HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Christy and the Rascals will perform at a “Taste and Tipsy” fundraiser for East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the home of Bill and Sharron Newton, 35140 Garden Drive, Slidell. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling the Habitat for Humanity office at (985) 639-0656.

YMCA HEROES: Everyday people committed to strengthening the community through acts of courage and kindness will be honored as YMCA Heroes at the West St. Tammany YMCA Northshore Heroes Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Tchefuncta Country Club.

Tickets to the luncheon are $50. For tickets or sponsorships, contact the West St. Tammany YMCA at (985) 893-9622 or kakkit@ymcaneworleans.org.

CRAWFISH COOKIN’ FOR A CAUSE: The all-you-can-eat cook-off will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lakefront Harbor in Old Mandeville. The event is to benefit the Project Red Light for Hope and Mary Payton’s Miracle Foundation.

There will be more than 20 boiling teams and 4,000 pounds of crawfish. Teams will compete for a People’s Choice and Celebrity judge award. Celebrity judges include Saints player Safety Kenny Vaccaro, as well as the mayor of Mandeville and chef Pat Gallagher.

Live music will be provided by Dave Jordan Band and Mike Epstein. Children’s activities will include the Home Depot Little Builders Tent, face painting, hair decorating, a photo booth and more. Hot dogs, water, soft drinks, snowballs, beer and more will be available.

Advance tickets are $25 and advance pack of five tickets is $100. Day-of tickets are $35 and children 10 and younger are free. Day-of tickets may increase with market price of crawfish.

For information, visit www.crawfishcookin.com or call Cheri Karlin at (985) 718-7536.

WILDLIFE REFUGE WORK/PLAY DAY: The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges is organizing a “Work/Play Day” at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 La. 434, in Lacombe, 2 miles south of Interstate 12 at Exit 74.

Work will include clearing unwanted growth from trails and tending to the historic gardens throughout the property.

After the work is done, and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges has provided lunch, there will be a facilitated canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe. All equipment is provided and new volunteers are always welcome.

In order to ensure lunch supplies for all, participants should contact David Stoughton at (985) 882-2025 or david_stoughton@fws.gov by May 15.

JUMPIN’ INTO SUMMER: The city of Covington invites children of all ages to its Jumpin’ into Summer event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. There will be a variety of summertime activities and a magic show with Billy Ferguson.

MANDEVILLE KIWANIS OPEN HOUSE: The Kiwanis Club of Northshore Mandeville will hold an open house breakfast for prospective members at 7:15 a.m. May 22 in the fellowship hall at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4375 La. 22, in Mandeville.

The Kiwanis Club sponsors K-Kids, Builders Clubs and Key Clubs in local schools. Service projects have included Coats for Kids, Kids Konnection playground, Thanksgiving food drive, STARC AKtion Club, Nicaraguan Children’s Dental Ministry and the Kiwanis Car Show.

The Club meets at 7:15 a.m. every Thursday at New Covenant Presbyterian. Dues are $45 per quarter and a one-time initiation fee of $55. For membership information, call Cliff Giffin at (504) 577-0799 or visit www.northshore-kiwanis.org.

LOUISIANA POLITICS: Barbara Forrest, a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, will speak on the topic “A Marriage Made In Heaven: How Religious Right Politics Is Damaging Louisiana Lawmaking” at 7 p.m. May 22 at the Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs.

Forrest is a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education and a former member of the board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She is a co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science, which has worked to protect science education in Louisiana public schools.

Her presentation is free and is sponsored by the Progressive Northshore Democrats and the Northshore Democratic Women’s Club.

JOB FAIR: The St. Tammany Business & Career Solutions Center Spring Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29 at Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St., Slidell. Participation is free, but businesses that wish to participate must register by May 23. The registration form is available by calling Mike Messina at (985) 646-6410 or email mmessina@lwc.la.gov.