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Rick Parent, director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says free classes are being offered on Tuesday nights to introduce the public to the co-op.  Rick says the creative co-op is holding about 40 hours of classes every week.  Classes coming up include beginners' rock guitar and home-decor projects.  Tipitina's Creative Coop is located on the property of the former A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, on Church Street, east of Park.

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The director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, Rick Parent, says work crews have begun preparing to provide electrical power to the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in Commerce.  That will be a major step in Tipitina's occupying the building at 905 College Street, one block east of Park.  Currently, Tipitina's operates in an auxilary building adjacent to A.L. Day.  Rick says he'll be offering photography classes soon, and Tipitina's is now hosting creative-arts parties.

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The director of Tipitina's Creative Co-op, Rick Parent, says classes there are expanding, with recent classes on playing the ukulele and rock-music vocals.  Tipitina's is located on Church Street in Commerce, in an auxilary building of the former A.L. Day Elementary School.

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Commerce-area photographer Rick Parent has published a book, "The Hunter Chronicles," about his experience of more than 17 years with a pet wolf, Hunter.  The subtitle of the book is, "Life Lessons from Another Species," and it includes many surprising stories of life with what would ordinarily be considered a wild animal.  Rick will have two book signings at Mugs in downtown Commerce at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

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Rick Parent, manager of the new Tipitina's Creative Co-op in Commerce, says open houses will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 23-25).  Tipitina's will be located in the old A.L.

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Rick Parent, the director of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op on College Street in east Commerce, says the facility is ready to receive visitors and begin scheduling activities.  Rick is inviting artists and musicians to schedule lessons and other group activities there.  For now, Tipitina's will operate in an external building on the campus of the old A.L. Day Elementary School, although renovation work continues on the main building.

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Rick Parent, director of the fledgling Tipitina's Arts Co-op in Commerce, says he recently attended a music-industry convention in California and received about $300,000 in donations of musical instruments and other equipment.  Parent's four-decade career in the music industry apparently paid off in a major way.  The facility, located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in east Commerce, is awaiting a certificate of occupancy from the city of Commerce.

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Rick Parent, the manager of the Tipitina's Creative Co-op being developed in the old A.L. Day Elementary School in Commerce, says rapid progress is being made on the remodeling of the building, and he expects it to be operating for some limited activities such as photography, guitar lessons and ceramic lessons sometime this month.  The initial activities will take place in the auxiliary building located behind the main A.L. Day building on Locust Street, in the eastern part of Commerce.

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Rick Parent is readying the former A.L. Day Elementary School building on Commerce's east side as the Tipitina's Creative Co-op, through an agreement between the city of Commerce and Tipitina's Foundation of New Orleans.  Rick says the building will host artistic and musical activities when it receives a certificate of occupancy, which he hopes will be soon.