Riders will toss about 300,000 pounds of produce from more than 45 floats, and there will be nearly 30 marching units in this year’s St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade, set to roll at noon April 16 in Chalmette.
Spaces are still available for those interested in riding on floats, and businesses can become sponsors to put their names and business logos or information on the back of the official shirts to be thrown during the parade.
For information, call Chad O’Neil at (504) 655-7555 or Danny O’Neil at (504) 655-7553 or email email@example.com.
The parade also is looking for girls between the ages of 11-18 to ride on the 2016 Princess Float. For $125, the princess experience includes the ride, official parade princess T-shirt, rhinestone tiara, custom-printed sash, custom heritage medallion and admission to the presentation dinner.
For information, contact Mary O’Neil at (504) 638-4476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Students of the Year
Three St. Bernard Parish students will compete this month at the regional level for Student of the Year honors. This year’s district Students of the Year who will represent St. Bernard are: Chalmette Elementary School fifth-grader Demitri D’Arcy, N.P. Trist Middle School eighth-grader Grace Bartholomae and Chalmette High School senior Sarah Russell.
Other St. Bernard Parish students named students of the year at individual schools for the 2015-16 school year are: Ava Volante, Arabi Elementary; Abigail Coker, Joseph Davies Elementary; Kayla Billiot, J.F. Gauthier Elementary; Catherine Wilson, Lacoste Elementary; Sheyla Cabrera, W. Smith Elementary; Devin Cruise, Andrew Jackson Middle; and Mallory Smith, St. Bernard Middle.
Free tax prep assistance
Loyola University’s College of Law is partnering with the Community Center of St. Bernard to offer free income tax preparation services and electronic filing services through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Sessions will be held at the Community Center, 1111 LeBeau St., in Arabi from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 and 27.
No appointment is needed; however, residents are asked to arrive by 12:30 p.m. to ensure that their tax returns can be completed by 2 p.m. In order to receive assistance, bring photo identification and Social Security cards for each person included on the tax returns, as well as any W-2 forms, 1099 forms, Social Security statements and all other tax documents.
For information, call (504) 861-5668. Loyola’s VITA Program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association.
The number to the Community Center is (504) 281-2512.
Zion Harmonizers to perform
Christ Lutheran Church, 3300 Jupiter Drive in Chalmette, will host a free concert featuring the Zion Harmonizers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.
The New Orleans gospel group has been performing for several decades, appearing at the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1969. It is widely recognized for its harmonies and old-time a capella style.
Admission is free. For information, call the church at (504) 302-9728.
St. Bernard businesswomen
The St. Bernard Business and Professional Women’s Club Individual Development Program will begin Monday, Feb. 22, and continue for four consecutive Mondays.
Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 29 and March 7-8 at the Port of St. Bernard Administration Building, 100 Port Boulevard, in Chalmette.
The program aims to develop women’s leadership skills, improve communication skills and develop strategies for personal and professional advancement. The facilitator will be Deborah Keller, a past president of the club and CEO of Deborah D. Keller and Partners. Topics will focus on communication skills, including networking, e-communications and public speaking.
Registration of $25 includes class materials. To register, call Keller at (504) 259-8929. Space is limited.
The Nunez Community College Foundation’s annual gala is set for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 25 on the Chalmette campus, 3710 Paris Road.
The event will include a tasting of cuisine from several fine dining New Orleans restaurants, a silent auction, music, wine and beer and a peek inside the new Administration Building at Nunez, dedicated in September.
Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information or to purchase tickets, visit nunez.edu/nunez-foundation or call (504) 278-6200.
The Nunez Community College Foundation supports the college and its students by funding programs and scholarships.
Rotary spelling bee
The 16th annual Rotary Club of St. Bernard Corporate Spelling Bee will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Chalmette High School cafeteria, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive.
Teams of three people from local businesses, organizations and public offices will compete in a fun competition to help raise money for local literacy programs funded by the Rotary Club.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be sold, and there will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.
For information, call John Breakfield at (504) 279-1730 or Sean Warner at (504) 330-3790.
Girl Scout cookies
St. Bernard Parish Girl Scouts will accept orders for cookies through March 13.
Cookies, $4 per box upon delivery, are preservative-free and kosher, with zero grams of trans fats per serving. Gluten-free Trios are available for $5 per box, while supplies last.
Cookie varieties include: Thin Mints, Shortbread (formerly known as Trefoils), Thanks-A-Lot, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties (formerly known as Tagalongs), Caramel deLites (formerly known as Samoas) and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (formerly known as Do si Dos).
To order cookies, call Tanya Palazzalo, St. Bernard’s service unit manager, at (504) 343-2934.
Palazzalo said local booth sales will take place Feb. 26-28, March 4-6 and March 11-13 at various locations throughout the parish, including the Chalmette Wal-Mart, Todd’s Technology, Walgreens on Paris Road and Breaux Mart. Booth hours will be Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at email@example.com.