HELP WITH HEAT FOR SENIORS: The St. Tammany Council on Aging has a limited number of electric room heaters available for seniors 60 and older with inadequate heat supply. For information about qualifying for this free program, contact community services at (985) 897-0377.

SAFE RIDE HOME: The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is participating in the Safe Ride Home program during the holidays. Those who are too intoxicated to drive or cannot arrange a ride home can call the Sheriff's Office at (985) 898-2338 to request a ride from a deputy, without cost or penalty. A deputy will pick up residents from inside the parish and take them home but not to another destination like a bar or party. The Safe Ride Home program runs through New Year's Day.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Slidell Noon Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast to raise money for its vision programs, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Lion's Den, 356 Cleveland Ave., Slidell. The $6 cost covers pancakes, sausage, and coffee or milk.

WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARDS: The Professional Women of St. Tammany Women's Choice Awards will be presented during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Pinecrest Drive, Covington. The honorees will be Barbara Edwards Doyle, Pelican Pages; Caitlin Hunter, Chevron; Lacey Toledano, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Condrey Ward, Southern Hotel; and Catherine Wilbert, Big Sky Ranch. The cost is $24 for members and $29 for others. To register, visit or contact Sarada Bonnett at or (985) 789-7183 by noon Jan. 4.

AARP TAX AIDE VOLUNTEERS: The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is seeking volunteer tax return preparers for the 2018 tax season. Tax-Aide, operated as part of the IRS Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, is the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Volunteers will receive free tax law and computer training in January and will help taxpayers one or two days a week from February through mid-April. To volunteer, contact Bill McHugh at (985) 892-6735 or visit

COVINGTON TOASTMASTERS: The Totally Toastmasters group meets from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month in the second-floor conference room at Ochsner Health Center, 1000 Ochsner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be Jan. 5. The group empowers participants to develop communication and leadership skills. For information, contact Tom Flynn at (504) 239-4351 or

COVINGTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT: Registration will be open from Jan. 6 through Feb. 2 for Covington Recreation Department basketball for boys and girls ages 11-15. Registration hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Recreation Department offices in Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave. The registration fee is $55, or $35 for Medicaid recipients living within city limits. Only checks and money orders are accepted. For information, call (985) 893-4044 or email

ST. TAMMANY COMPUTER ASSOCIATION: Vice President Shirley Sharpe and President Paul Parker will begin new classes in Microsoft’s Windows 10 on Saturday, Jan. 6. Their volunteer service aims to help seniors learn the basics of using email and the internet. Meetings and classes are held at the St. Tammany Parish Military Road Complex, 61134 N. Military Road, Slidell. Classes are free to paid members. Dues are $20 per year. Guests may attend twice before joining. For information, email or call (985) 863-2906.

SILENT AUCTION OF BOOKS: Books about Louisiana and the South are featured during a silent auction underway until 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Bids are placed in person, and high bidders do not have to be present to win. The Friends of the Slidell Library will use proceeds from the sale to benefit the Slidell, Pearl River, South Slidell and Lacombe branch libraries. For a list of auction titles or information about the Friends of the Slidell Library, email

NORTHLAKE NEWCOMERS CLUB: Singer-songwriter Lena Prima will be the guest speaker when the Northlake Newcomers Club meets for lunch at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Pinecrest Drive, Covington The cost is $26 for members and $29 for guests. For information, call (803) 730-7831.

HOLOCAUST HISTORY AND POLITICS: Tulane historian Lawrence N. Powell, author of “Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust and David Duke’s Louisiana” will lead a presentation from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Joining him will be Anne Levy, a child survivor of the Lodz and Warsaw ghettos credited with starting the grass-roots movement to stop David Duke’s political career in 1991. To register, visit or call the library at (985) 646-6470.

LIBRARY CON: A free all-fandom convention, Library Con, will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St. Fans of Dungeons and Dragons, gaming, "Star Trek," "Star Wars," Harry Potter, "Doctor Who," graphic novels, manga, anime, Pokémon, superheroes and anything else are welcome. There will be a costume parade at 3:30 p.m., a live Pac Man game on the lawn, a Pokémon tournament and costumed characters for photo ops. To enter fan art, get a submission form from your local branch library or The phone number for the Madisonville Library is (985) 845-4819.

GOOGLE BASICS: A program on Google products such as Gmail and Google Drive will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Madisonville Branch Library, 1123 Main St. The program is free. To register, visit or call the Madisonville library at (985) 845-4819. 

REVERSE MORTGAGES: The St. Tammany SALT Council and Gulf Coast Bank and Trust will present a workshop on reverse mortgages from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, 300 Brownswitch Road, Slidell. The event will also provide information about identity theft. To register, visit or call (985) 809-5455 by 6 p.m. Jan. 15. 

RACIAL HEALING GROUP: A racial healing group for women meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the great room at the Women's Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The next meeting will be Jan. 18. For information, email or call (985) 892-8111.

DECLUTTERING TECHNOLOGY: A program on cleaning up your email, uninstalling unnecessary software and deleting cookies to make the internet run faster will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Madisonville Branch Library, 1123 Main St. The event is free. To register, visit or call the Madisonville library at (985) 845-4819. 

WEST 30s TASK FORCE: A community meeting of the West 30s Task Force will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in Rosenwald Gym at the Harrison Curriculum Center, 706 W. 28th Ave., Covington. Topics will include housing, employment, education and community involvement.