Car aficionados are invited to participate in the St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ second annual Cruzin’ Da Parish on Saturday, Sept. 12. Participants will travel along the parish’s Scenic Byway, St. Bernard Highway, making several stops along the way between Arabi and Violet.

Registration is $30 the day of the event and will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event begins and ends at The Palms, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, with stops at the Aycock Barn, Old Arabi Sugar Museum, the Los Islenos Museum Complex, the historic Beauregard Courthouse and Docville Farm. After the last car is in at 5 p.m. at The Palms, the group’s September cruise night will follow until 8 p.m.

Participation is open to all makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars. There will be cash prizes, music and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.

The group’s cruise nights are held on the second Saturday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Arabi.

For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 432-8776 or visit

Butterfly release

The St. Bernard Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a national organization offering support to bereaved families, will hold a butterfly release on Saturday, Sept. 12, near the group’s memorial garden in front of the St. Bernard Parish government complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.

For information, call Liz Lemoine at (504) 421-3986.

Nemesis to meet

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Desi Romano’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3809 Paris Road, Chalmette.

Prospective members are invited. Food will be provided.

The Knights of Nemesis organization was formed in 2004 and has paraded in the parish for the past 10 years. The 11th annual Knights of Nemesis Parade is scheduled for at 1 p.m. Jan. 30 in Chalmette.

For information about the social or parade, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or visit

CHS alumni fall social

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association will host its annual fall social Sept. 18 in the main campus cafeteria, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The social will take place following the CHS versus Holy Cross football game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Alumni and their families, as well as friends of Chalmette High School, are invited. Refreshments will be served.

The association is conducting its annual membership drive. Visitors can stop by the alumni table outside the gate at the game to join the association or to renew a membership.

Each paid membership will entitle you to one free ticket to the game. Dues are $10 per membership year (September through August).

Membership in the organization is not limited to CHS alumni. To join, mail checks made payable to CHSAA to the CHS Alumni Association, c/o Chalmette High School, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043. Include your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, school attended and year graduated. For information, call Beryl Hargis at (504) 442-1421.

Volleyball registration

The St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department is accepting registration for the 2015 volleyball season. For information, call (504) 278-4295.

Nicholls reunion

The Francis T. Nicholls High School Class of 1954 is planning a get-together from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 at Rocky & Carlos, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For information or to reply, call Bill Egan at (504) 342-2445 or Carolyn Perrodin Little at (504) 278-9767.

Kiwanis scholarship

Kristina Hebert, a 2015 graduate of Chalmette High School and a student at Nunez Community College, was named the 2015-16 recipient of the St. Bernard Parish Kiwanis Club Scholarship for the fall 2015 semester.

Hebert, who is enrolled in the Louisiana Transfer Degree program in social sciences at Nunez, was awarded the $3,000 scholarship at the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi’s meeting Aug. 4. Hebert was selected for this scholarship due to her service to the community through Beta Club, Chalmette High School Voices and Special Olympics. She also has volunteered at Gauthier Elementary School.

Nunez late registration

Nunez Community College’s Fast Lane 2 semester will be held Oct. 13 through Dec. 7.

Fast Lane offers an opportunity to enroll to prospective students who may have missed the regular deadline. A variety of classes are offered in Fast Lane, including biology, business, algebra, art, speed-reading and sociology.

Prospective students interested in Fast Lane 2 courses should apply online at or contact the admissions office at (504) 278-6467.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 14 of Chalmette recently held its Court of Honor ceremony. The Scouts each received advancement in rank, as well as merit badges earned this year.

Scouts and their new ranks are: Paul Fossier, Scout; Clarence Pesnell, Scout; Robinson Rodriquez, First Class; Trace Sweeney, First Class; Ethan Konnecker, First Class; Jacob Koster, Star; Austin Stout, First Class; and Brandon Shepherd, Star.

Troop leaders are Al Graffia and Darren Oalmann.

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