More donation galas, another family day and even a back-to-school dance on the calendar | News from the St. Tammany Ward




QUEEN: “Sweet Potato Queens” will be performed last weekend July 23rd to 24th at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell; Only 8pm shows. Don’t miss this final chance to laugh through this high-profile musical with Jill and her friends as they learn to grab life by the sequins, feathers and tiara. Tickets $ 27.50- $ 45, plus online fees, at Theater at 767 Robert Blvd.

NOTE: 30byNinety Theater, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville, will be hosting “Clue” on the weekends from July 17th to August 1st. Based on the iconic Paramount film and board game of the same name, this hilarious farce-meets-murder begins in a remote mansion. Shows at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm; Tickets are available at

EXHIBITION PIECE: “Serious Traits III” by the artist Tiffany Nesbit, exhibited until September 25th at the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse in Covington, sponsored by the St. Tammany Art Association. The gallery’s opening times are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 320 N. Columbia St. All exhibits are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

MOJEAUX: St. Anselm Church’s 13th Annual Gala will be held on July 24th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Castine Center on 63350 Pelican Drive in Mandeville. Live and silent auctions, food from some of the best vendors on the north coast, a car auction, and entertainment from MoJeaux. Patronage Party 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Gala Ticket $ 60; Patronage Gala, $ 115. Sponsorships possible. For more information, (985) 845-7342 or [email protected]


WUNKERKIND: Finley Watkins, a 12-year-old tribute artist and songwriter, will star in A Night of Legends from July 30th to August 1st, starring Elvis Presley and a host of other artists. He is a singer-songwriter who plays seven instruments with a penchant for rockabilly and blues. Tickets start at $ 27.50; see

OLD HOLLYWOOD: “Sunset Boulevard, the Musical” will be performed on weekends from August 6th to 2nd at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell. In 1949, an unlucky screenwriter, Hollywood meets a former silent film star whose career turned bleak after taking over Talkies. Oh what are the two of them going to do? Tickets online, for a fee or free of charge when ordered by phone (985) 649-3727 or by SMS (985) 285-6666. For details, see the theater’s website.


GREAT DANCE: Registration for 10-14 year olds who want to take part in the Pelican Park Back to School Blue Jean Ball on August 7th from 6pm to 8pm has just opened. So prepare to break out those denim diamond jeans, dust off those blue suede shoes, or get ready to boogie the night in retro bell bottoms. Dancing isn’t a must, but socializing is required to help everyone settle in and be ready to start the new school year. Make sure you are wearing your best denims, jeans and jewels. Presale tickets $ 8; Event day $ 10. The dance will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the White Pelican Gym in the park, 63350 Pelican Drive in Mandeville. For more information or tickets, call (985) 626-7997 or email or [email protected]

GHOST HUNTER: Slidell Movie Night in Heritage Park from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm July 24th shows “Ghostbusters”. Bring lounge chairs, picnic blankets, ice boxes, and bug spray to the park at 1701 Bayou Lane. Free entry. Discounts will be available for a small fee.

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TTIP LARGE: Next, enjoy the Giant Gardens Games Night at The Groves at Pelican Park on July 29th – and every last Thursday of the month – at 63350 Pelican Drive in Mandeville. Play this giant chess; Lady; Connect-4; Jenga; Bocce balls; Shuffleboard; and horseshoes. Register online at to receive your favorite games before they fill up.

HUT: Youngsters aged 7 to 14 (from July 28th) can take part in the Pelican Park / Ochsner Football Academy Camp in the park from July 28th to 30th. Camp is from 8 am to 11 am and the cost is US $ 120. Minimum and maximum ages are enforced. Led by experienced trainer Garret Chachere. Register online at or on the first day of camp.

FAMILY FUN: From 12 noon to 5 pm July 31, American Legion Post 185 in Slidell is hosting a Family Fun Day with burgers, dogs and drinks at minimal prices; a plunge pool; Inflatables, water games, volleyball, cornhole throwing, and other games; Fire and police vehicles; face painting; and more. No entry fee. Sponsored by the Post, its charities, Sons of the Legion and Legion Riders.


GIRLFRIENDS: Slidell’s Widows Social Club meets on July 24th at 3pm at the John Wesley Center of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The group, which was formed earlier this year, is organized into about a dozen subgroups based on special interests, from eating and playing card games to gardening, crocheting and visiting art exhibitions. Some sub-groups will break out after the month’s general meeting to make future plans. As a conference guest, the estate planner Ernie Berns will speak briefly about wills, inheritances and trusts and their tax implications. All widows are welcome; For more information, please call Cindy Alberts at (985) 707-7676 or [email protected] by text message, or email.

DONATE: America’s Southeast Louisiana Volunteers are holding a food drive for the Northshore Food Bank and a blood drive for the Blood Center in the Saia’s Meat Market parking lot at 2225 Florida St., Mandeville, July 30th, from 9 am to 2 pm. Parishioners and RSVP volunteers are encouraged to drop off non-perishable groceries and sign up for a blood donation at a mobile unit on the property. Blood donation appointments can be made at Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments have priority. Blood donors receive a t-shirt and a coupon for the Northshore Food Bank resale store.

ANIMAL CARE: Due to the high demand, the Northshore Humane Society expanded their low-cost Woofstock animal center through the end of August. Annual vaccinations are reduced to $ 75. Other vaccinations and vaccinations are available à la carte; Microchips cost $ 15; and discounted heartworm and flea prevention while supplies last. North Shore Chief Scott Benier said the flexibility to schedule an appointment through the clinic at any time has made it possible to see more than 1,500 dogs. To receive the discounts, make an appointment by calling (985) 892-7387 ext. 3 or by email at [email protected]


NO TRAFFICKER: On July 30th, Free NOLA is hosting its second annual Love and Roses Gala in Slidell to raise funds to save victims of domestic sex trafficking. The 7pm event at the Harbor Center includes live and silent auctions, artist booths, food, and libations. The proceeds will be used for education and training measures as well as for the recovery, care and treatment of victims of human trafficking. Tickets and sponsoring at NOLA is a faith-based non-profit organization serving the Gulf Coast region. Visit for more information.

HORSE WHISPER: From 7pm to 11pm on July 29th, the New Heights Therapy Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a glamorous evening at the Southern Hotel. The group will take you back to the 1920s with a themed evening of food, drink, entertainment, live and silent auctions of unique items and experiences. The guests of the fundraiser will dress in the style of the Roaring 20s. A limited number of tickets for $ 125 per person can be purchased through which provides therapeutic riding services for children and adults with disabilities at Leah Farm on Road 40 in Folsom. For more information or event sponsorship, contact Kim Clinard at (985) 796-4600.

BIG PROFIT: Louisiana Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club to Sell Opportunities in Big Game Rotary Tombola 2021; The drawing is on August 26th. A $ 20 ticket offers 40+ chances to win – most of them pairs of LSU and Saints tickets, along with some theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and even a ride in an authentic PT-17 stearman from the Second World War I airplane. The proceeds from the raffle will go to local nonprofits and Rotary international utilities. Go online to for ticket information.

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