National Night Out Against Crime has been celebrated for more than 30 years, and residents across St. Bernard Parish gathered with their neighbors to celebrate this year’s event on Oct. 13.

Sheriff’s deputies visited with residents at their homes, on the grounds of local churches and in communities including Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux, Violet and Poydras.

Nearly 100 residents gathered in an empty lot in the 300 block of Mink Drive in Arabi to spend time getting to know their neighbors.

Organized by Kyle Wallace and J.P. Repath, the event included a potluck dinner, DJ music by Repath, line dancing and goody bags for children.

“The response was tremendous,” Repath said. “The outcome was a lot better than I thought it would be.”

Repath said the gathering also gave neighbors a chance to talk about their newly formed Carolyn Park Neighborhood Watch program.

“We plan to get together once month and have a meeting and maybe something like a bunco party or play cards,” he said. “It’s all about getting to know each other better, and looking out for each other.”

The First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette, at the corner of Palmisano Boulevard and St. Bernard Highway, has held Night Out parties for several years.

Sheriff James Pohlmann spoke to church members this time around, saying he is proud of the safe environment St. Bernard Parish has enjoyed.

“We have great men and women working for the Sheriff’s Office,’’ Pohlmann said, “but our success is also because of the people in our community’’ because they support law enforcement by reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

First Pentecostal Pastor Otto Martin said the goal of the church’s annual gathering is to get people together to support one another and let them know they have something in common — a desire to live safely.

On Park Boulevard in Chalmette, Raymond Dauterive, head of the Heart of Chalmette Homeowners Association, said he hosted its annual party because, “You can stay in contact with people. It’s good for the neighborhood.’’

CHS Alumni Association

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association will hold its annual fall membership meeting Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in the Chalmette High Cultural Arts Building tech theater, 1101 Palmisano Blvd. in Chalmette. Items on the agenda will include Alumni Association activities scheduled for 2016 and the election of officers for the 2015-17 term.

The first 25 members to attend the meeting will receive a free ticket the CHS Live production of “Thirteen Past Midnight,” set for the same night at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center main theater.

Membership dues for the Alumni Association are $10 per year. For information, contact Beryl Hargis at or (504) 442-1421.

Nemesis to meet

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Zig’s Last Stop, 308 E. Judge Perez Drive in 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 Jan. 30, 2016, at 1 p.m. For information about the social or parade, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998.

Chalmette Battlefield talks

History buffs are invited to discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans with ranger talks Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

The Battlefield and its Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving. For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit Admission is free.

Chalmette Toastmasters

The Chalmette Toastmasters group provides an opportunity for people to improve their communication and leadership skills. The group’s next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette.

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

Battlefield bird watching

Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to the Chalmette Battlefield from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 for “Battlefield Birds: Birding 101,” a free look at the birds that can be found along the 1.5-mile walk through the grounds at 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides. For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit

Tales on Tuesdays

Children 3 and older are invited to participate in the St. Bernard Parish Library’s 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 special activities.

Two sessions 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

Kiwanis Foundation

The St. Bernard Kiwanis Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, now exceeds $1 million in endowed funds. Each endowed fund supports the desired charity activities of the respective donor. Annually, $40,000 is generated from these endowments and awarded to charitable programs to enhance the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish.

Organized in 1997, the SBKF began its effort to raise monies to endow funds to provide a revenue stream to support the programs of the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi in perpetuity. Shortly after embarking on that effort, SBKF’s funding objectives were expanded to include other St. Bernard nonprofit activities, creating a broader opportunity for residents to leave a legacy in their names. In 2003, the SBKF’s board of directors approved an investment strategy to entrust their endowed funds with the Greater of New Orleans Foundation.

Currently, the SBKF has 14 endowed funds: Kiwanis/Bienvenu Scholarship Fund, Walter Boasso Charity Fund, Glenn Borne Charity Fund, Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Fund, Kiwanis/Nunez College Scholarship Fund, Dr. Ralph & Lily Dauterive Fund, Lorio/Dauterive Fund, Michael B. Chutz Fund, Robby & Susie Family Charity Fund, Steve & Karen Fecke Fund, Jeffrey Cusimano Memorial Fund, LSU St. Bernard Chapter Fund, CHS High Flying Owl Fund and the Foundation Stream of Dreams Fund.

Founding SBKF members are: Daniel Bourgeois, the late Dr. Ralph Dauterive, Victor Dauterive Jr., Donald Duplantier, Edgar Mathews, H. George Scholrff and Robby Showalter.

The SBKF is under the governance and directorship of a voluntary board of directors. The officers are: Bill Pope, president; Robert Buckley, vice president; Steve Fecke, immediate past president; Patrice Cusimano, secretary; and Robert Showalter, treasurer.

Board members are: Shirley Pechon, George Schlorff, Tracy Duplantier, Mitch Perkins, Michael Chutz and Danny Bourgeois.

For information about the foundation, contact Showalter at (504) 616-7312.

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