Livingston-Tangipahoa briefs for March 21, 2013

Clean-up Amite
slated for Saturday

The Stem and Stamen Garden Club, in conjunction with the town of Amite City and the Amite Chamber of Commerce will hold a community wide cleanup day on Saturday.

The original date was April 13, but was changed due to the town’s participation in the Cleanest City Contest, organizers said.

Participants are asked to meet at 8 a.m. on the steps of Amite City Hall, 212 East Oak St., to receive instructions.

School organizations, civic organizations and concerned citizens are encouraged to take part in the Amite Pride Clean Up Day.

Monetary awards will be given to the organization that picks up the most garbage.

Gloves, water and garbage bags will be provided.

For information, contact Carol Brooke at City Hall at (985) 748-8761 or Garden Club President Merrie Bennett at (985) 747-1160.

Animal adoption event set at Hooters

The Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals of Livingston is pairing up with Hooter’s in Denham Springs for an Adoption Event and “Friends Raiser” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Hooter’s, at 254 Range 12 Blvd., Denham Springs near the Bass Pro Shops and Sam’s Club. Many pets will be available for adoption and the Hooter’s girls will be interacting with the patrons and pets. Hooter’s will donate $2 when a flier is presented with an order. Contact the local restaurant at (225) 243-7962 for details.

Adoption fees vary and include mandatory spay/neuter and age appropriate vaccinations. The website has pets available for adoption at http://www.livingstonspca.com.

The SPCA of Livingston is a 501(c)3, all volunteer animal rescue and in-home fostering program in Livingston Parish. It works to rescue animals across south Louisiana located in high-kill shelters. In addition, they have several community outreach programs to assist those in need.

Strawberry board calls for entries

The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Board asks that any farmers, especially strawberry farmers, who are interested in entering their berries in the Annual Strawberry Farmers Berry Auction slated for 4:30 p.m. April 13 on the North Stage of the Festival grounds (Memorial Park). Contact Travis Edwards at (985) 687-7797 or at debbie214edwards@gmail.com.

Each year, a committee of festival board members organizes a Strawberry Judging contest and auction off the local farmers’ freshest berries. A panel of three judges, each representing the agricultural industry in some capacity, judge the berries for appearance, size, and placement in the flats.

After the champion berries have been awarded, all berries submitted for judging are auctioned on stage the Saturday of the festival weekend. Local business owners and nonprofit organizations are prepared to bid high amounts on the flats, and the Grand Champion Strawberry Flat can usually be auctioned for more than $500. All proceeds from the berry auction go directly to the farmer whose berries were bid on, with a guaranteed minimum of $25 per flat per berry variety for each farmer.

For more information, visit http://www.lastrawberryfestival.com.