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Food Bank, Blood Center Partner for “Stock Our Shelves”

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Northshore Food Bank and The Blood Center are partnering this summer to “Stock Our Shelves (SOS)!” The summer months are historically a low donation season for both Northshore Food Bank and The Blood Center. Help save the summer for both and donate food and blood at Northshore Food Bank’s S.O.S. drive in the food bank warehouse (125 W 30th Ave, Covington) on Wednesday, July 28th from 10:00am-3:30pm. Northshore Food Bank will also receive $5 per blood donation.

Sign up here: https://www.tbcdonors.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/43553

Northshore Food Bank’s Most Needed Items for July are:

Tuna
Soup
Corn
Peas
Green Beans
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12th Annual Red Beans & Rice Cook-Off

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The 12th Annual West St. Tammany Red Beans ‘n’ Rice Cook-Off & Take-Out United Way Campaign Kick-Off is Monday, July 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center (located at 317 N. Jefferson Ave.). Tickets are $10 with Dine-in, Drive-thru and Take-out options available. Free delivery for orders over 20 meals.

Proceeds benefit suicide prevention, mental health services and other United Way programs serving St. Tammany Parish. Presenting Sponsors are St. Tammany Health System and Ochsner Health System.
If you are interested in being a sponsor or would like more information, contact Sonja Newman at SonjaN@UnitedWaySELA.org or call 985-778-0815. Thank you to co-hosts:
Camellia Beans, St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 4 and Covington Fire Department.

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7th Annual Quack A Falaya Saturday

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Covington Rotary Club presents the 7th Annual Quack-A-Falaya this Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Rubber Duck Race Fundraiser benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Covington, Keep Covington Beautiful, Miracle League Northshore, NAMI, Pontchartrain Conservancy, Safe Harbor, Save Haven and the Covington Rotary Foundation.

The race begins 8 a.m. at the Bogue Falaya Park, ducks are $20 apiece. The fastest 10 ducks win a prize; Grand Prize is $1000 (need not be present to win). The Covington Rotary Club is a service organization that joins the efforts of over 1.2 million men and women worldwide in addressing the needs of local communities. Ducks and further information can be found at covrotary.org.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Lafayette and her four siblings were found homeless and brought to Northshore Humane Society December of last year. Since that time, all of her brothers and sister have found their forever homes leaving Lafayette still searching. Lafayette is your typical eight-month-old kitten. She’s super affectionate and ready to cuddle after a long day of playtime. She gets along with other kitties and would make a great addition to any family!

If you’re interested in adopting Lafayette or any of the adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today.

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Tour De Louisiane Bike Race This Sunday to Benefit NS Humane Society

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The 50th Annual Tour De Louisiane Bike Race takes place this Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 7 a.m. til 1 p.m. in historic downtown Covington. Spectators are encouraged and welcomed! This year’s race benefits the Northshore Humane Society and features a Dog Parade starting at 11:45 a.m. The route is the standard race route shown on the map below.

The Northshore Humane Society will be stationed at the Covington Trailhead (419 New Hampshire). Tour De Louisiane 2021 Bike Race is sponsored by the City of Covington, Gray Cat Cycle Worx, Southern Hotel, Palmares Cycling, Bicycle World, Stevenson & Murray Attys at Law, Baldwin Subaru, Apolline and Bike Law USA. To enter, go to www.neworleansbicycleclub.org
For more information, call 985-892-1873 or visit the City of Covington online at covla.com

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KCB Needs Volunteers Saturday

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Keep Covington Beautiful is calling for volunteers this Saturday for downtown beautification including planter re-planting and tree pruning. Volunteers will meet at the Covington Trailhead on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Downtown Beautification will take place from 9:30 until 12 noon.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Keep Covington Beautiful at info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Please bring your own gloves and water to drink. Thank you for volunteering! keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

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BCBSLA Helps YSB Clients Stay Safe & Connected

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When face-to-face interaction became too risky during the Covid-19 pandemic, some Northshore families who depend on Youth Service Bureau for vital services could have fallen through the cracks.

But thanks to a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, YSB has continued serving our clients safely and effectively using telehealth.
Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to provide healthcare when the patient and the provider are not in the same place at the same time.

Perhaps no YSB clients have benefited more from telehealth than those served by our Options program. Options is our family-focused, licensed outpatient treatment program for adolescents experiencing problems with alcohol and/or other drugs and mental health concerns. Options’ mission is to intervene in the destructive cycle of addiction by assisting adolescents and families in the recovery process. Options provides a range of services such as intervention and outpatient treatment for children ages 12-17, family education and counseling, parenting and anger management classes.

Where does telehealth fit in? According to Options Program Director Jennifer Walkenford, “We are using telehealth to meet our clients’ needs for individual and family counseling. For instance, during the state’s stay-at-home mandate, our Anger Management clients were able to attend group counseling on Zoom. Later, when we were able to resume some in-person meetings, we began using Microsoft Teams to host hybrid online/in-person meetings for Anger Management and Parenting. A computer is set up at the meeting so that clients linking in virtually can see and fully participate with the in-person group.”

And the advantages of telehealth go beyond the challenges of Covid-19.

“Many clients have transportation issues and time constraints that make it difficult for them to get to our offices,” Walkenford notes. “Telehealth allows these clients to receive uninterrupted services without physically traveling to the office or having to worry about transporting their adolescent to the office.

“Telehealth is an added resource we can offer clients once they have completed the initial face-to-face intake. Telehealth allows us to schedule clients in a way that is more convenient for them and enables our therapists to meet consistently with clients and their parents or caregivers.” All YSB therapists and interns are telehealth-certified.

YSB is deeply grateful to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for helping us stay connected with the families we serve throughout the pandemic and going forward.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Bobby is a super mellow, three-year-old brown tabby looking for a buddy to call his own. As you can see in this picture, he’s really friendly and loves attention from others. His favorite hobbies include chasing laser pointers, eating treats and napping. He’s going to make a great kiddy for any family out there!

If you’re interested in adopting Bobby or any of the adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today.

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Covington Community Garden Harvest Day Celebration May 1st

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Join the Covington Community Garden May 1, 2021 for a Harvest Day Celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Covington Community Garden will host a community Harvest Day on May 1st. Join in to harvest vegetables, learn from experts and enjoy family friendly activities.

The Covington Community Garden is located at the corner of Jackson and 30th Avenue. The Community Garden is and initiative of God’s Unchanging Hands Feeding Ministry, LSU AgCenter and the Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles. For more information about this event, contact God’s Unchanging Hands Feeding Ministry by calling 985-237-3138. Visit online at unchangingministry.com.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Harley is a one-year-old medium mix breed and just the sweetest little guy. He was originally confiscated from a shed with six other dogs where he probably spent his entire puppyhood. Due to his past, he walks very low to the ground when being introduced to new surroundings but once he gets comfortable, he then marches with excitement. Harley also gets along great with all types of animals and people.

He is the most adorable, quirky little guy and anyone would be lucky to have him in their life. If you are interested in adopting Harley or any of the other animals available at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today!

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Friends of the Library Book Sale This Saturday

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The Friends of the Library of West St.Tammany will have a book sale on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00-4:00 at our new building located at 1301 N Florida St. in Covington, near the fairgrounds.
Specials..Buy One/Get One Free on cookbooks, religious, family books, gardening and hardback fiction.
Video, music,and audio CDs and well as vinyl records on sale for .50.
Large collection of children’s items .25 each.

State and parish mandates for Co-Vid19 will be enforced.

For more information call Debbie Reed at 504-957-5898

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KCB Paper Shredding Day Saturday, April 24th

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Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!

Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with Baldwin Subaru, is sponsoring the annual Paper Shredding Day on April 24th to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall employee parking lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street.
Please be considerate of our volunteers and wear a mask or face covering as they will do.

Covington area residents can bring a MAXIMUM of 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site by the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled. Keep Covington Beautiful is very grateful to Baldwin Subaru for their generous support so this service can be provided at no charge to the residents of Covington.

The following material will be accepted: all types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.

The following will not be accepted: phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, www.ishredonsite.com.
Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the City of Covington. KCB’s major projects include planting and maintaining street-side planters in the downtown area; development, maintenance and expansion of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington Recreation Complex; annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up; recycling activities and annual Arbor Day Event.
To become a member, make a donation or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652, email keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com or visit the KCB website, https://keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Follow Keep Covington Beautiful on Facebook.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Sweetie Pie is as sweet and adorable as her name suggests. Sweetie Pie is a petite and plump, six-year-old black panther and only weighs 9 lbs! She has a great balance of independence and companionship – she loves her kitty time exploring and doing cat stuff and also adores snuggle time with her humans. If you are interested in adopting Sweetie Pie or any of the other animals available at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today!

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Faith Community Rallies to Support Foster Community

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Covington, La. – To highlight the increasing challenges facing foster children in our area, particularly teens who are transitioning out of the system, Dr. Michael Sprague (Louisiana State Chaplain, Capitol Commission) and Judge Scott Gardner (22nd Judicial District Court, Division G) are leading the charge with James Samaritan and two dozen local pastors to educate the faith-based community about the hurdles these youth face and to mobilize forces to strengthen a local mentoring program.

A Pastors’/Leaders’ Gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 20, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Covington, and the event is open to pastors, church members, and anyone else in the community who would like to learn more. Registration is required.

Attendees will hear from Judge Gardner and James Samaritan staff about the critical needs of the foster care system and the children and youth it serves. Perhaps most important, they will share information about Open Table, a proven mentoring program facilitated by local nonprofit James Samaritan, an organization that supports and empowers children and families in foster care.

Open Table is a program that trains small groups of volunteers to form a support family, or “table,” whose members use their vocational and life experiences as tools to assist marginalized youth who are transitioning out of foster care and accept the offer to join a “table.” Youth as young as 17 use these tools and relationships to develop life skills and achieve life goals while also learning to trust adults who are committed to their well-being. By participating, the youth are more likely to avoid human trafficking, substance abuse, homelessness, and unemployment.

“If people of good faith and goodwill come together in trust-filled relationships, it will be possible to solve this crisis. Please come to this event to learn how you can be part of the solution,” Sprague said.

For more information or to register for the April 20 event, email Dr. Sprague at mdsprague00@bellsouth.net. If registering more than one person, please include the names and email addresses of all in the party.

For more information on James Samaritan and Open Table, visit jamessamaritan.org.

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Upcoming April 2021 Events

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“Happiness is Homemade”
The Covington Garden Club presents “Happiness is Homemade,” and NGC Standard Flower Show, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bogue Falaya Hall. This event is free and open to the public, handicap accessible. Bogue Falaya Hall is located at 317 Jefferson Ave.

“Spring for Art 2021”

Mark your calendar because there are few better ways to spring forward than with Spring for Art, a celebration of music, art and performing arts, and few better places to celebrate such than historic downtown Covington. Spring for Art is a free festival held in the streets of the city’s historic downtown district. Produced by St. Tammany Art Association, the annual event draws thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the live music, art , performances and dining in numerous Spring for Art locations

“A Night at the Movies”
Covington Concert Band presents “A Night at the Movies”, an inaugural concert sponsored by the City of Covington. The concert takes place Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Covington. Free Admission, safe seating available. Dr. Marc Pittman will emcee the event featuring Erik Morales as musical director and Dr. Juliia Akers on violin.

“Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021”
The City of Covington presents the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021, taking place April 17 & 18 (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Featuring antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, food, music and the STAA Covington Art Market. For more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com or email antiques@covla.com.

The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire St. This free event is brought to you by the St. Tammany Art Association, The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation.

“KCB Paper Shredding Day”

Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!

Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with Baldwin Subaru, is sponsoring the annual Paper Shredding Day on April 24th to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall employee parking lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street. Please be considerate of our volunteers and wear a mask or face covering as they will do.

Covington area residents can bring a MAXIMUM of 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site by the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled. Keep Covington Beautiful is very grateful to Baldwin Subaru for their generous support so this service can be provided at no charge to the residents of Covington.

The following material will be accepted: all types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.

The following will not be accepted: phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, ishredonsite.com.
Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the City of Covington. KCB’s major projects include planting and maintaining street-side planters in the downtown area; development, maintenance and expansion of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington Recreation Complex; annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up; recycling activities and annual Arbor Day Event.

To become a member, make a donation or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652, email keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com or visit the KCB website, keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Follow Keep Covington Beautiful on Facebook.

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National Library Week

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The St. Tammany Parish Library will join libraries across the country to celebrate National Library Week Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 10!

The library will offer Food for Fines from Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 17. Each non-perishable food item donated will reduce library fines by $1. Although the library is not currently charging overdue fees, Food for Fines can be used for old charges. All donated food items will be donated to our Northshore Food Bank in Covington, the Samaritan Center Food Bank in Mandeville and the First Baptist Church of Slidell Food Pantry.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

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Community Gardens Feed the Community

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A few years ago Pamela McKay began preparing meals for those in our area in need – poor, homebound, homeless, disabled and / or seniors. She started on a 4 burner electric cooktop with food donated by stores and restaurants.

Pamela McKay cooks for those who need food.

One morning a break-out group from Leadership St. Tammany assisted her with meal prep. With Pastor Jay Graves help, Pamela was moved into the kitchen facilities of Hosanna Lutheran Church. Today, with a little help from some friends, she cooks and delivers over 200 meals every Wednesday to Slidell, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Covington and Tangi … quite a chore, quite a feat.

The most immediate need is someone with basic internet skills to setup “Sign-Up” Genius, then check with Pamela on a weekly basis posting what help is needed. Sidenote: The great thing about this is a person working from home could make a huge difference and never leave the house. Reply to this e-mail if interested.

Volunteers are welcome on Wednesdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville – food prep, cooking, packaging, cleaning, labelling. There is also a need for volunteers to deliver the meals.

Volunteer Betty Brock helps in the kitchen. Betty also mentors youth through food service with the Yum Yum Gimme Sum Food Truck.

All are invited to Covington’s Community Garden (corner Jackson and 30th Avenue) on Friday mornings (9:00am start) to “get your hands dirty.” Food raised from the garden will go this ministry.

High Priority: Refrigeration storage for donated items. Pamela’s prayer is a kitchen location where perishables can be both stored and prepared.

Pamela can be reached at 985-237-3138 or on Facebook Messenger Pamela Onmygrind McKay. Or you can reply to me via this e-mail.

This information is from Mayor Mark’s email blast. Thank you Mayor Mark, for the good information! Sign up for Mayor Mark’s email blast at the city’s website, covla.com

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

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Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9am to 4pm.
We look forward to seeing you! Please mention the sale to your friends, schools, teachers and all who love to read. We are a non profit organization, with a volunteer staff who work hard to support the needs of the West St. Tammany Parish Library branches. The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany is located at 1301 N. Florida St. in Covington.
Book prices range from 25¢ (children’s) up to $1 (others).

A few notes regarding safety measures in place:

  • You will be asked to sign in.
  • You must wear a mask to enter and practice social distancing. There will be two people max in each room for a total of 16 shoppers in the building.
    Our volunteers will be assisting with any questions or with reaching items in high places. Shopping time is limited to 40 minutes; you can get in line again.
    Please bring your own canvas tote, bags or boxes. Because of space, we have a very limited supply of small boxes.
  • Find Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany on Facebook
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STAA Schedules ‘Spring for Art’ For April 10, Opening to Feature New Works by Paulo Dufour

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From the St. Tammany Art Association:

The St. Tammany Art Association’s annual “Spring for Art” festival is set for Saturday, April 10 and will feature the new work of nationally-known local artist Paulo Dufour.

The event, scheduled from 6-9 p.m. will be somewhat restricted by Covid guidelines, but will mark a “reimagining” of the STAA “Art House” and its place in the cultural and economic life of Covington and St. Tammany.

Dufour’s creations, which span an array of blown and sculpted glass pieces, paintings and sculpture, represent the metaphysical and inform the emergence of STAA from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

“Spring for Art” will feature coordinated openings and events across downtown Covington, again with some restrictions, but it will signal the muted resumption of the city’s pre-Covid life, said Cathy Deano, newly elected president of STAA.

“We are reimagining the association in a way that will incorporate all of the arts, such as theater and poetry, for example, and be more of a community center for art that will engage more young people,” said Deano, also co-founder of Mandeville-based Painting With A Twist, which has 300 franchise units in 39 states. Deano was previously STAA president from 2006-2009.

STAA’s future also involves the association’s new executive director, Suzanne Freret, formerly Assistant Director of Advancement at Christ Episcopal School. Deano and Freret join STAA along with several new board members, Keith Villere, Cindy Petry and John Botsford. Elizabeth Stokes, Phoebe Whealdon and Lewis Dennis round out the list of directors.

Freret echoes the sentiment of Deano, “I envision a thriving organization, rich with community engagement, and offering conventional and unconventional events that will appeal to all ages,” said Freret. STAA artists and community membership will grow in the months and years ahead as STAA branches out in the community, said Freret, whose background includes significant experience in finance.

Dufour’s roots in the rich soil of south Louisiana run deep, from present-day Covington, to Baton Rouge, where he grew up as a son of Paul Dufour, an internationally known glass artist and professor at Louisiana State University.

The title of his show is “Mental Universes and the Obscurations of Light.” Dufour says the amorphous and sensuous work conjures up images ranging from the earthy colors of landscapes to primal skin vessels, suggesting the struggle of the human condition where real conflict and myth evolve.

The works give voice to the ongoing process of knowing oneself through exploring daily life, a process requiring each person to be open and aware of inner impressions that honor memories, dreams, and the synchronicity of life, said Dufour. Dufour has exhibited all over the United States from Seattle to Los Angeles and is in significant collections from Spain to Tennessee.

Dufour retired in 2016 from the St. Tammany Parish Talented Art Program where he taught in the public school system for 28 years.

STAA will schedule a question and answer session for patrons and Dufour and soon announce the date and time.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. www.sttammany.art

Current Exhibit Closing Next Weekend:

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YSB Crossroads & The Louisiana Bar Foundation: Tackling Juvenile Delinquency Together

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From the Youth Service Bureau:

Helping non-violent juvenile offenders turn their lives around is one of Youth Service Bureau’s main missions. YSB carries out this important work through Crossroads, our juvenile delinquency intervention program.

YSB Crossroads helps youth restore their relationship with the community through restitution to victims, community service, anger management counseling, Internet safety education, parenting education for their parents or legal guardians and – thanks to the Louisana Bar Foundation – Law Related Education.

Supported by a generous grant from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Law Related Education puts juvenile offenders on a more positive track through better understanding of the law, legal system, and consequences of crime. Aimed at 10- to 16-year-olds who have committed non-violent offenses such as shoplifting, vandalism and others, these classes help juvenile offenders take responsibility for their actions and make better decisions.

Law Related Education incorporates classroom lectures, role-playing and testing. Juvenile offenders learn the legal definitions and potential sentences associated with assault, battery, vandalism, burglary, robbery, theft, drug possession, cyberbullying, cyberstalking and other offenses. Louisiana Bar Foundation funding enables YSB Crossroads to staff and administer the program and work closely with clients to improve their outcomes. YSB Crossroads is fortunate to have local attorneys teaching our Law Related Education classes – Shannon Christian (at our Slidell location) and Veronica Kittok (Covington location).

An eye-opening segment of the course is “No Kinda Life,” a video filmed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola and the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. “No Kinda Life” presents an unflinching picture of prison life, with inmates explaining how they became incarcerated and losses they suffered due to poor choices, including drug and alcohol use. The video is a powerful springboard for meaningful class discussion and group participation.

Together, the Louisiana Bar Foundation and YSB Crossroads are changing lives.

In the last fiscal year:

  • 97.7% of YSB Crossroads clients completed their community service
  • 96% successfully completed the YSB Crossroads program
  • 99.5% of those completing the program had not re-offended six months later

YSB Crossroads is deeply grateful to the Louisiana Bar Foundation for making this life-changing resource available to our community. The Louisiana Bar Foundation exists to preserve, honor, and improve our system of justice. YSB is humbled and excited to be a partner in that vital mission.

Visit Youth Service Bureau to find out more about what we do!

Click here to learn more about the Louisiana Bar Foundation.