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Church’s quilts offer warm blessings

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Quilts and afghans are displayed Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, during a Blessing of the Quilts at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville. More than 350 handmade items â quilts, afghans, dresses, shorts and pillow slips â were made during the past six months by the churchâs quilting ministry. The items will be distributed to military members returning from foreign duty, rape and trauma victims younger than 15, children coping with grief, and to children in Africa through a number of ministries. For more information about the quilting ministry call (985) 727-9200.

Quilts and afghans were displayed Sunday during a Blessing of the Quilts at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville. The quilting ministry at the church hand-makes the items, which will be distributed to veterans, victims of violence, children dealing with grief and others through a number of ministries. For information about the ministry, call (985) 727-9200.… Continue reading →

Masquerade to help families

When the Northshore Families Helping Families state budget was slashed, officials with the Covington-based nonprofit had to get creative. So they brainstormed and came up with several fundraising ideas they hope will evolve into annual events. One such fundraiser is Masquerade, a costumed affair that will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 24… Continue reading →

Breast cancer seminar slated

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to that end, the Slidell Memorial Hospital Women’s Health Alliance will present a fall seminar based on that subject. The Breast Cancer Awareness seminar will take place Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. The event will include free health screenings, a panel… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Special-needs kids find fun, therapy with Miracle League

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - Sklyar Haydel is pictured with Miracle League Buddy Allie Hutton before a recent Miracle League game at Coquille Park near Madisonville. Haydel, who has Williams Syndrome, is one of several dozen children participating in the special-needs baseball/softball league this fall. Hutton, a freshman at Hannan High, is one of several dozen students who are providing one-on-one assistance to help make the fledgling league a success.

Six-year-old Skylar Haydel skipped across the infield, and then the outfield, of a softball diamond at Coquille Park on the evening of Oct. 14. A few moments later, Skylar, who has Williams syndrome, would take part in a nonstructured game between players in the Miracle League-North Shore. She and several dozen others with special needs are participating… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Arts program to strut talents

Sharon Edwards

Art projects, live music and theater performances will be available in abundance this Saturday at the “Talented Arts Program Celebrates Americana” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kids’ Town Pavilion on Koop Drive in Mandeville. In its third year, the festival is a fundraiser for St. Tammany Parish School’s Talented… Continue reading →

IN PROFILE: James Roberts rubs elbows with big-name movie stars

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - James Roberts of Slidell enjoys life on screen and behind the cameras.

He has that kind of face, the same face used by the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center-Our Lady of the Lake on media material and billboards across the country and into Canada. James Roberts has the Midas touch, or maybe it’s just that face. With no acting experience, no headshots or high-price agent, he has literally… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Women, wine and musical waves

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (peo) Celebrating the United States at the PEO event were Sandy Willis, Pat Jackson, Lou Bordelon and Carolyn Curl.

The Chamber of Commerce recently facilitated the annual Athena Awards banquet at the Northshore Harbor Center. Since 1989, the chamber has supported the award, recognizing women and the mentorship of women, in both business and community affairs. The event recognizes the nominees and recipients who demonstrate professional excellence, provide valuable service… Continue reading →

Cultural Collage: Slidell Pumpkin Fest offers varied ways to experience art

Photo provided by Kathleen DesHotelâJuliet Boe uses her eye for art to carefully place stickers and then paint her tiny pumpkin at the Ochsner Hospital tent.

The Olde Towne Pumpkin Fest featured several opportunities for creating and interacting with art that exemplified the vision of Nelle Landry. No matter the art involvement, Landry will always be a teacher sharing opportunities for others to explore their artistic abilities, especially youngsters. She conceived several new ideas, one of which was a… Continue reading →

CHECK IT OUT: Library serving spooky stories, costume contest

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library - Grayhawk Perkins will spin scary tales for children ages 10 and up at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St.

Native American storyteller and musician Grayhawk Perkins will spin scary tales for children ages 10 and up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Madisonville branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library, 1123 Main St. Younger children are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult in case of fright. The event will include a… Continue reading →

President’s Cup Fishing Tournament lands win for two charities

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - The team from Gulf State Real Estate won the Third annual President's Cup Fishing Tournament held Oct. 4 at The Dock just south of Slidell. Pictured, from left, are Eric Paranteau, John Ammerman, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and team captain Mike Saucier.

The third annual President’s Cup Fishing Tournament was Oct. 4 at The Dock south of Slidell. The event, which was hosted by St. Tammany Parish Government and Parish President Pat Brister, attracted 17 competing teams and three noncompeting teams, which raised $10,000 for charity. Teams paid a $500 entry fee, and the winning team chose the nonprofit… Continue reading →

‘Autumn Affair’ to raise funds for ALD

“An Autumn Affair for ALD” — a fundraiser for adrenoleukodystrophy education and care — will be Nov. 2 at La Provence in Big Branch, just east of Mandeville. The event, which will be hosted by the ALD Foundation, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature the fabulous foods of owner Chef John Besh… Continue reading →

Deo Gratias fundraiser will have ‘All Saints’ theme to mark St. Joseph Abbey’s 125th year

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Music is performed at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College near Covington. The abbey will host its annual Deo Gratias fundraiser on Nov. 6 that will have an All Saints theme, utilizing images from the historic paintings by Dom Gregory DeWitt seen in the church. There are 132 men studying for the priesthood at the seminary which is now in its 125th year.

It will be all saints, all the time on Nov. 1 as St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College celebrates its annual Deo Gratias fundraiser, starting with Vespers at 6 p.m. and followed by an evening of dining, dancing and auction items. “Being on All Saints Day, we have an All Saints theme,” said event coordinator Sharon Carraway.… Continue reading →

Camellia City Aktion Club in Slidell installs 2014-15 officers

Photo provided by Camellia City Aktion ClubÑDuring the 2013-14 term, the Camellia City Aktion Club was led by Brittney McGee, seated, and, behind her from left, Alan Pittman, STARC adviser Mel Carter, Terri Galiano and Kiwanis adviser Wanda Farbe.

The Camellia City Aktion Club, a service club for adults with disabilities in Slidell, installed its 2014-15 officers recently at STARC in Slidell. The new officers are D’Andre Randolph, president; Cherrie Henderson, vice president; Brittney McGee, secretary; and Daneel May, treasurer. The 2013-14 officers were Brittney McGee, president; Terri Galiano, vice president; Latricia Galloway,… Continue reading →

Magnolia Forest club names garden of month

Photo provided by Magnolia Forest Garden ClubÑFrom left are Nancy OÕBrian, vice president; Tom Cuccia, speaker; and Sandy Solar, president.

The Garden of the Month Award for October from the Magnolia Forest Garden Club went to John and Charlotte Campbell, whose garden features red and orange hibiscus, red Double Knock Out roses and “Little Gem” magnolias. Betty Rose gave a report on the Louisiana red fox, and master gardener Tom Cuccia built two bluebird houses… Continue reading →

Slidell Toastmasters practice extemporaneous speaking

Photo provided by Slidell Toastmasters ClubÑAmong those on hand for the Slidell Toastmasters Club meeting were, from left, guests Melinda Jackson and Christine Morreale, and members Marilyn Williams and Keith Lemonier.

Marilyn Williams was voted the winner of an extemporaneous speaking contest at the second September meeting of the Slidell Toastmasters Club. Contestants had no time to prepare a response to contest master Colleen Dale’s question: “What advice would you give to your 12-year-old self, knowing what you know today?” The contestants had to… Continue reading →

St. Tammany arts and entertainment for Oct. 23, 2014

Photo provided by OTAC - Martin Needom's sculpture and two dimensional art is exhibited in the one-man show 'Sampler,' on display through Sunday at the OFFstage Gallery at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive next to Fremaux Town Center.

ROCKIN’ THE RAILS: New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Company will perform as the Rockin’ the Rails free concert series continues at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. The concerts will take place every Thursday in October from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Concert-goers are… Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for October 23, 2014

Photo by Steve RandonÑAshley Cangelosi is an economic development specialist for the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.

LOUISIANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: Economist Loren C. Scott will report on the Louisiana economic outlook for 2015-16 at the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Country Club Drive, Covington. The luncheon is sponsored by Chevron. Scott’s report will provide north… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Halloween events for October 23, 2014

COVINGTON TRAILHEAD: Trickin’ and Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. The event will feature Frank Levy’s Stories in Motion, Halloween arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, a jump-rope performance and a Kids in the Kitchen healthy snack activity.… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for October 23, 2014

SLEEP APNEA SOLUTIONS: Sue Blazek, a registered polysomnographic technologist with the Slidell Memorial Hospital Sleep Center, will talk about treatments for people with sleep apnea at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit Continue reading →

St. Tammany sports briefs for October 23, 2014

Flag football planned The YMCA of West St. Tammany will hold a youth flag football program for boys and girls ages 3-7 this fall. The program will run Nov. 15-Dec. 27. The YMCA is at 71256 Francis Road near Covington. Call (985) 893-9622 for information. SAFE HARBOR BENEFIT RUN: A 5-kilometer/1-mile… Continue reading →

Faith notes for Oct. 23, 2014

Photo provided by KC Assembly -- Archbishop celebrates Mass for vocations -- Sir Knights of Abbot Paul Assembly 334, consisting of St. Peter Knights of Columbus, join other 4th Degree Sir Knights in celebration of the Vocation Mass recently celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Shown are, front from left, Bill Fogle; Jared Rodrigue, Seminarian, Notre Dame; David Frank, Seminarian, Notre Dame; Calvin Bergeron Assembly FN 334; Paul Anthony Clark, Deacon/Seminarian Notre Dame; Jim Vance, FC/Color Corp Commander 334; and back, Chico Morales; Paul Bondor, 2467; Irwin Marant, Grand Knight 12906; Gary Rutherford, 334; and Joey Scuderi, FN 2467.

CRAFT BAZAAR: Peace Lutheran Church will hold its annual craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the church, 1320 W. Gause Blvd., Slidell. Offerings will include handmade Saints and LSU items, Christmas decorations, attic treasures and baked goods. Raffle tickets will be available. Proceeds will be used for community needs and… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for October 23, 2014

PASTA DINNER: The Sons of Italy will hold a pasta dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday at 1619 E. West Drive, Slidell. The cost is $6 a plate. For information, call (985) 641-1666. CANDIDATES FORUM: The Slidell Republican Women’s Club will hold a candidates forum at 11 a.m. Thursday,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish community photo gallery for Oct. 23, 2014

Photo provided by Mandeville Soccer Club -- Mandeville Soccer Club plays well in BR competition -- The Mandeville Soccer Club U13 Boys Lakers Premier was runner-up in the 2014 OLOL United Cup in Baton Rouge. In the front row, from left, are Blaine Sullivan, Grant Waguespack, Jake Porte, George Zeringue, Patrick Reilly, Alex McDougal and Dylan Knight. In the back row are Christian Pagliarulo, Alex Klocek, Eli Mullins, Graydon Hall, William Grand, Ryan Hill, Matthew Roussel, Parker Pierson and Jacob Vekic.

The St. Tammany Advocate this week includes photos from local civic, community and school groups and highlights recent events around St. Tammany Parish.… Continue reading →

Harvest Cup throws in for 18th annual fundraiser

Advocate photo by JOHN BREERWOOD - A polo player rests between chukkers, which are time periods in polo matches.

Guests at this year’s Harvest Cup Polo Classic can once again enjoy an elegant atmosphere further enhanced by a new pavilion overlooking the field at Summergrove Farms. “It’s 40 by 60 feet, offering a place to party with a better view,” Polo Manager Doug Parsons said. The New Orleans Polo Club and the Junior League… Continue reading →

Three-day Festival of the Lake features Fun Run

Sundays are back when Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville hosts its annual Festival of the Lake on Oct. 17, 18 and 19. This year, the festival is returning to its original three-day schedule. The festival has become a premier event in St. Tammany Parish with live music, delicious local food, a craft… Continue reading →

Slidell festival steps up fair ride options

The 46th annual Slidell Food & Fun Fest, benefiting St. Margaret Mary Parish, will be Oct. 17-19. The “St. Margaret Mary Fair,” as it is often called, is a tradition of the highest order in east St. Tammany. There will be dozens of food options, cold drinks, beer, live music, games and rides by North American Midway… Continue reading →

Pumpkins pile at St. Peter’s

Photo provided by Jim Vance - Parishioners at St. Peter's unload 2,403 pumpkins that include acorn pumpkin, sugar pumpkins for pies and more, making it one of the largest selections in western St. Tammany.

As more than 2,400 pumpkins were unloaded from a tractor-trailer at the St. Peter Catholic Church pumpkin patch in Covington, Jim Vance, of the Knights of Columbus Council 12906, said, “I’ve never seen so many pumpkins!” Vance, financial secretary for the council, said, “This is the largest amount we’ve ever had.”… Continue reading →

Tammany Times: Real Men take stand on domestic violence

Sharon Edwards

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and according to St. Tammany’s Safe Harbor for battered women and their children, it’s important to learn about the dynamics of this crime. “Let’s stop asking why do women stay and start asking why, as a society, we don’t stop batterers from abusing their partners. Asking ‘why… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Gladiator Games aim to get area moving

If you’ve done any channel surfing in recent years, you’ve certainly come across a televised test of skill where “Average Joe” conquers a harrowing obstacle course in a designated amount of time. Now, the north shore is about to get a taste of that exhilaration. The first Northshore Gladiator Games will take place Nov. 1 at… Continue reading →

TAMMANY SCENE: Honoring service, feasting in October

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (feast) Bonnie and Anthony Sciortino with Jane Patout and Cooper Ladner.

The Youth Service Bureau recently celebrated its third annual “Extravagala” at Tchefuncte Country Club. The group celebrated with a special cocktail hour prior to the start of dinner. The sunset in the west dining room helped highlight the crystal and blue décor. Following a seated dinner of pork rib eye,… Continue reading →