YMCA HERO NOMINATIONS: The West St. Tammany YMCA is accepting nominations through March 28 for YMCA Heroes. These are everyday people committed to strengthening communities by performing extraordinary acts of courage and kindness in the area of youth development, healthy living or social responsibility.

The YMCA Heroes will be recognized at the West St. Tammany YMCA Northshore Heroes Award Luncheon at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington.

Descriptions of the award categories and nomination forms can be found at www.ymcaneworleans.org.

For tickets and/or sponsorships, visit the West St. Tammany YMCA, 71256 Francis Road, Covington, call (985) 893-9622, fax (985) 893-4866 or email kakkit@ymcaneworleans.org.

MY GIRLFRIEND’S CLOSET: Donations of new or gently used ladies spring clothing, purses and accessories will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at My Girlfriend’s Closet resale boutique. The volunteer-run shop is at 881 Robert Blvd., Slidell, behind the Dollar General Store and Domino’s Pizza.

Rainbow Child Care Center will be the beneficiary of a three-day sale at the My Girlfriend’s Closet resale boutique March 5-7. Hours for the sale are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7. For information, contact Dionne Graham at (985) 646-1603.

COAST CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging St. Tammany (COAST) Community Services Department is holding a caregiver support group meeting at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. on Friday at the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St. Caregivers of senior adults can meet together to share experiences, strengths, and difficulties, in order to help one another cope and solve common problems. A brief caregiver education session will follow each session.

For information, call COAST Community Services Department at (985) 892-0377 or visit www.COASTSeniors.org.

FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE: St. Tammany Fire District 1 in Slidell will host an open house at all seven fire stations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 11, 322 Bouscaren St.; Fire Station 12, 1570 W. Hall Ave.; Fire Station 13, 101 Normandy Drive; Fire Station 14, 297 Steele Road; Fire Station 15, 58405 Holly Drive; Fire Station 16, 320 Marina Drive; and Fire Station 17, 309 Johnny F. Smith Blvd. The event is an opportunity for the public to meet local firefighters, tour the fire stations, check out the equipment and take pictures of the trucks. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

GIRLS’ HEALTH: Junior and senior high school girls will learn about depression, stress, peer pressure and healthful lifestyles during “A Day for Girls’ Health” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. The event is co-sponsored by Slidell Memorial Hospital and Junior Auxiliary of Slidell. Giveaways, beauty tips, hair and makeup, dancing and a fashion show will make this a fun-filled event. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit SlidellMemorial.org.

SLIDELL HERITAGE FESTIVAL SEEKS APPLICANTS: The 18th annual Slidell Heritage Festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4 at Heritage Park in Slidell. The event is organized by two Slidell Rotary clubs to celebrate America’s birthday and to provide funds for local charities.

Support is provided by local business sponsor and volunteers from the nonprofit groups it benefits.

Applications will be accepted through March 6 from nonprofit organizations that would like to participate in the festival and share in the proceeds. A Charity Support Application Form is available online at www.slidellheritagefest.org.

The organization must be a recognized nonprofit, present the need and purpose for the funds, and submit a final report of how the awarded funds were used. Charities will receive proceeds based on the number of volunteer hours supplied at the festival.

Requests may be submitted by a designated representative to Slidell Heritage Festival, Inc. P.O. Box 3176, Slidell, La. 70459.

ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION: The International Association of Forensic Nurses, in partnership with the St. Tammany SALT Council, will present a 2-½ -day training class on elder abuse issues for registered nurses in Covington from March 4-6. The class will offer up to 24 hours of CEU credits.

SALT Council Chairman Ralph Oneal said the class is based on curriculum developed by IAFN and led by Trisha Sheridan, an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Legal issues of caring for elders who are victims of elder abuse will be presented by Harold Bartholomew Jr., an elder abuse protection unit supervisor in the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Registration is $100 and includes lunch, at www.ForensicNurses.org .

DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY: St. Tammany Parish Library will host the 111th birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodore Geisel, by participating in this year’s National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day.”

There will be a free birthday party with books, activities, crafts, cake and refreshments at these branches: Causeway, Monday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.; Bush, Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m.; Madisonville, Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.; Slidell, Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.; Abita Springs, Wednesday, March 4, 4 p.m.; and Folsom, Wednesday, March 4, 4 p.m.

The Covington Branch will hold a “Crafternoon” on Monday between 3:30-4:30 p.m. for children to make a Dr. Seuss-inspired craft. For details, call (985) 893-6280 or visit www.sttammanylibrary.org.