- MAD HATTER RESULTS: The Junior Auxiliary of Slidell recently held its second annual Mad Hatter 5K and Fun Run. Families and friends enjoyed exercising together in a fun environment with food, music, a bounce house and prizes. The run had more than 150 participants of all ages. Overall first place 5K finishers were Joseph White and Lori Gaston. Overall 1-mile finishers were Laynie Hope, Drew Prude and Ronald Newson. Best hat contest winners included best group ensemble winners Adam, Tracey and Trish Hellmers.
- GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST APRIL 10-12: Birdfest includes birding trips, workshops, photo opportunities and hospitality. Northlake Nature Center organizes the annual outings for birders at a time when hundreds of thousands of migratory birds are arriving at Louisiana’s coast from Mexico and South America. BirdFest trips will visit varied habitat including swamps, wetlands, pine savanna and hardwoods of southeast Louisiana. In past years, birders have spotted between 125 and 150 species during BirdFest. For a birding checklist, visit losbird.org/checklist.htm. To register, visit northlakenature.org.
- NORTHLAKE NATURE CENTER: 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. For information and to register for programs at the center, call (985) 626-1238 or email Rue@northlakenature.org. Upcoming programs include:
- KUNDALINI YOGA: Sally Dunn will lead a Kundalini yoga class at 1 p.m. Tuesday under the pavilion. Kundalini Yoga is an active form of meditation using postures, breath and mantras. Free for members; $5 for others.
- NATURE WALK: A two-hour walk among the swamps, ponds, bayous, hardwood forest and pineland habitats of the Northlake Nature Center will begin at 1 p.m. April 15 and April 22. Participants are encouraged to reserve loppers to help improve the trails as they go. For details or to reserve loppers, call (985) 626-1238.
- KAYAKING THE BAYOU:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color David Woodard will lead introductory kayak trips down Bayou Castine at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. April 26, beginning at the canoe launch at the center. Participants must weigh at least 50 pounds for life jackets; and must be 13 to kayak without an adult. Free for members; $5 for others.
- STORYWALK: The St. Tammany Parish Library shares in presenting an interactive story on the trails at Northlake Nature Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 22. The story will be “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathman. The storywalk is free and no reservations are required. The path is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or lunch to enjoy a picnic before or after.
- SENIOR OLYMPICS: The St. Tammany Parish Senior Olympic Games will take place from April 12 to June 27 and are open to everyone 50 and older. St. Tammany Senior Olympics has an opening ceremony before each event for the participating athletes. For information or to obtain a registration form, call the St. Tammany Council on Aging at (985) 892-0377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit coastseniors.org. Events include:
- WEIGHTLIFTING: 8 a.m. April 12, Cross Gates Family Fitness (CrossFit Building), 200 N. Military Road, Slidell
- TENNIS (MIXED): 12:30 p.m. April 18, Franco’s, 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville
- TRACK AND FIELD: 9 a.m. April 25, Fontainebleau High School, 100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville
- TENNIS (SINGLES, DOUBLES): 8:30 a.m. May 2, Cross Gates Family Fitness, 200 N. Military Road, Slidell
- PICKLEBALL: 8 a.m. May 9, Pelican Park Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Park, Mandeville
- CYCLING: 7 a.m. May 16, La. 36, Abita Springs (across from UCM Museum)
- VOLLEYBALL: June 27, Coquille Park and Recreation, 13505 La. 1085, Covington. Captains will notify players.
- GET LUCKY! GOLF TOURNAMENT: The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation’s fourth annual Get Lucky! golf tournament will be held April 17 at Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington. Sign up by Friday to compete with 25 teams of corporate foursomes and individual players. Contact Nicole Suhre at (985) 898-4171 or email@example.com, or visit sthfoundation.org/golf.
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MONK RUN: The annual Joseph Abbey Monk Run on the grounds of the abbey and seminary college will be held April 25 at 75376 River Road in St. Benedict, north of Covington. There will be both a 5K trail run and a 1-mile race. Registration will be limited to the first 600 participants. The races are organized by the 15th Street Flyers with the 1-mile run beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. Race-walkers will start one minute later. Awards will be made and presented by the St. Joseph Abbey monks to the top men and women in both races and in a host of age groups. T-shirts also will be given to all preregistered entrants. A post-race picnic includes local food and beverages to all registered participants. Preregistration is available via USPS if postmarked by April 17. Cost is $25 for persons 17 and older, and $10 for youths 16 and younger. Seminarians can run for $10 if preregistered. Online registration will continue until April 17 at getmeregistered.com/monkrun2015. Race packets and race day registration will be available beginning at 7 a.m. on April 25 and is $30 per person 17 and older and $15 for youths and seminarians. A no-T-shirt option is $25. Proceeds will go to care for the monks living on-site as well as ongoing activities at the abbey. Race applications are available online at 15thstreetflyers.org and sjasc.edu; or call Diane Weiss at (985) 893-3684.
- PADDLE FOR A PURPOSE: Teams of 20 are forming for the Paddle for a Purpose fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Each team will participate in three 500-meter races in the Walgreens Greater New Orleans Dragon Boat Races & Festival on May 9 at 403 St. Francis St. on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. Teams will be supplied with a 10-by-10-foot team tent, a practice session with a Dragon Boat coach and all equipment necessary to race. No experience is necessary, and individual paddler seats are available. Team registration fee is $1,395. For information, contact Leslie Landry at (985) 276-6845 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gwndragonboat.com/new orleans.
BRITISH SOCCER CAMP: A weeklong British soccer camp will take place the week of May 25-29 at Charlie Finn Memorial Park, 22517 La. 36, Abita Springs. The soccer camp is sponsored by St. Tammany Recreation District 11 and conducted by Challenger Sports, which will hold more than 4,000 soccer programs this year involving more than 225,000 players between the ages of 3 and 19. Each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,200 British soccer coaches. A daily tournament, the Camp World Cup, will teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. First Kicks programs for children ages 3 and 4 will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at a cost of $83. Mini Soccer for children ages 5 and 6 will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $97. A half-day program for children ages 7 to 10 will be from 9 a.m. to noon for $130. A half-day program for ages 11 to 16 will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $130. For team camp rates, contact Nick Rundell at (469) 713-2737 or nrundell@ challengersports.com. To register, visit challengersports.com.
RACQUETS FOR REAGAN: The St. Jude Racquets for Reagan tennis tournament will be held June 4-7 at Franco’s Athletic Club, 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville. It will be a first-match losers consolation tournament, in which those who lose the first match will go on to a consolation event. The fee to participate is $90 per player. For information, contact Shelley Sisson at (985) 237-0384 or email@example.com.
A RUN TO REMEMBER 5K: The Wounded Warrior Project will be the beneficiary of the Run to Remember 1-mile and 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. June 13 at TerraBella Village, 100 TerraBella Blvd., Covington. Dynamic Physical Therapy is sponsoring the event, with a goal of raising $15,000. The cost to register for the run/walk is $25 through June 5, when it will increase to $30. Preregistered participants will receive a race T-shirt. To register, sponsor or volunteer, or to make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit getwellatdynamic.com/run. For questions about the race or becoming a sponsor, contact Patrick Sellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FISHING PIER HOURS: St. Tammany Fishing Pier will open daily at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. at 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near Slidell. This is on the east side of Interstate 10, exit 261, by the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The pier is free for children under 12. For those 12 and older, the fee is $1 to sightsee and $3 to fish. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Payment is accepted in cash, credit or debit. Anyone wishing to fish must have a valid Louisiana fishing license. A fishing license can be purchased at a local bait and tackle shop, sporting goods store or from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
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