Slice of St. Tammany: Library, theater offer air-conditioned diversions

I am usually in the mountains of western North Carolina this time of year, but life intervened, and here I sit in steamy southern Louisiana. It seems like a good time to find some indoor fun. And so, to name a few:

‘Jekyll and Hyde’’

Playmakers Theatre in Covington, one of the oldest community theaters in the country, is now showing “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, the show is directed by Adolfo Rodriguez, with music directed by Gail Adams. Show times are Friday-Saturday,, at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, July 25-27 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. You can buy tickets online or reserve by calling (985) 893-1671.

The library is a cool place

If you want to learn computer and Internet basics, the library is offering an “Introduction to Computers and Internet” class. Students will learn about computer terms and fundamentals as well as basic Internet navigation with a focus on finding online computer and software tutorials. Classes will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the Covington Library, 310 West 21st Ave., Covington; from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Causeway Library, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville; and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell.

Instructor Lane Adkins works for the Louisiana Workforce Commission as a disabled veterans outreach worker, assisting veterans with training and work placement. Adkins states in the library news release, “Whether you are using social media to stay in touch with family and friends, using online banking to pay bills, or using MS Office to build a customer database for work, understanding computer basics is a must.”

The class is free and open to the public. Participants will use library-owned laptops during class. Registration is required to guarantee a seat in the class. Non-registrants are not guaranteed a place, but may come to the class to see if there are any available spots once registrants have been seated. Non-registrants will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating is limited to 10 adults. To register, call the library branch hosting the class. Information is available at

St. Tammany library

Meanwhile, there’s more cool stuff at the St. Tammany library. If you are interested in quality education for all, equitable education funding, high-stakes testing and the creation of small public community schools, this could be for you.

Robert M. Ferris will offer a presentation of his book, “Flood of Conflict: The New Orleans Free School Story.” Ferris will discuss education equity issues and will answer questions.

The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd.

Ferris spent 34 years at the New Orleans Free School, according to the library news release. He helped start and administer the school beginning in January 1971 and then became principal in 1982. He remained principal until Hurricane Katrina closed the school’s doors in 2005. Ferris holds a master of science in education degree and a doctor of education degree.

Ferris states in the news release, “If the United States is ever to achieve fairness and justice for all . . . we must spend our public education dollars equitably so that every child regardless of ZIP code will receive an equal and quality education.”

The event is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. Ferris will sign and sell his book after the presentation. Light refreshments will be available. Seating is limited to adults. You can register at the Slidell branch or call (985) 646-6470, or register online at

Fundraising fun

St. Anselm Catholic Church in Madisonville is holding its annual Jewel of Madisonville fundraiser on July 20 at the Castine Center in Mandeville’s Pelican Park. The evening includes food, music, a silent and live auction, and a car raffle. For more information visit

The Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club, meanwhile, is again selling tickets for the “Big Game Raffle.” You can help raise money for local charities when you buy a $20 raffle ticket. This year there will be 17 prize winners, with prizes including tickets to Saints home games, tickets to LSU games, fishing trips and more.

For ticket information, call (504) 596-2036.

The Mandeville Rotary is partnering with the Metairie club for the raffle. Rotary International is dedicated to eliminating polio worldwide.

Karen Baker writes about people and events in St. Tammany Parish. She can be reached at