The Krewe of Lourdes will hold its 65th annual Carnival Ball and Supper Dance from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

This year’s royalty will be King George “Beau” Dickinson III and Queen Kristen Jeanne Pouey.

Admission to the ball is free, but tickets for the supper dance are $65 per person. BYOL. Proceeds from the event will benefit Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Violet.

For information or tickets, contact Tracy Petruccelli at (985) 867-8966 or, or Maleen Dickinson at (504) 228-4860 or

Church dinner fundraiser

Covenant United Methodist Church will hold its weekly dinner fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the church, 115 E. D’Amour St., Chalmette.

This week’s menu will include red beans and rice with grilled chicken and garlic bread, as well as cupcakes made by the church’s pastor, the Rev. Jeff Duke. Dinners cost $8. Dine-in or take-out orders will be accepted while supplies last.

Dinner fundraisers are held every Monday. The menu for Jan. 25 will be spaghetti and meatballs with Italian string beans and garlic bread.

For information, call the church at (504) 271-3763.

Soccer coaches needed

The St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department is looking for soccer coaches for the 2015 soccer season.

For information, call the recreation office at (504) 278-4295.

Anti-Drug Coalition director

Polly Campbell, a retired teacher, longtime activist in St. Bernard Parish and former Parish Council clerk, has been named program director for the nonprofit St. Bernard Anti-Drug Coalition, which is working to reduce illegal drug use in the parish.

Campbell replaces Dr. Joseph Salande, who announced in October he was leaving as program director but will remain a board member.

“As we seek major grant funding from the federal government, we will continue to identify existing resources and gaps in an effort to support a healthy drug-free community. In collaboration with our schools, Sheriff’s Office, faith-based and civic groups, we hope to build a unified ‘tool kit’ to address quality-of-life issues in St. Bernard Parish,” Campbell said. “We are hoping to build a network with members of the community to coordinate our focus to reduce alcohol and drug abuse with activities already going on with other groups in the parish in order to pool our resources.’’

Campbell serves as chairwoman of the Metropolitan Human Services District, a state agency dealing in developmental disabilities services for Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. She’s also involved with the nonprofit St. Bernard Community Foundation, working in beautification efforts in the parish, and is affiliated with The Arc, which has a program in Chalmette for intellectually challenged adults.

The coalition office is in the parish government complex at 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. The number is (504) 278-4308.

A Knights gift

More than 400 turkeys and food baskets, along with more than 700 toys, were distributed at the annual holiday event held by the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Rummel Council 5747 and Operation Merry Christmas on Dec. 14 at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette.

Members of the Chalmette High Key Club, a service organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Arabi-St. Bernard, assisted the recipients by carrying the turkeys and food baskets to their cars.

Bicycles donated to children

Associated Terminals, operator of the Port of St. Bernard’s marine facilities, donated 20 children’s bicycles to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office to give to needy St. Bernard families for Christmas.

Associated Terminals, which operates at sites including at Chalmette Slip in St. Bernard Parish, in Plaquemines Parish and in Reserve, also donated bicycles to several other groups in St. Bernard, including the St. Bernard Battered Women’s Shelter and The Arc.

The program is funded with donations made by Associated Terminals employees.

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