State Rep. Joseph Lopinto III, R-Metairie, will serve as grand marshal of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon Sunday in Old Metairie.

The theme of the parade is “Hail to MacNamara’s Band.” There will be 42 floats, 50 truck floats, 12 marching groups and six novelty units.

Lopinto’s wife, Lauren, will reign as queen.

Before the parade, the shillelagh and the grand marshal sash will be presented to Lopinto during the annual celebration at noon Friday at Fulco’s, 519 N. Turnbull Drive, Metairie.

The parade will begin on Severn Avenue and 41st Street near Archbishop Rummel High School and proceed south down Severn to Metairie Road, where it will turn left. It will continue down Metairie Road to Focis Street, where it will turn left and disband at Focis and Canal streets.

A tasty fundraiser

The 13th annual A Taste of Elmwood will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Elmwood Self Storage and Wine Cellar, 1104 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan.

The event includes food and refreshments from area restaurants, bakeries and caterers, along with door prizes. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door.

Each year, the Elmwood Business Association selects a local nonprofit to benefit from the fundraiser This year’s recipient is Families Helping Families of Jefferson, an advocacy and referral agency that serves people of all ages with disabilities.

“FHF helps parents and families locate and utilize community resources to help a disabled child or adult attend school, work and to excel in their own community,” said Janice Watsky, fund development and communication director for FHF of Jefferson. “FHF also works to educate parents to become an advocate for their child and for the child to ultimately become a self-advocate.”

Webinars are also held, Watsky said, on a variety of disability-related issues for both lay and professional audiences, and “all services are provided free of charge to the more than 6,000 families requesting assistance each year.”

For information and tickets, visit or contact event chairwoman Lisa George at (504) 390-9989 or lisag@

School accepting students

Torah Academy, 5210 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year.

Affiliated with Chabad, the school is open to Jewish children of all backgrounds. The curriculum includes general and Judaic studies taught by state-approved teachers.

“The school now offers a program starting as early as six weeks and continuing through eighth grade,” said Rivka Chesney, who, along with her husband, Yossi, serve as the directors of development for the school.

School hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before- and after-school care available.

To schedule a tour of the school, call Torah Academy at (504) 456-6429 or email You also may visit the school’s website at www.torah Scholarships also are available.

Local garden club to meet

The Shady Oaks Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the home of JoAnn Christopher.

“The Emerald City” is the theme and will include a horticulture study on plants used for food, flavoring, medicine and perfume. There also will be a program titled “Gluten Free Cooking with Garden Herbs” presented by Jessie Swanson, co-author of the cookbook “The Gluten-Free Table.”

Garden of the month winner is Kathy Maffei, and Dr. and Mrs. Keith deJong received the Community Garden Award.

Co-hostesses for the meeting are Trisha Cook, Glenda Evans, Anne Gauthier, Diana Offner and Jill Wren.

The club will hold a standard flower show titled “There’s No Place Like Home and Garden” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at 296 Shady Oak Lane in River Ridge. The event is free and open to the public.

AOL barbecue planned

The Academy of Our Lady, 537 Ave. D, Marrero, will hold a family barbecue from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Tickets are $15 per person. There will be performances by students as well as from local musicians.

For information or to purchase tickets, call Bridget Waldrup at (504) 341-6217, ext. 208, or visit

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