Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking” and opponent of the death penalty, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Faith Bible Church,Tyler and Columbia streets, in Covington.

Prejean, a native of Baton Rouge and member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, began her anti-death penalty advocacy in 1982 when she became spiritual adviser to Angola death row inmate Elmo Patrick Sonnier. Her experiences with Sonnier led to her write “Dead Man Walking,” which became an award-winning Hollywood film.

Prejean is a past chairwoman of the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

The event, sponsored by the Progressive Northshore Democrats and the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club, is free and open to the public.

Those same groups will sponsor a talk May 9 by the Rev. Welton Gaddy. Gaddy, pastor for preaching and worship at Northminster Baptist Church in Monroe, will speak at 7 p.m. at Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St.

Gaddy is president of the Interfaith Alliance, a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting faith and freedom.

He is a member of the Commission of Christian Ethics of the Baptist World Alliance and regarded as a leading spokesperson for progressive and moderate Baptists in America.

Cinco de Mayo

If you are interested in good food and music, as well as home-grown vegetables and more, the Covington Farmers Market will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 609 N. Columbia St. This week’s cooking demonstration will be by Joel Brown, of Winos and Tacos restaurant in Covington; he will serve samples from the menu to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Music will be by the Pot Luck String Band, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Attention seniors

The St. Tammany Seniors And Law enforcement Together Council will present a free Senior Security Seminar on Wednesday at the Madisonville American Red Cross facility, 300 Ashland Way. The program will start at 10 a.m. with sign-in.

The topics for the seminar are based on preparations for hurricane season. State Police Trooper Nick Manale will discuss vehicle, highway and driving safety, especially in the event evacuation is necessary.

Assistant District Attorney Harold Bartholomew Jr. of the St. Tammany/Washington Parish District Attorney’s Office will point out ways to avoid contractor and construction scams, especially following a storm. Red Cross experts and SALT Council members will offer Emergency Preparedness specifically for seniors, including insurance and Medicare issues in the event of an evacuation and other important issues to be ready for storms.

A complete barbecue lunch from Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will be provided by the SALT Council.

The seminar is limited to 60 people and pre-registration is required to be sure adequate food and materials are available for the seminar.

Registration is open to anyone 50 years or older (caregivers are exempt from this requirement). Call (985) 809-5455 or go to

Tour de Life ride May 11

If you’re looking for something to do on Mother’s Day weekend, the Tour de Life will take place May 11 at the Tammany Trace trailhead at Koop Drive, just north of Interstate 12 at La. 59.

The event offers three options: A 40-mile bike ride, a 10-mile family ride and a 5K walk/run. The Tour de Life benefits the Northlake Crisis Pregnancy Center in Covington. Registration in advance is $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

Same-day registration is $20 for individuals and $30 for families. The 40-mile bike ride starts at 8 a.m., the 10-mile ride at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K at 9 a.m. To register or for information, call (985) 893-4281.

Drama camp

The Mandeville High Drama Club will present a drama camp for ages 6-13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 27-31 in the Mandeville High Auditorium.

The cost is $125 before May 10, $135 afterward. Students will enjoy acting, theater games, singing, dancing, costuming and improvisation.

For information, contact Cherie Ducote at (985) 626-5225 or email

Business resource seminar

Covington and the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee will host their second Business Resource Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdaywith 8:30 a.m. registration in Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave.

This workshop, titled “Effective Techniques for using Facebook in Business,” will focus on marketing using social media, particularly Facebook. The workshop is presented by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Register at

Karen Baker writes about St. Tammany Parish. She can be reached at