Free concert in the park, community theaters wrapping three plays, London exhibit continues | St. Tammany community news


UNPLUG: Chillin’ at the River, one of the free concerts sponsored by the city of Covington in public spaces, is planned March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — with Four Unplugged, a six-piece party band with an eclectic repertoire of music, from rock ‘n’ roll, funk and Motown, to singalongs and even Mardi Gras tunes. The two-hour concert begins at 5:15 p.m. in Bogue Falaya Wayside Park, 213 Park Drive in Covington. Bring along chair and blankets, ice chests with food and drink (including adult beverages), and face masks. Must also still practice social distancing. Park for free in nearby public parking spaces and on downtown streets, so long as no driveways are blocked.

AUDREY II: Final weekend for “Little Shop of Horrors” and its cult musical hilarity on stage and live at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive. Music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman; directed by Larry Johnson Jr. March 12-14; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Limited seating available due to COVID-19 protocols. Call the box office at (985) 643-0556 or visit

EUGENE: Last weekend of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy; the writer as a young teen, Eugene, is part of a struggling, lower-middle class Jewish family in Brooklyn. Weekends through March 14; 30 by Ninety Theater at 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Get tickets at

DANNY & SANDY: And finally, “Grease” tells the story of the summertime romance of Sandy and Danny in one last weekend of shows on March 12-13 at the Cutting Edge. Sunday show at 2 p.m.; all others 8 p.m. Tickets will start at $28.

ART IN ACTION: “Anima Vestra: Artwork of Anne London-Zyejnieks,” an exhibition by painter and animal conservationist Anne London, continues at the St. Tammany Art Association Art House through March 27. Gallery at 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; and by appointment. The artist, a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists, lives in Mandeville with husband Jim Hart, a marine conservationist. To read more about the artist and her work, visit or

WALK AND LEARN: Another “Adult Storywalk!” is planned at the Northlake Nature Center from noon to 4 p.m. on March 12. Co-sponsored by the St. Tammany Parish library system, participants can walk the center trails while enjoying an introduction of one or more of the books read by the center’s All About Nature Book Club. Free to the public and no reservations required. Bring a snack or lunch to enjoy before or after.

ALL ABOUT NATURE: For those who want to join the book club, it’s free for members and $5 to everyone else. This month, the club is discussing “Underland” by Robert Macfarlane, a New York Times “100 Books of the Year” and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Bring lunch and meet at the picnic tables by the pavilion at noon March 12. This book will change the way you see the world. The book is available at the St. Tammany Parish Library and at major bookstores. Register by calling (985) 626-1238 or email [email protected]


Pelican Park kicks off

egg-hunting season

Grab flashlights and Easter baskets and sign up for Pelican Park’s  fifth annual Twilight Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt on March 13 at 63350 Pelican Drive in Mandeville.

The event is open to children and youth ages 1- to 12-years, with four age-appropriate hunts planned between dusk and dark. 

The first hunt for ages 1-3 years will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the check in at 5:30. Three additional hunts will follow on a staggered schedule, increasing in difficulty for the older children hunting by flashlight!

The event, expected to end at 7:30, will also include other games and activities, but the sponsor said space is limited and spots must be reserved online at


Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Most Holy Trinity Drive, near Covington. KC Council 14614 will hold fish fries on Fridays through March 26 from 4-7 p.m. Dinner choices include fried catfish, fried shrimp, catfish/shrimp combo, crawfish pie (with either fish or shrimp) and boiled shrimp salad. Each dinner comes with hush puppies and choice of two sides (french fries, baked macaroni or cole slaw.) Children’s dinners are available. All orders are placed from vehicle in church lot. Drive thru-only. Proceeds benefit church charitable programs.

St. John of the Cross Church hall, 61030 Brier Lake Blvd., in Lacombe; Knights of Columbus Council 12989; Lenten fish fries on March 12 and March 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drive-thru only dinners of local domestic catfish, Gulf wild-caught shrimp, or a combo plate for $10; all come with smashed potatoes, hush puppies and green beans. For more info, call the hall on the day of the fry at (985) 882-6625.

St. Peter Catholic Church, 125 E. 19th Ave., Covington, Knights of Columbus No. 12906; Every Friday through March 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. drive-up only, no seating available; $10 per dinner. Choose from fried Louisiana farm-raised catfish, wild-caught fried shrimp, potato salad and french fries, bread roll. Orders will be placed while in St. Peter car line, which begins on Jefferson and 19th streets. All proceeds to assist charitable needs within the parish and local seminarians. For more info, contact [email protected] or call (504) 451-2700.

St. Anselm Catholic Church, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville; Every Friday through March 26; drive-thru only, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; fried shrimp, fried catfish, soft-shell crab, stuffed crab, gumbo. Child’s plate available. Prices vary. For more info, call (985) 845-7342.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Men’s Club, 345 Westchester Place, Slidell; Every Friday through March 26; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; drive-thru only. Enjoy fried fish, crab-boiled smashed potatoes, salad, roll and dessert; $10 per dinner. For more info, text or call (504) 905-8527 or check Our Lady of Lourdes Men’s Club Facebook page.


Enjoy a Galatoire’s meal to benefit PJPHS

One of New Orlean’s most celebrated fine-dining restaurants has teamed up with Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Slidell to present “A Night Out At Home With Galatoire’s” on March 18. It is a benefit to raise money for campus renovations, new STEM technology and campus security.

Those who purchase tickets can enjoy a classic night out in the New Orleans experience — a delectable three-course Galatoire’s meal and exclusively streamed entertainment by Kermit Ruffins and Amanda Shaw — without leaving the comfort and safety of home.

Purchase meals online by March 12 for delivery on March 18. Buy them online at

Once orders are placed, a team member will make contact to determine pickup location or delivery of meals. In the Slidell area, the meals will be delivered by Pope John Paul II volunteers. Pickup will also be available at two locations: the high school at 1901 Jaguar Drive in Slidell, and St. Dominic School at 6326 Memphis St. in the Lakeview area of New Orleans. 

Menu options include a choice of entrees, grilled tenderloin filets with Lyonnaise potatoes and crispy Brussels sprouts or redfish with crab Yvonne and grilled asparagus, plus salad and dessert.

Several packages and sponsorship levels are available and include items such as bottles of wine, Galatoire’s commemorative decanter and water glasses, PJP commemorative candles and charcuterie trays.

Breakfast to benefit Northshore Technical students 

Northshore Technical Community College will host its 6th annual Chancellor’s Sunrise Breakfast on April 1 to raise money for scholarships, honor scholarship recipients and donors, and provide networking opportunities.

Due to COVID-19, the seating at Benedict’s will limited to the presenting sponsor, scholarship recipients, and scholarship donors, but supporters can purchase discounted Go Virtual Sponsorships that provide the same marketing and philanthropic benefits as a traditional sponsorship

That includes access to a professional live stream of the event that can be viewed with staff members and stakeholders, and a recording of the event will be posted on the Northshore Technical Community College YouTube channel. If capacity limitations are lifted prior to April 1, in-person sponsor attendance may be available.

Visit to view sponsorship package options and buy tickets.

Joan Coffman, President and CEO of St. Tammany Health System, will be guest speaker at the 7:30-9:30 a.m. breakfast.

All proceeds from the breakfast directly benefits the college’s Enhancement Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, which helps to bridge the gap between the cost of attendance and the funds available to students through TOPS and other forms of financial aid. 


DANCE: Zumba with the Mayor at noon March 21 at the Bogue Falaya Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., in Covington. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Covington Mayor’s Council on Healthy Lifestyles and the St. Tammany/Ochsner Health Systems. Contact [email protected] or Eventbrite.

PLAY: The Northshore Chess Club meets every Monday from 5-7 p.m. at George’s Mexican Restaurant in Mandeville. No costs or membership fees. All levels/ages are welcome. The club usually has several chess boards; visitors need not bring one. For more info, call Richard Lambert at (985) 845 3708 or George Schreiner at (985) 789-2220.

MEET: The Bayou Lacombe Republican Women will meet March 23 at 1 p.m. at the V.F.W. Hall on Main Street in Lacombe. Guest speaker is Melissa Henry, St. Tammany Parish clerk of court. to discuss election security. For more information, contact Madelon Nohra at [email protected]


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