CHRISTMAS IN JULY: The Women of First United Methodist Church invite the public to start their shopping early and enjoy refreshments at its “Christmas in July” benefit sale from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger St., Slidell.

There will be new and gently used Christmas and gift items available at reasonable prices, plus desserts and cold drinks as part of the fundraiser.

The purpose of WFC is threefold: to serve each other, the church, and the community. For more information about the group contact Cindy Cochran at

WILDWOODS MARRIED COUPLES RETREAT: A marriage can be enriched at a Couples Retreat to be held from 9 a.m. July 19 to 1 p.m. July 20 at St. Joseph Abbey Christian Life Center in Covington. The theme of the retreat is “Joy” and will be led by speakers Willie and Aly Leonard; Chuck and Bridget Stiening; and Scott and Jill Cabes. A suggested donation is $275 per couple, with a $50 deposit. For information and to register, call (504) 830-3716 or visit