Summer Events Heat Up in St. Tammany Parish | St. Tammany Community News

Louisiana talent Greg Barnhill, the Emmy-winning and multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician, recently received the “Native Son” award at St. Tammany’s 15th Annual President’s Arts Award, will be a featured presenter June 2 at an Ozone Music Education Foundation Program presented by Ochsner.

This free program from the Ochsner Lifelong Learning Institute will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Wine Garden, 300 Robert St., Slidell.

Attendees will learn about the Ozone Foundation’s mission to educate, support and mentor regional songwriters and musicians, and hear Barnhill discuss the art of songwriting and the inspirations behind some of his most popular songs. better known. Barnhill’s music has been recorded by a host of performers including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Leona Lewis, Tricia Yearwood, Don Henley and others.

Barnhill is also Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Ozone Foundation.

The Ochsner Institute for Lifelong Learning at LSU, Camellia Chapter/Slidell — the host of the event — is one of 124 university-affiliated programs developed for adults 50 and older. Its mission is to foster lifelong learning and individual growth by creating learning opportunities that enrich life. The Camellia Chapter is governed by a St. Tammany-based Advisory Council under the leadership of its President, Margo Guillot.

Those interested in continuing to learn while participating in a variety of activities — in-person and online — can consider membership for $50 per year (by July 1). A nominal fee will be charged for classes after July 1. Register for the Ozone event or join the Ochsner/Slidell chapter by calling (225) 578-2500.


BELTON LAUNCHES “KITCHEN”: Celebrity WWL and WYES TV chef Kevin Belton will be on hand for a special May 28 opening night of the Playmakers Theater’s upcoming production, “The Kitchen Witches,” a comedy about TV chef duels written by Caroline Smith and directed by Anysia Genre. Spaces are limited for this special event in Covington. Tickets for this benefit evening are $25 at Belton will join Playmakers for a silent auction and theater fundraiser, sign her cookbooks and address the audience before the 7 p.m. curtain.

The kitchen-centric comedy of the night about battling household goddesses will continue until June 12 with Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, a pair of well-seasoned cable cooking show hostesses who have hated each other since the same man dated one and married the other 30 years ago. When circumstances bring them together on a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches,” insults fly and their show becomes a smash hit. Playmakers Theatre, 19106 Playmakers Road. Shows on Saturday at 7 p.m., matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $20.

UNDER THE SEA : In a magical kingdom under the sea, a beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. “The Little Mermaid” runs June 2-11 with a talented young cast at the Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., in Slidell. Get tickets online or by calling (985) 649-3727 or texting (985) 285-6666 to avoid additional online charges. For more information, www.cuttingedgetheater.


FISHING PLEASURE: The St. Tammany Chamber Fishing Tournament will take place from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 31 with a weigh-in from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Rigolets Marina, 52250 US 90 in Slidell. All fish must be caught in publicly accessible Louisiana waterways, and from the marina, participants can access the best catches of Lake Borgne, Lake Catherine, Lake Pontchartrain, as well as platforms, reefs and bridges in the region. Prizes for speckled trout, redfish, black drum, plaice and an open category. Registration is $100 per person and must be completed by noon on May 27. A fun family event with a $50 entry fee for children 12 and under with a separate prize category. Go to for more information and to register.

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TEE-UP: The St. Luke Men’s Club will hold its 30th charity golf tournament on May 20 at the Royal Golf Club in Slidell. The cost of the tournament is $75 per golfer to cover green fees with cart, bags, lunch, dinner, beer/drinks, dessert/ice cream and trophies. Contact Brian Clavin at (504) 579-2042, email, or register online at

PEACE: Louisiana’s first three-day Yoga Festival is scheduled for May 20-22 in Covington for holistic wellness practitioners and anyone seeking mindful community, personal development, delicious, healthy food, and all levels of fitness. yoga practice. The Bhakti Farms Yoga Fest at Bhakti Farms, 79468 Keating Road, will include meditation, musical performances, homeopathy, acupuncture, wellness talks and yoga for children and adults. Fees vary by days of attendance and level of attendance, starting at $35. A portion of the proceeds goes to Hope Hope. Details about

WOMEN: The Slidell Widows Social Club will meet May 28 at 10 a.m. at Aldersgate UMC, Genesis Hall, 360 Robert Blvd. The guest speaker will be Kristen Punch with Volunteers of America’s RSVP program, or Retired Senior Volunteer Program. All widows are welcome. Group members join many activities every month; upcoming ones include trips to NOMA to see Queen Nefertari’s Egyptian Exhibit and Van Gogh: Immersive CBD Experience. Contact Cindy Alberts for more information at (985) 707-7676 or

BOATS: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum’s draw for $5,000 is scheduled for May 20. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; buffet at 7 p.m.; and the draw at 8 p.m. The winner does not have to be present, but participants must be over 21 years old. Tickets are $100 per couple. More information at (985) 845-9200. Go to for tickets.


PEL PARK: Pelican Park’s Nature Explorers Summer Camp for two age groups – 6-8 and 9-12 – will include weekly field trips and hands-on learning. Take the kids away from screens and back into nature with different topics for each week of camp, from water and fish to bugs and bugs. Go online at to see the fee schedule, dates, times, topics and more. Some scholarships are available through the World of Wonder Foundation by contacting

ENRICH: Registration underway for CEEP Summer Camp at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington. This low-cost academic day camp for children entering third through sixth grades will be offered June 13 through July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the church’s 120 S. New Hampshire campus. Includes theory lessons, hands-on experiences, art education, swimming and other recreational activities, field trips and more. Breakfast and lunch provided; Transportation available for children within Covington city limits.

This camp is for children who are able to get B grades or better and who do not have behavioral problems at school; preference to students receiving free or reduced-price school meals. Fees for students who receive free lunch are $40 ($60 per family) and $80 ($100 per family) for those who qualify for discounted lunches. Above these levels, applicants are waitlisted for a $200 fee ($300 per family). Apply online at or at the church administrative office at 129 S. New Hampshire St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions, call the church at (985) 892-3177 or Peggy Castle at


ROLL THEM: Slidell Movie Nights select Saturday nights this summer at Heritage Park will begin June 4. The name of the first film has not been announced, but it will start at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Bring coolers and insect repellent. Concessions will also be available for a nominal fee.

PARKS FESTIVAL: On July 16, Pelican Park will mark Parks and Recreation Month by celebrating recreation in the parish of St. Tammany with an event at the park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and more. Especially for children there will be inflatables, games and activities. For adults, there will be the big sounds of Rockin’ Dopsie and Lost in the 60s. At The Groves in the park, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. Parking for $5 cash. For more information, call (985) 626-7997 or email

YOUTH: The James Samaritan will host its second annual State of Our Children Breakfast at St. Paul’s School (Briggs Center) on June 16. Tickets on Eventbrite from $30 to $900. The event to draw attention to the foster program will feature remarks from children’s advocate Donna Edwards, wife of the governor; Assistant District Attorney Collin Simms; State Senator Beth Mizell; and Bishop WC Martin, pastor and author of the book “Small Town, Big Miracle”.

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