The Opera Festa Singers will perform a program of arias, duets and ensemble numbers including selections from Verdi, Puccini and Andrew Lloyd Webber during the third Sunday concert series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington on the 20th February. The series, now in its 31st year, is an evangelism of the Episcopal Church of Christ. The concerts are free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 5 p.m.
The New Orleans-based Opera Festa Singers, directed by Robert Wagner, bring opera selections to stages and venues across the region. The group includes a number of students and other Wagner performers. Wagner began his musical career at the age of 5 in the St. Dominic Church Choir, made his operatic debut with The Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater and The Harrisburg Opera Company. During his later studies in Europe, Wagner was invited to sing for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, made his Paris debut at the Opéra Bastille, and performed with the Vienna State Opera. .
The Christ Episcopal Church at 120 S. New Hampshire has a handicapped accessible entrance on the side closest to Bogue Falaya Park. For more information, call (985) 892-3177 or visit christchurchcovington.com/concert_series/.
OH HENRY: On February 11, the Cutting Edge Theater stages the new show by playwright David Sheffield, a native of southern Mississippi who was inspired by his own adventures at Ole Miss to write “The Heartbreak Henry”. Edge Theater. On the show, see middle schooler Jamie Pippen run a flophouse and its coterie of crooks, moonlighting waitresses, crazed hippies and other one-of-a-kind crazies. Watch Jamie discover life, search for love, and find maturity while surrounded by some of the funniest characters ever created by Sheffield, who began his career as a comedy writer on Saturday Night Live.
OH, MOM: The Slidell Little Theater presents “Blue,” a play by Charles Randolph-Wright, until February 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $22 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at slidelllittletheatre.org/tickets. Meet the Clark family, the epitome of Southern success with a rebellious son groomed to become the next great jazz legend. But watch what happens when he brings home a daughter who is no match for her iron-willed mother.
LAUGHS: “Noises Off” is a prank scheduled March 5-20 at 30 by Ninety Theater, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Written by Michael Frayn and directed by Andrea Elu, the R-rated show features a maniacal menagerie of traveling actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Slamming doors, on stage and off; plot; and a wandering herring all feature in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic piece. Tickets on sale now.
A GUMBO OF EVENTS
TROOPS: American Legion Post 16 is hosting a “Show Your Love” Valentine’s Day raffle in support of Operation We Care, which sends care packages to US troops in war zones. Show your love for a special valentine and the troops by purchasing raffle tickets through February 9. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. All profits are donated to Operation We Care. To buy or help sell tickets, call the Legion office (985) 892-0677 or email [email protected]
THE GEAUX TEAM: St. Anselm’s Catholic Church will be selling take-out okra dishes for Super Bowl weekend. For $10, a pint of okra with rice (separately), potato salad, bread and dessert. Pick up meals Saturday, Feb. 12, 5-6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon at 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville. Call the church at (985) 845-7342.
NEW ARRIVALS: Northlake Newcomers Club hosts guest speaker Dr. Jheri Ducomb, practicing cardiologist and associate chief medical officer of North Oaks Medical Center, at their luncheon Feb. 11 at Benedict’s Plantation, 1144 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Doors open at 10 a.m. The cost of dinner is $30 for members and guests; everyone is welcome, but reservations required. For more information, see www.northlakenewcomers.com
FEDERAL: Slidell National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1396 meets Feb. 11 at the Cornelius Community Center, 102 Christian Lane, at 1 p.m. The speaker will be Nancy McKinney from Blue Cross. The Lunch Bunch will meet at Fatty’s Seafood Restaurant, 1300 Gause Blvd. W, at 11:30 a.m.; to attend, call Elroy Noel at 985-290-0757 or email [email protected]
WOMEN: Republican Women of Bayou Lacombe will meet Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post, 28000 Main St. in Lacombe to hear Tony Sanders, Chief of District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Administration, discuss Montgomery’s proposed tax for her office. For more information, contact Madelon Nohra at [email protected]
WELCOME TO RIDERS: The Covington Lions Club invites carnival enthusiasts to join in the krewe’s 62nd Mardi Gras Parade – and there’s no charge to join in the fun. The March 1 parade begins and ends at the intersection of North Columbia and Jefferson streets. It will be followed by the Krewe of Covington Parade. To participate, contact Bill Woessner (504) 957-4669, Rene Ferrer (985) 373-3022 or the Covington Lions Club (985) 893-4201. The Covington Lions Club is a nonprofit service group that accepts donations to help provide eyeglasses and Louisiana Lions Camp for children.
SAVE THIS DATE
The Slidell Elks Lodge will present its 27th annual Law and Order Night Program on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. with a panel of law enforcement representatives. Questions will be asked and the Elks will honor the first responders of the year in five categories. A free meal will be served. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required by Feb. 19 at (985) 641-1266.