COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: More than 250 volunteers will help prepare, serve, deliver and clean up after Slidell's annual community Thanksgiving dinner, which will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Organizers plan to prepare 1,000 free meals, hundreds of which will be delivered throughout east St. Tammany Parish. To volunteer, or arrange for delivery, call (985) 326-9849 or email To volunteer, groups should contact Ceconni at

RUN FOR HOPE TURKEY TROT: Race-day registration for the Lung Cancer Run for Hope Turkey Trot will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at TerraBella Village, 100 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington. The 1-mile fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. Race day registration is $30. Proceeds will benefit the M.D. Anderson Network. For information, contact Marc Lombardo at (985) 966-0659 or Elaine Lombardo at (504) 715-2768.

#UNSELFIE PROJECT: Northshore Technical Community College is coordinating an #UNselfie Project the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, with each day designated for a different form of giving: blood, food or military Christmas stockings, or items for foster children or a women's shelter. To participate, drop off donations at the NTCC Lacombe campus, 65556 Centerpoint Blvd., Lacombe, LA 70445. Participants are encouraged to snap an “unselfie" and tag NTCC on social media with “I Give Because ...” For information, visit or call (985) 545-1500.

ASTRONOMY FOR EVERYONE: Kevin Manning, a former consultant to NASA, will give a presentation on galaxies from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St. This free event is for ages 8 and up. To register, visit or call the library at (985) 845-4819.

KEEP MANDEVILLE BEAUTIFUL: Volunteers are needed to help Keep Mandeville Beautiful with its Water Parade from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Some participants will toss throws while wearing Keep Mandeville Beautiful shirts, and others will push wheeled trash cans wearing Santa suits, conveying the message: Don't be naughty, throw trash away. For information, call (985) 624-3165 or email

LAKEVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: Through Dec. 8, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, is collecting new, unwrapped toys for distribution through St. Tammany Project Christmas, which provides gifts for needy children and food for a family Christmas dinner. Gifts may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the human resources department at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington; and in the hospital's PBX department on nights and weekends. For information, call Tiche Bodet at (985) 867-4166.

AARP TAX AIDE VOLUNTEERS: The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is seeking volunteer tax return preparers for the 2018 tax season. Volunteers will receive free tax law and computer training in January and will help taxpayers one or two days a week from February through mid-April. To volunteer for any of the six north shore Tax-Aide sites, contact Bill McHugh at (985) 892-6735 or visit

ST. TAMMANY FISHING PIER: Thursdays have been added to the schedule at the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, 54001 E. Howze Beach Road, Slidell. On Thursdays, veterans, active duty military and first responders fish free, and everyone else 12 and older fishes for $3. The pier could be unmanned on Thursdays; patrons who need assistance should call (985) 867-9490. Pier hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 

READING THE WORLD: A traveling exhibit on the evolution of books, “Reading the World: Tablet to Tablet,” will be on display through November in the Mandeville Library, 844 Girod St. The exhibit shows how different cultures have contributed to the world through the written word, from stone tablet to digital tablet. It was created by the Calcasieu Parish Public Library and Culture Fest Louisiana.

COVINGTON TOASTMASTERS: The Totally Toastmasters group meets from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month in the second-floor conference room at Ochsner Health Center, 1000 Ochsner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be Dec. 1. The group empowers participants to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. For information, contact Tom Flynn at (504) 239-4351 or

USED-BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Slidell Library will hold a used-book sale Dec. 1-2 in the meeting room of the Slidell branch library, 555 Robert Blvd. The members-only preview sale will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with memberships available for $5 at the door. The public sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with prices ranging from 50 cents for mass market paperbacks to $1 for trade paperbacks and hardcover books. Proceeds will benefit the Slidell, Pearl River, Lacombe and South Slidell branch libraries. For information about FSL membership and activities, email

TENNIS FUNDRAISER: The Children's Wish Endowment and STARC will be the beneficiaries of a tennis tournament for ages 15 and up Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Crossgates Family Fitness, 200 N. Military Road, Slidell. The fee is $40 per person, plus one can of USTA-approved balls. Registration is open through Nov. 26. The tournament directors are Pam Brandner, (985) 643-7455, and Adele Lassus, (985) 640-3560. Checks may be mailed to Children’s Wish/STARC Tennis Tournament, 1044 Lakeshore Blvd., Slidell, LA 70461 or dropped off at Crossgates. 

MANDEVILLE REPUBLICAN WOMEN: Registration is open through Dec. 1 for the annual membership social of the Mandeville Republican Women, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. The event will feature Christmas music and Champagne punch. For information, call Loraine Rathman at (985) 246-6108.

AMERICAN SLAVE TRADE EXHIBIT: A panel version of the traveling exhibition “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865” will be on display Dec. 1 through Jan. 12 at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd. Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. For information on exhibition-related programming, call (985) 646-6470 or visit The display was curated and produced by The Historic New Orleans Collection, and its travels through Louisiana are being coordinated by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

HEALING OPPRESSION AND PRACTICING EQUITY: A HOPE (Healing Oppression and Practicing Equity) retreat for men and women will take place over the course of 14 hours Dec. 1-3 at the Women's Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. There is a sliding-scale fee of $50 to $100, with financial arrangements available. To register, email or call (985) 892-8111.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The Northshore Mandeville Kiwanis Club will present Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Dec. 2, in the cafeteria at Fontainebleau High School. The cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family, for pancakes and sausage, coffee, juice, milk, activities for the kids and a picture with Santa. For information or tickets, call club President John Henry at (985) 624-7293.

ART FAIR TABLES AVAILABLE: The payment deadline is Nov. 10 for artists who would like to market their works at the holiday art bazaar Dec. 2-3 in the parish hall at Christ Episcopal Church, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell. For an application, call the church at (985) 643-4531. The table fee is $35. 

ERACE DISCUSSION FORUM: An Erace discussion forum on racism meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Women's Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The next meeting will be Dec. 4. For information, email or call (985) 892-8111.

SENIOR OLYMPICS PLAY DAY: St. Tammany Parish residents ages 50 and older will be introduced to the Greater New Orleans District Senior Olympics games of shuffleboard, beanball baseboard and washer pitch during a free play day from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St. Wheelchairs, walkers or canes are no obstacle; refreshments will be provided. To register, call (504)-834-5279 or (985)-290-6504.

ST. TAMMANY PROJECT CHRISTMAS: Through Dec. 8, Lakeview Regional Medical Center is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be donated to St. Tammany Project Christmas, which provides gifts for needy children and food for a family Christmas dinner. Items may be dropped off at the human resources department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the PBX department on nights and weekends, at the hospital, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. For information, call Tiche Bodet at (985) 867-4166.

NORTHLAKE NEWCOMERS CLUB: The Crescent City Sound Chorus of the Sweet Adelines will perform when the Northlake Newcomers Club holds its holiday luncheon at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Pinecrest Drive, Covington. Registration is open through Nov. 28. The cost is $26 for members and $29 for guests. Checks may be mailed to Shirley Henderson, 802 Bonfouca Lane, Mandeville, LA 70471. For information, call (803) 730-7831 or email

SLIDELL NEWCOMERS CLUB: The Nightingales singers of the Slidell Newcomers Club will perform during the club's holiday luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Pinewood Country Club, 405 Country Club Blvd., Slidell. The cost is $26. To make a reservation, call (985) 649-2647. For membership information, call (985) 641-5467.

NEW LIBRARY WEBSITE: A reference librarian will demonstrate the features of the St. Tammany Parish Library's new website during a free class at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. To register, visit or call the library at (985) 646-6470. 

COVINGTON USED-BOOK SALE: The monthly book sale of the Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15-16 at Hadden Hall, 106 S. Jahnke Ave., Covington. Prices range from 25 cents to $1; cash and checks are accepted. For information, email

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: A Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 34888 Grantham College Road, Slidell. To contribute, purchase wreaths or to volunteer to lay wreaths, visit

RACIAL HEALING GROUP: A racial healing group for women meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the great room at the Women's Center for Healing and Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The next meeting will be Dec. 21. For information, email or call (985) 892-8111.