JEDUTHUN PRIESTS IN CONCERT FOR PHILIPPINES: A free song and dance concert with the Jeduthun Priests will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, La. 433 near Slidell. The singing priests are on their second U.S. concert tour to raise funds to help rebuild the churches in Bohol, Philippines, that were hit by a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in October. Donations will be collected and the priests’ CD “With Love and Faith” will be available. The singers are from the island of St. Genevieve’s pastor, the Rev. Roel Lungay.


TANGO DANCE CLASS: Argentine Tango dance lessons will be held on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 6 to Sept. 10 in the Castine Center Hall D at Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville. Cost is $32 and the instructor for this new class will be Christine Morris. For information, call (985) 626-7997.


CREATIVE ARTS OF ST. TAMMANY: Creative Arts of St. Tammany will begin its fall classes Tuesday for children ages 6 and older who want to get started in acting and learning the fundamentals of theater. Classes in acting, choreography and voice techniques are held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with students ages 7 to 11 attending on Tuesdays and Thursdays and students ages 12 to 18 attending on Mondays and Wednesdays. CAST is at 70326 La. 59, Abita Springs, inside the Swan Theater.

There will be an audition workshop at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 for children who are home-schooled. Auditions for the home-school show will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 15.

CAST membership is $65 a month. To register with CAST, call (985) 276-9727 or visit

‘THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WALT’: Cutting Edge Theater will present “The Wonderful World of Walt” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Starting with a 1950’s “Mickey Mouse Club,” the show features popular songs like “Zippity-Doo-Da” to the not so famous “Dilly Dilly.” Tickets are $21.50 and $25. For information, visit or call (985) 649-3727.

‘CRIMES OF THE HEART’: Cutting Edge Theater will present “Crimes of the Heart” at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 8-23, at 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell.

In the play, past resentments bubble to the surface as the three MaGrath sisters gather to cope with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives.

The cast includes Peter J. Smith, Franny Harold, Joey Harmon, Amy Martinez, Emily Felps and Rebecca Meyers. Tickets are $20 and $25 and may be purchased at www.cutting or (985) 649-3727.


‘KNUFFLE BUNNY, A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL’: Theatre for Young Audiences, a program of Slidell Little Theatre, will hold auditions for “Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Musical” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Slidell High School auditorium.

The role of Trixie, the toddler who loves her Knuffle Bunny, is open to female actresses ages 8 to 25.

There are also roles for her dad and mom, ages 23 to 36, and for three to five puppeteers, who can be any age.

Those auditioning should prepare 16 to 32 bars of lighted-hearted music and read a brief passage from a favorite children’s book.

The play will be presented the weekends of Sept. 11 and 18 at SLT, 2024 Nellie Drive.

To learn more, visit slidell


HOT ART IN A COOL SPACE: The 12th annual Hot Art in a Cool Space Fine Art Show and Sale will be presented from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the at North Shore Unitarian Universalists, 28662 Krentel Road, Lacombe.

A Meet the Artists Reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and there will be a Purchase Award of one of the pieces of art from the more than 40 award-winning artists on display. For information, call Barbara Shaw at (985) 882-7169 or (985) 630-7685.

‘WHAT A RELIEF’ EXHIBIT: The work of nine St. Tammany artists in relief will be on exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1 at the Slidell Cultural Center gallery, 2055 Second. St. in Slidell. Presented by the Old Towne Arts Center with the City of Slidell. For information, email

ROBERT WARRENS EXHIBIT AT CHRISTWOOD: The opening reception for “The Wetlands,” an exhibit by renowned painter Robert Warrens, was recently held in the Atrium Gallery at Christwood on July 19. The fanciful, vibrant exhibit is Warrens’ interpretation of what the wetlands could be.

The exhibit is on view from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through August in the Atrium Gallery at 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington.


COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Danielle Spadavecchia will perform at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market. Mauthe’s Dairy will offer a tasting and sell its Creole cream cheese ice cream. The market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St.

ART BEAT OF OLDE TOWNE: The East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will hold its Art Beat of Olde Towne art market from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday on the first floor of the Chamber of Commerce building, 1808 Front St., Slidell.

Held on the first Tuesday of each month, the market offers handmade art, jewelry, soaps, candles, pottery and more. Marketplace anchors are Bad NOLA Art, KLH Pottery Studio, Adam Sambola Gallery and Fleur de Beans Coffee Shoppe.

The August market will feature the works of Lori Gomez, Phil Galatas, Kenny Bridges, John Zeringue, Rose Marie Sand, The Bead Society of Slidell, Darlene Langendonk, Caron Sharpe, Dawn Sharpe-Brackett, Sharon DeLong, Dirt Road Soap, STARC Artists, Swamp Kids and Mandie Michel.


ST. TAMMANY PASTEL SOCIETY: The St. Tammany Pastel Society was founded in 2008 by teacher Jean Lajaunie, who now resides and teaches in Thibodaux. Annual membership is $30, and workshops are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers, with the occasional “free day,” which is no-cost for members. An annual exhibition and show is usually held in October. The work of one of the members is exhibited monthly in the Whitney Bank on West Gause Boulevard in Slidell.

The society’s year of events began with a free day presented by its President Frances Fawcett at Summerfield Retirement Community. Fawcett demonstrated how to paint copper and glass.

In February, the gifted artist Glinda Schafer conducted a workshop at the First Pentecostal Church, the society’s usual venue in Slidell. They painted an oblong sunset of a Louisiana marsh.

Schafer demonstrated the technique of blending clouds, water and marsh grass into 15 beautiful but individual paintings.

In April, member Lissa Lee presented “Still Life 102.” She presented the techniques of the Old Masters and a package of instructions, a grid, a still-life cardboard setup and many other tools for participants to take home.

Another free day in May was used to work together on unfinished projects. Members talk, paint, encourage and, most importantly, give and get advice from each other.

For information, contact President Frances Fawcett at (985) 290-3640 or email