BOOK SALE: Newer fiction for adults will be featured when the Friends of the Slidell Library holds its Second Saturday Special Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Hardbacks are $3, soft covers are $2, and paperbacks are $1.

The Friends of the Slidell Library helps support the Slidell, Pearl River, and Lacombe branch libraries; for information, send email to

DRINKING LIBERALLY: The monthly gathering of “like-minded people for conversation,” 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at The Beach House Bar & Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville.

PLANT SWAP: Anyone looking for new plants to plant in their garden or who have plants to share can attend the free Spring Plant Swap from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Bush Branch, 81597 Highway 41. Free to the public, no money will exchange hands, and the Swap is rain or shine.

Master Gardeners will be there to answer questions and there are books to check out of the library branch on gardening and landscape projects. Children and pets are allowed, but must be closely supervised.

”This is an opportunity to find new plants to replace those you might have lost during our recent freezes,” said branch manager Marjie Jahncke.

For information, call the library at (985) 886-3588 or visit

FREE BOX FANS FOR SENIORS: The Council on Aging St. Tammany is providing free box fans to area seniors who have difficulty keeping their homes a comfortable temperature in warmer months.

COAST has a limited number of 20-inch, three-speed box fans. Interested seniors must be at least 60 years old and St. Tammany Parish residents, and must register as COAST members if not already on the rolls.

Recipients must also be able to pick up their fans from a COAST facility, or have a friend or family member do so. COAST membership is free.

Qualified seniors should call COAST at (985) 892-0377.

NORTHLAKE NEWCOMERS: The club’s April luncheon is its annual White Elephant Bingo and Charity Raffle. Proceeds will go to the Safe Harbor for survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Fleur De Lis Event Center, 1645 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville.

Cost is $27, members, $30, guests.

For information, call (985) 234-9649, email or visit

ROOFTOP RENDEZVOUS: The annual gala to benefit the Slidell Memorial Hospital Foundation is held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on the fifth floor rooftop of the SMH Parking Garage, 1001 Gause Blvd. in Slidell. Enjoy food from local restaurants, dance to the music of Mojeaux, and enjoy the view under the stars while helping to raise money to fund programs, technology and capital equipment that will improve the lives of people in the community. Ticket are $100 and available at

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY SUPPORT: The National Association for Mental Illness — St. Tammany, presents the NAMI Family-To-Family Support Program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Pelican Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington.

Open to family members and family caregivers of individuals living with serious mental illness, the program will be facilitated by trained family members and family caregivers. The NAMI Support Group Model offers a set of key structures and processes that encourage full group participation in a supportive setting.

No registration is required and this group is provided free of charge. All groups are confidential and participants are welcomed to share as much or as little information as they wish. For information, contact NAMI St. Tammany or sign up for monthly email reminders at (985) 626-6538 or at; or visit

MILITARY ROAD ALLIANCE: St. Tammany Parish Assessor Louis Fitzmorris will be the guest speaker when the Military Road Alliance meets at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, in the cafeteria of Live Oak Village of Slidell, 2200 Gause Blvd. East, Slidell.

Fitzmorris will discuss property evaluations, millages and the proposed repeal of the inventory tax.

The Military Road Alliance is an organization of homeowner associations representing these subdivisions: Breckenridge, Cross Gates, Doubloon Bayou Estates, French Branch Estates, Frenchmens Estates, Lake Village, Landings, Magnolia Forest, Meadow Lake, Old River Road Association (including Quail Ridge, Quail Valley, Bay Ridge, Paradise Point, and The Settlement), Park Condo Association, River Oaks, Stonebridge and Turtle Creek.