First Baptist Church of Chalmette’s fifth annual Pumpkin Patch will run through Oct. 31. The patch is on the church grounds at 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Hours are from 10 a.m. to dusk Monday through Saturday and from noon to dusk Sunday.

Pumpkins start at $1 and range in price depending on size. Donations support the ministries of First Baptist Church.

School groups are welcome. For information, call (504) 277-2939.

Ducks Unlimited banquet

The Ducks Unlimited chapter in St. Bernard Parish, recently named the Chapter of the Year in the southern zone of Louisiana for 2013-14, will hold its annual banquet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner and a one-year membership. For tickets, call Al Waller at (504) 508-7764 or Chad Clark at (504) 228-0239. The banquet includes an auction and raffles. Doors open at 6 p.m.

St. Bernard’s chapter, organized about 30 years ago, raised $94,000 last year, all of which goes to conservation of wetlands. That was the top amount raised among chapters in the southern zone of Louisiana.

Spaghetti dinner

St. Bernard Gives Back will hold its fourth annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Chalmette High School Ninth Grade Academy cafeteria, 1101 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Dinners are $10 per plate. Dine-in or take-out orders will be accepted. Entertainment will be provided by the Chalmette High School band, and there will be a parade of prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Formed three years ago, St. Bernard Gives Back has assisted approximately 300 families who have suffered losses due to various natural disasters, both locally and across the country. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $39,000, which provided assistance to approximately 300 families in Chalmette, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Bush and Sun.

Tickets can be purchased from: Randazzo’s Bakery, 925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; Arabi Food Store, 650 Friscoville St., Arabi; Jeanfreau’s Meat Market, 2324 Paris Road, Chalmette; Today’s Ketch, 2110 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; and St. Bernard Tourism Office’s Visitors Center, 409 Aycock St., Arabi.

For information, call (504) 913-5255 or (504) 416-1306.

Monetary donations made payable to St. Bernard Gives Back can be mailed to P.O. Box 2367, Chalmette, LA 70044.

Nicholls class of ’54 reunion

The Francis T. Nicholls High School class of 1954 will hold its 60-year reunion from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Rocky and Carlo’s Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Admission is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For information, or to RSVP, call Bill Egan at (504) 342-2445 or Carolyn Perrodin Little at (504) 278-9767.

Golf tournament

The Knights of Nemesis’ 10th annual golf tournament is set for Monday, Oct. 27, at Oak Harbor Golf Club in Slidell. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

The entry fee is $100 per golfer, which includes green fees, gift, ditty bag, drinks, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are available.

There will be a $10,000 hole-in-one contest, and other par-3 holes will have prizes for anyone making a hole-in-one.

For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998.

Autism art club

The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans and Brushes, Buddies and Beyond by JBJ Creations are opening a Brushes, Buddies and Beyond for Autism art club to individuals 10 and older who are on the autism spectrum.

A new session begins Nov. 4 and will run through Dec. 9 at Covenant United Methodist Church, 115 E. D’Amour St., Chalmette.

Registration is $20. Novice and seasoned artists are welcomed.

Through the program, participants will learn how to paint in a fun and relaxed environment and will receive step-by-step instructions from master artist Jeff Duke. Volunteer support will be available if needed.

To register, email or call (504) 464-5733.

Life-Saver Award

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. Walter Dornan, a veteran deputy who heads the department’s traffic division, recently received the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard’s Life-Saver Award for his actions on Jan. 24 when he spent a freezing night dealing with the slippery, ice-covered Paris Road bridge in New Orleans helping the more than 20 motorists — mostly from St. Bernard Parish — who were trapped on it after traffic accidents.

Dornan, a Chalmette resident who has been with the Sheriff’s Office since the late 1980s, graduated from the FBI National Training Academy in 2010.

The Kiwanis Club presents the Life-Saver Award four times a year, twice to a parish sheriff’s deputy and twice to a firefighter.

Sports Hall of Fame

The St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame and longtime corporate sponsor Gulf Coast Bank recently hosted the organization’s 19th annual golf tournament at Oak Harbor in Slidell.

A foursome fielded by Lamarque Ford won first place in this year’s event. Team members were David Gonsoulin, Guy Perniciaro, Glenn France and Dave Joachim. Second place went to Chad Kelley, Calvin Kelone, Daryl Traylor and Ross Chiappeta.

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