Throughout the West Bank, lemonade stands were everywhere on Lemonade Day May 4. The Tiny Girlz placed their lemonade stand at Celebration Event Hall on General DeGaulle Drive in Algiers.
The girls wore yellow T-shirts with black Tiny Girlz aprons. They sold brownies, cake, candy apples, pralines, chips, pickles and hot dogs. “I drove from Marrero to support some of my former students, Destiny and Diamond Williams,” said Valerie Knapper, a nurse at Terrytown/Gretna Headstart.
“The Tiny Girlz Foundation is an organization where young girls evolve into beautiful young ladies who aspire to be the best they can be at whatever endeavors they pursue,” Tiny Girlz President Rhonda Brown said.
A little farther along was Dasani Davis, 9, with her two brothers, Davion and Delvin Davis, and their mother, Toshiba Davis, setting up shop at Walgreens on the corner of Holiday and General DeGaulle drives.
Dasani, dressed in a colorful tutu made by her mother, sold lemon squares, ooey gooey bars and brownies. “It’s the best lemonade in town,” her big brother, Delvin, said with pride. “She did very well for her first time,” her mother said.
The last stop was at Walgreens at Lapalco and Wall boulevards. That’s where Y’vonne Antoine placed her stand. This 13-year-old Haynes Academy student has participated in Lemonade Day for the past three years. She even came prepared with a little green cash register to total up her profit.
“She took out a $40 loan from us for her startup fee,” said her mother, Carla Antoine. Y’vonne donated her profits to Individuals Developing Others, a nonprofit organization in Boutte that offers youths expanded learning opportunities.
Lemonade Day is a national program aimed at empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. It aims to teach children about setting goals, making business plans, outlining budgets, seeking investors, providing customer service, saving money and contributing to the community.
Rockin’ Ron will spin the oldies from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 16, during the Spring Fling at the Marrero Lions Club, 2334 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The event will have a Hawaiian luau theme, and West Jefferson High School alumni will gather to dance and socialize. The cost is $10 per person, BYOL, with beer and setups included.
Marrero health fair
Greater Mount Calvary Church, 1600 Westwood Drive, Marrero, will conduct a women’s health and fitness day on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For information, contact Linda Joseph at (985) 233-0046 or leave a message at the church at (504) 340-7777.
Westbank Quarterback Club
The Westbank Quarterback Club will honor outstanding male and female high school athletes during its awards banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Four Columns, 3711 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Athletes from the West Bank, and Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes are eligible.
The outstanding female athlete will receive the Ennis H. Grundmeyer Memorial Award, and the outstanding male athlete will receive the William J. Dore Award. The guest speaker will be DoBee Plaisance, women’s basketball coach at Nicholls State University. Additionally, Allison Breaux of LA Kids will perform.
For information, contact Wayne Ory at (504) 343-5935.
West Jefferson High School Class of 1959 reunion
The West Jefferson Class of 1959 will have its reunion from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at New Orleans Ladies Ballroom, 1771 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna. Tickets are $50 per person. Checks payable to WJ Class of ’59 may be mailed to 3832 Hillcrest Drive, Marrero, LA 70072. For information, call (504) 451-8848.
West Jefferson High School Class of 1964 reunion
West Jefferson High School Class of 1964 is gathering information to have its 50-year class reunion Nov. 1 at the Timberlane Country Club in Gretna.
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Dandridge Task Force meetings
The Dandridge Task Force will conduct its second meeting on May 21 at 6 p.m. in the library at L.W. Higgins High School, 7201 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero.
The Dandridge Task Force meetings are held to solicit stakeholder input into the compliance of the Jefferson Parish Public School System with the Dandridge desegregation court order. The public is invited to attend.
Woodland Oaks Civic Association
The Woodland Oaks Civic Association will meet Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2525 Apollo Ave., Harvey.
Woodmere health and wellness fair
Renew Woodmere will hold a free health and wellness fair on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodmere Playground, 4100 Glenmere Drive, Harvey.
The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a walk/run from the Household of Faith Family Worship Church, 2074 Paxton St., Harvey.
There will be free blood pressure and glucose screenings, fitness and nutrition counseling, insurance enrollment, dental and vision information, music, games and entertainment. For information, call Jerry Harrel at (504) 606-2744, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.renewwoodmere.org.
Yetoria DeShazier covers the West Bank and can be contacted at email@example.com or (504) 367-0905.