St. Tammany neighborhood briefs for July 15, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Slidell Garden Club - The Slidell Garden Club sponsored the 2015 Memorial Day Observance on May 30 at the Veterans Memorial Monument in Slidell. Placing the wreath at the Monument is Harold Arceneaux, United States Navy, WWII Veteran.

  • GRANDMOTHER SUPPORT GROUP: A grandmother support group will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. Donations are accepted. To register or for information, call (985) 892-8111 or email info@womens centerforhealing.org.
  • SLIDELL HAMFEST: Ozone Amateur Radio Club presents Slidell EOC Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at John Slidell Park gym, 105 Robert Blvd. Admission is $7, and Scouts in uniform get in free. There will be a flea market, forums and raffle drawing at 2 p.m. as well as jambalaya, étouffée, pulled-pork sandwiches, doughnuts and coffee for sale to benefit the club. VE testing will be off-site at 480 Robert Blvd. For information, email hamfest@w5sla.net; and for ham operators, Talk-In 147.270/PL 114.8. To find out what that means, attend Hamfest.
  • GLOBAL WILDLIFE CENTER: A birthday party for Sky the baby giraffe will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Global Wildlife Center, 26389 La. 40, Folsom. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children, with proceeds going toward Sky’s care. To buy tickets, visit www.northshorefoundation.org/krewe-of-awe. During the birthday party, the safari wagon will leave on a 90-minute guided journey at 2:15 p.m. The party will be in the pavilion from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • NORTHSHORE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: Adam Kay of the New Orleans Anti-Corruption Coalition will speak to the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club at its meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St. The coalition is a non-partisan local group working to reduce or eliminate the corrosive influence of money in local, state and national politics. The local anti-corruption group is a chapter of Represent Us, and they partner with a number of national organizations fighting corruption and supporting campaign finance reform. Kay said the chapter’s primary goal this year is to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act (AACA) in New Orleans. The Northshore Democratic Women’s Club is a local organization which seeks to connect like-minded women, promote democratic values and serve the community. For information, email the NDWC at northshoredwc@gmail.com.
  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging St. Tammany will offer an opportunity for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s to share their successes and struggles from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greater Starlight Baptist Church, 513 W. 28th Ave., Covington. An experienced facilitator will listen carefully and offer feedback if you wish. The Covington session will be repeated from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Greater Starlight Baptist Church.
  • DREAM GROUP: Women meet to discuss and process the unconscious messages of dreams from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The next meeting will be July 21. Free.
  • SENIOR FITNESS: There will be a demonstration class for a strength, balance and fitness class for older adults at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., Slidell. The Council on Aging St. Tammany will offer the Stay Active and Independent for Life classes at 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Aug. 3 through October; registration will follow the demonstration class. The only cost is a one-time $10 donation to COAST.
  • VETERANS LUNCHEON: Slidell Elks Lodge 2321 will hold a luncheon for veterans and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the lodge, 34212 Elks Road, Slidell. Food and drinks will be complimentary, there will be live music by Becky, and three $50 gift cards will be raffled. To reserve your spot, call Paul Newfield, veterans chairman, at (985) 641-7862 or call the lodge at (985) 641-1266.
  • COOKBOOK SILENT AUCTION: A silent auction of previously owned cookbooks is underway until 6 p.m. Monday, July 27, in the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Beginning bids range from $2 to $6, and all bids and advances must be in even dollar amounts. Bids are placed in person, but high bidders do not have to be present to win. The auction includes more than 60 cookbooks, including several vintage titles dating as early as 1926. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Slidell Library, which supports the Slidell, Pearl River and Lacombe branch libraries.
  • CAMP HOPE: A unique and innovative grief camp for children ages 6-15 in St. Tammany Parish and its surrounding parishes, Camp Hope is designed specifically for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The theme is “Crack That Coconut,” and loss from which children can suffer include cancer and illness, car wrecks, suicide, accidents, murder or military service, as well as separation from divorce and incarceration. Camp Hope is from 9 a.m. to noon, July 28, at the Renewed Hope Center, 2763A Sgt. Alfred Drive, Slidell. Activities will incorporate the use of art, music, games and play therapies with the theme of offering hope for the future. A licensed professional counselor who specializes in play therapy will conduct each session. There is a $20 registration fee. For details, contact Trudy Godwin at (985) 288-0819
  • DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: A driver safety class for people 55 and older will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 627 Gause Blvd., Slidell. The AARP class requires no driving, and no test is required to pass. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others. Payment is by check or money order; no cash will be accepted. To reserve a spot, call John Carver at (985) 373-7314.