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WALK & READ: Two more Storywalks! are planned by the Northlake Nature Center and St. Tammany Library for families to get their kids out, away from screens and involved in a reading adventure, while enjoying the great outdoors and maybe a picnic under the trees. trees. On July 1, Storywalk! will feature “Box Turtle at Long Pond” by William George, and on July 9 the book will be “Down in Louisiana” by Johnette Downing. Both events take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Nature Center, and families are free to come and go during these hours. There is no charge to enjoy these interactive walks along paths lined with enlarged and laminated pages from the daily book. No reservations required, and visitors can bring a snack or picnic to enjoy before or after their walk and read. Strollers are wheelchair accessible. With questions, see

THE STORY: The Old Mandeville Historical Association will host a local history camp for children entering third and fourth grade this fall. Will be held at the Lang House, 605 Carroll St., from 9 a.m. to noon July 13-15. Free. Children will learn about local architecture, tradition and culture. Children will receive a t-shirt, snacks and drinks. For more information, contact

COVINGTON: The Covington Police Department will hold its annual Kids Camp for Covington children ages 6-13 from July 11-15, but the deadline for submitting registration forms is July 5. Check the police department’s website or Facebook page for registration details. This free 8 a.m. to noon camp will be held at William Pitcher Jr. High School, 415 S. Jefferson Ave.; each day will offer fun ways to learn about healthy and safe living.

PEL PARK CAMP: There are three separate week-long Summer Camps for Pelican Park Nature Explorers remaining in July for two age groups – 6-8 and 9-12. The camps will include weekly field trips and hands-on learning. Get the kids away from screens and back into nature with different topics for each week. 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

PA CAMPS: There are two Positive Attitude camp sessions left in July, and Action Youth and Community Resources is now accepting registrations for students in grades five through eight. These overnight youth development camps are designed to teach campers leadership and communication skills, with the goal of bringing them back to their schools and communities ready to make a positive impact. Camps are held at Fontainebleau Elevated Group Lodging in Fontainebleau State Park. Positive Attitude for grades seven and eight will have a final session July 18-21, and PA Junior for students entering fifth and sixth grades will take place July 22-24. For more information and to register, visit The unique PA camp for high school students was held earlier this month.


GO MATILDE: Meet the little girl with an amazing mind and psychokinetic powers in the series based on Ronald Dahl’s classic book, “Matilda.” She is not loved by her cruel parents but loved by her teacher, Miss Honey, who tries to protect Matilda from the cruel school principal. Directed by Christopher Manguno; music under the direction of Frank Gonzalez. Weekend evening and matinee shows through July 3 at 30 p.m. at the Ninety Theater, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville.

TRIBUTE: Musician-songwriter and tribute artist Finely Watkins will perform two shows at 8 p.m. on July 15 and 16 at the Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., in Slidell. Watkins, 14, plays seven instruments, favoring rockabilly and blues and the musicians who make this music. Get theater tickets at no added cost online by texting (985) 285-6666, or ordering from Eventbrite online through the theater’s website. Basic tickets to Watkins’ “Friends in Low Places” are $30.

“oz”: A unique, fast-paced retelling of the classic L. Frank Baum story “Wizard of Oz” plays at the Playmakers Theater in Covington for three weekends between July 30 and August 14. Titled “Choose Your Own Oz,” the process of delivering this beloved Baum story is shaken up so that audiences become the playwright and can change everything – from the style and color of Dorothy’s shoes to Toto’s species, her little dog in the original story. Shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; visit the website at Theater at 19106 Playmakers Rd. in Covington.


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CHRISTOIS WOOD: An exhibition of 53 multimedia works by 25 regional artists will continue at Christwood’s Atrium Gallery until July 30. The exhibition includes works by artists Jan Arrigo, Errol Barron, Harriet Blum, Andrew Boyd, Gerald Cannon, Emery Clark, Sandra Russell Clark, Margaret Crosby, Adrian Deckbar, Alan Flattman, Carol Hallock, Peggy Hesse, Marcia Holmes, Mary Helen Mason, Catherine Mayer, Mary Monk, Jan Munson, Josephine Sacabo, Billy Solitario, Sarah Sparkman-Boyd, Kathleen Trapolin, Peg Usner and Sue Zaunbrecher. For more information, contact John Maginnis at or (985) 590-8816.


TO STROLL: The Covington Business Association brings the beach back to downtown Covington for the fifth annual adults-only Kokomo Boardwalk on July 9 from 5-8 p.m. 21 years and older; no children, babies or pets. Live music with Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, as well as Bobby Ohler, Ched Reeves and David Broadbridge, at various downtown locations. Beach-themed entertainment and “best drink” contest. Check-in gates at Covington Tammany Trace Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. Ticket purchases online only, $45; none at the door. La Balade is a non-refundable event. In case of bad weather, it will be rescheduled for the next immediate good weather day.

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 in the park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lost in the 60s – fireworks, food and more. For children, there will be inflatables, games and other child-friendly activities. At The Groves in the park, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. Parking $5 cash. For more information, call (985) 626-7997 or email

delicious june: A Taste of Covington, the city’s annual food, wine, music and arts experience, ends at the end of June. Enjoy leftover meals. See the program on

ROLL THEM: Slidell Movie Nights, with free admission, will continue at Heritage Park on July 23 with Disney’s “Encanto.” The movie will start at 8:30 a.m. Don’t forget to bring chairs, blankets, coolers and insect repellent. Concessions will also be available on-site for a nominal fee. Check Slidell’s Facebook page for any weather-related schedule changes.

TRANSPLANTS: The Chalmette High School Class of 1966 will celebrate its 56th reunion on July 16 at the Jefferson Orleans South, 2536 Edenborn Ave., in Metairie from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Former classmates who moved to St. Tammany after Hurricane Katrina are invited to attend. . The cost is $75 per person in advance; $80 (cash only) at the door. Dressy casual outfit. Also, all 1960s CHS and Andrew Jackson High classes are invited to join because COVID has prevented so many reunions. It will be a mega reunion celebration. For tickets or additional information, call Beryl Hargis at (985) 30-2380, Kathy Fogarty at (985) 549-0946 or Arthur Sherlock at (504) 606-8517.

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