Metairie resident Liba Kornfeld, the director of Jewish Family Life for the Uptown Jewish Community Center, sent me an email last week asking me to remind area residents that the annual Harriet Kugler Memorial Mah-Jongg Tournament is Sunday at the JCC, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to both beginners and experienced mah-jongg players.

Before the tournament, brunch will be served and there will be information about the history of mah-jongg — a Chinese game, played usually by four people, with rectangular pieces called “tiles.” The object is to collect winning sets of the tiles, as in card games like gin rummy.

Also, mah-jongg historian and art enthusiast Gregg Swain will share details from the book “Mah-Jongg: The Art of the Game.”

Registration begins at $35 per person.

To register or for more information, call the JCC at (504) 897-0143 or go to

Beer-tasting event is Friday

The eighth annual “Up on the Roof” beer-tasting event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 atop the West Esplanade parking garage at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

The event is hosted by The Foundation at East Jefferson and all proceeds will benefit the hospital.

The event includes food and refreshments by several local restaurants. Local breweries represented include Abita Beer, Bayou Teche Brewery, Covington Brewhouse, St. Arnold Brewing Company, NOLA Brewing and Tin Roof Brewery.

Music will be by The Wiseguys.

General admission tickets are $45 per person and patron tickets are $100 per person. Patron tickets include early access to the event at 6 p.m.

For tickets and information, call the Foundation office (504) 780-5800.

Holiday boutique

Good Shepherd United Church of Christ will hold a fall and Christmas boutique sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, 5122 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

There will be handmade items on sale including gifts and decorations. The members of the church also will be selling cakes, candies, homemade breads and brownies.

Admission is free.

For information, call the church at (504) 454-0764.

Book sale starts today

Don’t forget about The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library semiannual Big Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at The Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

More than 65,000 used books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, music tapes and vinyl records will be on sale. The sale includes fiction and nonfiction books, as well as collectibles, art, travel, history, military and Civil War books. Most are priced from 50 cents to $3.

Admission to the sale is free and all proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Parish Library.

For information, go to or call the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library at (504) 455-2665. You also can send an email to

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.