Karen Baker’s ‘Slice of St. Tammany’ column for Feb. 21, 2013

By Karen Baker

Special to The Advocate

As we inch closer to springtime, my attention seems to wander here and there. With that in mind, here is a somewhat random look at interesting events coming up in St. Tammany Parish (and beyond).

Some feed your body, and some feed your soul, so take your pick — or do a little of both.

On Thursday, Archbishop Gregory Aymond will visit St. Tammany Parish to speak to young adults as part of Renew International’s Theology on Tap program.

Theology on Tap is a national program for young adults; it features a variety of speakers who address faith-based issues, and it also offers young adults a time for fellowship.

The archbishop will discuss “Being a Producer in a Consumer Society.”

Theology on Tap starts with fellowship at 6:30 p.m. at N’Tini’s restaurant, 2891 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Aymond will speak at 7 p.m.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony at First Baptist Church of Covington at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Carlos Miguel Prieto will lead the LPO in Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, and special guest clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester will join the orchestra in a performance of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Tickets start at $20.

The church is at 16333 La. 1085 in Covington.

For ticket information, visit http://www.lpomusic.com.

Another big event on Friday is the Tchefuncte River Foundation fundraiser.

The event takes place at the Champagne Beverage Company, 1 Bud Place in Madisonville, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature food, drinks and auction items as well as music by The Boogie Men.

For tickets, contact Shawn Keller at (985) 373-6442.

On Saturday, Slidell Little Theatre and the Northshore Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will hold a Gumbo Cookoff.

The two nonprofit groups will split the proceeds to benefit local projects that support community arts and education.

The cookoff takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1340 Eighth St., Slidell, at the corner of Eighth and Gause Boulevard. Admission to the all-you-can-eat cookoff is $10, and kids 10 and younger get in free.

For more information, send an email to northshoregumbo
@gmail.com or call (985) 960-1177.

Speaking of the Slidell Little Theatre, its production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens on March 1. For ticket information, visit http://www.slidelllittletheatre.org.

On Sunday, there will be a gala to benefit the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. The Culinary Showcase takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Castine Center in Pelican Park in Mandeville, and it features food, music and auction items.

For ticket information, visit http://www.cmstkids.org/index.php/events/celebration-2013.

Another Sunday event is not quite in St. Tammany Parish. However, it has one of its biggest fans in Abita Springs.

Lynette Soules is a member of the Northshore Camellia Club, but her love for camellias transcends boundaries, and she wants to spread the word about a New Orleans camellia event.

The Camellia Club of New Orleans will host its annual tutorium, “Camellias: The Queen of Flowers,” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Longue Vue Gardens Playhouse, No.7 Bamboo Road.

The tutorium is included with the $3 admission fee to the gardens. The event will include a lecture, demonstrations, grafting, air layering, waxing of blooms and identification of camellias. You can bring in your own cuttings or find some free of charge at the event.

For more information, call the Camellia Club of New Orleans at (504) 833-3970.

On Monday, the Northlake Nature Center will offer a Moonlight Hike and Marshmallow Melt. The full-moon fun starts at 5:45 p.m. Reservations are required by calling (985) 626-1238 or emailing rue@northlakenature.org.

The Nature Center is at 23135 U.S. 190 near Mandeville.

That about wraps up my random wandering through the rest of February. Stay tuned for plenty of fun to put on your calendar in March!

Karen Baker writes about people and events in St. Tammany Parish. She can be contacted at sliceoftammany@gmail.com.