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 take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Chalmette High School Cultural Arts Center, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive, 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 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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.

Seafood and Farmers Market

Chad Blanchard, owner of Charlie’s Restaurant in Violet, will demonstrate how to cook shrimp pasta at noon Saturday, Aug. 9, at the St. Bernard Seafood and Farmers Market at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St. in historic Old Arabi. Samples will be distributed to patrons.

The market, open on the second Saturday of each month through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides a place for local farmers and fishers to sell their products, and local artisans to showcase their handmade arts and crafts. Visitors also can find delicious baked goods, jams, pickled goods and fresh herbs.

For information, call (504) 278-4242.

Nemesis luau

The Knights of Nemesis’ 10th annual Jack Bennett Memorial Luau Dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Val Reiss Multi-Purpose Complex, 1101 Magistrate St., Chalmette.

The dance is open to the public and will feature the introduction of the club’s Royal Knight IX and Goddess Nemesis IX for the 2015 parade, live music by the Tricks band, and limbo and costume contests.

Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, setups and door prizes. Dress is casual, and luau attire is encouraged.

For tickets, contact Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or

Recreation registration

The St. Bernard Recreation Department will accept registration for football, volleyball and cheerleading through Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Parents of children ages 5-14 can register their children for boys’ football, girls’ volleyball and cheerleading, which is now open to 4-year-olds. Age groups are determined by the child’s age as of Aug. 1.

The cost for football is $70 for the first child and $50 for each additional child. Equipment deposits in the amount of $150 will be collected when helmets and shoulder pads are distributed. Deposits must be in check or money order form and will be refunded when equipment is returned at the end of the season. Football clinics are mandatory and will be held Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 11-13.

The cost for volleyball is $40 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. Volleyball clinics will be held but have not been scheduled yet.

The cost for cheerleading is $15 per child.

Parents can register online at or stop by the Recreation Department, at the Val Riess Multi-Purpose Complex, 1101 Magistrate St. in Chalmette, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For discounts, register online, but do not check out. Contact the Recreation Department at in order to have a credit issued. Registration fees must be paid by check, money order or credit card. Cash will not be accepted.

First-time players in any sport must provide proof of residency and birth certificate prior to registration.

For information, contact Rachel Turnage at or (504) 278-4295.

Emergency siren system test

The St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will test its Emergency Siren System at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for approximately three minutes.

Cruise Night

The St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ monthly Cruise Night is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, near The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Arabi.

Participation is open to owners with all makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars.

Cruise nights are on the second Saturday of every month. For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 508-1599.

Compassionate Friends

The St. Bernard Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a national organization offering support to bereaved families, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the St. Bernard Parish government complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Cherie Rickard, a bereaved parent and first-time author, will introduce her book, “Wake-Up Call.” In 2007, Rickard’s 17-year-old son, Bryant Kite, was killed in a car accident. Rickard, a registered nurse, has devoted her life to helping others turn the tragedy of losing a loved one into a life of joy.

For information, call Kathy Nunez at (504) 913-5255, Michelle Boyd at (504) 413-9897, Suzanne Lyell at (504) 650-9650 or Liz Lemoine at (504) 421-3986.

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