The Old Arabi Sugar Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the grounds where the historic LeBeau Plantation once stood on Bienvenue Street in Old Arabi.

The annual festival touts the culture of Old Arabi as well as the impact of sugar refining on St. Bernard Parish. Sponsored by the Meraux Foundation, the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association and Domino Sugar, the event will feature fabulous eats and a plethora of sweet concoctions, as well as live music, children’s activities, a bake-off sponsored by Domino Sugar and a doughnut-eating contest held by Gerald’s Donuts.

Entertainment will include performances by the Chalmette High School Jazz Band at noon; Mike Darby and House of Cards at 1 p.m.; the Yat Pack at 2:30 p.m.; Big Daddy ‘O’ Band at 4 p.m.; and the Irene Sage Band at 5:30 p.m.

History tours of Old Arabi will be provided by the St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism.

Admission is free. For information, call (504) 278-4242 or visit

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Old Arabi Historic District and its ongoing efforts to preserve the area.

Paws in the Park

The fifth annual Paws in the Park event will be Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. in Torres Park in Chalmette.

The annual event, held to benefit the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter and local pet rescue organizations, will feature crafts, children’s games, face painting, food, a parade of prizes, a pet costume contest and the fifth annual wiener dog race.

Four-legged friends are welcome, but must be on a regular leash; no retractable leashes.

For information, call (504) 265-6716 or (504) 319-6138 or email

Vaccinations and microchips

Prior to Paws in the Park, the St. Bernard Animal Shelter will hold its annual rabies vaccinations and microchip drive, as well as hold on-site pet adoptions from 10 a.m. to noon in Torres Park in Chalmette.

Vaccinations and microchips cost $15 each, per pet. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in pet carriers. For information, call (504) 278-1534.

Rosary crusade

Each year, America Needs Fatima holds a Public Square Rosary Crusade, with thousands of rosary rallies in cities all across the country.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Violet will host its rally Saturday, Oct. 11, at noon near the Our Lady statue on the corner of East Judge Perez and Colonial Boulevard in Violet.

Marlene Himel, event captain, encourages participants to make posters for the event and bring lawn chairs.

For information, contact Himel at

Cruise Night

The St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ monthly cruise night will be Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway in Arabi.

Cruise nights are 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 also is available at

Golf tournament

The St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame’s 19th annual golf tournament is Sunday, Oct. 12, at Oak Harbor in Slidell. The festivities begin at 11 a.m., and tee off is at 1 p.m.

The registration fee is $100 per player or $400 for a foursome, and includes beer, lunch and dinner.

Hole sponsorships are available and range in price from $50 to $150, with corporate sponsorships beginning at $500.

For information, call Roy Cortes, Hall of Fame president, at (985) 246-8354; Bryan Frichter, vice president, at (504) 554-2685; or Eddie Appel, treasurer, at (504) 301-6135.

Knights of Nemesis to meet

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet Monday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Lacy’s Cue Sports Bar, 701 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. Prospective members are invited. Food will be served.

For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998.

Night Out Against Crime

The annual St. Bernard Parish Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday, Oct. 14, at various locations and times throughout the parish. This year marks the 31st annual celebration of National Night Out Against Crime.

St. Bernard residents should call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628 to register any gathering of residents that night and a sheriff’s deputy will be sent to give crime prevention tips and answer any questions.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved more than 30 million nationally, including residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses and military bases. Some 30 group events were held in St. Bernard last year, some at churches and public places as well as at private homes.

Chalmette Toastmasters

Those interested in improving their communication and leadership skills are invited to stop by the Chalmette Toastmasters’ next meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For information, call Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927 or email

Man and Woman of the Year

The St. Bernard Business and Professional Women’s Club’s 54th annual Man and Woman of the Year Banquet is Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar.

This year’s honorees are Barry Lemoine and Nora Egan.

Tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advance by calling Wanda Alcon at (504) 451-3694. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Mark your calendars

The Violet Oyster Festival is set for Oct. 17-19 on the grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Violet. There will be food, rides, games and live music.

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