHS auditorium at 7 p.m.

Bring the entire family and join Dorothy and her friends as they embark on their journey down the yellow-brick road - a collaboration between the HHS choir and talented theater classes.

Tickets are $10. Children under 6 get in free. Email Lucas Harms at lharms@stcharles.k12.la.us for more information.
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October 14, 2009 at 10:48 am
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RSVP for Oktober Fest by Oct. 12

NORCO - The German-Acadian Coast Genealogical Society will host its annual Oktober Fest featuring German food and a presentation of Louisiana’s role in the American Revolution next month.

The dinner will be held at La Maison Magnolia, 950, First St. in Norco. A cash bar opens at 6 p.m. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. The cost for dinner, the presentation and door prizes is $26 per person.

Reservations must be made with a check payable to GACHGS by Oct. 12. Mail reservations to Mary Duhe, Treasurer, 117 N.W. 18th St., Reserve, LA 70084.

Clifford Normand of Baton Rouge will present “Galvez and the Spanish Contribution to the American Revolution.Read More...
October 12, 2009 at 10:53 am
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Pass along plant exchange Oct. 10

DESTREHAN - A “Pass Along” plant exchange will be held on Oct. 10. All are invited to participate by bringing a well-established, healthy specimen in a one-half gallon or larger container.

Each person will be allowed one entry. The botanical or pet name of the plant should be included, along with simple instructions for care.

Old Southern plants are always very popular, such as those “passed down” or “cut” from plants of family and friends - those that we fondly remember seeing in our grandparents’ yards.

The plant exchanges are always interesting and fun as someone always enters a very unusual and sometimes rare plant.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Exchange will take place at 11 a.m.

For further information please call Marilyn Richoux at 985-764-2698.Read More...
October 10, 2009 at 10:54 am
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Land use meeting set for Oct. 6

AMA - The parish’s planning and zoning department will hold its next Comprehensive Land Use Visioning Meeting on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church located at 10867 River Road in Ama.

For more information, contact Kim Marousek Marretta,
Director for planning and zoning at 985-783-5960 or visit stcharles2030.blogspot.com.Read More...
October 06, 2009 at 10:45 am
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COA now taking ball nominations

HAHNVILLE - The St. Charles Council on Aging and the parish’s recreation department are sponsoring the 14th annual Young At Heart Mardi Gras ball on Jan. 16, 2010. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 5.

All organizations that have senior citizens as part of its membership are invited to nominate a couple to represent the organization for the court that will be chosen on Nov. 13 at a brunch at the COA’s Hahnville Center.

The king and queen will be chosen on Dec. 11 at a tea.
For more information, call Stephanie at 985-783-6683.
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October 05, 2009 at 10:47 am
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Memorial walk for deceased children

METAIRIE - The Compassionate Friends organization will hold its annual Children’s Memorial Walk on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m., beginning and ending at the Children’s Memorial Garden located at 3000 Downs Blvd. in Metairie inside Lafreniere Park.

The group invites bereaved families, relatives, friends and the community to join them as they walk to remember all beloved children who have died.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15. before Sept. 20 and $20 after or on the day of the walk.

For more information, visit tcfneworleans.org.
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October 04, 2009 at 10:54 am
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Trash bash success spurs additional cleanup day

ST. CHARLES PARISH - The success of March’s inaugural Trash Bash litter cleanup in St. Charles Parish has spurred organizers to schedule an additional cleanup day on Oct. 3.

Volunteers will fan out across the parish from 8 to 11:30 a.m. to collect roadside garbage and help bring awareness to the parish’s prevalent litter problem.

This version of the cleanup event will not feature an after-party, but additional trash bags will be available for both new and returning volunteers. The event is a great way for students to gain service hours required by their schools or organizations. Volunteers will decide which areas they wish to clean, and they are asked to prepare for working outside by bringing water and other needed supplies.

Those interested volunteering should contact Chandra Sampey of the Contract Monitor’s Office at (985) 764-1207. Residents can also sign up online at www.scptrashbash.org.
In March, more than 300 volunteers filled approximately 313 garbage bags with 3.91 tons of garbage over 69 miles of roadway.

The parish hopes to continue Trash Bash by holding one spring and one fall event each year. Read More...
October 03, 2009 at 10:44 am
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“Get out the Boat” Catholic youth rally Oct.3

LULING - Inspirational speaker Mike DeSalvo, youth director of the Houma/Thibodaux arch diocese, will conduct this special evening for teens at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Luling from 4 to 10 p.m.

The event will focus on moral and spiritual issues today’s Catholic teens face every day and will include group discussions, breakaway sessions, games, praise and worship.
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October 03, 2009 at 9:19 am
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Battle for the Paddle cookoff deadline nears

LULING - Do you make the best gumbo or the tastiest jambalaya? Test your skills! Enter the battle and win the paddle on Oct. 1 at the annual cookoff.

The event is open to the public with a $5 entry fee that allows you to eat all you can. Soft drinks are $1 and beer is $2.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Games and music from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The following awards will be given: people’s choice, best jambalaya and best gumbo. The first place teams in gumbo and jambalaya win the battle and take home the coveted paddle.

A $50 participation fee is required to teams to compete. Each team receives four participation gifts.

For more information, contact Sara Miller at 985-331-9063.Read More...
October 01, 2009 at 9:00 am
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ACT sessions offered at DHS

Destrehan - High school students from St. Charles Parish may attend sessions to help prepare for taking the ACT test.

The preparation courses will be held Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Destrehan High School.

Interested students will need to choose one of the three sessions offered each Sunday, English, reading or math.
Students may register by printing and completing the registration form found on their school’s Web site or by picking up a form in the school’s office.

The registration fee is $10 by Sept. 23. Checks should be made payable to St. Charles Parish Schools. No refunds will be given.
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September 27, 2009 at 9:18 am
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