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Javier’s Dance Studio marks comeback with Jazz fest performance

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Nylyn Oubre, of Javier's Dance Studio, center, and fellow dancers entertain during Appetite for Art, the 10th annual President's Arts Awards Gala and fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington. This event, sponsored by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs, recognizes those involved in the arts. Executive chef Leah Chase of Dookie Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans, who was raised in Madisonville, was the recipient of the first Native Son Award.

Javier Juarez admits there was a time not long after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the area in 2005 that he almost gave up on his award-winning dance studio in Slidell. “We had 3 feet of water in the studio (in the Brugier Addition near Olde Towne,) Juarez said. “We rebuilt rather quickly, within four months or so. I… Continue reading →

Crawfish Cook-Off held in Slidell

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Crawfish fans get down to Lil Jon and DJ Snake's hit 'Turn Down For What,' Saturday, April 18, 2015, during the Hospice Foundation of the Souths 12th annual Crawfish Cook-Off at Fritchie Park in Slidell. The event featured music and a cook-off with more than 60 teams boiling about 50,000 pounds of crawfish. The Wal-mart Rollbacks won Best Tasting Crawfish, with In-Telecom Consulting placing second, and Team Pai Gow third.

Through rain, mud and shine, 60 teams cooked up 50,000 pounds of crawfish at the 12th annual Crawfish Cook-Off held in Fritchie Park in Slidell. Once the rain cleared, the competition turned out crowds for all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music to benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South. The annual event has… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Tennis tourney raises $18K for aneurysm awareness

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - Becky Winchell, left, founded the Aces Against Aneurysms Tennis Tournament six years ago. This year's chartiy event was played April 20 and 26 at Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville. Winchell is pictured with 'Aces' committee member Deb Fournet.

The sixth annual Aces Against Aneurysms Tennis Tournament proved to be a smashing success, with approximately $18,000 raised in doubles events for both men and women. That’s approximately double what the tournament raised in past years, thanks in part to generous sponsors and players. After being rained out a week earlier, the women took to… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: Flowers, spirits bloom at Beau Chene garden event

Advocate photo by MISSIE NOEL -- Beau -- Bunny Whiteside, Cheryl Blaize and Ann Satterlee

A Spring Home Tour and Luncheon was held April 17, hosted by the Beau Chene Garden Club. Three homes were featured on the tour, including the beautiful and stunning Sanctuary homes of Kathy Gutterman, Terre Ezell and Susie Villere. The luncheon followed the tour at the Beau Chene Country Club. Guests were greeted at the door to… Continue reading →

PEO ‘Putting on the Green’ fundraiser

Cheryl Blaize as leprechaun

‘Putting on the Green’ was the theme of the PEO Chapter AS of Covington’s 10th annual fundraiser. Emcee and leprechaun Cheryl Blaize welcomed guests to the luncheon and style show event held at Benedict’s in Mandeville. There were raffles that included a A Taste of Ireland basket. Blaize’s committee also created living planter centerpieces for the… Continue reading →

Ozone Camellia Club members learn to wax blossoms

Photo provided by Ozone Camellia ClubÑAmong those at the March meeting of the Ozone Camellia Club were representatives of the Northshore High School Camellia Club. In the front row, from left, are Michael Bearden, Jacob Dowden, Chance Foltz and Kayla Klepfer. In the back row are Charles Klepfer, Gabrielle Poncetti, Ally Lobello, Noah Roheim, Jared Dicarlo, Chenea Roheim, Walter Gholson, Joanna Gholson, Juliana Garcia, Whitney McKinzie, Cole Zechenelly and agriculture teacher Todd Tarifa.

The March meeting of the Ozone Camellia Club featured instruction on how to wax a camellia bloom to extend its beauty for several weeks. Everyone left with a beautiful waxed camellia bloom to take home and enjoy. Among those at the meeting were members of the Northshore High School Camellia Club, recently launched by Northshore agriculture… Continue reading →

Busker Fest celebrates street music

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Billie Stagna, right, and her husband, Blaine Stagna, of Covington listen to the music of The Wasted Lives Sunday, April 19, 2015, during the Abita Springs Busker Festival. The event featured the music of six groups, dancing, food, crafts and an art show.

The annual Abita Springs Busker Festival presented the music of six groups known as buskers, or street musicians, April 19 in Abita Springs. The free day of dancing, food, crafts and an art show is sponsored by the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum with music provided by the Abita Springs Opry in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz and… Continue reading →

Slidell Art League learns about pastel portraiture

Photo provided by Slidell Art League -- The April apprentice artists of the month from the Slidell Art League are, from left, Ron Pulling, Beth Dewenter and Dolores Crain.

Richard Ray gave a presentation on tools and techniques for portraiture using pastels during the March meeting of the Slidell Art League. Those at the meeting also voted on their master and apprentice artists of the month. In the master category, there was a tie for first between “Great Blue Heron” by Marie Celino and… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Students of the Year and others honored

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish School Board  - Catherine Hansen of Lake Harbor Middle School is Substitute of the Year. She is shown with school Superintendent Trey Folse. She started out as a volunteer, and was a major in the Army.

St. Tammany Parish School Board recently hosted a reception to honor the 2014-15 recipients of the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools district level Students of the Year, Support Employees of the Year and Substitute of the Year. Students of the year are Hailey Teachout, a senior at Fontainebleau High in Mandeville; Austin Thombs, an eighth-grader at Boyet… Continue reading →

Boys & Girls Clubs’ week celebrated

Photo provided by Danny Blackburn -- Slidell Boys & Girls Club members were treated to a visit from the St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 1.

National Boys & Girls Club Week was recently celebrated with activities planned by the Slidell club’s advisory board. Activities included inflatables and ice cream and pizza treats. The Slidell Police Department brought out its Swat Team to demonstrate their equipment and tactics, and St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 sent out firefighters so the youth… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish high school voter registration drive has 476 sign-ups

Photo provided by League of Women Voters of St. Tammany  Volunteer Jim Schmidt registers a high school student to vote at Salmen High School in Slidell.

Voter registration drives at eight public high schools in St. Tammany Parish brought in 476 new voters in April. The registration drives were conducted by the League of Women Voters of St. Tammany and the East St. Tammany and Greater Covington chapters of the NAACP. Covington, Fontainebleau, Lakeshore, Mandeville, Northshore, Salmen, Slidell and Pearl River high… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school administrator is Slidell Elks Lodge citizen of the year

Photo provided by Slidell Elks Lodge -- Most Valuable Student Scholarship recipients include, from left, Jennifer Algero, Evan Young, Alexis Arceneaux and Sierra Dean.

The Slidell Elks Lodge recently awarded its Citizen of the Year Award to Peter Jabbia, assistant superintendent of human resources and administration for the St. Tammany Parish School Board. Jabbia has spent more than 47 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and administrator. With him at the awards banquet was his wife, Suzanne, who has… Continue reading →

Tammany To Do for April 29, 2015

Photo by Justin Redman - Slidell Little Theatre presents 'The Full Monty' 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday May 1-17 at 2024 Nellie Drive. The cast of The Full Monty' is shown, back from left, Corey Mack, Ken Starling, Matthew Price; and front, Michael Willman, Dan Toups, Christian Cole.

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St. Tammany Sports Briefs for April 29, 2015

BASS TOURNAMENTS: Liars and Lunkers is hosting its 15th open team bass tournaments on the Pearl River system. The five-tournament event runs through June, culminating in a Classic Tournament in July. Tournaments are $50 per boat and each will run from safe light until 2 p.m. To qualify for the Classic Tournament, teams need to fish in… Continue reading →

St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for April 29, 2015

GARDENING CLINICS: St. Tammany Parish Master Gardeners will present gardening clinics from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at the Abita Springs Branch, 71683 Leveson St. The free event will feature the three tabletop clinics: “Old Garden Roses”, “Tool Care and Pruning Techniques” and “All about Camellias.” For information, call (985) 893-6285. Continue reading →

St. Tammany school briefs for April 29, 2015

Photo provided by St. Pauls SchoolRyan Keller

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM: George Cazenavette and Ryan Keller, of Mandeville, both seniors at St. Paul’s School in Covington, have been chosen as semifinalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Only eight students in Louisiana received this honor. The invitation-only program selects up to 141 U.S. students as Presidential Scholars, the nation’s highest… Continue reading →

St. Tammany health briefs for April 29, 2015

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Hospital -- St. Tammany Hospital Guild volunteer Clare Drinkard was honored by St. Tammany Parish Hospital President and CEO Patti Ellish for 25 years of service years with the hospital.

HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS: St. Tammany Parish Hospital honored its volunteers with a luncheon April 15 at Tchefuncte Country Club in Covington. In all, the volunteers provided 19,962 hours of service in 2014. The volunteers who served the most hours in 2014 were David Brumfield, 578.25 hours; Jewell Lorio, 520.5 hours; Elliott Peralta, 463.75 hours; Phyllis… Continue reading →

St. Tammany faith notes for April 29, 2015

Photo provided by Most Holy Trinity St. Joseph Altar committee - Many came to honor St. Joseph and to see the Fourth Annual St. Joseph's Day Altar at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Covington. Donations collected will provide assistance to those in need. At the event, the Holy Family was depicted by Olivia Charbonnet as Mary, Bradley Gannon as Jesus and David Barcelona as St. Joseph. Diane Cooper assisted the Holy Family during the feeding.

COPING WITH LONELINESS: Strategies for coping with loneliness will be discussed during a Lifetree CafĂ© program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1340 Eighth St., Slidell. The program, titled “Isolated and Alone: Imprisoned in Iran,” includes a filmed interview with Sarah Shourd, who crossed the Iranian border while hiking and was… Continue reading →

Senior Olympians prep for serious competition

Photo provided by COAST - Competitors in weightlifting pose for a photo at the St. Tammany Council on Aging Senior Olympics.

Even with a welcoming smile on his 75-year-old face, Tony DiVincenti cuts an imposing figure. After all, he’s one of the most physical specimens in the room, though he could have collected his first AARP membership when the first President Bush had just taken over for Ronald Reagan in the White House. DiVicenti’s biceps bulge… Continue reading →

In Profile: Snoball heaven year round

Advocate photo by DEBORAH BURST - Sally DeSalvo, co-owner of New Orleans Gourmet Snoballs, holds snoballs made by her partner, Brenda Cumbus Strohmeyer. Inga Flaterman, artist and resident of Mandeville, painted the Chartres Street scene and all the murals at NOGS, where snoballs are available year-round.

Syrup running down her hands, Sally DeSalvo is just as colorful as the flavor menu at NOGS, the New Orleans Gourmet Snoballs, in Mandeville. It’s not your typical snoball stand, instead fashioned more like a vintage soda shop with a collage of pastel murals painted across the walls in vibrant New Orleans scenes. Born and raised… Continue reading →

Rec & Leisure: Conservation Cup unites lovers of horses, outdoors

There are certain events throughout the year that whenever you speak to annual attendees, they automatically express hearty enthusiasm. The Land Trust for Louisiana’s annual Conservation Cup is one such event. Staged near Folsom for the better part of a decade, the cup is a major raiser of funds and awareness for the Land Trust for… Continue reading →

Tammany Scene: All about women

Advocate Photo by MISSIE NOEL (healing) Jinx Vidrine, Hyatt Hood of Latter and Blum, and Peggy Baldwin.

The Women’s Center for Healing held its third annual fundraiser “An Evening of Country Elegance” at the Abita Springs Town Hall on April 11. The event serves as the group’s annual charity event, and the venue was packed with well-wishers and supporters. Food for the event was provided by chef… Continue reading →