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Volunteer work makes Raymond Dow’s Human Element Volunteer work makes Raymond Dow’s Human Element
December 13, 2007 at 8:10 am
Billy Raymond, who was selected as Dow's Human Element for the month of November, started his career 27 years ago, and knows that by working with individuals to help them see different perspectives, through issues, keep focus on goals, and enhance the team's overall performance, he is contributing to Dow's business success.

Vrooommm! Bayou Bike fest Dec.9
December 09, 2007 at 3:57 pm
HOUMA - Suzuki of Houma’s Bayou Bike Fest 2007 will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center located at 346 Civic Center Blvd. on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets: $6 for adults, $3 for kids 11 and up, and kids 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
To register your bike, call John Soileau at 985-872-4244.

Down syndrome group hosts party
December 09, 2007 at 3:56 pm
KENNER - The Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans holiday party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kenner Rivertown’s Science Center located at 409 Williams Blvd. in Kenner with Santa arriving at 3:30 p.m.

RSVP: Wendy Cartozzo at 985-764-4054 or the organization at 504-251-8953.

Beautiful properties on tour of homes
December 08, 2007 at 2:57 pm
HOUMA - Four beautiful homes and properties will be on tour decorated for the Christmas holidays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 for the 3rd annual Holiday Tour of Homes.

The homes are: Grand Bayou Noir Bed and Breakfast, 1143 Bayou Black Dr., owned by Judge and Mrs. Timothy Ellender; Larry and Maryann Boudreaux, 4936 Imperial Dr.; Mr. and Mrs. Chapman Burguieres, Jr., 4523 Highway 311; Black Star Ranch and Cottage, 1361 Bayou Blue Road, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Neil Suard.

Refreshments will be served at each home on the tour.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Accessories Plus, Cloutier Eye Care, CK Interiors, Cherrel’s Antiques, The
Christmas Place and at the door of each home.

For more information, call 985-872-4994 ot 985-804-0182.

Plantation celebrates holidays with gala
December 07, 2007 at 3:56 pm
DESTREHAN - Join the Destrehan Plantation staff as they celebrate the holiday season with a Joyeux Noel and Grand Ball on Friday, Dec. 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. where dances of the early 1800s will be taught and on Saturday, Dec. 8 for a candlelight tour of the plantation.
All dancers are required to wear period costumes.
Tickets: Friday and Saturday combo tickets are $30 per couple. Saturday only tickets are $10.

For more information, call Destrehan Plantation at 985-764-9315.

Local chorus rings in the holiday season
December 07, 2007 at 3:55 pm
DESTREHAN - The Community Chorus of the River Parishes will present its annual Christmas dinner concerts at the Ormond Country Club in Destrehan on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 with dinner starting at 7 p.m. and the concert following at 8 p.m.

Some of this year’s selections are: Angels We have Heard on High, Christmas Kum BaYa, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Blue Christmas, Breath of Heaven, Fa LaLa and The Hallelujah Chorus.

For purchase tickets, call Kathy Woolf at 985-764-9667. For more information, call Louise Broach Fischer at 985-785-2819 or Marilyn Richoux at 985-764-2698.

Parish Christmas tour on tap December 7
December 07, 2007 at 3:00 pm
HAHNVILLE - The St. Charles Council on Aging will host their parish Christmas tour on Friday, Dec. 7.

Stops include: Destrehan Plantation for a presentation and Victorian Christmas customs, the Norco Activity Center for pictures with Santa, the New Sarpy Center for a chorus performance and caroling, a view of Ormond’s Christmas lights, St. Charles Parish Hospital for a special presentation and the Luling Activity Center for cookies and cocoa and a Christmas surprise.

Tour buses meet at the east and west bank bridge parks. The tour is by reservation only.
Call Jennifer at 985-783-6683 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to make your reservation.

MOPS group hosting holiday extravaganza
December 06, 2007 at 2:59 pm
LULING - Come home for the holidays with Mothers of Preschoolers, MOPS - an international organization designed for working, stay-at-home and expectant mothers - is hosting its annual holiday party Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bible Center Church located at 422 Barton Ave. in Luling.

Bring a gift that cost $10 or less and a dish to share. Childcare is available.

For more information, visit www.mops.org or call Sheryl Kennedy Haydel 985-785-2588.

Annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 6
December 06, 2007 at 2:58 pm
LULING - The Rotary of St. Charles sponsors the lighting of the parish Christmas tree on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Westbank Bridge Park in Luling.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.stcharlesgov.net.

Family center holds internet safety class
December 05, 2007 at 2:58 pm
LULING - The Title I Family Center and detective Joey Thibodeaux from the Juvenile Investigations Division of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold an internet safety workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Luling Elementary School cafeteria.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide parents and communities with an understanding of the key issues associated with online child predators and how to protect your children online.

Cost: FREE. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 985-331-8059.

Luling parade meets announced for ‘07-’08
December 05, 2007 at 12:05 pm
LULING - Although the Mardi Gras holiday is still a few months away, the Krewe of LUl is getting ready for the carnival season and has released their upcoming meetings.
Meeting schedule:
Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. - Ramada Inn, Luling. Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:30 p.m. - Ramada Inn, Luling.

Large float fees: $300 - pay by Dec. 5, $500 - pay by Jan. 2, 2008, $600 - pay by Jan. 16, 2008.

Small float fees: $200 - pay by Dec. 5, $400 - pay by Jan. 2, 2008, $500 - pay by Jan. 16, 2008.

No entries will be accepted after Jan. 16, 2008. The parade is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2008. The parade line-up and float numbers will be distributed on Jan. 30, 2008.

For more information, call Russell Lauve at 985-785-6811 or Debbie Dufrense Vial at 985-785-8273.

MEOW! Cats, the musical in Houma
December 04, 2007 at 2:57 pm

HOUMA - CATS, the Broadway musical, will hit the stage at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center located at 346 Civic Center Blvd. in Houma on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $36.50 to $47.50 and are on sale at the civic center or through Ticketmaster.

For more information, call 985-850-4657.

Norco residents gear up for their annual Christmas parade, Dec. 2
December 02, 2007 at 3:58 pm
NORCO - The Norco Civic Association sponsors the Norco Noel Parade that will roll Sunday, Dec. 2 in Norco.
Parade highlights are bands, floats, marching groups, queens, horses and other Christmas attractions. See map on page 4D.

Oak Alley bonfire set to blaze December 1
December 01, 2007 at 3:56 pm
VACHERIE - The 31st Annual Oak Alley Plantation Bonfire is set for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 7 p.m. to midnight on the home’s grounds located at 3645 Highway 18 in Vacherie.
Tour guides dressed in antebellum dresses and a brass quintet will lead the traditional parade through the illuminated alley to the levee for the lighting of the bonfire.

Admission: $125 per person. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-ALLEY or 225-265-2151. All tickets will be kept at will call and guest will be checked in at the time of arrival.
Visit www.oakalleyplantation.com for more information.

Local Sci-fi author holds book signing
December 01, 2007 at 3:54 pm
THIBODAUX - Local author Lee Hebert of Des Allemands is planning a book-signing of his newly released book, “Outlaw Trigger” on Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Books located at 1054 Canal Blvd. in Thibodaux.

COA holding gumbo party this Friday
November 30, 2007 at 2:53 pm
COA holding gumbo party this Friday
HAHNVILLE - The St. Charles Council on Aging is holding the club’s Sunset Sensations Gumbo Night on Friday, Nov. 30 which will also feature a 1-act Christmas play by the group’s literary circle.
Seating is limited. Make your reservation today by calling Jennifer at 985-783-6683 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Boogie to the beat at Des Allemands dance
November 24, 2007 at 3:53 pm
DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will hold a dance on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Father Mac Community Center in Des Allemands.

Music by “Down Home.” Cover: $10 per couple. For more information, call the church at 985-758-7542.

Nominate a needy family for FREE food
November 20, 2007 at 2:53 pm
LULING - The St. Charles Connection Self Advocacy Group, a non-profit organization aiming to promote awareness and inclusion of people with disabilites is seeking nominations within the parish for a needy family to receive a Thanksgiving basket.

Nominations will be taken until Nov. 20
For more information, call Betty or Raven at 985-785-0971.

Property insurance rates lowered for Destrehan, New Sarpy residents
Property insurance rates lowered for Destrehan, New Sarpy residents
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East Bank residents in the communities of Destrehan and New Sarpy will see a reduction in their property insurance bills this year after East St. Charles Volunteer Fire Department’s fire protection grading was upgraded.