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Winding down at the end of the season

BY JILL PERTLER "Slices of Life"
It's a wrap. Another school year complete - in the books. TGIF: Thank Goodness It's Finished. Because I am tired. It happens every year.
Let's face it, being a parent can be taxing. Being a parent . . .


'Patsy Cline' run extended

Due to its immense popularity and soldout shows, Baton Rouge professional theater group Swine Palace is extending the run of "Always ... Patsy Cline" through this weekend.
Guests are invited to step into their cowboy boots and . . .


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Clay Parker and Jodi James, Baton Rouge-based folk singers, will be included in Hammond Regional Arts Center's listening room series later in the summer, performing July 27.



An original listening room series, "Playing the Staircase," will premiere next Friday at Hammond Regional Arts Center.
This exciting concept, new to Hammond, will see the arts center transform into an intimate listening room for . . .


Rain is good for some things


Chanterelle mushrooms



BY EARL MURPHY
Rain, rain and more rain.
People in Hammond and the surrounding areas are getting tired of the rain. There is one thing that loves the rain that has been coming down in record amounts - mushrooms.
There are . . .


Hammond Art Guild to hold variety of creative classes


Louisiana landscapes will be another focus of the Hammond Art Guild summer classes at Hammond Regional Arts Center. Art by C.B. Hume.



Every summer for almost 20 years, Hammond Art Guild has offered art classes for adults - a chance try something new, hone a skill or tiptoe into the wonderful world of creative arts.
Art guild President Nancy Lowentritt gets . . .


Stumping for an old-but-new show

BY CALEB LAY "Millennial Matters"
One of my all-time favorite shows is "Arrested Development," which ran for three seasons on Fox from 2003-2006 and was canceled until Netflix picked it up in 2013.
Netflix released the first half . . .


Living with 'No Reservations'

BY JEREMY RHODES
Renowned chef, writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61 last Friday morning in a French hotel room where he was found unresponsive by his longtime friend Eric Ripert.
Bourdain was . . .


Pale, but stout




BY TODD DELAUNE "The Weekly Toast"
I've got a new buzz phrase for you in the world of beer: Never trust your eyes.
Okay, Todd has officially lost his mind again. Actually, when I tasted Lucky Town Brewery's Stranger in the Alps, . . .


Covering ground


Photo by Connor Raborn

HIKING -- Hiking enthusiast C.W. Sandifer of Albany shows his trekking poles at Hammond Kiwanis Club during a presentation about his experiences on various nature trails.



BY CONNOR RABORN
C.W. Sandifer's knees are accustomed to hiking around the country but not so used to public speaking.
The Albany native claimed they were shaking behind The Mezzanine Event Hall podium due to nerves as he began . . .