2008 Events

 

 

January

 

January:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

January:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

January 4:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, Michael McKnight; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available –– Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

January 4-5:  Shot Hole Entertainment Motocross - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

January 10:  Hammond Chamber of Commerce Installation & Awards Banquet – Presentation of awards and the installation of new board members - Twelve Oaks, Southeastern Louisiana University Campus, Hammond, LA – 12 Noon – Hammond Chamber (985) 345-4457 – www.moveuptohammond.com

 

January 18-20:  S3 Farms Team Penning - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

January 19:  Krewe of Pericles Tableau Ball – Mardi Gras Ball – Southeastern Louisiana University Campus, Hammond, LA – 8 pm – Tom Fry (985) 386-9421 – www.KreweofPericles.net

 

January 24:  OPTIONS Legislative & Business Appreciation Breakfast – Options honors local businesses that hire individuals with disabilities and also local legislators (invitation only) – North Oaks Diagnostic Center, Hammond, LA – 7:30 to 9:00 am – Mary Pirosko (985) 345-6269 – www.options4u.org

 

January 25:  Krewe of Pericles Parade – Ponchatoula’s annual Mardi Gras parade – Downtown Ponchatoula, LA - 7 pm – Tom Fry (985) 386-9421 – www.KreweofPericles.net

 

January 26:  Kymbra Recatto Downing Memorial Talent Show – Annual Strawberry Festival talent show – Ponchatoula Junior High School Auditorium, Ponchatoula, LA – 2 pm – (800) 917-7045 www.lastrawberryfestival.com

 

January 26-27:  Citywide Inventory Sale – Shops will be having sales throughout – Historic Downtown Ponchatoula, LA “America’s Antique City” – 10 am to 5 pm – For more information call, 800-617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

January 26:  Xtreme Fighting Championships - Florida Parishes Arena -

1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422

- For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

January 26:  Krewe of Omega XXII Annual Ball – Mardi Gras Ball presenting King William Chaucer, Jr. and Queen Cindy Chaucer Spears (father & daughter); the ball is strictly formal; food and setups are provided; tickets are $60 a couple – St. Joseph’s Reception Center, Ponchatoula, LA – 8 pm to Midnight – Ann Dwelle (225) 294-5979

 

January 31:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

February

 

February:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

February:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

February 1:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, Sacred Harmony; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available –– Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

February 1:  Krewe of Omega XXII Annual Parade – Greatest free show on earth; floats are from New Orleans; special matching costumes; very generous throws from members; bringing the celebration and joy of the Mardi Gras season to Hammond – Parade rolls through Historic Downtown Hammond, LA  – 6 pm – Joyce Smith (985) 345-3442

 

February 5:  Mardi Gras 2008 – “Fat Tuesday”

 

February 8:  Sweethearts Night – Downtown shops will be open and displaying the Valentine theme; art, music & refreshments; some restaurants will be offering special deserts for the Guest Sweetheart – Historic Downtown Hammond, LA – 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Downtown Development District (985) 542-3417 – www.hammond.org/ddd

 

February 8:  February Fun Fever – Silent and live auctions; food and beverages free with admission fee – Lions Club, Ponchatoula, LA – 6 pm to 9 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

February 9:  South Louisiana Team Sorting - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

February 10:  Camellia Garden Stroll – Stroll through a collection of Camellia Japonicas and Sasanquas planted from the late 1930’s to early 1950’s; also Camellia plants sale by Tangipahoa Master Gardeners  – Hammond Research Station, Hammond, LA – 1 to 4 pm – Annie Coco (985) 748-9381 – www.lsuagcenter.com

 

February 11-29:  Penny Power – Children in Tangipahoa Parish Schools collect money over a week period to help children with disabilities; over $67,000 was collected in 2007 – Robin Abrams (985) 549-0712

 

February 16:  Hammond Policeman’s Union Ball –Auction 6 pm to 8 pm; 8 pm sit down dinner; 9 pm to 12:30 am music & dancing; open bar all night – Twelve Oaks on SLU Campus – 6 pm to 1 am – Charles Deliberto (985) 969-0038

 

February 17:  Kickin’ it for Kids, Louisiana Spirit Championships – An exciting charity cheerleading and dance competition which benefits Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Miracle Network; the competition is open to Jr. High School, High School and All Star teams; the competition is hosted by Spirit Professionals – Southeastern Louisiana University Center – 9 am ‘til – Bill Yeates (985) 345-4383 – www.spiritprofessionals.com

 

February 25 – March 1:  Ladies Top 28 Tournament – Louisiana Girls High School State Basketball Tournament – Southeastern Louisiana University Center, Hammond, LA – Bracket schedule on website – Hammond Chamber of Commerce (985) 345-4457 – www.sweet16tournament.com

 

February 28:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

March

 

March:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

March:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

March TBA:  Independence Italian Festival Bass Tournament – Single or two man team from same boat; only (5) Black Bass per team; catch & release program in effect; guaranteed payouts 1st thru 10th places; entry fee $50 per boat – North Pass Landing, Manchac, LA – Safe light to 3 pm – Kathy Faust (985) 878-6147 – www.TheItalianFest.com

 

March 1:  Strawberry Festival Ball – Presentation of the Louisiana Strawberry Queen XXXVII and Strawberry King XXXVII; presentation of royalty at 8 pm; dance starts at 9 pm; admission $10 per person (no jeans please) - St. Joseph’s Gym, Ponchatoula, LA – 8 pm to 1 am – (800) 917-7045 – www.lastrawberryfestival.com

 

March 1-2:  Antique Trade Days –Antiques, crafts, collectibles, live music & exhibits for children – Downtown “America’s Antique City”, Ponchatoula, LA – 8 am to 5 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

March 7:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, Del Way; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available –– Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

March 8:  Spring Garden Day – Educational speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, plant sales, kids tent, concessions, view ornamentals research beds – LSU Agcenter Hammond Research Station, Hammond, LA – 9 am to 3 pm - Annie Coco (985) 748-9381 – www.lsuagcenter.com

 

March 9:  Feast of St. Joseph – Followers parade behind the statue of St. Joseph while the priest recites the Rosary on their way to Mater Dolorosa Church – Downtown Independence, LA – Parade begins at 4 pm – Frank Sampere (985) 878-6184

 

March 11:  Telethon Kickoff – Annual event to kick off fundraising for Telethon 2008 – Centennial Wireless, Hammond, LA – 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Mary Pirosko (985) 345-6269 – www.options4u.org

 

March 14-15:  Bunny Barrel Blast - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

March 14:  Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Licensed poker tournament; Family Style Deal Tournament limited to 300 players; 50% purse; non-smoking facility; must be 21 years old or older to participate – Ponchatoula’s Lions Club – 6 pm to Midnight - (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

March 15:  Rock ‘N Roar – Fun event for the community; various camps for children; held in conjunction with the Literary Rally on campus; food booths, fun activities and more! - Southeastern Louisiana University Campus – 9 am to 2 pm – Kathy Pittman (985) 549-2150 – www.selu.edu\alumni

 

March 15:  Krewe of Erin Parade – Ponchatoula’s 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day walking parade with throws including cabbage, potatoes, carrots and more; Irish Dance Party follows the parade – 10:30 am the parade rolls through Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – Bryan T. McMahon (985) 386-2877 – www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes

 

March 19-20:  Radiothon 2008 – Local celebrities help raise funds for TARC on a 2-day radiothon - North Shore Broadcasting (Tangi 96.5), Hammond, LA – 7 am to 6 pm both days – Robin Abrams (985) 549-0712

 

March 22:  20th Annual Community Motors Free Car Show – Goody bags and dash plaques to first 100 registered, door prizes and refreshments; vehicles must be 25 years or older; People’s Choice trophies in original and modified - Community Motors Dealership, 500 Westin Oaks Dr., Hammond, LA (Hwy. 190 @ I-55) – 9 am to 4 pm – Vicky Fannaly (985) 386-3714

 

March 27:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

March 28-30:  Dog Agility All Breed Show - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

March 28-29:  2008 Hammond Smokin’ Blues and BBQ Challenge – More than 50 KCBS teams from around the U. S. will compete against each other and local teams for more than $12,000 in cash & prizes. This year’s event will also feature 60+ local teams competing in the Backyard Boogey and the Lamar Outdoor Advertising Chicken Little contest, making this event the largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana for the fifth year in a row. Also featuring local bands from around the region playing music on the Northshore Broadcasting stage both Friday & Saturday night – Downtown Historic Hammond, LA – Friday 4:00 to 10:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – Cindy Watts (985) 345-2490 – www.hammondbluesandbbq.com

 

March 29:  Gospel Music Festival – 7th annual event featuring various Gospel groups performing to celebrate great gospel music through out the day, also food and craft booths – Village of Tickfaw, LA – 8 am to 6 pm – Mayor Anthony Lamonte (985) 542-9249

 

April

 

April:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

April:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

April TBA:  March of Dimes March for Babies – 5 K walk to benefit the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects; join in the fun, face painting, children’s activities & great food – Location TBA – Registration 8 am; activities 9 am to 1 pm – Pam Cooper (800) 460-0865 – www.MarchofDimes.com/Louisiana

 

April 1:  Special Olympics Louisiana Spring “Phantom Ball” – Please RSVP to not attend this event.  Instead of spending money on attire, preparation, etc., spend the evening with your family and give a donation to Special Olympics. - Hammond, LA – Tiffany Harvey (985) 345-6644 – www.laso.org

 

April 4:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, The Cooksey Family Bluegrass; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

April 4:  2008 Youth Charities Golf Tournament – Golf tournament held annually to raise funds for several youth charities, especially the D.A.R.E. Program – Oak Knoll County Club, Hammond, LA – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm – Duane Shafer (985) 549-3818

 

April 4-5:  American Cancer Society North Tangi Relay For Life Walk - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

April 5-6:  Louisiana Strawberry Cup Girl’s Soccer Tournament – Louisiana’s best Girl’s best recreational and Division I soccer tournament – Hoover Soccer Fields Complex, Hammond, LA – 7:30 am to 4:15 pm - Check website for playing schedule – Nick Gagliano (985) 542-5457 – www.stysa-la.com

 

April 5-6:  2008 Louisiana OFF Roader’s Expo – 4th annual expo; Jeeps and off road trucks trail ride; demonstrate driver & vehicle abilities; all proceeds go to TARC – Community Motors Dealership, Hammond, LA – 8 am ‘til – Dwayne Hughes (225) 806-3135

 

April 6:  Chef’s Evening – Walk around tastings from local restaurants and beverage vendors to benefit Southeastern Academics – Southeastern Louisiana University Center, Hammond, LA – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Lyn Horgan (985) 549- 3380 – www.selu.edu

 

April 11-13:  Strawberry Festival – 37th Annual Strawberry Festival, celebrating the strawberry industry and the official state fruit of Louisiana.  Music, rides and over 60 food booths; all booths on the official festival grounds are operated by non-profit organizations.  Please come out and support the numerous charity organizations. – Memorial Park and

North 6th Street, Ponchatoula, LA

– Friday 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturday 9 am to 11 pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm – For more information call 800-917-7045 – www.lastrawberryfestival.com

 

April 12:  Strawberry Festival Parade – This annual parade draws over 90 entries and is one of the most anticipated parades in the area.  Start off your visit to the Strawberry Festival by watching this great event. – Rolls through “America’s Antique City”, Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 9:30 am - For more information call 800-917-7045 – www.lastrawberryfestival.com

 

April 12-13:  Louisiana Strawberry Cup Boy’s Soccer Tournament – Louisiana’s Boy’s best recreational and Division I soccer tournament – Hoover Soccer Fields Complex, Hammond, LA – 7:30 am to 4:15 pm - Check website for playing schedule – Nick Gagliano (985) 542-5457 – www.stysa-la.com

 

April 19:  Earth Day – Bike race, Audubon Wetlands Exhibit, silent auction, book sale, recycling containers, environmental seminars, vendor booths, music & food - Historic Downtown Hammond, LA – 8 am to 6 pm – Downtown Development District (985) 542-3417 – www.hammond.org/ddd

 

April 19:  Italian Festival Spaghetti Cook-Off – Come cook your famous spaghetti & hold the winning title for a year – Gina’s Café parking lot, Independence, LA – 9 am to 1 pm – Marie Guzzardo (985) 878-4664 – www.TheItalianFest.com

 

April 19:  Richard Murphy Hospice Gala – 26th annual gala event fundraiser with live music, dancing, food & drink, silent auction and car raffle – Location TBA – 7 pm to 1 am – Patricia Westmoreland (985) 386-0400 – www.richardmurphyhospice.com

 

April 24:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

April 25-27:  Independence Italian Festival – Annual Italian celebration with live music, food booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment & music and of course traditional Italian foods – Mater Dolorosa School Grounds, Independence, LA – Friday 6 pm to 12 am; Saturday 9 am to 12 am; Saturday at 10 am parade rolls through downtown Independence; Sunday 10 am to 6 pm – Andrew Truxillo (985) 878-3960 – www.TheItalianFest.com

 

April 26:  Telethon 2008 – Local leaders come together to raise funds for OPTIONS to help men & women with disabilities live and work in the community. – North Oaks Health Systems Diagnostic Center, Hammond, LA – 10 am to 2 pm – Mary Pirosko (985) 345-6269 – www.options4u.org

 

April 26:  8th Annual Motorcycle Poker Run & Parade – Fundraiser event to benefit Mater Dolorosa Catholic School.  Event held in conjunction with the Independence Italian Festival.  Food, rides, games & music all weekend long.  Come see custom-built bikes by local bike builders. – Mater Dolorosa School Grounds,

509 Pine St., Independence, LA

– 7:00 am Registration, 9:45 am Parade & 10:00 am Poker Run – Mike Correnti (985) 809-4011 or (985) 878-0035

 

May

 

May:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

May:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

May (TBA):  Scoring Runs for TARC – The SLU Lions Baseball Team scores runs; for every run, Coach Jay Artigues donates $100; people in the community are encouraged to donate per run also – SLU Baseball Field, Hammond, LA – Time TBA - Robin Abrams (985) 549-0712

 

May 2-4:  Holy Ghost Parish Fair – Fun-filled weekend of good food and fellowship; rides, games & music keep the young people busy; always something special for the adults – Holy Ghost Church School Grounds, 601 N. Oak Street, Hammond, LA – Friday 5:00 to 10:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm – Miriam Wyble (985) 542-7812

 

May 2:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

May 2-4:  May Weekend Gospel Festival – Gospel artists will appear each day; on Saturday there will be youth performances and pastors preaching as well as other speakers - Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum, Hammond, LA – Friday 7 pm; Saturday 12 pm and Sunday 3 pm  – Zina Renee Washington (985) 542-4939

 

May 9-11:  Louisiana Quarter Horse Association - Florida Parishes Arena -

1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422

- For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

May 10:  Italian Festival Pageant – Independence Italian Festival Pageant – Mater Dolorosa School Gym, Independence, LA – 9 am to 8 pm – For more information, contact Linda McKinney (985) 345-6964 – www.TheItalianFest.com

 

May 10:  OPTIONS Mother’s Day Plant Sale – An assortment of spring plants will be available for sale just in time for Mother’s Day – OPTIONS Horticulture Building, Hammond, LA – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – Laurie Falcon (985) 345-6269 – www.options4u.org/plant_sales.htm

 

May 10:  Strawberry Jam–n–Toast to the Arts –8th annual “Little Jazzy Fest On The Norhshore;” enjoy a fun-filled day of hearing musicians “jam” in the streets of Historic Downtown Ponchatoula; browse and collect works of art that will be displayed alongside one of a kind antique treasures; watch dancers perform and learn artistic techniques; bring your blankets, tents & chairs to relax.  Donations benefit the education of musicians/artists and the advancement of the arts through the Northshore Regional Endowment For The Arts – “America’s Antique City,” Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 10 am to 7 pm – Debbie Anderson (985) 969-2820 or (985) 370-7518 – www.strawberryjam.org

 

May 23-24:  Florida Parishes Arena Rodeo - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

May 23-25:  Special Olympics Louisiana State Summer Games Special Olympics Louisiana’s largest annual even; athletes from across the state will compete in bocce, track & field and power lifting; free and open to the public – Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA – May 23rd 12 pm to May 25th 1 pm – Tiffany Harvey (985) 345-6644 – www.laso.org

 

May 24:  Memorial Day Swamp Pop Music Festival – Louisiana musicians performing live, dancing, food & crafts – Hidden Oaks Family Campground, Hammond, LA – 12 pm to 11 pm – Nita Vedros (985) 345-9244 – www.hiddenoaksfamilycampground.com

 

May 29:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

May 30-31:  Shot Hole Entertainment Motocross - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

June

 

June:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

June:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

June 6:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

June 12-14:  LA State Junior Brahma Show - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

June 20-23:  S3 Farms Team Penning - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

June 21-22:  June Sidewalk Sale – Beat the heat, come to Ponchatoula for some cool buys - “America’s Antique City,” Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 10 am to 5 pm – For more information call 800-617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

June 26:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

July

 

July:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

July:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

July 3:  Light Up the Sky for the 4th of July - Celebrate the 4th in the park.  Food vendor booths, kids stuff, park train rides with plenty of family fun.  Top off the evening viewing the fantastic fireworks. - Zemurray Park, Hammond, LA - Park opens at 5 pm and fireworks at dark - Hammond City Hall (985) 542-3400

 

July 4:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, The Wilsons; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

July 11-13:  Monster Truck Show - Florida Parishes Arena - 1301 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - For more information, call (985) 748-5914 or visit their website www.fparena.com

 

July 19-20:  Christmas In July - <<Streets decorated with red, white & blue trees, buntings and flags; “America’s Antique City’s” shops offer Holiday sales - Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 9 am to 5 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

July 31:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

August

 

August:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

August:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

August 1:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

August 15:  Chillin’ with the Chamber Raffle Event – Cool down on Hot August Night for a chillin’ raffle party; enjoy cool jazz, hor d’oeuvres, cocktails and a chance to win $10,000 in cold, hard cash – Hammond Chamber of Commerce located in the Historic Hammond Train Depot – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Hammond Chamber of Commerce (985) 345-4457 – www.moveuptohammond.com

 

August 19:  Ponchatoula Business & Professional Expo – Local businesses display their wares and services; great networking opportunity; public invited; food and drink available - Lions Club, Ponchatoula, LA – 6 to 9 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

August 22:  Hot August Night – 15th annual event featuring wine tasting, Art exhibits, live music, great shopping and eating in some of the finest restaurants in the region – Historic Downtown Hammond, LA – 6 to 10 pm – Hammond Downtown Development District (985) 542-3471

 

August 28:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

September

 

September:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

September:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

September TBA:  Hammond Business Expo - Area businesses display their services & products; give-aways & door prizes; luncheon featuring guest speaker; call for tickets – Southeastern Louisiana University Center, Hammond, LA – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Luncheon; 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm Expo; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm “Taste of Hammond” – Hammond Chamber of Commerce (985) 345-4457 – www.moveuptohammond.com

 

September 5:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

September 13:  2nd Annual Celebrate National Honey Month – Honey tasting, demonstrations, exhibits, recipes and much, much more; free to the public – Ponchatoula Country Market, Ponchatoula, LA – 11 am to 4 pm – Country Market (985) 386-9580

 

September 20:  Kliebert’s Annual Alligator Day - Fun, food, entertainment, live band and tours available – Kliebert’s Turtle & Alligator Tours, 41083 W. Yellow Water Rd., Hammond, LA – 11 am ‘til – Jennifer Kliebert (985) 345-3617 – www.klieberttours.com

 

September 20:  Tour de Tangipahoa – Leisurely paced bicycle ride through Tangipahoa Parish; 32 mile and 60 mile treks; pre-registration available – Southeastern Louisiana University Center, Hammond, LA – Registration 6 am; ride begins 7:30 am – Judy Couvillion (985) 345-8127 – HTTP://kiwanis.i-55.com

 

September 22:  5th Annual Antique Appraisal Fair – Antiques and collectibles appraised by local appraisers for a small fee – Rear deck of the Country Market, "America's Antique City," Ponchatoula, LA – 9 am to 4 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

September 25:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

October

 

October:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

October:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

October 1-31:  Fanfare - Month long celebration of the arts, humanities and sciences - Southeastern Louisiana University Campus and Columbia Theatre, Hammond, LA plus various venues throughout the area – Michelle Briggs (985) 543-4366 – www.columbiatheatre.org

 

October 3:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

October 11: Berrypatch Quilt & Art Expo – An outdoor quilt show, indoor exhibits of antique and fragile quilts, lectures, demonstrations, antique shopping and dining in fine restaurants – “America’s Antique City,” Ponchatoula, LA – 9 am to 4 pm – Doris Read (985) 386-7600 – www.berrypatchproductions.com  

 

October 16:  Bon Appétit – Food tasting festival featuring selections from area restaurants and caterers, music and door prizes – Amite Community Center, Amite, LA – 7 pm to 9 pm – Amite Chamber of Commerce (985) 748-5537 – www.amitechamberofcommerce.org

 

October 18-19:  Old Farmer’s Day & Horse Pull – A reenactment of the way our forefathers live, worked & played. Horse & Mule pulling contest on Sunday 1 pm to 3 pm – Todd Brunett Dairy Farm, Loranger, LA – 9 am to 4 pm – Gerald Brunett (985) 878-2360 – www.oldfarmersday.com

 

October 24-25:  Sweet Home Folklife Days Festival – African ancestry celebrated with exciting gospel music; artifacts displayed in museum; a walk through the Nature Trail; a view of Amtrak Railroad tracks; storytelling; demonstrations; crafts; home cooked food & beverages; also, you will be able to witness an outdoor Baptism in Cool’s Creek – Sweet Home Baptist Church Museum, Kentwood, LA – 9 am to 4:30 pm – Ms. Fochia Wilson (985) 229-5016

 

October 30:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

October TBA:  Shot in the Dark with TARC – A golf tournament like no other!  This golf tournament will be played in the dark!  All holes and golf balls will be glow-in-the-dark – Location TBA – Time TBA – Robin Abrams (985) 549-0712

 

November

 

November:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

November:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

November TBA:  Texas Hold’em Tournament - Licensed poker tournament; Family Style Deal Tournament limited to 300 players; 50% purse; non-smoking facility; must be 21 years old or older to participate – Ponchatoula’s Lions Club – 6 pm to Midnight - (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

November 1-2:  Antique Trade Days –Antiques, crafts, collectibles, live music & exhibits for children – Downtown “America’s Antique City”, Ponchatoula, LA – 8 am to 5 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

November 1:  Fall Swamp Pop Festival Featuring Louisiana musicians, dancing, crafts, food & plenty of fun – Hidden Oaks Family Campground, Hammond, LA – 12 pm to 11 pm – Nita Vedros (985) 345-9244 – www.hiddenoaksfamilycampground.com

 

November 1:  Loco Palooza '08 Music Fest – Live music from 6 bands, food, drinks, rides, musical talent show, Loco Idol competition, vendors, LSU game if televised and much more - 138 NE Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422 - 2 pm to 2 am - Waylon Givens   phone 985- 969-8631 - www.locojava.com

 

November 1:  Community Day 15 Mile Yard Sale – 15 miles of yard sales, Husser Fire Dept., Churches, Shiloh Homemakers and individuals; jambalaya dinners at the Husser Fire Dept. to raise money for their Christmas project (they also have both space available); yard sales, food, plants & crafts.  Fun for all. - Hwy. 16 E of Amite, LA, Hwy. 445 Husser, LA, Hwy. 10 at Wilmer, LA  – 7 am to 2 pm - Carol Cleveland (985) 748-7813

 

November 1:  Relay for Life – Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity.  It is a unique event that offers the communities an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.  It is a day with special activities that begin with a survivor’s walk and end with a meaningful luminary ceremony that honors cancer survivors and those whom we’ve lost to cancer. – North Oak Park, Hammond, LA – 8 am to 8 pm – Sandy Patterson (985) 230-CURE                                     

 

November 7:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

November 14:  Starry November Night – Lights illuminate Historic Downtown Hammond for the Holiday Season. Holiday music will fill the air, shops will offer refreshments and Santa will be on hand to listen the children’s Holiday Wish List – Historic Downtown Hammond, LA – 6 pm to 10 pm – Hammond DDD (985) 542-3471 – www.hammond.org/ddd

 

November 22-23:  Camp Moore Annual Civil War Living History Encampment – Scripted battles, living history and memorial ceremonies highlight this two-day event. Entertaining and educational for the entire family; souvenirs and books will be available for purchase – Camp Moore Confederate Museum, Tangipahoa, LA – 9 am to 4 pm – Mike Neal, Jr. (985) 229-2438 – www.campmoore.com

 

November 24:  Ponchatoula’s Country Market 34th Annual Christmas Open House – The Country Market will put you in the Holiday Spirit with music, light refreshments, door prizes and Holiday shopping – Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 10 am to 5 pm – Ruth Berner (985) 386-9580

 

November 27:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com

 

November 28-30:  Christmas Open House – Start your Holiday Season off with a visit to “America’s Antique City” shops; Christmas items will be on display; shops will also offer light refreshments to the Holiday shopper – “America’s Antique City,” Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 10 am to 5 pm – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

November 29:  Tickfaw Christmas Parade – Annual Christmas parade with Christmas Tree lighting and caroling at the Tickfaw pavilion – Tickfaw, LA – 7 pm to 10 pm – Mayor Tony Lamonte (985) 542-9249

 

December

 

December:  Southeastern Louisiana University Sports Calendar – Hammond, LA – Sports Information (985) 549-3221 – www.LionSports.net

 

December:  Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery– Monthly art exhibitions running throughout each semester; contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public, highlighting artists from all over the world, visiting artist lectures accompany each exhibition. – 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall at the end of Spruce Street, Hammond, LA – Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday open until 8:00 pm – Dale Newkirk (985) 549-5080

 

December 5:  Christmas Lights – Lighting of the City tree; shops will have open house; enjoy shopping & visiting while the music fills the air with the Holiday Spirit – “America’s Antique City,” Ponchatoula, LA – 6 pm ‘til – (800) 617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

December 5:  First Friday of the Month Gospel Concert - Country Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Southern Gospel concerts featuring Mike Vaughn & Special Guest, TBA; no charge at door, love offering will be taken for guest singer, concession stand available – Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Hwy. 442 W., Tickfaw, LA – 6 pm – Barbara Vaughn (985) 345-6455 or (985) 974-0507 – www.mvmgoodnews.com

 

December 6:  Hammond Christmas Parade – Historic Hammond’s annual Holiday parade – Rolls through downtown streets of Hammond, LA – 5 pm – Hammond Chamber of Commerce (985) 345-4457 – www.moveuptohammond.com

 

December 6-23:  Christmas Nights Holiday Lights – Zemurray Park is illuminated with Holiday light displays and lighted trees. Miniature train rides and vendor booths available for family enjoyment. – Zemurray Park,

South Oak Street, Hammond, LA

 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Alma Mitchell (985) 542-3400 - www.hammond.org

 

December 9:  Amite Christmas Parade – This nighttime parade fills the air with the Holiday spirit – Parade rolls through the streets of Amite, LA – Time TBA – Amite Chamber of Commerce (985) 748-5537 – www.amitechamberofcommerce.org

 

December 13:  Ponchatoula Christmas Parade – “America’s Antique City’s” annual Holiday parade where the Holiday spirit abounds throughout the town – Rolls through the streets of Downtown Ponchatoula, LA – 4 pm –  (800)-617-4502 – www.ponchatoulachamber.com

 

December 25:  Hammond Harley Davidson Bike Night – Walk, Ride or Drive in for a fun atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Free food, soft drinks and live music.  How could you possibly be anywhere else? – Hammond Harley Davidson Shop, 1530 S. W. Railroad Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 – 6 pm to 9 pm – Laura Dove (985) 345-8381 – www.hammondharleydavidson.com