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Enterprising Woman Celeste Marcussen Hart Creating U

Sophisticated Woman Magazine

2012 Northshore’s Best Pullout Guide


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On the Cover 2012 Northshore’s Best Pullout Guide

18 Book Review: Exceptionally Good Friends: Building Relationships with Autism...................................9 Northshore’s Guide to the Best

ENTERPRISING WOMAN Hollywood on the Northshore Celeste Marcussen Hart—Creating U ......................... 18

HEALTH & FITNESS Northlake Music Academy

Culinary Kids

Pilates Bodies

Recipe: In A Stew ................................................................ 14 Al Fresco Dining Essentials ............................................. 24 Color Pops in a Fashionable Garden ........................... 28

Dr. David D. Tran ....................................................................6

April Showers ....................................................................... 29

Weakness and Back Pain.....................................................6


Integrated Spine & Disc ......................................................8

Behind the Scenes ................................................................4

“Crop Dusting” Your Skin with PDT .................................9

Associate Publisher’s Note .................................................5

Go Green—For Tea That Is! ............................................. 10

Meet the Owner of Lynn Stirling Antiques ............... 21

Love the Way You Look .................................................... 11

Camp Salmen Old and New ........................................... 23

New Pap Smear Recommendations ............................ 17

April Events........................................................................... 26

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City of Mandeville Opportunities ................................. 32 Around Town........................................................................ 33

Spring is in the Airbrush .................................................. 12

A Champion of the Small Business .............................. 34

Retail Calendar .................................................................... 21

Show Your Pride—Not Your Litter................................ 34


I am a Member…. Now What?....................................... 34

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It’s Permanent ...................................................................... 16

Celebration of the Berry .................................................. 32


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Normally you will find Celeste Marcussen Hart of Creating U overseeing the makeup, hair and fashion for her students’ photo sessions, but on this cover shoot day, the tables were turned. Celeste took a break from running her acting, modeling and filmmaking studio to prepare for her cover photo shoot and had real “girl time” with her Creating U makeup artist, Christine Lombardo. Christine made Celeste’s makeup perfect, adjusting as the photo shoot moved from interior to exterior photos. Christine specializes in makeup design for film, television, photography and bridal, and can be reached at 985-966-1804.

About the cover: Cover photography:

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Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell Editor Mara Beebe Art Director Cheryl Feltman Sohn Graphic Designer/Staff Photographer Claire Thomas Graphic Designer/Web Master Julie Lodato O’Day Senior Account Executive Gwen Anderson Account Executives Anna Grundmann, Laura Zammit Distribution/Circulation Manager Melissa St. André Contributing Writers Anna Ribbeck, Dr. Mary Speed, Jennie Francart, Paul Cimino Contributing Photographers Steve Randon Production Gallinghouse & Associates, Inc.

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APRIL IS SUCH a wonderful time to live in Louisiana—the weather is great, crawfish are back in season and we can pack away our winter clothes. The longer days allow us to enjoy our evenings going from ball field to ball field, walking along the lake or just sitting on the back porch enjoying time with friends and family. It allows us to really appreciate all the great things that living on the Northshore has to offer. Having lived in Hollywood for many years and being involved in the movie business, it has been amazing for me to see over the last ten years how Louisiana has become “Hollywood South.” So many movies have been filmed here and in the surrounding parishes. The people and culture have embraced the industry and it has become an important part of the economy of Louisiana. I was really excited to meet this month’s Enterprising Woman, Celeste Marcussen Hart, who has launched an acting and modeling school, Creating U. Also, included in this issue is our Northshore’s Best insert! After six weeks of voting by our readers and residents of the Northshore, the results have been tallied and now we can share with you the winners of all 149 categories. Enjoy this issue and all the blessings we have, take time to enjoy your loved ones and congratulations to all the winners of 2012 Northshore’s Best. Please do not forget that Sophisticated Woman Magazine’s “Annual Hats Off Luncheon” is on April 5 where we will announce the Enterprising Woman of 2012!


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BACK PAIN IS A very complex issue. So many structures come into play. Even if there is a well-documented finding of disc injury, it is common that other structures (joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles) are also causing pain. Within two weeks of a lower back injury, most people start to develop weakness in the lower back and core muscles, which can cause additional problems. The muscles that surround the spine provide approximately 80 percent of the stability to the spine. Therefore, if they become weak, then the other structures have to bear a lot more weight. This causes further inflammation, damage and pain. It is essential that for every low back injury, the muscles and core strength be assessed. We now have computerized equipment that allows us to measure one’s lower back strength and compare to a normal, healthy back of that person’s age, weight and gender. If someone is 20 percent below normal in back strength, that 20 percent is being carried by structures that were not designed for it. We have also designed specific tests of the core muscles to identify exactly what part of the core is weak. The core is made up of seven muscle groups. We are now able to focus only on which of those seven need to be strengthened. Between our computerized strengthening equipment and our specialized core testing procedures, we have our spinal rehab process down to an exact science. For the patient, this means faster results and therapy that is more effective. If you have lower back pain and feel that you may be weak, we can help you in your quest to get strong again.

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EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD Friends: Building Relationships with Autism by Melissa K. Burkhardt is two stories written in a unique flipbook design. One side tells the story of Clay, a young boy with Autism and his perception of a typical school day in an early elementary inclusion classroom. The second side of the book tells the story from Ruthie’s (a sociable girl who befriends Clay) point of view. Together, they learn about each other and become friends. Either story can be read first. I read Clay’s, and even though I work with students with Autism, like Clay, I felt a little overwhelmed and confused. Once I read Ruthie’s version, I had a more lucid picture of what was actually happening. I felt that reading the book this way helped me to relate and have compassion for Clay. The center of the book is a set of valuable resources for those looking to understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or to help a child with Autism. The author explains approaches and accommodations that are used in the story and offers websites and books that readers can use for further information. Melissa K. Burkhardt’s book Exceptionally Good Friends: Building Relationships with Autism is available at


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Go Green— for tea that is! GREEN GRASS, BURSTING buds and emerging plants —spring has sprung. You, too, can taste and feel rebirth, refreshed and reawakened by going green—for tea that is! Now is a great time to experience the high quality, loose-leaf and refreshing taste of green tea. Green teas are prepared from the smaller, younger whole leaves, which give it 1/3 Square a fresh green appearance and taste. Unlike 5.05” x 4.35” black tea leaves that are dried, crushed, fired and roasted which produce a deep brown and black rich robust flavor, green tea leaves are handled very delicately, withered and aired so as not to break the tiny veins and prevent oxidation. This is how they achieve the pale green color and grassy taste.

Drinking several cups of green tea a day can reduce your risk for certain cancers. Numerous studies have found that green tea has many health benefits, derived mostly from its high content of antioxidants, which fight free radicals that can damage your cells and contribute to cancer and heart disease. Drinking several cups of green tea a day can reduce your risk for certain cancers, such as skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal and bladder. It is also a factor in weight loss. A few of my favorite green teas are Citron green which is infused with orange flowers and lemon pieces and is a terrific iced tea (yes, you can make ice tea with any tea); Square Jasmine with its 1/3 grassy, floral note; and 5.05” x 4.35”with pineTropical green which is blended apples and is bursting with flavor. With flavor and nutrition, how can you go wrong with Going Green?

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time. Results are immediate and can last anywhere from several months to a year. Dr. Cooper’s clinic offers 20 percent off on Botox® and dermal fillers on the first Tuesday of each month. Reservations are required and she consults with each patient and personally performs the procedure. The Exilis® treatment currently has a special discount of one free treatment with the purchase of four treatments. Dr. Cooper is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons. She believes that clients should “investigate and understand their options” through a board-certified plastic surgeon and helping her patients make an “informed decision” is what her practice does best. Dr. Cooper was recently voted the 2012 Northshore’s Best Cosmetic Surgeon. Dr. Cooper’s office is located at 1090 W. Causeway Approach. She can be reached at 985-626-6163 or

“Clients want to look their best for beachwear and shorts in the summer months,” says Michele Cooper, MD and through a variety of liposuction techniques, she can improve the areas that exercise and diet have failed to.

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IF THOSE LAST few pounds or problem areas have you discouraged about looking inshape for the summer months then worry no longer. Liposuction can help you achieve the body and confidence that you have worked hard for. “Clients want to look their best for beachwear and shorts in the summer months,” says Michele Cooper, MD and through a variety of liposuction techniques, she can improve the areas that exercise and diet have failed to. Fat cells can be changed with an active lifestyle but genetics determine how many fat cells there are and where they reside. The main areas that patients seek liposuction, she says, are for the abdomen, love handles and saddlebags. Dr. Cooper wants to help people “feel more comfortable in their own skin” and says that if liposuction is something you are thinking about, then the first step is to schedule a consultation. The benefit of an early consultation is to understand all of the factors involved. “Patients need to know how much time their body will need to heal,” says Dr. Cooper and a consultation is the “most effective way to


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NOW THAT SPRING has arrived, it’s all about fun in the sun. It’s time to shed the layers of winter clothing and show off the results from your New Year’s resolution in your spring pastel fashions. A sun-kissed tan can make you feel slimmer, sexier and more confident. However, with the increased knowledge of how dangerous sun tanning can 1/3 Square be, it is no surprise that most women are 5.05” searching for alternatives.x 4.35” While baking yourself outdoors does give you a great looking tan, many have embraced sunless tanning methods instead. Some people are skeptical about sunless tanning booths, which can leave you orange and stinky. However, with a custom airbrush tan you have a professional Airbrush Tanning Technician with you at all times, customizing your tan to ensure an all-over even glow and giving you the ability to request certain areas darker. Many of my clients ask me how to coordinate waxing and airbrushing. Since waxing can remove airbrush color, I recommend that my clients wax 24 to 48 hours prior to airbrushing for the smoothest glowing skin possible. Do not forget to ask your technician for tips before and after your airbrush tan. I suggest exfoliating skin thoroughly to remove dead skin cells so that your tan may better adhere, and moisturizing with a lotion (we recommend Whish’s Organic Body Butter) for post care. Cheap oils can actually break down the solution causing your tan to fade unevenly. 1/3pool Square Why bake by the or beach when 5.05” 4.35”glow yearyou can keep a sexy and x healthy round? An airbrush tan every 10-14 days is my recommendation.

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1 lb crabmeat 2 pinches dried thyme 3 bay leaves 1/4 tsp chili powder 1 tbsp minced parsley 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup white wine Open crabs, discard the shells and remove the apron, claws and gills. Break or cut each crab in half. Heat the oil over low fire and add onions, garlic, celery and bell pepper and let fry slowly until brown. Add flour and brown. Slowly add the wine and stock and bring to simmer. Add the chili powder and after simmering for about 30 minutes, add the parsley, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, crabs, crabmeat and salt and pepper. Stir well and cook slowly for about 5 minutes more, then remove from heat. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve the stew over fluffy rice with crusty bread for soaking up gravy. Awesome.

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WE ALL UTTERED A SIGH OF RELIEF on January 2, 2013, when the estate tax applicable exclusion amount (AEA) was finally made permanent! This AEA remained at the $5 million mark (from 2010), and is indexed to inflation. That means for this year (2013) a deceased person may leave up to $5,250,000 of assets to whomever they choose free from any federal estate tax and Louisiana inheritance tax. Since this figure is per deceased person, a married couple can leave up to $10,500,000 free from estate tax. This means that only the very wealthy now have to worry about complex estate planning to save their children from paying estate tax. What was also a major part of this package was preserving something called the portability of the “deceased spousal unused exclusion amount” (DSUEA). Prior to DSUEA, if a married couple had assets of double the AEA (for example, $10 million), and the first spouse died with only $3 million of assets on “their side of the fence” there was no way to “park” the unused $2 million back on the side of the surviving spouse. Under prior law, if the second spouse died with the remaining $7 million of assets on their side, and the AEA was $5 million, the children would still have had to pay considerable estate tax on the “extra” $2 million of assets that were over the $5 million. (This estate tax could have been over $1 million!) Now under the new permanent law of “portability,” the deceased spouse’s estate can “port”

that extra unused $2 million back onto the side of the surviving spouse. The surviving spouse may now capture the exclusion of their own $5 million, as well as the deceased spouse’s “unused” $2 million, leaving a full $7 million to the children free of any estate tax. Using the previous example, the children just saved a whopping $1 million in estate tax! As simple as this sounds, it is not automatic. A timely filing must be made with the IRS at the death of the first spouse to capture this DSUEA. Another feature of this Act was to continue to allow persons to gift (to anyone they choose) their full amount of their AEA during their lifetimes. This means that you can gift up to $5,250,000 to anyone you choose and not have to pay any gift tax on that amount. But beware, whatever amount you gift during your life is subtracted from the AEA at your death. This means that if you gift $2 million during your lifetime, then at your death only $3.25 million of your AEA for 2013 will remain. As much as we would like it, there is no such thing as “double-dipping.” However, there are still many reasons to establish a well-drafted estate plan…even if your estate is under $10.5 million. Your minor children need guardians, your spendthrift or young children need trusts. You need Powers of Attorney to address your disability and you may not like the “Will” that the State of Louisiana has already drafted for you if you die intestate.

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New Pap Smear Recommendations FOR THE PAST few years, several health groups have been reviewing the appropriate intervals between Pap smears. Since its inception in the 1950s, the Pap smear has become a routine, yearly ritual for women across the country. In its defense, regular Pap smears have reduced the incidence of cervical cancer in the developed world and saved countless lives. Nonetheless, many women dread the “scraping” as they so call it. After reviewing the current guidelines and data regarding the prevalence of cervical disease, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommend the following screening intervals: for your first Pap, the recommended age is 21 regardless of sexual activity; from ages 21 to 30, women should have a Pap smear done at least every three years; from ages 30 to 64, women should have a Pap smear at least every five years; and if your Pap tests are normal and you are over 65, you should stop receiving Pap smears. If you have a history of abnormal Pap smears or certain other medical conditions, these rules may be modified to meet your individual needs. These new guidelines not only benefit you individually because of fewer unnecessary tests and procedures, but also reduce healthcare costs by over 1 billion dollars annually. Now, for those of you who are ready to throw away your gynecologist’s phone number, not so fast. The Pap smear is only part of routine health maintenance. You should still see your gynecologist for an annual well-woman exam and contraceptive management. At your next visit, ask your doctor if the new guidelines can apply to you.

the northshore’s aCCredited Chest pain Center St. Tammany Parish Hospital earned full accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. PCI opens blocked blood vessels and restores blood flow to the heart. The earlier PCI is performed, the more effective it is. At 97%, St. Tammany Parish Hospital beats Northshore, Louisiana and national average PCI response times.

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LOUISIANA HAS QUICKLY earned the reputation as the “Hollywood of the South.” With the Louisiana Motion Picture Tax incentive, more production companies are setting up camp here in Louisiana, and more importantly, are searching for local actors to be in their films. More than $2 billion has been spent in Louisiana on film production over the past several years. Consequently, this has spurred a growing need on the Northshore for advanced professional training and networking. Creating U, with its professional New York/California-style acting and modeling training, is in a league of its own. Whether you want to work in film as an extra, book lead roles or model in commercial print or walk the runway, Creating U is where you will learn the skills necessary to succeed. Besides being an excellent academy that offers this level of professional training, it is a place where students become close friends and like family. Celeste Marcussen Hart, owner of Creating U has incorporated everything she learned in her ten years of work as an actor and model into designing Creating U, “I always wanted to open my own school and put everything into it,” says Celeste —Creating U is everything she knows and loves. Celeste is a St. Tammany Parish native who earned a second degree Black Belt in Taekwondo at the age of nine and was an avid sports player, yet still lacked confidence. At age 14, she joined the Northshore Fashion Club and began participating in runway shows. At 18, she enrolled in an acting and modeling school where her confidence grew and upon graduating, she signed with a local agency. With many runway, promotional modeling and acting jobs, she was able to use the money earned to pay for college, buy a car and to pay her bills. She worked her way through the University of New Orleans, earning a degree in Drama and Communications. What kind of difference will you see in your child if they attend classes? “Parents are amazed at the remarkable changes in their children of all ages since attending Creating U classes,” says Celeste. Some of these children change from “timid and shy” to “proud and confident” she says and that parents are constantly sending her texts and emails telling her “what a difference” the classes have on their children. They quickly begin to see the results of their child enjoying what they do and feeling like they belong to a group. A major difference with Creating U, Celeste says, is that class sizes are “kept small for individual attention” and

Some of these children change from “timid and shy” to “proud and confident” she says and that parents are constantly sending her texts and emails telling her “what a difference” the classes have on their children. book the role, a good resume and other areas of the business. Former head-casting director for MGM for the past 16 years, Mr. Weber casts regular celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Dakota Fanning. Brent Caballero, a top Louisiana casting director who casts for major films that come to Louisiana, also comes to Creating U to meet with the students. Acting coach, Mike Kimmel, is an accomplished film, television and commercial actor and is the former sidekick for the Jay Leno show of 15 years. He lived in California for over 20 years building his experience in major films, commercial work and as a program host. Instructor Christine Lombardo is a gifted makeup artist who travels around the world working on film sets and with celebrities. Both modeling and acting students take the Posing Print course that teaches them how to “properly pose” for the camera with both body and face to capture their “best angles and features.” In runway class, the students learn how to walk with confidence, poise and correct posture. Creating U holds regular runway shows at Belk and other various venues. They also do print work for some local stores using the modeling students in Posing Print. This gives the students a chance to perform what they have learned in class.

“The other amazing part of runway and print events,” says Celeste, “is that it makes the students feel confident and beautiful while building good friendships along the way.” Another favorite class for parents and students alike is Life Skills and Etiquette. Students learn the aspects of positive presentation and the importance of greetings, handshakes, direct eye contact, conversation, social media navigation, dining etiquette and dealing with peer pressure. All of these classes work conjunctively together to educate students on how to stand out from the crowd, to gain confidence and over-all self-image. Creating U was voted the 2012 Northshore’s Best Acting Academy. It operates year-round along with a four-week summer camp for ages 7–14 and covers a little bit of each course from the curriculum. As parents, we want to help our children go after the things that they are passionate about. Creating U is the Northshore’s ticket to doing just that and puts their dreams on the map toward the lights, camera and action of Louisiana.

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many of the students, especially the teenagers, show up early for classes to visit with each other. Celeste says, “It’s so rewarding to see how much the students love coming to class…I hear all the time that it’s what they look forward to most each week.” Some students are already confident and really just have a desire to become an actor or a model. They are ready to dedicate themselves to professional training and immediately begin to learn how to succeed at bookings for acting, film or modeling jobs. Celeste says the “same applies to adults.” It is never too late to become an actor and is a great way to improve their confidence in their professional occupations. Helping others to be the “most professional they can be” is what motivates Celeste and is another reason, Creating U is an extraordinary place for both children and adults, alike. Students are already booking work such as Christine Winninger, a mother who home schools her four children began taking classes at Creating U this past year. Now, she is finding work in local commercials and recently booked a reporter role in the new HBO show “True Detectives” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Teen student, Bo Aleman and college student Ashley Bull recently booked their first regional commercials. Moreover, out of 450 models from across the South who tried out for the 2013 NOLA Fashion Week runway show, Caroline Branch and Catherine West were two of only 40 selected to participate. Creating U’s curriculum incorporates all areas of the business: acting, print, fashion, makeup, runway and film. The program includes preparing for agency interviews and performing for casting directors. Paul Weber, a well-known and respected casting director in Hollywood, teaches the Professionalism in Acting course. Students learn what to expect from casting calls, agents, how to


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TERRY ADAMS, OWNER of Lynn Stirling Antiques in Mandeville, is a direct importer of European treasures that are “one-of-a-kind and extremely eclectic.” She travels to Europe to find estate pieces such as Country French, rustique décor, lighting and antiques. Each item is hand-selected by Terry, “Everything I buy, I love.” Over the past 20 years, Terry, a Louisiana licensed auctioneer, has organized estate sales and on-site auctions and finds most of her antiques at outdoor markets, house clearances, barns and pastures from locations all over the world including: Belgium, Holland, France, England, Sweden, Italy, Egypt, Greece and the USA. “We get up really early,” says Terry and “load it up as we shop!” Terry also owns and operates the Northshore Antiques and Auction House and recently formed Dan T’Arie, a European estate, container sale held monthly. The first Dan T’Arie sale is open to trade from May

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the curious, budding ecologist, an outdoor classroom. In late February, numerous volunteers partnered with Camp Salmen to help construct the boundless playground at the park, with playground equipment generously donated by Kids Unlimited. “We were astonished by the number of people from all walks of life who came out to help us,” says Gina Campo, 2nd Deputy Chief Administrative Officer in St. Tammany Parish. “This boundless play space, open and accessible to all children, is just one more asset to this park, which is filled with natural beauty and has so many wonderful aspects to explore. The pavilion is already a wonderful place to enjoy an outdoor concert, and it is an amenity the public can utilize, as it is available to rent.” The ribbon cutting to officially open the playground will be held Tuesday, April 2. A riverside amphitheater, designed to

be used for educational demonstrations, or perhaps an intimate riverside wedding ceremony, is near completion. It will have seating for over 100 people. Soon, Camp Salmen’s bike trail will be linked to the Tammany Trace, offering one of the longest natural recreational pathways in the entire state. Camp Salmen has consistently provided recreation and enjoyment for many past generations. There is no question the camp will continue to make history for future generations as well. Camp Salmen Nature Park is located at 35122 Parish Parkway in Slidell and is open to the public March through October, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and November through February from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information on the park and activities held there, call 985-288-5901 or visit

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WITHIN ITS 130-ACRE BOUNDS, Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history. Folklore suggests that in the early 1920s, a young Boy Scout shared his umbrella with Fritz Salmen of the Salmen Brick and Lumber Company, which was once housed at the park. Because the young scout refused to accept a tip, Fritz was inclined to donate a generous tract of land to the Boy Scouts of America, which they used for several decades. Today, Camp Salmen is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, year-round. Within miles of nature trails visitors can observe animals such as deer, migratory and residential birds, and numerous reptiles. Lush and abundant plant life offers


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1. On a roll, a new and beautiful way to brighten up an outdoor party is with these reusable cloth napkins from My Drap, available at Mandeville Party Company. 985-674-1605 2. A perfect accent for any patio, this unique antique French Planter from the 1920s filled with zinnias from the Garden Spot in Mandeville. Planter available at Lynn Stirling Antiques. 985-626-7704 3. Lighting is the key to outdoor evening entertaining. This stylish lamp can hold tea lights or small citronella candles. Available at MOTIF. 985-809 8887 4. A pop of color with these woven table mats will brighten up any table setting. From Chilewick, available at Three Diva’s and a Sugar Daddy. 985-288-5550 5. These glasses are eco-inspired, recycled wine bottles available online at 6. Comfort is so important for those long evenings outdoors. This beautiful seagrass and abaca chair from American Factory Direct Furniture definitely fits the bill. 985-871-0300


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April 1–13

April 5

From the Vaults of NOMA: Picasso, Miró and Matisse. Fri: 12–4 P.M., Sat: 9 A.M.–12 P.M., Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second St., Olde Town Slidell, 985-646-4375,

Mandeville Live Free Friday Concerts. Featuring Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys. 6:30 P.M., Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville,

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Friends of the Library Jazz Concert Series featuring Christy and the Rascals. Sponsored by the Friends of the Slidell Library. 6–7:30 P.M., St. Tammany Parish Library Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-646-6470,

Slidell High School & Boyet Jr. High School presents the opening reception featuring the work of Talented Art Students. Opening reception: 6:30–8 P.M., Counter Culture Frozen Yogurt, 154 East Hall, Slidell, 985-643-2992,

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April 6

Fontainebleau Senior High Art Show. Opening Reception 6–8 P.M., 100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville, 985-892-7112,

Slidell Memorial Hospital Rooftop Rendezvous. 8 p.m.–12 a.m., Rooftop of the SMH Parking Garage, 1001 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-280-8820,

Covington Bicentennial Charity Golf Tournament. 10 A.M., Money Hill Golf & Country Club, 100 Country Club Dr. , Abita Springs, 985-246-0230,

April 7

Paul Taylor Dance. 7:30 P.M., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-543-4371,

April 4 Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series featuring The Pfister Sisters. 5–7:30 P.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1873,

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Woofstock 2013—St. Tammany Humane Society’s 24th Annual Festival and Low Cost Clinic. 10 A.M.–4 P.M., The Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville, 985-892-PETS,

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The Covington Business Association presents A Taste of Covington, the first four-day food and wine experience in historic downtown Covington. Time and locations vary daily. 504-439-2543,

April 5 Hats Off Luncheon benefiting STOPS (St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide). Join us as we honor our Enterprising Women (and Men) of 2012 and announce the Enterprising Woman of the Year, all while raising money for charity. 11:30 A.M., Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington. Make reservations at www. or call 985-893-7350.

April 11 Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series featuring Bonerama. 5–7:30 P.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1873,

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City of Slidell presents Bayou Jam Concert Series featuring Christian Serpas and Ghost Town. 5:30–7:30 P.M., Heritage Park Slidell, 985-646-4375,

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April 12 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce B2B. 8–9 A.M., Chamber Office, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., Covington, 985-273-3008,

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April 12–14 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Fri: 4–10 P.M., Sat: 9 A.M.–10 P.M., Sun: 7 A.M.–6 P.M., Memorial Park, historic Downtown Ponchatoula, 800-917-7045,

April 13 Archbishop Hannan High School 21st Annual Crimson & Navy Gala and Auction, “Escape to Paradise.” 7 P.M., Archbishop Hannan High School, 71324 Hwy. 1077, Covington, 985-249-6363.

April 17 Northshore Rising Professionals Meeting. 11:30 A.M.–1 P.M., Homewood Suites by Hilton, 101 Holiday Square Frontage Rd., Covington, 985-2733008,

April 18 Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series featuring Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. 5–7:30 P.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1873,

April 19 Mandeville Live Free Friday Concerts. Featuring Soul Revival. 6:30 P.M., Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville,

April 19 Art in April with Champagne. 6–10 P.M., downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680,

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Christ Episcopal School Art at the Park 2013 “Tours the Museum.” 10 A.M.–4 P.M., 80 Christwood Blvd, Covington, 985-871-9902,


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dry times. Plant these where you need help with drainage and let them lap it up. Mix and match your cutting garden with plants that will produce many blooms and lots of color. Layer the look with tall plants in the back or the center of the garden and shorter plants to the front or the perimeter of a circular bed. Check the information card in the pot when you buy plants for the growing height. When speaking of color, one plant that comes to mind is the amazing Sweet pea. It has been around for years, flowers abundantly and gives off a wonderful scent. Imagine a bouquet a day on your kitchen table—multicolored and a natural air freshener. They love to climb fences or adorn a trellis and make a great fashion statement in the vegetable garden. Plant marigolds and trim the phlox so it will keep blooming until summer turns on the oven heat. Clean up the geraniums and begonias that have hibernated over the winter and give all of the beds a fresh dusting of topsoil and mulch. Use your Easter Bonnet for sun protection and make your own fashion statement as you head out shopping for your summer garden guests— and just like in days of old, make sure your gloves match the hat. Happy and fashionable gardening!


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This early training allows us to anticipate good things. In time, we plan our own outcomes, we study and we save for a rainy day. We also want the independence of discovering some things for ourselves. Like reading a mystery, we want to figure the characters out for ourselves and do not want anyone telling us whodunit and ruining the story. Perhaps that is why, in the whirl of some sorrow or anguish, we can take comfort knowing only part of the story, and that later we will learn more and how this experience fits with the whole. I am learning also, that in the wait, great things are also happening. March winds are the best for flying kites! April showers dust everything!



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April 20 Kehoe-France Northshore. Summer Camp Open House. 11A.M. –2 P.M., 25 Patricia Dr., Covington, 985-892-4415,

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April 24 Children’s Wish Endowment “Vogues Hottest Looks in Slidell” Fashion Show Luncheon and Celebration of Administrative Professional Day. 11:30 A.M., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St., Slidell, 985-277-0177,

April 25 East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce 2013 Business & Community Showcase. 3–7 P.M., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, 985-643-5678,

April 25 Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series featuring The Iguanas. 5–7:30 P.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1873,


April 26

Audubon Zoo’s Zoo-To-Do Kids. Patron Party: Friday, April for 26, 2013 5 P.M. Early Admittance: 5:30 P.M. General Admittance: SPRING CASUAL ATTIRE | RAIN OR SHINE 6:30 P.M., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New L IVE ENTERTAINMENT | SIPS AND SNACKS Orleans, 504-861-2537,

The City of Slidell presents

Sponsor and Patron Admittance

April 26 5:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber After Early Admittance Hours. 5:30–75:30 P.M., Evergreen Life Services/Blumberg p.m. — 9:00 p.m. & Associates, 1170 Hwy. 51 North, Ponchatoula, General Admittance 985-386-2536,

6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

with the

April 26 Headline Entertainment

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

St. Tammany West Superstars Chamber of Commerce New Member Orientation. 8–9 A.M., Chamber Office, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., Covington, 985-273-3008,

Saturday, April 20, 2013 Slidell’s Heritage Park The Italian Festival. Fri: 6 . .–12 . ., Sat: 11:30 . .–12 . ., Sun: 10 . .–6 . ., Our Lady of Free Admission Pompeii Catholic Church, 14450 Hwy. 22, Tickfaw, 985-351-2285, Rain Date: Sunday, April 21 April 27 Friday, May 3, 2013 985.646.4375 • Voice’s for Children Bowl. 8 . .–6 . ., Chappapeela Proceeds from the 2013 Zoo-To-Do events will help underwrite the renewal and relocation of Audubon Zoo’s Discovery Walk. April 26–28 P Mto Whitney A M Zoo-To-Do. Proper attire required for admittance Limited number of advance tickets available AM AM AM PM and are not sold at the door.




R R Enchanted Art Walk S A Z OO ’ S D ISCOVERY W ALK OF AUDUBON Enjoy artwork, artist demonstrations at 5 p.m. April 27 Sponsor and Patron Party ILENT

Relay For Life of St Tammany-East. 6 P.M., Slidell Airport, 62512 Airport Rd., Slidell, 985-960-0006, for


7:00 p.m. — Midnight

a 8:00 p.m.Gala — Midnight r a e t win En o t Headline Entertainment April 27 ce han 3 AL.Me., xus Björn Again Richard Murphy Hospice Gala. 7cP.M.–12:30 1 0 2 h 0 0 3 SLU Pennington Center, Hammond, 985-386-0400, ES

Friday, April 26, 2013 April 27–28

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Slidell Spring Street Fair. 10 A.M.–5 P.M., First, SIPS AND SNACKS Second and Erlanger Streets, Olde Town Slidell, ponsor and Patron Admittance

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April 28 Early Admittance Maryp.m. Queen of Peace Health Fair. 9 A.M.–1:30 5:30 p.m. — 9:00

P.M., 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, General Admittance 985-626-6977, 6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

present Zoo-To-Do. Patron Party: 7 P.M., Gala: 8 P.M.–12 A.M., Adults Only, Audubon from the 2013 Zoo-To-Do events will help underwrite the Zoo, Magazine ewal and relocation of Audubon Zoo’6500 s Discovery Walk. St., New Orleans, 504-861-2537, er attire required for admittance to Whitney Zoo-To-Do. Limited number of advance tickets available and are not sold at the door.

Friday, May 3, 2013


The City of Slidell and the Commission on the Arts extend a thank you to the 2012 - 2013 Cultural Season Sponsors:

Renaissance • $5,000 Sponsors:

Baroque • $2,500 Sponsor: Slidell Magazine Expressionist • $1,500 Sponsors: Ronnie Kole Foundation; VanGeffen Wealth Strategies, LLC. Neoclassical • $1,000 Sponsors: Chateau Bleu; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency; Northshore Harbor Center, The Slidell Independent

Impressionism • $500 Sponsors: A Touch of Italy Café; Bargains Plus!/Postal Plus!; Baskin Robbins/Coy & Donna Faucheux; Copeland’s of New Orleans; Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert; La. Rep. Greg Cromer; Chris and Babs Des Marteau; Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery; Palmettos on the Bayou; Pontchartrain Investment Management; Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore; Silver Slipper Casino; Signs Now; Sunrise on Second Street; Terry Lynn’s Café & Creative Catering; Textron Marine & Land Systems; Tanya Witchen, RE/Max Real Estate Partners This Louisiana Main Street and Cultural District event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

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Headline Entertainment May 3 Superstars Audubon Zoo and Whitney

LPO Concert begins at 6 p.m



І LEADERS Celebration of the Berry


THIS YEAR’S THEME for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is “Celebration of the Berry.” It may sound simple, but for Ponchatoula, it’s so much more. Ponchatoula exists today because of two major industries— cypress logging and strawberry farming. While the logging industry initially supported the town, over time farmers became aware of the rich composted soil; and along with the invention of the refrigerated railroad car, the placement of the tracks through the center of town, and stronger varieties of berries, Ponchatoula quickly became known from here to Chicago as having the best strawberries “in the world.” The strawberry industry continued to grow and thrive for generations, and even now, it is difficult to find a native adult who has not spent time harvesting

the berry. There are festivals throughout Louisiana; we all know how to celebrate and pass a good time, but few have grown and thrived like the Strawberry Festival. This year the largest free festival in the state will be held from Friday evening, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. Friday evening is a family-friendly night with kids’ prices and no alcoholic beverages served. The annual parade will be held on Saturday morning. Of course, there will be plenty of musical entertainment all three days as well as food, rides, strawberry eating contests and the annual strawberry auction. Come on down to Ponchatoula and celebrate the berry! For more information, please go to

Ponchatoula exists today because of two major industries—cypress logging and strawberry farming.

City of Mandeville Opportunities


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THE CITY OF MANDEVILLE has been selected as one of ten communities to participate in the Louisiana Creative Communities Initiative, a new program offered by the State of Louisiana’s Office of Cultural Development. The ten communities will work with an appointed committee to identify the vision, values and goals of the community and receive coaching in creative place-making. We are now requesting qualifications for citizens to be appointed to the Mandeville Creative Communities Committee. If interested, please forward a copy of your resume including qualifications to the Mandeville Trailhead Office at 675 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, LA 70448 or You can find more information on our website, by clicking on Louisiana Creative Communities Initiative. We also have a few openings on our Special

Events Committee that meets on the first Thursday of every month at 3:00 p.m. If you would like to participate, please send your information to me at or bring it by my office. The Trailhead Free Friday Concerts are still ongoing and in the next two weeks will feature Amanda Shaw and Soul Survival. Sunset Point is currently being renovated and should be open by July 1. The long awaited Highway 190 widening project by DOTD is about to start. A map of the plan is on display in our City Hall lobby. You can also get information on other projects on our website, including resurfacing Highway 190 from Interstate 12 to Louisiana Highway 22 and widening and overlaying Louisiana Highway 22 from Dalwill Boulevard to Highway 190. Keep posted on the latest happenings by signing up for E-briefs on our website,

We are now requesting qualifications for citizens to be appointed to the Mandeville Creative Communities Committee. Continued on page 34



І community

1 | Covington Massage & Wellness Centre recently celebrated their grand opening. Pictured L-R are Marie Humphries, Melissa Pearson and Kelly McGee.


2 | Pictured L–R is local musician, Amanda Shaw, and Sophisticated Woman Magazine’s own, Sarah Cottrell, at the Professional Women of St. Tammany’s “Phenomenal Woman Retreat.”


3 | St. Scholastica swim team, coached by Chris Prator (Head Coach) and Shannon Prator (Asst. Coach) handed out swim team awards. Pictured are: Chris Prator with 8th grade swim team members. 4 | Congratulations to Julie T. Huynh for being selected as the February Charter HERO. Julie is the vice president of Interact and the Beta Club at Salmen High School and plans to attend LSU for Veterinary Medicine. Congratulations Julie!


5 | Davin Navarre splashes Madison Whitfield in the face with a glass of water during the Lakeshore High School theater presentation of “It’s Not You, It’s Me.” 6 | Mira Mia Silver Shop recently held a “Waxing Poetic” trunk show introducing the new spring line at the Mandeville location.


7 | Annie and Sean Noel of Mandeville have collected almost 7,000 cold-weather items for their 5th Annual “Warm Hearts” Drive. Schools and organizations from throughout St. Tammany and Washington parishes participated.


8 | Cub Scout Pack 119 boys and their parents pitched in to help beautify Mandeville during the Krewe of Green cleanup the morning after the Krewe of Eve parade in Mandeville. 9 | Congratulations to Mary-Brent Brown, founder of Kids Wanna Help, for being named a 2013 Esprit de Femme Award winner. The Esprit de Femme award acknowledges a person who has made exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women. Photo by Heidi Bowers.



10 | Covington Art & Frame has recently moved to downtown Covington. Their new office is located at 529 N. Florida Street. Stop by to check out their fabulous framing options.


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A Champion Of The Small Business


THE NEWLY RENAMED Small Business Council (SBC) of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its new partnership with SCORE Northshore and Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC). Our organizations have worked together in the business community for the past decade to provide workshops, seminars, courses, counseling, newsletters and much more to the small business community at no charge. This cooperative will reinforce each organization’s commitment to our small businesses and add a higher value to Chamber members. We are also pursuing a similar agreement with St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation

(STEDF) to become known as “the” center for small business resources in St. Tammany West and the Northshore region. We will be promoting “Think Chamber First” more actively, as well as “Shop Local”. These efforts are critical to small business success. The SBC has also initiated a sponsorship enabling small business members with small budgets to participate as a sponsor in the Chamber Business After Hours and luncheon events. Finally, in the first week of each Chamber Weekly Update, we will start highlighting a Chamber small business. We are very excited about small businesses in 2013 and are geared up for a successful year!


Show Your Pride—Not Your Litter


ONE TOPIC FREQUENTLY addressed through the “Ask Pat” feature on the St. Tammany Parish website is about litter. Questions touch on many aspects of this Parish-wide problem. Why so much? Who is responsible for cleanup? What can I do to play my part in litter control? Have I seen the rampant problem? Just as many citizens, we here at Parish government realize the scope of the problem and we are working to address it. As the first thing visitors see when they arrive in St. Tammany Parish, litter becomes a deterrent to tourism, economic growth and quality of life. Litter is unsanitary, it smells, it harbors bacteria and it attracts rodents and insects. Litter is harmful to our natural resources and harms wildlife that often

become trapped or injured by discarded trash. Add to this, the fact that we all pay the price for litter. According to Keep Louisiana Beautiful, it is estimated that litter removal costs state and local governments approximately $40 million a year in direct costs alone. St. Tammany Parish is committed to public awareness of the problem, working closely with local beautification groups in abatement efforts, and asking you, the citizenry, to play a part as well. If you see trash—pick it up. Report litterbugs to 985-898-2535, and finally—spread the word to your children, your neighbors and your friends—in St. Tammany Parish, we show our pride, not our litter. To view litter PSAs, please visit, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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I am a Member…Now What?



THE CHAMBER DOESN’T make products—we make things happen—across the state, around the parish and just next door. We do this by giving your business unique opportunities to contribute a voice in the political arena and marketplace—all while achieving professional advancement and personal growth. Your Chamber membership can be your most valuable marketing tool. Get acquainted with the website to verify that your information is up-to-date and to see what other members are doing. Are you using the membership list to build your client list? Your client list is now your fan base! Have you attended a luncheon and brought along a customer or client? Have you stopped by Grand Openings to introduce yourself to another business in the community and left

a few cards? Have you sent your employees to a free Chamber workshop or Business After Hours? Do you have trouble leaving the office? Try donating a small door prize for any event, workshop or event to draw attention to your company or organization. Membership is the heart of all Chambers of Commerce. Members receive more benefits from their Chamber if they are engaged, volunteer or attend programs. We have committees designed with your special needs in mind that not only help you give back to the community and but also grow your bottom line. Visit our website at or email me, and together we can continue to support the business community and America’s spirit of enterprise.

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