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.
Luca was found homeless in Covington by a kind individual who brought him to Northshore Humane Society. This beautiful, 1.5-year-old large breed mix is both playful and polite. He seems to be a very well-mannered pup who gets along great with everyone and is sure to transition nicely into any home. Come meet Luca today!
If you are interested in Luca or any of the adoptable pets of Northshore Humane Society, please email email@example.com.
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
From Northshore Humane Society: Woofstock Low Cost Clinic Transformed Due to COVID. Same services available to the community’s beloved canines!!
Now until June 30th, Northshore Humane Society community veterinary clinic is offering low cost vaccines, microchipping and heartworm and flea prevention as part of their annual Woofstock Event! Although the pandemic may have forced the no-kill rescue to change this year’s Woofstock again, you can still take advantage of the same discounted veterinary services you have come to love and depend on!
Annual vaccinations are offered to the public at only $75. Other vaccinations and shots will be available a la carte and microchipping is only $15 per pup! Deeply discounted heartworm and flea prevention will also be available for purchase (while supplies last).
“Our community vet clinic vaccinated a record number of dogs at last year’s COVID-transformed Woofstock,” said NHS CEO, Scott Bernier. “Because of people working from home and the flexibility of scheduling an appointment through our clinic anytime until June 30th, nearly 1,000 canines took advantage of the low cost services. We are hoping for another successful year with the same COVID-approved procedures available to the public,” he added.
To take advantage of the discounted pricing, please make an appointment by calling (985) 892-7387 x 3 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duff was adopted as a young kitten but after six years in a home, he was returned to Northshore Humane Society. Duff is a beautiful kitty with a soft, blue coat and a charming personality to match. He can be a little bashful when first meeting him but opens up quickly with a little attention.
If you are interested in Duff or any of the other adoptable animals of Northshore Humane Society, please email email@example.com.
Stop by this Saturday February 27th from 9 am – 4 pm for the Friends of the Library Book Sale! Now at their new location, 1301 N Florida St. in Covington near the fairgrounds.
In addition to offering low prices on all items, the FOTL is holding a special buy 2 get 1 free sale of all fiction books. Other selections such as children’s books, hardbacks, CDs and DVDs will also be available. State and Parish COVID mandates will be in force.
The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to supplement the Parish Library’s annual budget, purchase equipment, and support projects at the West St. Tammany branches. Books retired from the shelves of the Parish Library system and donated books and media from the community are sold by the non-profit FOTL to the public at low prices.
Venus and her three pups (Jupiter, Pluto and Mars) were part of a larger group of animals transferred to Northshore Humane Society from a municipal shelter who was out of space and out of time. Her pups were all quickly adopted while Venus kept searching. Now, four months later and finished with her heartworm treatment, it’s time this girl finally finds her second chance and a family to call her own!
Venus is an absolute lovebug who adores human attention and giving hugs. At only one year of age, she’s also playful too! She’s going to make a great family pup or companion for someone out there!
If you are interested in Venus or any of the other adoptable animals of Northshore Humane Society, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobbi has been homeless and at Northshore Humane Society for over one year. Her kennel mate, Charlie, who kept her company was recently adopted leaving her alone once again. Bobbi is a two-year-old grey tabby kitty with the prettiest green eyes. While she is a little bashful when first meeting someone, she warms up pretty quickly!
If you are interested in Bobbi or any of the other adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email email@example.com today!
Pitbulls confiscated from alleged dogfighting ring are transported to no-kill rescue, Northshore Humane Society, for a second chance.
Covington, LA – On Friday, February 12th the pitbulls confiscated from an alleged dogfighting ring in Hammond were transported to no-kill animal rescue, Northshore Humane Society, for a second chance after living chained or secured to trees in a backyard for years.
According to news articles, on January 28th officers arrested three people and rescued 12 dogs after finding a dogfighting operation while searching for drugs in a Hammond home. Sheriff’s deputies found the 12 dogs chained or secured to trees throughout the backyard not too far from a dogfighting ring, a 10×10 box with 3 feet wooden walls.
After a two-week holding period, the dogs were released and transported to Northshore Humane Society, a no-kill animal rescue located in Covington, LA, where they are now available to be adopted into loving, forever homes. The shelter has named the group after Mardi Gras parades including Zulu, Endymion, Barkus and so on.
“All of the dogs are extremely friendly and don’t seem to have any serious injuries or medical concerns,” said Northshore Humane Society Director of Operations, Alexandra Coogan. “We know they will make great companions and now need the community’s support to find them homes,” Coogan added.
Temporary foster homes are needed due to the shelter being at max capacity and limited staffing through the Mardi Gras holiday. If you are interested in adopting, pictures and profiles of each of the dogs can be found by visiting their site at northshorehumane.org/dogs. Donations will also be needed for medical care and can be made on their site as well at northshorehumane.org
St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition on display February 13 – March 27, 2021: Anima Vestra by Anne London-Zyejnieks
St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “Anima Vestra,” by Mandeville artist Anne London-Zyejnieks, on display February 13 through March 27, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse.
Anne London-Zyejnieks was just nine years old when she saw the movie “Born Free,” and nineteen when two lionesses playfully pinned her to a wall at actress Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Wildlife Preserve. These two events left a powerful and lasting impression. After graduating from art school, Anne never doubted her calling as a self-described, “frustrated zoologist who paints and draws.”
Utilizing renaissance techniques, Anne applies four decades of studying anatomy, attending animal surgeries, and observing natural behaviors in the wild, to create art that captures the true spirit, majesty, and emotional depth of our planet’s endangered species. Today, her work is used in several Art College curriculums and exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Beaver Creek, Finland, and South Africa.
As a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists, she has used her evocative and empathetic artwork to win numerous international awards and helped raise over a million dollars for conservation organizations, field research, and anti-poaching units across Africa. Her work has been showcased in international print and television media and used to bring attention to the plight of threatened species on our planet.
For Anne, the culmination of 40 years of tireless conservation efforts was founding her thriving non-profit, ARTS FOR ANIMALS, which reaches thousands of children around the world, “connecting creativity with conservation.” Anne’s work can be found internationally in prestigious private and corporate collections ranging from the office of the President of Botswana to the inside of a memorable San Bushman’s grass hut. In 2020, Anne was awarded the International Artists for Conservation’s highest honor, the Simon Combs Conservation Artist Award, for lifetime achievement.
Anne holds a B.A. from California State University Northridge and attended Otis Parsons College of Art and Design, a private art and design school in Los Angeles, and California Institute of the Arts School of Design in Pasadena. She resides in Mandeville, Louisiana, with her noted marine conservationist husband, Jim Hart. More information about Anne’s passions can be found at www.aelondonstudio.com.
The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of members, volunteers, sponsors and 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 Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
Donald came to Northshore Humane Society after being at another shelter for over 400 days. The staff and volunteers there loved him so much and did everything they could to find him a home. After over a year of trying with no luck, they turned to the power of social media and now Donald is a candidate for adoption at Northshore Humane Society!!!
Donald is a six-year-old large breed mix and a gentle and relaxed guy. He loves to cuddle in his covers each night and sleep with a tennis ball in his mouth. We know there is someone out there looking for this guy to be their new best friend!
If you are interested in Donald or any of the other adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Rackel was one of 20+ dogs rescued from another shelter in the possible path of Hurricane Laura this August. Since that time, this 10-year-old girl has undergone heartworm treatment and conquered several health scares including heart and lung concerns. Rackel is also bling in one eye and visually-impaired in her other.
Although she is dealing with medical concerns due to her age and her past, Rackel deserves to live out her golden years in the comfort of a home and not in an animal shelter! Please consider opening your home to this sweet senior!
If you are interested in Rackel or any of the other adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email email@example.com today!
Aphrodite was transferred to Northshore Humane Society from a municipal shelter who was out of space and out of time. Aphrodite is a one-year-old medium mix breed who adores human affection so much you can just see it on her face. Her favorite place to be is scooched up right against you getting pets and endless amounts of love. She is going to make a great companion to someone looking for a new best friend!!!
If you are interested in Aphrodite or any of the other adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
The St. Tammany Art Association hosts two free demos this Saturday in conjunction with their current exhibit, the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.
Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for these free demos. Click the links to register for the events.
From St. Tammany Art Association:
FREE Still Life Demonstration with Darlene Johnson
“I am a pastelist and consider myself as a colorist. Color really excites me. It is what drives my selection of subjects. It pulls me into a landscape en plein aire or into a set up in my studio.
“Still life is my passion. Finding beauty in everyday mundane objects, seeing the different shapes, textures, capturing the lights and shadows; all of these are what excites me to paint.
“I feel that I am recording the beauty I see and by the same token I hope the observer sees the same beauty.”
Darlene is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Degas Pastel Society, and serves as Vice President. She has been the recipient of a five week residency in Dinan, France and Basin, Montana, and included in 3 Person Exhibit at the Ziegler Museum in Jennings, Louisiana. She has studied with National and International Pastel Masters. Her work is in private collections in the USA and Europe.
Glinda’s demo will showcase the use of Pan Pastels, a different type of soft pastels in a cake-like form. They are applied with rubber applicators and are applied as if using a brush.
“I use them mostly as an underpainting in my marshscapes and sunsets, although they can easily be used as a finished painting.
“I have enjoyed painting and drawing since I was a child. After seizing the opportunity to attend art classes as an adult, I have been exploring and learning ever since. My first choice of subjects is usually landscapes. The Louisiana marshlands have been a major source of inspiration. I never tire of attempting to capture the nuances of light and shadow with a glimpse of wildlife lurking.”
Glinda Schafer is a representation artist working primarily with soft pastels. The majority of her work is landscapes in which she seeks to combine harmony with an underlying edge of the excitement that is always present in nature. She believes there is beauty in the most ordinary of landscapes and tries to capture the light and mood while delivering to the viewer a kind of peacefulness.
She is a charter member and board member of the Degas Pastel Society, a signature member of DPS, New Orleans Art Association, and a Juried Associate member of the Pastel Society of America. She has won many local and national awards and is in the permanent collections of corporate and private collectors globally.
The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish. Learn more about STAA here: www.sttammany.art
Casey was rescued from homelessness in Downtown Covington by a kind individual who brought him to Northshore Humane Society. This nine-month-old boy is your typical rascal kitten – playful, curious and full of energy! He gets along well with other kitties and will make a great addition to any family!
If you are interested in Casey or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email email@example.com today!
Noche and his three siblings were found homeless and brought to Northshore Humane Society in search of a second chance. Noche is a two-month-old kitten and the smallest of the group. He is also a total lovebug and very affectionate. His favorite place to be is right on your shoulder!
If you are interested in Noche or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event a Big Success for Homeless Animals on the Northshore!
Covington, LA – On Saturday, December 12th, Baldwin Motors Subaru of Covington hosted their annual Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event. This year was a huge success for homeless animals in our community. Over 30 dogs and cats from Northshore Humane Society and multiple agencies found their forever families and will now spend this holiday season in the warmth and comfort of a home!
The day’s festivities also included live music by Christian Serpas and Ghosttown Duo, delicious food, vendors and holiday family photos.
This year has presented new challenges for us all, but probably none so much as the child abuse victims we serve at Hope House. Most of these children have experienced unfathomable sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking, or extreme neglect. The COVID-19 crisis has only amplified our national and local child abuse epidemic. As a united community, we can heal those emotional wounds, get justice for children, and restore faith in families, communities, and institutions.
That’s why I’m writing to ask you to support our shared mission with a tax-deductible, year-end gift.
So far in 2020, Hope House has served nearly 350 child abuse victims right here in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. That’s more children than any preceding year in our organization’s 26-year history. As you already know, we provide:
Forensic interviews, which help local law enforcement bring child abusers to justice
Ongoing trauma-focused therapy and advocacy for victims and their non-offending caregivers
And abuse prevention education to adults and children throughout our community.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have been able to provide all of these services free of charge, making the Northshore a safer place for children and families. Here’s a glimpse at the real-world impact of your investment:
$2,000 covers the cost of a forensic interview, and comprehensive care and services for one child abuse survivor.
$1,000 covers the cost of a child’s entire therapy journey following abuse and trauma.
$250 covers training to a group of 20 adults to better protect children through our Stewards of Children abuse prevention program.
$50 covers the cost of a specialized counseling session for a child abuse survivor.
If you believe, as we do, that the foundation of a strong community starts with the health and wellbeing of our children, please consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Or take your commitment one step further and become a community partner. Your donation is critical to ending the cycle of child abuse.
Please visit CAChopehouse.org or contact me directly to your donation or learn more about how you can provide hope, healing and justice to our community’s most vulnerable children.
Merry Christmas, and God bless you and your family.
Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. John and Craig shared the idea with Deacon Skip Graffinini, who was the executive director of The Covington Food Bank, which is now The Northshore Food Bank, and learned that The Food Bank was servicing sixty to sixty-five families at that time. A decision was made to move forward, and the project was named “Feeding the Needy”. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.
Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14-to-16-pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert. Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and have leftovers to help on the days leading up to school reopening.
This year, due to COVID things will be a little different for FTN. We will have fewer volunteer opportunities and will be offering pick up locations instead of home deliveries.
Meal Pick Up Locations – First Come, First Served Basis
Franklinton Saturday, December 19th 9am – 12 pm East Fairgrounds Behind Rodeo Arena
Bogalusa Saturday, December 19th 1pm – 4pm Northshore Charter School 111 Walker Street, Bogalusa
Covington Tuesday, December 22nd 9:30am- 2:30pm St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds 1304 N. Columbia Street, Covington
FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs. Donations for FTN are accepted year-round and can be made below.
To Mail a Check: Checks can be made payable to The Covington Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 foundation with the corresponding tax status. Please mail checks to The Covington Rotary Club, PO Box 541 Covington, LA 70433. Checks can also be dropped off at Baldwin Motors, 1730 N Hwy 190, in Covington.
To Donate On-line: CLICK HERE to make an online donation.
Please read the message below from our Chairman and Fundraising Coordinator:
Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at email@example.com or by phone at 985-502-6575.
Louise is a six-year-old beautiful white cat that originally came with her sister, Thelma. Thelma has since found her forever family leaving Louise still searching. Louise is a super sweet and affection kitty who would make a great addition to any family.
If you are interested in Louise or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email firstname.lastname@example.org today!