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The 2013 Amite Oyster Festival will be March 15-17 in downtown Amite.

Food, crafts, music, carnival rides and many special attractions will be along Mulberry and Northeast Central Avenue, organizers said.

Armbands for the carnival rides are available at the Amite Chamber of Commerce office for $15. Armbands purchased during the festival will be $20. The Amite Chamber of Commerce office is located in the old First Guaranty Bank building on the corner of Oak Street and Southeast Central Ave. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade applications are also available at the Amite Chamber of Commerce office.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. March 16, and the lineup starts at 9 a.m. near Amite Elementary School. All entrants are asked to enter the lineup by traveling on the north side of Amite High School.

Call (985) 748-5537 (985) 969-5340 to have an application emailed or faxed.

Women business conference set

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University and Tangipahoa Professional Women will host Women Mean Business from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 in Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks Reception Hall on Texas Avenue.

“The Women Mean Business Conference will provide high-impact strategies to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC.

Women Mean Business presenters include Judge Grace Gasaway, Seventh City Ward Court of Tangipahoa Parish; Kim Walker, “Queen of Connections” at 5 Stones Media; and Dr. Tina Thomas, author and national personality expert.

The event will also feature a panel of experts who will address the top wellness issues for women in 2013. Another highlight of this event is “Women Mean Fashion,” an exclusive showcase of spring and summer looks, Summers added.

The cost is $50; discounts will be given to members of TPW and Southeastern students can attend free.

To register or for information about table sponsorships, visit or contact the LSBDC at (985) 549-3831 or

‘Buddy Holly Story’ to be performed

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday.

Presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, the production begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $32 to $40 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at (985) 543-4371 or online at

All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff witand receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at.