Louisiana talent Greg Barnhill, the Emmy-winning, multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician who recently received the “Native Son” award at the 15th Annual President’s Arts Awards in St. Tammany, will be honored June 2 at a Ozone Music Education Foundation starring program presented by Ochsner.
This free Ochsner Lifelong Learning Institute program takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Wine Garden, 300 Robert St. in 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 inspiration behind some of his most iconic songs. Barnhill’s music has been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Leona Lewis, Tricia Yearwood, Don Henley and others.
Barnhill is also President of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Ozone Foundation.
The Ochsner Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU, Camellia Chapter/Slidell – the organizer – is one of 124 university-related programs developed for adults 50 and older. Its mission is to promote lifelong learning and individual growth by creating learning opportunities that enrich life. The Camellia Chapter is governed by a St Tammany based Advisory Board led by its Chairperson Margo Guillot.
Those interested in continuing to learn while participating in a variety of activities — both in person and online — can consider a membership for $50 per year (through July 1). There is a small fee for courses after July 1st. Register for the Ozone event or join the Ochsner/Slidell chapter by calling (225) 578-2500.
BELTON STARTS KITCHEN: Famed WWL and WYES TV chef Kevin Belton will be in attendance on May 28th for a special opening night of Playmakers Theatre’s next production, The Kitchen Witches, a comedy about dueling TV chefs written by Caroline Smith and produced by Anysia genre was staged. Seating for this special event in Covington is limited. Tickets for this benefit night are $25 at BonTempsTix.com. Belton will join the Playmakers for a silent auction and theater fundraiser, signing his cookbooks and addressing the audience before the curtain at 7pm.
The evening’s kitchen-focused comedy about battling domestic goddesses continues through June 12 with Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, two veteran cable cooking show hostesses who have hated each other since the same man dated and married one of them others 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. Playmaker Theater, 19106 Playmaker Street. Saturday shows at 7pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets $20.
UNDER THE SEA: In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. The Little Mermaid opens June 2-11 with a talented young cast at the Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Tickets are available online or by calling (985) 649-3727 or texting (985) 285-6666 to avoid additional online fees. Visit www.cuttingedgetheater for more information.
A GUMBO OF EVENTS
FISHING FUN: The St. Tammany Chamber Fishing Tournament will be held on May 31st from 5am to 5pm with weigh-ins from 1pm to 3pm at The Rigolets Marina, 52250 US 90 in Slidell. All fish must be caught in navigable Louisiana waterways open to the public, and from the marina participants have access to the best fishing in Lake Borgne, Lake Catherine, Lake Pontchartrain, as well as area oil rigs, reefs and bridges. Prices for speckled trout, redfish, black drum, flounder and an open category. Registration is $100 per person and must be completed before noon on May 27th. A family fun event with a $50 registration fee for children under 12 with a separate prize category. Visit StTammanyChamber.org for more information and to register.
TEE-UP: St Luke Men’s Club is holding its 30th charity golf tournament on May 20th at the Royal Golf Club in Slidell. The cost of the tournament is $75 per golfer to cover green fees including cart, ditty bags, lunch, dinner, beer/drinks, dessert/ice cream and trophies. Contact Brian Clavin at (504) 579-2042, email [email protected], or register online at saintlukeslidell.org/mensgolf.
PEACE: Louisiana’s first three-day yoga festival takes place May 20-22 in Covington for holistic wellness practitioners and anyone seeking conscientious community, self-expression, delicious and healthy food, and all levels of yoga practice. The Bhakti Farms Yoga Fest at Bhakti Farms, 79468 Keating Road includes meditation, musical performances, homeopathy, acupuncture, wellness lectures and yoga for children and adults. Fees vary by day of attendance and level of participation and start at $35. A portion of the proceeds goes to Hope Hope. Details at www.bhaktifarms.com/get-tickets.
WOMEN: The Slidell Widows Social Club meets May 28 at 10 am at Aldersgate UMC, Genesis Hall, 360 Robert Blvd. Guest speaker will be Kristen Punch of Volunteers of America’s RSVP or Retired Senior Volunteer Program. All widows are welcome. Group members participate in many activities each month; Upcoming include trips to NOMA to see Queen Nefertari’s Egypt exhibition and Van Gogh: Immersive Experience at the CBD. Contact Cindy Alberts for information at (985) 707-7676 or [email protected]
BOATS: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum $5,000 drawdown is scheduled for May 20th. cocktails at 6:00 p.m.; buffet at 7 p.m.; and the draw at 8:00 p.m. Winner need not be present, but entrants must be over 21 years of age. Tickets are $100 per couple. For more information, call (985) 845-9200. Go to www.lpbmm.org for tickets.
PEL PARK: Pelican Park’s naturalist summer camp for two age groups – 6-8 years and 9-12 years – includes weekly field trips and hands-on learning. Get kids off screens and back into nature with different themes for each camp week, from water and fish to bugs and insects. Go online at pelicanpark.com for fee schedule, dates, times, topics and more. Some grants are available through the World of Wonder Foundation by contacting [email protected]
ENRICH: Registration for the CEEP Summer Camp at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington is ongoing. This affordable academic day camp for children in grades three through six 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. Has academic courses, hands-on experience, art education, swimming and other recreational opportunities, field trips and more. Breakfast and lunch are provided; Transportation for children within Covington city limits.
This camp is for children who are able to do 2 or better and who do not exhibit behavior problems in school; Favoring students who receive a free or discounted school meal. Fees for students with free lunch are $40 ($60 per family) and $80 ($100 per family) for those eligible for a discounted lunch. Above these levels, applicants will be waitlisted for fees of $200 ($300 per family). Apply online at christchurchcovington.com/ceep or at the church administration office at 129 S. New Hampshire St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have any questions, call the church at (985) 892-3177 or Peggy Castle in Pcastle at @christchurchcovington.com.
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ROLL THEM: Slidell Movie Nights on select Saturday nights this summer at Heritage Park beginning June 4th. The name of the first film has not yet been announced, but it will begin at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Free entry. Bring ice chests and bug spray. Discounts will also be available for nominal fees.
PARK FESTIVAL: On July 16, Pelican Park celebrates Parks and Recreation Month by celebrating the recreation of the St. Tammany community with an event at the park from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and more. There are bouncy castles, games and activities especially for the children. For the grown-ups, there’s the big hits 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 [email protected]
YOUTH: The James Samaritan is hosting its second annual State of Our Children Breakfast on June 16 at St. Paul’s School (Briggs Center). Tickets on Eventbrite from $30 to $900. The event, which will draw attention to the care 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, a pastor and author of Small Town, Big Miracle.