St. Bernard Gives Back’s third annual “Sweets and Treats” for disaster relief, a tasting gala to benefit families affected by natural disasters, will be May 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Sylvia Guillot, 3008 Bayou Road in St. Bernard community.

The event is open to the public and will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, as well as a champagne cash bar, a silent auction and door prizes. Music will be provided by Candy Riedl-Lowe.

St. Bernard Gives Back has assisted approximately 300 families who have suffered losses due to various natural disasters, both locally and across the country.

Tickets to the gala are $20 per person and are available at Arabi Food Store, 650 Friscoville St., Arabi; the St. Bernard Tourism Office’s Visitors Center, 409 Aycock St., Arabi; Today’s Ketch, 2110 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; and Jeanfreau’s Meat Market, 2324 Paris Road, Chalmette.

Sponsorships are available. For information, call Faith Moran at (504) 450-5809, (504) 416-1306 or (504) 913-5255.

Patron-level donations should be forwarded to P.O. Box 2367, Chalmette, LA 70043 or to Donald Kattengell, president, National Building Services, 300 Magistrate St., Chalmette, LA 70043.

Tourism week

To mark this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, the St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism is inviting residents to stop by the Visitors Center, 409 Aycock St. in Arabi, now through Monday, May 19, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to meet staff members, pick up a visitors guide and enjoy a complimentary gift.

Since 1984, the first full week of May has been recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, established by a congressional joint resolution passed in 1983.

For information, call (504) 278-4242.

Living history programs set at Chalmette Battlefield

History lovers are invited to join rangers and living-history re-enactors for new programs designed to share War of 1812 history and hands-on skills at the Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette.

On Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., “A Stitch in Time” will feature 1815-era clothing and fabric designs, as well as basic modern and historic sewing techniques. Reservations are required by calling (504) 589-3882, ext. 134.

“Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights: Causes of the War of 1812” will take place June 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will explore why the war was fought from both American and British perspectives. Reservations are required by calling (504) 281-0511, ext. 32.

Emergency response volunteers needed

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is recruiting volunteers for its Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, which is under the umbrella of U.S. Homeland Security.

Funded by St. Bernard Parish government through a Homeland Security grant, CERT is similar to what used to be the Civil Defense, which had a long history of training volunteers to help out in local emergencies, including times when the nation was at war.

“The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that could impact their area,’’ Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “It gives them specific training in basic disaster-response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.”

The CERT volunteers will supplement first responders in certain emergencies. There are more than 15 in the group, including some Reserve Division deputies.

“No one wants to think about something bad happening, but you have to be prepared,’’ Pohlmann said.

St. Bernard Parish residents who are interested in applying to join the CERT program can call Sheriff’s Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628.

Kiwanis Foundation creates scholarship endowment

Judge Robert Buckley recently established an endowed fund with the St. Bernard Kiwanis Foundation, benefiting the St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis Club Nunez College Scholarship Program.

The cy-près monies, an award of $69,393.92, has been designated to fund the scholarship program. Cy-près mechanisms allow some money to be used to promote the interests of class members in a class-action settlement. Specifically, these scholarships will enhance numerous workforce development initiatives, including training potential refinery workers who are enrolled in the PTEC program.

Buckley has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard for 22 years, holding numerous office and board positions. Buckley said he is pleased to support a program that will provide an annual scholarship in the technical trade field.

“Cy-près funds represent the unused administrative costs in enforcing class-action settlements, and this represents a perfect use by funding scholarships at Nunez Community College to improve the quality of the St. Bernard work force,” Buckley said. “I am happy that the 34th Judicial District could partner with Nunez Community College and the Kiwanis Foundation to establish these recurring scholarships.”

For information about the Kiwanis Club or its foundation, call Robby Showalter at (504) 616-7312.

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