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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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Louisiana Shop Local Artists Week – December 6 – 12, 2020

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All around the nation, artists of all genres, arts organizations and cultural economy businesses are planning celebrations of the arts and the professionals whose talents create the rich cultural fabric of our state. Festivals and art markets, performing arts events, culinary extravaganzas, art exhibitions, healing arts, film screenings, literary events and more–all of these are part of the cultural industry, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and visitors while providing tremendous economic impact.

St. Tammany Art Association hosts a monthly market featuring local artists on Lee Lane

An opportunity to explore the many facets of the arts and to support creatives.

Shop Local Artists Week is a great time for holiday shopping, for truly one-of-a-kind gifts and arts experiences. Peruse the offerings of local galleries and museums. Purchase music and memorabilia from some of your favorite local musicians. Pick up tickets from a community theatre or performing arts center, for a chance to make memories with your gift recipient. Art workshops provide an opportunity to enhance artistic skills or to discover new passions. For avid readers, what better gift than a book penned by and signed by local authors? And explore the world of culinary arts with unique dining experiences at local restaurants.

Can’t decide? Gift certificates are an ideal choice for your special recipients. And don’t forget to pick up a something for yourself, too!

Be a part of it! 

From metropolitan cities to rural communities, a variety of Shop Local Artist Week events are being created and presented by local artists and cultural organizations. To find events, contact your local Cultural District, Main Street or Arts Agency.

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‘Christmas in the Country’ Shop Local Event Kicks Off After Thanksgiving in Covington

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The City of Covington and merchants of Lee Lane present Christmas in the Country, an annual event happening Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and every Saturday until Christmas.

Savor the turn-of-the-century charm of Lee Lane with your family and friends and make holiday memories! Enjoy live music while discovering quality merchandise and one of a kind gift items.

Shops throughout downtown Covington offer special shopping events, refreshments and door prizes. Discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries, as well entertainment in Covington’s historic St. John District throughout the month (see separate events on our calendar).

Then, take a break at luxurious spas and salons, getting an on-the-go fresh lunch, or staying for an evening of fine dining at the city’s award-winning restaurants and entertainment at nightclubs in and around the downtown area.

Weekly, most shops are open 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday, some on Sundays, and many restaurants are open every day. Parking is free throughout the walkable district, on the street and in public parking “oxlots.”

Check their Facebook page for updates: Christmas in the Country Covington LA

Shop Local – Shop Covington!

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany Goes Virtual

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For the past three years, NAMI St. Tammany has populated the beautiful Mandeville Lakefront with hundreds of walkers, showing support for mental health awareness, advocacy, and support, growing larger each year.

With the impacts of COVID-19, our daily lives and routines have been interrupted, leaving uncertainty, anxiety, added stress and often depression. Many individuals living with a mental illness are struggling to maintain their recovery while others are experiencing mental health symptoms for the first time. We are just beginning to see the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health. Now, more than ever, we want to show our community during the pandemic that “You are not alone.”

Unable to rally as usual this year, we have chosen to bring our 4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany event to a virtual platform. On Saturday, October 10th, NAMI St. Tammany joins over 70 NAMIWalks virtual events across the country uniting for “A National Day of Hope” to show solidarity in our mission to increase awareness for mental health and recovery.

A Virtual Walk means you get to choose how you want to participate. How do you practice self-care? Take a walk around your neighborhood, share your story on social media, or host a virtual yoga party. Get creative to show your advocacy and support.

We invite everyone to join us, wherever you are, to remind our community that mental health matters and resources are available to help. Together we will continue to work toward our goal of #MentalHealthforAll.

Saturday, October 10th – NAMIWalks St. Tammany Online

Register for free or donate at: www.namiwalks.org/sttammany.
For more information, call (985)626-6538 or email walks@namisttammany.org

To learn more about NAMI St. Tammany, the resources we provide to the community, or to get involved, visit our website at namisttammany.org.

Non Profit Spotlight

NAMI Offers Free Mental Health Programs Online

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NAMI St. Tammany’s 2020 Fall Education programs have gone virtual to ensure safety and convenience for all participants.

Offering a unique learning experience for individuals living with a mental illness and their family members, these programs are designed to help establish and maintain wellness and recovery while increasing communication and coping skills.

Trained facilitators with lived experience guide participants through presentations, interactive activities, and group discussions to offer community support in a confidential setting at no cost.

Who: Any adult experiencing a mental health condition or has a loved one living with a mental health condition
What: Free support and education from a trained facilitator who has shared a similar journey
Where: Online; from the comfort of your own home

Peer-to-Peer

8-week course for individuals living with mental illness.
Begins Wednesday, September 9th

Family-to-Family

8-week course for family members of individuals living with mental health conditions.
Begins Tuesday, September 15th

All programs are free; however, space is limited, and registration is required.

For more information or to register today, contact the NAMI St. Tammany office at (985) 626-6538 or info@namisttammany.org

NAMI St. Tammany is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education, advocacy, and resources to individuals living with a mental illness and their family members. Learn more at namisttammany.org

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Covington Police Support Child Abuse Prevention, Partners With Exchange Club Of West St. Tammany

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CPD Officer Trey Mahon displaying his CAP

CPD Officer Trey Mahon displaying his CAP

Chief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department has partnered with the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany in raising awareness for child abuse prevention. According to the Child Abuse Prevention Center (www.thecapcenter.org), in the United States alone, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. Almost 5 children die each day as a result of child abuse and more than three out of every four are under the age of four.

Research suggests that one in four girls and one in six boys are subjected to some form of sexual abuse by age 18. More than 30% of sexually abused child victims don’t report the abuse and 90% of victims knew their perpetrator in some way. 81% of victims were abused or maltreated by their biological parents and the abuse is seldom a one-time incident. Child abuse can be prevented with the help of the community. If you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse, report it as soon as possible to local authorities. There are many resources that can be made available to victims of child abuse.

Starting last Wednesday, Covington Police officers wore their ‘CAP’ hats through the weekend. These baseball caps feature “CAP”, an acronym for Child Abuse Prevention, in bold letters with the words “Child Abuse Prevention” printed below. These hats were graciously purchased from the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany by the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter and the officers will give their hats to a child in the community at the end of their tour of duty.

Please join the CPD in raising awareness of child abuse, a preventable crime with the help of the community. If you would like to become involved in raising child abuse prevention awareness or would like further information, please visit the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany’s website at www.sttammanyexchange.org.

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