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Book sale at libraries in Jefferson Parish
March 16, 2008 at 11:09 am
METAIRIE - The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library’s semi-annual book sale will be held on Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

As always, admission and parking are free.

Major credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 504-455-2665.

Farmer’s market plans to ‘pawty’
March 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm
DESTREHAN - Make plans "to pawty" with the German Coast Farmer’s Market on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. at Ormond Plantation on River Road in Destrehan.

Costume your pets in holiday garb, and show them off as everyone parades through the market area. Carriages or wagons are allowed.

Prizes will be awarded for the best presentation of pet. Entrance fee is $5.

Register at the Welcome Booth during the Wednesday or Saturday markets held before the celebration, or sign up that morning at 9 a.m. at the Pawrade Registration Table.
Face Painting will be available for the kids along with a display table presented by St. Charles Library. Call 985-764-9762 for more information or visit the website at www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org

Catholic church hosts St. Joseph Altar
March 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm
DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will be hosting a St. Josephs Altar on Saturday, March 15 following the 10 a.m. mass. Blessing and viewing of the altar will be immediately following the mass until 4 p.m. Food will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

Special-needs kids free summer camp available
March 15, 2008 at 1:15 pm
HAHNVILLE -Applications for a summer vacation full of fun for special needs youth in the St. Charles Parish area are now being accepted by members of the Hahnville Lions Club.
The Louisiana Lions Camp is located north of Leesville and will open Sunday, June 1.

There will be a one week session for youth with pulmonary disorders, two one-week sessions for the mild mentally challenged ages 8 to 19, two one-week sessions for visual, hearing and orthopedically impaired youth ages 7 to 19.
There is no cost to the parents for the camper’s stay. All request for the camp are handled locally by Lions.

For more information, call Charles Wilson at 985-783-1589 or 985-783-2045. You may also visit www.lionscamp.org.

Have fun, help cancer society with BINGO
March 15, 2008 at 11:07 am
NORCO - A benefit bingo will be held at the American Legion Hall located at 426 Clayton Dr. in Norco on March 15. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with bingo at 7 p.m.
There will be cash and door prizes. Food, drinks and refreshments will be sold.

For more information, call Bonnie at 985-758-7012 or 504-390-7013.

4-H documentary airs on Louisiana channel
March 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm
BATON ROUGE - A half-hour TV documentary, “Louisiana’s Lucky Clover: A Century of 4-H” will be broadcast for the first time on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and its affiliate stations on March 12 at 7:40 p.m.

Produced by the LSU AgCenter, the documentary tracks the formation and development of this youth organization from the first “corn club” in Avoyelles Parish in 1908 to today’s vast network of clubs and projects across that state that involved about 225,000 young people in 2007.

Learn healthy eating with Laurie Acosta
March 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm
LULING - March is National Nutrition Month and Laurie Acosta, a dietician at St. Charles Parish Hospital will hold a public meeting on March 12 at 6 p.m. in classroom A of the hospital.

Refreshments are provided along with a nutrition game and prizes.

For more information, call 985-785-3608.

‘A Flea in Her Ear’ is on stage in Kenner
March 09, 2008 at 1:18 pm
KENNER - One of the funniest plays ever written is on stage at the Rivertown Repertory Theatre located at 325 Minor St. in Kenner’s Rivertown District.

The play will run through March 9 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (55 and up) and students and $10 for children (6 to 12). An optional pre-performance buffet served by Messina’s is also available at $20 (reservations required). Call 504-468-7221 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for group rates, tickets and reservations.

Drama guild holds auditions for show
March 09, 2008 at 1:17 pm
NORCO - The River Region Drama Guild invites actors, actresses, dancers and singers to “Be Our Guest” at the March 8 and 9 auditions for Beauty and the Beast.

Auditions will be held at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center located at 15146 River Road in Norco. March 8 auditions are promptly from 1 to 5 p.m. and March 9 is reserved for callbacks from 6 to 9 p.m.

Those auditioning must be ten years of age and older. Everyone is asked to bring a song to sing in the proper key; an accompianist is provided

This program is sponsored in part by United Way of St. Charles, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural, Recreation, and Tourism in cooperation with Louisiana State Arts Council as administrated by the Houma Regional Arts Council and the River Region Arts & Humanities Council.

Timeless ballet on stage March 8
March 09, 2008 at 1:16 pm
DESTREHAN - The River Region Ballet will present the full-length ballet Cinderella on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at Destrehan High School located at #1 Wildcat Lane.

Tickets are $15 and will be available for purchase at the door or in advance by calling 985-764-7678 or emailing riverregionballet@cox.net.

For more information, call Angela Amedee at 504-559-4297.

Transit authority will hold meeting March 5
March 05, 2008 at 1:16 pm
LAPLACE - The River Parishes Transit Authority will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the Port of South Louisiana located at 171 Belle Terre Blvd.
Any individual requiring reasonable accommodation is requested to contact the South Central Planning and Development Commission at 985-851-2900 in advance.

San Francisco fest on tap this week
March 02, 2008 at 1:17 pm
GARYVILLE - The San Francisco Plantation Foundation and Marathon Petroleum Company would like to invite you to participate in the Fifth San Francisco Plantation Festival March 1 and 2.

For more information, call 985-535-2341 or visit www.sanfranciscoplantation.org.

New Orleans RV show in Kenner this week
February 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm
NEW ORLEANS - An RV tradition in the south - the 17th annual New Orleans Spring RV Show & Camping - will showcase over 200 makes and models of recreational vehicles at the Pontchartrain Center, Feb. 29 through March 2.

Show hours are Friday 12-8, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-5.
Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for kids 6-15 and free to children under 6.

For more information, visit www.bacshows.com.

Women’s club to award three scholarships
February 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm
LULING - The St. Charles Women’s Club is awarding three scholarships to graduating seniors who reside in St. Charles Parish.

Two academic awards - one for $4,000 and one for $1,000 - will be given to a high school graduate who plans to attend 4-year universities. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who plans to attend a vocational school or towards an associate’s degree.

Applications may be obtained from the senior counselors at Destrehan and Hahnville High Schools.

Students who attend private schools may call 985-764-9762 to set up a time to pick up an application.

Deadline for all applications is Feb. 28.

HHS cheerleader & mascot tryouts
February 27, 2008 at 12:43 pm
BOUTTE - There will be an informational meeting about cheerleading and mascot tryouts for the 2008-09 school year on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Hahnville High School auditorium.

Those interested in trying out who are unable to attend the meeting should contact Ms. Candice Reed at creed@stcharles.k12.la.us after the meeting to obtain a packet of tryout information.

A mandatory instructional workshop will be held on April 7 through 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the school gym.
Tryouts will be held April 11 at 3 p.m.

Memorial blood drive set at Luling church
February 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm
LULING - The Bible Center Church at 422 Barton Ave. will host a Memorial Blood Drive on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of the late Kyle Price Bergeron who passed away from Leukemia Dec. 30, 2006 at the age of 18.

If you have been deferred from donating blood in the past you may be eligible to donate at this time since the deferred criteria has changed considerably.

If you should have any questions concerning eligibility contact the Blood Center at 504-887-3833.

You must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs. and have a proper ID.

E-mail Vicki at sweet serenity1998@yahoo.com or call 985-785-0346 after 5 p.m. to sign up.

Learn the history of Creole homes at Destrehan library
February 23, 2008 at 12:07 pm
DESTREHAN - John H. Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs for the Historic New Orleans Collection, will give a visual presentation based on the book Creole Houses: Traditional Homes of Old Louisiana at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library on February 23 at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 100 River Oaks Dr. in Destrehan.

Creole Houses was selected as one of the top nonfiction works of 2007 by Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson. In the book, Lawrence provides written commentary for the photographs taken by Steve Gross and Sue Daley.

Creole houses are found throughout Louisiana and are a blend of French and Spanish colonial styles with West Indian, African, and Native American influences.

Appreciation of Creole culture will be heightened as Lawrence presents in-depth information about the architectural design and interior decoration of the houses as well as the society that produced them.

The program will last approximately 45 minutes and includes a brief overview of the book's contents along with more detailed looks at a few of the buildings featured in the book.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Books will not be available for purchase at the event, but Lawrence will be available to sign any books that were purchased in advance.

Please call the library staff at 985-764-2366 for further information.

Steel Magnolias on stage in St. John
February 23, 2008 at 12:06 pm
RESERVE - Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling will open St. John Theatre’s 2008 season.

The play is set for one weekend only, beginning Feb. 21 through Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb, 24 at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and available at Allied Express in LaPlace and at the theatre box office before each performance.

A reduced price of $8 is available to groups of 10 or more.
St. John Theatre is located at 115 W. 4th St. in Reserve.
For more information, visit www.stjohntheatre.com or call Beverly Beard at 985-764-7688.


New lunch joint will open on River Road in Luling
New lunch joint will open on River Road in Luling
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The former site of P.J.’s Po Boys in Luling will re-open in January as Fatty’s Shack, which will cater to a lunchtime crowd.

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