St. Bernard Parish Library’s first Seasoned with the Arts program will help Saints fever rise even higher when Joann Mehrtens and Pat Roig present their original tale, “Bless You Bugs,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library’s main branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette.

Library friends of all ages are invited to come sporting their best black-and-gold attire for a morning of fun and crafts as Mehrtens and Roig bring to life the story of Ralph and Roxanne, two cockroaches who are die-hard Saints fans trying to get into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to support their team. Following the presentation, library patrons will make their own pom-poms to cheer the Saints on to victory.

Admission is free. Materials will be provided.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

The library also has an array of electronic options for visitors. Patrons can access online magazines, encyclopedias and animated books for young readers. For information, call (504) 279-0448.

Sippin’ in the Sunset

The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association’s final Sippin’ in the Sunset for the fall season is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St., in Old Arabi.

The social offers guests the chance to shop, eat, hear live music and visit with friends and neighbors, all under one roof. There will be food from local restaurants, arts and crafts, beer, wine and live jazz music by Oogum Boogum.

For information, call Maegan Dobson at (504) 756-7143.

Chalmette Battlefield

The Battle of New Orleans University will present “Waiting for the Enemy” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

There will be musket cartridges and artillery ammunition demonstrations, cannon-firing drills with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service re-enactors and the lives of the ladies of the Battle of New Orleans will be showcased.

History buffs also are invited to discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans with ranger talks at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at Chalmette Battlefield.

Chalmette Battlefield will be closed Nov. 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

CHS Alumni to meet

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association will host its annual fall membership meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Chalmette High School Cultural Arts Building, 1101 E. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

The first 25 members to arrive at the meeting will receive a complimentary ticket to a 7 p.m. performance of CHS Live’s comedy “Cash for Delivery” in the main theater of the Cultural Arts Center.

Alumni dues are $10 per year. For information, contact Beryl Hargis at or (504) 442-1421.

Cruise night

The Antique Auto Club of St. Bernard’s cruise night is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Brewster’s Restaurant parking lot, 8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Cruise nights, hosted on the third Saturday of every month, are free and open to all years, makes and models.

For information, call (504) 279-5311 or (504) 874-0458.

District A town hall meeting

St. Bernard Parish District A Councilman Ray Lauga will host a town hall meeting for residents of District A at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the St. Bernard Parish government complex’s council chambers, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

For information, call (504) 278-4217.

Sheriff’s Office substations

Three new St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office substations are under construction and are being fully paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at no cost to St. Bernard Parish residents, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann.

The substations are at 4700 Paris Road in Chalmette, near the Orleans Parish line; 6501 St. Claude Avenue in Old Arabi, near Jackson Barracks; and 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi, at Aycock Street.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted Oct. 20 for the Paris Road substation. The 5,000-square-foot building, being built on land donated by the Meraux Foundation, will replace a substation building the Sheriff’s Office has been leasing for years. Pohlmann said the savings in rent will be used to pay utilities on all three of the new substations. Construction is estimated to be completed in 10 months or less.

The 8,200-square-foot substation on St. Claude Avenue is near completion and could open this month. Work also has begun on the 5,000-square-foot station on Judge Perez Drive, which should be finished at roughly the same time as the one on Paris Road.

Leadership training

St. Bernard Parish 4-H Club members, junior leaders and adult volunteer leaders from St. Bernard recently attended officer and leader training at Belle Chasse Primary School.

Participants were Kyllee O’Haver, Kyrah O’Haver, Sophia Bevans, Lindsey Retif, Ramiyah Guerra, Logan Price and Kylia Ward, from Arabi Elementary School; Felicity White, Cornell Santa Cruz, Abigail Coker, Hannah Blakely, Avani Miller and Alexis Duvio, from Joseph Davies Elementary School; Kelcyee Mayer, Hannah Moore, Amelia Stechmann, Chloe Jorns and Paige Moore, from Chalmette Elementary School; Hailey Barrow, Devin Serpas, Kelsy Farrell and Laney Ramirez, from J.F. Gauthier Elementary School; Andrew Nata, from Lynn Oaks School; Ronnie McGuier, Catherine Wilson, Kylie Miller, Bing Dang, Tia Green, Warnaja Dutrey and Alfred LeBlanc, from Lacoste Elementary School; Kayla Hall, Tristin Breaux, Hailey Miller and Madison Davis, from N.P. Trist Middle School; Elena Templet, from Andrew Jackson Middle School; and Calina Loescher, from St. Bernard Middle School.

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