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

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts have helped young girls develop their strengths, talents and passions. Today, the organization is more than 2 million strong and growing. Girl Scouts in St. Charles Parish will hold a recruiting event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., in Destrehan.

The two-hour event is an opportunity for families to learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, to register their daughters in Girl Scouts and for adults to express interest in volunteering with Girl Scouts. Membership is $15 per year for girls and adults.

The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. In partnership with caring adult volunteers, girls develop leadership skills as they discover new interests, connect with others and take action on issues that are important to them.

Some favorite areas of interest for girls and adults include camping, health and fitness, the arts, science and technology, travel, cookie-selling and much more. More information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is available at www.gsle.org.

The Girl Scout program levels are Girl Scout Daisies, kindergarten through first grade; Girl Scout Brownies, grades two and three; Girl Scout Juniors, grades four and five; Girl Scout Cadettes, grades six through eight; Girl Scout Seniors, grades nine and 10; and Girl Scout Ambassadors, grades 11 and 12. No girl is denied membership for financial reasons.

For information about Girl Scouting in St. Charles Parish, contact Jan Barbee at (504) 289-1291 or jan@groundwater.net.

Photos of veterans wanted

St. Charles Parish officials are asking residents to submit pictures of local veterans in uniform to be shown at the annual Veterans Day luncheon to be held Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, in Luling.

Along with the photo, residents are asked to include the veteran’s name, rank and branch of service. Only copies and scans will be accepted, no original photos. The deadline to submit photos is Oct. 16.

Photos may be submitted by filling out the photo submission form at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/forms. Photos may be emailed to publicinfo@stcharlesgov.net. Photos also may be mailed to the Office of Public Information, P.O. Box 302, Hahnville, LA 70057. For information, call (985) 783-5182.

Computer classes at library

The St. John Parish Library is offering 30-minute individual adult computer classes. There will be classes on how to use the mouse and keyboard; how to operate the PC and its hardware; introduction to email; introduction to the Internet; and how to use Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint. Classes are from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Reserve Branch, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the West Branch and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Central Branch.

Patrons are urged to call the individual branch to register. Call Rona Joseph at the Reserve Branch at (985) 536-4107, Carlos Diaz at the Central Branch at (985) 652-6857 or Kearston Poche at the West Branch at (985) 497-3453.