FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Emmanuel Matlock and Nancy McKinney, of Blue Cross, will be the guest speakers when Slidell Chapter 1396 of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association meets at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the American Legion Hall, 1680 St. Ann Place, Slidell. The "Lunch Bunch" will meet and eat at 11 a.m. that day at Pearl's Seafood Restaurant, 502 Gause Blvd West, Slidell. For information, contact chapter President Elroy Noel at (985) 290-0757 or elroynoel@bellsouth.net.

NORTHLAKE NEWCOMERS CLUB: Mardi Gras bingo and a white elephant sale will be the highlights when the Northlake Newcomers Club meets at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville. The cost is $26 for members and $29 for guests. For information, call (803) 730-7831 or visit www.northlakenewcomers.com.

USED-BOOK SALE: Books related to popular culture, including a collection of comic and cartoon books, will be featured during a Second Saturday Special Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Prices will range from 25 cents to $3. The Friends of the Slidell Library will use proceeds to benefit the Slidell, Pearl River, Lacombe and South Slidell branch libraries. For information, email fsl70458@yahoo.com.

SLIDELL NEWCOMERS CLUB: A representative of Slidell Memorial Hospital will give a presentation when the Slidell Newcomers Club meets for lunch at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Pinewood Country Club, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell. The cost is $22. For reservations, call (985) 649-2647. For membership information, call (985) 641-5467.

LEGISLATIVE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL: Applications are being accepted through March 22 from high school students who have an interest in representing young people across the state as members of the 2018-19 Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. The 31-member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts. For an application, visit civiced.louisiana.gov. For information, contact Megan Bella at bellam@legis.la.gov or (225) 342-2362.

ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS: Applications are being accepted through March 12 for two $12,000 college scholarships offered by the Mandeville Rotary Club. The scholarships provide $1,500 for each of eight college semesters. Graduating high school seniors can obtain applications from guidance counselors at Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville High School, Lakeshore High School, St. Paul's High School, St. Scholastica Academy, Archbishop Hannan High School and Northlake Christian High School, and at www.mandevillerotary.org. The chairman of the Rotary Scholarship Student Selection Committee is Russell Penzato, russell.penzato@outlook.com.

STATE RETIREES: The Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System board of trustees elected Beverly Hodges and Virginia Burton as its 2018 chairwoman and vice chairwoman, respectively, at its January meeting. Hodges, undersecretary for the Department of Natural Resources, has been on the 13-member board of trustees since 2010. Burton has been a trustee since 2016. 

LIVESTOCK SHOW ROYALTY: Madalyn Jennings, of Folsom, was queen of the 83rd annual Southeast District Junior Livestock Show held Feb. 1-3 in Covington, with Luke Seguin, of Pine Grove, as king. Jennings, 17, a senior at Covington High School, is the daughter of Jon and Melanie Jennings; she is also the 2018 St. Tammany Parish Junior Livestock Show queen. Seguin, 17, a senior at Walker High School, is the son of Harold and Renette Seguin.

BAYOU LACOMBE REPUBLICAN WOMEN: Applications are being accepted until March 26 for the Frances S. Newman Scholarship offered by the Bayou Lacombe Republican Women. Applicants must be a female high school seniors who residen in the 70445 ZIP code. To request an application, contact President Madelon Nohra at (985) 630-7426 or nohrae@bellsouth.net or your high school's senior counselor.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING: Nick Randazzo will present a college scholarship and financial aid workshop focusing on college-bound high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at the South Slidell Library, 3901 Pontchartrain Drive. To register for the free event, visit www.mylocalevent.org with RSVP code 51219.

INTRODUCTION TO CLOUD STORAGE: A program on internet file storage, what the cloud can do and how to choose a provider will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Madisonville branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library, 1123 Main St. To register for the free program, visit stpl.bibliocommons.com/events or call the library at (985) 845-4819.

RACIAL HEALING GROUP: A racial healing group for women meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the great room at the Women's Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The next meeting will be Feb. 15. For information, email info@womenscenterforhealing.org or call (985) 892-8111.

FISH FRY:The Knights of Columbus of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church will hold weekly Lenten fish fries from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 to March 23 at the Family Life Center, 501 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington. Dine-in or take-out service will be available. Plates will be $11 for adults and $6 for children. 

TOTALLY TOASTMASTERS: Participants develop their communication and leadership skills when the Totally Toastmasters group meets from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month in the second-floor conference room at Ochsner Health Center, 1000 Ochsner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be Feb. 16. For information, contact Tom Flynn at (504) 239-4351 or flynntb@yahoo.com.

BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at Hadden Hall, 106 S. Jahnke Ave., Covington. Payment is by cash or check only. For information, email Debbie Reed at anndreed@gmail.com.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Gov. John Bel Edwards will discuss the 2018 state budget proposal during a West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at The Greystone, 935 Clausel St., Mandeville. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for others. To register, visit www.sttammanychamber.org.

FUELING A HEALTHY HEART: Marlise Eschete, community outreach coordinator for The Parenting Center of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, will give a presentation on healthy foods for a healthy heart from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave. To register for the free event, visit https://stpl.bibliocommons.com/events or call the library at (985) 893-6280.

NORTHSHORE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CLUB: The Northshore Democratic Women’s Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St. For membership information, email northshoredwc@gmail.com.

EAST ST. TAMMANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The ChamberONE luncheon of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at El Paso, 1100 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The cost is $20. For information or to register, visit www.estchamber.com.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Fidelity Bank, 1901 Gause Blvd., Slidell. The event is free for members and $10 for others. To register, visit www.estchamber.com

ABBEY ORGAN CONCERT: Italian organist Davide Mariano, the young artist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at St. Joseph Abbey Church, 75376 River Road, Covington.

TECH TALK: A reference librarian will help self-described Luddites ease their technology frustrations at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Mandeville branch library, 844 Girod St., Mandeville. The February installment of the monthly discussions will focus on tips and tricks for getting the most out of smartphones. To register for the free event, visit stpl.bibliocommons.com/events or call the library at (985) 626-4293. 

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY: Free classes for people 16 and older seeking to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly GED) are being offered by Northshore Technical Community College in Slidell, Lacombe, Hammond, Greensburg, Bogalusa and Franklinton. Day and evening classes are available. In St. Tammany Parish, intake and placement testing will be Feb. 28 and orientation will be March 2. For more information and to register, visit www.northshorecollege.edu/workreadyu.

WALK AGAINST DRUNKEN DRIVING: The Alexis Wilkins Scholarship Walk against Drunk Driving will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Heritage Park, 1709 Bayou Lane, Slidell. T-shirts will be available on the day of the walk for participants who register by Friday, Feb. 16. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children; the fee is $10 for those who don't want a T-shirt. Payments can be mailed to: Alexis Wilkins Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 1243 Lacombe, LA 70445. All of the proceeds from the walk go toward scholarships for graduating seniors. For information, contact Shirley Wilkins at (504) 782-9014 or Greta Richardson at (985) 607-8931, or email alexisfoundation4college@gmail.com.

CAMELLIA OPEN HOUSE: Tours, workshops, guest speakers and floral displays will be featured during the Bayou Lacombe Center Camellia Gardens Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges’ Bayou Lacombe Center. Admission and guided tours are free. Camellias will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Friends of the Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. For information, contact refuge ranger Jo Anne Dolan at (985) 882-2015 or joanne_dolan@fws.gov.

SLIDELL ELKS LODGE: The Slidell Elks Lodge will hold a free Law and Order Night program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Representatives of law enforcement agencies from the parish and state will give presentations, after which the floor will be open for questions. To make a reservation, contact Pat Massarini at patm66@bellsouth.net or the lodge at (985) 641-1266 by Feb. 3. 

FREEDOM FUND BANQUET: "Love and Change" will be the theme of the Freedom Fund Banquet sponsored by Slidell Branch No. 6287 of the NAACP. The banquet will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Greater North Shore Full Gospel Baptist Church, 840 Voters Road, Slidell. Tickets are $30. The branch president is Wilbert Perryman. For information, call (985) 285-6481 or (985) 264-6444.

"SELMA: THE BRIDGE TO THE BALLOT": A Teaching Tolerance documentary from the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot,” will be screened from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd. To register for the free event, visit https://stpl.bibliocommons.com/events or call the library at (985) 646-6470.

EMERGING YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: The Emerging Young Professionals group of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will meet for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Lagniappe Room of NOLA Southern Grill, 1375 Gause Blvd., Slidell. For information on joining the group, call (985) 643-5678.

ST. TAMMANY MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION: The spring seminar of the St. Tammany Master Gardener Association will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. There will be three presentations by horticultural professionals, a panel discussion and tabletop presentations; lunch will be provided. The cost is $25. Registration forms are available at garden supply stores. For information, email wafton@agcenter.lsu.edu.

MADISONVILLE GARDEN CLUB: The Madisonville Garden Club garden show will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, on the banks of the Tchefuncta River at Madisonville Town Hall, 403 St. Francis St. There will be 25 vendors selling everything garden-related, and master gardeners available to answer any questions concerning landscaping, plants and soil. 

SLIDELL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: Registration is open through March 4 for the 44th annual Olde Towne Slidell Association St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will be March 11, with lineup beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the parade rolling at 1 p.m. All walking groups, bikes, horses, cars, trucks, floats of any size, golf carts, motor scooters, motor cycles, dancing groups and school bands are invited to participate. Registration forms can be picked up at The Who Dat Shoppe, 311 Robert St. To have a form mailed or emailed to you, contact Ronnie Dunaway at (985) 641-1105 or Ronnie@whodatshoppe.org