This weekend’s St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Expo will give local businesses a chance to grow by showcasing their goods and services to potential customers and networking with other business owners.

Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center grand ballroom, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, the expo will feature about 70 area businesses.

Visitors to the free expo can take a chance on door prizes and giveaways donated by vendors and event sponsors and sample fare from local restaurants.

For more information, contact Stephen Reuther, St. Bernard Chamber chief executive officer, at (504) 277-4001 or

Summer reading program

The third week of the St. Bernard Parish Library’s “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” summer reading program is underway.

There will be stories about dancing, cheering and music at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Halftime Show story craft program at the library’s Chalmette branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd. Participants will make their own pom-poms to take home as part of the free, one-hour activity. Parents are asked to assist younger children with their craft.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, St. Bernard Fire Chief Tommy Stone and other firefighters visit the library with a firetruck and smoke house for guests to see.

At 3 p.m. Friday, all ages are invited to hear Terrance Morgan and Tyler Wilson, a duo on a mission to improve the lives of kids by promoting anti-bullying and positive thinking. For more information, call the library at (504) 279-0448.

Line dancing classes

The St. Bernard Parish Recreation/Leisure Program is offering adult line dancing classes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center grand ballroom, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. Classes on June 29 and June 30 will take place at the Val Riess Complex, 1101 Magistrate St. in Chalmette.

More line dancing sessions will take place July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 at the Val Riess Complex.

The cost is $4 per class, $2 for those 55 and older. Checks or money orders should be made payable to St. Bernard Parish Recreation. Cash won’t be accepted.

For information, call Denise Montalbano, Leisure Program coordinator, at or call (504) 278-4295.

The Leisure Program also is looking for instructors for the following summer programs: adult salsa/ballroom dance classes, arts, crafts and scrapbooking, ballet, baton twirling, board game night, chess club, cookie/cake decorating, creative writing, crochet/knitting, dance/cheer, dog obedience, floral arranging, jewelry making, mosaic, painting, pottery, furniture refurbishing, sewing, science, stained glass, tie dye, tumbling/acrobat/gymnastics, wreath making, wrestling and Zumba.

‘Beauty and the Beast’

The Performing Arts Academy’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” will have performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and July 1-2, and 2 p.m. matinees Sunday and July 3 at the Chalmette High Cultural Arts Center, 2600 Palmisano Blvd. in Chalmette.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. For information, or tickets, call (504) 272-0302.

Chalmette Toastmasters

The Chalmette Toastmasters will host a short demo meeting and open house at noon Monday at the St. Bernard Parish Hospital Medical Office Building conference room, 8050 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

To RSVP or to request more information about the club, contact Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927 or

Regulars meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has taught public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

Fourth of July celebration

The 32nd annual St. Bernard Salutes America Celebration and Fireworks Display will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 3 on the grounds behind the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Live entertainment will be provided from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. by Truck Dorcey and from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. by Groovy 7.

The celebration also will include the annual hot dog-eating contest sponsored by Gerald’s Donuts, as well as games, food, rides and a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. The menu will include pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, snowballs, lemonade and beer.

Admission is free. For more information, call Andrew Becker at (504) 473-7238; or George Imbraguglio Jr. at (504) 247-8947.

Golf tournament

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association’s annual golf tournament will be held July 9 at Oak Harbor Golf Course in Slidell with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., a putting contest qualifying will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., and the contest finals will follow. Awards will be presented for closest-to-the-hole and longest drive. Food and drinks will be available.

The cost is $90 per golfer, or $360 per team of four. Participation is limited to the first 144 players to register.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100, $180 or $240. Checks made payable to the Chalmette High School Alumni Association can be mailed to 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043.

For information, contact Paul Granberry at (504) 818-8932 or; David Fernandez at (504) 818-8935 or; or Louis Baudin at (504) 628-1438 or

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