Touch a Truck event set for Nov. 15

Northshore Families Helping Families will host the second annual Touch a Truck event Nov. 15 at Church of the King in Mandeville.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. for children with special needs and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Touch a Truck is a family-friendly event with music, food and more. Guests will have an opportunity to discover and explore all of their favorite things on wheels, including emergency and construction vehicles. Other activities include a video gaming truck, several inflatables and interactive games. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled by the Knights of Columbus Most Holy Trinity Council 14614 and be available for purchase, along with snacks and beverages.

Admission is $5 per person. Children younger than 2 will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at or at the event.

Northshore Families Helping Families is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that “serves as a resource center for individuals with disabilities and their families, staffed by individuals with disabilities and their families. The group is a network of families who, because of personal experiences, are committed to reaching out to other families with similar experiences.”

Church of the King is at 22205 Little Creek Road in Mandeville. For information on the event or on Northshore Families Helping Families, call (985) 875-0511.


YMCA FLAG FOOTBALL: The West St. Tammany YMCA youth flag football season for boys and girls ages 3-7 will run from Nov. 15 through Dec. 27. Games will be played at the West St. Tammany YMCA, 71256 Francis Road, near Covington. Registration will be accepted until Nov. 22. For information, call (985) 893.9622.

TURKEY TROT: Salmen High School will host its Turkey Trot 5K run/walk on Nov. 15 in and around the school campus. The 5K is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. A 1-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 to pre-register, which includes a race T-shirt. Race-day registration will cost $25. Proceeds go to the Salmen cross country and cheer programs. For more information, visit, or email or

SAFE HARBOR BENEFIT RUN: A 5K/1-mile charity run to benefit Safe Harbor will be Nov. 15 on the Mandeville lakefront. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile event will follow at 8:45 a.m. There will be food, prizes and more. The cost is $20 per person 13 and older if registered by Nov. 7. Registration costs $10 for people 12 and under. Race-day registration costs $15 for youths and $25 for adults. For information, call (985) 727-7277 or visit

NORTHLAKE NATURE CENTER: The Northlake Nature Center, at 23135 U.S. 190 east of Mandeville, has a full slate of autumn activities planned. Following are a few coming events:

  • Nature walk and titivation, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.
  • Master naturalist Anita Merrigan will show adults and children how to make a bird feeder with recycled materials at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. There will also be a bird paraphernalia swap.

Space at all NNC events is limited. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 for nonmembers and free for NNC members. Call (985) 626-1238 or email for information.

BLUE HERON GOLF AND BALL DROP: The West St. Tammany YMCA will host the seventh annual Blue Heron Cup benefit golf tournament Nov. 24 at Money Hill Golf and Country Club near Abita Springs. The four-person scramble will begin at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $150 per player or $500 per team.

Also Nov. 24 at Money Hill, the second annual Great Golf Ball Drop will take place to benefit the West St. Tammany YMCA. The fundraiser consists of golf balls dropped onto a green with the ball closest to the pin winning. A maximum of 500 balls will be sold, and each costs $20. The grand prize will be $1,000 or 25 percent of total ball sales, whichever is higher. Balls will be sold until 2 p.m. at Money Hill that day.

For information on the tournament or the golf ball drop, visit

CHRISTMAS RUN: The St. Paul’s Christmas 5K and 1-mile runs will be Dec. 6 in Covington. The 1-mile event will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K will follow at 8:30 a.m. Cash awards will be presented in the 5K. Both courses will be in scenic old Covington, with Santa leading the 1-mile race and the 5K ending on the St. Paul’s track. The cost is $25 per person before Nov. 28 and $30 on race day, and both come with a long-sleeved race T-shirt. To register for a short-sleeved shirt it is $10 in advance or $15 on race day. For information, go to

BASKETBALL OFFICIATING: The Tri-Parish Officials Association is holding clinics for recreational and prep basketball. No experience is required. Experienced officials are welcome. Persons successfully completing clinics will begin work immediately. Average pay is $18 to $27.50 per hour. Call Jeff Hoffman at (985) 630-5178 or email for information.