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“Fine Wine for Canines” a Success for Northshore Humane Society

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From the Northshore Humane Society:

pictured left to right: Kim Coogan, Ann Blum, NHS President Jerry Coogan, Mandeville Councilman Dr. Skelly Keller, NHS Board Director Eric McVicker

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On Monday, January 25th Gallagher’s 527 in Mandeville hosted Fine Wines for Canines, a charity dinner and wine pairing to benefit the homeless animals of Northshore Humane Society. The limited capacity and socially distant evening included a five-course dinner, each course with an exquisite wine pairing. Patrons also took advantage of a cash bar before dinner and bid on several silent auction pieces all to benefit the no-kill rescue and community veterinary clinic.

pictured left to right: NHS Board Member Andre Judice, Todd Judice & NHS Board Member Alicia Wood

“This was the first fundraising event since the start of the pandemic so we are extremely grateful for everyone who attended and participated,” said Northshore Humane Society CEO, Scott Bernier. “It was also great to catch up with supporters of our organization who we have not seen (except virtually) for quite some time,” he added.

pictured left to right: Rhonda Eckholdt, NHS Board Member Eileen Hodgins, Claire Durio & Stephen Algero

This evening and future Fine Wines events will not only help the homeless animals of Northshore Humane Society, they will assist local restaurants at this critical time following a pandemic. Keep an eye on the humane society’s website and social pages for upcoming Fine Wines and charity dinner nights in 2021!

pictured left to right: NHS COO Shawn Williams, Ann Blum, NHS Director of Operations Alexandra Coogan & NHS Vice President Scott Discon

Learn how you can adopt, donate or get involved at www.northshorehumane.org

NHS Board Member, Jennifer Lacoste & husband Stevin Lacoste
Kit Knight, NHS Vice President Scott Discon and Kim Coogan
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Covington Porch Fest – Free Live Music this Saturday

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On Saturday December 12th from 2 – 5 pm, come on out to the Covington Porch Fest, featuring live music by local artists at various locations around downtown Covington. Bring your chairs and picnic blankets for this free event presented by the Covington Business Association, benefiting the Northshore Food Bank!

Covington Porch Fest December 12th Lineup:

211 W. 25th Avenue
415 W. 26th Avenue
626 N. Jackson Street
406 W. 23rd Avenue
227 W. 23rd Avenue

Bruce Daigrepont
Pontchartrain Shakers
Dirty Rain Revelers
Jeff Cryer Band
Big Al and the Heavyweights

You can find maps to each of these locations at www.covingtonporchfest.com/porch-locations

Covington Porch Fest was started this year to provide an outlet for musicians and locals during the pandemic. If you can, please consider supporting a local musician by buying their art or merchandise. Our culture relies heavily on the local artists in our community. Lets show them some love!

Learn more about Porch Fest on their website, and follow them on Facebook for updates!

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Tammany Turkey Trot Benefits Food Bank on Thanksgiving Day

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Run, jog or walk your way to the finish on Thanksgiving Day. The City of Covington presents the 3rd annual Tammany Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020.

The fun, family event is also a food drive and fundraiser for the Northshore Food Bank at 840 N. Columbia St. Each runner is asked to bring three non-perishable, canned food items to help them “pack the pantry” at the Northshore Food Bank.

Athletes will start their Thanksgiving run with the St. Tammany Courthouse as their backdrop just north of downtown Covington. From there, both 5K and 5-mile runners will make their way through downtown and into the splendor of moss-covered trees that line the streets. Near St. Paul’s High School, 917 S. Jahncke Street, runners will head slightly west toward Jefferson Street before turning north. From there, it’s a return trip for the finish line at the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse.

Five-mile runners will finish their Turkey “tour” with a scenic jaunt further south past more beautiful homes before rejoining with the 5K course and heading north back to downtown.

Covid-19 Cancellation: If the event is cancelled by government agencies in advance due to Covid-19 or other similar public health concerns runners will be able to choose one of the following options: defer to next year, switch to a virtual race, donate entry fee to charity or receive a full refund, less processing fees.

To register, get route details, check out race swag and awards, and learn more about the Northshore Food Bank, visit TammanyTurkeyTrot.com.


ABOUT THE NORTHSHORE FOOD BANK

Northshore Food Bank has served the Northshore community since 1984 by providing access to basic needs through its two programs – Food Bank and Resale Shop. Currently serving an average of 350 families each week from St Tammany and Washington parishes and distributing approximately 125,000 pounds of food monthly through need-based programs, the Food Bank tirelessly works to achieve its mission of a hunger-free Northshore.

With the support of businesses, civic organizations, and individuals, the food bank serves the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Now, your help is needed more than ever. The food bank has experienced record growth due to the pandemic and now has over 2,000 distributions monthly. Your donation to feed your neighbors in need is greatly appreciated.

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Oxtober Fest Beer & Bites Crawl in Downtown Covington Nov 11

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On Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30-9:30pm, the 4th Annual event for Oxtoberfest, but the INAUGURAL Beer & Bites Crawl will take place at the Covington Trailhead and throughout downtown Covington. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at www.oxtoberfest.org. (*Rain date is Thur, Nov 12th).

Tickets include small plate tastings and beer pairings at local downtown restaurant sidewalks including: Lola, OxLot 9, Del Porto, Seiler Bar, Cured on Columbia & Beck N Call. The Shack, Hoo Doo Ice cream, and Campbell’s coffee will also be serving up some favorites at the Trailhead as well. The evening kicks off at the Covington Trailhead for check-in and the first course at 5:30pm, and patrons can sidewalk crawl in any order to the other 6+ participating restaurants throughout downtown until 7:45 pm, where the evening will continue back at the Covington Trailhead for the dessert course and final beer pairing. At this final stop, patrons will enjoy live music by Jeff Cryer’s  Tribute to Motown, and a live auction beginning at 8pm. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club- Covington Unit and the event concludes at 9:30 pm.

While the Oxtoberfest Committee was disappointed to have to cancel their traditional beer fest in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, they are excited for the opportunity to “pivot” and think outside the box, creating this exciting new event that supports both the local fine dining restaurants as well at the Covington Boys & Girls Club. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and will be limited so that proper social distancing can take place. The outdoor, walkable concept allows for people to casually stroll and enjoy the fall weather and sights of downtown as they sample each participating restaurants “bites” and “beer pairings.”

Event chairs, Nick and Cody Ludwig, saw the opportunity to create something really fun for their community while also supporting restaurants in town who took a hit during the spring/summer by having to shut down or operate on to-go orders only saying, “There was no way we could lean on these restaurants for donations at this time, they have suffered enough. So instead of relying on traditional ways to put on an event, we figured we’d move the event to them and use sponsorship dollars to pay the restaurants while also earning funds for the Covington Boys & Girls Club (who also took a huge financial hit from Covid-19 by having to cancel 3 other fundraisers).”

“The Covington Boys & Girls Club changes futures of the youth in our community, it is incredibly important to Covington that they be able to keep their doors open and allow a safe place for kids to go after school, be able to attend summer camp, meet adult mentors and many other opportunities…Now more than ever, they need funding and we are more than happy to execute Oxtoberfest events that allow us to fundraise for them 4 years in a row and many more years to come,” Ludwig says. “We can’t wait to see everyone for this unique event!”

Sponsorships are still available, if you or your company have an auction item or room in your budget to support this great cause, please send info/inquiries to info@oxtoberfest.org

Follow event details and updates at facebook.com/theoxtoberfest

*Must have valid ID to obtain wristband and be 21 years of age to consume beer*

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Recipe Rumble, Men Who Cook! This Weekend

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coast-thumbnailThe St. Tammany Council On Aging hosts the inaugural Recipe Rumble Friday, November 4, 2016, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington, located on Jefferson Street in the City Hall complex.  Proceeds to benefit COAST’s Safe at Home program.  For more information, call Janet Grouchy at 985-635-8062, or find the event on FB for tickets!   coastseniors.org
The fourth annual Men Who Cook! Event takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m., to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House.  Call 985-892-3885 or visit cachopehouse.org for tickets.

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Helping Hands Gallery at Heritage Bank

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You are invited to the second Exhibition of Artwork by featured Artists at the Heritage Bank in Covington as Helping Hands Gallery partners to assist the Hospice Art/Music Therapy Program at St. Tammany Hospital.  Join Helping Hands Gallery once more at the Heritage Bank’s Atrium in Covington for “Art With A Heart”. The artists will present a selection of their art collections and show their best pieces.

Your registration allows Helping Hands Gallery and Heritage Bank to plan for this event, which features fine art on display for purchase (proceeds will benefit the Art/Music Therapy program being developed for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Hospice).  Refreshments will also be served. Whatever form your generosity takes, know that the event organizers are deeply grateful for your support.  Thank you very much for joining us in supporting this worthwhile endeavor.  A Special Thanks to Heritage Bank of St. Tammany for providing the space for this event.

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This event takes place on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Helping Hands Gallery, or to register for this event, contact Jean M. Desrosiers at Helping Hands Gallery.  985-231-5300.

E-mail: info@helpinghandsgallery.com

 

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Art For Cats’ Sake at English Tea Room

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Art For Cats’ Sake will host a high tea at The English Tea Room & Eatery to benefit cats and raise money to find cures for feline diseases.  Find them on Facebook!  A limited number of tickets are available at $42.00 each.  Visit artforcatssake.org to make your reservation, reserve now and take home a tea cup!  Enjoy a petite Windsor High Tea on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 2 p.m. To 4 p.m. At the English Tea Room.  Win fabulous Door Prizes, participate in a cat triva contest, shop cat-themed art and jewelry, plus a Silent Auction!  The English Tea Room & Eatery is open Mon. – Sat.  from 9 a.m. To 6 p.m. With over 200 loose leaf teas!  Call 985-898-3988 or visit englishtearoom.com.

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The English Tea Room & Eatery Hosts a Murder Mystery Night Benefit For Playmakers Theater

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etr murder mystery-page-001The English Tea Room & Eatery presents a “Murder Mystery Dinner” coordinated by and for the benefit of the Playmakers Theater Group. All proceeds go to Playmakers to help them with repairs from flood damage. Five courses, $40 per person/prepaid, accompanying teas with each course.  This Event is Sold Out at this time, please visit englishtearoom.com to stay updated on upcoming events.  The English Tea Room’s evening events have been selling out as soon as they are announced, so be sure to follow them on Facebook also!

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Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month? The English Tea Room & Eatery has over 200 teas that may be served hot or iced, what better way to celebrated National Iced Tea Month! Settle in with your favorite cool tea on a hot summer day in a relaxed but active setting.  Enjoy Live Music five days a week during lunch (noon – 2 p.m. ) at the English Tea Room & Eatery.  The English Tea Room is closed for the 4th of July, have a safe holiday!

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Benefit for Mackenzie Riley at Our Place Studio Through Friday

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10904779_1461730490_0577_funddescriptionThe raffle to help raise money for Mackenzie Riley has begun! There are 2 ways you can purchase raffle tickets:  come to Our Place Studio in Downtown Covington or donate directly via Mackenzie’s GoFundMe, then text Liz Bragdon at 985.778.3448 with your full name and your donation amount and she’ll fill out/enter your tickets in the raffle for you.  If you do the GoFundMe route, you MUST text in order to have your tickets entered!!! If you win and you are out of state, remember many of these prizes are local services…Raffle duration: 10 days. Raffle tickets = $3 per ticket OR donate $10 or more and you get the same number of tickets as your donation amount (for ex. $10 = 10 tickets, etc.)! Four gift baskets of prizes up for grabs, full of goodies donated by generous souls & local businesses. Basket #1 includes: from Our Place Studio * Downtown Covington (tote bag, water bottle, 1 Pilates Split Class, 1 Aerial Yoga class, 3 OP Aromatherapy Spritzers and a mini mani OR pedi), from Shop Soul Boutique (Jaeci necklace) (value $130); Basket #2 includes: from Northshore Belly Dance ($50 gift cert towards lessons), from Soul’s Journey herbal, massage & bodywork (30 minute massage, detox tea and muscle rub), from Our Place (Tanya Dischler notecards), from Shop Soul Boutique (Jaeci necklace) (value $150); Basket 3 includes: brass petal earrings from Metal and Earth Designs, CBD oil & $25 gift certificate from Wildcrafter, and a set of Tanya Dischler notecards (value $100); and Basket 4 includes 3 stone bead and charm bracelets from April Star Davis Jewelry, a gorgeous lux wrap and 3 Pre de Provence soap/hand cream gift sets from The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo (value $200).  Through Friday –
Amazing prizes and chance to do something wonderful for a wonderful young woman, who needs our help!

 

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Covington Rotary Club’s Quack a Falaya Just Over a Week Away

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Covington Rotary Club’s Quack a Falaya is just over a week away, and ducks are still available for purchase (a duck is your raffle ticket) at Heritage Bank and Campbell’s Coffee.  See the poster below for full details on the event, which takes place next Saturday, May 14, 2016.

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Our Place Studio Hosts Belly Dance Student Showcase to Benefit James Store House

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This Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 6:30-8:30 pm, join Our Place Studio for the North Shore Belly Dance student showcase, featuring troupe performances, as well as special guest performances by Kryss Stathos of Crescent Lotus Dance Studio & Lyndory Dyson from Tribal Happenings, a special jazz vocal performance by Kristen Mayfield, Aerial Yoga demo by Liz Bragdon, Comedienne, Iina Ester, local arts & crafts vendors, including J. DEVUN ART & Soul’s Journey herbal, massage & bodywork, and a fantastic raffle, too…all benefitting James Storehouse Louisiana!   Visit opcovington.com

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Our Place Studio Presents a Belly Dance Student Showcase to benefit the Covington Food Bank This Saturday

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Our Place Studio presents a North Shore Belly Dance Student Showcase this Saturday, November 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to benefit the Covington Food Bank.  Suggested entry donation is $5 or 2 food items.
You’ll get to see the student troupe dance along with solo performances by Amanda Monjure, plus special guest performances by Kryss Statho of Crescent Lotus Dance Studio and quirky sideshow fun with Lydia Treats.

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Covington Community Pulls Together for the Covington Food Bank

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Monica Gallardo, owner of Our Place Studio, with the donations from a previous food drive they hosted.

When the Covington Food Bank announced that they had a decline in food donations this year, the community quickly acted to help this valuable organization.

Our Place Studio in downtown Covington announces a food drive for the Covington Food Bank starting Monday, September 14 and running thru the following Saturday, September 19. Donate 3 or more food items, get a $5 coupon that can be used towards a massage service or a class. Drop off times are 8-10 am and 4:30 – 7 pm, Mon. – Sat.

Smoke BBQSmoke BBQ, which recently opened on Collins Blvd, is donating all of their proceeds from sales on Thursday September 10th from 11 am – 2:30 pm to the Covington Food Bank. They are also collecting canned and boxed goods.

Northshore Vineyard food donationsNorthshore Vineyard Church recently donated almost 4,000 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank from a community food drive they hosted. What a great feeling seeing Covington pull together for such a helpful organization!

If you are interested in hosting a food drive, contact Jamie at 985-893-3003 x 105 or jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org. With your help, the food bank will serve 1.2 million pounds of food to those in need this year! Most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, cereal and dry beans. www.covingtonfoodbank.org

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COPA Presents Susan Cowsill for Friday Night Music Club on September 11th

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Susan Cowsill has emerged as a singer-songwriter of singular emotional insight and musical resonance, first as a key member of beloved alt-roots-pop supergroup the Continental Drifters and more recently on her widely acclaimed second solo album Lighthouse.

On September 11, 2015, Susan performs with Alex McMurray at the Center Of Performing Arts in downtown Covington for Friday Night Music Club. A portion of the night’s proceeds will help support the Covington Police Department and the Wade Sharp Memorial Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.centerofperformingarts.net

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Ribbon Cutting for Newly Renovated Basketball Courts to Kick Off This Year’s Hoops for Kids Tournament

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basketballribboncuttingChevron, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish Government, the City of Covington and State Representative John Schroder are teaming up to support the 3rd Annual Hoops for Kids 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament. The event will be held in Covington, LA and kick off with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 4th, with the main tournament set for Saturday, September 5th. Boys and girls in junior high and high school are invited to participate.

Last year, over 30 teams and 200 kids took part in the competition. Proceeds supported the installation of covers over the basketball courts at Rev. Peter S. Atkins Park and refurbishment of the area. A day prior to this year’s tournament, a ribbon cutting will be held to officially open the courts.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support the Boys & Girls Club in Covington. Their mission is to enable young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

“We are proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana and Boys & Girls Clubs across the Gulf Coast,” said Chevron Gulf of Mexico Vice President Mike Illanne. “I’ve seen first-hand how this organization’s tireless efforts benefit local children. The young men and women they support then go on to contribute to a number of charitable causes themselves. Together the Clubs and these inspirational kids are making a positive impact on the community.”

“By sponsoring a number of events like this basketball tournament, Chevron has had a truly transformational influence on our Clubs,” said Keila Stovall, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana. “Their outstanding financial support, employee volunteerism and overall commitment to the young people served by our organization are a great example for corporations and citizens alike, and we are so incredibly thankful.”

State Representative John Schroder added, “Now in its third year, this Hoops for Kids tournament is a slam dunk for St. Tammany Parish and I’m pleased to be a part of it. The competition itself and the renovations to the Rev. Peter S. Atkins Park basketball courts encourage children to focus on fitness, while this year’s support of the Boys & Girls Club in Covington will provide for their future success. A fun day of basketball brings real long-term benefits for the youth of our area.”

This ribbon cutting will be take place at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 4th at Rev. Peter S. Atkins Park at the intersection of 28th Avenue and Tyler Street in Covington. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday, September 5th, at the same location, with check-in running from 7-8:30 a.m., and the competition beginning at 9 a.m. Teams will consist of four players, with a registration fee of $20 per team. Prizes will be awarded to winners, and each participant will be given a Hoops for Kids jersey. To register, please visit www.bgcsela.org/#!hoops-for-kids/cz33.

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Annual Hoops for Kids Tournament Raises Funds for Boys & Girls Club This Year

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hoops4kidzThis year, State Representative John Schroder and the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana are partnering for the 3rd Annual Hoops for Kids Tournament in Covington, LA. In conjunction with the City of Covington and Tournament Sponsor, Chevron, the objective this year is to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club in Covington. Last year was an absolute success with over 30 teams, 200 kids, and ensuring that the basketball courts at Rev. Peter Atkins Park in Covington, LA were refurbished and covered!

On Saturday, September 5, 2015  Hoops for Kids will again host a premier 3 on 3 boys and girls, Junior High and High School Basketball Tournament at the newly covered basketball courts at Rev. Peter Atkins Park.

The tournament will have four divisions: Boys Senior and Junior; Girls Senior and Jr. Teams will consist of 4 players. The registration fee is $20 per team. Registration includes a jersey. For more information visit www.bgcsela.org/hoops

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Covington’s White Linen Night This Saturday Celebrates the Arts Community

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White Linen NightHistoric Downtown Covington’s second annual White Linen Night will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from six to nine in the evening. The event is community-organized and paid for by the generous contributions of local business owners with the net proceeds donated to the Public Art for Covington Fund.

The Public Art for Covington Fund is a non-profit fund administered through the Northshore Community Foundation. The mission of this charitable endeavor is to place art in Covington that reflects the rich history and culture of the city, to reflect and reinforce Covington’s reputation and standing as an artist’s community.

Participating restaurants, bars and retail shops have agreed to donate ten percent of their sales for the night to the fund or have donated a fee towards covering the costs of decorations and publicity for the event. Some highlights of the event include: live projection art projects around town, including an interactive light painting and a projection and musical piece honoring the work of Walker Percy in the Southern Hotel’s courtyard; the inaugural Trailhead Art Market; a featured Pimms Cup cocktails at participating bars and restaurants; live music in the streets.
See more at the White Linen Night Facebook page.

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Heritage Bank Hosts Helping Hands Gallery August 16

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Helping Hands Gallery Heritage BankHelping Hands Gallery is very excited to announce their next event! Helping Hands Gallery “Art With A Heart” unites the human and talented resources of participating artists in order to enhance the quality of life of everyone we touch. Join them at Heritage Bank in Covington as we partner to assist the St. Tammany Hospital Hospice Art & Music Therapy Program.

Your registration helps plan for this event and includes art on display for purchase (proceeds will benefit a music and art therapy program being developed for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Hospice). Refreshments will also be served. This event is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 2 p.m. To 5 p.m. At Heritage Bank, 205 N. Columbia Street. For more information, contact John Desrosiers: info@helpinghandsgallery.com 985-231-5300

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The Jedi Doth Return to Playmakers for One Weekend Only!

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Playmakers, Inc. Community Theater and Dark Side: Forsooth Productions present Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Jedi Doth Return. The saga of a galaxy far, far away concludes on July 31 & August 1 at 8:00 PM.

As a fun summer fundraiser for Playmakers, admission is by suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Help support live theater in your community and come out! COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED.

jabbahuttWilliam Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, a non-canon book by Ian Doescher, is a retelling of “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” as if it had been penned by William Shakespeare. The epic trilogy that began last September with “Verily, A New Hope” and continued this January with “The Empire Striketh Back” concludes for TWO SHOWS ONLY with your rag-tag cast of ne’er-do-wells in a staged reading (plus a few props and costumes, and some sound effects, because who doesn’t love the sound of a light saber fight?).

Prithee, attend the tale so far: Han Solo entombed in carbonite, the princess taken captive, the Rebel Alliance besieged, and Jabba the Hutt engorged. Alack! Now Luke Skywalker and his Rebel band must seek fresh allies in their quest to thwart construction of a new Imperial Death Star.

But whom can they trust to fight by their side in the great battle to come? Cry “Ewok” and let slip the dogs of war! Frozen heroes! Cute furry creatures!Family secrets! And a light saber duel to decide the fate of the Empire. In troth, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return has it all!

For directions and more information about the 2015-2016 season, visit www.playmakersinc.com