Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer invites the public to join him on Thursday, February 23, at 6 p.m. for a concert featuring the United States Air Force Band of the West Velocity Jazz Ensemble. The concert will be held at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium and admission is free.

The USAF Band of the West is a musical organization with an outstanding record of achievement. The Airmen assigned to the band are highly-trained professional musicians who have dedicated themselves to serving their country through music.

The USAF Band of the West travels more than 125,000 miles annually and provides hundreds of performances to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico. The organization is made up of the large ensembles Concert Band, Ceremonial Marching Band, Dimensions in Blue, and three popular music groups, Warhawk, Top Flight, and Velocity. Small ensembles within the unit include Freedom Brass, Gateway Brass, Spectrum Winds, Nightwatch, Mission Winds, and protocol combos. This diversity enables the USAF Band of the West to perform practically any style of music from classical and country to marches and mambos.

The USAF Band of the West has performed for presidents, heads of state, and dignitaries from around the world earning an outstanding reputation among America’s military bands.

The USAF Band of the West has a long lineage in the United States Air Force. The band was created on October 1st, 1941 at Moffett Field, California and moved to Enid Army Airfield soon after. With the birth of the United States Air Force in 1947, the band moved to what eventually became Lackland Air Force Base. The band was inactivated in 1955 but reactivated in 1959. The title “Band of the West” was used for years until May 1st, 1997 when it was granted official status.

The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The City of Slidell and its Commission on the Arts are sponsoring Salad Days, a juried exhibition of student artwork featuring St. Tammany Parish students. Young artists, between the ages 5 to 19, are encouraged to enter up to three pieces of artwork for consideration.

JUROR: This year’s juror is Victoria Allen, an editorial illustrator and fine artist. She started painting when she was young and had work accepted into local and regional exhibits, including Salad Days. Her more recent work has been showcased, recognized, and received awards in numerous exhibitions and competitions both statewide and nationally. Allen graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design, and then worked in New York City as an illustrator with Imaginary Forces. In 2020, she received her Master’s in Mass Communication and Certificate in Strategic Communications from Louisiana State University. She now works as a Social Media & Creative Strategist for TILT advertising agency in Baton Rouge and is also an Adjunct Professor of Visual Communication at LSU Manship. She still freelances as an illustrator and paints in her free time.

ELIGIBILITY: All K-12 students between the ages of 5 and 19 residing in or attending school in St. Tammany Parish are eligible (college students are not eligible). Each artist is limited to three entries. Work will be judged in the following four age categories: A – 5 to 8 years of age; B – 9 to 11 years of age; C – 12 to 14 years of age; D – 15 to 19 years of age. A $50 prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each age category. Each artist who has work featured in the Salad Days exhibit will receive a certificate from the City of Slidell.

ENTRY: Entry in this exhibit is by high resolution color digital photographs only. Digital photographs will only be accepted in JPEG format and are not to exceed 300 dpi. All JPEGs must be submitted via email or a USB flash drive. The digital submission and entry form may be emailed to or mailed to Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, P.O. Box 828, Slidell, LA, 70459. Entries can also be delivered in person to the Dept. of Cultural & Public Affairs located at 250 Bouscaren, Suite 304, in the Slidell Technology and Cultural Arts Center. Entries must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.

Actual work submitted must be as depicted in the JPEG. Photos of physical artwork should not be altered in any way. No substitutions for accepted entries will be allowed. and no more than three entries per artist will be accepted. Submit one JPEG for each two-dimensional artwork and up to three JPEGs for each three-dimensional artwork. The filename of each JPEG must be labeled with the title of work and the artist’s name. Be sure to type or neatly print all information on the entry form. Entry form must include value of each piece for insurance purposes. Work need not be for sale.

NOTIFICATION: Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance will be emailed by Thursday, March 2, 2023. Artists who have not received notification by Friday, March 3, should call (985) 646-4375. 

ART DELIVERY DAYS: Artwork selected by the juror for entry into Salad Days must be delivered to the Slidell Cultural Center gallery, located at 2055 Second Street on the first floor of City Hall on Monday, March 6 from 1 to 6 p.m., or Tuesday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit. The gallery will be open only during these hours. No late entries will be accepted. Special accomodations can be made for extenuating circumstances only with advance permission from the Dept. of Cultural & Public Affairs.

ART PICK-UP DAYS: At the close of the exhibit, artwork displayed in Salad Days must be picked up on Monday, April 24, from 1 to 6 p.m., or Tuesday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery will be open only during these hours. Work left 15 days past this deadline becomes the property of the City of Slidell.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a juried exhibit. Due to the volume of entries received, not all works will be selected for display. The City of Slidell reserves the right to choose not to display any piece of artwork presented for exhibition in Salad Days.  

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS: Artwork may be submitted in all media, including digital art and photography. Hanging work must not weigh more that 35 lbs. or exceed 48” in any direction. Work must be original, completed within the past two years, and not previously exhibited at the Slidell Cultural Center. All artwork must be delivered dry. All work must be labeled on the back of the artwork with title, artist’s name, age, phone number and an indication of the top of the artwork. Glass or Plexiglas must cover works on paper. Simple black framing is preferred. Works on canvas are not required to be framed.

HANGING REQUIREMENTS: The Slidell Cultural Center uses a wire system to display all works. Two-dimensional artwork must be prepared for hanging with a secured wire hanger – no claws, hooks or nails can be utilized. Wires or string glued or taped to the work for framing purposes will not be accepted. No work will be taped or glued to the walls. Two-dimensional work that does not meet these requirements will not be accepted. Three-dimensional work must be ready to exhibit. Installation pieces cannot be accepted.

LIABILITY: The City of Slidell will assume responsibility for damage or loss of entries (up to 50% of stated value, or $50, whichever is less) only for the period of time in which the artwork is in the gallery (between Feb. 27 and April 25, 2023). The City will not assume responsibility for work in transit or for work not picked up by the 1 p.m. deadline on April 25. Entry in this exhibit indicates an agreement that the Lender will indemnify and hold harmless the Lendee against any and all claims Lender may have arising from the acts of third parties or acts of God.

QUESTIONS? Please call the Dept. of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375.

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Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer is inviting the public to join him for the 11th annual Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, presented by Community Christian Concern, on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 7:30 a.m. in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are now available for $20.

This year’s guest speaker is Ryan Pellegrine, a musician with an inspirational story about faith, addiction, and redemption. 

“Ryan Pellegrine has an amazing testimony, and I can’t wait for him to share it with us,” said Mayor Cromer. “No matter what your faith is, all are welcome to attend this event. I know that we will all be inspired by Ryan’s story.”

To hear an inspirational song about his faith journey, listen to episode 61a of the Sweet Jesus podcast on Spotify.

The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Seating is limited.

Tickets to the community breakfast are now available online at If tickets are not sold out in advance, they will be available for purchase at the door.

Event sponsorships are available for $100 and include two tickets plus acknowledgment in the program. For more information, please contact Debbie at Community Christian Concern at (985) 646-0357. 

For information about the Community Prayer Breakfast, please call the Mayor’s Office at (985) 646-4333 or visit the Eventbrite ticket page.

For the latest city news updates and information about upcoming events, visit the City of Slidell’s website at and follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.

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Event offers informative and entertaining presentations for all

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to serve as an extra in a movie or to delve into acting? Are you interested in learning more about the many facets of the film industry including production, music, songwriting for films or listing your property for consideration in productions? Perhaps you’d enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at the happenings from Hollywood to Hollywood south? Art of the Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo is a two-day event that will cover all of this and more. The two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21 at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public with preregistration on the Expo website,

The event will kick off with the Business of Film luncheon featuring keynote speaker Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser on Friday, January 20 at noon in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Doors open at 11:00 am. Tickets to the luncheon are $40, also available on the website.

Art of the Film Expo speakers include Christopher Stelly, Executive Group Director, Louisiana Entertainment & Digital Media; Trey Burvant, President, Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association; Carroll Morton, Director, Film New Orleans | Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy; Ed and Sue Poole, Hollywood on the Bayou, film accessory researchers; Linda Thurman, Hollywood veteran, author and Movie Poster Archives executive director; DeAnna Charett, Founder, Bad Habitz Organization veterans filmmaker training program; Reid Wick, Membership and Industry Relations, Recording Academy/GRAMMYs; Jay Weigel, Composer, producer and conductor; Greg Barnhill, Composer, songwriter and master vocalist; Donovan Williams, Chief Technology Officer, JammAround music collaboration platform; Veleka Gray, Master acting coach; Eric Lamulle, SAG actor; Kody Chamberlain, Writer and story artist; Hunter McHugh, CSA, Casting director, On the Hunt Casting; Dan Zweben, Location scout; Mickey Lambert, Location manager/scout; Roberta Carrow-Jackson, St. Tammany Film Commissioner, featuring Reel Scout; and Dr. Ben Redwine, Classical and jazz musician and composer.

Sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics including Louisiana film industry’s economic impact and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities; the state’s film and digital entertainment tax incentives; music production, collaboration and songwriting for movies; scouting for talent; location scouting: intellectual property; scoring silent films; and entertaining presentations celebrating the state’s rich history in film. The complete event schedule and speaker bios are available on the website.

The event will lead into two Expo After Hours live entertainment events, Friday from 7 to 8:30 at The Wine Garden, featuring Greg Barnhill and friends, sponsored by Ozone Songwriters Festival and Saturday, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, with the Northshore Community Orchestra, sponsored by the City of Slidell. Concurrently, Hollywood on the Bayou and Movie Poster Archives will present “Art of the Poster,” an exhibition of uniquely designed movie posters, hosted by the City of Slidell in the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, directly across the street from the auditorium, with extended viewing hours during the Expo.

Art of the Film is presented by Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and the City of Slidell, with title sponsor St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission. Additional event sponsors include St. Tammany Corporation, Northshore Media Group/WYLK 94.7 FM, Slidell Magazine, The Northshore Collaborative, New Orleans Entertainment Coalition and Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.

This event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dear Citizens,

I would like to wish everyone a Happy King’s Day. It is officially the start of carnival season!

I would like to invite you, your family, and friends to come experience Mardi Gras in Slidell. Grab your lawn chairs, ice chests and king cakes and head on out to the parade route to enjoy all the parades rolling through Slidell:

  • Friday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. – Krewe of Titans (Friday date only for 2023)
  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. – Krewe of Poseidon
  • Sunday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. – Krewe of Antheia
  • Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. – Krewe De Paws
  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. – Krewe of Dionysus
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. – Krewe of Selene

I am proud that so many families choose to celebrate Mardi Gras season here in Slidell. It’s great to see so many smiling faces of family, friends, and neighbors along the parade route. I ask that everyone be respectful and help us maintain the family-friendly environment that people enjoy in Slidell. Please remember that city ordinances prohibit the presence of animals along the parade route. The use of silly string, streamers, fireworks, and other explosive devices are also restricted. It is important that we all work together to have a fun and safe carnival season.

Come enjoy the best that Slidell has to offer during Mardi Gras season. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Mayor Greg Cromer

The City of Slidell is rolling out the red carpet for the next exhibition at the George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, ”Art of the Movie Poster”, exhibiting pieces from the Movie Poster Archives (MPA), a collection of movie posters and artifacts since the golden age of cinema. This exhibit will feature a collection of movie posters, lobby cards, and accessories.

The exhibit is on display January 13 – February 17, 2023 and is held in conjunction with the second annual The Art of Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo, happening just across the street January 20-21 at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 13 from 5-7 p.m. with a special presentation by Ed Poole, Chief Archivist of MPA, at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Movie Poster Archives was founded in 2016 by retired Hollywood executive Linda Thurman for the preservation and research of film-related papers known as film accessories. In a few short years, MPA has amassed more than 1.5 million items from over 20 countries. The Permanent Collection is comprised of nearly 80,000 original posters, stills, and press kits representing some 30,000 film titles taken from over a century.

“Over 50 percent of all U. S. films and 80 to 90 percent of all silent films made in the United States produced before 1951 have been lost forever. Worldwide, the losses are comparable,” said Poole. “That’s why the work of the MPA is so important. The preservation of film accessories – the surviving historical documents – is increasingly important as time takes its toll on these fragile paper artifacts.”

Thurman is the author of “Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed.” She retired from Emerald Bayou Studios which she co-founded. She is a veteran of Hollywood where she was the managing editor of the Hollywood Creative Directory.

Ed and Susan Poole have written more than 20 books on movie posters and film history. They are the founders of Hollywood on the Bayou and Learn About Movie Posters (LAMP). Ed coined the phrase “movie accessories” to denote movie-related paper.

For more information about Movie Poster Archives, please visit or contact Linda Thurman at

The George Dunbar Gallery in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of Slidell City Hall in Olde Towne Slidell. Gallery hours are by appointment Wednesdays – Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. Same day viewings are available. Please call the City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375 to schedule a viewing.

The City of Slidell is soliciting input on the Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Draft Plan.

The draft plan was was put together by Philip Walker, with the Walker Collaborative, who was hired by the City of Slidell earlier this year to come up with a plan to further revitalize Olde Towne Slidell.

The draft plan is based on input from previous public presentations, meetings, and input from Olde Towne residents, businesses, and stakeholders.

If you have any corrections or comments, please email them to Alex Carollo, Director of Public Affairs, at bu January 15, 2023.

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The City of Slidell and local nonprofit organizations are teaming together to host the WWII Museum Victory Belles for a Christmas Performance honoring our local veterans. Slidell Salutes Our Veterans – A Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online through Eventbrite. Veterans will receive free admission. Floor seats begin at $40 and VIP packages and sponsorship tables are also available. Proceeds will go towards a local veteran charity, Camp Nora. For more information, please visit

The Victory Belles are a delightful vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s, who are dedicated to serenading audiences at The National WWII Museum and across the globe. The music of the 1940s brought hope and joy to our GIs and those on the Home Front alike—and the Victory Belles keep that tradition alive in rich, three-part harmony. Their repertoire includes all the treasured gems of the WWII era plus patriotic classics including a musical salute to each branch of the US armed forces.

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer will serve as the Celebrity Bartender with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell. Doors will open at 5:45 and the show begins at 6 p.m.

For more information about tickets, sponsorships, or the event, please contact Erica Williams at

Join Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer for a Holiday Concert with the Northshore Community Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium.

The Northshore Community Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in St. Tammany Parish where both youths and adults can make learning and performing music a lifelong endeavor. The orchestra was established in 1987, and has operated continuously ever since. The orchestra performs several full orchestra concerts as well as some smaller group ensembles throughout the year, with genres including classical, jazz, pop, folk, ethnic, traditional, movie themes, and broadway hits. Each year, the orchestra typically performs for Slidell’s Patriot Day ceremony and Christmas and spring concerts.

The members of the orchestra come from Slidell, St. Tammany Parish and from surrounding parishes in the Greater New Orleans area and south Mississippi. The members represent a diverse assortment of backgrounds such as students, medical professionals, engineers, skilled tradesmen, scientists, homemakers, members of the military, educators, and retirees. Though our student members typically begin with us around late middle school or junior high age, currently our youngest member is just 9 years old, and our oldest is in his 80s. Some of the orchestra’s musicians are family members who play together – spouses, parents, children, and siblings.

The orchestra’s conductor since 2006 has been Mrs. Susan Messina, a Slidell native who has a master’s degree in music from Southeastern Louisiana University, and over 30 years experience as a music educator. She has served as a band director at several area schools, and currently teaches private lessons on a wide variety of instruments at Christy Music in Slidell.

The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street in Olde Towne Slidell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free, but a donation of an unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots is welcomed.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For the latest information about City of Slidell news and events, visit or follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.