The St. Bernard Salutes America Committee will host its 30th annual Fourth of July celebration on Friday, July 4, on the grounds behind the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Set for 4:30 to 10:30 p.m., the event will include live music by Amanda Shaw and The Top Cats, food, games, rides and crafts. A hot dog-eating contest sponsored by Stonewalls BBQ is at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show is at 9 p.m.

The menu will include pulled pork, chicken and sausage gumbo, barbecued ribs, corn grits, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, gourmet cupcakes, beer, soft drinks, daiquiris, snowballs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and ice cream.

For information, call Andrew Becker at (504) 473-7238 or Donny Bourgeois at (504) 236-3877.

Summer reading

St. Bernard Parish Library’s summer reading program continues this week with a story time with St. Bernard Parish Fire Chief Thomas Stone Thursday, July 3, at the Chalmette branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd.

Stone will share “The Little Fire Engine That Saved the City” by Dennis Smith at 11:30 a.m. Stone will be joined by St. Bernard Fire Department firefighters who will share fire safety tips with summer readers of all ages. Firefighters will help participants practice what they learn when they go through the Fire Safety House.

Pre-readers through 12th-graders are encouraged to complete their timed reading and activity sheets. The deadline to turn them in and be entered in the library’s grand finale prize drawing is July 10. The prize drawing will be on July 11 at 3 p.m. Winners must be present to claim their prizes.

Adult readers have until Aug. 2 to complete their summer reading to be eligible for their prize drawing, set for Aug. 5. Adult winners will be notified by phone.

Prize sponsors include: Audubon Institute, Chalmette Movies, J&M Jewelers, Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi, Local Flair, Louisiana Children’s Museum, McDonald’s, MeMe’s Bar and Grille, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., Pets Plus, and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

The library will be closed Friday and Saturday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

For information, stop by the library or call (504) 279-0448. Information also is available at

Chalmette Toastmasters to meet

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience by teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.

After a nine-year hiatus, an officially chartered Chalmette Toastmasters is active again in District 68, St. Bernard Parish. Meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

The group will celebrate its charter Tuesday, July 8, with special guests and presentations to be made by club officers and district executive committee members. The meeting is open to the public.

For information, or to reserve a spot, contact Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927 or

St. Bernard art show winners

The St. Bernard Art Guild held its open art show June 8 at the St. Bernard Parish government complex in Chalmette. Judging the show was Louisiana artist Tami Curtis-Ellis, of New Orleans.

The winners of the show are as follows:

ART UNDER GLASS: Claire Pescay, first and second place; Jan Wilken, third place and honorable mention; and Elaine Hodges and Maria Holshouser, honorable mention.

ART NOT UNDER GLASS: Dana Sherlock, first place; Lynn Battle, second place; Jan Wilken, third place and honorable mention; and Donna Lind and Janet Attaway, honorable mention.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelly Hicks, first place; Suzanne Vicknair, second place and honorable mention; Jan Wilken, third place; and Joe Murphy Jr. and Mary Ann Anderson, honorable mention.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL: Julie Nelson, first place and honorable mention; Michael Reed, second and third place; and Victoria Graves, honorable mention.

Specialty awards also were awarded to Elaine Hodges, best landscape and best St. Bernard theme; Victoria Graves, best maritime; Michael Reed, best spiritual; Kelly Hicks, best children; Lynn Battle, best floral; Dana Sherlock, best portrait; Maria Alvarez, best wildlife; and Julie Nelson, best abstract.

The Chalmette Refining LLC Best of Show Award went to Michael Reed. Janet Attaway and Dana Sherlock received Members’ Choice awards.

The St. Bernard Art Guild holds two art shows each year: an open show in the spring and a members-only show in the fall. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the St. Bernard Parish government complex Anyone 18 or older who is interested in joining the St. Bernard Art Guild can contact President Linda Lopez at (504) 884-1843.

St. Bernard Night at Zephyrs

Show your parish pride during St. Bernard Parish Night at Zephyr Field on July 11 at 7 p.m. when the New Orleans Zephyrs take on the Memphis Redbirds.

For information, call Rachel Whitley at (504) 734-5155.

Nunez instructor honored

Lynn Irby, Nunez Community College’s associate professor of business and technology, recently received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Lamarque Endowed Professorship.

Irby, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of New Orleans, has been teaching at Nunez since 1997.

Other Nunez instructors who were nominated for excellence in teaching are: Margaret Bader, associate professor of sociology; Juliette Paul, chair of the humanities department; and Earl Wilson III, assistant professor and clinical coordinator for the EMT program.

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