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Battle for the Paddle gets underway on Oct. 2

LULING - The call is out for gumbo and jambalaya cooks.
The seventh annual United Way of St. Charles Battle for the Paddle cook-off will be held Oct. 2 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park on River Road in Luling.

The Battle for the Paddle features a cook-off in two divisions, gumbo and jambalaya. Teams cook their own special recipes on site and serve the results to the public. Admission is $5 for the all-you-can-eat extravaganza. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Music and a Pick 5 raffle will also be featured during the event.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each division, including the coveted grand prize, an engraved wooden paddle.

The registration deadline is Sept. 26. The cost is $50 per team.

For information or to register a team, contact Johnson at 985-331-9063 or cindyj@uwaysc.org. Read More...
October 02, 2008 at 11:27 am
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Know your rights as a consumer

LULING - Capital Area Legal Services is hosting a community education seminar on consumer rights on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at the St. Charles Council On Aging Luling Senior Center.
Guest speaker Salyria Gumms, an attorney with the organization will speak.

For more information, call 985-785-1918.Read More...
October 01, 2008 at 11:29 am
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Glow-in-the-dark ballet Oct. 1

DESTREHAN -The River Region Drama Guild will present Darwin. This innovative theatrical experience, is a full-length glow in the dark ballet featuring an array of creatures that use magical luminescent imagery.
For more information or to order tickets, call 985-764-1969.
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October 01, 2008 at 11:29 am
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Slow-cooking seminar at Destrehan Plantation

DESTREHAN - Destrehan Plantation will present its first culinary seminar on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entitled “Slow and Low, Then and Now,” the seminar presents the art of slow cooking with open hearth cooking and with electric slow cookers.

Dr. Martin “Doc” Spindel will present the seminar followed by a cooking demonstration by Michael Ledet, author of the “Joe Simmer” series of cookbooks.

Cookbooks will be on sale and lunch will be served.
Advance tickets are available for $25. This includes the seminar, lunch and a tour of the plantation.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 985-764-9315 or send an email to destplan@aol.com. Read More...
September 27, 2008 at 12:17 pm
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Early voting now through Sept. 27

Early voting continues in Hahnville and New Sarpy through Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. at the registrar of voters offices at the St. Charles Courthouse, 15045 River Road in Hahnville and the Arterbury Building, 14564 River Road, in New Sarpy.

For more information, visit www.stcharlesgov.net/departments/rov.
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September 27, 2008 at 11:28 am
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Dance to Wayne Foret on Sept. 27

DES ALLEMANDS - St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands will hold its annual monthly dance on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Father Mac Community Center.

Music by Wayne Foret. Tickets are $15 per couple. Bring your own liquor.

Call 985-758-7542 with any questions.Read More...
September 27, 2008 at 11:28 am
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Fun-filled festival weekend

LULING - The 29th Annual Alligator Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 25 at the West Bank Bridge Park on River Road in Luling.

This year’s event, which is sponsored by the parish’s rotary club, will feature local food delicacies such as alligator burgers, jambalaya, softshell crabs and other Cajun dishes.

Rides, games, live bands, souvenirs and local crafts are also on the line up for this weekend’s festivities.
The list of musical performers includes Bag of Donuts, Local Option 2, Full Circle, The Wise Guys, LA Kids, Allen Fontenot & the Country Cajuns, Waylon Thibodeaux and The Topcats.

Festival hours are: Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (rides and drinks only), Friday, Sept. 26 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.stcharlesrotary.com.Read More...
September 26, 2008 at 9:14 am
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40 years of art in St. Charles Parish

KENNER - The St. Charles Art Guild will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a tea luncheon scheduled to be held at the Chateau Country Club located at 3600 Chateau Boulevard in Kenner on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The guild invites all present and previous members to join in their celebration of what the organization has accomplished in the past, is achieving in the present and what they are anticipating for the future.

Cost for the event is $25. Send check payable to St. Charles Art Guild to 16 Hermitage Court, Destrehan, LA 70047.
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September 25, 2008 at 12:43 pm
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Fashion Golf Club offering specials

HAHNVILLE - The Fashion Golf course in Hahnville reopened after Hurricane Gustav on Sept. 8 and is offering a winter special to all golfers.

For $20 a golfer can play all day, and for $25 golfers get a cart.

The course is open seven days a week. No tee times are required.

For more information, call 985-783-6486.
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September 23, 2008 at 12:16 pm
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Group holds monthly dance

NORCO - The Oldies But Goodies Dance Club is having a dance on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the KC Home in Norco.

Line dancing is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and general dancing will follow.

Admission is $5 person. Music by DJ Gary Matherne. Bring your own liquor.
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September 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm
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Men’s Day at Ama church Sept. 21

AMA - The Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Ama will hold their annual Men’s Day celebration on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.

Elder Raney Antoine, Sr., pastor of Mount Airy Baptist Church in Boutte is the guest speaker.

For more information, call James M. Poole at 504-239-4785.
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September 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm
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Co-ed softball benefit Sept. 20

DES ALLEMANDS - Michael A. Rembert Sr. was diagnosed with multiple myeloma - an incurable, but treatable blood plasma cancer. Because he is undergoing a bone marrow transplant, he is unable to work and is now uninsured.

In an effort to help Rembert and his family with some medical expenses, residents are forming a co-ed softball benefit in Des Allemands on Sept. 6. The entry fee per team is $150. Ages 15 and up are able to participate.

Food, raffles and music will also be available.

For more information, or to register your team, call George at 225-362-7424.
Donations are also being accepted in Rembert’s name at any Regions Bank.
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September 20, 2008 at 12:45 pm
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Ballet auditions rescheduled

NORCO - The River Region Ballet will hold auditions for this year’s performance of the Nutcracker on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center located at 15146 River Road in Norco.

Auditions for acting roles boys and girls ages 7 to 10 is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is an audition fee of $10.

All dancers must sign 30 minutes prior to audition time.
Intermediate and advanced dancers who are interested in becoming a member of the ballet’s company or junior company may call the artistic director to schedule auditions.

Junior company members must be 10-years-old before Dec. 31 and dance at an intermediate level. Company members must be 13-years-old and female dancers must dance on pointe at an intermediate or advanced level.

For more information, call 985-764-7678 or visit www.rrpa.org.
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September 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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Co-ed softball benefit Sept. 20

DES ALLEMANDS - Michael A. Rembert Sr. was diagnosed with multiple myeloma - an incurable, but treatable blood plasma cancer. Because he is undergoing a bone marrow transplant, he is unable to work and is now uninsured.

In an effort to help Rembert and his family with some medical expenses, residents are forming a co-ed softball benefit in Des Allemands on Sept. 20. The entry fee per team is $150. Ages 15 and up are able to participate.
Food, raffles and music will also be available.

For more information, or to register your team, call George at 225-362-7424.

Donations are also being accepted in Rembert’s name at any Regions Bank.Read More...
September 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm
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Local baseball team hosts dance

LULING - The Louisiana Heat, a 12-year-old baseball team, is sponsoring a dance at the VFW Hall in Luling on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The team is using the dance as a fundraiser to raise money to defray costs for a trip to Cooperstown, NY in July 2009.

The dance will feature music by Local Option II. Tickets are $20. Cost includes finger foods and setups. Bring your own liquor.
For more information, call Art Aucoin at 985-785-9866.
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September 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm
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Rotary club holds annual golf match

LULING - The Rotary Club of St. Charles will hold its annual Alligator Classic golf tournament Sept. 12 at Willowdale Country Club in Luling.

Proceeds will benefit the club's college scholarship fund for local students.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon.

The format is a four-person scramble. Lunch will be served.
The entry fee is $90 per golfer and covers food and drinks, green fees, an Alligator Festival shirt, towel and ditty bag.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second-, and third-place finishes as well as closest to the hole and longest drive.
Hole sponsorship is needed.

Entry forms and hole sponsor forms may be downloaded from the Web site, www.stcharlesrotary.com.

For information, call Carl Cantrelle at 985.783.1365 or e-mail cjc557@cox.net; or Ira Cazenave at 985.764.3581; and for hole sponsorship information, call Susan Wilson at 504.559.0766.
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September 12, 2008 at 12:46 pm
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