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Keep Covington Beautiful Hosts UCF Grant Informational Meeting March 4th

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keep covington beautiful planterKeep Covington Beautiful will host an informational meeting on March 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson. The meeting will be held in Conference Room II. The entrance is on the W. 23rd side of the building.

The purpose of the meeting is to explain the Urban & Community Forestry Grant received from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry. The overall goal of KCB’s project is to create guidelines and a proto-type plan to be used as the basis for the City of Covington’s Community Forest Master Tree Planting Plan.

The project focuses on parts of the primarily residential neighborhoods known as the West 20’s and West 30’s. The approximate boundaries of the study area are between West 22nd Avenue & West 29th Avenue to N. Columbia, between N. Buchanan and N. Madison streets.

The project will establish criteria for evaluating potential locations for planting new trees.

Several streets in the area have been selected to study in detail: N. Monroe, N. Taylor, W. 24th Avenue & W. 28th Avenue. Data such as existing trees, signs, overhead and underground utilities, driveways and areas used for parking will be recorded along sections of these streets.

Volunteers are needed to assist with collecting this data. Those interested in helping can sign up at the meeting or by contacting KCB at 985-867-3652 or kcb@covla.com. A volunteer “data collection” day will be scheduled in March. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the grant project.

Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the city of Covington. To learn more about KCB’s beautification, litter prevention and recycling activities, or to become a member or volunteer, contact: 985-867-3652 or email kcb@covla.com; visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org & follow KCB on Facebook.

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Covington Heritage Foundation Lecture: The Effects Of Air Conditioning On Louisiana

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heritagefoundationlecture (3)The Covington Heritage Foundation presents a lecture by scholar Dr. Ray Arsenault, “The End of the Long Hot Summer:  The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture.”  The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center of Performing Arts located 201 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington.

There is no registration necessary to attend this lecture, it is free and open to the public.  The lecture is made possible by the Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, The Covington Heritage Foundation and the St. Tammany Parish Library.    www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com

The Center Of Performing Arts provides an environment in which individuals can explore their artistic expression wherever their musical dreams may lead. 
www.centerofperformingarts.net

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STHS’s Annual Fundraiser “Woofstock” Introduces Mega Pet Adoption Event

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Woofstock 2015 STHS posterJoin the St. Tammany Humane Society for their 26th Annual Spring Festival “Woofstock 2015”, low cost clinic and fundraiser. Admission to the festival is free, and families along with their canine companions are invited to enjoy the many activities for which Woofstock is famous, including canine contests, humane education, children’s entertainment, basket raffles, a Woofstock vendor marketplace, food, drinks and music. This year’s canine contests include: Best Hippie Costume, Best Celebrity Look-alike, Fastest Tail Wag, Cutest Dog, and Best Canine Trick. The winners of each individual contest will then compete for the coveted title of “Best in Show.”

For the past 26 years, our low-cost vaccine clinic allows dogs to receive vaccinations, heartworm tests and microchips, while their owners purchase preventatives and take advantage of other services at deeply discounted rates. The hours for this year’s vet clinic are 10 am to 2 pm.  Supplies are limited.

Part fundraiser, part festival, Woofstock 2015 will be breaking new ground by becoming the Northshore’s first Mega Pet Adoption Event, featuring over 200 adoptable dogs and cats from STHS and other area rescue groups and shelters including St. Tammany Department of Animal Services, St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Big Sky Ranch, Animal Assistance Lead with Slidell Animal Control, Hokie’s Hounds, Humane Society of Louisiana-Magnolia Chapter, Jefferson SPCA, CATNIP and St. Bernard Animal Services. STHS states this is the first time these organizations have come together for an event of this magnitude, and they have set a combined goal to find permanent homes for at least 100 animals during this event, offering a special low adoption fee of $40.

Woofstock 2015 will be held this Sunday, March 1st from 10 am – 4 pm at the Castine Center in Pelican Park, Mandeville.         www.sthumane.org

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St. Tammany Art Association’s Community Outreach Committee – Join Today!

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Robin Games with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Quarter certificate.

Robin Games with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Quarter certificate.

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The St. Tammany Art Association’s Community Outreach Committee recently recognized Robin Games as their first Outstanding Volunteer of the Quarter.  Robin Games is a former High School Art Teacher who recently moved to Louisiana, and STAA is thankful to have such a wonderful addition to their team.

The mission of the outreach committee is to fulfill the goals of STAA that directly relate to our community. The Committee aims to encourage the community to get involved in art-making as a way to express themselves, foster creativity and inspire art, especially to the members of the community that may not otherwise have the opportunity.

Volunteer With The Outreach Committee!

Some examples of STAA Community Outreach activities include helping with kid’s craft-making at Community Festivals & Events such as the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Three Rivers Art Festival, STAA Art Martkets, etc.  The program helps with kid’s craft-making at Cultural Art Days at area Elementary Schools and assists the elderly in craft-making activities on Senior Art Days.  The Outreach Committee also participates in local community group efforts such as Keep Covington Beautiful, Trailhead Events and other local activities. Regular meetings are held to discuss current projects and possible opportunities.  Volunteers are welcome to provide ideas and expertise, prep and organize art projects, participate in local activities, provide financial or other support, and encourage others to participate.

To join STAA’s Outreach Committee, please contact Angel Sepulvado at 985-892-8650 or email angel@sttammanyartassociation.org

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Breakfast Event “Champions Together” Benefits Special Olympics Louisiana

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Catherine & Mayor Mike Cooper

Catherine & Mayor Mike Cooper

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper and his wife, Catherine, will serve as Honorary Chairs for the “Champions Together” Breakfast for Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA), according to Pat Carpenter, President/CEO of SOLA. The breakfast, presented by the Olympian athletes, will be held at Benedict’s Plantation on Thursday, April 16, 2015, and local business and community leaders are invited to attend. The guests will be inspired as they hear stories from the Special Olympic athletes and parents.

Special Olympics Louisiana serves 1,599 Florida Parishes athletes and partners. There are another 15,124 not served. It costs $203,073 to serve the current Florida Parishes athletes. The proceeds from this breakfast will help recruit athletes and build skills that lead to employment.

The mission of Special Olympics Louisiana is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

The “Champions Together” Breakfast will take place at Benedict’s Plantation at 1144 N. Causeway Blvd. In Mandeville on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 7 a.m. To 8:30 a.m. For those interested in attending, please contact Catherine Cooper at CatherineGCooper70433@gmail.com or call 985-893-0377, or Mary Louise Prudhomme, email at mlprudhomme1@gmail.com or phone 225-505-7093.

“Special Olympics Louisiana serves our area’s children and adults and Catherine and I are honored to be a part of helping promote the good work and community building efforts of this vital organization” said Mayor Cooper.

Special Olympics Louisiana SOLA

Special Olympics Louisiana         www.laso.org

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Covington Recreation Dept. Announces Baseball, Softball, T-ball Registration

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image from covla.com

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The City of Covington Recreation Department will be accepting registrations for boys baseball (ages 7-15), girls softball (ages 7-15), and co-ed t-ball (ages 5 -6), now through Tuesday, March 31, 2015. “We’re excited to kick off the baseball and softball season and encourage boys and girls to sign up.” Kelly Dietrich, Covington Recreation Department.

Parents can register at Covington City Hall – Recreation Department, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For additional information please contact Kelly Dietrich at 985.893.4044 or kdietrich@covla.com.

Farmers Market Recipes This Week at the Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market Recipe: Mixed Greens Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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Fresh recipes inspired by local ingredients found at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Ingredients –

Mixed Greens Salad with Orange VinaigretteVinaigrette:
Juice & zest from 1 large orange
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinaigrette
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs crushed red pepper
fresh rosemary & fennel
dash of sea salt

Salad:
6 cups fresh mixed greens
1 orange, peeled and segmented

Cooking Instructions:

Make your own salad dressing and take your salads to the next level! This vinaigrette combines fresh local oranges with complimentary herbs rosemary & fennel for a delightful flavor combination.

Mix all ingredients for vinaigrette well and marinate in the refrigerator overnight for best flavor. Can be kept for up to two weeks refrigerated. When ready to use shake well and toss with fresh mixed greens and fresh orange segments. Enjoy!