To help lessen the financial stress on families with school-aged children, God’s Closet: Clothing And Compassionate Ministries, a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Chalmette Economic Develop Corp. will hold a school uniforms drive so clothing can be donated to needy children for next school year.

New or used school uniforms can be dropped off at First Baptist Church, 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Donated uniforms must be lightly used, freshly washed and on hangers,” said Keitha Barbe, God’s Closet Ministry coordinator. “The School Uniforms for Kids drive is an opportunity to help a student begin the school year with confidence.”

Carol Saling, ministry assistant at First Baptist, said the uniforms will be distributed Aug. 4.

“School uniforms will be distributed to those children of families providing proof of residency in St. Bernard Parish with income verification utilizing established gross income guidelines,” Saling said.

For information, call (504) 277-2939.

Library fun

St. Bernard Parish Library’s 2014 summer reading program will continue June 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chalmette branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., with a visit from Ronald McDonald, who will entertain audience members with jokes and magic tricks.

The library’s fun will continue with the Fridays with the Arts series featuring award-winning children’s musician Rick Kelley and his free hour­long “Music is a Blast” concert Friday at 3 p.m.

A free karate demonstration by Just For Kicks will take place June 19 with martial arts instructor Zane Spitnale at 11:30 a.m. The next installment of Fridays with the Arts will feature Frank Levy, of Stories in Motion, on June 20 at 3 p.m. Levy will get kids and adults involved in his interactive theatrical production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Library visitors will learn about the five senses during the “Science Sense” story programs June 17 at 1 and 5:30 p.m. and June 18 at 11:30 a.m.

The library’s Fridays with the Arts series is funded 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

Golf tournament

The Chalmette High School Alumni Association’s annual golf tournament will be June 21 at Oak Harbor Golf Course in Slidell.

Putting contest qualifying will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., and the contest finals will follow. Awards will be presented for closest to the hole and longest drive. Food and drinks will be available.

The cost is $90 per golfer, or $360 per team of four. Participation is limited to the first 144 players to register.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100, $180 or $240. Checks made payable to the Chalmette High School Alumni Association can be mailed to 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043.

For information, contact Paul Granberry at (504) 818-8932 or; or Louis Baudin at (504) 628-1438 or

Kids’ fishing rodeo

The Knights of Nemesis 10th annual Hook a Kid on Fishing Rodeo is Friday and Saturday at Campo’s Marina at Shell Beach in eastern St. Bernard.

Registration, $10 for children 11 and younger and $25 for participants 12 and older, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants can launch anywhere, and weigh-in is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Campo’s Marina. Prizes will be awarded in both adult and children’s divisions.

For $10, nonfishing participants can join in refreshments.

For information, call Shelton McMillan at (504) 390-7978 or Danny Fernandez at (504) 322-5526.

Special Olympics Torch Run

The St. Bernard Parish leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana took place May 23 in Chalmette.

More than two dozen St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents participated in the run along with members of The ARC Center, which provides support for intellectually challenged adults from St. Bernard, New Orleans and Plaquemines parishes.

More than $600 was raised during the event, which began at the St. Bernard Courthouse, headed west on St. Bernard Highway to Jean Lafitte Parkway, crossed Judge Perez Drive and disbanded at The ARC Center at 3700 Jean Lafitte Parkway.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics celebrated its 31st anniversary this year. More than 2,000 law enforcement officers take part statewide in the annual event that aims to bring awareness to Special Olympics Louisiana and the State Summer Games held each May in Hammond.

Community Center

In honor of April being Financial Literacy Month, the Community Center of St. Bernard partnered with EverFi to encourage St. Bernard Parish residents to complete the EverFi Financial Literacy program.

EverFi training is a modular online course that lets participants learn financial basics at their own pace, using videos, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking to help make financial concepts easier to understand.

Residents who completed the EverFi course modules online were entered in the Community Center’s Financial Literacy Raffle, which was held May 7. Maria Duplessis, of Chalmette, won the grand prize of a computer. First-prize winners were Terry Gervais, who won a Keurig coffeemaker, and Mathilda Miller, who was awarded a microwave. Other winners included Peggy Gonzales, Barbara Porter, Carmen Rico, Laura Williams, Rachel Wiltz and Janet Woodward.

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