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November 2013 On the Cover: Three Rivers Art Festival Pull Out Guide Senior Living........................................ 8 Falling for Footwear .......................... 24

ENTERPRISING WOMAN Dr. Kelly Burkenstock— Innovative European Procedures Restore Youth and Beauty Naturally ................................................................. 18

SENIOR LIVING: A Fulfilling and Carefree Community—Windsor Senior Living ...........................................................................9 A Ministry of Care— Timeless Grace Assisted Living...................................... 10 Exceptional Memory Care Experience—Live Oak Village of Slidell................................................................... 11 Fighting the Fires of Aging ............................................. 12 Memory Loss. When is it a Concern?........................... 13 Why is Everybody Mumbling? ....................................... 13

COMMUNITY: Behind the Scenes: ..............................................................4 Covington—A Northshore Cultural Arts Haven ..... 28 November Events ............................................................... 31 Enjoy the Outdoors ........................................................... 34 Chamber Gives Thanks and Recognizes Small Businesses ............................................................................. 34 Holiday Shopping in Ponchatoula ............................... 34 Around Town........................................................................ 35

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Take Pause for Menopause ............................................. 14

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Exercises for Neck Pain ..................................................... 12 Effective Chiropractic Treatments ................................ 15

BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE: Holiday Shopping Guide ................................................. 20 Shopping Scene.................................................................. 22 Book Review: Gilead.......................................................... 22 Thanksgiving USA .............................................................. 23

Falling for Footwear .......................................................... 24 Recipe: Veal Scalopinne Ai Funghi Porcini ................ 30

LEGAL: R & D Mediation Group—Allowing Couples to Work Together Through Divorce .................................................6 Is Your Will Valid? ................................................................ 10

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Gardening: Even Gardens Can be Thankful .............. 23

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Included in this issue is the 1 7th Annual Three Rivers Art Festival guide. The festival is held in historic downtown Covington on November 9-10. The insert includes festival info and maps to help give you the best possible experience.

Behind the Scenes YOU’LL NORMALLY find Dr. Kelly Burkenstock running around her office non-stop. As we prepared for her Enterprising Woman cover shoot at Azure Salon & Spa she slowed down long enough to be pampered by hair stylist, Keri Schmidt and make-up artist, Cindy Pecoraro. It was then time to head over to Dr. Burkenstock’s home for her fun-filled cover shoot with Steve Randon and staff.

Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell Contributing Editor Anna Grundmann Art Director Dianne Waller Graphic Designer/Staff Photographer Claire Thomas Web Master Julie Lodato O’Day Senior Account Executive Gwen Anderson Account Executives Anna Grundmann, Laura Zammit Distribution/Circulation Manager Melissa St. André Fashion Editor Patty Beal Contributing Writers Sarah Chambless, Paul Cimino, Anna Ribbeck, Mimi Nothacker, Dr. Mary Speed, and Jill Willie Contributing Photographers Tom Ballantine and Steve Randon Production Gallinghouse Marketing + Creative

About the cover: Cover Photography: Steve Randon Photography, Hair and Make-up: Azure Salon & Spa, 2040 North Causeway Blvd, 985-237-1999,

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MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY is Thanksgiving. I love the traditions, the food and I have even learned to understand the game of football. Most importantly, it is a time to say thanks, to take stock of our many blessings and be together with our loved ones. This year my family is blessed to have my niece, Liz, back with us after spending most of the past 11 years hospital and bed bound with undiagnosed Lyme Disease. Her future was very bleak but amazingly, she has at last been able to return to her father, home in London, and to restart her life at the age of 23. Having been away from society for so long, she has so much catching up to do. She has recently joined Facebook, so I am able to follow her as she slowly rediscovers the world from her first taste of sushi, to a walk in the town she grew up in, to visiting old friends and her family. She takes a camera with her and discovers the simple beauty in the things that we so often take for granted. We are all so happy to have our beautiful butterfly Liz back and give thanks for her health. This month we express gratitude for all members of our family as we explore some great senior living facilities. We also meet our Enterprising Woman, Dr. Kelly Burkenstock, and hear about her latest treatments and procedures as well encourage our readers to support local businesses this holiday season with our gift guide. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, and a happy birthday to my husband, Jerry!





R&D Mediation Group— Allowing Couples to Work Together through Divorce WRITTEN BY JILL WILLIE

What we like to do is show them that mediation gives them the opportunity to control the decision making process. As opposed to conflicts given to the court to decide, which are in the judge’s hands.

AS PARENTS, we teach our children to resolve conflict in the most respectful way possible. Unfortunately, when it comes to divorce, we don’t always take that same advice. All too often parents argue with one another, communicate through attorneys and seek resolution from the courts. As trained mediators, Marie Rudd and Michelle Demarest help divorcing couples resolve custody and financial issues in the most respectful way possible. As mediators, Marie and Michelle do not side with either party, but rather remain neutral in order to assist the parties in exploring and evaluating options to resolve issues. Both family lawyers themselves, Marie and Michelle formed R&D Mediation Group as an alternative to lengthy, messy divorce proceedings that often occur in the court system. Unlike proceedings that take place in the courtroom, mediation sessions remain confidential. “With regard to family law, mediation is the courtroom of the future,” Michelle said. “It is more cost effective and tends to result in agreements that are more likely to be honored reducing the need to return to court on a frequent basis. But most importantly, it is a process that really does put children first, allowing flexibility and options in coparenting decisions.” Parents who go through a contentious divorce inside the courtroom still need to co-parent their children outside of it, Marie explained. “You co-parent for the rest of your children’s lives, not just until they become adults. Divorce changes the way families look and interact, but they are families nonetheless.” The goal of family mediation is to give both parties the tools, the time and the environment to communicate with one another about issues with which they disagree. When Marie and Michelle mediate sessions, they serve as catalysts to aid the parties in sharing their concerns and goals for the family with each other. “Our job is to

LEFT : Mediator Marie Rudd reviewing documents. BOTTOM : Mediator Michelle Demarest composing mediation agreements.

and statutory constraints, to address specific needs of each child in a family. But their discretion is limited,” Marie said. “Mediation allows for a level of creativity not available in a courtroom.” She explained that while it is important to keep siblings together, other factors like age discrepancies and special needs may require parents to look at what’s best for each child based on his or her point in life. “In mediation, you can throw different ideas out there and pick and choose different ideas.” “The best thing you can do is ask yourself what you and your children would be doing if the family was still together—going to ball practice, dance class or schoolmates’ birthday parties. Then you need to figure out how to make that work,” Marie said. Louisiana law authorizes judges to order mediation in custody and visitation matters. Though the courts are not authorized to order mediation for related divorce issues, such as support and property divisions, couples are often impressed with the results they achieve in the court ordered sessions and choose mediation as the method to resolve those issues as well. Michelle noted that mediation is a great

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challenge each party to not only communicate his or her position but to help uncover the motivating factors driving that position,” Marie said. According to Michelle, the motivation factor seen most often in conflict resolution is fear of loss. “Divorcing couples are often afraid to lose control. They’re afraid of losing their children, their money, their homes and their way of life.” “What we like to do is show them that mediation gives them the opportunity to control the decision making process. As opposed to conflicts given to the court to decide, which are in the judge’s hands,” Michelle continued. Mediation can begin at any time in the divorce process. In fact, couples may try mediation even before a divorce petition is filed in court. Once an agreement is reached in mediation, the parties will need to file the appropriate pleadings with the court. With the parties working together, however there should be no need to appear in court, which means a cost savings for the couple. Participants normally need three to five sessions to iron out specifics in a divorce settlement. The first session is usually two hours in length with the time frame of subsequent sessions dependent upon the needs of the parties. While session intervals should not exceed one week, R&D Mediation gives couples flexibility to schedule sessions around pay periods to spread the financial responsibility over time. Mediation sessions often resemble corporate brainstorming meetings, with easel pages all over the walls, outlining different ways conflicts can be addressed. “The courts do the best job they can, given their time

tool to help settle community property because it can help avoid or mitigate the attorney fees that pile up when couples argue about financial issues. “The less time couples spend fighting about money, the more money they will ultimately have to divide.” “For example, if people are arguing over a specific piece of furniture, we ask them to do a cost-benefit analysis to help them see the real financial and emotional costs of fighting for their item as compared to the actual monetary value. In some instances, especially when there is sentimental value attached, people decide it is worth the cost. In other cases, people realize it’s not worth fighting over,” she added. Once agreements are made, parties are given a memorandum of understanding, which they can take to their attorneys for perusal before signing. In the case of court ordered mediation, the memorandum of understanding is not shared with the court until both parties have signed it and made it a final judgement. As a mother that has co-parented her children for over ten years, Marie is not just an advocate for mediation; she is an example of its success. “We attended mediation and have been able to continue to be a family for our children, she said. It just looks different.”


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A Fulfilling and Carefree Community— Windsor Senior Living

Many seniors regain independence upon moving in, due to increased availability of transportation and a growing circle of friendships. The activities calendar at the Windsor is chock-full of concerts, plays, guest speakers, exercise classes and other activities—not to mention the happy hour! Every Friday, happy hour consists of cocktails, music and even dancing. The activities director and residents decide on community outings. Recently, trips have included the casino, the movie theater, Zephyrs games, the WWII Museum and the St. Joseph’s Abbey, to name a few. Windsor Senior Living also provides assisted living services right in the residents’ apartments when needed. The Windsor does not have an assisted living wing so the residents’ friends never know who receives assistance. Every person’s needs are individual, and the services offered may be customized to their individual needs. Assisted living services range from medication reminders to bathing and dressing assistance, and are offered a la carte or in a total package. Families are afforded peace of mind, knowing that their parents and grandparents are in a loving environment. With a 24-hour staff, features such as unobtrusive

emergency pull-cord and courtesy check in, which let staff members know the senior is okay without invading their privacy, provide comfort in knowing that should they need help, it would be timely in coming. The positive, loving atmosphere is palpable in the halls of the Windsor and notably, all of the services and amenities offered come at an affordable price. Seniors can take pleasure in the carefree lifestyle and families will enjoy knowing that their loved one is in a safe and caring environment. Windsor Senior Living Community is located in Mandeville at 1770 N. Causeway Blvd. near the Northlake Shopping Center. For more information, you can call 985-624-8040 or visit their website,

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IF YOU OR A MEMBER of your family is tired of keeping up a large home, worried about living alone, or sick of finding rides for doctor’s appointments and social engagements, then Windsor Senior Living might be the answer. This locally owned retirement community offers seniors the opportunity to maintain their independence in a comfortable and social environment. Patty Suffern, director of marketing for The Windsor Senior Living Community says, “Many seniors and their families think that living in their own homes or nursing homes are the only options, without realizing that there is an enormous realm between these alternatives that gives seniors access to a fulfilling community and gives their families peace of mind.” Windsor residents enjoy daily meals, weekly housekeeping services, maintenance, transportation and a variety of social activities while still maintaining an independent lifestyle. All of the Windsor’s spacious studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments boast full kitchens and can be furnished and decorated just like home. The grounds of the Windsor feature a stunning, tranquil outdoor pond and amenities include a beauty parlor, recreation room, chapel, dining room and porches on every floor.

TOP: Residents enjoy live music at their weekly happy hour. BELOW RIGHT: Seniors can stroll around the property’s scenic pond.


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A VALID TESTAMENT (Will) in Louisiana is subject to very few formalities but those formalities are sacrosanct! Our law recognizes two kinds of Wills: “Olographic” and “Notarial” (if your Will is dated after June of 1999 be careful if you see the word “Statutory” or any reference to La. R.S. 9:2442, as that was the prior law). For an Olographic (handwritten) Will the requirements are: 1) the Will must be written entirely by the hand of the Testator (the person making the Will), it may not be typed nor written in anyone else’s handwriting. 2) It must be clear that it is meant to be a Will, the best way is to say “I, John Doe, make this Will…” 3) It must be clear as to the date, therefore it is best to write out the month as opposed to only a numerical date, e.g. August 1, 2011, as opposed to 8/1/2011. 4) It must be signed at the end by the Testator. There are no other formalities, the Will does not need to be witnessed and it certainly should not be notarized, as that may confuse the Will with the Notarial Will discussed next. A Notarial Will must follow these requirements: 1) It may be handwritten or typewritten. 2) It must be signed

(not merely initialed) on every page. 3) It must be signed at the end. 4) It must include a dated “attestation clause” after the Testator signs at the end, this clause must be almost verbatim to what the LA Civil Code requires. 5) The entire signing must be witnessed by two people who are not in the Will (nor their spouses). 6) Along with everything in number 5 it must also be notarized (meaning before a Notary Public, not necessarily an attorney). The above merely discusses what makes a Will legally valid; there are many other issues of importance that go beyond the scope of this article. If your present Will does not comply with the above conditions, by all means, rectify it now. It is far better to address these issues now rather than have your Will invalidated after your death when nothing more can be done.

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A Ministry of Care — Timeless Grace Assisted Living


PAM BOODA, a registered nurse and owner of Timeless Grace Assisted Living, says that opening this facility was her calling. “Ever since I was a little girl I loved the elderly, they’ve always had a special place in my heart,” Pam reminisces. After years as a LPN in long-term care and a director of nursing, Pam Booda earned her RN and administrator’s degree, and opened her own facility in order to control the quality of care and personalized attention given to her residents. Timeless Grace, located in the rolling hills of Mississippi, offers the highest level of care, luxury and peace of mind. Their homey facility is accessible to the entire Northshore and Gulf Coast region and affords worry-free living from hurricane evacuations and flooding. “People always ask if they can make reservations here,” Pam laughs, “It has the feel of a bed and breakfast.” The intimate, 15-bed home is beautifully furnished and decorated, and the property offers a peaceful courtyard as well as a screened porch perfect for watching

wildlife or one of the other many activities residents enjoy participating in. “Activities include gardening, exercise, games, bible study and various crafts,” Pam says. The loving, caring environment created by Timeless Grace is truly a ministry for Pam and her staff. “The hearts of the staff here are beyond compare. The residents are treated like kings and queens, they might be a little spoiled actually,” Pam jokes. “A beautician comes monthly but we help get them ready on a daily basis,” she says. Other services include home-cooked meals, snacks and fresh fruit available at all times; personal laundry service and housekeeping; medication monitoring and administration by an experienced nurse; and an on-duty nurse 12-hours a day with a nurse on call 24-hours a day. Most importantly, unlike some assisted living facilities, these services are affordable and all-inclusive. “It’s truly a ministry for us,” Pam says, “we strive to maintain the individuality, privacy, and dignity of each resident with personalized care.” Timeless Graces Assisted Living is located at 424 Jake Smith Road in Carriere, Mississippi. For more information you can call 601-799-1600 or email Pam at

Exceptional Memory Care Experience— Live Oak Village of Slidell WRITTEN BY ANNA GRUNDMANN

Safety is another chief concern in Reminiscence. There is a licensed nurse on staff during the day and on call at night, as well as specially trained care managers on site 24/7. A high care ratio for every shift insures the needs of residents are always met. A lush outdoor courtyard is available to the residents at all times which families and seniors both appreciate due to the secure environment where residents can enjoy the great outdoors. Family involvement is important and highly encouraged in the life of the memory care residents. Family nights, such as the recent trick or treat night, an annual favorite when families and kids come to trick or treat in the halls of Reminiscence, are regular staples on the activity calendar. Above all, Reminiscence gives seniors a sense of community and improves their lives in an exceptionally accommodating environment. Live Oak Village Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in Slidell at 2200 Gause Blvd. East. For more information, you can call 985-781-4545 or visit their website

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LIVE OAK VILLAGE Assisted Living Community in Slidell is specially designed for spacious, accommodating and homelike living. Just walk through the airy lobby, which is more like a town square complete with a post office, café and beauty salon, and you know you have entered into a special space. Their residents enjoy beautiful living spaces, three delicious meals a day, engaging social activities, personalized assistance and a high-level of care. All of Live Oak’s tailored assisted living services are phenomenal; however, it is their newly renovated Memory Care Neighborhood, Reminiscence, that deserves special attention. For those who have a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the Reminiscence neighborhood with its inviting environment and caring staff sets the standard for program excellence in memory care. The neighborhood concept, created by tall ceilings and wide hallways similar to a small town, provides residents with a sense of familiarity and encourages them to engage in activities in the program. “When you walk through the Reminiscence wing, you really feel like you are in a Neighborhood. There are beautiful murals and community areas that feel like home,” says Lisa Foti, director of community relations at Live Oak Village. The primary goal of the Reminiscence experience is life enrichment for each resident. Multi-sensory experiences and life skill centers are important aspects of the memory care program. Involvement in familiar routines of daily life such as gardening, sewing or office work provides meaningful achievement in returning to a comfortable time. The life skill centers mimic these times, and they are scattered throughout the neighborhood—an antique vanity, tool bench, sewing table and baby nursery are just some examples of these memoryevoking stations. The Reminiscence community is also pet friendly! Residents love Breezy, the family cat, who enjoys strolling through the hallways and some residents bring their own pets to join and comfort them.


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Trim Size 3.22 x 10.75” Fighting the Fires Bleed Size 3.50 x 11” of (liveAging area) 2.47” x 10” THE AGING PROCESS is largely due to an ongoing battle within our cells. The bad guys 2.43” x 8.875” are reactive oxygen species, those damaging molecules we feebly attempt to extinguish by taking antioxidants. Their total negative effect on the body is like a smoldering house fire called “oxidative stress.” The good guys are our “survival genes” which manufacture our own powerful antioxidants within each cell. To turn on these survival genes is like opening up the cell’s fire hydrant, which is literally one million times more effective than oral antioxidants. Can these survival genes be turned on so that the fire hydrant is always working, nullifying inflammation, scar formation, cancercausing DNA damage, and the degenerative changes of aging? This answer is the subject of much research centering on a protein called Nrf2, pronounced “nerf 2.” Because over 200 diseases do their damage via oxidative stress, to activate Nrf2 is to turn on the powerful survival genes, which are our bodies’ own damage control. Major research centers are studying Nrf2 activation, and pharmaceutical companies are purchasing the rights to distribute the fruits of their research. One Nrf2 activator has already been approved in the U.S. to squelch the oxidative stress within nerves in multiple sclerosis, but the drug costs over $50,000 per year. What if there was a totally natural product developed over decades of research which is a stronger Nrf2 activator than that prescription drug? There is, and the cost is about $40 per month. Physicians across the country are beginning to offer this compound, which reacts with no medications, in order to help prevent illness and aging at the most basic cellular level.

Exercises for Neck Pain STUDIES SHOW THAT a combination of manual physical therapy and exercises can provide relief from neck pain. The following physical therapy exercises can be an effective part of a home program to relieve neck pain and improve mobility without expensive surgery or the side effects of pain medication. These neck exercises are just a small sample and are not intended as a substitute for a treatment program designed by a PT or other health professional. Neck Rotations: Sit with your head facing forward. Keeping your back straight, slowly turn your head to the right and left until pain, stiffness or end of motion occurs. Do not go past the point of pain. Do 1-3 sets of 10 repetitions. Do not let your head tilt or your chin drop while rotating your head. Chin Tucks: Sit with your head facing forward. Place your index finger on your chin and guide your head into a “double chin” position. The motion should be directed straight back and you should continue to look straight ahead. You should feel a stretch in your neck. If there is pain, you should stop. Hold this position for up to 10 seconds. Do 1-3 sets of 10 repetitions. Do not let your head tilt up or down during this exercise. If you do not find any relief or benefit from these exercises, or if there is worsening of your symptoms, you should see a doctor or physical therapist as soon as possible. If you do find some relief, you will probably gain additional benefit from having your physical therapist progress you to more advanced exercises.

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MEMORY LOSS commonly affects all of us as we age. Normal cognitive decline associated with aging consists primarily of mild changes in memory and the rate of information processing, which are not progressive and do not affect our daily functions. Memory loss becomes a concern when it is associated with difficulty in one or more of the following: Learning and retaining new information e.g., trouble remembering events; handling complex tasks e.g., balancing check books; reasoning e.g., unable to cope with unexpected events; spatial ability and orientation e.g., getting lost in familiar places; language e.g., word finding; behavior disturbances, such as wandering at night. Please seek medical and neurological evaluation if you or your loved ones begin to have these mentioned difficulties associated with memory loss. A thorough evaluation may be needed to rule out conditions such as dementia. The above symptoms may start out very mild and then progressively worsen over a course of months or years. There are different kinds of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type, followed by dementia due to lack of blood flow to the brain (vascular) and movement disorder (Parkinson’s disease). Treatment for dementia depends on type. There are medications to slow down memory loss and cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s dementia. For vascular type, blood pressure and cholesterol need to be well controlled to minimize damage to the brain. To keep the brain healthy, one needs to engage in regular social interaction with others and regular physical and mental activity, the latter through reading or doing puzzles. Remember this: Keep the brain healthy by keeping it busy. Source: Up to Date.

HAVE YOU EVER STOPPED to ask yourself “Why does everyone today seem to be mumbling? They didn’t do this before. Why now?” The answer may be that they are not mumbling at all. Hearing loss appears in many forms, and can occur either suddenly or gradually over time. The most commonly reported symptom of hearing loss is difficulty hearing speech clearly. You may perceive speaking voices as if they were speaking too softly, or are too distant to be heard properly. Voices may appear to be muffled and indistinct. You may have difficulty distinguishing individual words especially when multiple people are speaking or with background noise. Other common symptoms of hearing loss include a need to increase the volume, having a harder time hearing certain voices, and not being able to differentiate sounds. Persistent ringing in the ears, pain, tenderness, itching in the ears, and episodes of dizziness or vertigo may accompany hearing loss. One of the difficulties with hearing loss is that it often occurs gradually and you may be unaware it is present. This can sometimes lead to habits or behaviors designed to hide your hearing loss. Examples of some compensation strategies include asking people to repeat themselves often, avoiding dialogues and social situations, and pretending to have heard what you really didn’t. Hearing loss can also lead to feelings of depression or isolation. If this sounds familiar to you, it is time to make an appointment with an audiologist. An audiologist is an expert in hearing with advanced training and can help you.

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Effective Chiropractic Treatments A REGULAR VISIT to your chiropractor is one of the best things you can do to eliminate chronic back and neck pain and to maintain flexibility and range of motion. Your chiropractor will design a treatment plan specific to your needs that includes not only chiropractic adjustments, but also suggestions for appropriate exercises and nutritional changes that will enhance the effectiveness of your treatments. There are a few things that everyone can do to make their chiropractic treatments even more effective. Be specific about your symptoms—in order for your chiropractor to recommend the most effective therapy for your particular situation, you need to be as specific as possible about your symptoms. Based on what you tell your chiropractor as well as diagnostic tests performed in the office, he or she will decide which types of treatment are most appropriate for your condition. Keep moving—one of the main aims of chiropractic care is to maintain flexibility and range of motion. As the saying goes, “Use it or lose it.” Chiropractic care is most effective when combined with regular exercise and the effects of treatment last longer. Muscle strengthening and stretching exercises provide the necessary support to the spine that helps to keep it from going out of alignment as easily. By following your chiropractor’s exercise suggestions between adjustments, your function will be restored more quickly, and you will gain confidence in your ability to move in ways that would have been too painful before. Incorporating these suggestions into your regular chiropractic treatment regime can help you to make the most of each adjustment and make a significant impact on your quality of life.

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Dr. Kelly Burkenstock Innovative European Procedures Restore Youth and Beauty Naturally WRITTEN BY JILL WILLIE PHOTOS BY STEVE RANDON

WHEN DR. KELLY BURKENSTOCK says she will go to the ends of the earth to help her clients look and feel better, she really means it. An expert in Skin Care and Anti-Aging, she frequently trains with world-renowned physicians throughout Europe in order to learn procedures that restore vitality and youth, without the need for surgery. She recently returned from the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology (IACD) in Greece, training with Drs. Angelo Kanakopoulos and Maria Kardashi on a new “liquidplasma non-surgical face lift.” Dr. Burkenstock is now offering this volumizing procedure to her own patients, with impressive results. The process involves a combination of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) (fillers like Restylane® or Juvederm®) and Plasma Rich Proteins (PRP) injections from the patient’s own blood. These proteins stimulate the growth of new tissue resulting in a smooth, youthful appearance and healthy glow. “The aging face is like a beautiful balloon that becomes limp when it loses air,” Dr. Burkenstock says, “Just like sculptors molding clay, I am able to reshape the face and restore beauty. It is as much an artistic masterpiece as it is a medical process.” While most commonly used as a non-surgical alternative to face lifts, the plasma treatment program can also be used to improve other areas of both the male and female bodies. It restores breast volume, treats incontinence and may improve hair loss. The PRP program also offers male enhancement when there are issues due to diabetes or aging. Jeff, a male patient of Dr. Burkenstock’s who recently had the procedure said he was most impressed with the immediacy of the results. “Also, it had no detrimental effects on my heart condition because it was not medication. The procedure was virtually pain free and it was over so quickly. I would recommend this to any guy that needed a little extra when the moment calls for it,” he adds. According to Dr. Burkenstock, the effects actually continue to improve in the first few months following the procedure, and initial observations show that PRP used for cosmetic purposes are lasting at least two years. However, experts look to the greater than 15 years of PRP used in orthopedic procedures, and believe that cosmetic results will last long beyond that. Dr. Burkenstock’s commitment to non-surgical solutions is not limited to the liquid-plasma PRP face lift. She is one of only nine providers in the country that offers a solution for

“Physical issues can affect how people look and emotional issues can affect how people see themselves. My mission is to get them feeling better—inside and out.”

breast implant issues known as the Aspen Rehabilitation Treatment. The system uses sound wave technology, therapeutic massage and self-exercise as a non-surgical alternative for treatment of capsular contracture—a hardening and constriction of the breast implant following breast augmentation surgery. “Of the many women in this country who have breast implants, one half of them will suffer from capsular contracture. The Aspen Treatment can also be used right after new breast implant surgery to prevent contracture from ever occurring. I wanted to bring an effective non-surgical option to these women suffering in the background,” she said. She notes that the Aspen system is totally safe for women who’ve had breast implants following mastectomies. “These women have already survived one traumatic experience; they shouldn’t have to undergo another surgery. With Aspen, we can help them look and feel normal in a caring, pampering environment and not in an operating room.” Because she recognizes the inexorable link between the health of the mind, body and appearance—as evidenced by the name of her practice, Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin•Body•Health—her office and her European Azure Salon and Spa upstairs is a warm, welcoming respite. “What I love most about being a patient of Dr. Burkenstock is her ability to make you feel beautiful as well as look beautiful. Her dedication to her patients’ well-being goes far beyond what one expects from a physician,” says Brenda, a patient of Dr. Burkenstock. She talks with her patients about all aspects of their lives in order to get to the heart of their medical issues. “I draw upon my training both as an internal medicine physician and as an Anti-Aging and Skin Care Specialist every day. Physical

ABOVE: Dr. Burkenstock’s artistic eye is not limited to the face and body. She recently updated her dining room, personally applying Grecian plaster to her walls.

issues can affect how people look and emotional issues can affect how people see themselves. My mission is to get them feeling better—inside and out,” she says. Filled with antique furniture and luxurious amenities, the Azure Salon and Spa is another way Dr. Burkenstock is bringing people to better health. “My philosophy is ‘You are so worth it.’ In these fastpaced times, we get so caught up in kids, family and careers that we forget to make ourselves a priority. I wanted to create a sanctuary mind, body and spirit.” Azure recently added a full-service salon to fulfill its clients’ desire to enjoy comprehensive beauty treatments under one roof. She says, “Our clients can literally be pampered from head to toe!” A mother of three, Dr. Burkenstock says she was inspired to pursue internal medicine after her father passed away from a heart attack at the age of 53. Her passion for diseases of the endocrine system has led her to become an expert at Metabolic Syndrome X, successfully

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that would help remove people from daily stress and rejuvenate the

treating patients with high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions and obesity. She is often called upon nationally to speak at seminars for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies on these disorders. Her children seem to be sharing her inspiration as well. All three are pursuing scientific endeavors at their schools: son Blaze at St. Paul’s, daughter Chandler at Spring Hill College and son Austin at Mississippi State, who is currently being interviewed by several medical schools. “I didn’t ask them to choose this crazy life, but it looks like they are all going in that direction,” she joked.” Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin•Body•Health and Azure Salon and Spa are located at 2040 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville. For more information on the Azure Salon and Spa, you can call 985-727-7799 or visit the website For more information on any of Dr. Burkenstock’s services and procedures, you can call 985-727-7676, the Metairie satellite office 504-888-2829 or visit the website


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Check out our local retailers for great holiday gift ideas. During the holidays we are always looking for the ideal gift for our loved ones and dear friends. Look no further, we’ve done the legwork for you.

BABY’S CORNER is stocking up for kids of all ages. This plush loveable GUND Animated Storytime Bear reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Batteries included. $40. Baby’s Corner, 70448 Highway 21, Covington, 985-892-5300,

FUR VESTS ARE IN this Holiday Season. This rabbit and raccoon fur vest is just one of the many stylish fur options available! Laurier, 218 Lee Lane, Covington, 985-875-0823,


HAND BLOWN GLASS with gold leafing complements this original sea-inspired oil painting on metal. Perfect for a unique Christmas gift. EMB Interiors, 4510 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-626-1522,

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YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE can become your favorite piece of jewelry! These sterling silver charms come in seven shapes and four sizes. Mira Mia, 69305 Highway 21, Covington, 985-893-6556, 4350 Highway 22, Suite B, Mandeville, 985-634-2889

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WHETHER HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING or looking for a great gift for that person who has everything, these alligator gumbo spoons make the perfect gift. Mandeville Party Company, Northlake Shopping Center, Mandeville, 985-674-1605,


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GET KIDS IN THE KITCHEN. The Learning Tower helps kids ages 2-6 work safely with you in the kitchen. Available in several colors for $199.99 plus shipping. Culinary Kids, 3441 E. Causeway, Ste. G, Mandeville, 985-727-5553,

THIS CHIC, LIGHTWEIGHT WRAP is soft and sophisticated, can be worn multiple ways and is sure to become your favorite article of clothing! $89. The French Mix, 228 Lee Lane, Covington, 985-809-3152,

THIS CHRISTMAS ANGEL makes the perfect addition to any holiday décor. Made of reclaimed wood and metal, she is ideal for both interior and exterior Christmas cheer. Motif, 424 North Columbia Street, Covington, 985-809-8887.

VISIT PINKBERRY MANDEVILLE this holiday season to purchase a Holiday Gift Certificate for someone special. Pinkberry, 3460 Hwy 190, Mandeville, 985-612-7306,

OLIVE OIL CONNOISSEURS look no further. This extravirgin olive oil is sure to impress everyone’s culinary palate. The perfect gift and beautifully packaged. Oil & Vinegar, 6111 Pinnacle Pkwy., Covington, 985-809-1693,

THIS DANHOV PER LEI single shank marquise engagement ring sparkles and shines as brightly as she does! Center diamond sold separately. Reine Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, 1736 Gause Blvd. East, 985-201-7415,

FINE LEATHER HANDBAGS are in season this fall, pick yours up as a gift or treat yourself this holiday season. The Mix, 4480 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-727-7649,

A SIGNATURE FACIAL is the perfect gift for relaxation and rejuvenation this holiday season. Originally $90, specially priced at $60. Azure Salon & Spa, 2040 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-727-7799,



MARILYNNE ROBINSON’S novel Gilead is a

November 1–16 Baby’s Corner is helping to support The Samaritan Center of Mandeville. Bring in two non-perishable food items and get $5 off of your $50 purchase. 985-892-5300, November 4–5 Slidell Memorial Hospital Jewelry SaleEverything $5. Proceeds benefit the Community Medical Scholarship Project. November Rejuvenate for the holidays with the Azure Salon & Spa Signature Facial. Regularly $90, now $60. 985-237-1999, Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin•Body•Health is offering special pricing on the non-surgical treatment Capsular Contracture. 985-727-7676,

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Kansas preacher, John Ames. The narratorpreacher begins his writing project knowing that he will not live to see his young son read the carefully written pages when he is

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sages of thoughtful theology, carefully delineating spirituality and doctrine.

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Ames is writing to explain himself and his ancestors, who were also preachers. In the course of his ruminations and recollections, he unconsciously sorts out his own feelings about accepting desperate and lonely people who are difficult to love. Never wanting to tarnish his sterling reputation, the preacher fights any tendencies toward resentment of his fellow man, despite his inability to understand their motives. Gilead contains beautiful passages of thoughtful theology, carefully delineating spirituality and doctrine. Like a sermon, every topic discussed is chosen to highlight a spiritual concept. Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005, and is available as a book at St. Tammany Parish Library or at area bookstores.



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Even Gardens Can Be Thankful WRITTEN BY ANNA RIBBECK

THE LEAVES ARE almost finished falling now, but what a great and exciting fall it has been! It’s the perfect time for new ideas for your formal garden. What do you think about going native? There are so many beautiful natives to our area to choose from. Native grasses are not only interesting in shapes and sizes but in colors and in their types of flowering. This was the year for Plume or Pampas Grass. Everywhere you passed, one could see these tall grasses being used as fencing, hedges, entrance beauty or just plain staccato in a simple garden bed. They do well everywhere with any type soil, except clay fill. Adding compost or soil enhancers is always a good way to lend a helping hand to garden beds. Even native grasses will appreciate a good soil treat. Here are a few more suggestions for sprucing up the garden this fall: Kobold Blazing Star (Liatris) can be a wonderful accent in color, and in stature, creating

a vertical spectacle, in a formal garden. Harry Lauder’s walking stick or “twister bush” has branches that twist in all directions. Remember, the Twister likes moist soil and full sun. The Red Buckeye—a very interesting little conversation piece of nature with leaves that turn red before falling off—produces lovely red and pink flowers followed by the nut encased in a hard shell. They like full sun, a rich porous soil and good watering. (The nuts are passed out at the St. Joseph altars as omens of good fortune.) The Swamp Sunflower, and the Indian Blue plant (a beauty to behold and a joy to arrange) are great to grow as they bloom all fall until frost. See what other “natives” you can find to enhance your garden and when having a “Happy Thanksgiving”, be sure and also be thankful for birds, good insects and bees that make the fruits and veggies we love possible on the holiday table! Happy gardening!.

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MY SON, DAVID, and daughter-in-law, Rosa, have assured that I will stay in shape. They have moved my grandchildren to the third floor of a non-elevator residence! When you’re a grandparent you look at things differently. Whether I am taking Kimberly to the driving range, or using Jet’s playpen as a fort, those kids keep me active. Being a grandparent really is all that. I am also a daughter to an elderly parent. Yet, needs are similar. My mom also needs recognition and recreation. She’s not so much about recreation-recognition though, she savors as we all do. Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) is a time to offer recognition in prepared dishes, looks of affirmation, and yes, time to voice aloud gratitude. My mom is great at this, she recalls times when food was scarce, tinfoil was an item sacrificed for war needs and domestic automobile manufacturing halted in order for factories to devote all attention to military needs. This Thanksgiving Jet is 18 months old and my mom is 88 years of age. Jet doesn’t know or have the words to express an understanding of sacrifices made for him, but my Mom recalls... and makes us know too that it is in God we trust. Being appreciated and excelling in expressing gratitude heals. Many people I see in session are there because they feel unappreciated. This Thanksgiving, this issue can be resolved.








November brings crisp, fall air and with it- Boot Season! The artistry that goes into the design of each pair of shoes allows for countless styles that can bring out your personality. Whether you want to make a statement or you want something versatile for every outfit: this season’s shoes can completely transform your look. Here is a selection of the latest fall footwear chosen from our local boutiques that is sure to put some pep in your step.

Falling for Footwear

1. Lucchese crocodile embossed leather boots: $395. Available at Emma’s Shoes and Accessories, 985-778-2200. 2. Lola Cruz pony and suede two-tone booties: $330. Available at Emma’s Shoes and Accessories, 985-778-2200.


3. Sbicca fringe booties: $119. Available at Shoeffle. 985-898-6465.

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4. Old West red leather cowboy boots: $149. Available at Brown Eyed Girl, 985-626-0100. 5. Ecco black leather low boots: $180. Available at Joe’s Family Shoe Store, 985-626-5633. 6. Jessica Simpson leopard flats: $89. Available at Shoeffle, 985-898-6465. 7. Donald J. Pilner camel suede and snakeskin open-toe sling backs: $260. Available at Brenchley, 985-727-3131. 8. Madeline Girl green suede platform heels: $49. Available at Shoeffle. 985-898-6465.

Fall footwear handpicked by Fashion Editor Patty Beal of Closetopia, a wardrobe consulting service. She can be reached at 985-502-6673.

Behind The Scenes of Fashion Editor’s Picks: On a sunny fall day, Fashion Editor Patty Beal and her assistant, fashion student Clyde Jackson, styled models from Creating U modeling, acting and filmmaking agency. Models Brooke Chiro, Christine Winninger, Lauren Spillmon, and Jordan Delatte wore fall’s hottest shoes chosen by Patty from area boutiques and jeans from Brown Eyed Girl. She incorporated styles perfect for day or night, and for casual or more formal occasions. Models From L to R: Brooke Chiro, Christine Winninger, Lauren Spillmon, and Jordan Delatte


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COVINGTON PRIDES ITSELF on being a community-oriented yet culturally vibrant city—a place where families plant their roots, artists hone their craft, entrepreneurs embark upon exciting new ventures and vacationers come to experience a home away from home. Covington’s charming downtown historic district boasts an array of art galleries, live music venues, world-class restaurants, and charming bed and breakfasts. It serves as an ideal backdrop for the various festivals and events that take place here annually, including the Rockin’ the Rails Concerts, Fall and Spring for Art, Tour de Louisiane, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Concert, and many more. And with the restoration of the iconic Southern Hotel in downtown Covington, which is scheduled to open in early 2014, the city’s repertoire will only continue to grow.

“Business owners are pouring into town to take advantage of our positive economic climate, and we are seeing more events in Covington than ever before,” says City of Covington Cultural Arts and Events Manager Aimee Faucheux, “It’s important that we continue to offer new and exciting attractions so that we can draw people in to experience Covington’s distinctive personality. Once they’re here, they fall in love with our city.” One of Covington’s premier cultural events, drawing more than 50,000 visitors to the downtown during the second weekend of each November, is the Three Rivers Art Festival. This juried festival, now in its 17th year, features the original work of 200 artists and craftsmen from more than 20 states and includes art demonstrations, live music, local cuisine and children’s activities. New and exciting events are also popping

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Business owners are pouring into town to take advantage of our positive economic climate, and we are seeing more events in Covington than ever before.

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ALTHOUGH THANKSGIVING DAY is an American holiday, Italy celebrates each day with thanks for incredible food. However, one of the earliest thanksgivings occurred on Italian soil during Roman times as a celebration of their harvest festival in the fall. Called Cerelia, honoring the goddess Ceres (hence, the word cereal), the Romans gave thanks for a bountiful harvest with much celebrating. Through the centuries other cultures have been celebrating harvest times, such as the Greeks who celebrated with one of the largest festivals as did the Hebrews with their Sokot. However, Italians in America love to celebrate Thanksgiving, and have contributed many exquisite dishes handed down from their ancestors to this traditional celebration. Every American should experience an Italian thanksgiving dinner if only once. It’s an unforgettable odyssey, and makes one thankful for Italian cuisine. The following recipe is just one example of thousands. Buona festa! Happy holiday! Ciao.

Scaloppine Ai Funghi Porcini (Veal Scaloppine with Porcini Mushrooms) Ingredients: 2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms 20 sprigs Italian parsley, leaves only 2 cloves peeled garlic

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup all purpose flour 6 veal cutlets, thin and pounded 1 cup dry red wine 1 tablespoon tomato paste Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Soak mushrooms in wine and put aside for about 30 minutes. Finely chop the garlic and parsley. Heat the oil and butter in skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, lightly flour the veal scaloppine and add salt and pepper. When butter is melted, add chopped ingredients and then the veal. Sauté for about 2 minutes each side and transfer to a dish. Remove mushrooms from wine, add wine and tomato paste and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms to pan and simmer for about 5 more minutes. If needed, add about 1/2 cup water and bring to simmer reducing sauce. Check for seasoning and add veal, simmering on low fire for about 10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and transfer veal to serving dish. Pour pan sauce over veal, garnish with more chopped parsley and serve immediately. Chef’s note: filets of chicken breasts may be used in lieu of veal.


Every Wednesday Covington Farmers Market. 10 A.M.–2 P.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington,

Every Saturday Camellia City Market. 8 A.M.–1 P.M., City parking lot at the corner of Robert and Front Streets in Olde Towne Slidell, Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 A.M.–1 P.M., Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 985-624-3147,

Every 2nd Wednesday Scrabble Nights at the Library. 6–7:30 P.M., Lacombe Branch, 28027 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, 985-882-7858,  

Every 2nd Thursday Scrabble Nights at the Library. 6–7:30 P.M., Mandeville Branch, 844 Girod St., Mandeville, 985-626-4293,

Every 2nd Saturday Madisonville Art Market. 10 A.M.–4 P.M., Water St., Madisonville, 985-643-5340,

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide. SOS Survivors of Suicide Support Group meetings. 2nd Thurs: 6:30–8 P.M., 4th Thurs: 3–4:30 P.M., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 4477 Sharp Rd., Mandeville, 985-264-4244.

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday Hammond Farmers/Crafts Market. 9 A.M.–3 P.M., Corner of W. Thomas St. and S.W. Railroad Ave., downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, Folsom Village Market. 9 A.M.–2 P.M., behind Folsom City Hall, 13401 June St., Folsom, 985-796-3533.

Every Weekend in November Louisiana Renaissance Festival. 9:45 A.M.–5 P.M., Louisiana Renaissance Festival Grounds, 46468 River Rd., Hammond, 866-249-1138,

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky ‘Pathétique’ Symphony–All Saints. 7:30 P.M., First Baptist Church Covington, 16333 Hwy. 1085, Covington, 504-523-6530,

Covington Art Market. 9 A.M.–1 P.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-8650,

November 1

Jazz’n the Vines Concert Series featuring Luther Kent. Gates open: 5 P.M., Concert: 6:30–9 P.M., Pontchartrain Vineyards, 81250 Old Military Rd., Bush, 985-892-9742,

Literal Interpretation Show presented by the Slidell Art League. 9 A.M.–5 P.M., St. Tammany Parish Library Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-847-9458,

November 2

November 1–2 Rocky Horror Picture Show presented by Cutting Edge Theater. 8 P.M., inside Attractions Salon, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-649-3727,

November 1–2 Inspirations: The Works of Mary Christopher. Fri: 12–4 P.M., Sat: 9 A.M.–1 P.M., Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 2nd St., Slidell, 985-646-4375,

November 1–3 Ponchatoula Trade Days Arts & Crafts Fair. 9 A.M.–5 P.M., historic downtown Ponchatoula, 800-617-4502,

November 1–3 Lacombe Art Guild’s Fall Art Show. Fri: Preview Party, 6 P.M., Sat: 12–9 P.M., Sun: 9 A.M.–12 P.M., St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 4499 Sharp Rd., Mandeville, 985-951-0728.

November 1–17 Veronica’s Room presented by Playmakers Theater. Fri–Sat: 8 P.M., Sun: 2 P.M., Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Rd., Covington, 985-893-1671,

November 2 1st Annual Token Of Love Silent Auction with proceeds being used to build a home for women overcoming devastating backgrounds of abuse, addiction, life traumas and human-trafficking. 2–7 P.M., Bogue Falaya Pavilion, 213 Park Dr., Covington, 985-400-8667,

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November 2 Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and School 25th Annual Silver Jubilee Celebration Fleur de Fall Fundraiser. Patron Party: 6 P.M., General Admission: 7 P.M., Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church and School, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville,

Frame of Mind Art Exhibition & Gala featuring the original art of NAMI St. Tammany client artists. 7 P.M., St. Tammany Art Association Art House, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-626-6538,

November 2–3 Slidell Gun and Knife Show. Sat: 9 A.M.–5 P.M., Sun: 10 A.M.–4:30 P.M., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, 985-781-3650,

November 3 Dragomania. Proceeds benefit St. Andrew’s Village. 11:30 A.M., Drago’s, 3232 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie,

November 6–7 Storytime with Roxanne. Join Ms. Sandy McMurtry and Roxanne, her Great Dane, while they read Clifford Cares and Clifford Shares. Children will be able to pet, brush, and give Roxanne treats. 10:30 A.M., The Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Covington,

November 7 SafeTALK—STOPS is hosting a program to become a suicide-alert helper with just a few short hours of training. The class has been approved doe 2.5 CEUs by the NASW-La Chapter. Cost is $25, space is limited, Covington, 985-237-5506,

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Covington Food Bank’s annual Harvest Moon Dance. 7–10 P.M., Food Bank Warehouse, 840 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-893-3003, ext. 110,

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November 11

Northlake Newcomers Luncheon and Coldwater Creek Style Show. 10 A.M., Vintage Court, 75082 Hwy. 25, Covington, 985-792-4926,

Ponchartrain Elementary Hits the Red Carpet Fall Fundraiser. 7–10 P.M., Beau Chêne Country Club, 105 Beau Chêne Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-3748 or 504-495-2820.

5th Annual “Because of the Brave” Veterans Day Cook-Out. 11 A.M.–2 P.M., Cate Street Park, downtown Hammond, 985-320-0773.

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November 9

St. Peter Catholic School’s 6th Annual Green & Blue Gala—”The Gala Gallops off to the Derby.” 6 P.M., St. Peter Catholic School, 130 E. Temperance St., Covington, 985-892-1831, ext. 8.

South Tangi Relay For Life. 9:30 A.M.–6 P.M., North Oak Park, Hammond, 985-340-8820,

The National WWII Museum’s Victory Belles Performance. 7:30 P.M., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-543-4371,

November 8 East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s “411 on the 911” with guest speaker, Slidell Chief of Police Randy Smith. 8 A.M., LaRosetta’s, 348 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-643-5678,

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November 8 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce B2B. 8–9 A.M., Chamber Office, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., Covington, 985-273-3008,

November 8–10 Ponchartrain Film Festival: Take 2. Fri: 4 P.M., Sat–Sun: 1 P.M., Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell, 985-326-6822,

November 9 Hammond Garden Club Holiday Luncheon and Fashion Show—”Grannies, Gals and Great Kids. Not everyone wears a size 6 and is under 25 years old.” 11 A.M., SLU’s Twelve Oaks Reception Hall, 985-345-7154 or 985-419-2677.

November 9 Abita River Chili Cook-Off. 12–6 P.M., Trailhead Park, 22049 Main St., Abita Springs, 985-624-9012,

November 9–10 17th Annual Three Rivers Art Festival. 10 A.M.–5 P.M., historic downtown Covington, 985-327-9797,

November 9–30 Put Your Best Square Foot Forward Exhibit featuring works that measure 1 sq. ft. Tues–Fri: 10 A.M.–4 P.M., Sat: 11 A.M.–4 P.M., St. Tammany Art Association Art House, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650,

Fontainebleau High School Crimson Band Booster Club presents Linwood Peel’s Stars from the Drifters Concert. 7:30 P.M., Fontainebleau High School, 100 Bulldog Dr., Mandeville, 985-789-4049,

November 14 1st Annual ACTIVE Partnership Awards Ceremony honoring people with disabilities in St. Tammany who overcome challenges daily. Reception 6 P.M., Dinner and Awards Presentation 6:45 P.M., Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-273-5713,

November 15 Children’s Museum of St. Tammany “Black and Gold” Day. Contribute $1 or more to the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany and wear black and gold all day.,

November 16 All About Your Yard. Join Lara Batchelder, licensed landscaper, to talk about entire yard care. 9–11:30 A.M., Habitat ReStore, 1400 North Lane, Mandeville, 985-892-5261, ext. 227,

November 16 November 11 Free Breast Cancer Screening. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is hosting a free breast cancer screening. Free clinical breast exams will be provided by a physician or nurse practitioner for women 18 and older. Screening mammograms are available for women 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Mammograms are free for women without insurance. An appointment is required. Louisiana Heart Hospital and Medical Center, Lacombe, 985-875-2234.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School 2013 Lobster Bash Fundraiser. 7 P.M., St. Thomas Aquinas Gym, 14529 Voss Dr., Hammond, 985-542-8941.

November 16 Fontainebleau High School Crimson Band Booster Club presents Ronald Drez Lecture—”Normandy, Eisenhower and Deception.” 6:30 P.M., Fontainebleau High School, 100 Bulldog Dr., Mandeville, 985-629-4106,

November 16 Olde Towne Slidell Flock Party Pelicans on Parade—a celebration of the popular pelican public art project. 6–9 P.M., throughout Olde Town Slidell, 985-646-4375,

November 22 East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s 1st Annual Home Is Where the Art Is fundraiser. 7:30–11:30 P.M., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, 985-639-0656,

November 16 Tangi 100 5K Walk To Fight Diabetes. 8 A.M.–3 P.M., 1402 S. Magnolia St. Hammond, 985-687-1557,

November 16 5th Annual Scramble of TARC Golf Tournament. Carter Plantation, 23475 Carter Cemetery Rd., Springfield, 985-345-8811,

November 21 St. Tammany West Chamber’s Joint Business After Hours with East St. Tammany Chamber. 5–7 P.M., Louisiana Heart Hospital, 64030 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, 985-273-3008,

November 21 Ponchatoula Chamber After Hours. 5:30–7 P.M., Microtel Inn & Suites, 727 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula, 985-386-2536,

November 21 The Unexpected Boys Concert. 7:30 P.M., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-543-4371,

November 22 John Boutte Concert at the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall. 6:30–9 P.M., 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville,

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November 28

SAVvy Affair Benefit for St. Andrew’s Village. 8–11 P.M., The Chicory, 610 S. Peters St., New Orleans,

10th Annual Lung Cancer “Run For Hope” Northshore Turkey Trot. Proceeds benefit MD Anderson Network. Registration: 7 A.M., 1-Mile Fun Run: 8 A.M. with 5K to follow. Terra Bella Subdivision Town Square, 100 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington, 985-845-1948,

November 22–23 Bless You Boys presented by Cutting Edge Theater. 8 P.M., inside Attractions Salon, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-649-3727,

November 22–30 November 22 Free Breast Cancer Screening. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is hosting a free breast cancer screening in Covington. Free clinical breast exams will be provided by a physician or nurse practitioner for women 18 and older. Screening mammograms are available for women 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Mammograms are free for women without insurance. An appointment is required. Covington, 985-875-2234.

Slidell Art League Exhibit. Opening Reception: Nov. 22, 7–9 P.M., Exhibit during regular gallery hours. Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 2nd St., Slidell, 985-646-4375,

November 23 Potpourri of Poems. 2:30–4:30 P.M., Christwood Center, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington, 985-898-0515,

November 23 Turkey Day 7K and the Mashed Potato Mile. 8 A.M.–2 P.M., Chappapeela Sports Park, 19325 Hipark Blvd., Hammond, 985-277-1112,

November 29–30 The Gifts of the Magi presented by the Slidell Little Theatre. 8 P.M., Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell, 985-641-0324,

November 30 40th Annual Country Market Open House sponsored by the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce. 9 A.M.–4:30 P.M., Ponchatoula Country Market, 10 E. Pine St., downtown Ponchatoula, 985-386-9580,

December 1 Junior Auxiliary of Slidell 9th Annual Tour of Homes. Get into the holiday spirit by visiting local, beautifully decorated homes while enjoying live entertainment and refreshments. 1–5 P.M., 985-265-7111.

November 25–27 Thanksgiving Holiday 3 Day Art Camp for children ages 6–12. 9:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M., St. Tammany Art Association Art House, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650,



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FALL WEATHER, while not always guaranteed to be cool, is usually at least a little milder than in the hot summer months. What better time to get out and explore a few of St. Tammany’s finest outdoor resources? Slidell is home to Camp Salmen Nature Park, which is open during the months of November through February, Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The three pavilions at the camp are all available for rental. This is a great spot for a family reunion in a beautiful setting near the banks of Bayou Liberty. Winding nature trails allow for some extraordinary wildlife observation. The boundless playground accommodates children of all abilities and offers ageappropriate recreation. Set directly on the Banks of

Bayou Liberty is the amphitheater, which is available for rental for events like small, intimate weddings. Camp Salmen offers visitors a mixture of outdoor recreation and simple relaxation. The Tammany Trace is a way to enjoy the beauty of the lush green landscape while making your way through the Parish, either on foot, on your bicycle or on horseback. This 28-mile paved trail and adjacent riding trails, crosses five communities in the Parish. It is a wonderful way to see St. Tammany and get physically fit at the same time. We hope you will enjoy the mild weather and take the time to utilize the amenities we are so fortunate to have in our own community.

Chamber Gives Thanks and Recognizes Small Businesses


DURING THIS TIME of thanks, we are reminded of the wonderful community that we are fortunate enough to live in. Every year we recognize and thank businesses that have made an impression on our parish at our prestigious Business Appreciation Awards luncheon. Sponsored by Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, this year’s luncheon on November 20 will recognize local businesses in ten categories, from those that excel in technology, to environmental practices, employee training, and simply providing a smile during customer service. These awards mean a lot to our winners who often bring employees, friends and family to share the glory. Visit our website to watch videos of last year’s winners being recognized! With holiday shopping around the corner, we

encourage everyone to think local and support Small Business Saturday this year on November 30. Created by American Express in 2010, the national initiative marks a day to support local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. We are doing our part in creating an atmosphere where commerce can occur right here in St. Tammany. Be loyal to those who enhance our quality of life by owning a small business here. Shop and dine small and local on Small Business Saturday, and of course, “Think Chamber First!” by patronizing Chamber member businesses. For a listing of members who will be offering special promotions and discounts on Small Business Saturday, visit Happy Thanksgiving!

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Holiday Shopping in Ponchatoula



THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING season begins earlier every year. Many retail establishments already have their trees, ornaments, and nativities displayed in September, putting many of us in the mood to shop, shop, shop! Some marathon shoppers will drive to the mall Christmas Eve and shop from start to finish. Yes, they will find a silk scarf for Mom, a wallet for Dad, a gift certificate for Sis and some golf balls for Bubba, and they’ll be done. But you’re not one of these last-minute customers. You are always looking for that special hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gift that was created just for the person you intended. If mall shopping is not for you, November is the time to come to Ponchatoula for all your holiday shopping needs.

Beginning the first weekend in November, Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days Arts & Crafts Fair offers over 200 booths filled with specialty items from birdhouses to 3-D LSU stadiums. The town of Ponchatoula itself has boutiques with hand-picked fashions, shops with garden art, guitars, biker wear, antiques and collectibles, and of course, everything strawberry. Wine selections that can’t be found at your local grocery store as well as artesian beers are available for the food connoisseur on your list. Come to Ponchatoula and you’ll walk away not only with those special items for your loved ones, but also a bag of treasures for yourself! See you in November!


1 | First graders at Abita Springs Elementary learned about being a police officer and enjoyed a visit by the Louisiana State Police. Pictured with students are Trooper Mark Fontenot with K9 Teka, Trooper Nick Manale and Dawn Lynch.


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2 | Fabrics Second to None recently celebrated their 20 year anniversary. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere helped Mark and Gizele DaBella cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Design Center and showroom. 3 | Congratulations to St. Scholastica Academy science teacher Brad Bessetti who has been awarded the API (American Petroleum Institute) 2013 Teacher of the Year award. 4 | Little Oak Middle School in Slidell recently benefitted from a service project conducted by the local Eagle Scout Troop #348. The troop collected over 100 gently used school uniform tops and bottoms for families of Little Oak Middle School students.




5 | Pictured are St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, Mark Keiser, Chief Executive Officer of Access Health Louisiana, and Covington Mayor Mike Cooper cutting the ribbon for the Grand Opening of the St. Tammany Community Health Center. 6 | Pictured are Ryan and Natalie Neie with Ms. Judy Helmstetter having fun at Madisonville Elementary fifties-themed School Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A. 7 | The Train of Hope for Sandy Relief received a 1st place Savvy Award in the category of Digital Interactive/Social Media and a 2nd place Silver Circle Award in the category of Most Innovative Marketing, both of which celebrated the mission’s success. L–R: Donna O’Daniels, Terry Bishirjian, Kim Bergeron and Richard Lillquist.



8 | Halle Boren, a fifth grader in Mrs. Lori Mendoza’s 5th grade class at Northlake Christian School, rubs bread on classroom surfaces to grow mold in the 5th grade study of the bacteria cycle. 9 | Students at Northshore High School were challenged to design an apparatus to protect the egg from cracking when dropped. Pictured is NHS Senior, Michael Vivien, waiting at the top of the bleachers as his egg sailed down to earth in Mr. Rock’s physics class.

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11 | STOPS received $10,500 from the Ultimate Tailgate Fundraiser held in August. Pictured are Don Thompson, President of West St. Tammany Exchange Club, with Lt. Michael Ferrell, STOPS Board President.



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10 | Koko FitClub of Mandeville FitCoaches volunteered time and energy and worked out in a very different way on a build mission for Habitat for Humanity. L–R: Anne Hile, Jennifer Griffith, Debbie Denova-Baker, Joni Brignac Bascle and Paul Baker.


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