Parish Lines: Make puppets, hear tale at library story craft program _lowres

Photo provided by St. Bernard Parish Library - Cajun musicians Marsha and Monty Brown will provide a free, hour-long program for all ages Thursday at the St. Bernard Parish Library in Chalmette.

The third week of the St. Bernard Parish Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program is underway. A “Hero Me” story craft program will take place Wednesday , with readers learning about grit and determination in “What’s the Matter, Sylvie, Can’t You Ride?” by Karen Born Anderson and seeing courage in action in “Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems.

Participants will end the program by making their own superhero paper bag puppet. This free program will take place at 11 a.m. at the Chalmette branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd.

Ronald McDonald will be cooking up laughter and fun for readers when he visits the library on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. during the library’s Friday’s with the Arts series.

The program also will feature Cajun musicians Monty and Marsha Brown in a free hour of fun for all ages. Participants will be invited to clap along, sing along, dance along, and learn to play the ti-fer and rub-board to the music of Louisiana.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Readers of all ages can register to play reading bingo to earn rewards and be entered into the library’s grand finale prize drawing set for July 10.

For information, stop by the library or call (504) 279-0448. Information also is available on the library’s Facebook page or its website,

Vacation Bible schools

Covenant United Methodist Church will hold its vacation Bible school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through June 26 at the church, 125 E. D’Amour St. in Chalmette. The school is open to children through fifth grade. The cost is free. For more information, call Rev. Jeff Duke, pastor of Covenant United, at (225) 772-2206.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will hold its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through June 26 in the church’s cottage, 2621 Colonial Blvd., Violet. The program, open to children ages 3 through 10, will feature Bible stories, crafts, indoor and outdoor games, music and snack time. The cost is $30 per child. For information, call Georganna Alphonso at (504) 682-7070 or (985) 381-9712.

CHS Alumni golf tournament

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association’s annual golf tournament will be held July 11 with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Oak Harbor Golf Course in Slidell. Sign-in will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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. Proceeds benefit the CHS Alumni Association.

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

School uniform assistance

To help lessen the financial stress on families with school-aged children, God’s Closet: Clothing And Compassionate Ministries, a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Chalmette Economic Develop Corp. will hold a school uniforms drive so clothing can be donated to needy children for next school year.

“Donated uniforms must be lightly used, freshly washed and on hangers,” said Keitha Barbe, God’s Closet Ministry coordinator. “The School Uniforms for Kids drive is an opportunity to help a student begin the school year with confidence.”

New or used school uniforms can be dropped off at First Baptist Church, 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carol Saling, ministry assistant at First Baptist, said the uniforms will be distributed Aug. 10.

“School uniforms will be distributed to those children of families providing proof of residency in St. Bernard Parish with income verification utilizing established gross income guidelines,” Saling said.

For information, or for assistance with uniforms, call First Baptist Church at (504) 277-2929.

VFW Post 3706 Auxiliary

The VFW Post 3706 Chalmette Ladies Auxiliary recently held its installation of officers for 2015-16 at the Hinton Causey VFW Post 7194.

Newly installed officers are: Sandra Reuther, president; Royleene Mones, senior vice president; Carol Mire, historian; Jessie Hart, trustee; and Michelle Williams, treasurer. Frances Skiffington was the installing officer.

Mark your calendar

The St. Bernard Salutes America Committee will host the 31st annual July 4 Celebration from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. There will be food, live music, games, rides and a fireworks display.

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