Archive for August, 2010


Hot August Night in Hammond

August 18, 2010

Hot August Night Hammond

The 15th Annual Hot August Night in Hammond takes place this Friday, August 20, 2010 in the downtown area from 6-10pm.  Hot August Night is meant to be a fun way to beat the summer heat.  There is something for everyone here.  There will be an art stroll, wine tasting at several shops, restaurants and offices and super deals at different downtown Hammond boutiques and shops that are going on only during the Hot August Nights event.  The schedule of some of the evening’s fun includes:

  • Autograph Session With Saints Football Player – 6pm, Chuck’s Field of Dreams.
  • “Lil Bill” Hurricane Reconnaissance Aircraft– 6pm, Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center.  See aircraft from the Air National Guard, TJ the DJ and Hammond Fire Department’s”Pluggie”.
  • SLU Community Music School Violins Demonstration – 6-8pm, Hammond Regional Art Center.  Includes fall art school demo.
  • Hammond’s Hottest Talent– 7:30pm, La Carreta Band Stage.  Four finalists will compete for the Hammond’s Hottest Talent title and a $1000 grand prize.
  • Beach Blanket Bingo Screening– 8pm, Columbia Theatre.  For $7 per person, enjoy a special screening of this classic 1965 movie starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.
  • True Too Life Concert– 8:30pm, La Carreta Band Stage.
  • Vintage Fashion Show – 8:30pm, Vintage 106.

In addition to the live music taking place on the LaCarreta Band Stage, there will be musical performances by Detective Fish at Tommy’s on Thomas, Biscuithound at Discovery Furniture & Finds, Kevin Schexnayder at PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co, New Orleans Strathspey & Reel Society at Keith Davis and AMP’D Brass Band at Vintage 106.

A few other things you should check out are the free lemonade samples given out by KSLU 90.9 FM at PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co, Boy Scout Troop 316 offering snowballs for sale near Change Clothes, fresh produce, gifts and much more for sale by various Hammond vendors on the lawn behind La Carreta and tea and lemonade being sold by the Main Street Dance Studio next to Bayou Booksellers.

Enjoy Hot August Night in Hammond this Friday, August 20, 2010.  You’ll have a great time, interact with your neighbors and support local Hammond businesses.  How can you go wrong?

Yvonne Martin, The Martin Team, Let My Family Bring Your Family Home to Hammond Real Estate


Hammond Helps Birds Harmed by Gulf Oil Spill

August 4, 2010

Egrets are just one species of bird helped at Hammond's Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for birds affected by gulf oil spill.Hammond is helping birds harmed by the gulf oil spill by opening its Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in the old 84 Lumber building (84 Pride Dr, Hammond).  It may seem odd to have a bird rescue center located away from the action, so to speak, but its location near the airport and away from possible hurricane zones makes it the perfect place to help clean off and nurse gull, pelicans, egrets and other birds affected by the BP oil spill.

The old 84 Lumber building was chosen because the seven acre property allowed for expansion, if needed.  Also, its location so close to the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport but away from the possible distraction of city noise made it the perfect place for these traumatized birds to recover.  The former special order bays have now been turned into exam rooms, the warehouse houses the intensive care tents for the birds that are seriously injured and cages are set up around the exterior of the building for the birds that have been cleaned and are waiting to be sent on to their next home.

Right now, the rescue center is treating just over 500 birds.  However, it is equipped to help up to 3,000, if necessary.  This is only a small portion of the 1643 live and 3271 dead birds found and collected by rescue workers since the oil spill began.  Most of these birds have come from Louisiana.

When birds are covered with oil, they have trouble cleaning themselves.  If they can’t clean themselves, the stress causes them to quit eating or drinking which then leads to dehydration, exhaustion and eventual death.  Hypothermia can set in because the oil makes it hard for their internal body temperature to regulate.

If you’re interested in finding out how you can help, please visit the International Bird Rescue Research Center website.  I’m happy that Hammond helps birds harmed by the gulf oil spill.  It shows what a wonderful, helpful community Hammond is.

Yvonne Martin, The Martin Team for Hammond Real Estate