First Baptist Church of Chalmette’s sixth annual Pumpkin Patch will run through Oct. 31. The patch is on the church grounds at 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pumpkins start at $1 and range in price depending on size. Donations support the ministries of First Baptist Church.

School groups are welcome. For information, call (504) 277-2939.

Tales on Tuesdays

Children 3 and older are invited to participate in the St. Bernard Parish Library’s 2015 fall session of Tales on Tuesdays.

The free programs, set to run through Dec. 15, introduce children to literature through storybooks, poetry, flannel boards, finger plays and participatory activities.

Two sessions of Tales on Tuesdays will be offered: a daytime session at 1 p.m. geared for younger listeners and an evening session at 5:30 p.m. open to children of all ages but targeting school-aged children.

The 45-minute programs will take place at the St. Bernard Parish Library’s main branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette.

For information, call the library at (504) 279-0448 or visit

Nicholls reunion

The Francis T. Nicholls High School Class of 1954 is planning a get-together from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rocky & Carlo’s, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For information or to RSVP, call William “Bill” Egan at (504) 342-2445 or Carolyn Perrodin Little at (504) 278-9767.

Fine Arts Academy

The Fine Arts Department of First Baptist Church in Chalmette has formed its own music academy, Fine Arts University.

The educational program, open to St. Bernard Parish residents, offers inexpensive music education for a variety of instruments, as well as general music and note-reading instruction.

Classes are a master-class format, which means students learn together as a group. Each student also receives one-on-one time with the teacher in front of the class.

Instrumental classes will be held biweekly from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The cost is $10 for students and $6 for parents wishing to sit in on the class. General music education classes (noninstrumental) will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month and also are $10 per student. Instrumental lessons available are piano, guitar/bass and percussion.

For information or to sign up for classes, contact Trenton Thomas at (906) 204-6335 or

Lifesaver Awards

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies Skyler Rauch and Scott Saigeon recently were honored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi with its Life-Saver Award for their actions that saved a 15-year-old girl from a 53-year-old male predator she met on the Internet. When the deputies stopped the Tennessee man in a vehicle the night of June 24, it was clear to officers that something wasn’t right. As it turned out, Rauch and Saigeon rescued the juvenile from the man who had a loaded gun and a large amount of ammunition.

Rauch is a six-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, and Saigeon has a total of 16 years in law enforcement.

The Kiwanis Club presents Life-Saver Awards four times a year for special actions, twice to parish sheriff’s deputies and twice to local firefighters.

P.O.S.T. graduates

Fifteen St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recently graduated a 90-hour Corrections Division course in Peace Officers Standards and Training, which deals with working in a prison environment or juvenile detention center.

Graduates are Lamont Dersone, Andrew Palmeri, Ethan Herlle, Sarah Perkins, Colin O’Brien, Jessica Edwards, Derrick Cuccia, Stephani Alfonso, Joseph Hirstius, Karleen Noel, Cyle LaFerrara, Jordan Zulli, Joel Porretto Jr., Emelio Gomez and Kevin Nguyen.

P.O.S.T. is aimed at preparing deputies for their careers in corrections. Topics covered in the training include defensive tactics; use of pepper spray, which involved each deputy being pepper-sprayed to deal with its effects; booking procedures; writing reports; and other aspects of working in corrections.

Kiwanis installation

The Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi held its 59th annual installation banquet Oct. 2.

Officers are Michael Gorbaty, president; Mitch Perkins, immediate past president; Don Duplantier, president-elect; Amanda Hardesty, vice president; Robby Showalter, treasurer; and Tracy Duplantier, secretary.

Board members are Charlene Abadie, Shirley Pechon, Sara Pena Spiehler, Michael Chutz, Anthony Cole, Elizabeth Ellison Frost, Dudley Morlier, John Collins and Kim Jones.

Free legal advice

St. Bernard Parish Library will host a “Lawyers in Libraries” program called “Ask a Lawyer” Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Chalmette branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd.

Participants can schedule half-hour appointments between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to receive information on civil matters such as bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, collection matters, custody, divorce, evictions, FEMA or disaster benefits, food stamps, foreclosures, housing, Medicaid, Social Security, successions, taxes and wills.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call the library at (504) 279-0448. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be welcome.

The Lawyers in Libraries program is part of a larger LSBA initiative called the Legal Education and Assistance Program, which provides helpful information to the public via public libraries. For information about the program, visit louisiana

Toastmasters to meet

The Chalmette Toastmasters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Toastmasters provides an opportunity for people to improve their communication and leadership skills. For information, contact Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927 or chalmettetoast

People to People

Stephen Waddell, chairman of natural science at Nunez Community College and biology professor, is organizing the 2016 travel season for People to People International Student Travels.

Waddell is looking for local students interested in spreading international goodwill through the program. President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People in 1956 with the belief that ordinary citizens of different nationalities could make a difference where governments could not. The program sends teachers and students into homes, schools and communities abroad to foster respect for each other.

Highlights for 2016 include the European Legacy trip including locations like London; Normandy, France; Paris; Belgium; Amsterdam; Rhine Valley in Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; the Black Forest in Germany; and the Austrian Alps. The Australian Odyssey trips include Sydney, Brisbane, Tangalooma Beach Resort, the Outback, Cairnes and the Great Barrier Reef.

For information, call Waddell at (504) 278-6388.

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