Slice of St. Tammany: Brush up computer skills at the library

The St. Tammany Parish Library will offer three Microsoft computer classes with professional educator Marilyn Hebert.

The Word class will teach participants how to compose a business letter and a ré sumé ; the PowerPoint class will help students learn the basic skills needed to make presentation slides; and the Publisher class will teach attendees how to create fliers and brochures.

Participants will use the library’s laptop computers for the class and should bring a storage device such as a flash drive.

The classes will be held at three libraries:

Causeway branch: Microsoft PowerPoint class from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, and Microsoft Publisher class from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-9779.

Covington Branch: Microsoft Word class from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 9, and a Microsoft PowerPoint class from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-6280.

Slidell Branch: Microsoft Publisher class from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12, and a Microsoft Word class from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9, at 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, (985) 646-6470. Registration is required.

Other library programs include the Pearl River Book Browsers Book Club that will discuss “The Flight of Gemma Hardy,” by Margot Livesey, at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Pearl River Branch, 64580 La. 41, Pearl River. Author and Assistant District Attorney Bernard Smith will present his newly published crime-suspense novel, “Random Allotment,” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Slidell Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Registration for this program is recommended by calling (985) 646-6470.

Pelican Park Fall Sports

Speaking of registration, time is running out to register for youth sports at Pelican Park. Fall Youth Sports Registration ends Friday for baseball ages 6-14, cheerleading, ages 7-10, football clinic, ages 5-6; Football, ages 7-12; volleyball, ages 9-15. Pre-season practices begin the week of Aug. 19 and games begin in early September. For questions, call the office at (985) 626-7997.

The story of Covington

In celebration of the Covington Bicentennial, historian Robin Perkins will tell the story of how the town of Wharton, established in 1813, became present-day Covington. Join friends and neighbors for a bicentennial party with cake and beverages from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington.

Perkins is the archivist for the St. Tammany Clerk of Court’s Office. She received a B.A. in English and history and an M.A. in information studies and technology from Northern Illinois University. Perkins also completed a post-graduate program in public administration at Loyola University of Chicago and received an Excellence in Government Award of Individual Merit from the Louisiana Bureau for Governmental Research in 2008.

The event is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. Light refreshments will be available. Seating space is limited to adults. Please stop by or call the Covington Library at (985) 893-6280 to register. Online registration is available at

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Hot art in a cool space

The 11th annual Hot Art in a Cool Space will take place Saturday and Sunday, 28662 Krentel Road, Lacombe, with a meet-the-artists reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place during the reception. For more information, contact Barbara Shaw (985) 882-7169.

Karen Baker writes about happenings in St. Tammany Parish. Reach her at