School is out and well, it’s time to go fishin’.

St. Tammany Parish Government will help start the summer right with a Family Fishing Rodeo on June 7 at the newly rebuilt St. Tammany Fishing Pier, 54001 E. Howze Beach Road near the foot of the I-10 Twin Spans in Slidell.

Sign-up for the rodeo begins when the pier opens at 6 a.m. Final weigh-in will be at 1:45 p.m.

Registration for the rodeo is $10 for adults 12 and over; and $5 for children under 12. Fees include a T-shirt and a lanyard. Bring an ice chest, picnic lunch and seating.

For those who want to fish on the pier but not be in the rodeo, the cost is $3 for anyone over the age of 12, and free for children under 12. Nonfishers can go on the pier for $1.

First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for speckled trout, catfish, black drum, croaker, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, largest crab and the weigh master’s top pick. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. For information, visit or call (985) 649-1922.

Fontainebleau State Park

Families can join park rangers on Fridays for two programs at Fontainebleau State Park off U.S. 190 near Mandeville. Explore the Shore at 9 a.m. is a chance to discover the biodiversity of plant and animal life found along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. Nature, A Closer Look, at 5 p.m. allows participants to study the details of leaf structure, bark patterns and growth patterns of trees in the park.

For information, call (985) 624-4443.

Slidell Movie Nights

Slidell Movie Nights Summer Series begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Admission is free.

The action-packed adventure movie is the first of four movies presented in the park this summer by the city of Slidell Cultural and Public Affairs department. The movies are made possible through a project of Leadership Northshore 2013-14, Group 5.

Bayou Lacombe Center

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the Bayou Lacombe Centre at 61389 La. 434 in Lacombe.

Upcoming programs include a “Paddling Through Time Canoe Tour” on Saturday through the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

For information on this and all activities at the center, call (985) 882-2000.

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Sharon Edwards is community news editor of the New Orleans Advocate. To reach her, call (985) 640-1251.