• FISHING DERBY: The Bait-N-Wait fishing derby for kids 15 and younger will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Fairview-Riverside State Park, 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville. Participants should bring their own rod, reel and bait. There will be a casting competition with prizes awarded in different age categories for most points scored. There will be prizes for the most fish caught, for the biggest and smallest fish caught and for the most unusual fish caught. Children 5 and younger will enjoy making fish prints, coloring and fishing for magnetic fish in a swimming pool. Park admission is $2, with ages 3 and younger or 62 and older admitted free. For information, call (985) 792-4652.

SLIDELL YOUTH FOOTBALL: The Slidell Youth Football Association will hold registration for the 2015 football and cheerleading season on the weekends of July 11-12, July 18-19 and July 25-26 at the SYFA Field House, 3158 Terrace Ave. Registration times will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information on the SYFA football and cheerleading programs, visit leaguelineup.com/syfa.

  • HORSE SAFETY CAMP: New Heights Therapy will host up to a dozen campers ages 5-8 interested in learning horse safety from 8 a.m. to noon July 21-23 at 82302 Holliday Road, Folsom. For information, email Kim Clinard at kim.clinard@newheightstherapy.org or call Stephen Engro at (985) 796-4600.
  • MADISONVILLE YOUTH BOOSTERS: Registration is open for the Madisonville Youth Boosters fall soccer program. These recreational teams are coached by volunteers who provide a fun environment where players learn basic and not-so-basic soccer skills. Recreational teams practice once or twice a week and have games on the weekend. The U5-U8 Madisonville Youth Boosters teams play intraleague games in the fall and spring at Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 La. 1085, Covington. The U10 and older teams play in the Northshore Recreational League, requiring limited travel. Children must be at least 4 and no older than 14 as of July 31 to play rec soccer with MYB at Coquille. Evaluations will be held July 20-23. Registration fees range from $65 for U5 to $100 for U14. Parents will provide uniforms, soccer cleats, shin guards, soccer balls and water. For information, contact Natalie Roy, recreational soccer commissioner, at mybrecsoccer@gmail.com.

NORTHLAKE NATURE CENTER: 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. For information and to register for programs at the center, call (985) 626-1238 or send email to Rue@northlakenature.org. Programs include:

  • Oliver A. Houck, author of “Downstream Toward Home,” will discuss his book at 9 a.m. Friday at the Northlake Nature Center. A professor at Tulane University Law School, conservationist and defender of wildlife, Houck shares his six decades of exploring America’s waterways, from unnamed creeks and Louisiana swamps to the rivers of Western canyons and the Alaskan tundra. This engaging travelogue leads readers down more than 32 rivers across the country. Free for members, $5 others. Reservations required.
  • Beekeeper Ralph Roshto has designed and built a traveling observation beehive that shows the busy bees in action. He will give a presentation on bees at 9 a.m. Saturday, including an opportunity to watch the queen bee and her worker bees make honey. Free for members, $5 others. Reservations required.
  • A two-hour walk among the swamps, ponds, bayous, hardwood forest and pineland habitats of the Northlake Nature Center will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. Participants are encouraged to reserve loppers to help improve the trails as they go. Program is free; call for details and to reserve loppers.
  • Sally Dunn will lead a Kundalini yoga class at 6 p.m. Tuesday under the pavilion. Kundalini Yoga is an active form of meditation using postures, breath and mantras. The yoga session is free for members and $5 for others.
  • The moon will be full on July 31, when there will be a moonlight hike and Shiver Shack sno-balls beginning at 8 p.m. The hike is free for members and $5 for others.

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