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Columbia Street Block Party

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BlockPartyColThe City of Covington invites the public to this free event highlighting the hopping Downtown Historic District. Columbia Street is closed to vehicle traffic and gorgeous refurbished antique cars line the street. Local shops and galleries have their doors open for perusing; refreshments and food are available at local restaurants. Music venues will start off early with some of the best local and regional acts. Downtown Covington hosts the best block party around, one you don’t want to miss!

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ALERT St. Tammany Open to Register: Receive Critical Updates From St. Tammany Parish Government

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ALERT St. Tammany is an essential public safety service provided to you by St. Tammany Parish government, informing you of dangerous weather notices, evacuation orders, and security or health issues — emergency messages pertinent to the City of Covington and St. Tammany Parish sent directly to your phone. By accessing the Self-Registration Page at www.stpgov.org, you can input your information through a simple two-step process. This process allows you to enter multiple contact numbers, so in the event that you are away from your home phone or if you only have a cell phone, you can still be reached by our alert system on your mobile phone. This is extremely important, especially considering the on-the-go lifestyles many of us lead today.

Register today for life saving alerts. Public safety issues can happen at any time, night or day. If anyone you know does not have Internet access, urge them to visit any local library branch to register through one of their public computers.

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A Bicentennial Historic Home Tour: Visit The Historic Treasures Of Downtown Covington

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Historic TreasuresOn Saturday, April 27, the City of Covington hosts an Historic Home Tour as part of the continuing 2013 Bicentennial festivities.  The days events will include an brief presentation on local architecture, a light lunch and the home tour, followed by a wine reception.  At 11:00 am, the Christ Episcopal Church Reception Hall hosts an Historical Presentation by Sally Reeves showcasing Covington’s past architectural treasures.  This presentation is free and open to the public.  At noon, a light lunch will be available for purchase after the presentation.

The Historic Home Tour begins at 1:00 pm with a presentation by Ralph Menetre at the Christ Episcopal Chapel.  It continues on to South America Street and New Hampshire Street, ending at the Mackie House.  From 4:00 to 6:00 pm, enjoy a Wine Reception at the last house on the tour with live music by We3.

Tickets for the tour are $20 each and will be sold at the Christ Episcopal Church Reception Hall from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm the day of the tour only.

Volunteers are requested to help with this event.  All volunteers may tour the homes and attend the wine reception for free.  If you have questions about the event or would like to volunteer, please call Carolyn Pierce or Sharon Nunez at 504-442-2264.

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STAA Hosts A Free Painting Demo With Erin Lee Gafill of Big Sur, California

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Erin Lee Gafill was voted Best Local Artist of Monterey County, California for 2013.  She likes to monkey around.

Erin Lee Gafill was voted Best Local Artist of Monterey County, California for 2013. She likes to monkey around.

The St. Tammany Art Association presents Erin Lee Gafill of Big Sur, California for a Free Painting Demo on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm.  “Get In, Get Out, and Get on With It”.  Get it on the canvas in 20 minutes, improve your painting, your drawing, and have more fun!

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Spicy Grits & Greens

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photo by Annabelle Breakey styling by Robyn Valarik

photo by Annabelle Breakey
styling by Robyn Valarik

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1 cup uncooked grits

2 large shallots, chopped

1 large bell pepper, chopped

1 large tomato, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 large bunches of spicy greens, such as chard or mustard, ribbed; cut ribs into cubes and ribbon leaves

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes, depending on your spice-tolerance

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne, again, depending on your spice-tolerance!

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Cook grits with salt as package directs. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook shallots, bell pepper, tomatoes, garlic, and green ribs until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in green leaves, chili flakes, cayenne, and 1/3 cup water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until wilted. Stir butter and cheese into grits and separate onto plates. Toss chard with vinegar and spoon over the grits. This can be topped with parmesan, crumbled bacon, pine nuts, roasted garlic, you name it!

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Mother’s Day High Tea at The English Tea Room

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high-tea1It’s Green Tea Month at the English Tea Room, where you’ll find one of the largest selections of loose leaf teas in the south. Mother’s Day is approaching, reserve your spot for Mother’s Day High Tea before they’re all gone!

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Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series: The Iguanas This Thursday

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(L-R): Rene Coman, bass, keyboards, vocals; Joe Cabral, saxophone, bajo sexto, keyboards, vocals; Doug Harrison, drums, percussion; Rod Hodges, guitar, accordion and vocals.

Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades – save for a short, Katrina -imposed exile in Austin – the Iguanas define a sound  that crosses cultures, styles, eras… and even languages.  Their latest album, “Sin To Sin”, is their first studio recording since 2008’s “If You Should Ever Fall On Hard Times”, and its release coincides with their appearance at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

“How could we not wind up in New Orleans?” asks Rod Hodges.  “I mean, at Tipitina’s they might have Doug Sahm one night and Fela Kuti the next.”  The Iguanas have become a staple of New Orleans’ musical gumbo, staying through half a dozen studio albums, countless tours and Jazz Fest appearances, and persevering a flood that did its best to take their adopted city with it.

You can see the Iguanas live this Thursday at the Covington Trailhead for the final concert in the City’s Rockin’ the Rails April 2013 series.  The concert is free and open to the public, and food and beverages are available for purchase.  Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for seating, and attendees have a chance to win door prizes from some of Covington’s finest downtown businesses and restaurants.

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New Look, New Line-Up at The Green Room

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Green Room JPEGWith renovations and updates happening all over Covington, the Green Room is no exception. There was some serious revamping of the interior at the beginning of the year; the stage was moved to the  corner opposite the bar (where the sound booth was) and the sound booth was entirely rebuilt to use the space more efficiently, opening up more of the bar floor for tables and chairs or dance-space.  On Mondays, enjoy live music and red beans and rice, free!  Tuesday is Service Industry Night.  The Green Room is still the best place to find the newest local music, and the Wednesday Open Mic Night will be hosted by a different local musician each week to add a little more spice in your life. Throw Back Thursdays with DJ Dizzi will make you dance, and if that doesn’t get your heart beating then their usual weekend line-up of hard-rockin’ local and regional bands surely will!

www.greenroomcov.com

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Rules of Yoga Etiquette: How to Fully Enjoy Your Experience at The Yoga School

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356px-OmYoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, and it is a commonly known generic term for physical, mental and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India.  Yoga was brought to the West in the late 19th century, and it became popular as a physical system of health exercises and meditation in the 1980’s.  Long-term yoga practitioners report physical and mental improvements.

In English, “AUM” or “Om”, the symbol on the left represents the highest name of God.  The symbol is the combination of three letters representing the three aspects of God, much like the concept of the Trinity in Christian teachings.

Yoga School, LLC in Covington, LA is for those interested in an opportunity to experience and produce innovative teaching at the highest level.  Founded in 1991 by Becky Gelatt, the Yoga School is one of the most established schools of yoga thought and practice that has continually offered the highest quality of yoga training in the Gulf Coast area.  The program is designed to preserve the wisdom of the ancient tradition while adapting the principles to meet the needs of our contemporary society and lifestyles.  The Rules of Yoga Etiquette act as a guideline to enhance the experience and practice of yoga.

In preparation for class: 1. Allow two hours after eating.  2. Perform all necessary bathroom functions.  3. Wear non-restrictive and modest clothing.  4. Clean bare feet.  5. Minimize jewelry.  6. Turn off all outside communication devices.  7. Avoid perfumed cosmetics, detergents and heavily scented oils.

Arrive early to:  1. Inform instructor of any recent surgeries, injuries, disabilities or changes in health history.  2. Be on your mat for the start of class.  3. Request permission to bring personal accoutrements into the practice room.

During class:  1. Always practice according to your capacity.  2. Never force beyond your edge.  3. Ask for modifications or adaptations when you are unsure.  4. Remain attentive and focused.  5.  Always remember the quality of gratitude.  5. Respect time, space and belongings of other students.  6. Respect time, space and knowledge of teacher.  7. Respect the privilege of using equipment.  Thank you for being considerate.

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Plant a Row for the Hungry: People Helping People

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par-logo1Plant a Row for the Hungry, or PAR, is a people-helping-people program to feed the hungry in local communities. Launched in 1995, this innovative public service campaign was developed by the Garden Writers Association (GWAA) to encourage gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local charities, such as the Covington Food Bank, that serve the hungry and homeless.

The Food Bank depends on charitable donations to help provide food and services to the poor in our community. By donating directly to the Food Bank, gardeners are helping those in need stretch their meager resources.

Sharing can happen on many levels. Home gardeners, commercial growers, schools, church groups, youth and community organizations, and area businesses can all help make a difference for our neighbors who experience hunger.

Donating can be easy and fun! When you plant your garden this spring, plant an additional row (or even just an extra plant) for giving. Even if your garden consists of ornamentals, or a planter on a balcony or deck, add a few herbs. Herbs are welcome because they add nutrients as well as flavor to food. Whatever you can give is appreciated! If you regularly plant too much, the excess will mean a great deal to our community food bank. PAR also encourages you to share flowers with food bank staffers and volunteers. What better way to lighten up their day!

The produce the Food Bank needs most is firm, clean fruits and vegetables. If your fruit trees bear more than you can consume, consider donating the rest. Also, if you have fruit trees and are unable to harvest the fruit, contact PAR at the number bellow to see if they can arrange a group of volunteers to come pick your trees or bushes for donating.

Bring cleaned produce to the Covington Food Bank, 840 N. Columbia Street during operational hours to donate. Your donation will be added to PAR’s national totals; its goal is over one million pounds of produce this year!

For more information about PAR, contact Virginia Bessent at 892-5447 or Paula Souhlas at 705-5179, or call their toll-free hotline (877) 492-2727.

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www.gardenwritersassociation.org

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Street Parade @ The Green Room

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StreetParadeStreet Parade started out on the Tickfaw River, also home to the locally famous “Swamp People”. Lately they have been hiding in the woods of Abita Springs, barn-storming shows for the locals and visitors alike. The band consists of Stan Miller, Bert Harris, Tom Masschler, and Pete “Barr” Philebar, performing New Orleans R & B with the classic rugged sound we have all come to expect. They are playing Friday evening at 6 pm for the Block Party.

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The Mumbles @ Winos and Tacos

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TheMumblesColFriday night also offers The Mumbles, a tiny band with a mighty sound. Using two keyboards, a drum kit and a saxophone, they combine New Orleans funk and soul with old time jazz. The band is composed of Keith Burnstein, Ethan Shorter, and Ejric Bernhart. Originally a New York City band, they made New Orleans their home in 2010 and fit right in. Having toured most of the US, this will be their first show on the Northshore.

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This Week at the Farmers Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Kombucha & Water Kefir from Ambrosia Living Beverages

Kombucha & Water Kefir from Ambrosia Living Beverages, at the Saturday Farmers Market

Hello friends! Wednesday is looking very inviting…take a stroll…enjoy a magnificent lunch…delight in the breezes. The music, the veggies, the lunches await you. Get crazy and try something you haven’t tried before from the menu. There’s a lot from which to choose and a few surprise dishes as well.

When Saturday rolls around, we’ll have the chance to enjoy the lovely music of harpist, Jessica Meltz. So grab a muffin or two to enjoy with your coffee and spend some time perusing the produce and the other fine products at the Market. Later in the morning, Melanie (Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice) will prepare a selection of meats and dips using her aromatic herb and spice blends – mmm mmm mm mm mm – sounds very tasty to me – AND she’ll give you some great ideas for using her seasonings.

I know I’ve mentioned Blood River Honey before, but I haven’t mentioned the “extras” in a while. The honey is wonderful but there’s also bee pollen and creamed honey! Can’t you just taste a little creamed honey generously spread on a slice of freshly baked bread? Stop by and talk to Kevin about bee pollen and all its benefits, meet a few of the bees, and tour the “production facility”.

Now don’t you worry about bread because we have a variety of deliciously fresh baked goodness from Windfield Farms, Betty Rue, and 7Grain. Suzie makes a Jazz bread that just cries out for honey. Her baguettes are simply wonderful, spread with a little skordalia (Vincent & Mauricio) and a light sprinkling of Italian herbs (Melanie or me) and lightly toasted in the oven. Is your mouth watering yet? How about a slice of Lena’s whole grain bread, generously spread with Mauthe’s fresh cream butter or her toasted rounds diving into Nur’s hummus (the chipotle is excellent)? Or a slice of Betty Rue’s gluten free European brown bread slathered with her dairy free butter? Can you imagine a large bread slice covered in my pizza sauce, polka-dotted with fresh goat cheese (Farmhouse Dairy), sliced mushrooms and green onions on any of our vendor’s breads? What could be more satisfying? Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute…

My mind’s drawing a blank too. Maybe wild caught catfish from Nick, sprinkled with my Shrimp on the Barbie seasoning, drizzled with melted butter (Mauthe’s) and baked with an overstuffed artichoke from Angel on the side. Or perhaps a spicy empanada from Spanish R Us or Hot Tamale Mama’s stuffed shells oozing with cheeses and sauce… red ripe strawberries full of flavor… Nanette’s fresh, raw salads… an espresso, latte, or cappuccino from Coast Roast… a cool summer soup from Southy… Lolly Marie’s chocolate covered apples… definitely one of those fat whoppin’ cookies from…. OK. I guess I could think of a few things but…. you’ll only find them here at the Covington Farmers’ Market. You’d best get here and check it out for yourself.

Lots of love,
Charlene LeJeune
Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St.
Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

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Spring is Here Again! That Means Art, Music and Fun in Downtown Covington

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Spring for Art 2013Celebrate Art, Culture, Music and Community in the streets of Historic Dowtown Covington this Saturday at Spring for Art.  This event is presented by the St. Tammany Art Association and the title sponsor is Corks ‘n Canvas. Featuring live music, children’s events and contests, art and food, there is plenty of entertainment for the whole family, all happening between 6 and 9 pm.

With nearly fifty participating businesses in the downtown area, Spring for Art spans from Lee Lane to North Vermont.  You can find brochures around town and at the Art Association that contain a full list of events for the evening, but here is a quick listing:  Corks ‘n Canvas sponsors “Musical Masterpieces”, a complimentary painting session open to all ages that is an artsy version of musical chairs.   A “Children’s Interactive Theatre” will take place in Haik Park, open to all ages and sponsored by Playmakers Theatre and Frank Levy.  Get ready for “Dancing in the Street”, sponsored by Ballet Apetrei, which will feature impromptu performance on both Lee Lane and Columbia Street.  Covington Massage & Wellness Centre will host a “Youth Art Contest” for artists ages 5 and up.

Culinary Kids presents “Children’s Art of Food”, open to ages 5 – 12.  A chance for kids to play with their food while making an edible work of art to take home!  “Singsations” is sponsored by Gail Adams Voice Studio.  Vocal soloists from the studio sing a variety of pop, Broadway and opera selections.  Both of these events will take place at the 400 Block of Columbia Street.

There will also be plenty of music around town with the Fuzzy Dice, Big Bottom Bog Stompers and En Passant Jazz Duo along Columbia Street, Umphy on Lee Lane and Timothy Gates on Boston Street near downtown’s most recent addition, Shop Soul.  Bring out the family and enjoy Downtown Covington for Spring for Art 2013.  For more information, call the Art Association at 985-892-8650 or send e-mail to info@sttammanyartassociation.org. You may also visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org for more information, including a full schedule of events.

Check here for more Exciting Happenings at Spring for Art!

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Exciting Happenings at Spring for Art

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Anne CiceroStudio Cicero Grand Opening

Studio Cicero hosts their Grand Opening during Dowtown Covington’s Spring for Art this Saturday, April 20th.  Displaying the works of Anne Cicero in her cozy new studio on 420 N. Vermont Street, upstairs from Armbruster Artworks Studio.

Anne will also be showing a new series of paintings at Mo’s Art Supply and Framing on Columbia Street. Music by Roy “Mad Dog” Blaum of Roy’s Knife and Archery.

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TJ “Jamie” Owens displays prints of his original Vinyl Film Art at 525 Boston Street.

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Gail Hood & Dale Newkirk Opening at Henry Hood Gallery

Exhibition opening featuring paintings and drawings by Gail Hood and Dale Newkirk  during Spring for Art from 6 – 9 pm @ Henry Hood.

CraigMcMillinCraig McMillin at Winos and Tacos

Winos and Tacos will display the work of Craig McMillin, a variety of medium glazed wall platters represented by Tripolo Gallery.

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A variety of original ceramic designs by Jodie Flowers.

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A new downtown  addition featuring works by Yvonne Saux and Corey Ryan.  Live music right outside by Timothy A.G. from 6 – 9 pm. Stop in and visit Shop Soul!

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Squash & Zucchini Pilaf Cakes with Tzatziki

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Squash and Zucchini Pilaf Cakes

1 yellow squash

1 zucchini

summersquash-groupsmall bunch parsley

2-3 cloves garlic

1 tomato, chopped

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

seasoning to taste

1 cup cooked rice

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 large cucumber

Tim's Home-made Tzatziki2-3 cloves garlic

small bunch parsley (1/4 cup chopped)

1/2 tsp tumeric

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne

salt to taste

juice and pulp from 1 lemon

juice and pulp from 1 lime

broccoli flowers (garnish)

feta cheese (garnish)

Directions:

Make the Tzatiki first.  Chop all of your elements that need to be chopped fine and throw them into the mixing bowl with the cup of yogurt.  Add your spices and citrus juice, whip vigorously, and chill.  You may add fresh mint if you like.

Now for the cakes.  Chop all of the vegetables finely and throw them into a mixing bowl.  Add any herbs and spices at this time.  Some excellent choices are basil, oregano, paprika, cayenne, salt and tumeric.  Mix in the rice, 1/4 cup of flour and stir.  As the mixture begins to thicken, add water as necessary, and/or more flour.  Once the mixture can be formed into patties, saute them up and serve topped with the chilled tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and broccoli flowers.

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Green Tea Month at The English Tea Room

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english tea room logo2Now that everything is blooming and returning to a lush green, the English Tea Room has declared April Green Tea Month.  Green tea is perfect hot or iced, so it fits the cool mornings as well as the warm afternoons.

The Tea Room is hosting a Green Tea Tasting April 20th at 5 pm. Reserve your spot by calling the number below. You may want to go ahead and reserve your spot for Mother’s Day High Tea as well, set for May 12th!

985-898-3988            www.englishtearoom.com

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Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began over twenty years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of South Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music.  To date they have produced 13 recordings with 4 Grammy nominations.  From a hot two-step to an a capella ballad to scorching cajun blues, see Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys this Thursday evening for Rockin’ the Rails at the Covington Trailhead.  Concert begins at 5:00, sponsored by the City of Covington with wine for sale from the Covington Business Association and beers from Covington Brewhouse. Stay for door prizes and gift certificates to local restaurants and retail shops.

Find out more about Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys at www.mamouplayboys.com