River Views: River Parishes to celebrate Independence Day on July 3 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

The St. Charles Parish Libraries are ready to scare up a few events to celebrate Halloween this weekend. The East Regional Library, at 160 W. Campus Drive in Destrehan, will host a Halloween Extravaganza featuring a Trunk-or-Treat from 10 a.m. to noon. The family-friendly, all-ages event will also have crafts, games and refreshments.

Scheduled to appear at the event are representatives from the ARC of St. Charles, Destrehan Plantation, East St. Charles Fire Department, Friends of the St. Charles Library, First National Bank, River Region Ballet, Setpoint, St. Charles Parish Hospital, St. Charles Parish Public Information Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Thirty-One Gifts and the United Way of St. Charles. Additional event sponsors are Entergy Waterford 3, First American Bank, Monsanto, Norco Manufacturing Complex and the St. Charles Herald-Guide.

The West Regional Library, at 105 Lakewood Drive in Luling, will host a ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Halloween Party from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. All ages are invited to the library in their costumes for fun and activities.

All St. Charles Parish Library events are free open to the public. For information, contact Lauren Pitz at (985) 764-2366 or lauren.pitz@myscpl.org.

Norco Christmas Parade

The annual Norco Christmas parade is still accepting entries. The parade will roll at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.

“Santa 4 President” is the tongue-in-cheek theme.

“With respect to all candidates and parties, the residents of Norco are making the best choice in this year’s elections: Santa!” Parade Committee Chairman Stephen Weber said. “This was one of the first ideas that came to mind when we discussed possible themes, and we plan on making the parade a patriotic spectacle to go along with it.”

The Parade Committee invites local marching groups, bands, floats, antique car drivers, horse riders, pageant queens and others to participate. Immediately following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos at the community Christmas tree next to the former Capital One Bank building.

Those interested may visit the parade website, www.norconoel.com, to read the guidelines and to download an entry form. The entry fee is $50. Entries will not be accepted after the Nov. 20 deadline. Vehicles must provide proof of insurance.

Participants are strongly encouraged to follow the theme of the parade and/or the holiday season in their costumes and music.

The Norco Christmas Parade, a function of the Norco Civic Association, is in its 15th year. Once a River Parishes fixture, the parade was discontinued in the 1970s, then revived in 2001. It has rolled every year except 2005, following Hurricane Katrina. It is co-sponsored by the Norco Manufacturing Complex and Valero.

For information, visit www.norconoel.com, email norcoparade@aol.com or call (985) 764-2808.

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at sportslyons@gmail.com.