The 126th annual John McDonogh Day program will be Friday at 9:45 a.m. at the McDonoghville Cemetery, 520 Hancock St., Gretna.

The program will honor McDonogh, a public school philanthropist. McDonogh No. 26 is the oldest continuously active school in Jefferson Parish. It was established in 1891.

In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the John McDonogh VFW Post 3121, 475 Monroe St., Gretna.

Yenni is guest speaker

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni will be the guest speaker when the Jefferson Chapter of the Alliance for Good Government meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St., Harahan.

For information about the meeting or the Alliance, call chapter President Jamie Balser at (504) 812-1332.

A chance to learn Italian

If you ever wanted to learn to speak Italian, Alessandro Steinhaus, director of language and cultural programs at the American Italian Cultural Center, will lead an Italian language class beginning next week at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 11, May 18, May 25, June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29.

Participants will learn basic language skills and a general understanding of communicating in Italian. At the end of the program, students will be able to speak in present tense and be able to read and write basic sentences.

Steinhaus was born in South Tyrol, the northernmost region in Italy in the Alps, famous as a popular tourist destination because of its mild climate, health spa resorts and varied vegetation. He moved to Milan to attend the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, the largest private university in Europe. He lived in Milan for many years until 2012 and came to New Orleans, where he graduated with a master’s degree from Tulane University.

Steinhaus has taught at the American Italian Cultural Center in New Orleans the past two years.

For information, call (504) 889-8143.

Recycling begins in Kenner

A reminder that curbside recycling, managed by Ramelli Waste LLC, begins again in Kenner on Thursday.

The recycling pickup will be made with different trucks, and residents are asked to put out their recycling containers on their second garbage pickup day of the week.

Curbside recycling is available to 22,000 locations in the city — all residents who currently get their garbage picked up curbside by Ramelli, acting Kenner Mayor Michael Sigur said. That means curbside recycling will not include those who live in apartments or condominiums and don’t get garbage pickup service. Owners of those complexes can contact the company to see about paying for drop-off recycling containers, if they are interested.

Glass items will not be accepted for recycling. Only paper, plastic and metal products, including aluminum and steel, can be recycled. A list of household items that will be accepted in the recycling bins is available at www.ramelli.com under the “recycling” tab.

Residents will receive one container per home. If there is too much to fit into that container, the items can be bagged or boxed and securely placed next to the bin.

Disabled residents who currently get front or rear door service for their garbage will automatically continue to receive the same service to handle their recyclables.

For information, call (504) 482-2040.

Pet adoption

The Louisiana SPCA will hold a pet adoption event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Petco, 3500 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Louisiana SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.

For information, call (504) 368-5191 or go to the website www.la-spca.org.

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