Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana has launched its Kids Cafe program for the 2015-16 school year.

The program provides free hot meals to children throughout the New Orleans area. In Jefferson Parish, after-school meals will be provided at the following sites:

West Bank: Gretna Middle School, 910 Gretna Blvd.; Johnson Gretna Park School, 1130 Gretna Blvd.; Miller Wall Elementary, 2001 Bonnie Ann Drive, Marrero; and Stella Worley Middle School, 801 Spartan Blvd., Westwego.

East Bank: Jonah Group after-school tutoring program at Nineveh Baptist Church, 1009 Wilker Neal Ave., Metairie; Marine Baptist Church After-School Academy, 3034 Andover St., Old Jefferson; and Riverdale High School, 240 Riverdale Drive, Old Jefferson.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for each child regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

For information, call Second Harvest at (504) 734-1322.

Kenner Wine and Food Event

More than 100 wines and food from more than 30 different restaurants will be featured at the fifth annual Kenner Wine and Food Event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner.

Participating restaurants include Mr. Ed’s, Pascal’s Manale, Galatoire’s, Drago’s, Zea’s, Andrea’s, Ruth’s Chris, Messina’s, Mr. B’s Bistro, Arnaud’s, Perrone & Sons and Revolution.

Some of the wines include Caymus, Jordan, Silver Oak, Franciscan, Simi, Belle Glos, Sonoma Cutrer Russian River, Perrier Jouet and Piper Heidseick. Guests will be able to purchase the wines they are sampling at a discount.

There also will be raffles, auctions and live music by Groovy 7.

Tickets are $75 per person in advance and $90 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a nonprofit agency that supports children’s health, education and social welfare issues and enhances access to culinary education and the arts. The foundation also helps people in the hospitality industry deal with catastrophes such as paying hospital and medical bills for the underinsured or uninsured.

Among the services and programs assisted by the event on Oct. 1 are Café Reconcile, the Kids’ Kitchen at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Padua Community Services, the herb garden at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, the culinary arts and tourism programs at University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College, Joey’s Hope for Hungry Children, Team Gleason, Cystic Fibrosis and Susan G. Komen.

Last year’s event raised more than $30,000.

For tickets and information, go to or call (504) 467-1351.

Library group to meet

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold a general meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Dennis Assaf, executive director and co-founder of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, is the guest speaker.

Also at this meeting, volunteers can sign up to help at the next Big Book Sale, planned for Oct. 15-18 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

For information, call (504) 455-2665 or email Friends

Help for local dog group

A Boxers, Brew and BBQ fundraiser for Louisiana Boxer Rescue will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Kamp Bar, 2317 Hickory Ave., Harahan.

The cost is $10 for adults and includes pulled pork, brisket, red beans and jambalaya. A child’s plate is $5. There will be music by disc jockey Tim Huff.

The highlight of the event will be the boxer shorts contest, honoring the most creative and unique pairs of boxer shorts. And there will be the Boxer Kissing Booth, where boxer kisses will be available for $1.

Louisiana Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and safe rehoming of abandoned, neglected and abused boxers.

For information, go to

Craft fair planned

The parents’ club of Archbishop Chapelle High School will host its annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

More than 200 booths with works by artists from across the South will feature hundreds of items for sale.

Free health fair

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church will sponsor a health and family fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie.

There will be free blood pressure checks, diabetes tests and hearing tests. There will be representatives with information on home care, assisted living, nursing homes, financial advice and other health issues.

The event is free and open to the public.

Senior group meets

The members of the St. Rita Silver Trotters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Rita School gym, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

The guest speakers are Lauren Broussard and Ben Morris, who will discuss the history and renovation of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

For information, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

Church sale this weekend

Munholland United Methodist Church will hold its annual White Elephant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1201 Metairie Road, Old Metairie.

Items on sale include books, games, toys, items for the garden, antiques and jewelry. All proceeds will benefit the church’s mission programs.

For information, call the church at (504) 834-9910.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at