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Transit authority to hold meeting April 2
April 02, 2008 at 1:52 pm
LAPLACE - The River Parishes Transit Authority will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 2 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 to discuss the particular accommodations needed three days in advance of the meeting.

Destrehan Plantation holds Heritage Day
April 02, 2008 at 11:10 am
DESTREHAN - The Destrehan Plantation will hold its 10th annual Spring Heritage Day for students of all ages on Wednesday, April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held on the grounds behind the plantation house at 13034 River Rd.

Join the library and the BIG READ April 1
April 01, 2008 at 1:51 pm
LULING - St. Charles Parish libraries and the National Endowment for the Arts presents the Big Read on Tuesday, April 1 at the West Regional Library in Luling at 6:30 p.m.
The event will feature a book discussion and celebration of the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

A copy of the book can be reserved by calling 985-758-8471. Free study guides are available at all library branches.

UWSC Bridge Run scheduled for April
March 31, 2008 at 11:08 am
This is the twelfth year of the United Way of St. Charles 5K Bridge Run. This premier sporting event raises awareness of United Way and the need for health and human services critical to our community. The theme this year is “Building Communities, Enriching Lives”.

The UWSC needs and appreciates both in-kind and cash donations. Bridge Run Posters, signed and numbered by local artist Matt Touchard are available for $20 each. Activities include face painting, dunking booths,
inflatables, pony rides and raffles. There will also be $4,000 in prize money.

Those who register by March 31 only have to pay $20. There is a $25 fee after that date. Register online at www.runNOTC.org or www.usaysc.org.

Vvvrrom! Annual River Road Car & Bike show in Destrehan
March 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm
DESTREHAN - The third annual River Road Car & Bike Show will be held on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Destrehan Plantation.

Row after row of classic cars, trucks and bikes will fill the front lawn of the historic plantation, all competing for a wide range of awards.

The event will feature live music by Don Rich and Ruff-N-Ready, delicious Cajun food, local crafts and children’s face painting and pony rides.

The show’s $10 admission fee includes a tour of the beautiful Destrehan Plantation home.

Cars, trucks and bikes are welcome to enter the competition. Entry fee is $20 for early registration and

$25 for day of show registration.

Don’t miss this event! For more information or to register, call the River Parishes Tourism Commission at 1-866-204-7782 or visit www.takemetotheriver.com.

Wayne Foret to sing at St. Gertrude dance
March 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm
DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will hold a dance on Saturday, March 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Father Mac Community Center.
Music by Wayne Foret. Tickets: $15 per couple. Bring your own liquor.

For more information, call the church at 985-758-7542.

Republican women gather at meeting
March 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm
LULING - The next Republican Women of St. Charles general membership meeting will be held Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Please join them at the West Bank Regional Library in the upstairs meeting room.

Newly elected officials of St. Charles Parish have been invited for a “meet and greet.”

For more information, call Martha at 985-331-8598.

Farmer’s market Easter parade is ‘egg-cellent’ fun for the family
March 22, 2008 at 11:42 am
DESTREHAN - The German Coast Farmers' Market will host its second Easter parade, Kid Krewe du Market, on Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. on the market grounds, Ormond Plantation on River Road in Destrehan.

Children ages 8 and under are invited to dress up in costume and parade through the Market in their decorated wagons to celebrate Easter.

The wagons must be pulled by an adult and throws are to be provided by the participants.

Entry fee is $5 and registration is held at 9:30 a.m. at the sign-up table at the Market. 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded.

While enjoying the festivities, which also included Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, and a visit from the Easter Bunny, plan to shop the Market for your Easter dinner “fixins.”

For more information visit the website at www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org or call (985)764-9762.

Satellite Center hosts food drive
March 19, 2008 at 11:07 am
Empty Bowls, an event where all proceeds are given to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans, will be held March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Satellite Center Banquet Room.

The basic idea for Empty Bowls is simple. Students from St. Charles Parish Public Schools create ceramic bowls, then serve a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests choose a bowl to keep as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. In exchange for a meal and the bowl, all guests donate $10 per person for a ticket to the event. Tickets are available at the door.

Blue Man Group to perform in Big Easy
March 18, 2008 at 1:19 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The beat goes on as the Blue Man Group descends on New Orleans for its mega-successful How to be a Megastar 2.1 which will take place on Tuesday, March 18 at the New Orleans Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $47 and $77 and are available at the arena’s box office, www.ticketmaster.com, or charged by phone at 504-522-5555. Visit www.blueman.com.


K’garten registration set for March 17-20
March 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm
St. Charles Parish Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration March 17 through 20 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Parents must register their children at the school in their attendance area.

Schools are: Allemands Elementary - 985-758-7427, Luling Elementary - 985-785-6086, A.A. Songy Kindergarten - 985-785-0299, New Sarpy Elementary - 985-725-1429, Norco Elementary K-3 - 985-764-2787 and St. Rose Elementary - 504-464-9254.

Parents or guardians should bring to registration: certified birth certificate for child, home address, mailing address and telephone number, proof of residency (two utility bills showing physical address. i.e. gas, water, electricity), social security card for the child and immunization record for the child.

For more information, call the school or school board office at 985-785-6289.

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.

Work to begin on  performing arts center in Luling
Work to begin on performing arts center in Luling
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The St. Charles Parish School Board unanimously agreed to take bids on site work for the system’s $35 million performing arts center, approved the millage tax collection to pay for it and hired a financial advisor for the bond issue for the project.