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St. Tammany Parish Library Hosts “Battle of the Books”

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stplibrarybattlebooks2015Teams are currently forming at the Causeway, Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville and Slidell Branches for the first ever Battle of the Books competition! This book based, Quiz Bowl type event will take place on July 11th. Teams will be meeting weekly between now and then to review the selected books, train, and prepare for battle! If you have a Tween (ages 10-13) who loves to read, bring them to one of the following informational meetings where you can learn more about the event. Covington: June 2nd at 2:30, Mandeville: June 3rd at 5:30, Slidell: June 4th at 5:30. Causeway and Madisonville met last week, but there may still be room on their teams! Please give them a call if your child is interested in joining. 985-893-6280

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Adventure Quest to Benefit Hope House Saturday at the Covington Trailhead

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covhopehouseadventurequest2015 (2)The Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House presents the Hope House Adventure Quest Saturday afternoon, May 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 registration fee per family. The Hope House Adventure Quest begins at the Covington Trailhead. Each family team will receive clues to find historical markers in downtown Covington. At each location, the adults will receive information about child abuse prevention and a clue to the next marker. Children will receive stamps for their “passports”. There will be a party with food and children’s activities at the last stop on the Quest. Join in this family adventure! Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.

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Find out more information about CAC/Hope House at www.cachopehouse.org or call 985-892-3885.

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Covington Police Department Hosts 2nd Annual Free Summer Kids’ Camp

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Covington Police Department CPD sealChief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department will be hosting its second annual free kids’ camp this summer for Covington area children. The summer camp will focus on challenging children to be safe, live healthy, and enjoy life. Each day will focus on educating the children about different topics in a fun and positive way, such as educational safety, health and fitness, familiarization with local emergency services, along with pet and animal education. The final day of the camp will be a “fun” day, consisting of recreational and water related activities.

This past March, the Krewe of Olympia held their first Mystic Krewe of Olympia Foundation event in downtown Covington. In an effort to give back to the community, the MKO Foundation has chosen the Covington Police and Fire Departments as permanent beneficiaries of their event. Each organization will receive 25% of the proceeds from the event. The remaining 50% will be divided each year between two different nonprofits. This year, those benefactors were Mary Bird Perkins and Danielle Inn.

MKOfoundationOn April 12th this year, the members of the Mystic Krewe of Olympia presented the Covington Police Department with a check for $4,000.00. These monies were earmarked for the operation of the Kids Camp this summer. Any money left over will be used to purchase bicycle helmets for the kids in our community.

The CPD thanks the members of the Krewe of Olympia for their generosity, and with their help they will have another successful kids camp.

This year’s summer camp will be held June 8th through June 12th, from 8:00AM to 12:00PM each day in downtown Covington. Families that live in the Covington area and would like to register their children ages 6-13 for the camp need to turn in their completed applications to the Covington Police Department no later than June 1st. Applications can be picked up in person or downloaded from the link below. Parents who have questions about the camp may contact Sergeant Tammy Blocker at (985)892-8500 or tblocker@covla.com.

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Covington Police Department Hosts Free Children’s Camp

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Covington Police Department CPD sealChief Tim Lentz announces that the CPD will host a free camp for Covington area children. The summer camp will focus on challenging children to be safe, live healthy and enjoy life. Each day will focus on educating the children about different topics in a fun and positive way, such as educational safety, health and fitness, familiarization with local emergency services, along with pet and animal education. The final day will be a “fun” day, consisting of recreational and water related activities.

“We are constantly striving to connect and become more involved with our community. This camp will be an opportunity for us to connect with children, the future of our community, while educating them on important topics in a fun and exciting way,” Chief Lentz stated.

The CPD is looking for volunteers to help out at their summer camp next week. To volunteer your time or to make a financial donation, contact Officer Maricelli at 985-264-7221. The camp will be held July 21st through July 25th, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day in downtown Covington. If you live in the Covington area and would like to register your children ages 6 – 13 for the camp, please contact Sergeant Tammy Blocker at (985)892-8500 or tblocker@covla.com. Camp will begin this Monday.

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CPD To Host Free Children’s Camp – Program to Focus on Safety, Healthy Living & Enjoying Life

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Covington Police Department CPD sealChief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department will be hosting a free camp this summer for Covington area children. The summer camp will focus on challenging children to be safe, live healthy, and enjoy life. Each day will focus on educating the children about different topics in a fun and positive way, such as educational safety, health and fitness, familiarization with local emergency services, along with pet and animal education. The final day of the camp will be a “fun” day, consisting of recreational and water related activities.

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The summer camp will be held July 21st through July 25th, from 8:00AM to 12:00PM each day in downtown Covington. If you live in the Covington area and would like to register your children ages 6-13 for the camp, please contact Sergeant Tammy Blocker at (985)892-8500 or tblocker@covla.com

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Keep Covington Beautiful Receives Grant To Advance Nature Trail Project

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Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail KCBKeep Covington Beautiful (KCB) has been selected to receive a grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation received through the local Olive Garden restaurant will enable KCB to continue work on the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail project at the Covington Recreation Complex.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

Keep Covington Beautiful will use the grant funds to create a demonstration garden near the trail entrance featuring native plants that are being lost to construction and development. Information will be provided explaining how these plants provide food or shelter for wildlife, help to filter pollutants from run-off into waterways or beautify natural areas and home gardens.

The objectives of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, established by KCB in 2011, are to provide information about native plant species, to raise awareness of the importance of the city’s network of waterways and to promote stewardship of the natural environment, Over 100 native species have been identified and many have been marked with informational plaques along the trail.

Receiving this grant will enable KCB to add native plants and expand the educational experience of the nature trail into an easily accessible and highly visible area.

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”

The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success®, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 66 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where they live and serve. For more information, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. (Darden media contact: Jenni Izzo (407) 657-4818, jenniizzo@costacg.com )

Keep Covington Beautiful (KCB) is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the city of Covington. By developing broad-based community partnerships, KCB encourages all citizens to take greater responsibility for improving the community through positive behavior. KCB’s projects focus on beautification, including bi-annual planting of the downtown street-side planters, litter prevention and recycling activities and environmental education.

To learn about other KCB projects, become a member or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or email kcb@covla.com; visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org & follow KCB on facebook.