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Bayou Booksellers-Summer Sale!

Bayou Booksellers * Summer Sale Now in Progress! 

Visit our "LAST CALL WALL" where everything in that area is 50% off! 

Lots of specials!
50% off selected jewelry!
50% off selected Webkins! 

I keep finding more stuff to put on sale! Check out our basket of 40% OFF kid's books, 25 % off DCUKS! I'm sure I'll think of more! (Going to market in July...gotta make room for new stuff!)

New shipment of Webkinz just in!
(Lemon-lime Lizard, Siamise Cat, Pink Googles, Striped Snake, and Lil Kinz Clydesdale) 

Bayou Booksellers | 201A West Thomas St. | Hammond | LA | 70401

50th Annual Christmas Parade Sponsor

The Hammond Chamber of Commerce’s 50th Annual Christmas Parade is being sponsored by Ed’s Plumbing. The parade is set for Saturday, December 6th, 2008. Ed’s Plumbing is partnering with OPTIONS for this year’s parade. OPTIONS clients will be participating in this year’s parade by riding on the sponsor’s float, Ed’s Plumbing. There will be a special float at the end of the parade to throw back the beads which will benefit OPTIONS. The donation of Mardi Gras beads to OPTIONS are used in the training and employment of individuals that they support.

Pictured from left to right are: Gloria Livandais, Josh Williams, Lisa Schneider, Ed DiMaggio, owner, Special Events Chairman & Chairman Elect for Hammond Chamber Daryl Ferrara, OPTIONS clients Hanna Faye Rogers and Mary Ann Robinson, OPTIONS Development Director Mary Pirosko, and Aly Ragan,  Chamber Membership & Marketing Coordinator. Not pictured: Leslie Raymond.

Ambassadors Wanted!

The Chamber is in search of Ambassadors!  

The Ambassador Council is designed to work in conjunction with the Chamber Membership/Marketing Coordinator. As an Ambassador, you have an opportunity to network with other members and help them get the most of their membership. If a member is inactive, it is important that we learn why and make a personal connection with that member to help them become comfortable and active in our Chamber. For new members, we can be the liaisons that help them learn what the Chamber is all about and introduce them to other members.

Please call the Chamber if you are interested in becoming an Ambassador at (985)345-4457.

Platinum One Destinations Travel Blast

If you love to explore ancient history, enjoy mingling with colorful marine life, and want a great vacation on a budget, then remember our Cancun All Inclusive Travel Package! Space is limited for this September package so contact Platinum One Destinations Concierge Desk at 877-752-8486 for more information. 

Cancun Mexico All Inclusive Travel Package
Plus 1000 Rewards Points per Person
Package #: Mx-L052008-3
Lush Tropics, Sugary White Sand, and Mysteries of the Maya…
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is located on one of the most beautiful and unique beaches in the Riviera Maya. It is surrounded by acres of lush tropics, sugary white sand and magnificent colonial architecture. It’s only five minutes from Tulum and 30 minutes from Playa del Carmen. This dream location provides upscale surroundings and combines fun and relaxation alongside mysteries of the ancient world of the Maya. It is one of the few resorts in the Riviera Maya where you can view the ancient ruins of Tulum from the beach. 

Platinum One Members – Only $550 per person – Plus 1000 Reward Points per person

Travelocity - $1099.95 per person

You Save: $550 per person

A family of four saves $2200!

What’s Included:
Fantastic meals, refreshing drinks, pool facilities, tennis court, sunfish sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing, a variety of sports activities, aerobics, access to six wonderful restaurants, glorious shopping, all-night activities and top-notch entertainment.

Room Description:
Deluxe garden view, roomy 451 square foot room, kin g or double bed, balcony or terrace, bathroom with tub and bidet, TV, mini-bar, DVD/CD player, iPod dock station, Internet, A/C.

Dates Available:
September 1st to September 30th, 2008.

Learn More!
Members can access travel specials at (Member # and password required). Or, contact the Platinum One Destinations Concierge Desk at 877-752-8486 for more information. This package does not include airfare and transfers. In addition to this land package, Concierge would also be happy to make your air reservations. 

Legal Disclaimer: Package is subject to availability. Prices may change without notice. All prices are confirmed after payment is received. Travel packages subject to terms and conditions.

Package #: Mx-L052008-3
June 3, 2008
Platinum One Destinations Inc. is a Division of Net Trav Inc. Net Trav Inc. California Seller of Travel CST#2090570 

For more information, contact:
Colleen Wilson-Cregan
225-294-0618 home/office
985-237-9666 cell

Local independent business owner combats kids' summer blues

Brandi Montecino Christian provides young album-makers with hands-on fun 

Say goodbye to the "I'm bored" and "There's nothing to do" sighs. This summer, Creative Memories Consultant Brandi Montecino Christian is providing the perfect antidote for the summer blues - a kids-only scrapbooking event. 

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 11, Brandi will conduct a hands-on Workshop to help kids document, journal and preserve their photographs and summer adventures. The event will feature Creative Memories' exclusive product ensemble designed just for kids, which includes a Creative Memories album, and activity stickers, photo mounting paper and shape making tools. 

Brandi Montecino Christian is an expert at teaching people how to preserve their memories. She is passionate about motivating others and helping them organize, document and preserve their memories in keepsake albums. She will provide one-on-one coaching for kids in a fun and informative atmosphere - encouraging them to complete album pages and to explore their storytelling skills. 

It's never too early to start preserving and documenting all of life's special memories. Parents can help their children by encouraging them to take photos and to write about their summer activities. Provide duplicate photos from summer events, request duplicate photos from friends or purchase a disposable camera for kids to take their own photos. 

The event fee is $50.00 per child. For more information, contact Brandi Montecino Christian at 985-320-2451 or by July 1st. 

Future Camp dates are July28-31 and Aug. 4-7. Those camps are ONLY $100. Other camps include Digital for Teens on June 20th, June 23-25 and July 8-10. Create a Father’s Day Album on June 13th or June 14th. With 3 or more kids Brandi Montecino Christian will set up a camp just for you at your location or hers! 

About Creative Memories
Creative Memories was founded in 1987. As one of the fastest-growing direct sales companies in the United States, Creative Memories is at the forefront of the keepsake album-making industry with 90,000 Consultants worldwide. Sales in 2004 reached about $425 million. More information about Creative Memories and its products can be found on the company's Web site at

Hammond Market is Now Held Twice a Month

The Hammond Market has expanded with more vendors and longer hours, and is now open twice a month. Open from 8am to 2pm, the Hammond Market operates on the second and third Saturdays of each month until further notice. The Hammond Market is located on SW Railroad Avenue near Hanson Street, and features vendors selling handmade, homemade and homegrown items like produce, crochet, soaps and candles, country crafts, fudge, jewelry and wooden toys. Lloyd’s Smokehouse will feature sausage, boudin, etc. For more information, contact Terry Lynn Smith, director of the Downtown Development District at 542-3471.

The Energy Crisis of 2008

By Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

In just one year, crude oil prices have soared from $65 per barrel to as high as $135. The price of gas is now $4 a gallon.

These runaway energy prices are punishing an economy that is already weak. Millions of small businesses and families on tight budgets are struggling.

How has Congress responded? In recent days, lawmakers have voted to allow lawyers to sue OPEC. They have moved legislation to raise taxes on energy producers. And the Senate is considering a climate change bill that would actually raise fuel and power prices for every American family and business.

Energy prices are high and headed higher because supply is not keeping up with demand. By 2030, the world will need 60% more energy than it does today. Domestic demand will increase by a third. Unless current production levels are increased, global oil demand will soon outstrip supply.

When will our lawmakers and politicians acknowledge that the solution to the energy crisis of 2008 is not more gimmicks--it's more production! More production of all kinds of domestic energy--coal, oil, gas, nuclear, renewables, and alternative energy, along with greater efficiency.

America must immediately tap more of its own vast energy resources. We have at least a 245-year supply of coal. We have 112 billion barrels of oil and at least 231 trillion cubic feet of natural gas on our lands and off our shores. We have a clean, safe nuclear energy industry that is underutilized. We have the capability to develop a new generation of clean and efficient energy alternatives, including technologies to help us use traditional sources more cleanly.

Yet through laws, regulations, and lawsuits, we have locked away domestic energy and tied the hands of our industries. We have not built a new oil refinery or nuclear power plant in more than 30 years. Even renewable energy projects like wind power have been delayed by "not in my backyard" opposition.

Our elected officials can clear away these barriers by allowing environmentally friendly domestic energy production, streamlining permitting and regulations to get projects online faster, and investing in new technologies to improve efficiency and diversify our energy mix.

At the same time, we can reduce our carbon footprint by employing technology, negotiating a global agreement that includes all carbon-emitting economies, and improving efficiency.

If we fail to increase supply while becoming more energy efficient, prices could continue to escalate, and we could soon find ourselves longing for the good old days when gas was only $4 per gallon.


On Friday, April 15th, 2008, the thirteenth annual Downtown Development District’s Hot August Night event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Over the years, we have perfected the way to have a really great time on a hot August night.
Join us for an evening of art, music, wine tasting, shopping and food. The evening begins in Hammond’s downtown stores and spills out onto the streets. The main streets outside the business set a romantic or relaxing place to stroll. Hot August Night is the most popular event in the region.

The Downtown Development District works with the businesses and the Regional Arts Center to present
artists who exhibit in over forty locations. Each participating business offers a different wine for visitors to taste as they browse through the stores. The restaurants are very much a part of Hot August Night and welcome visitors to relax, dine, and cool off a bit.

There is something for everyone including live music presented on two stages. Stage one is Invisible Cowboy, a home town band with cool music. Stage two is ‘Bout It Brass Band, a one of a kind that plays locally. More music can be heard in some of the businesses and restaurant locations. Downtown Development District vendors will cool you off with snow balls and fill you up with jambalaya.

There is a $20 wine taster’s fee which includes a keepsake Hot August Night tumbler. Also, you will receive a wine passport card that when punched at each stop will enter you into a prize drawing. Times for the event are 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.

Other Hot Stuff…Chillin’ at the Hammond Chamber Raffle, $10,000, $1,000, $500 & 15 Trip Packages. Two of these packages will be raffled off to the Downtown Development District Merchants. The Chamber is a Downtown Development District Capital Project Sponsor.

We look forward to welcoming you to Downtown Hammond!

Creative Memories Scrapbooking Camps

Have you heard about my summer camps yet?!!?

I have camps going on all summer long for EVERYONE!!! 4 to 104!

Scrapbooking ISN"T just for girls either!!!

There are 1 day camps, multi day camps, digital camps for teens and a fathers day camp for families! Truely something for everyone!

Sessions start June 11th! Space is limited to call TODAY!

All camps include everything you will need and lunch is included! Just bring your pictures!

I will add more dates for with a minimum of three attendees! So, get your friends together and "create" your own camp!

Scrapbooking Camp
June 11-13 8am-11am

July 28-31 1pm-4pm

Aug 4-7 8am-11am

One Day Camp
July 11 9am-1pm

For Teens
June 20 9am-1pm

June 23-25 8am-11am

July 8-10 1pm-4pm

For Families (with or with out kids!)
Make an album FOR DAD!!
June 13 6pm-10pm

June 14 9am-1pm 

Brandi Montecino Christian 
For any questions or to register please call me!
985- 320-2451
Don't wait till tomorrow! It might be too late!
Can't wait to see you!!

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