Valerie Englehardt, of Madisonville, has loved everything about being a mother: being pregnant, nursing babies, healing hurt knees, driving children here and there, and watching her children grow into good men and women.
She has loved motherhood and lived it so well, in fact, that she has been chosen for the Regina Matrum, or “Queen of Mothers,” award.
The award is given by the Council of Catholic Schools Cooperative Clubs each year to honor a mother in the Archdiocese of New Orleans who possesses the ideals of Catholic motherhood and family life. This year, Englehardt was chosen as the recipient, and Archbishop Gregory Aymond will present the award to her Monday during a special Mass at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville, where Englehardt volunteers as the parish nurse, works with her husband in marriage preparation, and much more.
Englehardt and her husband, John, have seven children: Gregory, 38, married with four children; Michael, 37, married with four children; Eric, 34, married with one daughter; Stephen, 31, married with four children; Mark, 28, whose wife is expecting their first; Mary, 25, who is expecting her first; and David, 18, set to graduate from St. Paul’s School this May.
John and Valerie, both from Denver, were high school sweethearts, and they have been married for 40 years — raising their children in a tight-knit family founded on faith.
“The key things to give your children,” Valerie Englehardt said, “are self-esteem and dignity, which comes from being made in the image of God.” The other key, she said, is that “Children have to be taught about their capacity to love, about their capacity for goodness. … I stress that it’s not what you have, it’s what you do for others.”
Englehardt had no idea that she had been nominated or that she had won until March 24, when her pastor, the Rev. Ronald Calkins, made the announcement at the end of Mass and two representatives of the CCSCC handed her a bouquet of roses.
“I am honored and humbled and grateful, and feeling unworthy, all at the same time,” she said.
The Mass to honor Englehardt will take place at 7 p.m. at the church, 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville.
Outdoors with the LPO
The city of Covington will host its 15th annual Swing in the Pines on Saturday in beautiful Bogue Falaya Park .
The free concert features the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Glenn Langdon, and takes place on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River. Bring a chair, a blanket, a cooler with refreshments and an appreciation for beauty. It all begins at 6 p.m.
Bogue Falaya Park is at the end of New Hampshire Street in downtown Covington.
Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages, and wine from Pontchartrain Vineyards will be available for purchase. The rain date is Sunday. For more information, email Sarah Chambless at email@example.com.
Mother’s Day treat
Nine elegant and historic homes will be open for public viewing for the fourth Mother’s Day in Mandeville Home Tour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, sponsored by the Old Mandeville Historic Association.
The homes are incorporated within the boundaries of the recently created Old Mandeville Historic District. This year’s theme, “Gifts to the Street,” is taken from the title of a popular book by Carol Olwell and Judith Lynch Waldhorn, showcasing the classic Victorian homes of San Francisco. The theme also recognizes the varied styles of historic architecture that encompass Old Mandeville, according to Home Tour Committee Chairwoman Nancy Clark.
“These featured homes this year are indeed gifts to the street in which we celebrate five historic homes and four newer homes that through thoughtful design are now woven into the fabric of our eclectic neighborhood,’’ Clark said.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Advance tickets are available at Vianne’s Tea House, 544 Girod St., Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Boutique, 620 Girod St., and The Scotts Coffee & Tapas Bar, 201 Carroll St.
On the day of the event, tickets will be on sale from noon until 4 p.m. at the Jean Baptiste Lang House, 605 Carroll St.
Those buying tickets in advance must come to the Lang House on the day of the event to exchange them for wristbands in order to gain entrance to the tour homes.
Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at http://www.oldmandevillehistoricassociation.org.
Assisting Clark and Foster in organizing this year’s tour are committee members Abby Sands, Zella Walker, Anne Marie Fargason, Becky Rohrbough who is also president of the association, Robin Phillips, Pat Jensen, Celeste Thorson and Paula Cannon.
Kiwanis Open House
The Kiwanis Club of Northshore Mandeville is inviting prospective new members to join them at an open house breakfast at 7:15 a.m. May 16 at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4375 La. 22, Mandeville.
Kiwanis is an international organization that works to benefit children. The Northshore club works with several elementary, middle and high schools through the sponsorship of K-Kids, Builders Club and Key Club.
The club meets at 7:15 a.m. every Thursday at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Membership dues are $45 per quarter and a one-time initiation fee of $55. For membership information, call Guy Guinot at (985) 624-5655 or visit http://www.northshore-kiwanis.org.
Troop Glamour Girls
“Troop Glamour Girls: The Musical” is billed as “a high energy modern song and dance musical” about a mother going through divorce who takes over leadership of her daughter’s Campfire Girl troop.
“Troop Glamour Girls” takes the stage May 10 to May 26, at Cutting Edge Theater, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20. The play is written and directed by Jenny Gesvantner, with assistant director Erin Fernandez and choreographer Mike Ascani Jr. For more information, visit http://www.cuttingedgetheater.com.
Slidell coffeeshop hosts writers
The public is invited to a reading by Delgado Community College creative writing students, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brewgier Coffee House, 1732 Front St., Slidell.
The event includes poetry and prose produced in a workshop class with Dennis Formento. Students scheduled to read original works include Karah Brandt, Bailey Benjamin, Ann Greve, Marytza Lopez, Bryan Palmer, Rosalin Scott, Melissa Warren and Garland Williams.
For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (504) 671-6638.
Kaycee Auxiliary meets
The Slidell Kaycee Auxiliary will hold its monthly meeting and yearly election of officers at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the K.C. Hall, 1578 W. Hall Ave., Slidell.
Jazz at the Dew Drop Inn
The Miles Berry Quartet will perform traditional jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Dew Drop Inn, 430 Lamarque St. in Old Mandeville, and Tuba Skinny will perform modern jazz from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Beverages and Dew Drop souvenirs will be available for purchase, as well as food cooked by the ladies of First Free Mission Baptist Church.
The spring Dew Drop season will end May 25 with the brass band Detective Fish followed by jazz and blues singer Linnzi Zaorski and her band. Details at drewdropjazzhall.com.
Karen Baker writes about people and events in St. Tammany Parish. She can be contacted at email@example.com.