Along the River

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Deborah Corrao / L’Observateur / May 26, 1999

Murder, good food and politics will be on the menu at Bull’s Corner Restaurant in conjunction with the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, sponsored by St. John Theatre.”Red Beans and Slot Machines” is scheduled as the first production on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Bull’s Corner’s Bayou Room.The story is that of “Fast Eddie,” a former governor who gets into trouble with the state gaming commission.

Although it is scripted, the actors plan to use the names of upcoming fall candidates and local officials, all in good fun.

St. John Theatre has entered into a marketing agreement with Mike Norton,proprietor of Bull’s Corner, to promote both the theatre and the restaurant. Bull’s Corner is also making a $1,000 donation to the theatreand is challenging local businesses and industries to do the same.

Four “murder mystery” productions are set this year, with more possible if response is good from the public.

Cost is $35, which includes either a chicken or seafood dinner, complete with soup/salad, appetizer, coffee and dessert.

Profits and donations are being channeled toward the installation of a planned $20,000 lighting system at St. John Theatre, the first of severalimprovements being scheduled.

Bull’s Corner will also be promoting the upcoming summer production of “L’il Abner” with dinner specials and promotional items on display.

*** Attention kids! A summer acting workshop is planned by St. John Theatreduring the week of July 26-Aug. 2 for children ages 8 to 16. The workshop will conclude with an evening production on Aug. 7. Space islimited to 25 people, and cost is $50 per person.

The workshop will be conducted by Donald Loupe, a local resident and veteran Broadway actor and director.

The seminar’s objective is to teach the actor to be free, believeable and alive on the stage through an introduction of the elements of performance.

For more information, call Karen Duffy at 652-3343.

*** The annual St. John Summer Youth Program Camp for children age 4-12will be held June 8 through July 23. The program, sponsored by therecreation department, will be held at both east and west bank locations on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before and aftercare isnot available.

The fee is $45 per child. Transportation is available by bus beginning June8, which is included in the fee. Hot lunches will be provided at no extracharge.

Registration is through June 4 at the following locations: East bank – Recreation Department (trailer behind the Council on Aging building) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. West bank – Parish courthouse (Jean Becnel’s office) from 8:30 a.m. to4:30 p.m.Document required at registration is a birth/baptismal certificate. Theseapplications will not be processed without verification.

Applications are available at the St. John Parish Recreation Departmenttrailer, main building of St. John Parish Council (1801 W. Airline Highway,LaPlace) and the St. John Parish Courthouse on the west bank (JeanBecnel’s office).

Contact Arnold Labat, parish president/director of recreation, at 652- 9569 or Debra Poche, assistant director of recreation, at 652-9569 extension 36, for more information.

*** The Riverlands SPCA is bringing the SNIP van back to La Place Friday. TheSNIP van (Spay and Neuter Intervention Program) will provide free sterilization for pets of people with low income or on any government assistance programs.

Proof of income (for instance Food stamps, SSDI, SSI etc. or the last taxreturn) has to be shown when admitting the animals. PETsMart Charitiesand Entergy are the sponsors of this visit.

Qualifying pet owners should arrive 8 a.m. at Wal-Mart in La Place. Pets must be restrained on a leash or in a carrier. Pets should not have food or water after 10 p.m. the night before surgery. All pets will be home the same day.

For more information, to make an appointment, or to find out how you can sponsor this community program, please call: 652-SPCA (7722) from Monday – Saturday 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.*** The Bayou Land Families Helping Families, Inc., will hold two supportgroup meetings for parents of special education children in the River Parishes in June.

All parents and family members of children in special education or of children receiving 504 services are invited to attend the meetings and meet with each other to share information, concerns and triumphs.

The first meeting will be held at the St. James Parish Library, 1879 W.Main Street, Lutcher, on June 9 from 6-8 p.m.Another meeting is scheduled for June 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the St. JohnParish Library, 1334 W. Airline Highway in LaPlace.Bayou Land Families Helping Families is also sponsoring an Inclusive Education Workshop scheduled for June 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the St.James Parish Library.

The workshop will focus on meeting the needs of students with disabilities through regular education classes with assistance of special education. The presenter will be Cheryl Poche, inclusive educationfacilitator with Bayou Land Families Helping Families.

For more information, call Poche at 504-447-9172 or 1-800-331-5570.

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