THURSDAY

  • CAR SEAT FITTING STATION: 8 a.m., E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, North Oaks Diagnostic Center. Certified child passenger safety technicians are available by appointment to install child passenger safety seats and boosters and provide instruction to ensure the safe transport of children of all ages. Registration required. (985) 230-7777 or northoaks.org.
  • GYM WALKING: 8:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department, 601 W. Coleman Ave.
  • LINE DANCING: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library, 380 N. Fifth St., Ponchatoula.
  • ADVENTURE CLUB: 4 p.m., Kentwood Branch Library, 101 Avenue F, Kentwood.
  • VISUAL ART DESIGN STUDENT EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Louisiana University campus. southeastern.edu.
  • CHAMBER AFTER HOURS: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Festival Building, Memorial Park, Ponchatoula. An evening of networking, conversation and business hosted by the Strawberry Festival Board. (985) 386-2536.
  • LOSE WEIGHT WITH IDEAL YOU!: 5:30 p.m., E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, North Oaks Diagnostic Center. An informational seminar to learn more about Ideal You, a four-phase, medically supervised weight-loss program with a registered dietitian. Registration required. (985) 230-1880 or northoaks.org.

FRIDAY

  • COFFEE FRIDAY: 8 a.m., Amite Chamber of Commerce, 101 S.E. Central Ave. (985) 748-5537 or amitechamber.org.
  • GYM WALKING: 8:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • SENIOR EXERCISE: 9 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • VERY BASIC LINE DANCING: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • ORIGAMI BY ASAYO DVORAK: 10:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department. (985) 277-5906.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

  • PONCHATOULA HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH RODEO: Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite. (985) 748-5914 or fparena.com/events.html.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • INDEPENDENCE SICILIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., E. Railroad Ave., Independence. indysicilianfest.com.

SATURDAY

PHS GUMBO COOKOFF: 8 A.M. TO 1 P.M., PONCHATOULA HIGH SCHOOL, 19452 LA. 22. TO BENEFIT THE PHS FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB INJURED PLAYER’S FUND, WHICH ALLOWS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR ANY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA THAT IS INJURED WHILE PLAYING ON-FIELD FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES. (985) 351-3475 OR ANTHONY MERCANTE@BELLSOUTH.NET.

SPRING GARDEN DAY: 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M., LSU AGCENTER HAMMOND RESEARCH STATION, 21549 OLD COVINGTON HIGHWAY, HAMMOND. LSUAGCENTER.COM/TANGIPAHOA.

  • WII SATURDAY: 10 a.m., Independence Branch Library, 290 S. Pine St.; and 1 p.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library.
  • “TEA WITH FRIENDS”: 2 p.m., Sims Library, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond. Christina Vella, biographer, historian and adjunct professor at Tulane University, will be the featured speaker. A variety of tea sandwiches and pastries will be available. Free to members of FoSL or $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required. (985) 549-2186 or FOSL@southeastern.edu.
  • REIMERS VARIETY MUSIC SHOW: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., 305 E. Charles St., Hammond. freewebs.com/reimersmusicaltheater/.
  • “THE TEMPEST”: 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Aquilla Theatre will present the Shakespearean play. columbiatheatre.org.

SUNDAY

MONDAY

  • GYM WALKING: 8:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • KNIT & CROCHET CLUB: 9 a.m., Amite Branch Library, 204 N.E. Central Ave.
  • SENIOR EXERCISE: 9 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • VERY BASIC LINE DANCING: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • TEEN GAME DAY: 4 p.m., Kentwood Branch Library, 101 Avenue F, Kentwood.
  • KNITTING 101: 5 p.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library.

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • GYM WALKING: 8:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • SENIOR EXERCISE: 9 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • BABY & ME: 9:30 a.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library.
  • FRENCH CLASS: 10 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • ADULT BINGO: 10 a.m., Amite Branch Library.
  • VERY BASIC LINE DANCING: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m., Kentwood and Loranger Branch Libraries.
  • AARP MEETING: 11 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department. A speaker from the Hammond Chamber of Commerce will be present. Lunch will be served for a small donation. (985) 386-0013.
  • ADVENTURE CLUB: 3:30 p.m., Independence and Loranger Branch Libraries, and 4:30 p.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library.

AFTERNOON STORYTIME: 4:30 P.M., HAMMOND BRANCH LIBRARY.

MARCH 19

  • VETERANS MONTHLY BREAKFAST: 8:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Department. Breakfast sponsored by VFW Post 3652. Reservations required. (985) 277-5906 or irwin_lm@hammond.org.
  • GYM WALKING: 8:30 a.m., Old gym, Hammond Recreation Department.
  • LINE DANCING: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hammond Recreation Department.
  • BABY & ME: 10:15 a.m., Loranger Branch Library.
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library.
  • ADVENTURE CLUB: 4 p.m., Kentwood Branch Library.
  • TEEN PROGRAM: 4 p.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library.
  • SPEAK ART 2015: 7 p.m., The Art Station, 146 W. Oak St., Ponchatoula. Woodturner Jim Creel will speak on “Wood: Functional to Art.” Light refreshments and wine will be served. Free.