Local car aficionados will have several opportunities to foster their love of all things classic, thanks to two local organizations dedicated to preserving automotive history.
The St. Bernard Rod Knockers and the Antique Auto Club of St. Bernard both hold monthly cruise nights when motorheads can either showcase their own hot rods or admire someone else’s.
The St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ cruise nights are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month in the parking lot of The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Arabi. The next cruise night is set for Aug. 9. Participation is open to all years, makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars.
Mark your calendars for the group’s first annual “Cruzin Da Parish,” set for Sept. 13. Participants will travel along the parish’s Scenic Byway, St. Bernard Highway, making several stops along the way between Arabi and Violet. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the September cruise night will follow at The Palms from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 508-1599. Information about the club is available at stbrk.com.
The Antique Auto Club of St. Bernard’s cruise nights take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month in the parking lot of Brewster’s Restaurant, 8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette. The next cruise night will take place Aug. 16. Cruise nights are free and open to all years, makes and models.
Save the date Oct. 4 for the club’s 26th annual car show, “St. Bernard Rocks The Fifties.” Set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot near The Home Depot and Firestone, 8601 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, the event will include prizes, a DJ, activities for children and raffles. Registration to compete for awards is $25 per car for cars 25 years or older. The cost to just display a car of any year, make or model is $20.
For information, call (504) 279-5311 or (504) 874-0458.
A Women’s Professional Network luncheon will be hosted by the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce and the St. Bernard Business and Professional Women’s Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in the Sicilian Room at Rocky and Carlo’s Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.
Just as the sign outside Rocky’s says, ladies are invited. Sorry guys, you’ll have to sit this one out. The event is an informal gathering for women. Bring a friend or a co-worker and lots of business cards.
Participants will be responsible for paying their own tab. Dress is business-casual.
Registration is required by Monday. For information, or to register, call Marigny deMauriac at (504) 486-8645.
Citizens Police Academy
Registration is underway for the St. Bernard Citizens Police Academy, a free program offered by the Sheriff’s Office to allow residents to learn what police work entails.
Call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628 to register. Classes begin Aug. 27 and will meet each Wednesday at 7 p.m. through graduation night on Oct. 29.
Classes will be held on the second floor of the sheriff’s training center at 2118 Jackson Ave., Chalmette, immediately behind the Parish Courthouse on St. Bernard Highway.
AARP Chapter 3926
AARP Pakenham Chapter 3926 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.
Chapter 3926 presented Nicole Blair, director of enterprise for The Arc, with a $300 donation during the club’s June meeting.
The Arc, a United Way partner agency, serves adults 18 and older with intellectual and physical disabilities that delay their development and ability to function in society to their fullest potential. The organization serves 1,000 children and adults in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes through services such as early intervention, family services coordination, respite, personal care, employment/habilitation and supported living assistance.
The Arc’s Chalmette Community Center, which operates out of the former Prince of Peace rectory on Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Chalmette, serves residents of St. Bernard, as well as New Orleans residents east of Franklin Avenue.
Chapter 3926 meets at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month, January through November, at the Council on Aging, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. For information, call George Virga, chapter president, at (504) 278-1367.
Nunez Community College will hold early registration for the fall semester July 30 through Aug. 1.
Students may register online, at www.nunez.edu, and on campus from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 30 and 31, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 on the first floor of the Arts, Sciences and Technology Building.
Students seeking financial aid must complete and submit a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the Nunez school code 015130.
For information, contact the admissions office at (504) 278-6467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gethsemane preschool sign-up
Gethsemane Lutheran Church’s preschool has a few openings left for the 2014-15 school year.
The preschool is open to children ages 2 through 4. Children must be 2 before Sept. 30 to be in the 2-year-old program; 3 before Sept. 30 to be in the 3-year-old program; and 4 before Sept. 30 to be in the prekindergarten 4-year-old program.
The 2-year-olds attend school two days per week, the 3-year-olds go three days per week and the 4-year-olds attend five days a week.
School hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. The school is at 2825 Paris Road in Chalmette.
For information, call Peggy Seago at (504) 495-9759 or (504) 277-4010.
Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at email@example.com.