St. Bernard Parish residents can register now for the next Citizens Police Academy course, a 10-week, free program offered by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office so residents can learn about what police work entails in their parish.

Classes begin Aug. 26 and will meet each Wednesday at 7 p.m. through graduation night in October. Classes will be held in the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office second-floor training center, 2118 Jackson Ave. in Chalmette, behind the Parish Courthouse. The Assessor’s Office is in the same building.

Call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628 to register. Borchers coordinates the class, along with Deputy Eric Eilers.

Seafood and Farmers Market

The St. Bernard Seafood and Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St. in Old Arabi.

The market is the setting for local farmers and fishers selling their products and local artisans showcasing their handmade arts and crafts. Visitors also can often find delicious baked goods, jams, pickled goods and fresh herbs.

For information, call the St. Bernard Office of Tourism at (504) 278-4242.

Boxing show

Norman’s Boxing Gym will hold a boxing show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the gym, 801 Community St. in Old Arabi. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Cruise Night

The St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ monthly cruise night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 in the parking lot of The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway in Arabi.

Cruise nights are held on the second Saturday of every month. Participation is open to all makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars.

For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 508-1599. Information about the club is available at

The Feast of St. Bernard

St. Bernard Catholic Church’s annual St. Bernard Feast Day will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at the church, 2805 Bayou Road, St. Bernard community. Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Anton Ba Phan.

Following Mass, festivities will continue at the Los Isleños Multi-Cultural Complex, 1345-1357 Bayou Road. There will be a luncheon, crafts and presentations highlighting the customs and history of the Isleños.

Football, volleyball and cheerleading registration

The St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department will accept registration for football, volleyball and cheerleading for children ages 5 to 14 through Aug. 18.

The cost for football is $70 for the first child and $50 for each additional child. The fee for volleyball is $40 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. The cost for cheerleading is $15 per child.

Football clinics are mandatory and will be held Aug. 18-20.

St. Bernard BPW scholarships

The St. Bernard Business & Professional Women’s Club recently presented its annual scholarships to Lauryn Armand and Jessica Bowden.

Each year, the club awards scholarships to high school graduates to help further their studies in college.

Trivia tournament

Nearly 30 teams participated in the Louisiana Regional Trivia Tournament held July 12 at Dat Dog in New Orleans, and a group of five St. Bernard Parish residents took home the state title.

The KDWLB Team of Chad Kelley, George Imbraguglio, Andrew Becker, Brandon Selbach and Michael Bayham rallied from 13th place at halftime to position itself to take home the first-place prize before the final question.

The St. Bernard Parish team was the only squad to correctly answer the question, “Which U.S. president barely escaped death after the world’s largest naval gun exploded, killing the Secretaries of State and the Navy, during a firing demonstration on the USS Princeton?” The answer is John Tyler, the nation’s 10th president.

The team earned a spot in the Louisiana regional tournament after placing as one of the top weekly scorers at Tracy’s on Magazine Street at the conclusion of National Trivia League’s six-month qualifying period.

St. Bernard Library

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi supports the St. Bernard Parish Library’s annual summer reading program by rewarding the literary efforts of children of all ages through its “Read to Ride” program.

The Kiwanians once again donated bicycles to four lucky readers who were named winners. They are: Anthony Roberts, Abigail Treadaway, Sofia Perez and Mason Geralds. Kiwanians who participated are: Mitch Perkins and Sara Peña-Spiehler.

St. Bernard Art Guild

Victoria Graves was named the St. Bernard Art Guild’s spring Artist of the Season for her painting titled “Lemons.”

The Art Guild meets on the second Thursday of every month at the St. Bernard Parish government complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. For information, contact Linda Lopez, president, at or (504) 884-1843.

Meraux Foundation

The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation recently honored Dave Thompson, a 65-year employee of the family, by naming one of the barns at Docville Farm the Dave Thompson Event Barn.

Thompson, 83, and his wife of 47 years, Rose, along with family and friends gathered July 18 for a celebration in his honor.

The Dave Thompson Event Barn is located on Docville Farm, a 130-acre campus in St. Bernard Parish that the Meraux Foundation dedicated to charitable purposes. The 19th-century barn’s structure was originally located at the French Market in New Orleans, and it was moved and reconstructed on Docville by Anita Meraux in the late 1940s. Today, the Meraux Foundation hosts many community events in the barn, such as Blues in Da Parish and AgMagic on the River.

Thompson began working on Docville when he was 15 years old and remained working for the Meraux family until his retirement in 2012, 65 years later.

VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary

Sandra Reuther, president of the Chalmette Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3706, was presented the Dixie Ritchie Outstanding Community Volunteer special honor award from the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Department of Louisiana.

Reuther was honored for her outstanding work with homeless veterans and her support of the auxiliary programs.

The award is given in memory of Dixie Ritchie, a past Department Auxiliary President who served from 1959-60. Ritchie died in 2007.

The Chalmette Ladies Auxiliary also received the following Ladies Auxiliary VFW awards: first place, hospital and historian; second place, veterans and family support; third place, youth activities; outstanding promotion of the hospital program; and best patriotic promotion in the community.

The post also received participation certificates for legislative and disaster national participation certificates for veterans and military support and for health and home happiness.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at