The Humane Society of Louisiana will sponsor a trio of special events next month.

For starters, a first-time dog house building contest called the “Barkitecture Competition” is underway, and open to area businesses, children and adults. The deadline to register is Aug. 1.

Jeff Dorson is the founder and director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. He said the rules are easy and simple to follow.

“You can sign up individually or as part of a team of two to four people,” Dorson said. “Each individual or team must submit a nonrefundable $25 donation registration fee. Students are exempt from registration.”

Each house entered in the contest must include a floor, three walls and a roof, and it must be waterproof. There is no size restriction.

The contest includes three categories: people’s choice, most unique and best in show.

“All the dog houses entered in the contest will be used at the Humane Society’s 47.5-acre no-kill animal sanctuary in Mount Hermon,” Dorson said.

Completed dog houses must be brought to Lakeside Shopping Center between 8 a.m. and noon on Aug. 10 and will remain on display through Aug. 16.

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The second event is at noon on Aug. 16, when a panel of judges will choose from among the most unique and best in show of the dog houses.

Dorson said the winner of the people’s choice award will be determined when all the dog houses are brought to Lakeside on Aug. 10. A photo of each house will be posted on the Humane Society of Louisiana’s website——for voting.

The third and final event is the inaugural “Strut for Pups” at Lakeside, which begins at 11 a.m. Aug. 16. It will coincide with the dog house contest.

“This will be our pledge walk and it is open to everyone,” Dorson said.

There are three levels of donation to participate in the walk. For $25 per person, each person will receive a koozie.

For $50, entrants will receive a koozie and a “Barkitecture” logo T-shirt. And for a $100 donation, you will receive the koozie, the T-shirt and a logo bag.

Those participating in the walk, which will be held inside the shopping center, should arrive at the mall near the Veterans skylight entrance between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

All proceeds from all three events will go toward the programs and services of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

For information about all three events, send email to

Learn Spanish, have fun

The Spanish Honor Society at Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies will hold a Spanish Immersion Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28-30 for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

The camp will be held at Haynes, 1416 Metairie Road, Old Metairie.

The aim of the camp is to introduce the Spanish language and culture to young students through instruction, singing, dancing, games and crafts.

The cost of the program is $150 and the fee includes the three-day camp program, snacks, a T-shirt and arts and crafts.

Money generated from the camp will be used for scholarships to send students from Haynes Academy to a three-week-long immersion school in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica, scheduled for next summer.

For more information or to register, contact immersion camp director Holly Vogel at (504) 905-4849.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.