The St. Bernard Parish Library is offering families a break from the Christmas rush with a time to make some “stress free” Christmas crafts at the library’s third annual Christmas craft open house, from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette.

“It’s become a popular event, and it’s easier than going to the mall," Children’s Librarian Janet Perez said. "You don’t have to fight for a parking place like at the mall, and you can enjoy some quality time with your kids.”

All materials will be provided. The selected crafts are easy to do, but parents may need to assist younger children. Crafts include Christmas ornaments, a Christmas tree made of colorful paper strips and a candle decorated on a toilet paper roll. The event is free. For information, call (504) 279-0448 or visit

Krewe of Lourdes Ball

The Krewe of Lourdes held its coronation party recently to announce its upcoming royalty before its ball.

Queen Petrina Randazzo Meyers, King Timothy Clements and Captain Amy Gonzales will reign when the 2018 ball will is held at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Frederick J. Sigur Auditorium and Grand Ballroom, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The Supper Dance will follow.

The ball is free and open to the public. Attire suitable for a wedding is required to sit in the general seating area. Supper Dance tickets are $65 per person, which may be purchased by contacting Lena Nunez at (504) 491-5266.

Sports Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations for induction into the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame and for 2017 Male and Female Amateur Athletes of Year are being accepted. Applications and résumés are due no later than Dec. 31 and may be submitted either by mail or email. The application form is available at

Additionally, the Hall of Fame organization made a $1,000 donation to the Nunez Community College baseball team at a recent exhibition game. It also recently contributed $1,000 to the St. Bernard Pirates youth football team that traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee during the Thanksgiving holidays and won the annual Turkey Bowl.

For more information on the nominations, contact Hall of Fame President Bryan Frichter at (504) 554-2685 or Vice President Roy Cortes at (985) 246-8354.

The Hall of Fame also may be reached via mail at PO Box 1602, Chalmette, LA 70044 or at

Students of the Year named

Elementary and middle school Student of the Year winners have been announced by the St. Bernard Parish school district.

Ten students in the fifth and eighth grade have been recognized for their academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and leadership.

ELEMENTARY: Robyn Hays, Arabi Elementary; Romell Maize, Chalmette Elementary; Cadence Dettwiller, Davies Elementary; Elizabeth Groby, Gauthier Elementary; Cooper McNamara, Lacoste Elementary; Kamryn Alexander, Meraux Elementary; and Denim Bell, Smith Elementary

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Chloe Jorns, Andrew Jackson Middle; Grace Teal, St. Bernard Middle; and Avani Miller, Trist Middle.

“These young individuals stand out among the hundreds of excellent students who attend our schools,” Superintendent Doris Voitier said. “To be nominated is such an honor, but to win is something quite extraordinary. We want to thank these students for their hard work and their parents for their continued support.”

Students will compete at the district level on Jan. 9. The Chalmette High School Student of the Year will be announced later this month.

College Honor Society induction

Sixteen Nunez Community College students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society International at a ceremony in the college’s auditorium.

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes academic achievement and provides opportunities for students to grow as scholars and leaders. The inductees from Nunez Community College are: Jeremy Clay, Devin Drury, Stephanie Gibson, Mariah Hawkins, Joshua Heigle, Amara Jackson, Melissa Kandous.

Also: Nikki Luc, Owen Masterson, Patrick Melancon, Melissa Methvin, Jennifer Meyer, William Taylor, Hong Cuc Trinh, Arial Troxclair and Aurora Troxclair.

Visit or call (504) 278-6467 for information.


Karen Turni Bazile writes about people and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at