Sophisticated Woman Magazine - June 2018

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Enterprising Man Farhad Aduli, MD, FACC Lakeview Regional Physicians Group

Men In Business Foodies

Boy Meets Grill

Men’s Fashion

Southern Classic Southern Comfort


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Men in Business

Profiles of Local Professionals................................. 8 Foodies and Friends

Boy Meets Grill........................................................ 12 Our Men's Fashion Picks

Southern Classic. Southern Comfort.................... 14



Farhad Aduli, MD, FACC, Lakeview Regional Physicians Group

Foodies and Friends



Tammy O'Shea

All In for Love............................................................. 6 What is the PSA Test?................................................ 7

BUSINESS Men In Business Spotlights...................................... 8 Men in Business – Business Profiles J. Douglas Sunseri................................................... 10

Grilled Pork Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema....... 13 Southern Men Drink Real Cocktails...................... 25

HEALTH STAR Physical Therapy

Keeping You Out of Pain......................................... 18 Rapid Urgent Care

A Different Approach.............................................. 19 Homemade Almond Milk

Are Almonds the New Cow?.................................. 31


Chris Herting

Prepare Now for Hurricane Season....................... 18

LEGAL Doug Sunseri

Special Needs Trust................................................. 21


Our Enterprising Man Cover Shoot......................... 5 Men's Fashion

Southern Classic. Southern Comfort..................... 14


Boy Meets Grill........................................................ 12

Louis Williams.......................................................... 11 The Power of Self Relfection.................................. 24


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Enterprising Man Farhad Aduli, MD, FACC........................................ 22

J U N E 2 0 1 8 A Change of Heart................................................... 22


On the Cover:

Role Models

Home Feature

Opulent Comfort with an Artistic Flair................... 26 Gardening

Super Plants to the Rescue..................................... 35

BOOK REVIEW Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess............................................................. 34

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

Adopted Fathers...................................................... 30

Notes and Noteables............................................. 38

Stylish Swimwear and Awesome Accessories

Ribbon Cuttings...................................................... 39

Hot Fun in the Summertime................................... 32

June Calendar......................................................... 40

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Behind the Scenes Enterprising Man Dr. Farhad Aduli Dr. Farhad Aduli is a board-certified interventional cardiologist as well as a devoted family man. We got to know him a little better during an interview and photo shoot at his Covington office.


Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Editor Chelsea Adams Sales Manager Lorie Hollis

SW: What is your favorite family tradition? FA: Decorating the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving with our children

Art Director Pam Hendrix Graphic Artist Elise Apffel Senior Account Executive Gina Smith

SW: What’s your favorite splurge food? FA: Pizza from Isabella’s in Mandeville

Account Executives Suzanne Lucido, Susie Welch Contributing Writers Chelsea Adams, Joy Feldman,

SW: Which subject did you like best in school? FA: Chemistry

Ellis V. Lucia, Casy Perrin Robert, Tammy O'Shea, Mary Speed, Stacy Tobin and Jill Willie Contributing Photographers Timothy Dunford,

SW: What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? FA: Take chances

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SW: Are you a cat or a dog person? FA: We have two cats. Our kids are hoping Santa brings a puppy this year.

Contributors 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. ©2018. G & A Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission of the publisher. Views expressed are not necessarily shared by the publisher or staff of this publication. Please mail comments or submit articles and photographs to the above address. If you wish to be mailed a one year subscription, please send your name and address with $15 for handling.

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editor’s note


to getting “functional” gifts for Father’s Day. A tie. A set of barbecue tools. A pair of kitschy socks grabbed the night before Father’s Day from the picked-over remains at the local drug store. Let’s change that this year. Instead of spending your energy shopping for a predictable gift, let’s find more meaningful ways to honor our dads. How about this: In the days leading up to Father’s Day, tell your dad exactly what he means to you. Tell him in different ways every day for a week or tell him all at once. Write your comments on index cards, or put your thoughts in greeting cards. Type your sentiments, print on a 8.5x11 sheet of paper and seal in envelopes. Or, if you’re creative, you could even paint words on rocks. If your dad enjoys a bit of fun, organize a scavenger hunt of sorts, with a clue leading to the location of each day’s note. Hide the notes in his car, office or house so he happens upon them during his daily routines. Or, simply drop them in his mailbox each day so there’s a nice surprise waiting when he gets the mail. If your father is no longer alive or is not a part of your life, you can easily do this for another influential man: an uncle, a mentor, a pastor, a co-worker or even an adult son. Regardless of how you do it, the sentiment will touch your dad, and he’ll appreciate the time you took to tell him how you feel. I’ll wager that he’ll keep your notes a lot longer than a box of golf balls.


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Tammy and pat on their wedding day, October 6, 2012

Pat walking his daughter Shannon down the aisle, December 2017


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, ” —Charles Dickens December 12, 2016: The day our first grandchild arrived. A beautiful baby girl named Ryleigh Mary Claire O’Shea. December 12, 2016: The day my husband, Patrick Steven O’Shea, was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer, a terminal diagnosis. I could go on and on about the symbolism, but I think the Dickens’ quote captures it. Pat and I met in October 2008 at N’Tini’s. I was celebrating my 39th birthday, and Pat was celebrating a good day at the track. A horseman and handicapper, little did I know this was the start of me learning more than I ever wanted to know about the sport of horse racing. Fast forward four years, and we were married at Maison Lafitte in Mandeville. Nineteen years my senior, we would joke about our age difference, and I teased him that I would not walk down the aisle with him until I received a clean bill of health. Oh, how I wish I would have pressed harder or scheduled the appointments for him. Perhaps we would have detected the cancer before “horse left the gate,” as Pat likes to say, and it had spread to his bones, making it impossible to cure. A second marriage for us both, Pat and really only disagreed on a couple of topics, one being Pat’s refusal to schedule normal doctor visits and routine tests. Pat was 61 when we married and he had never had a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. A normal PSA level is 4.0 ng/mL or lower. When Pat’s diagnoses was made, his was 22 ng/mL. Pat is a man’s man. At 6’4’’ and 220 pounds, he looked 10 years and acted 20 years younger than his age. He was a lifetime jock. Pat lettered in three sports at Jesuit High school, played college baseball at Nicholls State and coached baseball at Jesuit High School and Delgado Community College. He built an impressive, 20-year career as head baseball coach at Archbishop Shaw High School. Then, he changed careers completely and became a wholesaler for Genworth Financial. Before his cancer diagnosis, Pat was the picture of health. He had never been in a hospital and took zero medications. Today, he takes 22 pills a day. As far as treatments, we have had so many: hormone deprivation, chemotherapy, radiation, drugs, drugs and more drugs. We are very fortunate to have been under the care of Dr. Oliver Sartor, a leading researcher and world renowned expert on metastatic prostate cancer who is located at the Tulane Cancer Center in New Orleans.

men's health feature Much of his life, Pat was known for his aggression on and off the field. His long legs propelled and supported him, and he excelled in all sports. Now he spends his days in a wheelchair and is no longer able to walk or feel his legs, the result of high tumor volume in his spine and femurs. I am thankful for TVG Network so he can at least still enjoy horse racing on television. As painful as this story is to recount, it is all too common. Prostate cancer affects one in nine men according to statistics from the American Cancer Society. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. Approximately one man in 41 will die of prostate cancer and sadly, my husband will be added to this statistic. We will never know if this could have been prevented, but we do know it could have been detected earlier. Early detection is crucial, especially if you have a family history of breast or prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is believed to be fueled by testosterone just as many breast cancers are often fueled by estrogen. Pat’s mother died of metastatic breast cancer. Pat had genetic testing completed after his diagnosis, but it was inconclusive if he carried a gene that sealed his fate. Even so, there is no doubt in our minds the two are related. He had no other risk factors. So my mission is to spread awareness. If you are a man over 50—or love a man over 50—and haven’t scheduled a PSA test, do it today. Tell them you’re doing it for Pat! Don’t wait — get a PSA for PAT!

December 12, 2016- first grandchild Ryleigh was born and the day Pat received the diagnosis

Enjoying a celebration before diagnosis

Recently dedicated Pat O'Shea Dugout at Archbishop Shaw High School

What is the PSA Test? ONE WAY OF detecting prostate cancer is through a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA is a protein produced by normal, as well as cancerous, cells of the prostate gland. The test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood, and men with prostate cancer generally have elevated levels of PSA in their blood. In 2012, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that men should not have routine PSA screenings due to the high chances of false positives and potential side effects of unnecessary treatment. However, in May of this year, the USPSTF reversed its recommendation. Now, men between the ages of 55 and 69 years of age are encouraged to discuss their risk factors and symptoms with their physician and have a PSA screening if the pros outweigh the cons. Men younger than 55 should discuss their specific circumstances with their doctors as there is very little evidence about the potential benefits of early screening or having a one-time “baseline” PSA test. The USPSTF recommends that men over 70 should not have a screening PSA test. “In the United States, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is approximately 13 percent, and the lifetime risk of dying of prostate cancer is 2.5 percent,” wrote the USPSTF in the recommendation. “Many men with prostate cancer never experience symptoms and, without screening, would never know they have the disease.” Available evidence shows that PSA-based screening can prevent approximately three cases of metastatic prostate cancer per 1,000 men screened, which should be added into any discussion of benefits and harms. Additionally, African-American men are at higher risk of dying from prostate cancer. To learn more about the PSA processing and screening recommendations, please visit Sophisticated Woman | June 2018


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REP. REID FALCONER, AIA, represents District 89 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is an architect, builder and real estate broker. 4990 Highway 22, Suite E, Mandeville, 985-792-5185 |

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men in business



Attorney and Partner

NICAUD & SUNSERI LAW FIRM, LLC • Graduate of LSU and the Loyola University College of Law • Radio Host,WWL 870AM/105.3 FM

GET TO KNOW HIM: • Business Mentor: Attorney Bill Beck • Biggest Influence: Pastors at Church of the King • Favorite Part of Your Job: Competing and winning as well as the use of ingenuity in problem solving • Best Advice Received: Former NFL Coach Bill Parcells, " If you are talented and don't have direction, you simply get to the wrong place sooner."


mission statement is “to make the complex understandable.” For 30 years, he has assisted individuals, families and businesses in addressing the complexities of law in a simple and straightforward fashion. Recently, Doug opened a Covington office with his wife, Michelle Demarest Sunseri, who he describes as the best family law attorney he’s ever seen. As a young lawyer, Doug received the experience of a lifetime working with John W. Mecom, Jr., the first owner of the New Orleans Saints and Tom Benson. In 1992, Doug opened his own law firm and represented approximately 50 NFL players while concurrently developing his family law, estate/probate, insurance and business practices. Since 2005, Doug filed over 1,000 flood, homeowners and business claims in the aftermath of hurricanes and floods, and his firm has also prosecuted numerous BP claims. From 2005-2007, Doug worked as a legal analyst for WDSU-TV news. Since 2008, Doug has hosted a Sunday morning radio show on WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM. Doug believes the communications skills learned as a TV and radio host taught him to explain complex legal concepts in a simplified manner and made him an effective litigator.

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Nicaud & Sunseri Law Firm, LLC, has served individuals, families and businesses in the greater New Orleans area, St. Tammany Parish and throughout southern Louisiana for more than 25 years, advising and representing in matters of family law, estate planning, elder law, business law, real estate law, construction litigation, injury claims, property damage claims and immigration law. Nicaud & Sunseri Law Firm, LLC is located at 7020 Highway 190, Ste. A, Covington. For more information, call 504-837-1304 or visit: This is a paid advertisement.

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CEO/Team Leader

THE WILLIAMS TEAM – KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY • Graduate of LSU • Former NFL Offensive Lineman

GET TO KNOW HIM: • Business Mentor: Gary Keller • Bucket List: Skydiving. Driving a race car at 200 miles per hour. I crave adrenaline rushes. • One Thing People Don't Know About You: Selling doesn’t come naturally to me.

• Philosophy: If you’re going to do anything in life, you have to burn your ship and go all in.


of Keller Williams Realty Services is a Mandeville-based real estate powerhouse comprised of seven full time realtors and a four-person administrative team who work seamlessly to create a client experience worth talking about. Louis Williams, CEO, LSU graduate and former NFL offensive lineman, began his real estate journey in 2005. He founded his team on the principles of trust, honesty and integrity. Louis and his team all strive to provide top-notch real estate services across southern Louisiana. Through the trust of their clients, they have sold thousands of homes and consistently rank in the Top 1 percent of Realtors in the Greater New Orleans area, ranking in both Total Number of Closed Transactions and Total Volume of Sales. Last year, they sold nearly 300 homes. The Williams Team firmly believes that their success is determined by the legacy they leave with each client they serve. Their consultative, team-based approach helps buyers find the perfect home and sellers get top dollar. Rather than working with a single Realtor to handle your transaction, each team member handles a particular aspect of your buying or selling experience.

Since 2012, The Williams Team of Keller Williams Realty has provided real estate services to over 1,300 families across southern Louisiana. While their real estate services are focused in Mandeville, they are not limited to the local area. They regularly handle real estate transactions throughout St. Tammany Parish, New Orleans and in all of Southeastern Louisiana. The Williams Team of Keller Williams Realty Services is located at 4700 Highway 22, Ste. 5, Mandeville. For more information, call 985-727-7168 or visit: Each office is independently owned and operated. Licensed in Louisiana.

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WELL, THE UPSIDE was I didn’t have to call the fire department. Grilling is the caveman of cooking. I believe a pyromania gene is embedded in the DNA of most boys. The love affair of boy meets grill as a rite of summer is evident. I don’t know a man who doesn’t own and use a grill, and it’s my preferred method of cooking. There was a time when I would only use charcoal. Real charcoal (none of those fake briquettes), wood chips and smoke, and if I wanted it, a fire definitely hot enough to weld. It’s a bit of a production to build a fire and maintain a temperature when coal grilling, so whenever I decided to grill, I went all in and cooked enough for my wife and me to use for meals all week. We’d freeze any extras to use as protein in salads, beans, appetizers and the like. It was a bluebird day in early spring, and since I was working the night shift, I decided to spend my morning grilling. We had had a particularly cold winter with quite a few freezes. The St. Augustine turf was brown as was the sago palm and most of my tropical plants. A small roof covered the concrete pad of our back porch, so I wheeled my grill out onto the lawn and into the crisp, fresh air. For a few hours, I rolled through trays of vegetables, 12 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 2018

chops and sausages, saving the chicken for last so that I could quickly shower and dress while the birds slowly cooked in the waning embers. Fifteen minutes later as I was slipping into my shoes, my wife shouted my name. Panic filled her voice. Running downstairs and out into the backyard, I stopped for a long blink to make sure I was not hallucinating. The yard was a charred apocalypse of ash. My neighbor’s sago palm was in flames, and a low line of turf fire marched for the neighboring yard. Armed with garden hoses and my size-12 sneakers, my wife and I quickly doused the fire. Upon inspection, we discovered embers had fallen through the bottom of the grill and quickly ignited the dry, dead grass. It was an embarrassing lesson learned that only resulted in damage to my pride. Afterwards, there was no shortage of jokes about blackening food, creating a duck blind environment in my backyard, lazy ways to cheaply weedeat, and “Oh, your yard looks great! It goes with everything.” I’ve since traded in my messy charcoal for the beauty and ease of a propane grill, a change that has very likely made the world a much safer place. PS: My wife loves to tell this story and remind me of the cute shoes she sacrificed.


Grilled Pork Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema Ingredients:

2½ pounds boneless pork country style spareribs 8 small corn tortillas


3 ounces soy sauce 1½ ounces teriyaki sauce 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons grated ginger 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil ½ teaspoon hot sauce 1 tablespoon Steen’s cane syrup

Cherry Tomato Salsa

1 1 1 1 1 1 1

pound cherry tomatoes pound creole or Roma tomatoes, seeded tablespoon cider vinegar teaspoon balsamic vinegar tablespoon pickled or fresh jalapeños, chopped tablespoon cilantro, chopped tablespoon olive oil Sea salt and hot sauce to taste

Chipotle Lime Crema

8 1 1 ½

ounces Salvadoran or Honduran crema, or use sour cream teaspoon chipotle in adobo, chopped teaspoon lime juice teaspoon lime zest Sea salt, to taste


1. Mix together marinade ingredients and pour over meat in a bowl or gallon-sized plastic bag. Marinate meat in the fridge for at least two hours or up to 24 hours. 2. Combine salsa ingredients in a food processor and pulse to desired chunkiness. 3. Mix crema ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate until serving time. 4. Heat grill to medium-high heat and cook pork until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. 5. Trim fat from the meat, then slice thinly. 6. Brush corn tortillas with canola oil and toast lightly on the grill. 7. Place pork, salsa and crema along with cheddar and jack cheeses, guacamole, onion, lettuce, pineapple and hot sauce in serving bowls and let guests assemble their own tacos. Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 13



On Father’s Day, we take time to celebrate the men in our lives who inspire and influence us year round. Help him celebrate in style at work or play in some of this season’s most comfortable fabrics, classic prints and playful colors.

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fashion Kevin Guava linen shirt, $98 – Perlis Clothing Sky blue seersucker sports coat, $395 – Perlis Clothing Bywater cotton slim-leg pant, $98 – Perlis Clothing Tan, calfskin cap-toe oxfords, $150 – Joe’s Family Shoe Store

Chris Medium blue tropical-weight wool suit, $795 – Perlis Clothing White cotton Birdseye dress shirt, $135 – Perlis Clothing Pink and blue hand-sewn silk tie, $155 – Perlis Clothing Pink and blue hand-sewn silk pocket square, $60 – Perlis Clothing Black calfskin wingtips, $150 – Joe’s Family Shoe Store

Dudley Multi tropical-weight wool sports coat, $775 – Perlis Clothing Royal blue pique shirt, $79 – Perlis Clothing Mid-blue cotton elastane jeans, $190 – Perlis Clothing Marine blue and ivory StitchliteTM shoes, $145 - $155, – Joe’s Family Shoe Store

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fashion Kevin Diagonal, two-toned gray LSU logo polo, $75 – Mike’s Den 7-inch inseam gray shorts, $75 – Perlis Clothing Dark shadow mesh pull-ons, $80-$90 – Joe’s Family Shoe Store

Chris Charcoal LSU logo baseball cap, $18 Purple/gold/white madras-plaid fishing shirt, $80 – Mike’s Den 9-inch inseam faded purple cotton shorts, $68 – Perlis Clothing Charcoal mesh pull-ons, $80 -$90 – Joe’s Family Shoe Store

Dudley LSU purple pull-over with tiger logo, $80 – Mike’s Den Mid-blue cotton/elastane jeans, $190 – Perlis Clothing Marine blue and ivory StitchliteTM shoes, $145-$155, – Joe’s Family Shoe Store

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Boutique Contact Information: Joe’s Family Shoe Store, 985-626-5633 Mike’s Den, 985-626-9668 Perlis Clothing, 985-674-1711 Location: Money Hill Golf and Country Club in Abita Springs Special thanks to: Creating U, Covington, 985-893-2218

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STAR Physical Therapy: Keeping You Out of Pain WHAT SEPARATES GOOD from great? When it comes to physical therapy, the answer is a combination of state-of-the-art equipment, an expertly trained staff and a unique approach to healing, says Matt Slimming, owner of STAR Physical Therapy. Educated at the University of South Australia, Slimming says he was trained in more of a hands-on method than most physical therapists in the U.S. Upon moving to Louisiana, he found that incorporating a manual approach into the more exercisebased U.S. techniques yielded incredible results. In 2001, Slimming took the leap to open his own practice. STAR Physical Therapy is now in seven locations across the metro area, each with a highly skilled team of therapists. Heavily invested in both technology and training, Slimming uses such tools as computerized spinal strengthening equipment and trains his therapists in unique healing practices, such as dry-needling, in an effort to relieve patients’ pain and get them back to a place of comfort and happiness. Slimming says any good physical therapist can get a person out of pain. What truly sets his practice apart is Slimming’s passion for keeping patients out of pain. Continued care including diets and fitness plans are keys to long-term success, and he encourages anyone with any fitness or pain-related questions to contact him directly at STAR Physical Therapy has five locations on the Northshore: 340 Falconer Drive, Covington; 82205 Highway 25, Folsom; 2565 Florida St., Mandeville; 2306 Front St., Slidell; 29301 North Dixie Ranch Road, Lacombe. For more information, please visit 18 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018

Prepare Now for Hurricane Season METEOROLIGISTS FORECAST A slightly above average hurricane season, which begins June 1 and continues until Nov. 30. Fourteen named storms are predicted this year. Of those, seven are predicted to be hurricanes, three of which could be major. Hurricane activity usually peaks between August and October. To make sure your family is prepared for hurricane season, the American Red Cross offers the following tips. Before a storm: • Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane occurs. Discussing hurricanes ahead of time helps reduce fear. • Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio. • Keep insurance policies, documents and other valuables in a safe-deposit box or a safe. Take pictures of important documents and keep important files on a flashdrive. • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or one-half inch marine plywood. • Store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans to prevent them from being blown by high winds. • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. • Buy flood insurance.

Build an emergency kit that includes: • Water: one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home) • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home) • Flashlight and battery-powered radio • First aid kit • Medications (seven-day supply) • Personal hygiene items • Copies of personal documents • Cell phone with chargers • Emergency contact information • Extra cash • Blanket Just before the storm: • Listen to local media and NOAA radio. • Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter. • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or laundry. • Fill your car's gas tank. • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances. For more hurricane preparation tips, please visit


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WHILE MANY WALK-IN clinics can diagnose an ear infection or determine if your wrist is broken or just sprained, Rapid Urgent Care offers a different approach to care delivery. Rapid Urgent Care is open every day of the year, including holidays like Christmas Day, and is always staffed by a medical doctor. Having a physician in each location allows patients to access treatment without a costly ER visit. “That said, the ER is always the best place for life-threatening conditions," says Dr. Andrew Gruezke, the practice’s medical director. The company also seeks ways to support the community, from participating in events to working with patients who need financial assistance. “We see a lot of people who may struggle with insurance coverage, and we always like like to see what we can do to help,” Gruezke said Chip Carriere, the practice manager, says the fact that Rapid Urgent Care isn’t owned by a healthcare conglomerate helps the company maintain an active relationship with the Northshore community. “Nowadays, it’s just not practical to miss work or school for doctor’s appointments,” he said. “We understand that and want to get people on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.” To that end, Rapid Urgent Care locations in Mandeville and Slidell will be extending clinic hours from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. beginning on July 2. Hours at the Covington location will remain the same. Rapid Urgent Care has locations at 1111 North Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 218 E. Boston St., Covington, 2170 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 3908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie and 5207 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. For more information, please visit Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 19

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DR. FARHAD ADULI is not an impulsive man. Throughout his life, he has probably made one impulsive decision—and it was a decision that would change the course of his life. Aduli was close to completing the engineering program at the University of Southern California when he woke up one morning with the realization that he did not want to be an engineer. He wanted to be a physician. Aduli completed his degree program, applied and was accepted to Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia. The cold, Northeast climate was in stark contrast to sunny southern California, so when he was given the opportunity to continue his residency at Tulane University, Aduli jumped at the chance to return to warmer weather. “I came to New Orleans in 1994 for residency and fell in love with the area. The food was good, the people were friendly, and the weather was nice. I heard music, smelled coffee and felt right at home,” he said. Aduli completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Tulane University Medical Center. He then completed a threeyear fellowship in cardiovascular disease and an additional year of training in interventional cardiology. Aduli’s practice, which opened in 2000, is built on hard work and dedication to his patients. “I’ve always tried to do the right thing for my patients. I am a compulsive practitioner who feels obligated to look at the whole patient,” he said. “Just because I specialize in the heart doesn’t mean the heart is all I look at. All organs are connected. If I focused on issues specific to the heart without considering other organs, I would be doing a disservice to my patients.” Minimizing the number of medications a patient takes is a priority for Aduli. “A good physician is one who treats the patient with the least number of pills required,” he said. “I cannot tell you the number of times that I see people get prescribed medicines to treat the side effects of another medication that they are taking, or they may be seeing several specialists for symptoms that are really just related to their medications. This happens frequently with older patients.” Aduli, a board-certified interventional cardiologist, engages his patients, encouraging them to understand their conditions and improve their own health. Aduli presents options, discusses the positives and negatives of each and ultimately puts decisions into

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“I’ve ALWAYS tried to do the

RIGHT THING for my patients. I am a

COMPULSIVE practitioner who feels OBLIGATED to look at the whole patient”

his patients’ hands. Whenever possible, Aduli conducts non-interventional procedures first before resorting to more invasive measures. “Cath lab procedures can be risky, so I have to be hypervigilant to make sure there are no missteps,” he said. “I am probably the busiest cardiologist in the area, conducting two to three procedures per day and well over 10,000 procedures in my career. Yet, it doesn’t matter how many I have done. If I do not feel pressure and stress about each one, I shouldn’t be performing them. I am proud that I’ve had very few complications over my career.” Named Northshore’s Best Cardiologist by readers of Sophisticated Woman the last seven years, Aduli said most of his patients are referred to him by friends and family. While some come in with specific problems or symptoms, many others just want to know that they are not at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Aduli works in close coordination with Nurse Practitioner Jeff Kitch and Physician Assistant Natalie Deggans to ascertain, with the highest level of certainty, patients’ cardiovascular risks. “We take a team approach so that we can provide efficient and seamless care for our patients,” he said. “My goals are the same as when I started,” Aduli said. “I remain a highly-motivated physician. I like what I do and am driven to help my patients achieve normalcy. Thirty years ago, heart surgery could have been

disabling. We now have the ability to give them a normal life, whether before surgery or after. This is why I am so passionate about empowering patients. If I can show them what they need to do and convince them to do it, they are going to have a bigger impact on their health than I ever could. Lifestyle modification is critical, and I try to present health tips in a manageable, practical way. It is much easier for people to make changes when they don’t seem so daunting.” Despite his rigorous schedule, Aduli prioritizes family time. He met his wife Cherie at Cardiac Rehab St. Tammany Parish Hospital in 2000, and they have four children: Victoria, Mila, Mina and Ari. The family enjoys trips to the beach as well as traveling to Washington, DC to visit extended family. According to Aduli, the fields of engineering and medicine may seem disparate, but they have both played a part in molding the physician he is today. “Engineering is black and white. Medicine is all gray. Yet, I am glad I had the training in both areas,” he said. “Engineering taught me to think critically, to process information and to consider all options available. These skills have made me a better doctor.” Dr. Farhad Aduli practices at Lakeview Regional Physician Group, 20 Starbrush Circle, Covington. For more information, please call 985-871-6020. Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 23


The Power of Self-Reflection WRITTEN BY CHRIS HERTING

AS A PROUD Papa to one beautiful little girl with a second on the way, I'm quickly learning the significance of what it takes to be a role model and what that role in life requires. It's a bit daunting at first when the stark reality hits that there’s someone in your world who observes your every move. Yet it’s easy to lose sight of the fact we all need a figure (or a few) in our life we can count on: someone we respect, value and admire. Someone who is willing to teach and capable of leading by example. It's not a sign of weakness, it's simply the truth. This applies to workplace culture. It’s no different in your career and certainly not something to sweep under the rug as an employee or a business owner. Look beyond the surface and there’s a natural dichotomy that exists in any workplace—subtle nuances that identify a manager versus a leader. Let’s try an unassuming approach: Managers execute processes, they guide people and supervise teams to achieve goals. Leaders create the vision, they motivate and inspire people. Managers make things happen; leaders make critical things happen. 24 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018

Both are positive qualities to have in your employees. Both roles can be defined by verbal and nonverbal cues. Managers can work their way through the ranks. Leaders are sometimes natural born, while others have a true desire to lead that manifests over time. The differences are marginal, but the outcome IS GREAT. That’s powerful to think about. It’s important to establish your core beliefs and articulate the company’s value statements upfront. Doing so fosters an environment of transparency and like-minded employees. Then, harness the power of self-reflection. Do you facilitate or articulate? Do you lead or follow? What about the people around you? Happy Father's Day!

Chris Herting is a digital and social media specialist at Gallinghouse Marketing + Creative, located at 409 W. 21st Ave., Covington. For more information, call 985-893-7631 or visit


Southern Men Drink Real Cocktails WHISKEY AND GIN and other libations can take on a flavorful mix with these savory concoctions. They're not just for pouring over ice! Make Father's Day (and every day) enjoyable with these manly mixers.

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1 ounce gin 1 ounce Campari liqueur 1 ounce sweet vermouth Orange peel for garnish

2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon ¾ ounce simple syrup 1 ounce lemon juice 1 egg white (optional) 1½ ounce red wine

Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with orange peel.

Add all ingredients except the wine to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Carefully pour the wine over the back of a spoon so it floats on top.

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Five O'clock Shadow

1½ ounce cognac 1 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur ½ oz fresh lemon juice Sugar for frosting the rim of glass

1/2 ounce coffee liqueur 1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka

Moisten the edge of a cocktail glass with a sliced lemon. Frost with sugar. Shake the Cointreau, cognac and lemon juice together in an ice-filled shaker and strain into the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pour the coffee liqueur into a shot glass. Float the Irish cream liqueur on top. Float the vodka on top of the second layer. Alternatively, create a sipping cocktail by increasing the ingredients to fit a cocktail glass, keeping the same 1/3 ratio). Serve it either layered or shaken. Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 25


Opulent Comfort with an Artistic Flair 26 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018



world full of people and

a French house, but the inside is a surprise.”

connections, and a vast one filled with choices

Those surprises begin with the custom-made

and materials and art. Where the small and the

front door with its contemporary leaded

vast intersect, significant things develop with

glass. Expertly faux-painted to resemble

nuance and panache, as in the home of Susan

rounded wood, the curved walls envelope and

and Pierre Villere. The two have a heartfelt

welcome visitors. The sculpture hints at the

love for their south Louisiana life, and their

art collection waiting to be discovered inside.

Mandeville home reflects the world they’ve experienced traveling together.

Every aspect, every detail, every element of the home was meticulously planned and

“I love the Tchefuncte River, but he isn’t

executed during the design and construction.

invited into my house anymore,” Susan

After multiple incarnations, the floor plan was

reminisced about the home they once shared

finally set at 7,500 square feet, with almost

on the water. After eight floods over a period

no wasted space. Being serious art collectors,

of some 20 years, the couple decided they’d

rooms and furniture were arranged to fit

had enough and bought land in The Sanctuary.

the existing pieces in the Villeres' collection.

They chose the neighborhood for its central

“We’ve run out of wall space, so we’ve had to

location, but in a small-world element, also

move on to sculpture,” says Susan, with no hint

because they have known the developers since

of regret in her voice. Pierre also has an elegant

they were in school together. Shortly after

collection of antique Italian and Spanish guns,

the first meeting with the home’s architect in

showcasing an entirely different form of

August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina paused the

artisanship. The library, where backlit shelving

project. In total, it became a five-year process

wraps the room, was purposefully designed

to build the home, with the Villeres heavily

to highlight these pieces. A George Dunbar

involved from the very beginning.

metalwork piece beautifully complements the

Sitting on three acres, Pierre likes to say the home “is unexpected. The outside looks like


space from its custom-size niche on one end of the room.

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EVERY ASPECT, every detail, every element of the home was METICULOUSLY PLANNED AND EXECUTED during the design and construction. After multiple incarnations, the FLOOR PLAN was finally set at 7,500 square feet, with almost NO WASTED SPACE.

Pierre is an avid hunter and fisherman, and Susan has learned to

fully appointed bath suite would make them feel at home during visits.

cook accordingly, whether at this home or at their Grand Isle camp,

Their two grandsons, ages eight and six, are naturally the most frequent

Covey Rise cabin or New Orleans pied-a-terre. Here, her chef’s

visitors, spending as much time here as their parents could possibly

kitchen features the ultimate in modern technologies, from a built-

allow. Wandering through the sitting rooms and hallways, you may find

in Miele coffee system to a smart refrigerator that keeps varying

another art piece that catches your eye, each piece more varied and

foods at their ideal temperatures. “I don’t like the wasted space in

distinctive than the last.

corners, so we designed the kitchen without them!” she laughs. A

The exteriors include a mix of both whimsical moving sculptures

steam oven and warming drawers plus a 48” Wolf range are all used

and authoritative stonework among the formally trimmed garden

regularly. As the couple travels, she collects recipes to bring home

plantings. The luxurious pool area seems to transport visitors straight

and enjoy. Certain traditions play into their life together, such as

from Louisiana to the south of France, with its creamy limestone

enjoying a private Valentine’s Day dinner for two in the wine cellar.

decking and graciously proportioned swimming pool. A covered bar

There, the hammered silver doors sparkle in the low light, giving

area with retractable banana-leaf divider walls provides all-season

a beautiful ambience to the private space. In the dining room, a

entertaining space for the couple, who enjoy hosting friends and family

room designed for evening use, an entire course can be served to

for everything from sports events to holidays. Gently curved walls

guests from the butler’s pantry that separates the potentially noisy,

also appear on the rear facade, punctuated by columns in the stucco.

mussed kitchen. Nothing interrupts the mood of the evening.

Sweeping stone railings give a soft, delicate appearance to material that

Upstairs, a private guest suite allows long-term visitors to reside

can sometimes seem harsh. Sit and sip a chilled drink and realize that

in full comfort. Susan enjoys having friends from far away for

there is no harshness in this masterful mix of far and near, of local and

extended stays, and she knew that including a kitchenette and

exotic, of worldly and home. Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 29 Sophisticated Woman | May 2018 29



When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new / It always winds up feeling like a job interview / My mama used to wonder if she’d ever meet someone who wouldn’t find out about me and then turn around and run I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old / He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go / A few months later I remember lying there in bed and I overheard him pop the question and I prayed that she’d say yes And then all of a sudden it seemed so strange to me how we went from something’s missing to a family / Lookin’ back all I can say about all the things he did for me / I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be


- Brad Paisley, “He Didn’t Have to Be.”

FATHERING A CHILD is common; being a dad is remarkable. Parenting someone else’s child is extraordinary. Children need dads who are men. You do not have to father children to parent, but you do have to be a grownup man. Two men without biological children contributed much to the lives of millions of children. Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel, authored more than 60 books for children. He wrote delightful, memorable stories and sold over 600 million books in 20 different languages. I, for one, learned to read aloud from his books. Fred Rogers created the television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His mild manner comforted children through difficult issues, and he modeled how to be a friend and live in a community. In my practice, I ask men, “Who is your role-model for being a dad?” Too often, I get a perplexed look and this response, “No one.” Then we set about, defining the practice of parenthood. Hats off to all men who are dads and especially to those who do not have to be. 30 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018

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Are Almonds the New Cow? WRITTEN BY JOY FELDMAN, NC JD

CONSUMERS ARE FLOCKING to nondairy milk products in lieu of traditional cow’s milk. Dairy products have been shown to contain large amounts of estrogen and progesterone complicated by the fact that many modern cows have been genetically altered to produce milk continuously. Even those products labeled as organic or with no added hormones can have high amounts of these hormones. Moreover, the casein found in dairy has been linked to the development of cancer. Research has also shown that dairy is associated with an increased risk of some immune-related issues such as allergies and autoimmune issues. Let’s take a look at almond milk and its benefits. This little nut is lower in calories than cow’s milk. It has only 30-50 calories per cup while whole milk dairy has about 150 calorie per cup. Almond milk is also lower in sugar with only a couple of grams of carbs per cup; a whole cup of dairy milk has about 13 grams of carbs. And if you are worried about your heart, almonds have been linked to a lowered risk of heart disease when consumed regularly. You can buy almond milk at the market, but it’s easy to make your own. Here’s how. Homemade Almond Milk Ingredients: 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight in cool water (or 1-2 hours in very hot water) 5 cups water Pinch of sea salt Instructions: 1. 2. 3.

Mix ingredients in blender until creamy and smooth. Strain using cheesecloth. Squeeze until all of the liquid is extracted. Discard pulp. Transfer milk to a jar and refrigerate. Serves: 5 cups

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book review

Ash Princess



is the first book in a new young adult trilogy written by Laura Sebastian. It is set in a fictional land known as Astrea, ruled by the Fire Queen. Astrea is a land of magic that gains its power from gems blessed by gods. All was well in Astrea until the land is conquered by invaders known as Kalovaxians, and the Fire Queen is murdered in front of her daughter, Theodosia. Theodosia is kept alive and endures endless abuse from her captors. Her title is shamefully stripped to Ash Princess, and her name is reduced to Thora. As Thora, she is good and obedient, but more importantly, she is scared and weak. However, Theodosia still lives in Thora, and she receives a wake-up call, reminding her that her people need her help to end their suffering. Ash Princess takes a darker approach to young reader novels. It is filled with suspense as Theodosia plays a dangerous game with her captors to win back her country and claim her title as Queen of Astrea. If she wants to rise above the Kalovaxians, she’ll have to gather all the strength she can to succeed and set aside the suspicions of those who doubt her capabilities. 34 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018

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Super Plants to the Rescue WRITTEN BY CHELSEA ADAMS


nursery or garden store becomes overwhelming very quickly. How do you know types of plants to choose? Which will best withstand Louisiana’s heat and humidity? If you’re not sure where to start, pick a Louisiana Super Plant. These varieties have been identified by the LSU Ag Center as good options for the Louisiana climate. Each Super Plant undergoes at least two years of rigorous evaluations. Additionally, Louisiana Super Plants must be easily produced and readily available for purchase at retail and wholesale outlets. A selection committee made up of LSU AgCenter personnel selects plants based upon observations of plant performance at various trial sites across the state. Then, the Louisiana Super Plants advisory committee, composed of nursery and landscape industry representatives, determines the selected plants’ marketability. The process ensures each Super Plant is both university tested and industry approved. Some 40 plant species are identified as Super Plants with more added each year. Super Plants are divided by “warm” and “cool” season bedding plants, shrubs and trees. The listing provides home gardeners more specific information than a generic type of plant. For example, last year’s additions include the Vista Supertunia Bubblegum Petunia and Sunpatiens Hybrid Inpatiens. Armed with this information, home gardeners know exactly which variety of petunias and inpatiens to buy at the garden store. A complete listing of Louisiana Super Plants is available at lsuagcenter. com. Click on Topics, then Lawn & Garden.

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Scouts Create Quilt Block Camp Salmen Nature Park now has a quilt block on the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail, thanks to three Boy Scouts from Slidell. Philip Hardouin, Michael Hardouin, Kyle Stewart, their artist advisor Susan Needom and an anonymous donor worked together to make it happen. Parish officials, members of the Louisiana Quilt Trail, Friends of Camp Salmen and members of the Camellia Quilters attended a dedication ceremony in May.

MES Students Examine Sharks Brett Falterman with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently visited with Mandeville Elementary School first graders. Pictured is Heather Cutrer’s first grade class investigating distinctive features on the black-tip shark.

Four STPPS Students Honored Four St. Tammany Parish Public School System seniors were honored during a meeting of the Exchange Club of West St. Tammany Student of the Year Breakfast. Students honored include Matthew Fritscher, Covington High School, Olivia Myrtue, Fontainebleau High School, Foster Willie, Lakeshore High School and Grace Dragna, Mandeville High School.

Lake Harbor Student Named Doodle 4 Google Winner Lake Harbor Middle fourth grader Bailor Wells has been named the Louisiana winner in the annual Doodle 4 Google contest. She is Lake Harbor’s fourth winner in the contest and the fifth St. Tammany Parish Public Schools student to receive the honor. Representatives from Google surprised her with the news at an assembly at her school where her artwork was unveiled. Bailor’s art, titled “It’s a Whale’s Life,” was inspired by her favorite family vacation – going to the beach.

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Fontainebleau High's Welding Team ‘Torches’ the Competition Fontainebleau High School’s welding program was named the top school at the Associated Builders and Contractors Craft Welding Competition in St. Rose. The competition is hosted by business and industry and affords students the opportunity to showcase their advanced craft level welding skills to industry leaders. Shawn England and Maysin Blum won the state welding competition while teammates Logan Anderson and Archie Davis finished second. England was named the state's top overall individual. In the Beginners Division, FHS students William Bringol placed first, Connor Mascari placed second and Gage Garofalo placed third. In the Advanced Division, Tyler Self placed second.

STPPS Students Receive Scholarships Two St. Tammany Parish Public School System students were awarded Northshore Technical Community College Gators Give Scholarships. Pearl River High's Taylor Dickson and Slidell High's Gerard Birdlow received the well-deserved honor.

Football Players Recognized Eight St. Tammany Parish Public School System football players were recognized as scholar athletes by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the National Football Foundation. Pearl River High's Blake Baird was a recipient of one of the six prestigious $10,000 scholarships from the Sugar Bowl. Other players who were recognized include Michael Gautier, Lakeshore High, Cody Orvin, Lakeshore High, Jalen Willis, Lakeshore High, Khalil Fleming, Northshore High, Walter Harris, Northshore High, Jeremiah McDonald, Northshore High and L.J. Leonard, Salmen High.

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NOTES & NOTEABLES Lakeview Regional Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Lakeview Regional Medical Center installed new auxiliary officers and honored 76 volunteers who have worked a total of 21,400 hours. New auxiliary officers are as follows: Kathy Gibbs, president; Antionette Weatherly, vice president; Catherine Rish, treasurer; Viola Dickson, secretary; and Jerry Lambert, past president. Financial donations were presented to St. Tammany Parish charities. The volunteer auxiliary raised more than $23,000 throughout the year at various events and from profits at the hospital’s “The Duck’s Nest” gift shop.

STPPS Name Support Employees of the Year St. Tammany Parish Public Schools named five employees as 2017-2018 Support Employees of the Year. Winners are: Geraldine Winzy (Substitute of the Year, Bayou Woods Elementary and Brock Elementary), Thomas Huff (Clearwood Junior High), Marilyn Tate (Abney Elementary), Orlando Jones (Lakeshore High) and Nataki Smith (District Office).

RSVP Volunteers Log Service Hours Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana’s RSVP Volunteers celebrated more than 38,000 hours of community service in 2017 at a recent luncheon. The group’s volunteer hours had a $928,618 economic impact on St. Tammany Parish. The 300 RSVP volunteers are a select group of people older than 55 year who use their time, skills and life experiences to meet critical needs across St. Tammany Parish.

Avanti Holds Mother’s Day Tea Avanti Senior Living in Covington hosted a Mother’s Day Tea featuring a harpist, treats and quality time with family. 38 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018


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Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, 200 E. Morris Ave., Hammond

Merakey, 14088 W. Club Deluxe Road, Hammond

Liuzza Land, 56188 Holden Circle, Amite

Evergreen Life Services, 40052 N. Hoover Road, Ponchatoula

The Daily Star, 1010 CM Fagan Drive, Hammond

Raising the Roof for Charity Home, 4192 Cypress Point Drive, Covington

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JUNE CALENDAR 1–2 Honey Island Swamp Fest. 5–11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, free, KBR Lake, 39576 Pump Slough Road, Pearl River, honeyislandswampfest.

2 Kokomo Stroll, presented by the Covington Business Association, 4–7 p.m., $20, 21 and up only, downtown Covington, Jazz'n the Vines Outdoor Concert with Roddie Romero and the Hub City All Stars. 6:30–9 p.m., $10 adults/under 17 free. Pontchartrain Vineyards Winery, 81250 Old Military Road, Bush, pontchartrainvineyards. com. Slidell Movie Nights, featuring A League of Their Own. 8:30 p.m., free, Heritage Park, Slidell,

3 66th Annual Bayou Liberty Pirogue Championship. Noon–7 p.m., free, Bayou Liberty boat launch, 58203 Highway 433, Slidell. Celebration 2018, presented by the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. 5–9 p.m., $125, 21404 Koop Dr., Mandeville,

5 safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) course presented by St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide. 9 a.m.–noon,

Standing Events EVERY 2ND & 4TH MONDAY St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide SOS Survivors of Suicide Support Group. 6:30–8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-237-5506,

EVERY TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY Northshore Table Tennis Club, 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, 22519 Highway 36, Abita Springs.

EVERY WEDNESDAY Covington Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St.,

EVERY 3RD TUESDAY LIFE Lab Lecture Series, presented by Avanti Senior Living. 6 p.m., free, 2234 Watercross Parkway, Covington,

EVERY 3RD THURSDAY Women of Infinite Possibilities. 10 a.m.– noon, St. Anthony’s Gardens, 601 Holy Trinity Dr., Covington, 985-867-5234,

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.


8 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. 6–9 p.m., $85, Annadele’s Plantation, 71518 Chestnut St., Covington,

9 25th Annual Bogue Chitto Youth Fishing Rodeo. 7:30–11 a.m., $15 per child, preregistration required, Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, Pearl River Turnaround Fishing Access Site, 37358 Lock One Rd, 6, Pearl River, 985- 882-2000. Northshore Cajun Dance at Abita Town Hall. Dance lessons at 7 p.m., live music at 8 p.m., $10 non-members/$8 members, Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St.,

9–24 “Nunsense,” presented by 30 by Ninety Theatre. 800 Lafayette St., Mandeville, 844-THE-3090,

10 Tour de Louisiane Bike Race. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Downtown Covington,

12 ONSTAGE in Covington, featuring The Second City. 7 p.m., $15–20, Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington, 40 Sophisticated Woman | June 2018

“Legacies for All” Estate Planning. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $500 per basic estate plan that includes a will, power of attorney and living will, Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 103A, Mandeville, 985-951-2177.

EVERY SATURDAY Covington Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon, 609 N. Columbia St. on side lawn of the Covington Police Department, Hammond Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–noon, corner of W. Thomas St. and S.W. Railroad Ave., downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, Camellia City Market. 8 a.m.–noon., 1808 Front St., Slidell, Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 985-624-3147, Pearl River’s Honey Island Art and Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 64378 Highway 41, Pearl River, 985-807-4447.

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

EVERY SUNDAY Abita Springs Farmers Market. Noon–4 p.m., Abita Trailhead, 985-807-4447, Ponchatoula Farmers Market. Noon–4 p.m., 10 E. Pine St., 504-390-5769.


14–15 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, presented by St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.,

15–JULY 1 “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” presented by Playmakers Community Theater. 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington,

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

16 Louisiana Bicycle Festival. 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Abita Springs Trailhead, 22275 Highway 36, Abita Springs, Boating Safety Class, free, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 433 Erlanger St., Slidell, Jazz'n the Vines Outdoor Concert with New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. 6:30–9 p.m., $10 adults/under 17 free. Pontchartrain Vineyards Winery, 81250 Old Military Road, Bush, Slidell Movie Nights. featuring The Greatest Showman. 8:30 p.m., free, Heritage Park, Slidell,

22 Outdoor Movie Nights, featuring Trolls. 8 p.m., free, Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, 985-624-3147.

23 Arts Evening Cultural Festival. 4–9 p.m., free, Olde Towne Slidell,

29 Columbia Street Block Party. 6:30–9:30 p.m., free, 200–500 block of Columbia Street, Covington.

30 Light Up the Lake: An Independence Day Celebration. Picnicking starts at 10 a.m., food vendors at 5 p.m., fireworks at dark, free, Mandeville Lakefront. Slidell Heritage Festival. 4–11 p.m., fireworks at 9 a.m., $5–10, Heritage Park, Slidell. Jazz'n the Vines Outdoor Concert with The Iguanas and fireworks. 6:30–9 p.m., $10 adults/under 17 free. Pontchartrain Vineyards Winery, 81250 Old Military Road, Bush,

30–JULY 1 H.E.R.P.S. Exotic Reptile and Pet Show. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $5–15, Northshore Harbor Center, Slidell, Sophisticated Woman | June 2018 41

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