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Final Rockin’ the Rails of October 2015 This Thursday

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johnnysansonebandFrom New Orleans to the world Johnny is known for his blistering electric harmonica tone, Award winning song writing, Swamp, Roots, Americana Accordion and Larger then Life stage presence. Johnny’s music career has brought him from his early professional years backing up Chicago blues legends, Jimmy Rodgers, Robert Lockwood Jr, John Lee Hooker.  Johnny continues to forge forward on world wide tours with his band , As a solo artist and as a member of New Orleans super group The Voice of The Wetlands All Stars.

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian phenomenon is part music, part heritage, part ancestry, part revelry, part fashion, and oft misunderstood.  Chief Monk Boudreaux is one of the most famous and enduring leaders of that culture and head of the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indian tribe.  Music has also become a vehicle for raising awareness of the plight of coastal erosion.  Boudreaux joined forces with blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Tab Benoit and an all-star band of musicians in the project “Voice of the Wetlands.” The group recorded and performed songs aimed at raising awareness of this issue that is central to the viability of the region.
See them both at the Covington Trailhead this Thursday for the final Rockin’ the Rails of the season.  Brought to you by the City of Covington, Rockin’ the Rails is a free concert series open to the public.  Food and drinks are available for purchase.  Visit covla.com

 

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Friday is the Final Downtown Covington Block Party of the Season

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Friday night is downtown Covington’s final block party of the season.  Stroll downtown Covington, see the sights, eat the food, drink the drinks, listen to the music, and don’t forget your costume! Friday October 30th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.   covla.com

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The Green Home Hosts Street Parade, Phantoms for Final Block Party Night

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The Green Room invites you to a spook-tacular show with Rik Slave & The Phantoms this Friday, October 30! It’s a Halloween weekend bash beginning at 7pm with live music from Street Parade featuring Peter Philebar, Mike Coscino, and Paula from Paula & the Pontiacs fame. Only $5 at the door buys you a night of wild musical pleasure! Attentive and professional bartenders will be on staff to serve up your favorite libations, late night gyros are served til 2am!      greenroomcovla.com

Rik Slave & the Phantoms at The Green Room

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5 Finger Discount at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Block Party Night

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5 Finger Discount performs at Columbia Street Rock N’ Blues Cafe Friday night for the final Block Party!  Show up dressed in your best costume for the Halloween Costume Contest!  Join Rock N’ Blues for great food, drinks and entertainment!  Visit rocknbluescafe.com.

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COPA Presents Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play”, Opening This Friday

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39 Steps Cast Photo (l-r): Caleb Theriot, Brandon Kenyon, Sam Lee, Courtney Calato, and Jeremy Lloyd.

39 Steps Cast Photo (l-r): Caleb Theriot, Brandon Kenyon, Sam Lee, Courtney Calato, and Jeremy Lloyd.

“The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play” is inspired by Hitchcock’s classic tale. This romantic thriller is a fast-paced ride through the signature world of the Master of Suspense.

Richard Hannay is visiting 1930s London when he meets Annabella Smith, who is on the run from foreign agents, after a disturbance at a music hall. Later that night, Annabella is murdered and Hannay must then try to break the spy ring and prove his innocence.

The performances will be October 30 & 31 and November 6 & 7, tickets at centerofperformingarts.net.

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“39 Steps” Production Poster
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Trickin’ & Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead

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Trickin’ & Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead, Oct 31, 2015

The City of Covington will host its sixth annual TRICKIN’ & TREATIN’ children’s event at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., noon. Children of all ages will enjoy this free, fun-filled event. Audubon Nature Institute’s Wetland Express mobile educational program will be present and will offer an up-close experience with our wetland’s most important inhabitants. Children will also enjoy face painting by LA Party Art, some games, and will have the opportunity to decorate a miniature pumpkin.

“Our past Trickin’ and Treatin’ events have been a blast. In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, attendees are encouraged to wear costumes to this event. It’s so much fun to see the children’s creativity in the costumes they wear,” says Aimee Faucheux, City of Covington Cultural Arts & Events Director.

For additional information, contact:

Cody Ludwig

Office of Cultural Arts & Events

(985) 892-1873

cludwig@covla.com

www.covla.com

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, October 31, 2015

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Keep Covington Beautiful and the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services’ host “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day” this Saturday, October 31, 2015.  The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., taking place at Koop Drive. Visit stpgov.org for more information.

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“Men Who Cook” to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center / Hope House

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menwhocooklentztaproomThe 3rd Annual Men Who Cook will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. on the top level of the Justice Center Parking Garage.  Local “celebrity” cooks will partner with local restaurants to prepare tastings of their favorite dishes in a competitive cook-off. And you choose the winners!  Winners will be chosen in two of the categories by you! Purchase “tip tickets” and award them to your favorite cook/restaurant team. Prizes will go to…
Most Money Raised for Hope House:  (pre-event tip ticket purchased added to event tip tickets)
People’s Choice:  (most event tip tickets awarded)
Judge’s Choice:  Our celebrity judges Tom Fitzmorris and Trey Folse will taste each cook/restaurant team’s items and choose a winner.  Event tickets and pre-event tip tickets are on sale now at cachopehouse.org.
We’ll be rooting for Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz and his team from Columbia Street Tap Room, Steve and Laura Ahrons!   www.menwhocookevent.org

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Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series Continues This Saturday with Gina Forsyth

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Gina Forsyth Old Feed Store Music Series

Catch Gina Forsyth this Saturday from 1 – 3 pm for Marsolan’s Old Feed Store Music Series! This free concert series takes place every spring & fall, featuring locally & regionally renown musicians at Marsolan’s Feed and Seed, 316 E. Gibson Street in historic downtown Covington. Stop by after the Farmer’s Market & enjoy the show!

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Ox Lot Square Townhomes Now Available

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Located in Historic Downtown Covington, just ½ a block from Columbia Street. Enjoy all downtown Covington has to offer…walk to coffee shops, gyms, restaurants, shopping and the St. Tammany Trace!  Ground floor can be a Gameroom, Mother-In-Law Suite or Apartment. Features Include: 4BR/ 3.5 BA, 2,818sqft living, 10′ ceilings, 2 car garage, Tankless Water Heater, Bevolo Gas Lanterns, Gas Fireplace, Wood Flooring, Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Incl. Individual Fridge/Freezer and Optional Elevator. $465k Can Build to Suit as Well on other lots. Call 504-388-1357, or visit online at:  www.oxlotsquare.com and www.facebook.com/oxlotsquare.

Ox Lot Square Townhomes are now available!

Ox Lot Square Townhomes are now available!

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Esther Festival takes place at Bogue Falaya Park on Saturday, November 7, 2015

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A Message From Token of Love

You are cordially invited to the 1st Annual Esther Festival, to be held November 7, 2015, in Bogue Falaya Park in historic and beautiful Covington, Louisiana. The Esther Festival is a FREE admission family friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, live music & dance entertainment, beauty booths, fashion show and fun for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Token of Love Foundation is in the process of raising money to build their first home that will be named The Esther-Elizabeth House. This house will be a transitional place where women can go to begin the healing process of the devastating effects of various forms of abuse. The mission is to provide rehabilitation services to women who have suffered from abuse in the form of physical, mental, drug addiction and sex trafficking. Token of Love intends to provide housing, education, job training and faith based counseling to assist these women in returning to a normal life through the completion of the ” NEW LIFE program”. The goal is to help women to become confident, successful and productive members of the community. Token of Love aspires to walk along side these women by offering encouragement and love as we help them birth their dreams and unlock their God given destinies.

This event is to raise funds to begin the building of the house that will be called the ” Esther-Elizabeth”. Please remember that your donations are tax deductible and all funds will be used towards the purchase of the property for development. God Bless.
Star Rooney, Founder
Image Hasselbeck,Founder

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Playmakers’ Presents “Blithe Spirit”, Opening November 6, 2015

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Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Rd. (off Lee Rd.), Covington, announces the opening night of the comedic farce “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward and directed by Melanie Hayno & Frank Levy. The play opens Friday, Nov. 6th with free champagne & treats and runs through Nov. 22. Skeptical novelists Charles Condomine invites self-proclaimed medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance,hoping to gather material for a new book. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine’s late wife, Elvira, his home and life are quickly turned into a shambles as his wife’s ghost torments both himself and his new bride, Ruth. The show runs Nov. 6-22 (except the 8th) on Fri. & Sat. at 8 P.M. and Sun. at 2 P.M. The bar and lobby open one hour prior to curtain. Adult tickets are $20 and students tickets are $10. For reservations, please call: (985)893-1671 or visit playmakersinc.com.

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market by Charlene LeJeune

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Charlene LeJeune, Abundant Life Kitchen

Charlene LeJeune, Abundant Life Kitchen

Hi, friends and a happy Tuesday it is! We should be seeing the last of the drearies for the next few days so come and enjoy some of that sunshine with us. Don’t you just loooooove blue skies? Speaking of blue, Big Branch Soaps has changed their company name to Blue L Essentials – same great products, though. And great they must be because Covington Town Talk has a wonderful article all about them. Check it out at Covington Town Talk.  Congrats, Richard and Lucy!

Well, great as they are, home care products are not edible but we have lots of good eatin’, such as Kandy’s Chicken porridge. (That’s right! It’s back on the menu!) Jeff is smoking up his amazing jalapeño poppers along with his pulled pork. Stop by for a pint (or two) of Nanette’s white bean and kale soup – so delicious no matter what the weather is like. Then dive into dessert with Frankie’s puff pastry filled with baked Brie, figs, and pecans. And, for your morning coffee, Tea Cakes by Lillie’s Daughter has delightfully crisp tea cakes perfect for dippin’ and sippin’.

The Abita Stumps will be at the Covington Farmer's Market Saturday

The Abita Stumps will be at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday

The Abita Stumps are in the gazebo on Saturday morning with some lively, foot-stompin’ tunes. So grab your coffee and start your shopping so you’ll be ready when Market vendors, Josh and Jessica of Simply Pure, serve yummy samples of their Simply Pure Juice potions for Halloween.

You know the holidays are close when you start seeing merliton on the produce tables. Ken is back with citrus and veggies – merliton, turnips, cushaw squash, sweet delicious satsumas, Meyer lemons, and some pecans. Lettuce made its fall debut on John’s table this week – lovely crisp green lettuce – just aching for a creamy salad dressing like Bechac’s Honey Creole Mustard or Roasted Garlic and Tomato. J.R. still has tomatoes. Yes, even the sweet cherry tomatoes. Cucumbers abound along with sweet and hot peppers, yellow squash, green onions…

Or you can grow your own with plant starts from Alton and Sandra. They have everything you need for your fall garden – cabbage, Brussels sprouts, red sails lettuce, butternut squash, eggplant, Swiss chard and lots more. Of course, there’s lots more everywhere you look at the market and we’re planning on two perfect mornings to enjoy it all. Won’t you join us?
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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Moliere2Quote of the Week:

“Betrayed and wronged in everything, I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king, and seek some spot unpeopled and apart where I’ll be free to have an honest heart.”
Moliere, The Misanthrope

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blithesome (adj.)
–  gay, merry.

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St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Office Hosts Safe Harbor Speaker and Distributes Purple Ribbons

As part of its observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office invited Sheri Eastridge, the community educator for the Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Program, to help staff members understand what victims often experience when such cases are prosecuted.

“She may not want prosecution,” Eastridge explained. “This is a huge barrier to all of us trying to serve victims.” “I see it every day,” added an Assistant District Attorney who attended the special presentation on Friday afternoon (Oct. 9) at the Covington office. “It’s either our fault, her fault, or the kids’ fault for calling 9-1-1. It happens every single day.”

Most domestic violence victims are women, and their reluctance to participate in the prosecution is often part of a cycle of abuse that makes her feel trapped, Eastridge said. The cycle usually begins with a so-called “honeymoon period,” when the abuser appears to be the perfect partner, saying and doing all the right things.

As the tension builds, he becomes more controlling, making rules—how to wash the dishes, where she can and cannot go, who she can talk to—and she tries to follow them. She plays close attention to what triggers him and tries to avoid the inevitable explosive argument and physical abuse, which is usually followed by his remorse and pleas for forgiveness.

“A bunch of promises are made,” Eastridge said, but the cycle just keeps on spinning. The control the abuser exerts is physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and more often than not, economic, Eastridge said. The abusive husband or boyfriend is frequently the financial provider for the family, which is why many victims may resist helping to send him to jail and may refuse to cooperate with prosecutors. But sensitivity and understanding what the victim is facing can sometimes help her overcome such reluctance, Eastridge said. It helps when prosecutors contact the victim directly and in a timely manner. Providing detailed information about the court system and process also helps to win her confidence in the system.

Domestic violence is prevalent throughout the nation. One in three women has experienced some type of domestic abuse, according to the Violence Policy Center. For the second year in a row, Louisiana has the fourth highest rate in the nation of women killed by men, and the average age of the victim is 36. The state also has the highest rate in the nation of bystanders killed during a domestic violence incident.

Safe Harbor responded to 2,300 crisis calls last year, Eastridge said. The agency also provided temporary shelter to 72 women and referred 565 others to other services because its shelter was full.

Reducing the prevalence of domestic violence in the community will take all parties—victims, service providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors—working together. “It takes a community effort to address this issue,” Eastridge said.

In addition to Eastridge’s presentation, the District Attorney’s Office has provided information about domestic violence on its website to help raise awareness. Purple lapel ribbons also were distributed to staff members to wear in honor of domestic violence victims.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and needs help, call Safe Harbor’s 24-hour crisis line at 985-626-5740 or 888-411-1333.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Kermit Ruffins Performs Rockin’ the Rails This Thursday Evening

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Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins:  Passion.  The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than his live performances.

See Kermit Ruffins at Rockin’ the Rails at the Covington Trailhead this Thursday evening in a free concert brought to you by the City of Covington. Featuring food from local restaurants, popcorn, drinks and even adult beverages that benefit local non-profits. The Covington Brewhouse is right across the street with a brand new Tasting Room. Bring a chair and pass a good time! covla.com

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Our Place Studio Offers Aerial Yoga with Liz Bragdon

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7 Reasons To Try Aerial Yoga

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Our Place Studio Aerial Yoga with Liz Bragdon

1. It’s fun – that kind of fun you felt when you were a kid!

Remember swinging on the playground, climbing on the monkey bars, hanging upside down by your knees, and twirling on the flying saucer, feeling as light as a feather?  It’s kinda like that!

2. It builds core and upper body strength.

Unless you are going to a restorative class, Aerial yoga requires a lot of upper body and core strength to be done correctly, and the resistance the aerial fabric provides in yoga postures engages those hard to reach stabilizing muscle groups. Imagine Chaturanga with both feet suspended off the floor, Warrior II with one leg supported or your arms and chest lifted in the silks to help you lengthen and expand the chest, or Dancer with the back leg suspended in the hammock (with or without the front leg on the ground), to list a few.

3. You feel like a beautiful, elegant circus acrobat.

We’ve all had dreams of running away with the circus, right? Aerial yoga classes can combine gymnastics, yoga, and circus arts, depending on the fusion of the class. Even the simple, gentle swaying of the fabric deepens your stretches and creates a motion akin to dance.

4. It takes you to your edge.
Aerial yoga gives adds a new, challenging twist to your favorite poses. The first time I went into Upside Down Baddha Konasana I felt a rush of excitement and fear. But the more I anticipated the pose and could move into it more freely, the longer I could stay there and find steadiness and peace.  It takes practice, but stepping past your habitual edge is worth it. And isn’t that a big part of what life is about? A continual exploration of our edge – and beyond?

5. It helps with stress and back tension.

Done safely and correctly, the spinal decompression from Aerial inversion suspension feels really good. It’s like the spine has room to expand and breathe. Although the silks still require you to have upper body strength and balance, they are helping to support you in Headstand, Handstand, Downward Dog, Dolphin, etc.

6. Floating Savasana is amazing!

Most of my students will tell me that this is their favorite part of class – Floating Savasana. There is something about being engulfed in the silk like a cocoon, weightless, floating, lightly rocking in the air at the end of Aerial yoga class that is unique and blissful.

7. It improves your overall wellbeing by helping create a more confident, braver you.

Tipping your body upside down or over in a somersault or simply standing on the fabric, entrusting it with your weight, can be scary at first. Most adults haven’t done these kinds of movements since they were children. Taking the time to explore what your body can do in the silks, trusting yourself to learn new skills in a new environment is beneficial both in your practice and in your life, and gives you a boost of confidence. You may feel out of your comfort zone, but hey, that’s where growth happens, right? After you’ve defied gravity, you feel like you can pretty much do anything!

Compiled & Edited by Liz Bragdon: Yoga/Aerial Yoga Instructor, Movement Educator at Our Place Studio, 338 N. Vermont St, Covington. Interested in giving Aerial Yoga a try? Ongoing classes at Our Place Studio. Please call Liz: 985.778.3448. For more info, you can also visit: www.opcovington or www.astoryinmotion.com

 

Liz Bragdon
985.778.3448
www.opcovington.com
www.astoryinmotion.com

The purpose of educating children is to let goodness flower in them and to help them see that knowledge is one small corner of a vast field. J. Krishnamurti

Our Place Studio Aerial Yoga with Liz Bragdon

Our Place Studio Aerial Yoga with Liz Bragdon

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The English Tea Room Presents The Roaring 20’s In London This Friday Evening

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For one night only, join The English Tea Room as they go back in time to London in the 1920’s. There will be a gourmet four course meal with expert tea pairings, and a demonstration of the famous Charleston by Mary Seghers, a professional dance teacher.

Come move, shake, twist and kick to 20’s music while enjoying great food, tea and company. As always costumes are encouraged! The party kicks off Friday, October 23rd at 7 pm. Reservations are required, $35 per person. Call today! (985) 898-3988

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