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Dr. Maria Carmen Wilson Dr. Olga Fermo


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contents On the Cover: Northshore Attorneys.......................................... 6 MENtionable: Bo Thibaut.................................. 10 Home Feature The Best of Both Worlds.................................... 26

ENTERPRISING WOMEN Dr. Marian Carmen Wilson and Dr. Olga Fermo, Oschner North Shore Comprehensive Headache Center Comprehensive Treatment for Complex Pain......... 22

NORTHSHORE ATTORNEYS Michelle Demerest and Doug Sunseri Interpreting the Language of the Law..................... 7

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Infographic Eight Quick Facts About Attorneys......................... 8 Christie Tournet Key Items for Your Estate Plan............................... 8

BEAUTY, FASHION & LIFESTYLE

Tammny Karas-Griggs

Behind the Scenes

Personalized Service For Legal Matters.................. 9

The Cover Shoot with our Enterprising Women....... 5

HEALTH

Brett White

Dr. Charles Schof

What The Bump!.............................................. 14

Dental Implants with Periodontal Disease ............ 25 Dr. Nancy Gravel ADHD and Medication...................................... 32 Improve Kids’ Diets Simple Tricks to Eat More Veggies...................... 37

HOME & GARDEN Home Feature The Best of Both Worlds.................................... 26 Colorful Irises Somewhere Over the Rainbow........................... 32

FOOD & ENTERTAINING

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Our Fashion Picks Transitional Trends............................................ 16 Think Before You Speak Wordiness....................................................... 30

BUSINESS A Blessing and a Curse Gone Viral Lately?............................................ 30

COMMUNITY Editor’s Note..................................................... 6 Kids Being Kids............................................... 36

Foodies and Friends

Ribbon Cuttings............................................... 37

The Mighty Muffaletta....................................... 12

Notes & Notables............................................ 38

Recipe

September Events............................................. 40

Nonna Randazzo’s Muffaletta............................ 13

Sophisticated Social......................................... 42

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behind the scenes

Enterprising Women Dr. Maria Carmen Wilson & Dr. Olga Fermo

Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Editor Chelsea Adams Sales Manager Lorie Hollis Art Director Pam Hendrix Account Executives Suzanne Lucido and Stephanie Bromley Contributing Writers Chelsea Adams, Joy Feldman, Lisa Ribbeck Lyons, Casey Perrin Robert, Mary Speed and Jill Willie Contributing Photographers Timothy Dunford, Pam Hendrix, Cameron Payne and Steve Randon.

We met up with our Enterprising Women Maria Carmen Wilson and Olga Fermo at Air Salon in Mandeville. They prepared for their photo shoot by relaxing and having their hair and makeup professionally done by Madison Carrington, Diana Hogan and Hailey Rogers. We were able to see the different sides of Maria and Olga by asking them a few questions that weren’t a part of the EW interview. SW: What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Maria: French bread with olive oil. It’s a tradition from my native country of Spain. SW: What does your ideal day consist of? Maria: Spending the day with my two grandchildren. One of their favorite places to go is Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Fashion Stylist Sharon Bilbe Home Stylilst Heather Borgsted Production Gallinghouse Marketing + Creative

SW: What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Olga: Belgian waffle with strawberry puree and vanilla yogurt. SW: What does your ideal day consist of? Olga: Meal planning for the month. I work long hours so I like to have food in the freezer prepared to make it easy for my husband and my baby. I also enjoy cooking.

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Joy Feldman, NC, JD is the author of two books on the essential principle of “you are what you eat.” Joy writes a column on children’s health issues and blogs for Sophisticated Woman magazine

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A COLORFUL FALL PEOPLE USUALLY DON’T believe me when I tell them it’s humid in East Tennessee where I grew up and lived most of my life. It doesn’t compare to Southern Louisiana of course, but summers at home can be sweltering. September was always a welcomed respite from the heat. The humidity breaks, and the sky turns a deep, vibrant blue. As September wanes, leaves on the mountain ridges begin to burst into color. The reds and yellows pop against the blue sky, creating an exquisite tapestry of color. Maybe that’s why I always miss home the most this time of year. That’s not to say I don’t love Louisiana. There colors here are rich and vibrant too, just in a different way. Here, fall brings purple, yellow, black and gold as folks gear up for football season. Fall colors also come in our gardens since plants produce flowers much longer into the season, and, as I’m continually reminded, September could bring lots of colors to the weather map as hurricane season peaks. (I’m still taken off guard when I receive a “tropics update” as a breaking news alert.) While it may be colorful, it’s still hot in September. In this month’s issue, we’ve got tips to beat the heat while gearing up for fall. Our fashion feature will help you incorporate fall colors and fabricsinto your wardrobe. Foodies and Friends offers a traditional New Orleans delight that won’t heat up your kitchen but makes a great crowd pleaser for fall gatherings. In our gardening column, we tell you how to prepare now for colorful irises in the spring. And please share your favorite ways to welcome fall on the Sophisticated Woman Facebook page. We’d love to hear about your favorite autumn traditions!

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NORTHSHORE

ATTORNEYS Interpreting the law takes an expert legal mind. Fortunately the Northshore is home to dozens of attorneys who provide high quality legal services. In Sophisticated Woman’s Northshore Attorneys section, meet the professionals who can offer guidance when the need arises.


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Interpreting The Language Of The Law Michelle Demarest Sunseri & Doug Sunseri WRITTEN BY JILL WILLIE PHOTOS BY STEVE RANDON

THERE’S A REASON that legal issues, proceedings and decisions are often referred to as legalese. The field of law is intricate and complicated. For those who do not speak the language of the law, the legal process can become even more daunting. At the law firm of Nicaud and Sunseri, the goal is clear—to make the complex understandable. “We strive to make our clients comfortable with the legal process, to understand the specific issues they are facing. That starts with the way we communicate,” said partner J. Douglas “Doug” Sunseri. “It is a more personalized approach that engages clients in the process. They are not blindly handing over work to us, they are working with us. We listen and recommend the best course of action to meet their needs.” In another effort to meet their clients’ needs, the firm is expanding its reach on the Northshore. With longtime local attorney and Madisonville resident Michelle Demarest Sunseri managing the Northshore office, Nicaud and Sunseri will have the experience and resources to provide a full complement of legal services. Michelle’s practice focuses on all aspects of domestic and family law, mediations and estate planning as well as corporate law and commercial litigation. “We are adapting to meet the changing needs of the area. With an aging population, there are increasing concerns over long-term financial planning, elder care, elder abuse prevention and trusts for children with special needs. While I will continue working in these areas in the Northshore office, I will also be returning to my roots in the corporate arena to address the changing business needs of the community,” Michelle said.

“Doug brings extensive experience with corporate law, stemming from his work with former Saints owner John Mecom and into the area of player management and representation,” Michelle said. “He has also handled disaster litigation following events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.” Michelle and Doug, who have partnered together before—the married couple often co-host “All Things Legal” Sunday mornings on WWL radio—are excited about this new opportunity to work together. “Listeners to the radio show have gotten to know who we are over the last few years, as attorneys, as spouses and as individuals,” Doug explained. “We discuss legal issues and rulings, but we also share our passion for New Orleans sports, food and family. Not only do we have the ability to translate legalese into everyday language, to explain details of the law efficiently and succinctly, we also have the ability not to take ourselves too seriously.”

Nicaud and Sunseri Law Firm has offices in Metairie and Covington at 7020 Highway 190 West, Suite A. For more information, call 985-624-9697 or visit nslawla.com. This is a paid advertisement. Sophisticated Woman | September 2017

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Key Items for Your Estate Plan WRITTEN BY CHRISTIE TOURNET

ESTATE PLANNING DOES

not have to be complex, but proper planning involves more than your will. For example, a properly drafted durable power of attorney could become your most valuable estate-planning tool during your lifetime. It allows you to avoid interdiction, should you later have a disability or injury that results in loss of capacity. Because interdiction can be incredibly stressful, timeconsuming, and costly, avoidance is reason enough to incorporate this tool. However, the document also permits another trusted person to act on your behalf, in the event of an absence or other disability. Also, while probate often has a negative connotation, it is largely undeserved. There is nothing wrong with “probating” an estate and “probate avoidance” need not be an over-riding concern. Rather, probate is the process for transferring title of assets to heirs/beneficiaries. In Louisiana, this can be a very streamlined and affordable process. Thus, it is more important to set the stage for probate and handle it correctly than to try and avoid it all together. A properly drafted will is instrumental here. When completing your estate plan, also confirm you have the correct beneficiaries listed for business interests and nonprobate assets. A complete business plan should provide accommodations for shareholder disability and death. And, regardless of whether you have ownership in a business or not, you should also ensure you have the correct beneficiaries named on life insurance and retirement policies. A good rule-of-thumb is to name individuals and alternates. These few basic tools can provide great peace of mind to you and your family.

Christie Tournet & Associates, LLC, provides estate planning, estate administration and commercial law services. The practice is located at 1795 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 103A in Mandeville. 985-951-2177, tournetlaw.com. 8

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Personalized Service for Legal Matters 2016

WRITTEN BY CHELSEA ADAMS

FOR TAMMY KARAS-GRIGGS, providing personalized, attentive service to her clients is of utmost importance. That’s why she ensures that she is accessible to clients who may be going through a turbulent period. “My clients have a lot of access to me because we are a smaller firm. I follow up regularly with phone calls and emails to make sure they know what’s going on and what to expect,” she said. That level of communication is exceedingly important as many clients seek Tammy’s expertise to help them navigate divorces, custody matters, personal injury claims and paternity rights. “I try really hard to hold my client’s hands through the entire process because it’s emotional. They’re dealing with their kids and their finances. It can be very intense,” she said. While a large part of her practice focuses on family law, the Covington attorney’s practice also offers legal services for people involved in criminal cases. Nick F. Noriea, Jr., brings years of experience in felony cases to the practice. “He’s a well-seasoned former assistant district attorney who has practiced in multiple parishes,” she said. “He handles some of our felony work and does a fabulous job.” Whatever the need, Tammy says she enjoys serving the community and guiding families as they adapt to life-changing circumstances. “I have a passion for helping my clients. It’s my way of serving the community,” she said. Tammy Karas-Griggs is an attorney who practices family law, personal injury and criminal law at 810 N. Columbia St. in Covington. Call 855-GET-LEGAL or visit karasgriggs.com for more information.

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A Legacy of

Sustainable Financial Success BO THIBAUT - NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL WRITTEN BY CHELSEA ADAMS PHOTOS BY CAMERON PAYNE

GENERATIONAL CHANGE ISN’T easy to achieve, but that’s exactly what Bo Thibaut intends to do. A financial representative in Mandeville, Thibaut wants to help his clients improve their financial wellness. That means more savings, less debt and a brighter future where dreams and goals are more easily achieved. And since three-quarters of Americans live paycheck to paycheck with limited savings, Thibaut says his mission is vitally important to the security of Northshore families. “I want to play a role in changing that,” Thibaut said. “God has blessed me tremendously, and I want to take the lessons I’ve learned and help other people.” Thibaut didn’t initially set out to change the way people manage their money; his career started with industrial boiler systems. After graduating from St. Paul’s Catholic School in Covington, Thibaut went to Auburn University where he studied mechanical engineering. Thibaut’s father owned a company in Covington that designed and manufactured boiler systems for power plants, and Thibaut spent summers home from college working at his side. He enjoyed the business so after graduating from Auburn, Thibaut joined his father and sister to work full time at the company. By the age of 30, Thibaut was CEO. The business thrived. Revenues exceeded $100 million, and the company employed 850 people. However, in 2012, Thibaut’s father sold the business, a change that Thibaut said took the family feel away from his working environment. “I found my motivation was around serving my dad,” he said. “I had an opportunity to get out of the business, so I seized that opportunity.”

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Posed with a fresh start, Thibaut decided to combine his love for coaching people with his love for building things. “With my engineering background, I’m very analytical, but I also enjoy interacting with others,” he said. Financial planning was a natural fit for Thibaut who relishes the opportunity to show clients how they can best manage their money by making every dollar count, a service no one provided for him when he initially started investing and saving early in his career. “I want to be able to offer people the best comprehensive financial plan that accounts for their needs as well as their dreams,” he said. Today, attitudes and opinions surrounding financial wellness have changed significantly. “The rules our parents taught us (about saving money) don’t apply. That’s because many Baby Boomers and their parents had pensions, and if you contributed 10 percent to retirement and the pension, you’d be OK in retirement,” Thibaut said. “That thought process has changed. For some people, saving 10 percent may be enough. Others may need to save 25 or 30 percent.” Thibaut attributes his first business’s success to his commitment to finding the right solution for each client, even if it wasn’t a product his company sold. Thibaut brings that same philosophy to financial planning. “You can’t shove a square peg in a round hole,” he said. “I approach new clients with an open mind and customize a plan specific to them.” That’s one of the reasons he chose to tie his independent practice to Northwestern Mutual. The national company has a stellar reputation, and Thibaut doesn’t have to sell proprietary products. He can provide clients with packages designed to generate, protect and retain wealth. Depending on the situation, packages may include any number of investment products and services as well as life insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance. Since every family’s situation is different, creating a comprehensive financial road map requires a detailed assessment and analysis. Regardless, Thibaut makes the process as transparent as possible by providing clients information about everything in their portfolios, even

down to how his practice is compensated for each individual product. Indeed, transparency and integrity are among the company’s core values, and Thibaut says he wants to “shine a light’ on the financial services industry that may have seem closed off and confusing in the past. “I put myself in a position of humility,” he said of working with clients for the first time. “First and foremost, I’m there to provide information.” Drawing on his past experience, Thibaut wants his current office to have a familial atmosphere. From praying with each other daily to holding one another accountable, the staff is as dedicated to each other’s success as they are to their client’s success. Thibaut’s love of family spills over into the office, too. A father of three, Thibaut cherishes time with his daughters who attend Christ Episcopal School. From playing mermaids in the pool to eating at hibachi restaurants to exploring the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, they like to have fun. But Thibaut also ensures his daughters are equipped with the tools they need for future success. “My three sisters are very strong, independent women, and I want that for my daughters as well. I want them to learn that the only thing you can count on is what you build with your own two hands,” he said. Bo Thibaut’s Northwestern Mutual office is located at 1130 W. Causeway Approach in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-807-6220 or visit bothibaut.nm.com. Sophisticated Woman | September 2017

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The Mighty Muffaletta WRITTEN BY SHELLY DAUTERIVE, NONNA RANDAZZO’S BAKERY AND CAFFÉ

THE LOVE OF

food runs through our Italian blood. We love the muffaletta! This sandwich was first made in New Orleans in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant who owned a grocery store in the area of the lower French Quarter known as “Little Palermo.” The sandwich takes its name from a type of Sicilian bread called “muffaletto.” In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Sicilian immigrants would eat the bread along with olives, meat and cheese for lunch. To make the combination easier to eat while standing, Lupo decided to split the bread open and fill it with the meat, cheese and olives. He sold the sandwich from his shop, and it quickly gained popularity among locals, regardless of their ethnic

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heritage. Over time, the traditional name of the bread simply morphed into the name of the sandwich. Today, the muffaletta is a New Orleans icon, and tourists seek it out when visiting. The flavors from the thick layers of ham, salami and cheese marry perfectly. It is finished with another local favorite, Perrone & Sons Olive Salad that’s been sold in New Orleans since 1924. The blend of the many Italian flavors makes this sandwich one of the most popular items on restaurant menus, including at Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery and Caffé. It’s often eaten cold, but they’re sometimes toasted or heated. And since it’s simple to make and delicious to eat, the muffaletta is a great option for fall gatherings and parties, tailgating and the upcoming wintertime holidays.


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Nonna Randazzo’s Muffaletta Ingredients: 1 round, seeded, 8-inch Italian bread 4 tablespoons seasoned garlic-infused olive oil mix 3 ounces ham 3 ounces cotta salami 3 ounces Genoa salami 3 ounces mortadella 4 ounces provolone 12 ounces Perrone & Son’s Olive Salad

Directions: 1. Slice bread in half and brush with seasoned garlic-infused olive oil mix. 2. Layer ham, cotta salami, genoa salami, mortadella, provolone and olive salad. 3. Place in microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute on 50 percent reduced power. 4. Slice muffuletta into quarter size pieces and place in a 350-degree oven until meat is hot, cheese is melted and bread is crisp.

Directions: • Preheat your fryer to 360 degrees. • Place a 1/4 of a stuffed jalapeno into the opening of the shrimp. • Wrap the shimp in a piece of bacon, then pierce it on to the skewer. • Alternate bell pepper and onion in between the shrimp. Be sure to leave a little space between the shrimp as this will help the bacon cook better. You should be able to fit about 3 shrimp per skewer. • Cook about 5 minutes or until golden brown. For best results, place one skewer at a time in the fryer. Serve with a side of rice and vegetables. Enjoy!

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WAXING AS A form of hair removal is a great service; however, there are a few things you should be aware of. Best practice is to prepare your skin for the best results following your service. Otherwise, a few issues could arise depending on your skin. Waxing is not a service to be taken lightly. The single most important thing about waxing? Always visit a licensed/trained esthetician or cosmetologist to provide the service, not a nail tech. Nail techs are only licensed to do nails; they can’t provide any service on the skin. First, we always recommend exfoliating your skin before waxing. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, which can contribute to ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are usually the result of your new hair shafts not being able to break through your outer layers of skin. The hairs may bend due to the resistance and continue to grow either just under the top layer, or they may grow back down deep within your tissue. If the skin is exfoliated, the hair shaft should have no issue coming through to the surface.

ALWAYS VISIT a licensed/ trained ESTHETICIAN OR COSMETOLOGIST to PROVIDE THE SERVICE, not a nail tech. Second, always keep freshly waxed areas clean and dry. Until the redness goes away, your pores are open and susceptible to bacterial growth, even on your brows. Bacteria can lead to inflamed hair follicles called folliculitis. Folliculitis usually occurs a few days after your service and appears as small bumps, some with smaller whiteheads. Topical antibiotic creams, keeping the area clean and cool and mild exfoliation usually help to reduce the severity. However, always consult with your service provider before treating any reactions.

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Fall for Prints & Rich Hues WRITTEN BY SHARON BILBE PHOTOS BY PAM HENDRIX

AS YOU TRANSITION

your wardrobe for a new season, start by dabbling into fall hues. By channeling the changing leaves, start by pairing your neutrals with the Pantone colors for fall 2017. This pallette leads towards warmth with comforting colors of fall, like grenadine and shaded spruce. Stand-out shades of golden wine and marina blue make excellent pairings with navy panne, neutral gray, butter rum and tawny port. Accessorize in mixed materials and metals to solidify each look. You don’t have to wait for the temperature to drop. Enjoy the lightweight fabrication in fall’s seasonal hues now.

Lauren Faux wrap printed maxi dress, $59, garnet and silver earrings, $12 - Columbia Street Mercantile Black leather peep toe sling back, $109 - Shoefflé

Jamie Chiffon overlay lined green dress, $54, gold cuff bracelet, $18 - Columbia Street Mercantile Gold necklace, $68 - Palm Village Nude side slit peep toe booties, $139 - Shoefflé

Jamie Teal and navy printed dress, $138 - Palm Village Gold hoop earrings, $29, cut leather textured off-white booties, $169 - Shoefflé

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Lilly Navy floral dress, $65 - Wish, A Boutique for Girls Taupe suede ankle boots with cognac leather detail, $139 - Shoefflé

Lauren Merlot cold shoulder floral top, $49 - Simply Chic Dark denim jeans, $120 - Columbia Street Mercantile Buff side zip nubuck bootie, $139 - Shoefflé

Peter Light blue Polo shirt, $49, jeans, $69 - Olive Patch Brown leather loafers, $69 - Olive Patch

Lilly Ivory embroidered top, $55, camel suede skirt, $60 - Wish, A Boutique for Girls Cognac back pack, $54, cream corduroy and rose gold sneakers, $89 - Shoefflé

Peter: Navy gingham button down, $55, jeans, $69, shark lunch box, $31, brown loafers, $69 - Olive Patch

Jamie Denim shift dress, $68 - Simply Chic Necklace, $68 - Palm Village Earrings, $29, nude side slit peep toe booties, $139 - Shoefflé

Lauren True navy silk blouse, $138, Sand Bar skinny jeans, $158 - Palm Village Gold hoop earrings, $29, mixed metal cuff bracelet $39, tan mixed material side slit bootie $139 - Shoefflé

Boutique Contact Information: Columbia Street Mercantile, 985-809-1690 Olive Patch, 985-327-5772 Palm Village, a Lily Pulitzer Signature Store, 985-778-2547 Shoefflé, 985-898-6465 Simply Chic Boutique, 985-778-2010 Wish, A Boutique For Girls, 985-276-4994 Sophisticated Woman | September 2017

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Fall

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DOCKATOT

Baby’s Corner is now carrying the DockATot! DockATot offers a snug and soothing environment for babies to sleep, play or lounge. Also great for travel! Baby’s Corner, 70448 Highway 21, Covington, 985.892.5300, thebabyscorner.com

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THROWBACK!!! Make your own pin jewelry or accessorize schoolbags, dance bags or clothing! Available at WISH A Boutique For Girls, 70457 Highway 21, Covington, 70433, 985.276.4994 shopwishboutiques.com

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WATCH YOUR PRINCESS twirl in this perfect pink dress and cape by Evie’s Closet. Fall fashions from all your favorite brands. Your one-stop shop for dressing all the kiddos! Sizes newborn through 16. Fashions for Kids, 1868 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-4848

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PATIO COOLER

with insulated metal liner. Holds up to 80 cans or bottles. External bottle opener and handles. $250. Mike`s Den, 1892 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985.626.9668, mikes-den.com.


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Comprehensive Treatment for Complex Pain WRITTEN BY JILL WILLIE PHOTOS BY STEVE RANDON ADDITIONAL PHOTOS PAM HENDRIX

FOR MANY PEOPLE,

Enterprising Women

Maria Carmen Wilson Olga Fermo

a headache is an inconvenience—something that can be fairly easily tolerated or managed with over-thecounter medications. However, for people who experience frequent and severe headaches or migraines, the debilitating pain can degrade their quality of life. Luckily for those who suffer from disabling headaches, the Ochsner North Shore Comprehensive Headache Center in Covington serves as a bastion of hope. Neurologists Dr. Maria Carmen Wilson and Dr. Olga Fermo are headache specialists, both board certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. Wilson, the center’s medical director, said she and her team take a functional approach to headache treatment. “We look into all aspects of a patient’s life to identify causes and develop the most appropriate treatments. It is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ proposition. We integrate posture, strength, biofeedback techniques, psychology, sociology and nutrition into our treatment plans,” she said. Chronic migraine sufferers themselves, Wilson and Fermo were both drawn to the headache subspecialty because of their own medical histories. They understand, first-hand, the physical, psychological and emotional toll headaches can take on someone’s life. “I have always been fascinated by the human brain,” Wilson said. “It is like a powerful, intricate computer system. When I was in medical school, I read an article dealing with the physiology of the brain and the underlying causes of migraines. I knew immediately it was an area I wanted to pursue.” Fermo was also attracted to the complexity of the brain, likening her interest to that of a detective. “Of all the fields in neurology, the headache subspecialty was the one where I felt I could make the biggest difference in people’s lives. Identifying underlying causes of headaches, identifying the right treatment— these things go a long way to giving people their lives back.”


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HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES are complex.

GETTING HELP for them SHOULDN’T have to be.

The women not only share many of the same reasons for their choice of profession, but they also share many of the same professional experiences. Before joining Ochsner, Wilson spent 17 years with the University of South Florida’s Headache and Pain Center, performing cutting-edge research and developing treatment protocols. About three years ago, a talented resident from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine caught her attention, and she recruited her to join the team. That talented resident was Fermo. The two worked together in South Florida until January 2016, when Wilson and her husband relocated to the Northshore to be closer to their son and his young family. “We had just finished building our dream home (in Florida),” Wilson recalled. “I had a job that I loved. But after our first grandson was born, we knew we wanted to be closer. Ochsner allowed me the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. I can continue to do the work I love, but now I can do it in a place that is close to our grandchildren. Since we’ve moved to the Northshore, I have taken a new job title: designated weekend babysitter. I absolutely love it.” Just as she did three years ago, Wilson reached out to Fermo, inviting her to join her team in Covington. And once again, Fermo jumped at the opportunity. “Dr. Wilson is renowned in the field. It was an easy

decision to follow in her footsteps, and I am honored to continue to train and work with her,” she said. Treating severe and recurrent headaches is complex and often requires treatment from a physician with clinical experience supported by an expansive complement of healthcare services. At the Comprehensive Headache Center, patients have a dedicated team of providers who diagnose and treat their headaches as well as access to the full scope of medical services through Ochsner Health System. Additionally, patients who need immediate relief from intense or severe headaches are referred to the infusion center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital for treatment. “We are conveniently located in the heart of the Northshore, near the Ochsner medical complex, but our convenience extends beyond our location,” Fermo said. Ochsner’s electronic medical records system also serves as a repository for medical records, making it easy for all Ochsner medical professionals involved in a patient’s care to access and share information. “Patients don’t have to worry about referral paperwork or test results. It is all handled through the portal. Headaches and migraines are complex. Getting help for them shouldn’t have to be,” Fermo said. Headaches can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary headaches have no Sophisticated Woman | September 2017

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identifiable cause while secondary headaches are caused by another condition. The most common types of primary headaches are tension headaches. These can be triggered by stress, inability to relax, a change in sleep patterns, a change in eating habits (dehydration, hunger, caffeine) or hormones. According to Wilson and Fermo, most people seek medical help for another type of primary headache—the migraine. Much more intense than tension headaches, migraines are usually accompanied with increased sensitivity to noise and sound. Genetic makeup does play a part in susceptibility to migraines, and they may run in families, the doctors said. The introduction of the first migraine-specific medication came in 1993, casting a huge light on the illness and bringing hope to millions of people who experience migraines. Since that time, a surge of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments have been developed to address migraine pain. Nerve blocks, Botox® injections, implantable nerve stimulators and magnets are treatment options for migraines, especially for people who need to take pain medicine more than a few times each week or for those who are taking medicines for other ailments. With so many treatment options available, Wilson said it’s important for patients 24

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to consult a doctor before attempting to medicate themselves. “People don’t realize the implications of selfmedicating in a non-controlled environment,” Wilson said. “Headaches are often the consequence of taking too much medication for the acute attacks, so people can unknowingly make things worse when they try to treat their headaches themselves. If a patient is suffering from conditions like neck pain or arthritis that are contributing to secondary headaches, we can help with that as well. All too often, patients go a long time without seeking help, impacting their quality of life and their overall happiness. We want them to know we have specific treatments that can help.” Chronic migraine is often referred to as an invisible illness, people suffering from this condition may think something is wrong with them, Fermo said. “They can become frustrated if there is no underlying cause for their pain, and they can become depressed. It can put an incredible strain on families and relationships. We want people to know they are not alone. We can help them find answers. And, most importantly, we can help them find relief.” The Ochsner North Shore Comprehensive Headache Center is located at 1341 Ochsner Blvd., Covington. For more information, please call 985-246-2800.


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Dental Implants With Periodontal Disease? WRITTEN BY DR. CHARLES SCHOF

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are available to help restore health and function for people who have lost teeth. One of the primary reasons of tooth loss is periodontal—or gum—disease. Implants offer a wonderful replacement option for teeth lost to periodontal disease. People who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease will need additional testing prior to getting implants. That’s because bone loss was very likely responsible for the tooth loss in the first place. To determine if implants are an option, patients need a thorough examination, including a 3D x-ray of your bone. In many cases, there will be enough remaining bone to support an implant. In the cases where bone is insufficient, a procedure to increase bone in the area may be required.

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The Best Of Both Worlds WRITTEN BY CASEY PERRIN ROBERT PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY DUNFORD

THEY CHICKENED OUT. They planned to buy and live on a yacht. But after searching extensively along the Gulf Coast for the right vessel, they didn’t do it. Instead, new Mandeville residents Michael and Fran Riggs opted for a river view at Tchefuncte Oaks Townhomes in Mandeville, and they couldn’t be happier with their decision. For the former Dallas, Texas residents, retirement brought the need for a significant downsize while getting closer to their grandchildren who live in Baton Rouge. For years, their plan was to move onto a boat and spend lots of time in Marina Beau Chene when they weren’t exploring the coast. As they shopped though, that plan changed. “I kept seeing ‘for sale’ signs in every marina,” Fran said. “We started to realize boats were this major commitment that we might not be able to sell later on. Then we saw a sign on this condo from the river and thought, ‘hmmm.’” To hear Fran tell the story, it was not love at first sight. Built in 1988, the townhouse had sat on the market for a year. Some updates had been made, but in her own words, Fran laughs, “It was a dog!” Fortunately, her realtor/neighbor/friend referred her to Heather Borgstede at Niche Modern Home. In true Louisiana fashion, Fran

and Heather shared a connection: Heather was a family friend of Fran’s son-in-law. “Everybody knows everybody here,” Fran said. “My daughter Lena warned me that I had to be nice to everyone because they’ll know someone I know!” With the connection made, Fran and Heather quickly set to work updating the townhouse. The view of the river is definitely the star of the show, and Fran immediately told Heather to “Bring out there in here.” Usability was also a focal point of the design process, which lasted just three months from start to finish. It may have looked like a “dog” at first glance, but the condo offered some redeeming qualities. The original hardwood floors were refinished and look renewed against a fresh coat of Popular Gray on all the home’s walls. The kitchen, though it looks totally different now, was not gutted. The cabinets were meticulously brush-painted, and some upper cabinets were removed to provide more openness and additional lighting. Every knob, hinge and drawer pull was replaced, small details that added modernity to update the home. The existing countertops worked with the updated color scheme and new backsplash tile adds just enough zing to make things interesting.

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WRITTEN BY DR. MARY SPEED

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS said to have been honest. In his day, his reputation got around by word of mouth. Gossip about him centered on the same theme: Abe is honest. From the photographs I have seen, Lincoln appeared to have been honest in his emotions, too. His feelings look etched into his face. During the American Civil War, he wrote, “Forgive me for writing such a long letter, I haven’t time to write a shorter one.” His routine, in and out of office, seems to have been to use words in a thoughtful manner. Workplace distresses did not keep him from offering condolences and encouragement to others. Much of my practice is certainly built upon missed and/or misinterpreted interpersonal communications. In sessions, it is endearing to see people rehear what they had previously misheard and watch understanding take the place of misunderstanding. These days, texting gives people a chance to think before they “speak.” Of course, auto correct can always make messages go awry. When that happens, how will people know that the “mismessage” was not your intent? By knowing your usual way of speaking, they will quickly understand that the words are a misprint. Verbal restraint is also needed in work environments. At a recent dinner, I overheard people talking about a business.I was astonished to learn that they worked for a company that another of my friends holds in high regard. The only thing I know about the company is what these opposing groups had to say. The hardworking nature of the enthusiastic employee, however caused me to respect this employee’s opinion more than the others. I close this brief article, with more words from Abraham Lincoln:

I AM RATHER INCLINED to silence, and WHETHER THAT BE WISE or not, it is at least MORE UNUSUAL nowadays to find a man who can HOLD HIS TONGUE than to find ONE WHO CANNOT. –Abraham Lincoln

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ADHD and Medication WRITTEN BY DR. NANCY D. GRAVEL

Somewhere Over the Rainbow WRITTEN BY LISA RIBBECK LYONS

AH, FALL!

Children return to school, leaves begin to drop even as the heat continues to sizzle. As a gardener, fall reminds me to learn something new about the plant world and what I should plant now! This year, my eye was focused on the iris. So, how do you get them started? Plant bearded irises in well-drained soil that gets plenty of sun. The rhizomes, sausage-looking root structures at the base of the plant’s sword-like leaves, like to be dry. Add some sand or vermiculite to the planting area. Keep the rhizome close to the soil top and water only during extended dry times or after transplanting. Now is the time to divide and replant iris gardens. Plant irises about 16-18 inches

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apart—they will fill in. Clip the sword leaves down to about three inches, and remove the seed pods left from the flowers. Wait for late spring and your first blooms. Here in Louisiana we have our own native irises. They are spectacular wildflowers from the bayous and wetlands of the Gulf Coast. These have larger flowers and are flatter and wider than the taller bearded iris blooms. You will need a moist area, rich soil and partial shade. They even do well in ponds or water gardens. Please take the time to do research on your own so you can start an iris garden in your backyard. Come spring, you will enjoy the rainbow of colors! Email your gardening questions to Lisa at shakeslyons@aol.com.

I KNOW THAT there is a place for medicine, and oftentimes it’s needed to address certain maladies. However, I have noticed that our society has moved too much toward using medication instead of embracing other treatment protocols. According to published reports, ADHD medication is widely used in Louisiana. In 2014, the Advocate newspaper reported that Louisiana led the nation with 10 percent of the state’s youth between the ages of 4 and 14 on medication for ADHD. What’s more, Express Scripts found that Louisiana has the nation’s highest ADHD medication rate for girls between the ages of 12-18. As I see it, medications prescribed for the treatment of ADHD and other neurological problems simply manage symptoms instead of fixing the problem. That means the problem doesn’t go away. In fact, statistics indicate that upwards of 70 percent of those prescribed ADHD medications will use them for the rest of their lives! And while these stimulant medications can be highly effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD, they can also cause uncomfortable or harmful side effects. When side effects become a problem, physicians seek to modify the dosage, the release formula or even the type of medication prescribed. All of this, while seeking to help the patient cope with life’s issues, creates a community addicted to prescription medications at a very early age. Here are the key problems to look out for if your child takes ADHD medication. • • • • • •

Sleep problems, Decreased appetite Delayed growth Headache and stomach aches Tics Moodiness and irritability

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Students at Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School are raising funds to support a teacher and coach diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Coach Cole “Cat” Catalano has taken a leave of absence to undergo treatment and the school’s student council members and the Falcon Alumni Association are raising funds to support his expenses. “Donating to Coach Cat is our way of giving back to him for all of the work that he has done as a player, coach, teacher and mentor, “ the students wrote on the GoFundMe Page. Catalano graduated from Fontainebleau High School and Southeastern Louisiana University where he played baseball. He has served as campus minister, senior theology teacher and assistant baseball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas for the past four years.

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Four St. Tammany Parish Public School high school graduates and a teacher from Chahta-Ima Elementary were recognized East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce earlier this summer. The graduates were awarded 2017 East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce - Keesler Federal Credit Union Scholarships. Representing STPPS were Kristen Delhom from Northshore High, Riley Herdliska from Slidell High, Kayleigh Reneau from Pearl River High and Martina Faciane from Salmen High. Chahta-Ima Elementary general music teacher Therese Hotard was named the 2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year. She is also the choral ensemble director at both Chahta-Ima and nearby Bayou Lacombe Middle School. She has taught music in grades K-8 for 33 years.

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Girl Scout of Louisiana East Camps Marydale, Covington and Whispering Pines have received American Camp Association accreditation. The resident camp programs earned perfect 100 percent scores. Each camp undergoes a thorough review process by outside camping professionals in the areas of personnel, program, site administration and health care. The ACA is a community of camp professionals who share combined knowledge and experience to ensure the quality of camp programs. Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls in 23 Louisiana parishes.

Archbishop Hannan High School held a ring Mass for seniors in August. Seniors received their class rings and participated in a parade celebrating the occasion.


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Simple Tricks To Eat More Veggies WRITTEN BY JOY FELDMAN, NC JD

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MOST AMERICANS TODAY shy away from filling one half or more of their plates with vegetables. That’s especially true of our children. Yet, these nutrient-rich foods should be the high point of your family’s meals. They don’t require much cooking time, and all vegetables offer excellent benefits to the body. In fact, numerous studies show how vegetables improve heart function, increase circulation and even fight cancer. To increase the amount of vegetables in your family’s diet, try these simple tricks. And don’t be afraid to get creative and look for other ways to incorporate veggies in your favorite dishes. 1. Vegetable Chili –Instead of making chili primarily with beans, substitute additional cooked vegetables. Chopped onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and greens are good options. You can still have turkey, lamb or beef in the chili, but it will now be much richer in vegetables. 2. Vegetable Pizza – Children and adults alike usually love pizza. Try making your own pizza using a thin, wheat-free crust. Add a thick layer of chopped, precooked vegetables. Top it off with spices like oregano, a little tomato sauce and tasty cheese. 3. Vegetable Enchiladas or Tacos – Instead of filling taco shells or tortillas with beef, beans or pork, fill them with chopped, cooked vegetables. You can also add chicken, sardines, cheese, brown rice or other fillings to disguise the cooked vegetables. 4. Thick Vegetable Soups – Adding loads of vegetables to soup is a simple and excellent idea. For fussy eaters, disguise the vegetables by cooking them for 10-20 minutes, then puree the soup so the vegetables are well blended. Here’s to your health!

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‹ St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce’s Northshore Young Professionals held a summer food drive to benefit the Samaritan Center Food Bank in Mandeville. Because of the public’s generosity, the effort collected 911 food items, 346 personal hygiene items and $345 in cash donations.

Hours at two St. Tammany Parish recreational facilities have been reduced due to budgetary constraints. Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell will now be open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The St. Tammany Fishing Pier near Slidell will be open Friday through Sunday from 7p.m.–6 p.m. “We are currently assessing all areas of spending as we adjust to the anticipated loss of revenue from the razor-thin failure of two critical sales tax renewals last April,” said St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister. The $18 million shortfall, will result in budget cuts across parish government, Brister said. “We have state-mandated obligations that we must meet and though we are doing everything possible to preserve all the services our residents enjoy, certain areas, such as recreation, may be in serious jeopardy for the foreseeable future.”

Leadership St. Tammany welcomed a new class into its fold in July at Vintage Court. The induction ceremony recognized the latest St. Tammany Parish residents selected to take part in the 10-month program that offers participants an in-depth look into the inner workings of government, business, civic and cultural organizations in St. Tammany. Members of the class of 2018 include Jeremy Autin, José Balli, Sam Baumgartner, Sallie Bilbo, Jeff Brady, Kelly McCall Brian, Rachel Brumfield, Bp. Travis Bush, Kim Carver, Bradley Cook, Greg Davis, Jr., David deGeneres, Peggy DesJardins, Sandra DiPietro, Tiffani Ducote, Matt Emmons, Sarah Chambless Federer, Amy Fresh, Patrick Fulton, Sami Goodwin, Cary Menard, William Miller, Christian Monson, Sean Morrison, Jennifer Ross Nicaud, Randy Ponthieux, Ross W. Richardson, Gina Rowbatham, Tanesha Royal, Lauré Sica, Jessie Stockton, Leighanne Weeks, Kathy Williams, Mark Wright and Amy Ybarzabal.

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Big Sky Ranch CATNIP Foundation, a Folsom nonprofit, received a $10,750 grant from the PetSmart Charities for its innovative “Seniors For Seniors” cat adoption program. This program provides senior cats to aging citizens in the area. “We are honored to receive this grant from PetSmart Charities,” said Big Sky Ranch Founder Dr. Catherine Wilbert. “This innovative program allows senior citizens the opportunity to have and care for a loving pet. Many of these cats that are up for adoption were previously owned by older citizens, so they’re ideal lap cats for anyone, especially older folks who are looking for a companion.” The grant will fund Big Sky Ranch’s new senior living center for its older cats, allowing the nonprofit to provide a home for these adoptable cats until they find their forever homes.

‹ Madisonville Junior High physical education teacher John Wondergem received the 2017-2018 H. Norman Saurage III Service Award. Wondergem was honored during the Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala in Baton Rouge. Not only is Wondergem a compassionate and committed teacher, but he is also active in his church. Several years ago, one of his 14-year-old students was struggling with kidney disease and after discovering he was a donor match, Wondergem donated his kidney to the student. He and his wife Julie have two biological children and have fostered 11 children, adopting five. The Wondergems have helped launch several branches of Royal Family KIDS Camp for foster kids in Louisiana and are raising funds to open a camp for teens.

‹ Twelve members of the St. Scholastica Academy class of 1967 toured the campus as part of their 50th reunion activities in August. Pictured are Lauran Charbonnet Boudreaux, Carolyn Dileo Nelson, Marie Craddock Gordy, Kinta Heinz Castello, Barbara Henry Connaughton, Melissa Pedone Wocken, Suzanne Heisser Torregano, Sharon Heisser, Mary Ann Berlin Genre, Beth Schlenker Abrams, Margaret Griener Alexius and Toni Ayers.

The City of Covington has received a $45,000 Community Resiliency Grant from the the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. The grant funding will help develop a flood preparation and response plan. “The plan will enable the city to streamline its planning and response operations immediately preceding and during a flooding event,” said Chris Brown, Covington’s building official and floodplain administrator. Specifically, the plan will help forecast where flooding will occur, utilizing real-time stream gauge information so that city work crews can efficiently direct resources to impacted areas. The plan will use valuable information collected by Fire, Police and Public Works Departments of the city during the March 2016 flood event. Sophisticated Woman | September 2017

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1–16 “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” presented by Cutting Edge Theater at Attractions Salon. 8 p.m., $20-30, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell, cuttingedgetheater.com.

1–17 Steve Martin’s “The Underpants,” presented by

Playmakers Community Theater. 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, $20 adults/$10 children,

EVERY 2ND & 4TH MONDAY

EVERY SATURDAY

19106 Playmakers Road in Covington, playmakersinc.com.

St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of

Covington Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon, 609 N.

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Suicide SOS Survivors of Suicide Support Group.

Columbia St. or side lawn of the Covington Police

Northlake Newcomers Club Meet and Greet Coffee

6:30–8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1895 Hwy. 190,

Department, covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

Mandeville, 985-237-5506, stops-la.org.

Hammond Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon, corner of W. Thomas St. and S.W. Railroad Ave., downtown

and Social. 10 a.m.–noon, free, Tchefuncta Country

Club, 2 Pinecrest Drive, Covington, 803-730-7831 or newcomers41@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY

Hammond, 985-277-5680, dddhammond.com.

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Covington Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.,

Camellia City Market. 8 a.m.–noon., 1808 Front St.,

St. Tammany Crab Festival. Event starts at noon with

Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St.,

Slidell, camelliacitymarket.org.

concerts, food, car show and more through evening,

covingtonfarmersmarket.org.

Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center,

EVERY 3RD THURSDAY Women of Infinite Possibilities. 10 a.m..–noon, St.

985-624-3147, mandevilletrailheadmarket.com.

$20 per day, kids under 12 free, Heritage Park, Slidell, sttammanycrabfest.com.

9–24 “The Importance of Being Earnest,” presented by 30

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by Ninety Theatre. 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30

Anthony’s Gardens, 601 Holy Trinity Dr., Covington, 985-867-5234, womenofwip.org.

Madisonville Art Market. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.,

1-844-THE-3090, 30byNinety.com.

Troubadours Songwriter Night, presented by

Water St., Madisonville, 985-643-5340,

the Northshore Songwriters Circle. 6:30–9 p.m.,

madisonvilleartmarket.com.

TroubadoursSongwriterNight.

EVERY 2ND & 4TH SATURDAY Folsom Village Market. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 13401 June St., 985-507-6496.

EVERY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY Lafitte Street Market. 4–8 p.m. on Thursdays; 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturdays, 698 Lafitte St., Mandeville.

9–30 The Intimacy of Plein Air—Paintings by Peg Usner,

free, Covington Brewhouse, 226 East Lockwood St., Covington, 985-893-2884, facebook.com/

p.m. on Sundays, $15–27, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville,

EVERY SUNDAY

presented by the St. Tammany Art Association. Opening reception Sept. 9 from 6–9 p.m. with regular hours from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Friday and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays, Miriam Barranger Gallery, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, sttammanyartassociation.org.

9 Northshore Women’s Expo. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., vendors,

Abita Springs Farmers Market. Noon–4 p.m., Abita

guest speakers including Sally-Ann Roberts and a fashion

Trailhead, 985-807-4447, mrnmedic@gmail.com.

show with proceeds benefitting the Professional Women of St. Tammany and the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, $10 adults/$5 kids, Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive,

EVERY FRIDAY “Legacies for All” Estate Planning. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $500 per basic estate plan that includes a will,

Superhero Run/Walk, presented by TerraBella Village and benefitting HOPE Charities. 7 a.m. registration, 5K at 8 a.m., walk at 9 a.m., costume contest and events follow,

power of attorney and living will, Christie Tournet

111 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington, terrabellavillage.com/

& Associates, 1795 W. Causeway Approach,

superhero-runwalk.

Suite 103A, Mandeville, 985-951-2177.

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Hoops for Kids Tournament, presented by The Boys

Pontchartrain Film Festival featuring the Northshore

6th Annual Wings and Wine at the Wild Bird Center,

& Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana - Covington

premier of “Forgotten Bayou,” a feature-length

a fundraiser of Northlake Nature Center, 7 p.m., $25 for

Clubhouse. 7 a.m.–3 p.m., $20 per team of four, Atkins

documentary about the Bayou Corne sinkhole, 2 p.m.,

members/$30 for non-members, 2033 N. Highway 190,

Park, W. 28th Ave., Covington, facebook.com/

free, Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita

Covington, 985-626-1238, northlakenature.org.21.

hoopsforkidscovington.

Springs, 504-475-0257, pontchartrainfilmfestival.com.

Festival of Hope: Relay For Life of West St. Tammany

Third Sunday Concert Series featuring the Tim Laughlin

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Parish. 12:30–9 p.m., Lakeview Regional Medical

Trio, presented by Christ Episcopal Church. 5 p.m., free,

Columbia Street Block Party. 6:30–9:30 p.m., 200-500

Center, 985-966-4731.

120 S. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-3177.

block of Columbia Street in downtown Covington, 985-892-1873.

St. Tammany Cattlemen’s Car Show and Blood Drive to benefit Liam Dawsey. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., food, entertainment, silent auction, $20 to register a classic car, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., 985-264-3396. Opening reception for “The Rediscovery of a Southern Regional Artist,” a collection of works of Martha Wright Ambrose. 4:30–6:30 p.m., free, exhibit continues through Oct. 28, Atrium Gallery, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. Abita Town Hall Cajun Dance. Lessons from 7–7:30 p.m., live music from 8–10:30 p.m., $10/$8 for members, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs, 504-583-8603, northshorecajundancers.com.

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The Painted Pelican Monthly Market. Vintage, antique,

Northshore Roller Derby Bout. 7 p.m., $10 in advance,

upcycled and handmade furniture and décor, times vary, free, 1957 Collins Blvd., Covington, 985-900-2007, facebook.com/thepaintedpelicanla.

22–30 “White Winged Dove: A Tribute To Stevie Nicks,” presented by Cutting Edge Theater at Attractions Salon. 8 p.m., $20-30, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell,

northshorerollerderby.com. Barbecue fundraiser, presented by Custom Benefits Solutions and benefitting STARC of Louisiana. $10, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 4499 Sharp Road, Mandeville, 985-778-2373.

22 SSA Dove Classic Golf Tournament. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. shotgun start, Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Country Club Park,

prices vary, Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Drive,

Covington, lvanas@ssacad.org.

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Center at Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville,

cuttingedgetheater.com.

Scrap Dat Scrapbooking Event. 8 a.m. registration Mandeville, scrapdatproductions.com.

$15 at the door/$5 ages 8-12/free for under 7, Castine

23 Work/Play Day at Big Branch Marsh

Sunset at the Landing. 6–9 p.m., free, Columbia Street

National Wildlife Refuge. Help clear trails

Landing, Covington, sunsetatthelanding.org.

and perform general gardening work, then enjoy lunch and a canoe outing. 9 a.m.–1:30

16 8th Annual Court Chase 5K, sponsored by the 22nd JDC Bar Association and benefitting the Youth Service Bureau. 7 a.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 22ndjdcbar.org/2017-court-chase.

p.m., free, Big Branch Marsh NWR, 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, 985-882-2025. “Night at the Movies Gala,” a fundraiser by Pelican Energy Foundation with proceeds benefitting Tammany Trace Kid’s Town, an inclusive playground in Mandeville. 7–11 p.m., $75+, The Vintage Court, 75082

Northshore On Tap: The Ultimate Home Brew &

Highway 25, Covington, pelicanenergy.

Craft Beer Experience, formerly SeptemBEERFest with

com/pelican-energy-foundation.

proceedings benefitting the Hospice Foundation of the South. 1–5 p.m., $25, 21 and older only, Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell, 985643-5470, hospicefoundationofthesouth.org. Art & Wine Stroll, presented by the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, 5–8 p.m., free to view art, $20 to sample wine, ponchatoulachamber.com.

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Putting on the Glitz, a fundraiser for the Professional Women of St. Tammany’s scholarship fund. Last year, eight women received $8,000 in scholarships from the group.

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Women of Infinite Possibilities’ Smart Women’s Day Out where participants learned about the magic behind Mardi Gras, including costumes, float making and Cajun traditions.


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