Bingo lovers can test their luck while helping two worthy causes during charitable gaming sessions being held at Lagniappe Video Bingo, 9069 W. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette.

Sponsored by the St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program and The MotherShip Foundation, the bingo games are held Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to game time.

The St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program provides support for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence by providing them with things such as shelter, food, clothing and transportation costs.

The MotherShip Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Louisiana residents through the promotion of arts, culture and recreation. Funds generated from Charitable Gaming in Chalmette are earmarked for MotherShip Foundation’s Restore the Bayou Canopy campaign.

For information, call the bingo hall at (504) 277-0098 or Gail Gowland at the Battered Women’s Shelter at (504) 231-1247.

Ballet lessons

St. Bernard Parish youth ages 6 to 18 are invited to participate in the New Orleans Ballet Association’s free after-school ballet classes for the 2014-15 school year.

The classes, held in partnership with Chalmette Refining, ExxonMobil and the St. Bernard Parish School Board, will begin in September. Registration will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 25, at the Chalmette High School Cultural Arts Center, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette. Students can continue to register through Sept. 20 or until classes are filled by contacting Susan Bensinger at or (504) 522-0996, ext. 207.

To be eligible, students must turn 6 by Sept. 1 and be no older than 18 and a senior in high school. A copy of the student’s birth certificate must be submitted for students ages 6 and 7.

Original documents will not be accepted at registration. Parents are asked to provide copies.

Ballet classes, which will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the CHS Cultural Arts Center, include quality instruction in ballet technique, along with choreography sessions in preparation for a winter concert set for Jan. 8, as well as a spring concert.

This project 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 and administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Chalmette Toastmasters

If you would like to improve your communication and leadership skills join the Chalmette Toastmasters at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. For information, call Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927.

Bayou Bash

The second annual Battle for the Bayou Bash will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette.

Live music will be provided by Harvey Jesus and Fire, and the menu will include dishes from Acme Oyster House, Drago’s, Charlie’s Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, MeMe’s Bar & Grill and Galatoire’s. There also will be a silent auction.

Proceeds from the event will help Save Louisiana Coalition’s efforts to support the responsible restoration of coastal Louisiana while protecting its heritage, culture and the seafood industry.

Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door. Tables of 10 can be reserved.

For information, call Kerri Lubrano at (504) 416-9853.

Siren testing

The St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will test its Emergency Siren System Aug. 21 at approximately 1 p.m. The test will last for approximately three minutes.

AARP Chapter 3926 to meet

AARP Pakenham Chapter 3926 will meet Saturday Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, in Chalmette.

The club meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, January through November.

For information, call President George Virga at (504) 278-1367.

Paws in the Park

Vendors, crafters and volunteers are needed for the fifth annual Paws in the Park set for Oct. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Sidney Torres Park in Chalmette.

Crafts booths are available for $50 before Sept. 10 and $70 thereafter.

The deadline to reserve a space is Sept. 20.

There will be food, children’s activities, on-site adoptions, and a parade of prizes.

Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter.

For information, call (504) 265-6716 or (504) 319-6138 or email

VFW Post 3706 Ladies Auxiliary

Members of the Chalmette VFW Post 3706 Ladies Auxiliary recently attended the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Council of Administration meetings in Alexandria.

President Sandra Reuther met with Linda Nail, the Louisiana Department Auxiliary president, and Irene Guidry, of Wayne Billeaud-Melvin Cormier Auxiliary 9822, to discuss working together to provide coffee to the New Orleans VA Clinic.

VA Medical Center Auxiliary Representative Linda Ray, of John McDonogh 3121, has adopted “Coffee for Veterans” as her special project since coffee is not included in the clinic’s budget.

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