Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

In the aftermath of the shooting of Deputy Burt Hazeltine in April, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne elected to postpone his annual Cochon de Lait. The new date is Saturday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Homeplace Plantation.

Previously issued tickets will be valid. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $50.

Wayne Toups and ZyDeCajun are among the scheduled performers. For more information, visit www.sheriffgreg or call (504) 256-3466.

Duck Derby

The East St. John Elementary School 4-H Club is supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana in its annual Rubber Duck Derby. The rubber ducks will race on Sunday in New Orleans City Park, and the first 10 lucky ducks to finish the derby will win prizes for their adopted parents.

Duck adoptions are $5 each, a Quack Pack is available for $25 (six ducks; buy five, get one free), a Quackers Dozen for $50 (12 ducks; buy 10, get two free) or a Flock of Ducks for $100 (25 ducks; buy 20, get five free).

To help the club meet its goal, look for TEAM: St. John Elementary. Adoptions can be made online at

The adoption is a community service project of the ESJE 4-H Club. Last year, ESJE 4-H students worked in the warehouse of Second Harvest Food Bank to sort and box donations. The club has supported the food bank almost every year with food drives to stock the warehouse.

Fixing it Up

Veterans Housing Outreach Ministries is collaborating with Valero Energy Corp. of Norco to begin repairs and updates to the Veterans Housing Outreach Ministries (VHOM) Shelter in Hahnville, which will house homeless, disabled, senior, female and needy veterans. Work will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday at 116 and 118 Byrd Lane in Hahnville.

Volunteers are welcome and should contact Lisa Carey at (504) 340-3429, email lisa or visit

ACT Prep Class

Destrehan High School will hold a Comprehensive ACT Prep Class June 2-4 and June 9-11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each student will receive 12 hours of ACT tutoring in all four test areas — math, English, science and reading — from certified teachers who have a proven record of improving ACT test scores. All materials will be provided. The cost is $100. Email with questions or to register.


Hahnville High School will hold a baseball camp June 1-5 for children ages 6-14. The cost is $150. Contact Coach Dave Baudry at

Destrehan also will be holding a baseball camp June 1-5 for children ages 6-14. The cost is $150. Contact Coach Chris Mire at

Hahnville High School will hold a tennis camp June 1-5. Third- through fifth-graders (purple group) will attend from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sixth- through eighth-graders (gold group) will attend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All campers will receive a camp T-shirt.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Campers must provide their own racket. The cost is $60. For a registration form, visit

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at