River Views: River Parishes to celebrate Independence Day on July 3 _lowres

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

Summer vacation is over. Throughout the River Parishes, teachers and students are getting back to their work teaching and learning. And some area schools are excelling.

Hahnville High School received the Exemplary Reading Award at the 2015 conference of the International Literary Association held last month in St. Louis. The purpose of the award is to call the public’s attention to the outstanding literacy programs in schools throughout the United States and Canada. Hahnville Principal Ken Oertling and teacher Jerry Nuqent accepted the award on behalf of the school’s faculty at the conference.

Back to school night

Destrehan High School will hold its back to school night at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the school. Parents will “experience” a typical school day of their children and get to meet their teachers. Parents of freshmen are encouraged to attend Ninth Grade Parent Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. LaWanna Davis, the ninth grade counselor, will speak to parents about the transition to high school, the Jumpstart program and graduation requirements. Parents of freshmen are highly encouraged to attend.

Ducks Unlimited cook-off

The St. Charles Ducks Unlimited will hold its first St. Charles Greenwing Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Wetlands Watchers Park in the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Activities for children will include kayaking, archery, species identification, knot tying, casting, boating safety, target shooting, hiking, snake and baby alligator presentations and more. There will be giveaways and raffles.

Admission for children ages 5 to 17 is $15, which includes an event bracelet, membership in Ducks Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association membership, a welcome gift and all the chili they can eat. Admission for ages 18 and up is $5. Children 4 and under will be admitted free. For information, contact Brian Landry at (504) 914-6866.

Movie magic at Luling library

The St. Charles Parish West Regional Library in Luling will hold a movie matinee showing of “Practical Magic” at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 in the large meeting room for patrons 18 and older. The movie, rated PG-13, stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian. Based on a 1995 novel by Alice Hoffman, it follows the sisters as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.

Hahnville cheerleader craft fair

The Hahnville High School cheerleaders will host a craft fair Saturday, Oct. 24. Anyone interested in being a vendor may fill out an application on the cheerleaders’ page on the Hahnville High School web site, www.stcharles.k12.la.us/hahnville.cfm, or contact tenright@stcharles.k12.la.us.

Cat adoption discounts

Hey River Parishes folks! Are you missing something from your life? Is it a little ball of feline fur? Well the St. Charles Parish Humane Society has a great deal for you.

All cat adoptions are discounted to $30 until Aug. 24. Cats are available at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter, 921 Rue La Cannes in Luling, or Petsmart, 6851 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie. There are many colors and ages to select from at both locations.

The adoption fee includes age-appropriate vaccines, rabies vaccination, deworming, spaying or neutering, flea and tick control and microchipping. For information about adoption, visit www.stcharlesgov.net/departments/animal-control. Any questions may be directed to the shelter at (985) 783-5010.

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