To foster relationships among local law enforcement agencies, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will join forces with the FBI and Crimestoppers to host a pool tournament mixer for law enforcement officers tonight, May 8, in Chalmette.

The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., will take place at Lacy’s Cue, 701 W. Judge Perez Drive.

Sheriff James Pohlmann organized the tournament in collaboration with Michael Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans, and Darlene Cusanza, executive director of Crimestoppers.

Anderson, who suggested the event, said it will provide a chance for area law enforcement officers to get together in a social setting, which can be beneficial in such close-knit community.

“I started playing pool with my father and brother when I was 12 years old, and found it to be a wonderful platform to have lively and spirited conversations while enjoying a really fun activity,’’ said Anderson, who has been head of the FBI’s New Orleans office since 2012. “Over the next 30-plus years, pool has always offered that same dynamic for me with all sorts of other pool players across the country. As much as I also enjoy golf and many other outdoor activities, I believe pool can deliver even more bonding opportunities given the close quarters of a pool hall with a large number of players and supporters.”

Anderson said both men and women will compete in the tournament, which will be a double elimination, blind draw of doubles, rather than a singles, 8-ball tournament. The format “will maximize player participation, facilitate the mixing of department personnel and emphasize camaraderie over cut-throat competition,’’ Anderson said.

Pohlmann said he is pleased the get-together is being held in Chalmette.

“I am all in favor of law enforcement officers from various agencies having a chance to meet in a casual atmosphere and get to know each other, because it fosters better interagency cooperation,’’ he said. “That would be important in cases we need to work together on that go across parish lines. It is always easier to deal with people you have met and spoken with before.’’

The public is invited to watch the tournament. For information, call Lacy’s Cue at (504) 682-6199.

CHS fishing rodeo

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association’s fourth annual Fighting Owl Classic fishing rodeo is Saturday, May 10, at Breton Sound Marina. Scales will be open from noon to 3 p.m.

The entry fee is $30 per adult, and $15 per child 15 and under.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories in both adult and children’s divisions. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit CHS athletic programs.

For information, or to register, call Alvin Jones at (504) 279-6989.

Family fun at the library

This month’s installment of the St. Bernard Parish Library’s Saturday Morning Family Fun Program will feature Angela “The Yarnspinner” Davis on Saturday, May 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the library’s main branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd. in Chalmette.

Davis’ hour-long program, “KaBOOM! Pop!Bang! Fizzle Sticks,” will include science lab blunders, experiments gone awry, and tales of mayhem from far and wide.

Library friends of all ages are invited. Admission is free.

The event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

For information, call the library at (504) 279-0448 or visit

Knights of Nemesis

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Lehrmann’s Bar and Billiards, 135 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette.

Prospective members are invited. Food will be served.

The Knights of Nemesis organization was formed in 2004 and has paraded in the parish for the past nine years. The 10th annual Knights of Nemesis parade is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 7. For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or visit

AgMagic Days

The LSU AgCenter will host AgMagic Days, an interactive, visually stimulating educational experience for young children and their families that will link food and fiber products we use every day to the forests, field crops, livestock and seafood produced by Louisiana farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and fishermen.

The event, held at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway in Violet, will be open to school groups Wednesday, May 14, through Friday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the educational experience for visitors by serving as activity hosts and group leaders. Activity hosts will conduct hands-on activities at designated stations throughout AgMagic.

School groups from St. Bernard, as well as Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Charles and St. John Parishes, are invited to attend. Admission is free.

For more information, to volunteer, or to register a school group, call (504) 278-4234 or visit

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at