Photo provided by St. Tammany Library - Ron McLoughlin at work.

COMMUNITY MEETING: St. Tammany Parish Council member Maureen O’Brien will hold a community meeting for constituents of District 10 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Mandeville Council Chambers, 3101 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville. There will be updates on parish issues such as fracking and the budget, and a discussion of zoning for Destin Street and Marigny Street. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Samaritan Center in Mandeville will be accepted. For information, call (985) 898-2591.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES: This year, the Blessing of the Graves ceremony will include the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, which opened in June. The blessing will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery, which is adjacent to Camp Villere just north of Interstate 12 in Slidell. Other blessings scheduled for All Saints Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, include:

  • Near Slidell: Dubuisson Cemetery, 10 a.m. Friday; Maurice and Friends, 10:45 a.m.; Morgan Heirs, 11:15 a.m.; and at Forest Lawn at noon. Our Lady of Lourdes cemetery will be blessed at 10 a.m.
  • In Lacombe: Casborn Cemetery, 1 p.m.; Osay, 1:25 p.m.; Toomer, 1:45 p.m.; Ducre, 2:10 p.m.; Melon-Cousin, 2:30 p.m.; Bayou Lacombe, 2:50 p.m.; Williams, 3:30 p.m.; Peter Cousin, 3:50 p.m. and Lafontaine-Hilltop, 4:05 p.m.

FRAME OF MIND: Artwork created by clients of NAMI St. Tammany will be displayed and sold during the Frame of Mind art exhibition and gala at 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. The event also will feature food, wine and beer, and an auction of items donated by local artists and businesses.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For information, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Tammany at (985) 626-6538 or visit

HANDLING HORSES: Ron McLoughlin, of the Classical Stock Seat School of Arizona, will hold a horse-handling seminar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Folsom Library, 82393 Railroad Ave.

McLoughlin, an international clinician, has conducted more than 881 clinics to date. Topics to be covered include lightness, 17 basic maneuvers, footwork, leads, balanced stops, seat position and solving horse-handling problems.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit or call (985) 796-9728. Light refreshments will be available. Seating space is limited to adults and teens. For information, visit www.

GIRL FRIENDS CLOSET DONATIONS: Donations of gently used fall ladies clothing, purses, shoes and scarves will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at My Girl Friend’s Closet at 881 Robert Blvd., behind Domino’s Pizza in Slidell. Donations will benefit Rainbow Childcare Center, a United Way partner agency during the November sale.

SAFE TALK SEMINAR: Suicide Alertness For Everyone, safeTALK, is a half-day suicide alertness program that teaches community members to recognize people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide intervention resources. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Slidell Memorial Hospital Founder’s Conference Room on Nov. 6.

The class has been approved for 2.5 general CEUs from the NASW-La Chapter. Cost is $35. Registration is required.

For information, visit the St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide website at, call (985) 237-5506, or email

STOPS was formed in December 2001 with a mission to lower the rate of suicide in St. Tammany Parish and to assist those who have lost a loved one to suicide. STOPS offers suicide prevention education, intervention and methods for dealing with its effects.